The cooperative management agreement governing the Petroglyph national Monument lapsed last Thursday, leaving management of much of the historic site in a state of limbo. But according to the city of Albuquerque, a new agreement is in the works and can be expected as early as next week.
The petroglyph national monument is jointly managed by the national park service, and the city of Albuquerque, who owns 2/3rds of the property.
So far, negotiations between the two entities have happened largely behind closed doors.
This summer Star Wars, Episode Four will get re-dubbed in Navajo. It’s the first time a major motion picture will be translated into a North American Indigenous language. As KUNM’s Christine Trudeau reports, the project may provide "A New Hope" for Navajo families wishing to learn and preserve the language.
CHRISTINE TRUDEAU, BYLINE: When Dave met his future wife Amanda, there were some clear differences.
New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service has created a new position for a wildland fire management specialist.
NMSU is one of only two land-grant universities in the U.S. to create this type of position. The University of Hawaii was the forerunner in developing such a position.
NMSU officials say that after back-to-back record-breaking fire seasons in New Mexico, natural resource managers are facing significant challenges in fire-damaged areas. That includes massive erosion events.
New Mexicans qualifying for extended unemployment benefits next month will have their payments reduced by 25 percent because of federal spending cutbacks.
The Department of Workforce Solutions estimated Wednesday the cuts initially could affect 2,100 people.
The reductions won't apply to people currently in the state-funded unemployment compensation program offering 26 weeks of benefits. However, they will face cuts if after June 2 they qualify for assistance through federally-financed extensions of benefits, which can continue payments for an additional 28 weeks.
Some critically ill New Mexicans could end up paying more for their health care this year.
Almost 16 hundred New Mexicans are slated to be shifted out of a state high risk medical insurance pool into a new federal health coverage plan on July 1st. That's because the federal government is cutting funding for the state program to just over 12 million dollars.
But the new plan would cost more for the patients, many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes -chronic diseases that are often quite expensive to treat.
A judge in the case of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife has agreed to unseal most of the pre-trial documents sought by media outlets.
But Sandoval District Court George Eichwald ruled Wednesday that some documents should remain private because he is concerned that if potential jurors hear the information Levi Chavez won't get a fair trial.
Eichwald last month had granted a request from Chavez's attorney, David Serna, to seal all pretrial motions in advance of the June trial.
The federal government has awarded more than $15 million to water reclamation and reuse projects in California and New Mexico.
The Interior Department announced the funding Tuesday. The money comes from the department's WaterSMART program and can be used for planning, design and construction.
In New Mexico, nearly $1.9 million was awarded for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area Water Reclamation and Reuse Project, which calls for expanding the treatment system at the Southside Water Reclamation Plant.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been named to a National Governors Association task force on health care.
The organization announced Tuesday the panel will consider how states can improve the delivery of quality health care while controlling the costs of Medicaid, a program jointly financed by states and the federal government to provide medical services for the needy.
Other members of the task force on health care sustainability are governors from Oregon, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, California, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Maryland and Nevada.
New Mexico children could win a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom or ride in a hot air balloon with Gov. Susana Martinez under a program that state officials hope will encourage students to read when they aren't in school.
The governor is to announce several reading contests on Wednesday in Albuquerque. The state is partnering with private and public organizations, including the city of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Oil production in New Mexico has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last three years, making it one of five western states that have helped boost national production over the last three years.
Statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show onshore oil production increased nationally by more than 2 million barrels a day — or nearly two-thirds — between February 2010 and February 2013.
North Dakota and Texas have been the driving forces, but New Mexico along with Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah account for 15 percent of the growth.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Albuquerque has auctioned seized vehicles and raised more than $200,000.
The agency said the auction over the weekend netted $212,175 for law enforcement and victims of crime groups. Among the items auctioned were a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $3,800 and a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $20,500.
Officials say the items auctioned once belonged to individuals and companies involved in criminal activity.
New Mexico State University is seeking to help ranchers with wildlife management and brush control amid a dangerous fire season.
The school is hosting a wildlife management round-table discussion Tuesday at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability for area ranchers.
Shad Cox, ranch manager of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, says reduced income for ranchers due to drought conditions has made managing wildlife for income diversification a very important component to land management.
The Sundance Film Institute says four Native American filmmakers will be on the Mescalero Apache reservation in Southern New Mexico this week. The visit is the first stage of development for Native writers and directors hoping to release independent films in the coming years.
The League of United Latin American Citizens says two recent cases of Spanish being banned at New Mexico high school games are examples of a "disturbing" pattern.
Ralph Arellanes, New Mexico LULAC state director, said Monday that the group has heard of a least five cases of high school players being ordered this school year not to speaking Spanish. Arellanes says LULAC will begin an aggressive effort to monitor future cases, and if necessary, will file lawsuits.
The New Mexico Arts Commission says seven artists and supporters of the arts are recipients of this year's Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
An awards ceremony is scheduled Sept. 27 in Santa Fe at the New Mexico Museum of Arts and there will be a reception in the state Capitol.
The recipients are Rio Rancho painter and printmaker Edward Gonzales, Santa Fe painter Darren Vigil Gray, Taos musician Jenny Vincent, Taos painter and furniture maker Jim Wagner and Santa Fe potter Frank Willett.
The U.S. Forest Service expects to close its public comment period in mid-June on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine near Mount Taylor.
Strathmore Minerals Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan propose to sink one or two shafts to depths of 2,000 feet or more below three sections of Forest Service and state lands about 22 miles northeast of Grants.
The proposal has plenty of support from the local business community, but faces strong opposition from environmental and Native American groups.