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4:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

APD Forward Releases Top Picks To Oversee Reform

The agreement between the City of Albuquerque and the U.S. Department of Justice requires that an independent monitor oversee reform of the police department.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

UPDATE 1/15: The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque told KUNM Wednesday that they were planning on telling the court which candidate they had selected for the job of independent monitor.

A federal judge has to approve their choice before the information is made public. That announcement is expected early next week.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: AZ Provider To Leave NM, Open Enrollment Deadline...

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Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New MexicoThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

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Drilling Deep
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

"...Like A War Zone": Worries About Increased Oil Drilling

Sarah Jane White, with her grandson, worries that someday, children won't be able to find clean water on the Navajo reservation.
Credit Laura Paskus

    

Sarah Jane White’s walking to the top of a sandy hill near the eastern edge of the Navajo reservation. Along the way, she points to footprints in the sand. Her 4-year-old grandson, Albino, crouches to look. She shows him the prints of a horse, then a cow. Each time, he’s delighted.

It’s sunny and warm, though just a few days before the official start of winter. We walk past juniper trees, an old sweat lodge. Albino powers across the sandstone arroyo and on up the hill. The sky’s a deep blue. And depending on the breeze, the air smells like either sage or pine.

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Local News
7:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Demands For Transparency After Latest Fatal Police Shooting

Demonstrators took to the steps of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday after a fatal officer involved shooting the night before.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

 

Activists gathered on the steps of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday after police fatally shot a man Tuesday night. They’re demanding transparency in the investigation of this latest officer involved shooting.

The streets in Albuquerque were slushy when about two dozen activists showed up with picket signs. One was painted blood red with the words “This revolution will not be privatized.”

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Another APD Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting, Difficult Driving Conditions Northern NM...

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Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press

Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.

Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:17 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

5 Deaths From Flu In New Mexico

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Five New Mexicans  have died so far this year from flu related illnesses, ranging in age from 29 to 92. The announcement from the state Department of Health comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning of epidemic levels of flu activity nationally. 

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Wounded APD Detective Improves, Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Family Services...

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Albuquerque Police: Wounded Detective ImprovesThe Associated Press

Authorities say an Albuquerque police detective who was shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust is improving.

A police spokeswoman says the detective, identified Monday as Jacob Grant, has had three surgeries in recent days and more are scheduled.

Authorities say Grant and Holly Garcia, another undercover detective, were conducting a narcotics operation on Friday when the shooting occurred.

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Local News
6:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

DA: Murder Charges Against APD Officers In Boyd Case

DA Brandenburg said Monday she believes the evidence against Albuquerque officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez is strong enough to hold up in court.
Credit Rita Daniels

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg charged two Albuquerque police officers on Monday with murder in the death of homeless camper James Boyd.

Brandenburg said this is the first officer-involved shooting case in her tenure as DA where she believes there is probable cause for indictments.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:54 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Legislature To Hear Prescription Take Back Proposal

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Democratic State Senator Michael Padilla of Bernalillo County plans to introduce legislation that would require pharmacies to set up programs to take back unwanted medications from residents. A recently changed federal law had previously prohibited such programs.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:20 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Overdose-Reversing Drug Saves Hundreds In N.M.

Naloxone—brand name Narcan—is sprayed into the nose.
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A drug called naloxone reversed more than 700 overdoses in New Mexico last year. But hurdles remain for making the drug more widely available. 

Naloxone—brand name Narcan—can be prescribed by pharmacists, not just doctors, and Medicaid covers the cost. In 2014, those big policy changes resulted in a spike of overdose reversals. 

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Local News
12:39 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

APD Officers In Boyd Shooting To Face Murder Charges

James Boyd in a standoff with police in March 2014
Credit Screenshot from video provided by APD through an IPRA request

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: This case will be presented during an open preliminary hearing, the date of which has not been determined.

Comment from Mayor Richard Berry's office: “We trust the judicial system will provide the family, our community and the officers a fair, transparent and unbiased opportunity to explore and present the facts as they relate to this tragic event. It is important for all of us to allow the process to progress without prejudice in order for our community to move forward.”

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot In $60 Sting Operation, Winter Weather On The Way...

Injured Albuquerque Officer Was Involved In Meth StingThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Police involved in an undercover operation that resulted in an officer shooting an undercover detective were trying to bust two men for selling $60 worth of methamphetamine.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that criminal complaints against two drug suspects describe how one of them met with an undercover officer on Friday to buy "shards," a slang term for meth.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

LISTEN: What Is A 'Right-to-Work' State And Should New Mexico Become One?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/15 8a: 

New Mexico lawmakers will consider what is known as "right-to-work" legislation during this year’s legislative session.

What union-related requirements and union activity does current state and federal law allow in the workplace? The public sector? The private sector? What would proposed legislation change and who would benefit? Who would be harmed?

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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Local News
7:30 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Headlines: Mexican Trucks To Haul In U.S., Undercover Officer Shot By APD, Violence in Cruces...

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US To Allow Mexican Trucks In With Screening The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs, potentially ending a longstanding dispute.

It says it expects the move to permanently end Mexico's on-again, off-again retaliatory tariffs on $2 billion in U.S. imports.

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Friday News Roundup
2:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: $53M Transmission Project Approved, Balloon Pilots Wait To Attempt Record

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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Outlines Agenda

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly elected New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is reviewing the practice of allowing private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the AG's office.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Albuquerque City Bus Crashes Into House

A city bus crashed into a house on the SE corner of Girard and Coal in Albuquerque, N.M.
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A city bus crashed into a house on the SE corner of the Girard and Coal intersection in Albuquerque a little after 10 a.m. this morning.

Five passengers were transported to UNM Hospital with injuries, none of which were life-threatening, said Rick De Reyes, spokesperson for the Transit Department. 

Bystanders, one of whom was a friend of the driver's, breathed a sigh of relief when the she was escorted off the bus and into an ambulance. 

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Thursday News Roundup
11:28 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: State Cuts Lottery Scholarship, Suspect In Officer Shooting Pleads Not Guilty...

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State Cuts Lottery Scholarship - KOB-TV

New Mexico college students attending school on the Lottery Scholarship will not receive 100 percent tuition this spring.

KOB-TV reports the state Higher Education Department notified universities last month there wasn’t enough money in the fund and to let students know.

But some students weren’t informed until this week that the Lottery Scholarship would cover 95 percent of tuition costs for the Spring 2015 semester.

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Entertainment
10:22 am
Wed January 7, 2015

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design

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Starting this month and continuing through June, major arts institutions in Albuquerque will be collaborating with local private galleries on an exploration of the art of central New Mexico.   The exhibitions, lectures and performances will focus on contemporary art but also look back to the area's cultural history.   One of the organizers of "On the Map," Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, talks about how Albuquerque art has always been characterized by an "openness to new technologies."  For details, visit

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:31 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Headlines: ABQ Journal Twitter Hacked, Federal Charges For Man Accused Of Shooting Officer...

New Mexico Newspaper's Twitter Account Hacked

Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the Albuquerque Journal.

The newspaper's Twitter account was hijacked Tuesday morning. Someone replaced the profile picture with an image that expressed support for Islamic militants.

Numerous posts followed, including photos of driver's licenses belonging to New Mexico residents, inmate profiles and warnings to residents that their confidential information was at risk.

By midday, the newspaper's account was restored.

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Drilling Deep
2:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pipeline Meetings Scheduled for Next Week

Currently, oil resources are trucked out of the area from wells in northwestern New Mexico.
Credit Laura Paskus

In December, KUNM reported that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management was extending its public comment period for a proposed oil pipeline until January 30, 2015. The 130-mile long pipeline would run between Lybrook and Milan, N.M.

On December 31, the agency's Farmington Field Office announced additional public meetings on the pipeline.

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KUNM Call In Show
2:41 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

How Immigration Changes Affect New Mexico

Protesters outside the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where immigrant families who were detained at the border were being held in Artesia, New Mexico, earlier this year.
Credit Ed Williams

Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties the entire show was not recorded.     

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/8 8a: 

When will President Obama's immigration executive action go into effect? And who will it affect in New Mexico? This week we'll have specifics on the changes, who is eligible and where and how to get help navigating the new rules. 

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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Tuesday News Roundup
7:01 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Headlines: Calls For Improved Ventilation At WIPP, 2nd 'Right-To-Work' Proposal Filed...

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US Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuclear Dump The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.

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Local News
6:26 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Hearing Begins On PNM's Energy Replacement Plan

Hundreds of people rallied outside a Public Regulation Commission hearing in Santa Fe Monday in opposition to PNM's proposed energy replacement plan.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly addressed New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission Monday on the first day of two weeks of hearings on PNM's energy replacement plan.

Shelly told commissioners he supports PNM’s plan for replacing energy that will be lost when two coal-fired stacks at the San Juan Generating Station are shut down. He said the plan would ensure good jobs for tribal members. 

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Drilling Deep
3:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

New Mexico's Methane Problem

New development in Counselor, New Mexico.
Credit Laura Paskus

Last week, The Washington Post ran a story about the enormous plume of methane being produced in New Mexico.

As reporter Joby Warrick writes:

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Monday News Roundup
7:26 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Headlines: PRC To Hear PNM Proposal, UNM Second University To Be Investigated By DOJ...

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UNM Is Second School To Have Sexual Assault Policies Investigation By DOJ The Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of sexual assault policies at the University of New Mexico is just the second such investigation in the nation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports UNM officials say they still don’t have details on the complaints the DOJ says sparked the investigation.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:55 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot, Bald Eagle Count At Abiquiu, Navajo Pres Vetoes Language Bill...

An APD officer was shot twice early Saturday morning during a traffic stop. The gunman fled the scene on foot.
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Police: Albuquerque Cop Shot During Traffic Stop – The Associated Press

Albuquerque police say an officer was shot as he was attempting to conduct an overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the driver of a car that was being pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer. Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. He is expected to survive. It's not known if the gunman was struck.

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Friday News Roundup
8:49 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Headlines: Property Crime Down In Santa Fe, NM Democrats Plan Joint Inauguration...

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Property Crimes Were Down In Santa Fe In 2014The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe police say policy and staffing changes likely are factors in an apparent drop in property crimes in the northern New Mexico city.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city had closed to 1,100 property crimes in the first 11 months of 2014.

December figures are not yet available, but the 11-month figure is down 26 percent from the same period of last year.

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Local News
6:15 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

PNM's Energy Replacement Plan: Coal, Nuclear, Gas With A Dash Of Solar

Half of the coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station will be decommissioned in 2017.
Credit Courtesy San Juan's Citizen Alliance

 

The Public Regulation Commission is about to kick off hearings on how PNM, New Mexico’s largest energy utility, is going to replace the energy that will be lost when half of the coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station get shut down in 2017.  

The utility is proposing increasing their shares of coal in the remaining stacks at the San Juan Generating Station, and to add a heavy helping of nuclear energy imported from Arizona, a lot of natural gas and a wee little smidgen of solar. Four percent to be exact.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:33 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Headlines: Martinez Begins 2nd Term, No Bonus For WIPP Operator...

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Martinez To Start 2nd Term As New Mexico GovernorThe Associated Press

A public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Susan Martinez is planned New Year's Day at the State Capitol.

This time, she's taking the show inside.

The Republican is scheduled to take the oath of office for her second term inside the House chamber while Santa Fe battles freezing temperatures. Martinez held her first inauguration ceremony four years ago outside in frigid weather.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Headlines: Difficult Driving Conditions On NM Roads, Martinez Prepares For 2nd Term...

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Winter Weather A Problem For Driving In New MexicoThe Associated Press

Snow, sleet, freezing fog and slick spots on pavement are producing difficult driving conditions are reported on numerous New Mexico highways, particularly in the east.

The National Weather Service says frigid temperatures and very low wind chill readings will also persist through Wednesday.

Snow is forecast to spread into western New Mexico in the evening and then into central New Mexico early Thursday as low pressure system approaches the state.

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