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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
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  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?

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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.
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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
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  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
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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

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  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
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  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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KUNM News Update
8:35 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Lab Tests Show Semen Sprayed On Victims

Lab tests: Semen Sprayed On Victims In Albuquerque -The Associated Press

Authorities say lab tests show semen was sprayed on two victims in squirt gun incidents in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police say samples collected from two victims who were sprayed by a man in February tested positive for "male bodily fluids."

Police say 35-year-old Kevin Jaramillo was arrested more than a week after several children reported being squirted and filmed by a stranger.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:55 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

VA Town Hall on Saturday

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  Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have lots of questions for officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs health care system, but the answers have been few.

And more concerns are being raised by U.S. Rep. Michele Lujan Grisham following revelations that thousands of veterans were left in limbo by being assigned to a doctor who didn't actually see patients.

The New Mexico Democrat has asked for the results of an internal review of the New Mexico VA, but local officials have yet to comply.

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Public Health New Mexico
11:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

State To Pay, Certify Promotoras

Promotora Beronice Archuleta takes Bonnie Jo Skinner's blood pressure.
Credit Deborah Martinez

new law aimed at paying community health workers will kick in this summer. These women and men provide health and social services to their neighbors and act as a vital link between time-strapped doctors and their patients.  Health promoters – or promotoras – are helping homebound New Mexicans get the healthcare they need.

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Politics
9:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Primary Election Results

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General Election Race For Governor Under Way – The Associated Press

Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

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KUNM News Update
8:56 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: General Election Race For Governor Under Way

General Election Race For Governor Under WayThe Associated Press

Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

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KUNM News Update
9:23 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial Nominee

New Mexico Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial NomineeThe Associated Press

New Mexico Democrats choose among five candidates for governor in a primary election to decide who will challenge Republican incumbent Susana Martinez, a rising star in GOP circles as the nation's first Hispanic female governor.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:18 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers

Credit Art by Nani Chacon courtesy of Young Women United

A local advocacy organization is looking at reforming the way the judicial system treats women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Young Women United traveled to Santa Fe last week to make four recommendations to the Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee. Among them, judges should acknowledge pregnancy and lactation status when determining the conditions of bond or release.

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KUNM News Update
9:19 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Protesters Arrested At Mayor's Office In Albuquerque

Dozens of protesters stormed Albuquerque Mayor Richard Barry's office this afternoon and demanded to speak with him about police reform. Berry never appeared. Several protesters were arrested.
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Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque PoliceThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.

About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.

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KUNM News Update
6:47 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Feds Say It Could Take 2 Years To Seal Nuke Dump

Feds Say It Could Take 2 Years To Seal Nuke DumpThe Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says it could take two years or more to meet a state order to seal off potentially dangerous containers at its troubled underground nuclear waste dump.

In a filing with the New Mexico Energy Department on Friday, officials detailed the work and gave broad ranges that indicate it could take a minimum of about 100 work weeks — and possibly twice that long — to secure the rooms at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NM Seniors Not Hungry For Food Assistance

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Thirteen percent of seniors in New Mexico are under threat of not getting enough eat, according to an analysis of the most recent data by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

But a lot of eligible seniors here are not signing up for food assistance, and that could mean $30 million worth of benefits are going unclaimed.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:25 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Insurer To Acquire Lovelace Health Plan Customers

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New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer is expanding.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced Wednesday it has obtained final regulatory approval for its acquisition of Lovelace Health Plan and Lovelace's Medicare Advantage contract.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico has 400,000 members, and the insurer says it'll pick up nearly 100,000 additional members from Lovelace Health Plan.

The Lovelace members include ones belonging to individual, small and large group, and self-funded employer plans, as well as its Medicare Advantage plans.

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KUNM News Update
6:15 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Autopsy Reveals A Shot To The Back From Police Killed Homeless Man

Autopsy Reveals A Shot To The Back From Police Killed Homeless Man The Associated Press

An autopsy report says a homeless man shot and killed by Albuquerque police — a shooting that sparked a violent protest — had multiple surgeries and his arm amputated before he died.

The Office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday released the autopsy report of 38-year-old James Boyd on Thursday and said he died from three gunshot wounds.

The report says one gunshot wound to his upper right arm required surgical amputation of the arm.

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