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12:01 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Inhabited Desert: The Untold Story Of The Trinity Test

The Gadget
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This month marks the 69th anniversary of world’s first atomic plume rising into New Mexico’s sky. The day the nuclear bomb went off, there were 19,000 people living near the Trinity test blast site, including Native Americans of several tribes and pueblos. Residents weren’t given any warning of the detonation, and the health effects lingered through the decades—but those facts aren’t yet part of public conversation or historic memory.

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Public Health New Mexico
7:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Kirtland Fuel Clean Up Team Warms Some Skeptics

Tensions were initially high at Tuesday's Kirtland Air Force Citizen Advisory Board meeting, but that dissipated as discussion about cleaning up toxins from the jet fuel spill deepened.
Credit Rita Daniels

Kirtland Air Force held their quarterly Citizen Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday to talk about cleaning up the fuel spill threatening Albuquerque's drinking water supply. People learned they may see more action in the coming months than they have over the past 15 years.

The evening kicked off with a brief power point presentation as one of Kirtland’s project managers went over various clean up efforts.  Then the public was allowed to ask questions.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:48 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Immigrants Tell Advocates They Lack Access To Medical Care, Legal Services In Artesia

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Members of a legal working group who visited the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia  say some of the women and young children housed there are reporting a lack of access to medical care and legal counsel. Tannia Esparza, executive director of the advocacy group Young Women United, was a member of the group that visited the detention facility.

“At first glance the facility seems to be in working order,” Esparza said. “But the women told us the conditions are not adequate.”

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KUNM News Update
8:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds

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Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds - The Associated Press

Immigration advocates who were allowed to visit a New Mexico detention center say women there are complaining that children aren't getting proper medical care and people are being deported before they can see a lawyer.

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Local News
6:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shoot, Kill Wanted Suspect

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Officials say Albuquerque police have shot and killed an armed suspect wanted by federal authorities.

Deputy Chief William Roseman told reporters two officers shot the suspect Tuesday after he fled plain-clothed officers from a gas station.

Roseman says the man, whose name was not released, had pulled a firearm from his waist and was a threat to the area. He says the man died at the scene.

Roseman did not identify the officers in the shooting and didn't take questions from reporters.

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KUNM Call In Show
5:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What's At The Root Of Today's Border Migrant Crisis?

According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the officer in this image rescued a child along the banks of the Rio Grande during an Air and Marine Safe-Boat patrol in South Texas.
Credit Donna Burton / U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

President Obama and Congress are struggling to make progress on immigration reform as a surge of children are arriving at the U.S. border, many on their own, after long journeys from Central America.

This week we'll tackle a discussion of the economic and political causes of this mass migration—and the impacts on New Mexico communities seeing an influx of migrants.

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or via Twitter @KUNMNews, or call in live during the show. 

Host: Gwyneth Doland

Guests: 

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KUNM News Update
9:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child Welfare

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Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child WelfareThe Associated Press

The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.

New Mexico, which last year was in last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Santa Fe Hospital Workers Prepared To Strike

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Nurses and medical technicians at Santa Fe’s only general hospital are contemplating a strike after contract negotiations with hospital administrators stalled.

Workers overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer Sunday by Christus St. Vincent that contained nine percent pay raises over three years, saying the offer would leave the hospital understaffed.

KUNM Public Health Reporter Ed Williams spoke to Fonda Osborn, President of the Santa Fe branch of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, about the possible strike. 

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Local News
5:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Violence Against Albuquerque Homeless Commonplace

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UPDATE from The Associated Press: Violence Against Albuquerque Homeless Commonplace 

The brutality of the killings on two homeless men shocked residents of New Mexico's most populous city, but homeless people and advocates for homeless services say violence is commonplace for those who live on the street.

Three teens are accused of killing two men whose heads were smashed with cinder blocks, and police say one of the three told police that they'd previously attacked other homeless people.

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Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Police Probe Other Attacks After Transients Killed In Albuquerque

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Albuquerque police are investigating whether three teenagers suspected of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole are responsible for dozens of other attacks on transients in recent months.

Police say 18-year-old Alex Rios, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, are being held in Bernalillo County detention facilities. A criminal complaint said one of the teens told police that they had attacked more than 50 people in recent months.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Santa Fe Hospital Workers Reject Contract Offer

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Santa Fe Hospital Workers Reject Contract OfferThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

An overwhelming vote by unionized nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe rejects a contract offer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 95 percent of the nurses rejected the offer that the hospital's administration called its best and last and that 80 percent of the techs also did so.

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Entertainment
8:34 am
Sat July 19, 2014

The International District Live!

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A four square-mile area in Albuquerque's Southeast Heights, the "International District," is home to recent immigrants from Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, along with a sizable Hispanic community and the city's largest concentration of Native Americans.  New Mexico poet Valerie Martínez and artists from the local non-profit organization Littleglobe have been working with members of the District since 2011 on a variety of community storytelling projects.  The public is invited to view those projects, along with performances, exhibitions and other events, at locations all around the

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Local News
5:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Medical Pot Program Rule Changes Softened

DOH officials say they are still reading through the 900 public comments they have already received.
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The state Department of Health will not be moving forward with two proposed rule changes to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.  The program’s advocates say it looks like the Governor Susana Martinez's administration is finally starting to see things from the patient’s point of view.  

At an interim legislative committee hearing on Thursday a spokesman from the Department of Health surprised virtually everyone in the room when he announced they had decided to back off some proposed changes, including reducing the number of plants a patient could grow for themselves.  

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Local News
5:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Antiques Roadshow Films In Albuquerque

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Public television’s Antiques Roadshow visits the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday as part of an eight-city summer tour. The show appraises antiques from locals who are hoping to cash in on their prized possessions. 

KUNM's Chris Boros spoke with Marsha Bemko, the show’s Executive Producer.  She says the show has visited New Mexico on multiple occasions. Antiques Roadshow is taping three episodes in Albuquerque for broadcast next year. 

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Friday News Roundup: NM Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes

New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program ChangesThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana program.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.

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KUNM News Update
8:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: NM Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash Edge

New Mexico Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash EdgeThe Associated Press

New campaign finance reports show that Democratic challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara has raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.

However, Pearce still maintains an overall campaign cash advantage.

Pearce reported cash-on-hand of nearly $1.5 million at the end of last month and Lara had almost $712,000.

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Local News
5:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Heinrich, Pearce On Border Migrant Crisis

Sen. Martin Heinrich speaks before the Senate Natural Resources Committee in 2013.
Credit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qYGYgRfmbQ / U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Martin Heinrich discussed the Central American migrant crisis along the U.S./Mexico border Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C.

"We have a human crisis at our southern border that requires immediate but compassionate response," the New Mexico Democrat said. He called on his Republican colleagues in the Senate to work with President Obama to deal with the crisis and demand that House Republicans bring the Senate’s immigration bill to the House floor for debate.

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Live Broadcast
3:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Summerfest Route 66 LIVE Featuring Arrested Development

Arrested Development Will Play Live Saturday Night on KUNM

Sat. 7/19 7p: Once again KUNM broadcasts Summerfest, live from Nob Hill in Albuquerque.  You’ll hear the phenomenal guitar work of singer-songwriter Raul Midon. Also, enjoy local musicians like bluesman Chris Dracup, women's voice and percussion ensemble Mala Maña and Albuquerque’s newest Salsa Group En-Joy.  Grammy winners Arrested Development will end the show with their unique brand of positive hip-hop.

It’s the next best thing to being there! Live and local music from Summerfest, Saturday night starting at 7:00.

 

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KUNM News Update
8:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization

Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization  – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Activists have submitted thousands of petition signatures to try to force a November vote in Santa Fe on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action on Tuesday submitted petitions bearing more than 7,100 signatures. They need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters to force a vote on their proposal.

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KUNM Call In Show
9:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Supreme Court Decision On Contraception In Hobby Lobby Case

Critics of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case protested in front of the craft store in Albuquerque in July 2014.
Credit Ed Williams

 

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/17 8a: The U.S. Supreme Court decided last month to strike down part of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for employer-provided contraception coverage.

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KUNM News Update
9:04 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Plans To Expand Video Surveillance

Santa Fe Plans To Expand Video SurveillanceThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe plans to expand its video surveillance program by adding cameras at the convention center and other locations in the northern New Mexico City.

The City Council last year approved a contract with a security company to install 38 cameras at parking lots, parks and trailheads, and a planned request for proposals would add 104 more cameras.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:55 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Deadline Approaching for State's Insurance Exchange

Credit @BeWellNM on Twitter

 

 

New Mexico is working to create its own online insurance exchange before the next open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act begins later this year. If the federal government doesn’t approve the state’s site, New Mexicans will be using the federal exchange for another year. 

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KUNM News Update
8:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State To Release Corrected Teacher Evaluations

State To Release Corrected Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

State officials say hundreds of New Mexico teachers who received evaluations with errors will get corrected evaluations within weeks.

Spokesman Larry Bahrens says the Public Education Department plans to release corrected evaluations for the past school year by end of August.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the mistakes were caused by faulty data reported by districts.

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Entertainment
8:22 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Marc Neikrug on the 2014 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

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A distinctive element of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is that its artistic leadership is in the hands of a composer.  Marc Neikrug's programming features an ongoing commitment to works by his fellow contemporary composers, alongside music by 18th, 19th and 20th Century masters.  This year's Festival, from July 20 through August 25 in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, includes the world premiere of a highly anticipated work for string quartet and soprano by Australian composer Brett Dean.

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Local News
6:02 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Better Biking In 'Burque

The City of Albuquerque has developed a master plan that would link disjointed trails and bike lanes.
Credit Rita Daniels

New Mexico's largest city has a plan to make cycling safer. It includes everything from expanding existing bike lanes to eliminating some of the hazards that cause flat tires.

For years, cyclists in Albuquerque have been navigating a disjointed system of trails and roads where bike lanes suddenly disappear in areas of heavy traffic and trails peter out into nothing.  But now the city has come up with a proposal that would fill in those gaps.

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Local News
2:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: We Must Treat Central American Immigrants Humanely

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The Los Angeles Times told the story in 2002 of Enrique, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who made the treacherous trip across Mexico to reach his mother in the United States.

What inspired me most in the Pulitzer Prize-winning series Enrique’s Journey was the teen’s tenacity in the face of life-threatening danger.

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Local News
1:19 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Recent Rain Didn't Relieve Drought, Or Even Come Close

Credit National Drought Mitigation Center

    

We’ve gotten some rain recently in New Mexico, but that doesn’t mean the drought is letting up. Climatologists say it’s going to take more than just a sprinkle or two.

Extreme drought conditions are actually spreading in parts of New Mexico, despite the arrival of monsoon storms. A new map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions worsening, especially in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Immigration Courts Backing Up With Kids

Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New DelugeAssociated Press

The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

International Folk Art Market Sees First Artists From Taiwan, Bangladesh

Quilt from Bangladesh.
Courtesy of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

This weekend the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, IFAM, will feature an array of crafts from 150 master artists from 60 countries.

IFAM offers an opportunity for many craft people to support themselves and their communities, while also preserving cultural heritage and skills.

This year, Taiwan and Bangladesh are represented for the first time.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault Rifles

APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault RiflesThe Associated Press and KOB TV

The Albuquerque Police Department plans to buy at least 350 military-style rifles as replacement for officer-owned weapons.

KOB-TV reports that a request for bid called for purchases of 350 AR-15 rifles in a two-year contract's first year, followed by more purchases as necessary.

Police Chief Gorden Eden in May said officers could no longer carry personally-owned weapons in the field.

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