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9:02 am
Fri November 16, 2012

"The History of Asking The Wrong Question"

Fri. 11/16 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with theater artist Ain Gordon, Director of New York City's Pickup Performance Co(s).  The company collaborated with local New Mexico filmmakers to create a "fictional documentary."  "The History of Asking the Wrong Question", which explores the relationships Native Americans have to their own history, gives its premiere performances November 16 and 17 at Albuquerque's North 4th Theater.

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8:21 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Lujan Advances In Hispanic Caucus Leadership

Credit Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico has moved up in the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The caucus announced Thursday in Washington, D.C. that Lujan was elected first vice chair for the next congressional session.

Lujan, a Democrat, represents the 3rd Congressional District of northern New Mexico and has been the second vice chair of the caucus.

New Mexico's newly elected member of Congress, Michelle Lujan Grisham, will be caucus whip.

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8:18 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Commercial Coyote Hunters Banned From State Land

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New Mexico's state land commissioner says participants in a commercial coyote killing contest run by a gun store in Los Lunas won't be allowed to use state trust land.

Commissioner Ray Powell says in a letter to the owner of Gunhawk Firearms that a permit or lease is needed for commercial use of the state lands and none has been issued. The letter obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/QLFIZw ) on Thursday says anyone participating in the hunt who kills coyotes on state land will be considered a trespasser.

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8:10 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Spaceport Supporters Push For NM Legislation

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Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed unsuccessfully for two years for legislation to protect spacecraft manufacturers from legal liability.

She'll now have help from the Save Our Spaceport Coalition, a group of aerospace-related companies and business associations.

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8:07 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Conservative Group Criticizes NM's GOP Governor

A conservative political group is criticizing Governor Susana Martinez for deciding to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.

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8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Bonuses Aim to Attract More Albuquerque Cadets

A new initiative has been launched aimed at getting more recruits into the Albuquerque police academy.

Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque Police Chief Raymond Schultz announced Wednesday an initiative that will give each cadet a $5,000 bonus for completing the academy and $500 for city employees who refer qualified candidates. The city has also launched a new campaign aimed at attracting more recruits.

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8:33 am
Thu November 15, 2012

US Postal Service Looks to Hire in NM

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The U.S. Postal Service says it's looking for a few good men and women.

Postal officials say dozens of long-time employees are expected to retire so they're accepting applications for various positions at mail facilities around New Mexico.

The jobs are described as transitional and postal support positions. None of the jobs offer benefits, but some come with the potential of permanent employment with the agency.

The pay ranges from $12.38 to $16 per hour.

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8:31 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Income Inequality Continues to Grow in New Mexico, the Nation's Poorest State

A new study says the gap between wealthy households and low-income families in New Mexico continues to grow, and it is now the widest in the nation.

The report was released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. It says that from 2008 to 2010, the richest 5 percent of New Mexico households had average incomes nearly 17 times higher than the bottom 20 percent of households.

That's a jump from two years earlier, when the gap was around 14 times higher.

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4:08 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

U.S. Attorney Gonzales Nominated For Federal Court

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.

Gonzales' nomination was among seven announced by the White House on Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.

Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico's two U.S. senators.

Gonzales has served as U.S. attorney since 2010. Before that, he spent 11 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney.

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4:03 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Martinez Moves Forward with Health Exchange Plan for Uninsured

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is moving ahead to establish a state-run clearinghouse to help small businesses and tens of thousands of individuals find affordable health insurance they currently lack.

However, a fight over the health insurance exchange could break out in next year's Legislature. Attorney General Gary King's office is reviewing whether new legislation is needed to implement an exchange or whether it can be done as the Martinez administration plans without a change in current law.

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8:39 am
Wed November 14, 2012

State Engineer Makes Agency's Budget Request to Legislative Finance Committee

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New Mexico's State Engineer made his agency's budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday.  The requested money would help reduce the state's backlog of water rights adjudication, and deal with current and future droughts.

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8:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bernalillo Co. to Post Workers' Names and Pay

The Bernalillo County Commission has voted to post the names and salaries of all its workers online as a transparency measure.

The commission voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to adopt the online postings as part of an openness and transparency measure.

Bernalillo County has been posting public salaries but not along with the workers' names.

Measure sponsor Commissioner Wayne Johnson says in a statement that transparency in government is the foundation for good government and allows citizens to hold public workers and elected officials accountable.

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8:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Opposition to Coyote Hunting Contest Grows

Credit Adam Krajewski / Online Producer at The Albuquerque Journal

Opposition to end a coyote hunting contest being held by a Los Lunas gun shop is growing.

According to a report from The Albuquerque Journal, more than 28,000 people have signed a petition to end the competition being held by Gunhawk Firearms. Those against it say killing animals for the purpose of a body count is cruel and that it’s a risk to public safety.

But supporters of the program disagree, saying it’s their right to hold the contest, and that it will help control the predatory coyote population.

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8:24 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Lowe's to Add 300 Jobs at Albuquerque Call Center

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Lowe's plans to expand its New Mexico call center and add 300 jobs in the next year.

The home improvement giant says it will expand its current operations in Albuquerque by taking over an adjacent 32,000-square-foot building.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SnyKoO ) that the customer support center will employ 900 people after the jobs announced on Tuesday are added. The call center opened last December.

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8:20 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Judges in Santa Fe to Seek More Funding

Some of New Mexico's top judges are trying to make a case for more court funding.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RSIsCS) that judges came from across New Mexico on Tuesday to testify before the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe.

The downturn in the economy has meant leaner government budgets and the courts are among affected. The judges are pushing for about a 3 percent increase in funding for the next budget year.

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5:25 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Albuquerque Police Chief Gets Low Marks in Police Survey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only 20 percent of Albuquerque officers approved of the job by the city's police chief, and close to a fifth believe bringing in the U.S. Justice Department will improve the department.

Those were the finds from a survey of 450 officers — around half the department's workforce — released Tuesday by the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.

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9:43 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Police officer alleges retaliation in suit

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A New Mexico State Police sergeant who complained about a lack of diversity among leaders of the State Police and Department of Public Safety has claimed in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZBlZMq) that Henry Trujillo filed a lawsuit against DPS in state court in Santa Fe last week that alleges the agency violated laws against racial and age discrimination and retaliated against him.

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9:39 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Business-related bankruptcies drop in New Mexico

New Mexico's business-related bankruptcies dropped to a six-year low during the 12 months ending with September.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZlyT1V) that petitions were filed for 185 bankruptcies in which the majority of the debt was from business activities.

That's a 19 percent drop from 229 petitions with mostly business debt over the same federal fiscal year period in 2010-11.

Business-related bankruptcies across the country dropped about 16 percent over the same period.

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9:38 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Portales peanut butter plant remains idle

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The New Mexico peanut butter plant linked to a salmonella outbreak remains idle as officials wait for federal approval to reopen.

Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn declined Monday to estimate when operations at the country's largest organic peanut processing plant may resume, saying only that officials are awaiting a response from the Food and Drug Administration.

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9:33 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Nominating commission seeks Metro Court applicants

 

A bipartisan commission will meet next month in Albuquerque to consider applicants for three vacancies on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointments to the 19-member court.

The vacancies will occur in January because three Metro Court judges were elected to the district court in the 2nd Judicial District of Bernalillo County — Judges Christina Argyres, Benjamin Chavez and Briana Zamora.

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7:26 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Rio Rancho Basketball Player Files Suit Against Former Teammates

Wake Gardner
Credit Albuquerque Journal

A Rio Rancho High School senior and basketball player has filed a lawsuit against two of his fellow teammates and their parents for bullying. Wake Gardner alleges that he was assaulted by his teammates on and off the court and that the students put urine in his hair gel.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the incidents were reported to officials last April, and the offending students were punished.

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1:25 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Rookie Legislators Could Boost Martinez Agenda

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a third of the 112 members of Legislature will be new to the House and Senate when lawmakers convene in January, and that could end up helping Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her push to end driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

There will be at least 15 new senators and the election appears to have added more supporters of the governor's license proposal, which has been a centerpiece of her legislative agenda.

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9:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Santa Fe tries to get more businesses to recycle

Santa Fe didn't meet its goal of doubling its recycling tonnage over the past year, but the amount of recyclable materials delivered to a regional processing facility is rising.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/ZezLWj) that city leaders have been focused on getting more businesses to recycle and to distribute more recycling bins to residential customers.

Since July, the city has signed up 24 businesses for recycling collection and has a goal of adding a new account every week.

The policy on plastic bins used for residential recycling has changed.

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9:29 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Source of hazardous release in NM remains unknown

Authorities say the origin of a substance that led to the evacuation of an industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas state line and sickened about 200 people remains unknown.

Capt. Rich Libicer of the New Mexico State Police tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/Sep8MW) that investigators are trying to pinpoint a possible location for where the substance may have come from at the complex of factories and warehouses in Santa Teresa, N.M., near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

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5:09 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The New Mexico Community Foundation Delivers the 2012 Chispa Awards

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The New Mexico Community Foundation delivered their first annual Chispa Awards last week, honoring 12 nonprofits from around the state. The awards were a complete surprise to the recipients. None of the organizations knew they had been chosen until the folks from the NMCF showed up at their door armed with a fancy plaque and a check for $7000. KUNM’s Carrie Jung was lucky enough to tag along for two of these surprise awards, and has this report.

2012 Chispa Award Recipients

Bootheel Youth Association

Cochiti Youth Experience

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4:34 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NM to deploy resources to storm-ravaged states

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an order to support the deployment of New Mexico resources to northeastern states that need help in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Friday's executive order makes $200,000 available to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to coordinate the deployment and support of New Mexico resources for relief efforts.

The storm made landfall on the East Coast on Oct. 29 and has caused an estimated $50 billion in damages.

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4:32 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

US, Mexico close to Colorado River water use pact

Government leaders in the United States and Mexico are close to signing a pact to add areas south of the border to Colorado River water sharing agreements involving seven Western U.S. states.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said Friday that final documents are circulating among the 15 water agencies and state officials in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Colorado River Commission of Nevada will consider it next week.

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4:31 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Bernalillo County seeking to fix jail overcrowding

Bernalillo County officials say there may be as many as 1,000 people being held at the chronically overcrowded Metropolitan Detention Center who don't need to be there.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rp9rnZ) that officials plan to take around 400 from behind bars and put them in programs where they can be monitored and get help.

The plan is to expand the 2nd Judicial District Court's pretrial services program and the county's Community Custody Program, which would cover some defendants awaiting trial and others already sentenced.

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4:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Foster children portraits on display at UNM's Pit

The state and the University of New Mexico have unveiled a new attraction for Lobo basketball fans, a "Heart Gallery" featuring portraits of children up for adoption.

Gov. Susana Martinez was at the university Thursday to announce the gallery, which will display pictures of foster children from the Children, Youth, and Families Department.

CYFD says it has a temporary display ready for the Monday's basketball season home opener at The Pit. A permanent gallery will follow.

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3:17 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

US, Mexico Close to Signing Water Sharing Pact

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Government leaders in the United States and Mexico are close to signing a pact to add areas south of the border to Colorado River water sharing agreements involving seven Western U.S. states.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said Friday that final documents are circulating among the 15 water agencies and state officials in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Colorado River Commission of Nevada will consider it next week.

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