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

Deadline Approaching for State's Insurance Exchange

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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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Local News
6:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

FOG: High Public Records Fees Are A Deterrent

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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.  

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Susan Boe said the City of Albuquerque has implemented a new policy after receiving complaints about high fees from media outlets and individuals.

The City will now charge $6.75 for DVDs and $2.75 for CDs when filling public records requests, or IPRAs.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Albuquerque Changes Records Policy In Response To Complaints

The Albuquerque Police Department shares headquarters with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office across from City Hall.
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The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government 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 and lets people know what prices to expect in advance.

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KUNM News Update
8:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Among Leading Oil Producing States

NM Among Leading Oil Producing StatesThe Associated Press

Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures yesterday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year. 

And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.

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KUNM News Update
9:07 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: VA Makes Progress on NM Waiting List

VA Makes Progress on New Mexico Waiting List - The Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in whittling down the number of new patients in New Mexico who are on the troubled health care system's electronic waiting list.

The latest audit shows there were 482 veterans on the waiting list. That's down from more than 1,040 a month ago.

The list includes new patients for whom appointments cannot be scheduled within 90 days.

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Public Health New Mexico
8:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Sparks Protest In Albuquerque

Credit Ed Williams

      

The crowds on the street corner outside Hobby Lobby were mostly civil, though emotions were running high. Several dozen men and women waved signs at oncoming traffic calling for a boycott of the craft store and decrying the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

One protester, Natalie Hrizi, was busy passing around a petition to have congress revisit the issue.

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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rain Prompts Forests To Lift Some Restrictions

View of Albuquerque from Sandia Crest in the Cibola National Forest.
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Three national forests in New Mexico have decided to lift some fire restrictions thanks to recent rains.

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.

Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell is still urging visitors to ensure their campfires are cold to the touch before leaving their camp or retiring for the night.

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KUNM Call In Show
5:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Do Teacher Evals Make The Grade?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/10 8a: Recent evaluations have left some teachers with more questions than answers. How were results determined and what do they mean for careers and salaries? Do teacher evaluations help or hinder teaching efforts, students and communities?

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
5:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Las Alegres Ambulancias

Las Alegres Ambulancias live in studio full session audio.

Las Alegres Ambulancias (Happy Hearses) originally from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia are bringing their Afro-Colombian music and culture to New Mexico.

During their live performance for Raíces show (on July 5th), the 9 band members shared their 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu traditions. Their drummers and voices shook KUNM!

Find out more about the band:http://lasalegresambulancias.com/

KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access

New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access - The Associated Press

A Public Education Commission member has filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico's requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.

Tyson Parker of Corrales brought the lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending the state's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.

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KUNM News Update
8:50 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Veteran Dies Waiting For Ambulance At VA Hospital

Veteran Dies Waiting For Ambulance At VA Hospital - The Associated Press

A veteran who collapsed in the cafeteria at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance.

It took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.

NM VA Health Care System spokeswoman Sonja Brown says medical personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fireworks Banned, Sort Of

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Some New Mexicans can legally light their fireworks this Independence Day.

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.  For many counties, the ban went into effect weeks ago.

In Bernalillo County, Fire Marshal Chris Gober will be working this 4th of July and he said fireworks make his job harder.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus

Taos High School teacher Francis Hahn turned down thousands of dollars from the state saying everyone from custodians to cooks to middle school teachers are responsible for a student's success.

  

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.

When Francis Hahn received a letter from the Public Education Department informing him that his application for a stipend for teaching AP students had been approved, he was confused. The literature and composition teacher had never heard of the bonus, so he made some calls and found out the reward was based on his students’ AP test scores from a couple of years ago.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino

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Dear Senators Bill O’Neill and Jerry Ortiz y Pino:

We at New Mexico In Depth were a bit confused - befuddled might be a better word - at your press release yesterday. It bears the title “Media Scrutiny Finally Gives Behavioral Health Debacle the Investigation Warranted” and begins with this line:

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Capitol Steps
8:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July Edition

  Thu. 07/03 8a (airs again Sunday 07/06 at 11a): The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes! There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” when it comes to running for President. It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down! 

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KUNM News Update
8:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: GOP Group Spends $571,000 On NM Ad Blitz

GOP Group Spends $571,000 On New Mexico Ad BlitzThe Associated Press

A national Republican group reports spending more than a half million dollars in the past month on advertising against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King.

A fundraising report by the Republican Governors Association lists expenditures of $571,000 to produce and air ads in June.

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Local News
6:47 am
Thu July 3, 2014

US Marshals Deputy Fatally Shoots Fugitive In NM

The U.S. Marshals Service says a deputy has fatally shot a fugitive in southwest Albuquerque while trying to serve a federal arrest warrant.

They say deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the District of New Mexico weren't injured in Wednesday's incident.

Details of the shooting weren't immediately released.

KOB-TV reports Albuquerque police responded to the scene on reports of a possible dead body along with the Office of the Medical Investigator.

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Local News
6:41 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Drought Won't Stop Fireworks In Dry Western States

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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.

But you'll still see and hear fireworks sparkle and pop this Fourth of July, despite the dangerously high threat of wildfires.

While some places in the West ban fireworks or greatly limit what you can light up, other states are going in the opposite direction.

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KUNM Special
6:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Capitol Steps 4th July Special

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KUNM Special Thu. 7/3 8a and Sun. 7/6 11a: The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes! There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” when it comes to running for President. It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!

The KUNM Call In Show will be back on Thursday July 10. 

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KUNM News Update
8:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico Meeting Sparks Anger Over Immigrants

New Mexico Meeting Sparks Anger Over Immigrants - The Associated Press

Southeastern New Mexico residents are speaking out against a detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.

Around 400 people attended Tuesday a contentious town hall meeting in Artesia to express their anger that close to 700 Central American women and children will be stay at a nearby facility.

Residents say they were afraid the immigrants might take away jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.

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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World

Under the proposed master plan, animals at the zoo would be grouped with other species that share the same environment in the wild.
Credit ABQ Biopark

 

The state's largest biopark held its third and final feedback session this week on a new master plan that would dramatically change the zoo's catwalk. The area made up of caged caves with bobcats in one stall, clumped right next to tigers, would no longer exist.  

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Local News
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Deadline Extended For Kirtland Cleanup Plan

Albuquerque's drinking water wells are being threatened by millions of gallons of jet fuel from Kirtland Airforce base that leaked for decades.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

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.

The Air Force was under a June 30th deadline to submit a plan to the state environment department that describes how they would remove a plume of ethylene dibromide - or EDB – from groundwater that feeds city drinking water wells.

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