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12:23 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pipeline Public Comment Period Extended

Oil, from wells like this one in Counselor, New Mexico, would be shipped via pipeline.
Credit Laura Paskus

At a meeting Thursday, officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed to give the public more time and opportunities to weigh in on a proposed oil pipeline.

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Friday News Roundup
8:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Headlines: NM Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike, More Federal Money For Counties...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage HikeThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Corrales Says Congress Should Ban Overuse Of Antibiotics On Big Farms

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The Village Council of Corrales is calling on Congress to stop the overuse of antibiotics on industrial livestock operations. Corrales is a bucolic village north of Albuquerque, home to about 8,500 people, some of whom keep farm animals. 

    

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Public Health New Mexico
3:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Lingering Concerns During WIPP Cleanup

Containers at WIPP
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As cleanup of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant commences, folks down south remain concerned about transparency and oversight.

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Local News
8:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

N.M. News In 2014

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KUNM Call In Show 12/18 8a: 

New Mexico was in the national spotlight a lot this year. What are the story threads journalists followed? Local reporters join us in the studio to talk about topics like: the Albuquerque Police Department shootings, the immigration center in Artesia, transparency, the Roswell school shooting and mental health. 

What do you think are the top stories of 2014?

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Thursday News Roundup
8:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of Corruption, Flu Season Could Be Difficult...

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Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of CorruptionThe Associated Press

The owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jurors convicted Joe Anthony Montoya yesterday of bribing public officials, committing fraud and engaging in conspiracy.

The jury also convicted Montoya's company, Advantage Asphalt, of charges involving bribery, fraud and conspiracy. Montoya and his company faced more than 30 charges combined.

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Public Health New Mexico
12:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UNM Students React To Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

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Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating the University of New Mexico over its policies on sexual assault.

Public Health New Mexico student reporter Arianna Sena gathered student reactions to the DOJ announcement and found that many on campus were unaware that an investigation was taking place.

Click here for a link to resources for victims of sexual assault on campus.

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Entertainment
10:11 am
Wed December 17, 2014

A Nutcracker for the Southwest

The cactus flower corps de ballet from "The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment"
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It was 1954 when George Balanchine summoned up memories of a festive holiday ballet from his Russian boyhood and remounted the production for the New York City Ballet.  Ever since, "The Nutcracker" has been a holiday tradition around the U.S.  There are several versions of Tchaikovsky's classic on stage this season in New Mexico, and one of them sets the story right here, in the New Mexico Territory of the 19th Century.  Choreographer Patricia Dickinson Wells, Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, talks about the company's "Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment," on stage Decemb

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:31 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Headlines: Driver's License Repeal Bill Pre-Filed, Dunn Still Ahead After Recount...

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Another NM Immigrant Licenses Repeal Effort BeginsThe Associated Press

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal yesterday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Bye Bye Birdie? Climate Change And The Natural World

Birds are caught in mist nets. Normally they are banded and released within minutes of being captured.
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The National Audubon Society was recently awarded Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Award for its comprehensive report linking climate change to a drastic reduction in future bird populations. Biologists and birders in New Mexico are already seeing major changes.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:09 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Headlines: Paseo/I-25 Interchange Opens, Judge Must Step Down...

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Major Albuquerque Construction Project FinishedThe Associated Press

Dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting last night to celebrate the completion of the $93-million dollar reconstruction of the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange.

This morning the flyover that takes drivers headed northbound on I-25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is open.

Government officials had to piece together money from city, county and state bonds to pay for the project.

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Drilling Deep
5:03 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Archaeologists Worry As Drilling Approaches Chaco

The energy industry's footprint is easily visible from the sky in northwestern New Mexico.
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The oil and gas industry in New Mexico is a big deal. It supports the state budget with hundreds of millions of dollars each year. But there are impacts, too – on air quality, water, public health and even cultural sites. In the first installment of KUNM’s new series Drilling Deep, we explore northwestern New Mexico – and the Chacoan landscape.

To reach Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you hang a left off highway 550 near Nageezi, New Mexico and head south.

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Local News
5:02 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Drilling Deep Into Northwestern New Mexico's Oil And Gas Industry

Oil well flare near Counselor, New Mexico
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Over the next few months, I’m going to be exploring natural gas drilling and the burgeoning oil industry in northwestern New Mexico for KUNM. It’s an ambitious series, but I’m looking forward to learning how drilling affects the local economy, as well as the state of New Mexico’s coffers.

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Drilling Deep
5:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Drilling Deep: Flares By Night

Dom Smith at EcoFlight

The morning I flew out of the Farmington airport with Bruce Gordon, from ecoFlight, I had to leave Albuquerque long before the light of dawn. And while I didn't have much time for sight-seeing, I did take a few minutes to stop along the road in Lybrook, New Mexico, where drillers were flaring off excess gases from the oil wells.

Even in the daylight, the scene along Highway 550 is pretty dramatic these days.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Supreme Court Weighs In On Dairy Rulemaking

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases on Monday regarding how the rulemaking hearing process to amend regulations for the dairy industry are being handled.
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 On Monday the New Mexico Supreme Court made two rulings that affect how proposed amendments to regulate wastewater from the dairy industry will proceed.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:07 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Tonight

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New Mexico residents have until midnight to sign up for health insurance in order to be covered by Jan. 1. The final deadline for the open enrollment period is Feb. 15. The Obama administration is urging everyone to go online and check the available coverage options, even those who signed up last year. 

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Monday News Roundup
8:33 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Headlines: ABQ To Receive Bloomberg Grant, APD Accidental Shooting...

14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants - The Associated Press

Fourteen cities ranging from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jerusalem are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues.

New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday. They'll receive from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years.

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Local News
7:25 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Headlines: Congress Clears Way For New Mexico Land Measures, Navajo VP Seeks To Save Artifacts...

The Valles Caldera is among the lands that will be under new management if President Obama signs the legislation the Senate passed Friday.
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Congress Clears Way For New Mexico Land Measures The Associated Press

A new swath of wilderness would be designated in northern New Mexico and management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve would be transferred to the National Park Service under a defense bill that has cleared Congress.

The U.S. Senate voted in favor of the legislation Friday. The House passed the bill earlier this month. It now goes to President Barack Obama for approval.

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Friday News Roundup
8:32 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Headlines: DOJ Says Tribes Can Legalize Pot, Judge Refuses To Shut Down Lyft...

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DOJ Says Tribes Can Decide Whether To Legalize Pot  - The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot. 

Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall was co-chair of a group that developed the policy announced yesterday.

Marshall says the policy was developed after a handful of tribes asked how legalization of pot in states like Oregon and Washington would apply to them.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Headlines: Tapia Documentary Set To Air, Man Sought In ABQ Manhunt In Custody...

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Tapia Documentary Set To Air On HBO On Dec. 16The Associated Press

A documentary on the rise and fall of Albuquerque-born, world champion boxer Johnny Tapia is slated to air on HBO next week.

The network says 'Tapia,' using first-person narration and archival footage, will be shown Dec. 16.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and was shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Activists Petition DOJ To Indict Police Officers

Ken Ellis II, second from the left, started a petition called No One Is Above The Law. It asks for indictments for 13 city police officers who have used deadly force.
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A coalition of people who’ve had family members killed by the Albuquerque Police Department delivered a petition on Wednesday to New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney calling for 13 police officers to be indicted. 

Activists said they were disheartened but hope their efforts are not in vain.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:26 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Headlines: APD & DOJ Hold 'Frank' Meetings, APD Indictments Sought...

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Albuquerque Police, DOJ Hold 'Frank' Meetings  - The Associated Press

Albuquerque police and U.S. Justice Department officials have held a series of private but contentious briefings following a signed agreement on reforms.

Officials say officers and federal authorities gathered Tuesday for the last of five meetings on how reforms will be adopted. But some officers expressed anger on how the Justice Department investigated Albuquerque police and pressed federal officials on why they only focused on certain excessive force cases.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Heinrich: C.I.A. Interrogation Techniques Immoral

Sen. Martin Heinrich speaking on the Senate Floor on December 9, 2014.
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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which released a damning report today on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation techniques after the September 11, 2001, attacks under President George W. Bush.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Headlines: Ex-Official Pleads Guilty On Bribe, $1M Lottery Prize Unclaimed...

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Santa Fe County Ex-Official's Guilty Plea RevealedThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico prosecutors in a fraud case against a contractor have disclosed that a former Santa Fe County official previously pleaded guilty to taking a bribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2012 guilty plea by former county road supervisor James Martinez was revealed for the first time yesterday as testimony began in the fraud case.

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Local News
8:16 am
Tue December 9, 2014

WIPP Incidents Result In $54M Proposed Fines

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KUNM Call In Show 12/11 8a: The New Mexico Environment Department has fined the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory a total of $54 million related to two incidents at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository earlier this year. An underground fire and a release of radiation in February contaminated 22 workers and shuttered the facility. 

What are the fines for? And what must WIPP and LANL do to come into compliance with hazardous waste permits? Are the fines enough?

Guests:

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Local News
5:34 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Feds Not Surprised By Nuclear Fines

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was fined $17.7 million for accepting mislabeled nuclear waste and not appropriately filing paperwork. LANL was fined another $36.6 million for mishandling their waste.
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The Department of Energy wasn’t surprised when they were hit with tens of millions of dollars in fines by the state environment department for mishandling of nuclear waste.

A spokesperson for the federal agency said they self-disclosed that both Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were in violation of their hazardous waste permits.

Back in February a container of nuclear waste from LANL that was being stored at WIPP ruptured and at least 20 workers were exposed to radiation.

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Monday News Roundup
8:32 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Headlines: Senators Welcome NMED Fines, Bernco DA Investigated...

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Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository MishapsThe Associated Press

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The state Environment Department on Saturday announced it was imposing the penalties for 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Environment Department Fines WIPP, LANL $54M

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New Mexico is fining the U.S. Department of Energy $54 million for incidents at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage facility.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant stores nuclear weapons waste deep in underground salt caverns. There was an underground fire in February, followed by a release of radioactivity that contaminated 22 workers and shuttered the facility.

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Local News
9:01 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Headlines: Alcohol Abuse In Gallup, Teens Wanted For Murder...

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Alcohol Abuse Focus Of Meeting In Troubled Gallup The Associated Press

State officials are looking into solutions at tackling alcohol abuse in one of the most violent cities in the state.

State Sen. George Munoz is set to hold a public meeting Monday in Gallup on alcoholism in the troubled city.

The Gallup Democrat says he's concern about the city's high crime rate and the high number of alcohol-related deaths.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:48 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

DOJ Investigating UNM Sexual Assault Policies

UNM central campus
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The US Department of Justice announced today Friday that it is opening an investigation into the University of New Mexico’s policies on dealing with sexual assaults on campus. It’s the latest in a number of DOJ investigations into university sexual assault policies nationwide.

The Justice Department review is a first for the university, and administrators say they still don’t know the details of the student accusations or the planned investigation.

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