Albuquerque, NM – Several University of New Mexico student organizations met today to protest budget cuts that would eliminate three community service groups and withhold funding for a new Queer Resource Center. UNM Administrators last week denied a recommendation by student leaders for a 10 dollar-a-year student fee increase to fund the groups and the center.
Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports the investigation will determine if tribal, forest service, and national monument lands should receive damages from LANL to clean up the contamination.
New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry says LANL must be held accountable for its activities in the state. He says the public will have an opportunity to comment.
According to the report, existing air, soil, surface water and groundwater contamination will be analyzed to see if levels justify damages under federal law.
Santa Fe, NM – An Oscar-winning film with ties to Santa Fe continues this weekend in the City Different. Reviewer Jim Terr had a chance earlier this week to talk with the movie's producer.
Jim Terr is a satirist, writer, and video producer. He lives in Santa Fe. Many of his full interviews, including this one, are available on Youtube. "The Hurt Locker" continues at the UA North Theater in Santa Fe this weekend.
Albuquerque, NM – Proponents of the health care overhaul are talking up the changes that will take place over the next six months.
Among them, tax relief for small businesses for providing insurance, a band on insurers dropping coverage when patients get sick, wellness and prevention benefits extended to seniors without cost-sharing or deductibles, and the removal of lifetime limits on benefits.
Albuquerque, NM – Following Roxanne Allen's commentary about the need for more attention in New Mexico for Tuberculosis around the world, we played a clip from an interview with Albertina Nyatsi. She's from Swaziland and has become an activist around issues related to TB, Women and HIV/AIDs.
KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with Nyatsi when she recently visited the US.
Albuquerque, NM – In the United States, it's often considered a disease of the past, but last year TB was the leading killer of people with AIDS around the world. It's also especially dangerous for young women.
Roxanne Allen is a local volunteer with RESULTS, an organization which works to end poverty.
She says tuberculosis is curable and there are ways to stop the spread of the disease, but more political will is needed to save lives and protect people both in New Mexico and around the world.
Santa Fe, NM – Deputy Secretary of State Don Francisco Trujillo tells KUNM his office is changing its approach to soliciting donations as a result of concerns from the Attorney General's office.
As we first reported Tuesday, KUNM found, in a document request this week, e-mails that seem to back up contentions by a now-former Elections Director that Herrera has been engaging in political activity in her office.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says he is confident this reconciliation bill will pass, even if some Senators opposed to the health care legislation offer amendments.
BINGAMAN: "Those who are offering amendments will be doing so with full knowledge that their amendments are unlikely to prevail they may wish to make some kind of a statement... or cause their colleagues to cast an uncomfortable vote."
Fri. 3/19: When we're in the trenches of our daily lives we often forget why we do what we do and what is most important for us. When you look back at your own experiences which ones bubble up as pivotal moments?
From writers and storytellers on the next Back Roads Radio; a Viewpoint Production, hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg.
Albuquerque, NM – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will likely use something called "Deem and Pass" to make changes to a measure already passed by the Senate without having to actually vote on the bill itself.
Lujan says he thinks Republicans have been criticizing the process instead of focusing on what the public wants.
Albuquerque, NM – With the vote on a health care overhaul package looming in Washington and the margin expected to be razor-thin, House Democratic leaders are now pushing to pass the package using an infrequent process that essentially avoids a vote on one element of it.
Known as "deem and pass", the procedure allows lawmakers to vote on changes to a bill first, which then deems the bill itself already passed.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of New Mexico's House members about it, and has this report.
Albuquerque, NM – Secretary of State Mary Herrera is firing back over allegations that her office is poorly managed.
As KUNM reported last week, several former Elections division employees have echoed the contentions of a former Elections Director that Deputy Secretary Francisco Trujillo is interfering with how the division is run. Herrera, in defending Trujillo, is now saying the former employees were incompetent.
Tesuque, NM – At the Democratic state convention this weekend, former state Democratic party chairman Brian Colon won the top spot on the primary ballot for Lt. Governor. With over 34% of convention votes, Colon established a significant lead over Lawrence Rael, former director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, who trailed with 22%.
Santa Fe, NM – It's becoming clearer that there are personnel problems within the New Mexico Secretary of State's office that may be creating high turnover in the Elections division.
On February 26, Bureau of Elections Director A.J. Salazar resigned from the position, the latest in a string of resignations from the post that has once again left Secretary of State Mary Herrera without an elections chief just months before an election.
Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to delay a proposed telecommunications ordinance. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Councilor Patti Bushee said the ordinance has been significantly changed and should be considered in a new public hearing.
Some opponents of the ordinance are concerned about possible health impacts from increased wireless technology and say the ordinance does not provide enough regulation of the telecommunications industry.