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Report Finds New Mexico Falls To Last Place In Child Well-BeingAssociated Press

An annual report shows New Mexico falling to last place in child well-being as the number of children in the state living in poverty and without health insurance increased.

More Than Balloons: Let's Talk Festivals in New Mexico

Jun 26, 2018
Courtsey of Angela Wilson Photography and the Lavender in the Valley Festival

Let's Talk New Mexico 6/29 8a: When the weekend rolls around, New Mexicans have many options for entertainment and fun. Festivals offer up an opportunity to break out of the weekend monotony of movies and restaurants. Fermented foods, lavender, Greek culture, and of course hot air balloons are just a few items on the New Mexico festival menu. 

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US Makes Up To $110M Available To Tribal Crime Victims- Associated Press

Federal officials said Tuesday they plan to make up to $110 million available to tribes seeking to support victims of domestic violence, assault, drug trafficking and other crimes amid an opioid crisis that has hit tribal communities especially hard.

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Since the detonation of the first nuclear bomb in 1945, people who have lived downwind from the Trinity testing site have complained of negative health effects. Members of a nuclear advocacy group from New Mexico will testify in front of a U.S. Senate Committee on Wednesday.

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Summer Rains Could Be Later But Heavier In Southwest US- Associated Press

Forecasters say the summer rains that fall on the Southwestern United States each year are on track to be slightly later but a little heavier than usual.

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Border Patrol: Heroin Seized At New Mexico Checkpoint– Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than $1 million in heroin at an immigration checkpoint in New Mexico.

The agency says authorities conducting an inspection at the checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 70 found the drugs Thursday in a black Honda that was being transported across the border on a tractor-trailer with other cars.


This summer, the New Mexico Museum of Art invites visitors into the colorful and outlandish world of Patrick Nagatani.  The Albuquerque-based photographer, a long-time University of New Mexico professor of art who passed away last year, was known for constructing and staging dreamlike tableaux for his camera.  The Santa Fe exhibit, Invented Realities, runs through the summer.

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Immigration Debate Stirs Campaign For New Mexico Governor – Associated Press

The campaign for New Mexico governor is playing out on Capitol Hill, where competing candidates are engaged in the national immigration debate as members of Congress.

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New Mexico Jail To Scan Inmates' Eyes To Verify Identity- Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

A New Mexico detention center is looking to use iris scanning technology to verify the identities of inmates coming in and out of the jail after it mistakenly released an inmate who was posing as his cellmate.

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The Downtown Growers’ Market in Albuquerque is known as a place to find all things local, fresh, and homemade.

The people behind the market are looking to make it greener by phasing out plastic waste starting next month.

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New Mexico Senators Plan Visit To Border Detention FacilityAssociated Press

New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 6/21 8a: Many New Mexicans don’t make enough money to comfortably pay rent or a mortgage, even while working a full-time job. What’s the housing situation for middle-to-low-income people in New Mexico? What’s being done to address a lack of affordable housing? We want to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms For Next GovernorThe Associated Press

New Mexico state lawmakers say they are setting a course for criminal justice reforms in anticipation of a new administration in 2019.

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The Trump Administration is looking to make new rules that could shift federal funding for family planning services from health care providers to organizations that oppose abortion. If local healthcare clinics lose the family planning support they’re currently receiving, patients could be the ones paying the price.

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Panel Cites More Safety Issues At New Mexico Nuclear LabThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

An independent panel that monitors federal nuclear installations around the United States has documented more safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Challenge Navajo Water CompactAssociated Press

Republican New Mexico lawmakers say the state Legislature never signed off on an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation.

Ten lawmakers from districts stretching from the northwest of the state to Albuquerque on Friday asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to suspend the water settlement until the Legislature can enact, reject or modify the pact. 

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When temperatures start to climb in the summer, the mountains in New Mexico can be both dangerous and in danger.

The Sandia Ranger District and Bernalillo County East Mountain Open Space announced closures this week due to extreme fire danger, joining a growing list of national forests and recreation area closures around the state.

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New Mexico National Forest Says No To Geothermal DrillingThe Associated Press

Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

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It’s summer, and that means many teenagers are headed to jobs, internships, volunteering – places where they meet adults besides their parents and teachers. The interactions can turn into mentorships that enrich the lives of the teens and the adults. This kind of synergy is thriving at a special plot of land in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

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GOP Candidate Would Replace Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press

New Mexico's Republican candidate for governor is calling for an immediate suspension of the state's embattled teacher evaluation system that he describes as badly broken.

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The search for Albuquerque’s new police chief ended Wednesday as Mayor Tim Keller announced that APD Interim Chief Mike Geier will stay on as chief permanently.

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Research shows that when students see their own culture and history reflected in their classwork, they do better in school. But most Hispanic and Latino students in New Mexico public schools don’t get that experience, at least not in the form of ethnic studies. Some schools have been experimenting with Mexican American and Chicano Studies classes to help kids succeed.  

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New Mexico ranks 44th in the country for bicycle friendliness. A new study by the Santa Fe Police Department looked at 110 bicycle crashes that happened in the city in the last three years and the factors surrounding them.

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New Mexico Governor Supports Family Separation Policy – The Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez's says she supports the federal government's decision to separate children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Martinez firmly backed the Trump Administration's zero tolerance effort during her visit to the border this week.

Courtesy of Gen. Michele LaMontagne

It’s June—Pride month—and Brig. Gen. Michele LaMontagne of the Air National Guard just became the second woman ever to obtain that rank in New Mexico earlier this year. At her promotion ceremony, the general emphasized the strengths of diversity among the ranks. She spoke with KUNM about changes in the military during her 26 years of service.

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New Mexico AG Seeks Resignation Of Embattled ProsecutorThe Associated Press

A southwestern New Mexico district attorney has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2016 traffic stop, and now New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas wants her to resign.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 6/14 8a:  Research shows when students learn about their own culture and history in school, it can keep them engaged, boost self-esteem, and improve academic performance. Some public schools offer Mexican-American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies courses to a small number of students, but most of New Mexico’s Hispanic and Latino students still don’t get that opportunity. Did you take classes like these? What did that mean for your educational experience? Are public schools in New Mexico doing enough to offer those types of classes? We’d like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Search Continues For Mistakenly Released Albuquerque InmateThe Associated Press

Authorities continue to search for an Albuquerque jail inmate who was mistakenly released early.

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State Rep Enters Not Guilty Plea In Drunken Driving Case– Associated Press

A New Mexico lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.

A court filing shows Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, entered the plea ahead of a scheduled arraignment hearing, which has now been waived. Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 11.

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Since the state introduced a texting option for its Peer-to-Peer Warmline earlier this year, more and more people are using it for emotional support.