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Revered as a deity by native peoples, then marked for extermination by the federal government.  Derided as a "living, breathing allegory of want" by Mark Twain, then crowned a king of cool by the Beat Generation.  New Mexico writer Dan Flores tracks the range of reactions the coyote has inspired over the years in Coyote America, just published by Basic Books.

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New Mexico's Handling Of Food Aid Spurs Calls For Probe – Associated Press

The U.S. congressional delegation for New Mexico is recommending a federal investigation into the handling of emergency food assistance benefits by a state agency.

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Applications to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program have been surging lately, and the state hasn’t been able to keep up. Now, with many patients waiting longer for marijuana prescriptions, the state auditor is warning the Department of Health to speed up its process or face a special audit.

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New Mexico’s attorney general is filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court against Colorado. The suit calls into question how abandoned mines were handled in Colorado before the Gold King Mine spill. 

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New Mexico Sues Colorado Over Huge 2015 Mine Waste Spill By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico is suing the state of Colorado, saying its neighbor to the north should be held responsible for the contamination caused by the 2015 Gold King Mine spill as well as decades of acidic drainage from mines near the headwaters of the Animas River.

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New Mexicans applying for medical marijuana cards—or renewing them—are waiting too long before they hear back from the Department of Health, according to state law. The state auditor has sent a warning saying if things don’t speed up, he’ll launch a special audit.

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Evacuees From Dog Head Fire Start Returning Home – KOB-TV

Authorities began allowing some people who fled a fire in the Manzano Mountains near Albuquerque to return home on Tuesday.

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UnitedHealthcare is dropping insurance coverage for its Medicaid patients at the University of New Mexico Hospital. The decision comes after months of negotiations.

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Some Wildfire Evacuees Can Go HomeAssociated Press

Some residents in central New Mexico who have been forced to evacuate their homes due to a wildfire will be allowed to go back home Tuesday.

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Thousands of adult New Mexicans can't read well, and because of social stigmas, they’re a hidden population. The latest data estimates adult education programs only manage to reach a fraction of those folks. But an Albuquerque literacy program is developing a method of making contact with potential students. 

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The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was formally established last year and plans are underway to create facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. The idea is to tell the stories behind the creation of the first atomic bomb. But critics worry the new park could glorify or gloss over controversial issues, such as using the weapons on Japan, and the impacts on communities from nuclear weapons testing.

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Crews Monitor New Mexico Wildfire Amid Dry, Hot WeatherAssociated Press

Firefighters say they plan to vigilantly monitor a massive wildfire in central New Mexico amid continuing of hot and dry weather conditions.

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Dispute Over Hatch Chile Labeling Heats UpMorgan Lee of The Associated Press

A federal appeals court is siding with an association of green chile producers in the Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico in a dispute over what food can be fairly labeled with the renowned Hatch name.

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The Dog Head Fire has consumed almost 17,000 acres in New Mexico since Tuesday, and it remains entirely uncontained. People are leaving their homes and property, and more mandatory evacuations may be called this weekend.

KUNM spoke with Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who was stationed at the Bernalillo County’s emergency operations center Friday evening.  

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Through 20 years of performances and classes, an award-winning Albuquerque band has brought the distinctive sound of Scottish music to the Southwest.  The High Desert Pipes and Drums will be joined by guest musicians and dancers for a fundraising concert on June 25 and 26 at the Hiland Theatre.

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Firefighters Continue The Fight On Dog HeadThe Associated Press

Authorities say firefighters contending with 100-foot flames have made progress in keeping a New Mexico blaze that destroyed two-dozen homes from moving farther north toward rural, mountain communities.

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New Mexico Fire Prompts Emergency Decree, Evacuations  - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than three square miles and forced evacuations, after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.

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Laun-Dry Supply Company is moving toward cleaning up a decades-old solvent spill near downtown Albuquerque. The state's Environment Department addressed a packed Wells Park Neighborhood Association meeting yesterday.

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Though the country is focused on Orlando, another mass shooting happened in southeastern New Mexico last weekend, where a man is accused of shooting and killing his family. People in Roswell gathered on Tuesday to grieve. 

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Wildfire Burns 800-1000 Acres, Forces Residents From Homes Associated Press

A wildfire that broke out in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico has consumed 800 to 1000 acres and is forcing some nearby residents from their homes.

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Man Arrested After Albuquerque City Hall Hostage Scare - The Associated Press 

A man has been arrested in connection with a scare at Albuquerque City Hall about a possible shooter and hostage situation that police now believe was a hoax.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Tuesday that 28-year-old Daniel Olguin was charged with breaking and entering and false imprisonment after a floor-by-floor search of City Hall.

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The state Environment Department is expected to talk about chemical testing and cleanup efforts for a decades-old chemical spill in the heart of Albuquerque on Tuesday. The Laun-Dry Supply Company spill is on a neighborhood meeting agenda.

The chemical distribution business leaked toxic solvents near downtown Albuquerque over the course of several decades. NMED is expected to present results from testing in homes where people might be breathing in toxic gases from the spill.

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In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

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Medical Marijuana Industry Grows In New Mexico – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The medical marijuana industry is growing in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports several licensed growers are expected to open new facilities as well as dispensaries in the coming months, which would mean a boost in jobs and the economy.

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Just hours after LGBT folks celebrated Albuquerque’s 40th pride on Saturday night, hundreds gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the people who were killed in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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Navajo Nation Lawmakers Firming Up Meeting With Donald TrumpAssociated Press

Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation are trying to firm up a meeting with Donald Trump.

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For the first time in 40 years, the federal government is changing the way it regulates toxic chemicals. The new chemical safety act will overhaul a 1970's-era law by giving the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, who sponsored the bill, says New Mexicans don’t have any local oversight of dangerous chemicals in household products, which leaves people here especially vulnerable.

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Gov. Martinez Disagrees With Trump Comments On Judge – Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is joining a chorus of Republicans in criticizing Donald Trump for his claim that a federal judge is not qualified to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage.

Right after the federal Department of Justice released a lengthy report slamming the University of New Mexico for mishandling sexual assault cases, UNM President Robert Frank held a news conference and questioned the investigators’ methods. KUNM's Marisa Demarco sat down with Frank to find out how seriously UNM’s president takes the federal criticism.

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