A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of nuclear safety records for Sandia National Laboratories.
The suit filed Friday in federal court in Albuquerque alleges the National Nuclear Security Administration has withheld documents and work papers for more than two years about whether nuclear reactors at Sandia have experienced shutdowns, accidents or violated safety regulations.
It also alleges a continuing pattern and practice of wrongful delay by the NNSA to violate the Freedom of Information Act.
In Socorro County this week, the Festival of the Cranes draws thousands of tourists. Sandhill cranes and snow geese draw the big crowds, but the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge hosts more than just migrating birds.
Six sandhill cranes swirl above us, deciding whether or not they’re going to land. We’re standing at a pullout along Highway 1, south of San Antonio, New Mexico.
The US Fish and Wildlife Department held a 3-hour meeting Wednesday night to receive public comment on a controversial new recovery plan for the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. The proposed changes have created quite a stir and people logged nearly 100 comments.
It was cold and rainy Wednesday night, but that didn’t stop about 200 hundred people from gathering in Albuquerque to express their widely disparate views on one pesky animal. The topic was the Mexican Gray Wolf.
NM Teachers Object To Evaluation System - Associated Press
Unions representing teachers and other educational employees organized protests Wednesday against a teacher evaluation system by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration that heavily bases ratings on student performance on standardized tests.
National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers encouraged teachers to wear black and participate in rallies across the state.
E-cigarettes – those pen-like nicotine dispensers people inhale without the smoke – are posing challenges for governments trying to reduce the number of people who take up smoking. Today a Legislative panel that oversees spending of a tobacco-settlement fund discussed whether to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as the traditional kind.
Flamenco was born when wandering Roma gypsies blended dance and musical traditions with those of southern Spain. Award winning dancer and Albuquerque native Alice Blumenfeld recently spent a year in Spain delving into the tradition.
"I don't know, maybe I was born dancing ," she said. "I started taking dance classes when I was 3, starting with ballet."
Feds To Hold Public Hearing On Wolf Proposals - Associated Press
Future management of the federal government's troubled effort to return Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest will be the focus of a public hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque.
Environmentalists, landowners and others are expected to pack the meeting. They'll be commenting on a pair of proposals that will determine how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moves forward with the program.
The measure to ban abortions at 20 weeks has been defeated by Albuquerque voters.
With 48 of 50 vote centers reporting, 54 percent of voters rejected the ordinance. Forty-five percent of voters supported it.
Turnout in the city's special election surpassed turnout in the recent mayoral race and early voting played a large part. Nearly 44,000 voters cast their ballots early while over 33,000 voters went to the polls on election day.
Native Americans have the highest rates of smoking before, during and after pregnancy than any other ethnic group in the nation. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
According to the CDC, 55 percent of Native American women smoked before pregnancy. During pregnancy, that rate dropped significantly to 26 percent. However, that rate was still the highest of any racial or ethnic group in the nation.
Albuquerque Votes On Late-Term Abortion Ban - Associated Press
Voters in New Mexico's largest city will decide Tuesday whether to ban late-term abortions.
The municipal referendum is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and is being watched as a possible new front for activism in the abortion wars that have typically been waged at the federal and state levels.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/21 8a: KUNM marks "American Education Week" (November 18-22, 2013) with a program devoted to the current issues surrounding the implementation of the NMTeach system by the NM Public Education Department (PED).
Join us as we examine newly implemented initiatives related to teacher evaluations and testing requirements under the Common Core Standards Initiative.
Are the changes beneficial for our students and teachers? We'll look forward to hearing from you!
The audit that led the Martinez administration to freeze Medicaid funding for more than a dozen behavioral health non-profits in New Mexico is at the center of a hearing Tuesday in Santa Fe.
The Foundation for Open Government sued state government after state officials released a heavily redacted audit to media. FOG attorneys claim the report is “too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept form public view.” The open government group asked in its lawsuit for for the audit to be released in its entirety.
The Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) just wrapped up in Las Vegas. During the event, spectators enjoyed the usual rodeo competitions: barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding. But what's different about this event is it’s an Indian-only rodeo, which means in addition to the bulls, cows and Indian cowboys, the whole family is there.
Voters in Albuquerque will soon decide the fate of a controversial ballot measure that would limit abortion rights. If approved, the measure would prohibit Albuquerque doctors from terminating a pregnancy, in any way, past the 20 week gestational mark. It does include an exception to the rule though- for when a woman's life is in immediate danger. But some argue the exception doesn't go far enough, and that it could end up dangerously tying the hands of doctors treating women with complicated pregnancies.
State: 15 NM Teachers Get Stipends For Transfers - Associated Press and The Las Cruces Sun News
New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the state is "off to a good start" with 15 teachers each approved to receive a $5,000 stipend for transferring from a top-graded school to a low-graded one.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the teachers worked for the Las Cruces, Taos, Las Vegas City, Espanola, Estancia and Gallup school districts.
The City of Albuquerque, along with a regional recycling company, are drawing back the curtain to give the public a behind-the-scenes peek at more than just the usual boxes and cans. They're offering tours of the new facility on Saturday.
By now, most Albuquerque residents know they can put recyclable materials in their newly issued blue bins. What might be a surprise is that the list of approved materials is extensive and has been expanded.
Because it isn’t a law enforcement agency, the N.M. Human Services Department can’t justify keeping an audit of 15 health providers secret using the law enforcement exception to a state sunshine law, two news organizations suing for release of the audit say.
Albuquerque's police chief says one of his officers has shot a drunken-driving suspect during a traffic stop.
Chief Allen Banks says the shooting happened early Friday after an officer pulled over a car. Banks tells KOAT-TV that after the car stopped the driver inside showed a gun and the officer shot the person.
President Barack Obama held a press conference Thursday in Washington D.C. He announced that his repeated promise, that people who liked their current insurance plans could keep them, was made in good faith and will be honored. Then reporters pressed him over a flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
New data from the Justice Department show that New Mexico has the fastest rate of growth in immigration prosecutions in the nation.
In 2013 New Mexico outpaced both Texas and Arizona in its increase in criminal immigration prosecutions, jumping by more than 47% in the first 11 months of the year. The West Texas district followed in second with a jump of 32%.
The increase was a dramatic shift for the state as immigration prosecution numbers for New Mexico had been down in recent years.
The move by Mora County Commissioners to ban oil and gas development within the county this Spring has prompted the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico to team up with local landowners and take the issue to federal court.
A lawsuit filed yesterday claims the ordinance is unconstitutional. Richard Gilliland with the Petroleum Association says they decided to sue after the measure was approved.
For decades, tribal areas of the United States — Indian Country, for short — have been some of the most violent and dangerous places to live. Some of the biggest problems law enforcement officials face include issues of criminal jurisdiction, bad communication between tribal, state and federal officials, poor court sentencing powers, and of course, minimal funding.