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8:59 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Albuquerque voters pick congresswoman

Albuquerque voters will send a new representative to Washington on Tuesday after a relatively quiet campaign between the two candidates.

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is running against Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in the 1st Congressional District, which represents most of the city. The winner will replace two-term Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the Senate.

It is the most competitive of the three congressional districts in New Mexico. In the other two, Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and GOP Rep. Steve Pearce are favored to hold on to their seats.

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Local News
8:57 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta attendance declines

Officials say attendance at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fell from last year.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers announced Monday that estimated attendance at this year's nine-day event last month was more than 714,000. Officials say the number is down slightly from 2011's estimated 737,466 visits.

Organizers blamed the declined on poor weather which forced the cancellation of some events that historically have been the most attended.

Officials say the event attracted balloons from 19 countries.

Local News
6:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

No Photo ID Required at Polls in New Mexico

Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day.  Duran says, in New Mexico a photo ID is required in only one rare circumstance- when that voter is a first time voter in New Mexico AND the voter registered by mail without showing a photo ID.  

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

League of Women Voters Voter Guides Prohibited at the Polls on Election Day

As voters head out to the polls to vote on Election Day, it's not just polling locations that may have changed this year.  The League of Women Voters voter guides are no longer available in county clerk's offices or polling locations.  The New Mexico Secretary of State's office says the voter guides constitute electioneering, something that is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place.  But not everyone agrees with the Secretary of State's interpretation of a 2011 law.

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Women's Focus
3:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

State Candidates on Women's Issues-part 2

Maryellen Broderick

Maryellen Broderick (D) State House Dist. 30.


http://www.electmaryellenbroderick.com/

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Breaking
5:59 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Little Bit of New Mexico on FDR's desk

Credit PBS

The Dust Bowl was a critical moment in American history…a human caused ecological disaster that destroyed the farmland of the great plains and turned prairies into deserts. A new documentary by Ken Burns set to air later this month on PBS aims to chronicle the  complexities of the event and the resulting human drama. Co producer Julie Dunfey joined KUNM’s Carrie Jung in the studio today to talk a little more about the film…and why we can expect something new from this Ken Burns production.  

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Local News
3:34 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Threatened Trout Get Lift from Mules

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Biologists are getting help from a team of mules as they return thousands of threatened Gila trout to their home streams in southwestern New Mexico.

The pack train traveled a few miles into the Gila National Forest wilderness this week to release the first batch of 1,000 fish. The remaining 3,000 will be packed in on Monday.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

NM Voters To Decide Fate of Bond Proposals

Along with candidates and constitutional amendments, voters are choosing whether to pay higher taxes for capital improvement, or building projects throughout New Mexico.  

  Albuquerque and Santa Fe have bond issues of their own on the ballot, and voters across the state will decide the fate of three bonds worth more than $140-million dollars.

 

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Local News
4:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Navajo Council Senate Endorsement in Dispute

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's U.S. Senate candidates are sparring over who has the support of the Navajo Nation Council.

Republican Heather Wilson says the council endorsed her after Speaker Johnny Naize sent her a letter last month praising her energy policies.

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Local News
6:55 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 12: Head and Heart

This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.

In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque  man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy.  He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.

Tom Tomasi is a bit soft spoken but he has strong opinions about politics. He spends most days working for the federal government, but he also runs his own business as a firearms instructor in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Call In Show
6:27 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Native American voters in New Mexico and what to expect at the polls

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day?  And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote?  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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Local News
6:21 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NM Secretary of State defends removal of voter guides

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran ordered all voter guides produced by the League of Women Voters removed from polling places in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces this week.

 

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Local News
4:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

PRC Ballot Items Would Streamline Agency, Tighten Credentials

Voters throughout New Mexico will see three Constitutional Amendments about the state Public Regulation Commission, or PRC, on the ballot in this year's election. 

 

The three amendments dealing with reform of the PRC are printed far down on the ballot.  The state agency is a five-member panel that regulates utilities, transmission and pipeline firms, transportation and insurance companies.

 

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 11: Family Values

Norma Vazquez and Mary Houdeck in their Rio Rancho home.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the KUNM News team has been exploring the lives and politics of  New Mexicans- in frank and intimate conversations.

This next installment in the KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series took us to visit with a couple in Rio Rancho.  Marriage equality for same-sex couples is the number one issue for them this year.

When Mary Houdeck and Norma Vazquez went on their first date in the late 1980s marriage for same sex couples was like a fantasy dream for many in the gay and lesbian community. 

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Local News
5:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Rio Grande could join 'ghost rivers' of the Southwest

Rio Grande in Albuquerque, October 28, 2012
Laura Paskus/KUNM

The Rio Grande ran low and dry this year.  That was bad news for fish and for farmers. And it’s unlikely that relief is in sight: Reservoirs are low and climate change is here.

In the second of this two part series, KUNM  takes a look at the Rio Grande—which one advocate worries might someday be a “ghost river.”

Janet Jarratt runs a dairy in Valencia County, south of Albuquerque. Farmers work harder than anyone she knows.  And making a living is even tougher during dry years, she says, when farmers don’t know if they’ll get their water.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Officials still mum on hazardous release in Santa Teresa

A hazardous release occurred today in Santa Teresa, NM.
Credit Map from Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance. http://www.new-mexico-borderplex.com/

Just before nine o clock this morning, people living or working near the Santa Teresa Industrial Park received a call from authorities. They were told to remain indoors and seal windows and vents.

By noon, 200 people had been evacuated to the local high school. People were having a hard time breathing, were feeling light-headed, nauseous and dizzy.  And they were treated for exposure to an "unknown substance." About that time, hazmat teams began moving into the area to test air quality.

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Local News
10:25 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 10: Gut Instinct

As we close in on the last few days of the election season, the KUNM News Team has been hitting the streets, trying to get a sense of what's propelling New Mexicans to cast their votes.

“My name's Romeo Rocha…”

Romeo says when his mom was pregnant with him, his dad took her to see Romeo and Juliet, hence the name.

Romeo: “Yeah when you are younger and everyone is making fun with you it seems like a curse but after awhile you get used to it.”

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Local News
6:47 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Corporate Tax Proposal As Job Creation

Governor Susana Martinez's administration wants to cut corporate income taxes and make additional changes to the way those taxes are assessed.

The Albuquerque Journal reports state economic development secretary Jon Barela says the move would create 7,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next couple of years, jobs that could stem job losses from projected federal budget cuts.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Rare fish not faring well in the Rio Grande

The Rio Grande in Los Lunas, NM. October 26, 2012.
Laura Paskus/KUNM

At the end of October, the Rio Grande in Los Lunas is crunchy.

Except for a few crows and one sandhill crane flying high above, the skies are quiet. There’s no water here, and no reason for cranes or ducks to land. Up and down the riverbed, there’s only sand.

This time of year, Mike Hatch is still getting out of bed at about two in the morning. Since mid-June, he’s been tracking the drying as part of the government’s River Eyes program.

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Local News
9:06 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Proposal would regulate alcohol sales in Santa Fe

Credit David Shankbone

A City Council member in Santa Fe is proposing rules for an area of his city that would regulate alcohol sales and create a healthier food zone by banning new restaurant drive-thrus.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SngcJ0 ) that City Council member Carmichael Dominguez is trying to put strict rules in place governing certain types of businesses in the Airport Road area of southwest Santa Fe.

Dominguez says his proposal is an attempt to improve the area's quality of life.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on Dominguez's proposal in January.

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Local News
9:01 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Governor names Transportation Commission member

Credit John Phelan

Gov. Susana Martinez has named a businessman from southeastern New Mexico to a commission that oversees the state Department of Transportation.

Robert Wallach of Hobbs fills a vacancy on the six-member state Transportation Commission, which sets policies for the department.

The 56-year-old Wallach runs a family-owned concrete business and also owns a ranch. Wallach is a former member of the Hobbs City Commission.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

The department is responsible for the state's network of highways and bridges.

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Local News
8:59 am
Mon October 29, 2012

WA campaigns bring attention to Utah license model

The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver's license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can't provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

Washington and New Mexico remain the only two states in the country not to require proof of legal U.S. residency when applying for a driver's license.

Local News
8:58 am
Mon October 29, 2012

New Mexico traffic deaths way up this year

More people are dying on New Mexico highways this year, with state statistics showing a 25 percent jump in traffic deaths during the first nine months of 2012.

Deaths from alcohol-related crashes are also up by 20 percent this year. Alcohol played a role in about 40 percent of the state's 296 traffic deaths.

Figures compiled by the New Mexico Department of Transportation show pedestrian deaths and crashes that killed people above age 70 led the increase in fatalities.

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Afternoon Freeform
8:53 am
Mon October 29, 2012

A Halloween Freeform

Wed 10/31 1:30p: Four KUNM Freeform DJs join Carol Boss to spin some of their favorite creepy, ghoulish, wacky Halloween tunes.  Travis Parkin, Mello, Mary B, Brandon "Dead" Kennedy and Carol Boss will be mixing their spook-tacular brews just for you.

   

Local News
9:51 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Cost Overruns, Construction Delays Cited at Los Alamos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Work on a new security system at a nuclear weapons manufacturing site at Los Alamos National Laboratory is being delayed after cost overruns and construction problems.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rntens ) a preliminary lab estimate contained in a National Nuclear Security Administration issue summary puts cost overruns at up to $25 million. The lab has spent seven years and $213 million on the project.

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Local News
8:29 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Endangered gray wolf to be released into wild

Credit Cm0rris0n

  An endangered Mexican gray wolf will be released into the wild from Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.

The Chicago Zoological Society runs Brookfield Zoo and says the female wolf will be moved Saturday to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge in New Mexico. They say the 4 1/2-year-old wolf, named Ernesta, will be paired with a mate for potential release. Wildlife biologists will put the pair through a "boot camp" to prepare them for the wild.

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Local News
8:27 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Winter moisture a must to help ease NM drought

Credit Tomas Castelazo

  Nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought, and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.

State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

Those totals ranged from a half-inch to just over an inch of rain, not enough to catch up after back-to-back dry years.

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Local News
8:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NM Sens. ask Obama for monument designations

Credit Daniel Schwen

  New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking President Obama to designate the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos and the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as national monuments.

The senators, who are sponsors of legislation that would elevate the sites to national conservation and wilderness areas, wrote a letter to Obama asking him to use his authority to establish the sites as National Monuments because a congressional logjam has made it difficult to pass their bill.

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Local News
8:21 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Forest fire east of Taos remains uncontained

A fire burning in the Carson National Forest east of Taos has grown to an estimated 429 acres with zero containment so far.

Officials say the so-called Midnight Fire is mostly creeping and smoldering with little progression Thursday due to colder temperatures and a change of fuel type.

Fuels changed from mixed conifer and spruce to grass and aspen groves on Wednesday.

They say the rugged terrain, abundance of beetle-killed trees and other observed hazards also call for a change of strategy.

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Local News
8:20 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Native women face patchwork of policies for Plan B

Months after the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women, advocates say they're still waiting. And in the meantime, Native women face a patchwork of policies at hospitals and clinics that don't always ensure timely access to the medication.

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