Albuquerque, NM – The Sierra Club, New Energy Economy and more than a dozen other groups in New Mexico are asking for a science-based cap on greenhouse gases produced in the state.
Proponents see it as a critical move toward environmental preservation of the Southwest and an economic engine to create new green jobs.
Opponents of the cap worry about the cost of compliance and the economic impacts it could have on industry. Critics of the cap also charge it could lead to higher electricity and energy costs for consumers.
Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico lawmakers are back in Santa Fe today for a special session to deal with the state budget after they were unable to find consensus in the regular session that ended nearly two weeks ago.
As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, negotiations have gotten legislators closer to agreement, but some say they were shut out of that process.
New York, NY – Counterspin: Your Weekly Look Behind the Headlines Analyst and Iran affairs blogger Cyrus Safdari discusses developments in Iran, and Robert Alvarez of the Institute for Policy Studies talks about the possible development of nuclear power plants in the United States. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/15-2
March 1, 2010 – Each year tens of thousands of undocumented students, most of them brought to the U.S. as small children by their immigrant parents, graduate from high school. Despite being raised in American culture, these students cannot legally work because of their immigration status. And most cannot go to college, prompting cries for congressional passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act.
Santa Fe, NM – If you enjoy local theater, tonight is your last chance to catch the 9th annual collection of original short plays written and selected for the Benchwarmers competition at the Santa Fe Playhouse.
Reviewer Jim Terr went to the festival of 15-minute playlets and shares his thoughts on what he saw.
Jim Terr is a writer, satirist, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe
Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Psychiatry Department hosted a panel discussion on mental health policy last night on the UNM campus. At issue, among other things, was how the state addresses mental health services and funds them.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of the organizers about the focus of the event.
Albuquerque, NM – Another wet winter storm is moving into New Mexico, and the National Weather Service says this one could be even more potent than some of our recent ones. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Albuquerque, NM – President Obama outlined his proposal Monday morning to move along the health care overhaul debate that seemingly has Congress stalled. KUNM's Jim Williams visited with both New Mexico U.S. Senators about it, and about what appears to be a surge in support for bypassing the filibuster to pass a "public option".
Fri. 2/26: Can music promote peace in a noticeable way? Our guests are Clarence Bekker and Mermans Kenkosenki of Playing for Change Foundation.
17 million views on You Tube to date. That's the number of times the unique rendition of the song "Stand By Me" has been seen on the internet.
The song featured contributions from street musicians and indigenous performers around the world, all playing to the same basic track recorded in Santa Monica, CA, by music producer and engineer Mark Johnson.
Albuquerque, NM – Communities across the country and New Mexico are celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans during the month of February, Black history month.
KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel recently spoke with Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin, Associate Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico about the meaning and purpose of Black History Month. She says it's about more than just a segment that is taught in schools.
Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers are still pushing through their final proposals and trying to negotiate a budget for the next fiscal year with a deficit of $500 million looming over every debate in Santa Fe.
We're checking in with reporters from the online news source the New Mexico Independent every day this week to hear about some of the sorties they're following.
KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with reporter Larry Behrens from the KUNM capitol studio.
Albuquerque, NM – There's a little less than one week left for this year's legislative session in Santa Fe. We're now getting daily updates from reporters with the online news source the New Mexico Independent. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Editor Gwyneth Doland.
Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session. We asked you what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.
Ron Tafoya says it may seem like the state must scale back on spending, but now is exactly the perfect time to invest in programs that will pay off big a little further down the line
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Albuquerque, NM – KUNM recently asked you what you would say in your own Sate of the State Address. Governor Richardson gave his at the start of this year's legislative session. We heard from many of you about what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.
Today we continue the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Santa Fe Reporter Editor Julia Goldberg. She says the state needs to go into a 12-step program... now.
Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico remains one of just ten states without an ethics commission, but that may change soon.
While the idea has failed in the state Senate the past several years, lawmakers this week are looking at several options for forming such a commission, and this year there seems to be some force behind the idea.
Still, as KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, open government advocates aren't exactly thrilled with the proposals.
Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed legislation that would change how the state calculates a preference for New Mexico companies that bid on state contracts. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this summary of what was a complicated debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.