Local News http://kunm.org en International Folk Art Market Sees First Artists From Taiwan, Bangladesh http://kunm.org/post/international-folk-art-market-sees-first-artists-taiwan-bangladesh <p>This weekend the <a href="http://www.folkartalliance.org/">Santa Fe International Folk Art Market</a>, IFAM,&nbsp;will feature an array of crafts from 150 master artists from 60 countries.</p><p></p><p>IFAM offers an opportunity for many craft people to support themselves and their communities, while also preserving cultural heritage and skills.</p><p></p><p>This year, Taiwan and Bangladesh are represented for the first time.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:45:24 +0000 Megan Kamerick & Kaveh Mowahed 47851 at http://kunm.org International Folk Art Market Sees First Artists From Taiwan, Bangladesh FOG: High Public Records Fees Are A Deterrent http://kunm.org/post/fog-high-public-records-fees-are-deterrent <p>People who request audio or video from the Albuquerque Police Department under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act will no longer have to pay as much for DVDs or CDs. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Susan </span>Boe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said the City of Albuquerque has implemented a new policy after receiving complaints about high fees from media outlets and individuals.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:28:34 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 47785 at http://kunm.org FOG: High Public Records Fees Are A Deterrent Albuquerque Changes Records Policy In Response To Complaints http://kunm.org/post/albuquerque-changes-records-policy-response-complaints <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://nmfog.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico Foundation for Open Government</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced today that the City of Albuquerque will charge no more than $6.75 for DVDs and $2.75 for CDs for public records requests. This is a big win for not just journalists but everyone with an interest in accessing records that are available under the law. The change provides fair, consistent rates&nbsp;and lets people know what prices to expect in advance.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:31:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47761 at http://kunm.org Albuquerque Changes Records Policy In Response To Complaints Rain Prompts Forests To Lift Some Restrictions http://kunm.org/post/rain-prompts-forests-lift-some-restrictions <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Three national forests in New Mexico have decided to lift some fire restrictions thanks to recent rains.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico says it will be lifting its fire restrictions Tuesday morning. That means forest visitors will be able to have campfires again in undeveloped areas across the forest.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:50:32 +0000 The Associated Press 47670 at http://kunm.org Rain Prompts Forests To Lift Some Restrictions Fireworks Banned, Sort Of http://kunm.org/post/fireworks-banned-sort <p>Some New Mexicans can legally light their fireworks this Independence Day.</p><p>There is no statewide ban on fireworks but nearly all New Mexico counties have banned them in unincorporated areas this year because of extra dry weather.&nbsp; For many counties, the ban went into effect weeks ago.</p><p></p><p>In <a href="https://www.bernco.gov/news/215594/" target="_blank">Bernalillo County</a>, Fire Marshal Chris Gober will be working this 4th&nbsp;of July and he said fireworks make his job harder.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:10:21 +0000 Kaveh Mowahed 47535 at http://kunm.org Fireworks Banned, Sort Of Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus http://kunm.org/post/taos-teacher-rebuffs-bonus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">A Taos High School Advanced Placement English teacher has turned down a $5,000 bonus from the state education department, criticizing Governor Susana Martinez’s education initiatives. </span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:49:07 +0000 Rita Daniels 47515 at http://kunm.org Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus US Marshals Deputy Fatally Shoots Fugitive In NM http://kunm.org/post/us-marshals-deputy-fatally-shoots-fugitive-nm <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Marshals Service says a deputy has fatally shot a fugitive in southwest Albuquerque while trying to serve a federal arrest warrant.</span></p><p class="p1">They say deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the District of New Mexico weren't injured in Wednesday's incident.</p><p class="p1">Details of the shooting weren't immediately released.</p><p class="p1">KOB-TV reports Albuquerque police responded to the scene on reports of a possible dead body along with the Office of the Medical Investigator.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:47:55 +0000 The Associated Press 47494 at http://kunm.org Drought Won't Stop Fireworks In Dry Western States http://kunm.org/post/drought-wont-stop-fireworks-dry-western-states <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arizona's largest city has gone months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.</span></p><p class="p1">But you'll still see and hear fireworks sparkle and pop this Fourth of July, despite the dangerously high threat of wildfires.</p><p class="p1">While some places in the West ban fireworks or greatly limit what you can light up, other states are going in the opposite direction.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:41:04 +0000 Susan Montoya Bryan & The Associated Press 47491 at http://kunm.org Drought Won't Stop Fireworks In Dry Western States New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World http://kunm.org/post/new-plan-abqbiopark-mimics-rivers-world <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:11:55 +0000 Rita Daniels 47422 at http://kunm.org New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World Deadline Extended For Kirtland Cleanup Plan http://kunm.org/post/deadline-extended-kirtland-cleanup-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirtland Air Force Base’s deadline to submit a plan to remove toxic chemicals from Albuquerque's groundwater has been extended by 30 days. The base is required to show the state that clean up of a decades old fuel leak is underway by the end of the year.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:01:25 +0000 Rita Daniels 47421 at http://kunm.org Deadline Extended For Kirtland Cleanup Plan Favorable Weather May Slow Wildfire http://kunm.org/post/favorable-weather-may-slow-wildfire <p></p><p>UPDATE 7/2 11:30a: The Associated Press reports a&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez&nbsp;Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:11:10 +0000 Rita Daniels & Associated Press & KRQE-TV 47370 at http://kunm.org Favorable Weather May Slow Wildfire FCC Chairman To Hear Young New Mexicans http://kunm.org/post/fcc-chairman-hear-young-new-mexicans <p>The Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, the agency that regulates communications industries, is coming to Albuquerque next week to hear from young people about what media issues are important to them.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:18:14 +0000 Kaveh Mowahed 47218 at http://kunm.org FCC Chairman To Hear Young New Mexicans Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water http://kunm.org/post/advocates-renewable-energy-saves-water <p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:38:34 +0000 Rita Daniels 47161 at http://kunm.org Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy http://kunm.org/post/documentary-explores-anita-hills-legacy <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp; In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:28:30 +0000 Megan Kamerick 46964 at http://kunm.org Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy Albuquerque Water Utility Board Demands Clean Up Of Fuel Leak http://kunm.org/post/albuquerque-water-utility-board-demands-clean-fuel-leak <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">On Monday members of Bernalillo County's water utility gathered around what they call the purest and most productive water well in the entire county. They demanded that the U.S. Air Force implement a more aggressive approach to dealing with the underground jet fuel leak that threatens Albuquerque's water supply.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:41:21 +0000 Rita Daniels 46715 at http://kunm.org Albuquerque Water Utility Board Demands Clean Up Of Fuel Leak Legislature: Prisons Need Repairs http://kunm.org/post/legislature-prisons-need-repairs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:50:27 +0000 Associated Press 46577 at http://kunm.org Legislature: Prisons Need Repairs APD Releases Boyd Shooting Videos http://kunm.org/post/apd-releases-boyd-shooting-videos <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Albuquerque Police Department have released new footage related to a March police shooting of a homeless man — a shooting that later sparked a violent protest and angry calls for reform.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:04:23 +0000 Associated Press 46537 at http://kunm.org APD Releases Boyd Shooting Videos What's happening at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant? http://kunm.org/post/whats-happening-waste-isolation-pilot-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thu. 6/11 </span>8a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Scientists are still searching for the root cause of the February </span>14th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (</span>WIPP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), but theories are being narrowed down and action being taken to protect workers and citizens. &nbsp;We'll learn the latest developments from New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and others. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:17:40 +0000 KUNM Call In Show 46501 at http://kunm.org What's happening at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant? Swarming Locusts Confound Meteorologists http://kunm.org/post/swarming-locusts-confound-meteorologists <p></p><p><em>6/11/14 Editor's note: We are conducting follow-up research that may change the facts presented in this story. &nbsp;Look for a related story soon.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a week ago, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque noticed a spike of reflectivity on their radar equipment. The machine sends out pulses of electromagnetic energy, which bounce off whatever happens to be in the atmosphere. Usually, that's rain or hail. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Rita Daniels 46248 at http://kunm.org Swarming Locusts Confound Meteorologists State Criticizes Kirtland Cleanup Proposal http://kunm.org/post/state-criticizes-kirtland-cleanup-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base's proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque's water supply.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:15:39 +0000 Associated Press 46407 at http://kunm.org State Criticizes Kirtland Cleanup Proposal Services held for Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez http://kunm.org/post/services-held-navajo-code-talker-chester-nez <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Flags were lowered across New Mexico as family and friends gathered in Albuquerque for a funeral Mass to honor the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Chester Nez died last week in Albuquerque. He was 93.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:29:49 +0000 Associated Press 46404 at http://kunm.org Services held for Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez Senators Seek Money for WIPP http://kunm.org/post/senators-seek-money-wipp <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Mexico's two U.S. senators want President Obama to change his proposed budget to ensure that there's money for work needed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in Carlsbad.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:26:58 +0000 Associated Press 46214 at http://kunm.org Senators Seek Money for WIPP Ride-Shares Face PRC http://kunm.org/post/ride-shares-face-prc <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two major ride-sharing companies are taking different approaches when it comes to New Mexico regulatory processes for taxi services.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:18:39 +0000 Associated Press 46213 at http://kunm.org Ride-Shares Face PRC Biofuel Facility On Fire In Southern New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/biofuel-facility-fire-southern-new-mexico <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Authorities in southern New Mexico say a <a href="http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_25842993/car-fire-closes-n-m-460-anthony">biofuel facility is on fire</a> near the town of Anthony, and a half-mile area around the plant is being evacuated.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:12:39 +0000 The Associated Press 45804 at http://kunm.org Teacher Retirements Increasing In Albuquerque http://kunm.org/post/teacher-retirements-increasing-albuquerque <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Albuquerque's public school district is seeing a spike in teacher retirements and resignations.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>School district data show a nearly 19 percent increase in retirement filings as of early May over last year and a 44 percent increase over the year before that.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:01:33 +0000 The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal 45802 at http://kunm.org Teacher Retirements Increasing In Albuquerque Tracking Oil And Gas Spills In New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/tracking-oil-and-gas-spills-new-mexico <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35);">The oil and gas industry is booming in New Mexico. Journalist Laura Paskus sat down with KUNM's Rita Daniels to talk about a new interactive map that&nbsp;shows where oil and gas spills have happened. <a href="http://spillmapper.westernpriorities.org/">The map</a>, which&nbsp;helps us visualize the impacts the energy explosion is having on the land, was&nbsp;created by the Center for Western Priorities. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:07 +0000 Rita Daniels 45553 at http://kunm.org Tracking Oil And Gas Spills In New Mexico "Blunt Adjustments" To The State's Medical Marijuana Program Explained http://kunm.org/post/blunt-adjustments-states-medical-marijuana-program-explained <p style="margin-left:24.0pt;">After a <a href="http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-7902-chronic-shortage.html">survey</a> last fall of card carrying medical marijuana patients in New Mexico found demand out-stripped supply, the state <a href="http://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/info/">Department of Health</a> has been under direct orders from a district judge to solve an annual 8,000 pound medical marijuana shortage.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:05:45 +0000 Rita Daniels 45489 at http://kunm.org "Blunt Adjustments" To The State's Medical Marijuana Program Explained Udall Calls For Investigation Of Albuquerque VA Hospital http://kunm.org/post/udall-calls-investigation-albuquerque-va-hospital <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:150%">U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has called for federal authorities to broaden their investigation into alleged secret waiting lists at VA hospitals to include Albuquerque after <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/18/exclusive-v-a-scandal-hits-new-hospital.html">whistleblower reports</a> that the VA hospital in New Mexico's largest city is plagued with problems.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:31:01 +0000 The Associated Press & KUNM News 45517 at http://kunm.org Udall Calls For Investigation Of Albuquerque VA Hospital Tuesday News Roundup: Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker http://kunm.org/post/tuesday-news-roundup-medical-marijuana-okd-injured-worker <p><strong><span style="background-color: rgb(224, 224, 224); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Medical Marijuana OK'd&nbsp;For Injured&nbsp;Worker</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<em>The Associated Press</em></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:23:45 +0000 KUNM News 45482 at http://kunm.org Tuesday News Roundup: Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker Some New Mexico Lawmakers Support Cutting Student Loan Interest Rates http://kunm.org/post/some-new-mexico-lawmakers-support-cutting-student-loan-interest-rates <p>With college graduation right around the corner some New Mexico lawmakers are drawing attention to a bill in Congress that would allow people to refinance their old student loans with the federal government for lower interest rates.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far 32 lawmakers have signed onto the measure, including New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich, who says the government shouldn’t be in the business of predatory lending.</span></p><p>“I don’t think we should be financing our government operations by charging high interest rates to student loans,” Heinrich said.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:42:43 +0000 Rita Daniels 45288 at http://kunm.org Some New Mexico Lawmakers Support Cutting Student Loan Interest Rates