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5:49 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Secretary of State Herrera: Former employees critical of her office were "not competent"

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.

KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
5:44 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Colon secures top lt. governor position

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%.

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KUNM Local
2:53 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

New Mexico congressional delegation on Health Care Bill likely to see votes in House this week

Albuquerque, NM – This week could bring a final Congressional vote on a proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system.

Late this week, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on the Senate version of the legislation.

The House may then immediately try to make changes to it using the budget reconciliation process.

One holdup has been that some House members, like New Mexico First District Representative Martin Heinrich, have some issues with the Senate bill.

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KUNM Local
5:27 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Fomer elections employees confirm contentions that office is mismanaged

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.

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KUNM Local
5:23 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report - 03/12/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

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KUNM Local
4:21 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Fundraising and international genocide awareness project starts in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico may seem very away from places where genocide has taken place in recent years.

If you listen to the news though, you've heard about it: Rwanda, Sudan, the Congo and more.

One New Mexico artist wants to not only bring attention to genocide but also raise money to support organizations that work to prevent it.

The One Million Bones project will let anyone submit an artist created bone, along with a five dollar donation. It's launching this weekend in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Local
5:18 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

New Mexico Independet 3/11/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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KUNM Local
5:11 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Santa Fe council postpones decision on telecom ordinance

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe wireless technology opponents will have more time to develop their arguments against a proposed new telecommunications ordinance in the City Different.

The Santa Fe City Council decided last night to once again postpone consideration of the proposal.

The move allows city staff until May 12th to further evaluate what has been a contentious issue.

KUNM's Scott Ki has this report from Santa Fe.

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KUNM Local
5:07 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Santa Fe city council postpones telecommunications ordinance

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.

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KUNM Local
2:54 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

New Mexico health care representatives lobby Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – KUNM Capitol reporter Matt Laslo reports on why government watchdog groups say that raises red flags.

Many New Mexico health care organizations are hiring lobbyists to get their voices heard in Washington.

 

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KUNM Local
5:06 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Suspect in murder of UNM professor and grad student had history of stalking

Albuquerque, NM – The suspect in the murders of a University of New Mexico English professor and a Bernalillo High School teacher had a history of stalking his ex-girlfriends according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Police say Ralph Montoya shot Hector Torres and Stefania Grey, who was his ex-girlfriend, on Sunday. Grey had filed for a restraining order against Montoya after an incident in January when Montoya allegedly attacked her at Torres' house.

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KUNM Local
5:04 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Santa Fe city council consider telecommunications access to city-rights-of-way: Activists opposed

Santa Fe, NM – Among other things, the rules would allow companies to apply for a franchise to get access to existing rights of way on both public and private lands to install new telecommunications equipment.

Some activists oppose the changes. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
5:01 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Uranium mining permit upheld in northwest New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – Hydro Resources Incorporated has a permit to extract the mineral in the area, which is adjacent to the Navajo Nation.

The 2 to 1 decision overturned a challenge by environmental organizations and individuals opposed to the mining, who say it will damage drinking water supplies. KUNM's Jim Williams has more.

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Music
3:19 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Live In Studio: Guitarist Michael Anthony

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Thurs. 3/11: Our Live in-person guest will be New Mexican guitarist Michael Anthony.

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KUNM Local
2:56 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Supplemental Medicaid funding approval uncertain

Albuquerque, NM – Congress has yet to approve a continuation of supplemental stimulus funding for Medicaid programs around the country.

At stake is about $100 million in Medicaid funding for New Mexico. Some state lawmakers are concerned about the delay, saying if the funding isn't extended, more cuts to the state budget will be necessary.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports though, New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman remains optimistic that the dollars will be delivered soon.

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KUNM Local
2:55 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Senator Bingaman to lead senate committee discussion on stronger appliance efficiency requirements

Albuquerque, NM – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Bingaman chairs, will hear proposals to strengthen requirements for furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and streetlights.

Bingaman is a co-sponsor of the legislation. He says there are currently such standards in place for 33 other consumer products.

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2:53 pm
Sat March 6, 2010

Listening to Your Wise and Beautiful Heart, with Judith Orloff, MD

Orloff, psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at U.C.L.A., teaches the development of intuition and is author of many books including Second Sight.

Judith Orloff, M.D. comes from a long line of intuitive healers, and she's been working with her own intuition since she was a young child.

Through her personal experience and her work as an intuitive psychiatrist, she's acquired a wealth of knowledge that will help you learn to recognize, and make wise use of your own intuition.

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KUNM Local
6:17 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick of New Mexico Business Weekly about this week's business news.

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KUNM Local
6:16 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Consumer group issues warning for NM on health care

Albuquerque, NM – Washington, D.C.-based Families USA released a report Friday for all fifty states. It estimates fatalities over the past fifteen years and projects deaths through the year 2019.

The report indicates 3,000 people have died in New Mexico since 1995 due to a lack of health insurance.

The number nationwide was 292,000. Families USA President Ron Pollack says the organization has been using the information to put pressure on Congress.

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KUNM Local
6:14 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

State Democratic lawmakers want to explain tax increases to voters; Republicans look to November

Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers have adjourned after a special session to fill a 600 million dollar budget hole for the coming fiscal year. Much of the budget fix was done by raising taxes. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, that's left more than one Democrat uneasy in an election year, and ready to talk about income taxes for the wealthy.

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KUNM Local
6:12 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

New Mexico state legislature adjourns

Albuquerque, NM – On Thursdays, we usually check in with reporters and writers for the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

Their reporters were at the roundhouse most of this week to cover a special legislative session that was called to complete negotiations on the state budget.

Lawmakers adjourned the special session late this afternoon.

As state senators debated the final measure, a 75 cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, KUNM's Sarah Gustavus called senior writer Trip Jennings.

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Afropop
2:28 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Realities of Addiction

Host - Harlan McKosato

There are Native people who manage to walk away from a life of addiction. Does it really take someone who has walked the line to reach those who want to kick their "habits" for good?

One man has been able to get a clear view of the reality of addiction by embracing his past. His trip through dark times and a near-death experience has given him new insights and understanding.

He's started a new life, clean and sober, but how can his vision help other Natives deal with their addiction issues?

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KUNM Local
6:10 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

State legislature looks to spending cuts

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers are trying to wrap up a special legislative session today in Santa Fe to deal with a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year. We're taking a close look at the two options they're considering: cutting, and taxing. First, KUNM's Scott Ki takes a look at where the legislature intends to make spending cuts and why.

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KUNM Local
6:07 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

State lawmakers reflect on tax package; Republicans continue to feel shut out of the process

Santa Fe, NM – As lawmakers prepared to debate the appropriations bill Wednesday, state Senators were reflecting on the tax increase package that passed that chamber Tuesday night. KUNM's Jim Williams has more from our capitol newsroom.

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KUNM Local
6:05 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Special Session update with the New Mexico Independent

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Reporter Larry Behrens and Senior Writer Trip Jennings of the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

First, she asked Senior Writer Trip Jennings what lawmakers were debating in the House

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Music
9:54 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Trumpet Maestro Bobby Shew

Thurs. 3/4: Albuquerque native Bobby Shew spends his 69th birthday talking with host Mark Weber about all things trumpet.

Big birthday party for maestro Bobby Shew who was born this very day in Albuquerque back when Tingley was mayor (1941). I'm not sure we'll discuss surfing the Rio Grande but we will be discussing all things trumpet. Bobby Shew's illustrious career continues to take him around the world and into every dimension. His knowledge of trumpet is staggering. SO, that's what we'll talk about. Host Mark Weber.

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KUNM Local
6:02 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Senator blasts Republican filibuster of federal funds

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall is blasting a Republican filibuster of federal funds for highway projects and unemployment payments, say the delay is impacting projects in New Mexico. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
6:00 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Legislative update with the New Mexico Independent

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers were called back into a special session this week to finish negotiations on the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

KUNM is getting updates every afternoon at this time from reporters with the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with reporter Matt Reichbach.

Just after Sarah spoke with Matt, that House committee did act on the cigarette tax legislation.

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Afropop
2:46 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Sovereignty Attack in the U.S. Senate

Host - Harlan McKosato

A proposed Senate bill may change existing standards around taxation of tobacco on Native lands.

The Jenkins Act requires anyone who sells cigarettes in any state to report those sales to each state monthly and presumably to pay taxes on those sales. But Indian tribes have been able to claim an exemption from this law because of their status as sovereign nations.

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Afropop
11:10 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Current Events

Host - Harlan McKosato

Spring is rolling in and along with tulips, rains and hay fever, powwows will begin popping up all over Turtle Island. Powwow season will (unofficially) kick off with the 36th Annual Denver March Pow-Wow.

Other events coming up are the Indian Summer Festival's annual Winter Pow-Wow in Milwaukee, and the First Nations Golf Association's Talking Stick Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. March Madness will also bring Indian basketball to Santa Fe.

What exciting events are going on in your community this month?

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