Winter Weather Advisory For Snow – National Weather Service
A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect until 6 pm MST. 1 to 2 inches of additional snow over the Santa Fe Metro Area and surrounding high country and over the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Up to an inch of additional snow over the western and southwestern high country.
Areas of snow, heavy at times, will continue through the morning before tapering off around noon. Snow impacts this afternoon will be primarily limited to higher
Water Table Drops As Drought Forces More Pumping – The Associated Press
The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain.
Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in the groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.
Police Shootings, Politics Top NM Headlines – The Associated Press
Officers surrounded James Boyd as they tried to talk him into surrendering from his campsite in the Sandia foothills. He told officers he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him.
The standoff dragged on for hours, with Boyd threatening to kill officers at one point. Video from a helmet camera shows him gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.
Man Killed In Las Cruces Police Shooting – The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News
Authorities say police shot and killed a man after an hourslong manhunt and standoff in Las Cruces.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that police spokesman Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez says officers were called to a fight around noon Monday on La Fonda Street. A man fled in a stolen Ford pickup. Police say they believe he was armed.
The city is spending $61,000 to replace an old parking lot at Pino Yards, a municipal maintenance and fueling facility. The project is part of a settlement with the EPA, coming after toxic runoff from the site drained into the Rio Grande, resulting in violations of the Clean Water Act.
New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.
Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.
The Village Council of Corrales is calling on Congress to stop the overuse of antibiotics on industrial livestock operations. Corrales is a bucolic village north of Albuquerque, home to about 8,500 people, some of whom keep farm animals.
New Mexico was in the national spotlight a lot this year. What are the story threads journalists followed? Local reporters join us in the studio to talk about topics like: the Albuquerque Police Department shootings, the immigration center in Artesia, transparency, the Roswell school shooting and mental health.
It was 1954 when George Balanchine summoned up memories of a festive holiday ballet from his Russian boyhood and remounted the production for the New York City Ballet. Ever since, "The Nutcracker" has been a holiday tradition around the U.S. There are several versions of Tchaikovsky's classic on stage this season in New Mexico, and one of them sets the story right here, in the New Mexico Territory of the 19th Century. Choreographer Patricia Dickinson Wells, Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, talks about the company's "Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment," on stage Decemb
Another NM Immigrant Licenses Repeal Effort Begins – The Associated Press
Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.
Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal yesterday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.
The National Audubon Society was recently awarded Popular Mechanics’Breakthrough Award for its comprehensive report linking climate change to a drastic reduction in future bird populations. Biologists and birders in New Mexico are already seeing major changes.
The oil and gas industry in New Mexico is a big deal. It supports the state budget with hundreds of millions of dollars each year. But there are impacts, too – on air quality, water, public health and even cultural sites. In the first installment of KUNM’s new series Drilling Deep, we explore northwestern New Mexico – and the Chacoan landscape.
To reach Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you hang a left off highway 550 near Nageezi, New Mexico and head south.
Over the next few months, I’m going to be exploring natural gas drilling and the burgeoning oil industry in northwestern New Mexico for KUNM. It’s an ambitious series, but I’m looking forward to learning how drilling affects the local economy, as well as the state of New Mexico’s coffers.
The morning I flew out of the Farmington airport with Bruce Gordon, from ecoFlight, I had to leave Albuquerque long before the light of dawn. And while I didn't have much time for sight-seeing, I did take a few minutes to stop along the road in Lybrook, New Mexico, where drillers were flaring off excess gases from the oil wells.
Even in the daylight, the scene along Highway 550 is pretty dramatic these days.
New Mexico residents have until midnight to sign up for health insurance in order to be covered by Jan. 1. The final deadline for the open enrollment period is Feb. 15. The Obama administration is urging everyone to go online and check the available coverage options, even those who signed up last year.
14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants - The Associated Press
Fourteen cities ranging from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jerusalem are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues.
New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday. They'll receive from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years.
Congress Clears Way For New Mexico Land Measures – The Associated Press
A new swath of wilderness would be designated in northern New Mexico and management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve would be transferred to the National Park Service under a defense bill that has cleared Congress.
The U.S. Senate voted in favor of the legislation Friday. The House passed the bill earlier this month. It now goes to President Barack Obama for approval.
A coalition of people who’ve had family members killed by the Albuquerque Police Department delivered a petition on Wednesday to New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney calling for 13 police officers to be indicted.
Activists said they were disheartened but hope their efforts are not in vain.
Albuquerque Police, DOJ Hold 'Frank' Meetings - The Associated Press
Albuquerque police and U.S. Justice Department officials have held a series of private but contentious briefings following a signed agreement on reforms.
Officials say officers and federal authorities gathered Tuesday for the last of five meetings on how reforms will be adopted. But some officers expressed anger on how the Justice Department investigated Albuquerque police and pressed federal officials on why they only focused on certain excessive force cases.