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9:16 am
Thu November 22, 2012

The New Mexico Ballet Company's "Nutcracker"

Thurs. 11/22 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic provides live musical accompaniment to the New Mexico Ballet's annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," November 24 though December 2 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.  The Company will be joined by guest artists from American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet.  Spencer Beckwith talks with Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of New Mexico Ballet.

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Local News
8:12 am
Thu November 22, 2012

NMSU Professor Developing Watering App for Farmers

An engineering professor at New Mexico State University is working on a digital application that could help farmers determine when and how often they should water their crops.

Farmers will be able to use Zohrab Samani's iFarm app — short for Intelligence Farm — on their cellphones and computers.

The app aims to help farmers set up more efficient irrigation schedules by taking into consideration multiple factors, such as wind and humidity levels.

Software developer Vien Tran says the challenge is extending the calculations to incorporate real-time climate data.

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Local News
8:10 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Plan Calls for Reforestation of NM Wildfire Scar

Forest officials are proposing to plant hundreds of thousands of seedlings as part of an effort to reforest areas charred by last year's Las Conchas blaze.

The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for public comments on its plan. The 30-day comment period starts Saturday.

The fire exploded across the southern edge of the Jemez Mountains on June 26, 2011, after being sparked by a falling power line.

It burned through hundreds of square miles of tinder dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation's premier government laboratories.

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Local News
8:09 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Lieutenant Governor To Hold Office Hours Around NM

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is traveling the state next week to meet with New Mexicans on what he calls a "mobile office day."

Sanchez will visit Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Clovis and Portales next Tuesday.

He'll stop in Hobbs, Carlsbad, Artesia and Roswell next Wednesday.

Sanchez said he wants to meet with New Mexicans and hear about the problems and issues confronting them.

Information on Sanchez's visits is available on the lieutenant governor's web site at http://www.ltgovernor.state.nm.us/ .

Local News
8:08 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Albuquerque Police Unveil Holiday Crime Crackdown

Police are launching an aggressive campaign aimed at preventing theft at Albuquerque stores and shopping malls.

Albuquerque police announced Wednesday that uniformed and undercover police officers will be placed around malls this week to deter property crimes. In addition, bait vehicle and items will be placed to nab would-be thieves and shoplifters lurking around stores.

Police Chief Ray Schultz told reporters the massive operation will begin Friday and run through Christmas.

Local News
4:10 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Roadrunner Food Bank Gears Up for Holidays

What's left of a 2,000 pound bag of beans.

An abundance of food is a common theme on a day like Thanksgiving. But in New Mexico, many families are experiencing the opposite problem. About 1 in 6 households here don't know where their next meal will come from, holiday or not. KUNM's Carrie Jung brings us a closer look at who's hungry in New Mexico, with a visit to New Mexico’s largest food bank.

Last Friday the Roadrunner Food Bank was bustling as volunteers and staff members were busy prepping for one of their busiest weeks of the year...Thanksgiving.

 

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Local News
2:19 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Wolf Pups On Their Own After NM Pack Separates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say the survival of two six-month old Mexican gray wolf pups is in question now that the animals have become separated from what's left of their troubled pack.

Tracking shows members of the Fox Mountain pack have separated since the alpha female, the pups' mother, was captured and removed from the wild.

Federal wildlife managers ordered her removal following a string of cattle kills in southwestern New Mexico.

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Making Contact
11:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Native Harvest for a Modern World

Credit Rita Daniels

Fri. 11/23 8a: For centuries, the Taos Pueblo people lived entirely off their land.  Sustainable agriculture was a way of life, but U.S. federal policies helped put an end to that. Food wasn’t grown at the pueblos; it was trucked in. Traditional farming gave way to government subsidies and obesity rates soared. But recently, a surprising agricultural renaissance has taken root across the pueblos. Rita Daniels takes us to the Taos Pueblo to share a story of rebirth and renewal.

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Performance New Mexico
9:13 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Willy Sucre and Friends: Piano Sextets

Wed. 11/21 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with violist Willy Sucre about the latest program in his long-running chamber music series, "Willy Sucre and Friends."  The program, which features piano sextets by Joaquin Turina and Ernest Chausson, is presented on November 25 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas and on November 26 at Macey Center in Socorro.

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Local News
8:05 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Organizers Mull Moving SF's Zozobra To Fridays

Credit Rvaldez4108

The Santa Fe group that organizes the annual Zozobra ritual is considering moving the event from Thursday to Friday nights.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe's Zozobra director says the group is considering the day move. Ray Sandoval tells the Santa Fe New Mexican http://bit.ly/RSDKDX) its awaiting a change of officers at the Santa Fe Fiesta Council before making a final decision.

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Local News
8:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Albuquerque Schools Bans Rosaries At High School

Credit Aprilwine

An Albuquerque high school is requiring students who wear rosaries to conceal them in an effort to curb gang activity.

The revised school dress code at Atrisco Heritage Academy high school prompted rumors among students who thought the school was banning rosaries outright.

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Local News
7:46 am
Wed November 21, 2012

King Favors Extending Mortgage Forgiveness Relief

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is urging Congress to continue tax relief for financially troubled homeowners who have part of their mortgage debt forgiven by a lender.

King and other state attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday asking congressional leaders to extend a tax provision that will expire at the end of December.

Under a 2007 law, homeowners don't have pay income taxes on mortgage debt that's canceled or forgiven because of a foreclosure, a loan restructuring or when the lender agrees to a short sale at a price less than the amount owed on a house.

Local News
7:41 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NM To Get Ready For More Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Credit Andreas Geick

New Mexico has been awarded $500,000 in federal funding as part of a national project that aims to get states ready for more alternative fuel cars and trucks.

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Local News
7:37 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Santa Fe Forest Working On Buckman Restoration

The Santa Fe National Forest is starting a restoration project along the Rio Grande near the old town of Buckman.

Forest officials say the project involves recreation enhancement and habitation restoration, including the removal of non-native species such as salt cedar and Russian olive trees on 34 acres.

Trailheads will also be designated.

The decision to move forward with the project stems from years of collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation.

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Local News
4:56 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Santa Fe Mayor Leads Coalition to Ensure Funding of Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory

A group of elected northern New Mexico officials is lobbying the region's Congressional delegation for funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  But some longstanding environmental groups are wary of their purpose.

The group calls themselves the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, representing seven cities and counties from Santa Fe north to Taos, and the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.    

The organization’s focus is environmental remediation at the lab, regional economic development, jobs at the site  and adequate funding for LANL.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Activists Seek Public Hearing On WIPP Changes

Earlier this month, the New Mexico Environment Department gave the federal government the green light to ship “hot,” remote handled waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in a new type of container.  

Since 1999, transuranic waste from nuclear weapons manufacturing has been stored in salt caverns a half-mile below the surface of the earth at WIPP in southern New Mexico.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Stink Bugs, Flea Beetles Found in Shipments of Red Peppers

  COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Inspectors working border crossings in southern New Mexico and West Texas have discovered two types of agricultural pests in separate shipments of red peppers from Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say last week stink bugs were found during an inspection at the Columbus, N.M., port of entry and flea beetles were found by inspectors working in Presidio, Texas.

Agricultural specialists say stink bugs can ruin entire crops and the beetles can damage crops in a number of ways.

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Local News
11:22 am
Tue November 20, 2012

New Mexico Walmart Workers, Activists Plan Joint Protests on Black Friday

Protestors in front of a California Walmart earlier this month
Credit Reuters

(Update) Wed 11/21/12, 11am: NLRB board unlikely to issue ruling on Walmart complaint against protesters by the start of Black friday...stay tuned to KUNM for more details

A number of Walmart employees at store locations in Clovis and Albuquerque New Mexico will demonstrate this Friday morning as part of a nationwide protest against the retail giant's labor practices.

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Local News
8:54 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NM Negotiates With Tribes Over Slot Machine Wagers

Credit Jeff Kubina

Regulators in New Mexico are negotiating with eight pueblos and two tribes over whether slot machine wagers started with "free play" or "bonus point" credits should be included when the casinos report their total quarterly wagers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UczmS9) that Gaming Control Board officials maintain the tribal casinos are paying the state less than they should by not adding the value of "free" or "bonus" play to the total amount of cash wagered and reported to the state.

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Local News
8:51 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Christmas Trees Available In NM National Forests

Credit Zereshk

New Mexicans can buy permits to cut Christmas trees on national forest land in the state.

The permit prices vary depending on the forest, but are available through Dec. 24.

The Gila and Lincoln national forests are selling $5 permits, and the tags are free for pinon trees in the Gila.

The permits are $10 in the Santa Fe and Cibola national forests for trees up to 10 feet.

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Local News
8:44 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Notah Begay Foundation Releases Obesity Report

A foundation backed by professional golfer Notah Begay III has identified New Mexico as "ground zero" for finding better ways to address obesity and diabetes in Native American children.

In a report released Monday, Begay's foundation pointed to New Mexico's large Native American population and what it describes as dramatic health and educational disparities.

The foundation has spent the past year discussing with tribal leaders, health experts and others the challenges of dealing with obesity and diabetes. More than 250 stakeholders participated in the discussions.

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Local News
8:42 am
Tue November 20, 2012

ACLU To Push Teen Maternity Leave In NM

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says it plans to push for a new state law that would give pregnant teenagers maternity leave from school.

KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SJPPtp) that ACLU of New Mexico says it will push for the proposal in the next legislative session in January. In addition under the proposal, pregnant and parenting students, boys and girls, would get up to 14 days of absences a semester. Currently, students typically get up to 10 days per semester.

Local News
10:43 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

ISEA artists explore intersections of nature and technology

Warning Off the Wolf imagines an armored cow that uses noise and scents offensive to wolves.
Credit Courtesy of 516 ARTS

So exactly what kind of sound might stop a Mexican Grey Wolf from taking down a cow?

That's just one of the questions explored by the International Symposium on Electronic Arts. Albuquerque recently hosted ISEA,bringing top international artists for performances, lectures and art installations. It's the first time the event has been in the U.S. since 2006.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Unions File to Stop New Teacher Evaluation System

Two local teachers unions have petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to stop a new teacher evaluation system.  

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation and American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico assert that the actions of Governor Martinez and Secretary-designate of Education Hanna Skandera violate the state Constitution.  The writ, which was filed last week, argues that the legislature should approve changes in teacher evaluation, not the executive branch. 

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Local News
1:53 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Officials Say No Drought Relief in Sight for New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers are painting a grim picture of the chances of drought-stricken New Mexico making up any ground this winter.

It's early, but officials say the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year and weather models aren't offering any hope for more snow.

Drought has a lock on nearly three-quarters of the West, including much of New Mexico.

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Local News
10:49 am
Mon November 19, 2012

New Mexico Dairies Request Federal Help in Fighting Drought, High Feed Prices

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Dairy farmers are hoping for federal help after severe drought and high feed prices have closed around 40 dairies in New Mexico.

The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SZdS7U) that experts believe the U.S. Farm Bill could give dairy farmers relief by ending old price support systems.

New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort (HAYG'-vohrt) says the proposal would create a regulated producer-paid insurance program. He says the program would make sure that if margins are upside down, insurance will pay out.

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Local News
9:01 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Sipapu Kicks Off NM's Ski Season, Others This Week

Credit C. Jung

New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week.

Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall.

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Local News
8:48 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Wild Horse Advocates In NM Call For Gentle Tactics

Credit GerardM

A federal agency's proposal to use helicopters to gather hundreds of wild horses in northwestern New Mexico has drawn criticism from animal advocates who are urging the government to use gentler tactics.

The Bureau of Land Management office plans to round up more than 270 wild horses off the Jicarilla/Carracas Mesa area near Navajo Dam.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/TTmvCe) that the federal agency's preferred option includes using helicopters.

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Local News
8:39 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NM Launching Online System For Jobless Benefits

Jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for unemployment benefits under a new state system that will be launched in early January.

The Workforce Solutions Department said the computer system also will help employers by allowing them to electronically submit required wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.

The system will be launched Jan. 6, and is intended to eliminate the use of mail for much of the business involving unemployment compensation.

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Local News
8:38 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NM Coyote Contest Winds Down With No Problems

Credit marya

A coyote hunting contest organized by a New Mexico gun shop that set off protests from animal rights activists has ended without problems.

Gunhawk Firearms business manager Rick Gross says the hunt ended at noon Sunday and all hunters had checked in with the shop's owner by 2 p.m. Gross didn't have a count for the number of coyotes taken. But he says the last count he had from Saturday was 23 and he expected no more than 60 would be shot in all.

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