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KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State Police: Teen Had Cap Gun When Fatally Shot

State Police: Teen Had Cap Gun When Fatally Shot - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say a teenager was armed with a cap gun when he was fatally shot by Espanola police earlier this month.

State Police officials said Monday that their investigation into the June 8 shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando will be presented to the 1st Judicial District's Attorney's Office when it's completed.

They say the two Espanola police officers involved have been interviewed by State Police investigators.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy

Credit Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

  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.

In a calm, dignified voice, she detailed the alleged sexual harassment she suffered from Thomas when he headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was a turning point in American history and ignited a national debate about gender equity, sexual misconduct and power in the workplace.

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Entertainment
6:16 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The 2014 Albuquerque Comic Expo

Credit www.abqcomicexpo.com

15,000 people, many of them in costume, are expected at Albuquerque's downtown Convention Center the weekend of June 27.  The 4th annual Albuquerque Comic Expo is a three-day celebration of popular culture and comic book culture, with national exhibitors, panel discussions, screenings, and Q&A's with celebrity guests.  The Expo's Media Manager, Jyllian Roach, explains.

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KUNM News Update
9:02 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Albuquerque Protest To Put Police Chief 'On Trial'

Albuquerque Protest To Put Police Chief 'On Trial' The Associated Press

Critics of Albuquerque police say they will put the embattled police chief "on trial" during a planned rally Saturday.

Demonstrators say the march scheduled to start at Roosevelt Park at noon, is aimed at pushing for reforms at APD following a harsh U.S. Justice Department report over the agency's use of force.

Albuquerque police also are under scrutiny over 40 police shootings — 26 of them fatal — since 2010.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid

Naloxone is also known by its brand name, Narcan. It's can be administered nasally or intravenously, according to Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health.
Credit PunchingJudy via Creative Commons

  New Mexico has the second-highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, according to the CDC. Now, a life-saving drug called naloxone is not only available by prescription, the cost of it is covered through Medicaid.

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KUNM News Update
8:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide

Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide - The Associated Press & The Daily Times

The death of a driver who was shot by a federal officer in Farmington in March has been ruled a homicide.  The Daily Times reports that the Office of the Medical Investigator says John Marszalek died from the gunshot and multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the throat.

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KUNM News Update
9:01 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Senate Panel OKs Funds To Help WIPP Reopen

Senate Panel OKs Funds To Help WIPP Reopen - The Albuquerque Journal

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad would get an extra $102 million to help reopen the facility, under a new Senate appropriation. 

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KUNM Call In Show
4:18 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Maturing Queens And Meeting Beeks: Beekeeping In New Mexico

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 6/19 8a: 277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866

Do you want to start keeping bees? Or would you rather just eat local honey and support local bee colonies from afar? It's National Pollinator Awareness Week and we'll hear from local beekeepers and educators about how to keep honey flowing and flowers pollinated. 

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

Guests: 

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KUNM News Update
9:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Wildfire Rages As Navajo Communities Evacuate

Wildfire Rages As Navajo Communities Evacuate The Associated Press

A wildfire that has forced the evacuations of Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico has grown to more than 17 square miles.

Fire officials say the Assayii Lake Fire is being fueled by fierce winds.

There's zero containment, and the gusts have hampered any effort to attack the flames directly.

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Local News
5:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Albuquerque Water Utility Board Demands Clean Up Of Fuel Leak

The Ridgecrest Well Number 5 is the most productive well in Bernalillo County. It is in the path of the expanding plume of contamination from the Kirtland fuel spill.
Credit Rita Daniels

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.

 

In 1999 Air Force officials discovered millions of gallons of jet fuel had been leaking, probably for decades, at Kirtland Air Force Base. It's believed that toxins in the fuel are making their way towards the city's drinking water.

 

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Public Health New Mexico
2:28 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water

Taos High School Students (from left) Julia Johnson, Andrea Chin-Lopez, James Valerio and Anthony Archuleta
Credit Laura Tenoria

Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called eCYBERMISSION this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.

Students at Taos High have figured out how use crushed blue crab shells to create filters that remove antibiotics from water. They used the crustacean shells to create Chitosan, which is commonly used in agriculture, medicine and industry. 

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KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Guilty Plea In Governor's Hacked Email Case

Guilty Plea In Governor's Hacked Email Case - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager has pleaded guilty to two counts in a case that accused him of intercepting her email.

Jamie Estrada entered his plea Monday as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Under the plea agreement, Estrada faces up to one year in jail for intercepting email from Martinez's campaign account and for making false statements to federal investigators.

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Entertainment
6:30 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Currents 2014: New Mexico Composer E.L. Bearer

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E.L. Bearer balances a distinquished career as a composer with her work as a biomedical scientist at the University of New Mexico Medical School.  Dr. Bearer talks about her new musical collaboration, "Songs and Elements," an interactive multimedia performance which will be presented on June 21 at El Museo Cultural, as part of Currents 2014, Santa Fe's 5th annual new media festival.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:53 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Public Speaks Up Regarding Medical Cannabis Regulations

Constructive criticism around the proposed rule changes regulating New Mexico's medical cannabis program will be heard on Monday.
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  On Monday the Department of Health will hear comments from the public on proposed rule changes to the state's medical marijuana program.

Last month the agency published a hefty rewrite to the regulations that have been in place since 2010.

Former PRC commissioner Jason Marks, who is an attorney in Albuquerque representing a majority of New Mexico's licensed non-profit producers, says the changes being proposed are onerous. 

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Local News
9:50 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Legislature: Prisons Need Repairs

Recreation yard at The Old Main
Credit Ken Piorkowski via Wikimedia Commons

  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.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.

Limited state dollars and aging facilities are to blame.

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KUNM News Update
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs

Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs - The Associated Press

A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

APD Releases Boyd Shooting Videos

A still from the first video that was released

  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.

Videos released late Wednesday show a number of officers surrounding 38-year-old James Boyd as police try to get him to surrender from his Sandia foothill camp site.

On one video, Boyd, who suffered from schizophrenia, is heard telling officers he doesn't want to come down because officers will shoot him. An officer responds, "no, we wouldn't."

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KUNM News Update
8:57 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Police: Teen Had A Weapon When He Was Shot

Police: Teen Had A Weapon When He Was Shot - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police confirm a teenager was armed when he was fatally shot by an Espanola police officer, but investigators aren't providing any details about the weapon.

State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Thursday the investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando is ongoing.

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KUNM Call-In Show
11:17 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What's happening at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant?

Credit wipp.energy.gov

Thu. 6/11 8a: Scientists are still searching for the root cause of the February 14th radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), but theories are being narrowed down and action being taken to protect workers and citizens.  We'll learn the latest developments from New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and others.  Are you getting enough information from government agencies overseeing the investigation and charged with remedying the situation to feel safe?

 

Scheduled guests:

Staci Matlock

Reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

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Local News
4:17 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Swarming Locusts Confound Meteorologists

The high reflectivity returns showing up on the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque are mutated grasshoppers.
Credit National Weather Service

6/11/14 Editor's note: We are conducting follow-up research that may change the facts presented in this story.  Look for a related story soon.

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.  

But the skies were pretty clear, and as the breeze blew east and then west, the pattern of reflectivity changed—literally with the winds.

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KUNM News Update
8:47 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Struggling Navajo Head Start Program On Rebound

Struggling Navajo Head Start Program On Rebound - The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation's Head Start program has struggled for years to ensure children are safe, employees undergo background checks and it has qualified teachers. Now, it's on the rebound.

The federal government recently announced the tribe will receive a 5-year, non-competitive grant after fully passing reviews for the first time in decades.

Sharon Henderson-Singer, who oversees the program, says the tribe is required to meet some 2,800 standards.

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KUNM News Update
9:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: VA Officials Confirm 21 Patients Died While Waiting To See Doctor

VA Officials Address Wait Times For NM VeteransThe Associated Press

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico say they have identified at least 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor amid an investigation into lapses in care.

Authorities have not determined whether any of the deaths were related to a lack of care. They said Tuesday during a news conference that each case is being reviewed in detail to determine the circumstances.

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Local News
8:15 am
Tue June 10, 2014

State Criticizes Kirtland Cleanup Proposal

Kirtland Air Fore Base
Credit Wikimedia Commons

  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.

Kirtland's plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells are located. The contaminated water then would be treated to meet drinking water standards.

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Local News
7:29 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Services held for Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez

Chester Nez

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.

Chester Nez died last week in Albuquerque. He was 93.

The Mass was held Tuesday morning in Albuquerque, with burial afterward at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Gov. Susana Martinez called for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown Tuesday. She calls Nez and his fellow Code Talkers true patriots who changed the course of history.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
6:07 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Iyah Band Live

Iyah Band performs live at the KUNM Members Free Concert

For tonight's feature we hear The Iyah Band's all-original set from the KUNM Members' Concert held on May 16th at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre.  

The Iyah Band are:
Ijah Umi: vocals, keyboards
Jah Son: guitar, vocals
Otiamba Umi: bass
Irving Trujillo: drums

Live sound by Travis Hill; recorded and mixed by Roman Garcia.

KUNM News Update
8:54 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager

State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager – The Associated Press

A fatal shooting of an armed teenager by an Española police officer is under investigation by New Mexico State Police.

Authorities say two Española officers on Sunday responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with a person identified as 16-year-old Victor Vialpando of Española.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:59 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

KUNM Earns Two NMBA Awards For Excellence

Plaques presented to Deborah Martinez and KUNM by NMBA
Credit Deborah Martinez

KUNM's Public Health Reporter Deborah Martinez took first place in two news categories for large market radio stations at the annual New Mexico Broadcasters Association awards banquet last night in Albuquerque.

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KUNM News Update
8:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated

Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated  The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

The driving force behind an ordinance that made a northern New Mexico county the first in the country to ban fracking lost his seat in this week's primary, raising new questions about the future of the ordinance.

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Local News
10:26 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Senators Seek Money for WIPP

Credit DOE Photo

  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.

The repository has been closed since February because of a radiation release.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that they're urging Obama to present Congress with an amendment to his proposed budget.

The two New Mexico Democrats said Obama needs to ensure that there'll be funding to implement recommendations of investigative panels.

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Local News
10:18 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ride-Shares Face PRC

Lyft ride-sharing cars bear a distinctive pink mustache
Credit toufeeq hussain via Creative Commons

  Two major ride-sharing companies are taking different approaches when it comes to New Mexico regulatory processes for taxi services.

Both Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. began operating in Albuquerque in April but only Uber has filed with the state Public Regulation Commission for a permanent certificate to operate.

Lyft disputes the commission's contention that the service needs authorization by the regulators to operate in New Mexico.

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