KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 12/12: The topic of guns has long been a controversial issue. Advocates for gun control say there needs to be more restrictions for gun sales while advocates for gun rights say more restrictions go against the constitution.
With the the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut this week, we'll be discussing how to find common ground in the discussion of guns.
A lawsuit challenging New Mexico’s law prohibiting doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their lives will go before a state district court in Albuquerque on Wednesday. "Assisting suicide” is currently a 4th degree felony.
Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico contend that the current state statute does not specifically reference a physician when prohibiting "assisting suicide."
New Mexico has been in under an arctic grip for several days already. Tonight will be the coldest of the season thus far as some areas experience record lows ranging from the negative double digits to the mid-teens.
Brace yourself tomorrow for a brisk morning with significant wind chills.
The system will start to exit the region mid-day as temperatures begin to creep up.
Highs will be in the 20's and 30's across the state.
When Albuquerque photographer Wes Naman invited friends to pose for a series of what was meant to be goofy portraits, neither he nor his models had any idea the images would end up reaching millions of people across the globe.
NM Officer In Van Shooting Is Fired- Associated Press
The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.
New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. His termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.
Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to a public safety advisory council.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/5 8a: The City of Rio Rancho experienced an 80 per cent increase in its population from the year 2000 to 2013. Neighbor to the state's largest city, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho continues to grow and has blossomed into New Mexico's third-largest city.
We'll take a close look at the rapid growth - has the city been able to meet the challenges of providing essential services and health care, protecting the environment and creating jobs?
Former Nuke Lab Scientist May Change Plea - Associated Press
A defense lawyer says a former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist who admitted communicating classified nuclear weapons data may try to withdraw his guilty plea.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, were accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.
UPDATE 10:20a: UNM Police say classes can return to normal after an anonymous bomb threat was called in Tuesday morning. The LoboAlert system sent an "All Clear" message at 10:15a thanking the campus for its cooperation.
UNM's Mitchell, Ortega and Popejoy Halls were evacuated at 8:20a Tuesday. According to a UNM Emergency Alert text message sent to staff and students, police are investigating an anonymous bomb threat.
Police have asked people to avoid these areas of the Albuquerque campus until further notice.
Infant mortality rates in the Southwest have been steadily declining over the years. But recent data from New Mexico show a surprising spike in 2012. The state has surpassed national infant death rates for the first time since the 1990s.
An effort to establish a high-tech research and development center in downtown Albuquerque could get an infusion of some serious cash depending on what the University of New Mexico's Board of Regents decides.
The regents will review proposals to invest $13 million in the Innovate Albuquerque initiative during a special meeting Friday. This will be their first opportunity to fully vet the project.
Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to provide $600,000 next year for telemedicine services to help provide access to medical specialists for patients and primary care providers in rural areas.
The governor proposed Monday that the money be used for buying and installing equipment and computer technology, such as teleconferencing video systems.
If the money is approved by lawmakers, Martinez said, health care provider organizations could apply for grants.
Los Alamos Working To Create National Park-Associated Press
Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico's mountain canyons is a log cabin that was the birthplace of a top-secret mission that forever changed the world.
Pond Cabin is one of the structures scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico is considered to be a natural wonder of the world. Recently, cavers surveying the limestone caverns formed over millions of years came across an unexplored chamber. It's the largest discovery at the park in decades.
A lawsuit says a New Mexico corrections officer used a "chemical agent" on a woman's genitals after authorities found a plastic baggie protruding from her vagina.
The federal lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the Bernalillo County corrections officer sprayed the chemical agents twice on the woman's genitals during a strip search in Nov. 2011.
ACLU officials say the chemical agent was pepper spray and was used to "punish" the woman.
The 400-year-old San Miguel Church in Socorro County is getting a $1.1 million grant to complete a restoration and expand services.
The grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, along with $400,000 dollars raised in the community, will be used for a museum, a gift shop and a classroom for at risk youth programs at the historic church, which was founded in 1598.
Conrad Hilton of the famous hotel line was baptized at the San Miguel Mission, and Pastor Andy Pavlak says he got help from some of Hilton’s distant relatives when he applied for the funding.
NM's Infant Mortality Rate On The Rise - Associated Press
New Mexico health officials are concerned about an increase in the state's infant mortality rate.
The state Department of Health says New Mexico's rate has exceeded the national rate for the first time since 1994. The latest figures show an increase from 5.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011 to 6.9 in 2012.
Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department will monitor the numbers closely to see if the increase signals a trend.
Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week calling on the EPA to conduct its own preliminary assessment.
By The Santa Fe New Mexican and The Associated Press
A dispatch recording reveals that New Mexico State Police never provided a reason for a high-speed pursuit the night a 39-year-old Santa Fe woman was shot and killed by police.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that recently released audio recorded early on Nov. 7 between a Santa Fe police dispatcher and state police dispatcher shows that state police failed to provide a reason before reporting shots were fired.
As a result, Santa Fe police never came for backup.