Scientists have examined clues from the past to predict the west’s fire future. And they say in a study released this week that all signs point to more large-scale wildfires like last year's Wallow and Las Conchas fires.
In the violence stricken city of Ciudad Juarez, one industry is making a strong and sudden comeback: nightlife. Thanks to police protection in certain parts of the Mexican border city, business owners have decided to reopen.
Catholic bishops across the country have turned to their congregations to pressure President Obama to repeal his new contraception rule in recent weeks. That rule requires religious institutions to have health plans that cover contraception costs for their employees. And since Latinos now make up roughly one-third of all Catholics in the U.S., they should be key players in that effort.
For the first time, a New Mexico county is putting to the test a state law passed in 2001…and federal authorities are responding with a lawsuit. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains.
Under the President’s budget proposal a controversial $6 billion dollar nuclear lab at Los Alamos has been put on hold for at least five years. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
Under a new permit issued by the Environmental l Protection Agency, Albuquerque has six months to improve its plan for dealing with storm water runoff. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
A proposal in Congress could raise the tax bill for millions of undocumented immigrants by restricting who is eligible for a popular tax credit. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.
Western states lead the nation in suicide rates. That’s according to a recent report released by the American Association of Suicidology. New Mexico ranks sixth in the nation. Nevada ranks fifth. Arizona and Utah tie for ninth place. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
About a hundred people packed into a Socorro courtroom this morning for a hearing on a case that both sides say could affect the future of water law in New Mexico. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
New Mexico regulators have repealed a set of rules that would have allowed the state to participate in a regional greenhouse gas cap and trade program. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland stopped by Friday to give us an update on what’s happening at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. She’s been covering the 30-day session for NMpolitics.net and KNME TV. Doland spoke to KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.
There’s been a deadly disease making its way West for the last five years. It’s victims--bats. Millions of them. Scientists say White Nose Syndrome could even lead to the extinction of some species. The disease has not been detected in New Mexico, but is so virulent that last year officials closed all the caves at El Malpais National Monument to prevent its potential spread.
Preschool works. There is a wealth of evidence that early education is key when it comes to narrowing the achievement gap between Latino children and their peers. But across the country and this region, access to quality affordable preschool is lacking. As Jude Joffe-Block reports in this final installment of the Fronteras series on the Latino Achievement gap, a state-funded pre-K program in Nevada that is achieving results.
Recent fatal attacks on police officers in the Mexican border city of Juarez have city officials on high alert. But despite this latest spike in violence, there's actually been talk around Juarez lately that the worst of times are over. The murder rate last year went down about 30 percent after three years of steady increases. More people are going out to restaurants, concerts and public events. But are things really getting better? Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe visited one neighborhood in the city's outskirts to find out.
It’s been about a year since the caves at El Malpais National Monument were closed over concerns about a disease spreading among bats. But as KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports, new information has officials starting to think about reopening some of them.
There may not be any ground hogs around to help New Mexicans celebrate February second. But there are prairie dogs. And a report out today says the state should be doing more to protect them. KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard explains.
An estimated one in five children in the U.S. speaks a language other than English at home. In most of these homes, that language is Spanish. And yet the vast majority of these children are taught strictly in English at school. Some educators believe this is part of the reason Latino children are lagging in school compared to their white and Asian peers.
On Thursday UNM will host a talk by guest speaker Thomas Linzey. Linzey, who works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, is becoming known across the country for helping individual communities ban environmentally-damaging practices on a local level.
In the last fifteen years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English Immersion. This was supposed to help close the achievement gap. But by most measures, it hasn’t.
In an ongoing effort to seal the border with Mexico, the U.S. Border Patrol will build a new substation in the southwestern corner of New Mexico. It’s one of the weaker points along the border because it’s so difficult to reach. But as Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some residents don't agree with the plan.
A prospective city council candidate in a Southwestern Arizona border town whose English proficiency was questioned finally spoke to the public Monday evening. Michelle Faust reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk that the candidate says she’s appealing a court decision that removed her from the ballot.
Is it worth 300-thousand dollars to make your SUV battle-ready? To many professionals living and working along the Mexico border, the answer is yes. As Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports, a Texas company has a growing list of high-profile clients who are spending big bucks armoring themselves against the violence of Mexico’s bloody drug war.