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5:55 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Public hearing on state cap and trade proposal is today

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.

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KUNM Local
5:51 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

State lawmakers begin special session with sense of agreement versus a feeling of exclusion

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.

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5:27 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Cyrus Safdari on Iran, Robert Alvarez on Nuclear Power

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

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5:20 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

American Dreamer

Sam's first trip to New York included a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Although most Latino immigrants do not trace their migration through Ellis Island, the symbolism of Lady Liberty is not lost on Sam.

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.

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KUNM Local
4:04 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Commentary: New Mexico Independent 02/26/10

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

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KUNM Local
4:01 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly

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

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KUNM Local
3:59 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Jim Terr Recommends Benchwarmers Competition

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

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KUNM Local
3:56 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

New Mexico Has a Unique Approach to Mental Health Services, but Funding May be at Risk

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.

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KUNM Local
3:54 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Tobacco Tax Proponents: Tax Could Help Avoid Education Cuts; Prevent Teen Smoking

Santa Fe, NM – High school students from around New Mexico were at the Roundhouse Wednesday to add their voices to the support for increasing the state's cigarette tax.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, the message was two-fold: stop cuts to education while at the same time discouraging kids from smoking

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KUNM Local
3:51 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Winter Weather Moving into State Again

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.

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KUNM Local
3:49 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Is There a Surge of Support in the Senate for a Public Option?

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".

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Peace Talks
10:32 am
Sat February 20, 2010

Peace Talks Radio: The Series on Peacemaking & Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

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.

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KUNM Local
3:29 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Update

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

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KUNM Local
3:27 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Commentary: New Mexico Independent 02/18/10

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

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KUNM Local
3:24 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

State lawmakers Fail to Pass Budget; Gov. Richardson Wants Them Back Next Week

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's not done with state lawmakers this year. Though the regular 30-day session wrapped up Thursday at noon, unfinished budget business will bring them back next week.

Governor Bill Richardson has called a special session beginning Wednesday for legislators to find some kind of compromise to shore up the state's $500 million shortfall.

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

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KUNM Local
3:19 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

State Lawmakers Approve Spending for Tribal Projects

Albuquerque, NM – The first was a bill to dedicate 5 percent of the state's capital outlay funds each year to tribal infrastructure projects.

Shiprock Democratic Senator Lynda Lovejoy said she was tired of begging the Senate Finance Committee for capital money for infrastructure in Indian Country.

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KUNM Local
3:16 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Commentary: Yolanda Day says New Mexico Should Become More Self Reliant

Albuquerque, NM – Back at the beginning of the session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his state of the state address and laid out his priorities for New Mexico.

We turned to our listeners to hear what you think the state should focus on.

Today, our last commentator says it will be up to New Mexicans to make sure the state takes care of important issues.

Yolanda Day is a retired English professor and she lives in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Local
3:10 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Interview: Toney Anaya Talks about Federal Stimulus Spending and Accountability

Albuquerque, NM – Today marks the one year anniversary of when President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

The federal stimulus spending package is sending millions of federal dollars into New Mexico programs.

Former Governor Toney Anaya is heading up the New Mexico office of Recovery and Reinvestment.

His office has tallied more than 10,000 jobs that were created by federal spending last year. However, he says those numbers don't tell the whole story.

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KUNM Local
3:06 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Interview: Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin on Black History Month

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.

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KUNM Local
3:12 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Commentary: Richard Tarangelo Assesses the State of NM Schools

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers are debating how to balance the budget and what issues they think should be addressed in Santa Fe.

Back at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson talked about his priorities in the state of the state address.

We turned around and asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Teacher Richard Tarangelo says to assess the state of the New Mexico, we should start by looking at how everyone can support students

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KUNM Local
2:55 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

House Passes Ban on Lobbyist and Contractor Political Contributions

Albuquerque, NM – The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit political contributions by lobbyists and state contractors. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
2:51 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Commentary: Mark Dunham says Railrunner can be the Backbone of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – Back at the beginning of this year's legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his State of the State address, explaining his priorities for New Mexico this year.

KUNM asked what you think the state's priorities should be and today we continue our State of the State Commentary series with Mark Dunham.

He says the state doesn't have to start from scratch in order to extend Railrunner commuter train service to more New Mexicans.

Mark Dunham does space science research. He lives in Los Alamos.

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KUNM Local
4:47 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Legislative Update for Monday with the New Mexico Independent

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.

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KUNM Local
4:41 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Commentary: New Mexico Should Lead in Campaign Finance Reform

Santa Fe, NM – Back at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson talked about his priorities in the state of the state address.

We turned around and asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Jim Terr says another money issue has been on his mind recently.

Jim Terr is an actor and satirist, and a regular reviewer on KUNM. He lives in Santa Fe.

Tune in at this time tomorrow to hear from another New Mexican in our State of the State Commentary Series.

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KUNM Local
4:31 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Legislative Update with New Mexico Independent Editor Gwyneth Doland

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.

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KUNM Local
4:27 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Commentary: Ron Tafoya says Invest NOW to Build New Mexico's Future

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

 

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines.

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KUNM Local
12:36 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Commentary: Put New Mexico on a 12-Step Program

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.

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KUNM Local
4:22 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 3/11/10

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday, we talk with reporters and writers from the online news source the New Mexico independent.

This week and next, we're checking in every afternoon with reporters from the independent from the state capitol to get updates on this year's 30 day legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus asked senior writer Trip Jennings to weigh on the latest budget news from Santa Fe, where the Senate Finance Committee, basically the Senate's budget committee held a key vote.

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KUNM Local
4:17 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Just How Open Will a State Ethics Commission Actually Be?

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.

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KUNM Local
4:09 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

NM Senate Passes Bill to Give Preference to In-State Businesses

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.

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