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12:26 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Live In-Studio: Indigifemme

Elena (Maori & Samoan) and Tash (Dine) of Indigifem

Sat. 5/1: Tash and Elena of the Santa Fe-based duo Indigifemme serenade us with beautiful music this week on Women's Focus.

For more about the band, visit http://www.Indigiefemme.com

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6:05 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel talked with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick about business news from around the state.

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6:01 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Santa Fe school board votes to consolidate schools, delay closure of Acequia Madre Elementary

Santa Fe, NM – According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Alvord, Kaune and Larragoite schools would be consolidated into the old Alameda middle school. The plan is expected to save $1 million for the district. However, the controversial closing of Acequia Madre Elementary school would be postponed to allow time for planning.

In addition, the Board plans to increase class sizes, reduce staff, cut some sports, fine arts, special education programs and eliminate some double dippers who earn salaries in addition to their pensions.

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5:59 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

City workers say no to cuts

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports workers filled meeting chambers and overflow rooms on Thursday night. Workers expressed concern that pay cuts combined with increases in health care costs would be greater than Berry administration officials suggested.

With tax revenue down around 8 percent this fiscal year, city officials told councilors the city should cut salaries in order to avoid raising taxes or cutting basic services. Berry's administration pointed out that city workers had received raises in recent years.

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4:23 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Bioblitz events to train citizen scientists in celebration of 4th Earth Day

Albuquerque, NM – In celebration of Earth Day, the Rio Grande Nature Center is hosting events on Saturday intended to get people out into nature. Participants in the BioBlitz event will participate in a one-day concentrated effort to do a biological inventory of the plants, insects, and animals in the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque.

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4:45 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

The New Mexico Independent 04/21/10

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Matthew Reichbach about news from around the state.

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4:44 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Santa Fe think-tank has plan for solving public school budget woes

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Public Schools Board will meet tomorrow to make decisions on how to cover an estimated $7 million budget deficit.

Some proposals have included consolidating some small schools, closing others and cutting arts and music programs.

Meanwhile, a prominent Santa Fe think-tank has come up with yet another idea.

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4:25 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Study: New Mexicans, 18 to 24, too fat for the military

Washington, D.C. – More than 71,000 of those 18 to 24 years of age are, according to a new study by a group of some of the country's highest ranking retired military officers.

Sara Sciammacco reports for KUNM from Washington.

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10:27 am
Wed April 21, 2010

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) says financial reform worth the fight

Albuquerque, NM – The House has already approved legislation and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall says he is hoping for a speedy approval of it in his chamber as well.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with Senator Udall about financial reform legislation.

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8:46 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Commentary: Gaza reporters need support from the mainstream media

Albuquerque, NM – Reporters who dive into the story at the Gaza Strip often do so at a risk. Commentator Iris Kletz says when those reporters come forward with information, they should be embraced. Iris Keltz is a writer, teacher, and human rights activist. She divides her time between Albuquerque and Taos.

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5:34 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Review: Eileen Garvin's "How to be a sister: A love story with a twist of autism"

Albuquerque, NM – More and more parents are facing the challenges and joys of raising children with autism. What about the sisters and brothers of autistic kids?

Katie Stone has this book review.

Stone does advocacy work for people with disabilities and has a family member with autism. She lives in Albuquerque.

Eileen Garvin will be reading from and signing her new book "How To Be A Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism" April 20th at 7pm at Bookworks in Albuquerque.

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2:44 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Proposed legislation could prevent teacher layoffs

Albuquerque, NM – School boards in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are saying that teacher layoffs and school closures may be necessary.

New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has co-sponsored legislation that he says could relieve some financial pressure the economic downturn has placed on school officials.

He said, "I don't think education is something that you want to fund just when the economy is strong you want to fund it all the time."

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10:58 am
Mon April 19, 2010

State Medicaid money may be cut

Santa Fe, NM – The federal government has, for many years, spent $4 to every $1 the state spends on Medicaid programs. But that may be about to change dramatically.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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7:49 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Review: KNME celebrates Earth Days with retrospective documentary

Santa Fe, NM – Next Thursday is the 40th Annual Earth Day. KNME Channel 5 on Monday will take a look back at the history of the day and the future of its mission. The feature includes the late Santa Fean Stewart Udall, former Interior Secretary under the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.

Reviewer Jim Terr got an early look.

Jim Terr is a satirist, actor, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.

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4:29 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Santa Fe Public School board considers salary cuts, school closure propsals

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe New Mexican reports more than 150 people attended the meeting to voice their concerns. Several of the more contentious options on the table include proposals to consolidate smaller schools and to cut salaries for teachers.

Some of last night's speakers spoke out against closing smaller schools like Acequia Madre Elementary School. Others called for teachers' pay to be preserved and for the board to look for savings by cutting administrative staff salaries.

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10:59 am
Fri April 16, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick about business news from around the state.

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5:12 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Source: Secretary of State lost voter registration cards

Albuquerque, NM – Over one hundred cards were sent to several counties in recent days, after they surfaced in the Secretary of State's office. One of the results of the cards not being delivered when they should have been, in 2008, was that some qualified voters' ballots didn't count in that year's election.

The Secretary of State's office has denied knowledge of who sent the cards out earlier this week, and has said they were mailed inadvertently.

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4:45 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/15/10

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with editor Gwyneth Doland about news from around the state.

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7:36 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Nancy King compares real like to her new novel

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico author Nancy King has a new book out. It's called the Stones Speak and it's actually a set of three stories woven together.

King is also a storyteller and teacher. She sat down with KUNM's Sarah Gustavus recently to talk about the book and how real life compares to fiction.

King will present a workshop this Saturday the 17th with the New Mexico Book Association. More information is available at her website.

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3:02 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Legislative Update for Tuesday with the New Mexico Independent 02/16/10

Santa Fe, NM – KUNM is getting updates from the New Mexico Roundhouse every afternoon during the state legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus spoke with Gwyneth Doland, editor of the New Mexico Independent about budget negotiations

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7:01 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Elections will affect battle over Supreme Court nominee

Albuquerque, NM – Last week's announcement by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that he will retire this year gives President Obama another opportunity to select a nominee for a lifetime position on the highest U.S. court.

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says Obama made a good choice in his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor last year, but Bingaman says, this year the situation is different.

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6:58 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski.

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6:56 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Film documents efforts to rebuild school in Afghanistan

Albuquerque, NM – A new documentary film premieres in Albuquerque Friday night. It's the story of a Mohammed Khan Kharoti and his struggle to rebuild a school in his home town in Helmand Province Afghanistan.

Kharoti's Green Village Schools was created in 2001. It was destroyed in 2008 by militants, but hundreds of children still gather for classes.

The new documentary film "Stealing the Light" premiers tonight at 7:00 P.M. at the KIMO theater.

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2:47 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

In Studio: Liz Melendez

Liz Melendez

Wed. 4/14: "Mercy" me! Putnay will have the sensational Albuquerque-native guitarist and vocalist Liz Melendez as his guest on the Blues Show.

For all you fans, Liz will also be playing in Albuquerque at the El Rey Theater on Saturday, April 17th.

photo source: LizMelendezBand.com

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6:54 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Review: Murder mystery in Santa Fe leaves viewer feeling "transported"

Santa Fe, NM – A unique murder mystery with a bit of a Hannibal Lecter feel continues in Santa Fe this weekend. Reviewer Jim Terr says the movie has a transcendent quality that sticks with him to this day.

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4:46 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/08/10

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Matthew Reichbach.

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4:28 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Santa Fe Public Schools faces tough decision on budget cuts

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Public School officials face a tough decision in the next few weeks as they consider ways to fill a possible budget shortfall of over $7 million next year. To discuss options and hear from the public, the board of education is hosting a series of meetings this week.

KUNM's Scott Ki was at Wednesday's meeting and files this report.

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4:47 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Health department cuts substance abuse programs, community health councils

Albuquerque, NM – The Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health yesterday announced cuts to services and facilities as a result of an over $24 million reduction in state funding. Secretary Alfredo Vigil says all programs are important but that there isn't enough money to fully fund all programs.

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6:47 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

APS superintendent Winston Brooks announces layoffs, furloughs

Albuquerque, NM – Superintendent Winston Brooks last night offered a budget proposal to the Albuquerque Public School Board that would layoff 664 district employees, require two furlough days from non-school employees, and cut non-school budgets by 6.5 percent. The Albuquerque Journal reports the proposal would cut operating budgets at schools by 1.5 percent.

Layoffs would focus specifically on double dippers, retirees who have returned to work and are earning both a pension and a salary.

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6:44 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report - 04/02/10

Albuquerque, NM – Each week we hear from reporters at the New Mexico Business Weekly about business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski.

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