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Public Health New Mexico
5:26 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kirtland Says More Info Needed Before Cleanup

Contamination from the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base was discovered in 1999. The plume has spread underneath Albuquerque to within a mile of the Ridgecrest well number 5, one of the city's most productive drinking water wells.
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Kirtland Air Force Base will not submit a plan to pump and treat contaminated groundwater at the end of this month as expected.

Officials from Kirtland and the state say they still need more information before moving forward on the cleanup of an underground fuel spill that has contaminated Albuquerque’s aquifer.

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KUNM Call In Show
1:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Talking The Beatles, The 1960's And Radio With Art Schreiber

Schreiber's book "Out of Sight: Blind and Doing All Right" was published earlier this year.
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 9/4 8a: Fifty years ago this week, Art Schreiber was flying across the country with The Beatles on their first grand U.S. tour. Also in the late 1960's, Schreiber covered Kennedy, LBJ, Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington politics. In the 1980's he ran radio stations in Albuquerque even after going suddenly blind. 

Guest host Paul Ingles welcomes Art Schreiber to tell stories about all of it and share his rare recordings with The Beatles. We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:28 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Headlines: Han's Family Appeals, Kirtland Yanks Spill Reports...

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Mary Han's Family Appeals Over Her 2010 DeathThe Associated Press

The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney found dead in her garage is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit that accused police and city officials of mishandling the probe of her death.

An attorney for the daughter and sister of Mary Han yesterday filed a notice of appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Electric Use Down, Rates May Climb

With customers using less power, PNM wants to increase their rates.
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New Mexico's largest electric utility wants another rate increase.  Public Service Company of New Mexico's earning are down as customers conserve more.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:12 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Headlines: Hospital Says Talks Are Over, PNM To Request Rate Increase...

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Santa Fe Hospital Says Face-To-Face Talks Are OverThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there's an impasse on a key issue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that administrators at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center told the union in an email Friday that there's an impasse on staffing.

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Local News
8:32 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Headlines: PNM Breaks Ground On 3 Solar Fields, VA To Hold Town Halls, And More

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NM Utility Works On 3 New Solar Power Centers – The Associated Press

Dirt is being leveled in three New Mexico counties as the state's largest electric provider prepares to install thousands of solar panels.

PNM says its planned solar power centers in Valencia, Cibola and Sandoval counties will be capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,900 average residential customers.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Headlines: Albuquerque Mayor Vetoes Decriminalize Pot Bill

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Albuquerque Mayor Vetoes Decriminalize Pot Bill - The Associated Pres

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has vetoed a measure that would have allowed voters to decide if small amounts of marijuana would be decriminalized in New Mexico's largest city.

Berry said in a video message Friday that the proposal would contradict state and federal laws, and he couldn't "in good conscience" support the bill.

A divided Albuquerque City Council voted to put the measure on the November ballot after activists failed to collect enough signatures.

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Entertainment
6:49 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Santa Fe Symphony Looks For New Artistic Leader

The Santa Fe Symphony in concert at the Lensic Center.
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The sixty-five musicians of the Santa Fe Symphony will be looking closely at, and listening closely to, a number of guest conductors during the Symphony's upcoming 31st season at the Lensic Center.  Maestro Steven Smith left the orchestra two years ago, after 14 seasons.  The Founder and General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, trumpet player with the orchestra, Greg Heltman, talks about the Symphony's search for a new principal conductor.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:06 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Fewer New Mexico Kids Vaccinated For Hepatitis A

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(Click here to access the interactive map of vaccine rates)

Newly released figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show New Mexico ranks near the bottom for statewide child vaccination rates for hepatitis A

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Public Health New Mexico
4:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Faith Leaders Speak Against New SNAP Requirements

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The state’s Human Services Department held a hearing in Santa Fe this morning about changes that would add work requirements to the food stamps program. 

Faith leaders from around the state—along with AARP, family advocates and representatives from food banks—spoke against new requirements for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. They emphasized that hungry people in New Mexico are already looking for work: There just aren’t jobs to be had.

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Friday News Roundup
8:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Headlines: Grant Helps Student Journalists, Immigration Holds...

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UNM To Use Grant To Help Student JournalistsThe Associated Press and Daily Lobo

University of New Mexico will use a $35,000 grant to help student journalists get their work published and read throughout the state.

The Daily Lobo reports the school's Communication and Journalism Department recently received the Online News Association grant and have used it to build an online news portal called New Mexico News Port.

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Local News
7:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Documentary On Photographer Dorthea Lange Premiers On NMPBS

A screenshot from the trailer for the film Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

The photograph "Migrant Mother" is one of the most recognized and captivating images in the world. The image has represented the suffering of America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and impressive body of work of the woman behind the camera: Dorothea Lange.  

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

HSD To Hold Hearing On Work Requirements For Food Stamps

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The state Human Services Department will hear public testimony Friday on proposed changes to SNAP, the state’s food assistance program.  

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Local News
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Shifting Gears On Bike Safety

Experts say both cyclists and drivers have to work on paying attention to one another in order to reduce the number of collisions.
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Every year in New Mexico there are hundreds of accidents involving people riding bicycles, some of them fatal. But efforts are underway to make the roads safer in Albuquerque by helping cyclists and drivers become more aware of one another.

Eight years ago on the corner of Comanche and Pennsylvania in northeast Albuquerque, avid cyclist Paula Higgins was riding her bike when she was struck by a car in the middle of the intersection. The collision proved fatal for Higgins who died a few hours later. Jennifer Buntz was her one of her long time cycling buddies.

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Public Health New Mexico
9:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mothers Fight Stigma Of Drug Addiction

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The number of babies born addicted to drugs has risen sharply over the last decade or so in New Mexico. KUNM’s Public Health reporter Marisa Demarco brings us this story of how stigma surrounding addiction and pregnancy is contributing to the increase.

Mia just gave birth to a healthy baby boy even though she was addicted to methamphetamine until about a month and a half before he was born. Her name has been changed in this story to protect her identity. "My number one fear when I was using while pregnant was to lose him or him being born with something wrong," she said

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Thursday News Roundup
8:47 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Decriminalizes Pot, Police Shooting Contest Opposed...

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Santa Fe City Council Votes To Decriminalize PotThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

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Public Health New Mexico
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Immigrant Detention Center Not Approved By State For Childcare

Women and their children line up at the Artesia immigrant detention center, as protesters gathered outside the facility
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As Immigration lawyers prepare to battle the federal government over possible due process violations against immigrant women and children detained in Artesia, records obtained by KUNM raise another legal question about the facility—whether the detention center is in compliance with state child welfare laws.

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Local News
8:41 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Medical Cannabis Board Rejects Rule Changes

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The board that oversees New Mexico's medical marijuana program this week unanimously rejected rule changes proposed by the state Department of Health. 

Dr. William Johnson chairs the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board which is made up of doctors.  He says many of the changes proposed by the Department of Health would hurt patient access to medical marijuana. 

 

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Public Health New Mexico
4:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Infant Mortality Rate Evens Out

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New Mexico’s infant mortality rate fell 22 percent between 2012 and 2013, from 6.9 infant deaths per 1000 births to 5.4 in 2013, according to the state Department of Health

That might sound like a big drop, but that’s because the numbers for 2012 were abnormally high.

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KUNM Call In Show
9:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Race And Police Militarization Part II

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/28 8a: 

Images from protests in Ferguson, Missouri have outlined the reality of racial inequality and police militarization throughout the United States. We'll continue last week's conversation and ask law enforcement officials, does this create an "us v. them" mindset for police? What about in communities?

We'd like to hear from you - email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

Guests: 

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe To Consider Pot Measure, Navajo Primary Election Results...

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Santa Fe City Council To Consider Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

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Local News
6:51 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Positive Growth, Overall Decline In NM Piñon And Juniper Forests

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The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of piñon and juniper trees.

A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres.

The inventory also shows piñon woodlands that are old enough to produce harvest-worthy quantities of pine nuts occupy about 8 million acres in New Mexico.

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Local News
10:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

EPA Takes Comment On Permit For Four Corners Plant

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.

The operator of the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington plans to upgrade two units at the coal-fired plant to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The EPA says the installation of what's known as selective catalytic reduction technology will result in an increase in sulfuric acid emissions.

That increase means the power plant is required to get a permit from the EPA that requires the plant operator to minimize the emissions.

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Local News
10:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Court Eyes Tossing Charges In NM Van Shooting

A screenshot from the state police video of the incident in 2013.
Credit New Mexico State Police

A proposed state appeals court order would dismiss charges against a Tennessee woman whose van was chased and shot at by a New Mexico State Police officer during a chaotic October traffic stop.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge proposed Monday tossing the criminal case against Oriana Farrell.

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Local News
9:55 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Central, Western New Mexico In Flash Flood Watch

Dark green areas are where a Flash Flood Watch is in affect today through late tonight according to the National Weather Service.
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Parts of central and western New Mexico are under a flash flood watch as heavy rains are expected through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says scattered storms may strike throughout the region Tuesday, bring potential flooding.

Forecasters say parts of the state could see up to two inches of rains. Drier weather is expected later Wednesday.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Headlines: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military Gear, FBI Wanted Sheriff Rodella's Badge And More...

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Audit: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military GearThe Associated Press

Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent over 10-million dollars worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.

Documents show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wildewood Acoustic

Wildewood
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Today's feature is a preview of an upcoming Studio A session with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood.  Since their self-titled debut release last spring the group has been rolling out new material live before local audiences.  As their second release approaches, the band stopped by our Studio C to offer an unplugged take on the newer material & to talk about the last year.

Wildewood are:
Greg Williams: harmonica, snare drum
Alex McMahon: vocals, guitar
Meredith Wilder: vocals, guitar

Matthew Finch was the audio engineer.

Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

Local News
10:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Lawsuit Argues Medicaid Evaluations Hurt Disabled

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Family members of developmentally disabled New Mexicans suing the state say a Medicaid assessment system puts recipients of services at risk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorneys for eight families asked a judge Wednesday to halt a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include 24-hour residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

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Local News
9:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Survey Finds Little Gain From Exchange Campaign

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A survey commissioned by New Mexico's health insurance exchange has found that a campaign to publicize the online marketplace for buying coverage is having little success so far.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the survey of uninsured New Mexicans found that three of five don't even know what an insurance exchange is.

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Local News
9:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Snake Sightings On The Rise In Southern New Mexico

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Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday that the Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes.

Treatment for a bite from a Mojave rattler requires different anti-venom.

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