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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million For Veterans Facility – Associated Press

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.

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Photographer Graciela Iturbide has spent her career documenting what she calls the "Mexican Tempo" -- a world that's at once ancient and modern, realistic and otherworldly.  A major collector of Iturbide's work, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has just published a biography of the artist.  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide is a collaboration between writer Isabel Quintero and cartoonist Zeke Peña.

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Official Apologizes For Prescribed Burn That Start WildfireThe Associated Press & The Gallup Independent

A Cibola National Forest official has apologized for approving a prescribed burn that started a wildfire that has burned 14.5 square miles (37.56 sq. kilometers) on a northwestern New Mexico mountain.

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New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Legalizing PotThe Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca is calling for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/18 8a: Call 277-5866. We'll speak with Syrians who live in New Mexico to hear their thoughts on the ongoing war and U.S. military action. We'll also talk about their lives in Syria and now, here. We invite your thoughtful questions for our panel. Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Feud Erupts Between Utility, US States Over Colorado River – The Associated Press

Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused an Arizona utility of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening the river's future.

Melorie Begay

New Mexico’s wildfire season started off early this year, and spring winds could make it worse. For people living near forests, this means preparing for potential evacuations and fire proofing homes. But, for wildlife, there’s a lot we don’t really know. 

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Crime is a top concern for Albuquerque residents. Mayor Tim Keller announced Tuesday morning the situation is getting better. Crime rates are dropping, according to a city report looking at the first quarter of this year.

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Tequila Bat Gets Off Endangered Species ListThe Associated Press

Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the federal endangered species list.

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Hispanic Catholics Protest Priest For Ending Spanish MassThe Associated Press and KOB

Some Hispanic Catholics in a New Mexico town want a priest removed after he ended Spanish Mass and allegedly told one parishioner he needed to pray for what he did in the Vietnam War.

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3 Finalists Named For Top Post At UNM Hospitals – Associated Press

A series of town halls are planned over the coming weeks as one of the state's largest hospital systems seeks a new chief executive officer.

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The state’s Peer-to-Peer Warmline has introduced a texting option. This could help more locals early on so they won’t need to call a crisis hotline later.

Laura Paskus

As high winds whipped dust, Siberian elm seeds and recycling bins around Albuquerque Thursday afternoon, dozens of people filed into the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Albuquerque office to hear the agency’s 2018 forecast for the Rio Grande.

“I’ll be the bearer of bad news,” said Reclamation’s Albuquerque Area Manager Jennifer Faler. “This is the most extreme shift we’ve had from one operating plan meeting to another.”

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University of New Mexico undergraduate tuition has gone up over 50 percent in the last decade. The UNM Board of Regents gave the green light to raise tuition again in March. New research suggests increasing tuition could reduce student diversity. Greg Wolniak co-authored the research and spoke with Public Health New Mexico’s Sarah Trujillo.  

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He doesn't work on paper as most artists do, rather he works with it -- cutting it, folding it and then reassembling these numerous and meticulous geometric forms into dimensional paper sculptures.  Matt Shlian has been artist-in-residence this past year at UNM's Tamarind Institute, and he will figure prominently in Tamarind's weekend-long exploration of the intersection between art and science, Albuquerque Wonder Cabinet, April 20-22.

Immigration and border security have dominated the headlines this week in New Mexico and across the nation. Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa has been covering these issues for many years and she says this is one of the most horrible, beautiful times to be a journalist. The founder of The Futuro Media Group spoke with KUNM's Megan Kamerick. 

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Air Force Looking To Expand Airspace In New Mexico – The Associated Press & The Roswell Daily Record

U.S. Air Force officials continue trying to ease concerns over an idea to expand military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico.

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For decades, families in New Mexico have been missing out on food and medical assistance that they’re eligible for under federal law. Records show that things have gotten better in recent months. Still, the issue’s been in court for 30 years, and a federal judge says one problem is a lack of accountability within the state’s Income Support Division

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In ABQ Small Amounts of Pot No Longer A CrimeThe ABQ Journal

New Mexico’s largest city will be the next municipality where possession of small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime.

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The head of the state department that oversees behavioral health services is at odds with Governor Susana Martinez’s administration over how to handle gun violence in local schools.

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Sessions Takes Fight On Border Enforcement To New MexicoThe Associated Press

As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought his tough stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico on Wednesday, telling border sheriffs that cracking down on illegal crossings and drug smuggling is necessary to build a lawful immigration system.

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New Mexico May Execute 2 Long After Death-Penalty RepealThe Associated Press

New Mexico's Supreme Court is weighing whether the state's two remaining death row inmates still can be executed after the state's abolition of capital punishment.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information to target Facebook users with political advertising in 2016. The two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing called "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data."

Tribes Lead The Way For Faster Internet Access In New Mexico

Apr 9, 2018
New Mexico PBS

 

For decades in these sparsely populated valleys and peaks in northern New Mexico, the internet has been slow, unreliable and expensive. This region is not remote, exactly.

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Sessions To Visit New Mexico, Speak To Border SheriffsThe Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slated to visit southern New Mexico as part of a three-day conference for sheriffs in border states.

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Trump Move To End 'Catch-And-Release' Policy – Associated Press

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved using Defense Department money to pay for as many as 4,000 National Guard personnel to perform border security missions.

Katharine Egli

TAOS, NM – Molly Byrnes, 34, and Jesse Hofmann-Smith, 35, can’t reliably make phone calls on their cellular network from their cozy apartment on the outskirts of Taos, but they can host real-time webinars and build websites online for clients across the country.

 

Their casita is one of about 6,300 homes and businesses in northern New Mexico connected to a high-speed fiber-optic internet network run by an unlikely source: the local electric cooperative.

 

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New Mexico Senators Join Call For EPA Chief To ResignAssociated Press

New Mexico's two U.S. senators have joined fellow Democrats and environmentalists in calling for the embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency to resign.

Ed Williams

 


New Mexico’s rate of opioid overdose deaths used to be one of the worst in the country, but it’s slowly been improving. A new study says some of the state’s strategies could be helping.

Katharine Egli for the Solutions Journalism Network

What if big telecom isn’t the only game in town for internet service? Member-owned cooperatives and community networks are springing up around the country. And what’s more, they’re making net neutrality—unthrottled access to an open net—a core value.

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