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Raices
11:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Violeta, Mercedes, Amparo y Chabuca...

El Comercio, Chabuca Granda

Mon. Oct. 29. 7:30p:  Raices will honor four great classic Latin American singers and song writers for you to enjoy and remember on our Day of the Dead: VIOLETA PARRA from Chile, MERCEDES SOSA from Argentina, AMPARO OCHOA from Mexico and CHABUCA GRANDA from Peru. We’ll play some of their songs and briefly talk about their lives and songwriting. Tune in to get a real feeling of Latino American women’s voices and their contribution to our musical culture!

Raices
10:18 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Cuban Pianist Hilario Duran

Credit Hilario Duran - Cuban Jazz All Stars

Sat. Oct. 27, 3p: Cuban Pianist and Composer Hilario Durán is interviewed from Canada by host Cristina Baccin.

One of the  most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz will be in Albuquerque with Canadian flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett. They join their forces with legendary Cuban percussionist Candido Camero to present a new creation:  "Cuban Raphsody" at the Outpost Performance Space, on November 1st at 7:30pm.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

US Representative Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) on KUNM

For more than 13 years, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat, has been representing Texas’s 20th district in Washington D.C. During his tenure he’s held a seat on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and he’s the outgoing chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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Local News
8:37 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Aviation leaders say NM not meeting potential

Credit AllenS

New Mexico has huge potential for developing aerospace and aviation industries because of its weather and wide open air space. But industry leaders say it also has many hurdles to overcome, including high taxes and a reputation as a poor state with crime and bad schools.

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Local News
8:33 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Less activity reported in forest fire east of Taos

A fire burning in the Carson National Forest east of Taos has grown to an estimated 375 acres despite windy conditions.

Officials say the so-called Midnight Fire had less active behavior than expected Wednesday as fuels changed from mixed conifer and spruce to grass and aspen groves.

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

A decision has been made to implement a confine and contain suppression strategy rather than attempt a direct attack and compromise firefighter safety.

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Local News
8:27 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Red Cross delivers water to small NM village

Credit Red Cross

The American Red Cross has delivered 180 cases of drinking water to residents of the Navajo Nation Ramah Chapter House after a well pump outage in the small northwestern New Mexico village of Mountain View.

Officials say 150 families were affected Wednesday.

The water request came to the Red Cross from emergency management officials at the Chapter House and the Cibola County Emergency Manager.

Emergency vehicles from the Red Cross Regional headquarters in Albuquerque and from Farmington delivered the water Wednesday evening.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 9: The Country is Changing

Carol Lovato

Carol Lovato was born in Chicago. Her father was in the military so the family moved around a lot – to New Mexico, California, and Germany.

When it came time for her to choose a place to live as an adult, she went to the place where she felt the happiest as a child – Albuquerque. And she found a job that was just right for her.

CAROL: I was a history teacher at bulldog city, Albuquerque high for 30 years.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Report Details Health Disparities in NM

The death rate of younger New Mexicans has increased by 20% over the past 12 years.

And 32 of the state’s 33 counties report shortages in healthcare professionals.

Those are two of the key findings in a report released today by the Con Alma Health Foundation in Santa Fe.

The report contains data about the overall health of the state’s population. For example, it states that substance abuse and mental disorders affect more than half a million New Mexicans.

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Local News
9:43 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Report: Pedestrian deaths up 50 percent in New Mexico

A preliminary report compiled by University of New Mexico researchers reveals that the first nine months of 2012 were more deadly for pedestrians than last year.

The report compiled by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research on traffic fatalities shows that 44 pedestrians were struck and killed on New Mexico roads during the first nine months of this year.  

This represents a 50 percent increase from the same time period for 2011. 

Keith Smith, one of the researchers for the report, says he can give no particular reason for the increase. 

Local News
8:16 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Plan to Resume Santa Fe-Denver Flights Will Benefit City, Says Mayor

SANTA FE, N.M. (Santa Fe New Mexican) — Santa Fe's mayor says a regional airline's plans to resume direct flights to Denver it halted in 2007 will be a big benefit to the city.

Mayor David Coss said in his annual "state of the city" speech that Great Lakes Airlines plans to begin the twice-daily service soon. It also will provide direct flights between the state capitol and Clovis. Great Lakes said in a press release that service from Santa Fe to Denver will begin December 1 of this year.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NM AG Creates New "Exoneration" Unit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico's Attorney General's office has created a new unit aimed at addressing challenges to homicide and sexual assault convictions.

The office said Tuesday that the new Just Conviction & Exoneration Unit was created last month and will look at cases where DNA evidence could possibly overturn convictions like 1st degree murder.

Margaret McLean, who heads the new unit, says Attorney General Gary King has received a number of inquiries about DNA testing in connection to appeals of some convictions.

Local News
7:31 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us

Ermond 'Mustafa' Overton and Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din at the Olympia Cafe in Albuquerque.
Elaine Baumgartel

The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque. 

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Local News
3:59 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

State Records on Grey Wolf Pack Criticized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are accusing federal wildlife managers of keeping secret details about management of a Mexican gray wolf pack in southwestern New Mexico.

The criticism comes after a public records request netted hundreds of pages of blacked-out documents.

The group WildEarth Guardians says nearly 80 percent of the 870 pages released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services were redacted.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Navajo Nation Hikes Sales Tax by 1%

FARMINGTON, N.M. (Farmington Daily News) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent. The Navajo Nation Council passed the bill last week. Money from the increase would go toward education and energy development when it takes effect in January.

KUNM Call In Show
6:41 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Hispanic, Latino Voters in New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico?  And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.

Guests:

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Local News
6:26 am
Tue October 23, 2012

National tribal group focuses on voter ID laws

A national tribal advocacy group has identified nearly a dozen states where it says new voter identification laws could negatively affect voter participation in Native American communities.

The National Congress of American Indians released a report Monday that highlights the states, including those where photo identification will be required at the polls on Election Day.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NM Voter Registration Up 5% from 2008

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New voter registration figures show the number of New Mexicans eligible to vote has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election and independent voters grew the fastest.

The secretary of state's office reported Monday that nearly 1.3 million people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

The numbers of voters who are unaffiliated with a political party — so-called independents — increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NM Supreme Court Reinstates Convictions of Religious Leader

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has reinstated the convictions of religious group leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers. The state Supreme Court today reversed the Court of Appeals, which had tossed out Bent's convictions because the term of a grand jury had expired before it indicted Bent. The case goes back to the appeals court to deal with other pending legal questions in the 71-year-old Bent's case.

Local News
8:32 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Sandia Lab Extends Agreement to Assist Navajo Energy Ventures

FARMINGTON, N.M. (Farmington Daily Times) — Sandia National Laboratories extended an agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide technical assistance as the tribe develops its energy resources.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/RgxftQ) that the agreement announced Friday extends the cooperative relationship between the federal lab and the tribe another five years.

The agreement comes as the tribe is forging an energy policy to take advantage of the coal, natural gas, wind and solar resources on Navajo land.

The tribe has rich energy resources.

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Local News
8:18 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Fish and Wildlife Service Wants More Room for Jaguars

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is pressing federal officials to set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico for jaguars.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that jaguars need more than the 1,300 square miles the agency proposed in August. Robinson says a jaguar reintroduction program, similar to the one for Mexican gray wolves, also is needed.

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Local News
10:53 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Teen Homelessness Discussed on KUNM

Join KUNM for an hour long discussion on teen homelessness in New Mexico as part of the 15th annual Homelessness Marathon. KUNM will be featured nationally between 11-noon TODAY hosted by Kathy Sabo...

Local News
10:49 am
Sun October 21, 2012

NM Non-Profit Sued by Clients

 A Clovis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to "enhancing the lives of people with disabilities" is facing a lawsuit from clients for neglect and exploitation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rfhrrq) that a recently filed lawsuit alleges that the organization Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped unfairly forced five clients with developmentally disabilities to fend for their medical themselves while the agency amassed more than $13 million in assets in recent years.

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Local News
12:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Girl First NM Resident Linked to Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

State health officials say a 5-year-old girl from Roosevelt County has been identified as the 36th victim of a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter and other nut products from eastern New Mexico.

The girl is from Roosevelt County, the area where the tainted products were processed. Health officials say the girl was never hospitalized and has recovered.

She is the first person in the state linked to the outbreak, which the Centers for Disease Control says has sickened 35 other people in 19 states.

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Local News
11:49 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Bless Me, Ultima Honored

The city of Albuquerque is holding a number of events in honor of Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is hosting tomorrow's "Walk in the Bosque" to allow residents to learn about plants in the New Mexico-based novel. Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age story set in 1940s eastern New Mexico. The movie of the novel was released yesterday.

Local News
11:36 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Another Suit Filed Against Sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former administrative assistant for Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston has filed a lawsuit claiming the sheriff created a hostile workplace for women.

Deborah Garcia provided a copy of her Aug. 28 complaint to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/TxRT75) this week.

In the filing, Garcia alleges Houston made comments about female employees' clothing, body size and breast size. She also says he made negative remarks about her religion.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:54 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Updates on Campaigns and Candidates

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:  There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.  E-mail your questions to callinshow@kunm.org or post a comment in our comment section below.

Guests:

Russel Contreras, Associated Press

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Local News
6:46 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three

Brianne Bigej and Eric Tomala with daughter Kaia (left).
Sarah Gustavus

Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.

BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….

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Local News
12:10 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Poll: NM Hispanics Motivated First by Economy, Second by Immigration

A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year. 

Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.

Voters were also asked whether they support the New Mexico policy of grating driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed to repeal it since taking office two years ago. She says it’s a public safety issue.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 5: A House Divided

Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas with their children Isabel and Isaac
C. Jung


Our Voices Behind the Vote Series continues with Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas  who use their political disagreements to stay informed this election season...


When the 3rd period bell rings at Los Lunas High School...about 30 students make their way across campus to room B10 for Ms. Jessica Montaño's senior English class.


Ok this is the deal....we're going to take this step by step today.

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