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Monday News Roundup
3:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Headlines: House Dems Elect Leadership...

New Mexico House Democrats Elect Egolf As Leader - The Associated Press

New Mexico House Democrats have chosen a new leader now that they'll be the minority in that legislative chamber.

Democratic representatives over the weekend elected Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe to serve as the House minority leader when the Legislature begins its 2015 session on Jan. 20.

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Local News
11:34 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Headlines: Spaceport Needs Customers, EPA On Farmington Power Plant...

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New Mexico Spaceport Sets Sights On New Customers - Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

There was a scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America.

That came to a screeching halt last month when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Wolf Travels Hundreds Of Miles To Northern Arizona

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Wildlife officials have confirmed the first gray wolf in northern Arizona in more than 70 years.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Jeff Humphrey said Friday that analysis of the animal's scat shows it's from the Northern Rockies population.

The wolf is believed to have traveled at least 450 miles into northern Arizona, where it's been spotted at the Grand Canyon and the adjacent forest.

Wolves often roam vast distances in search of food and mates. Packs from the Northern Rockies had been found as far south as Wyoming.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Open Enrollment Off To A Good Start In New Mexico

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The organization managing health insurance signups in New Mexico is reporting positive numbers one week into the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period. 

"We are seeing some response," said Linda Wedeen of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. "Our goal this year that's going to be different from last year is we're working very hard to let people know we're there to assist them through this process. We know it can be complicated."

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Local News
4:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Action Invigorates Advocates

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Immigrant rights advocates gathered in downtown Albuquerque today to express support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

UNM student Karina Burciaga told a crowd of about one hundred that the President’s action will affect her personally.

“This victory gives us the energy and the hope to continue to organize," she said, "until all of our families are free from the fear of deportation, the tension and family separation.”

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Friday News Roundup
8:45 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Headlines: Stream Commission Meets Monday, Broker Suspensions Proposed...

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Judge Lifts Restraining Order In Gila LawsuitThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission can now move forward with a meeting next week to consider the future of the Gila River.

During a hearing yesterday, state District Judge Francis Mathew lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked action by the commission.

New Mexico faces a December 31st deadline for deciding how to manage its share of the river under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

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Local News
9:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Action Doesn't Include Parents Of Dreamers

Students at UNM who have been demanding President Obama reform immigration watched him address the matter on television.
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A group of university students who have been petitioning for immigration reform gathered to watch President Obama’s televised address as he announced an executive action that will protect nearly 5 million people from being deported. 

The group, mostly made up of students who call themselves the UNM Dream Team, listened intently as President Obama touted that most immigrants are a net plus to the nation's economy and society.

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Local News
6:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Early Childhood Education On NMPBS's Public Square

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New Mexico is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to measurements of child wellbeing–49th according to the Kids Count Report.

Thursday at 7p on New Mexico PBS, a panel explores early childhood education as a possible solution. It's this month's episode of Public Square, a monthly public affairs program where civic dialogue takes center stage.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Curanderismo In The Modern Age

Tonita Gonzales prepares for the ceremony in the North Valley of Albuquerque, N.M.
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When we get sick, most of us make an appointment with a doctor trained in Western medicine. But in New Mexico, for some ailments people might head to their local curandero, a practitioner of regional, traditional healing. And in parts of Mexico and South America, curanderismo is sometimes the only option for medical care.           

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Headlines: Audit Slams Bernco Treasurers, Oil Prices Hinder State Revenue Gain...

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Audit Slams Bernalillo County Treasurer's OfficeThe Associated Press

A special audit of the Bernalillo County treasurer's office is alleging violations of state law and has uncovered a pattern of risky investment decisions and preferential treatment for some brokers.

Auditor Hector Balderas' office released the audit Wednesday. The audit questions whether more than $900 million in investment purchases were in the best interest of New Mexico's most populous county.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:54 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

How APD Handles Mental Health Crisis Calls

Mentally ill James Boyd in a standoff with police in March
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/13 8a: 

The Department of Justice is requiring APD to figure out how to respond to people in mental health crisis with the goal of decreasing the use of force in those situations. The agreement between the DOJ and Albuquerque’s police force also calls for APD to provide crisis intervention training to all officers.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Headlines: MDC Inmate Release Plan, Immigrant Detention Lawsuit...

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Bernalillo County Inmate-Release Plan Approved - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Bernalillo County has a contingency plan to release some prisoners deemed to be low risk if the jail population gets too large.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the county jail's population of just under 1,900 inmates is now well below its peak and slightly below a court-ordered target.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:34 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

New Mexico To Pay Less For Healthcare

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New Mexico is faring better than most states with health care costs under the Affordable Care Act. Our state experienced the third-largest drop in insurance premiums nationwide since last year.

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Local News
6:16 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Teacher Evaluation System Remains A Source Of Contention

The teacher evaluation system that has been unpopular with with educators went into effect last year.
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Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera defended New Mexico’s new teacher evaluation system on Monday before lawmakers. She told the Legislative Education Study Committee that her department is working on fixing technical glitches in the system, but that there is no need to alter how teacher evaluations are calculated. As of now, 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation is based on how students perform on standardized tests.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:20 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nuclear Security Expert Talks WIPP, LANL And Non-Proliferation

The MK 6 nuclear bomb produced between 1951 and 1955. Modern weapons are dozens and dozens of times more powerful, according to James Doyle.
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News broke last weekend that Los Alamos National Laboratory took shortcuts when treating some nuclear waste headed to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. One of the LANL waste drums sprang a radiation leak earlier this year, contaminating workers and closing the facility. 

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Public Health New Mexico
4:14 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Child Homelessness High In New Mexico

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The number of kids who are homeless is at an all time high in America, according to a new report by the National Center on Child Homelessness, and New Mexico has one of the most severe child homelessness problems in the country.

The report says nearly one in three kids here live in poverty, and while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless people, children have not received the same attention.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Headlines: Record Cold In NM, Timeout On PERA Changes...

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New Mexico Breaks Temperature RecordsThe Associated Press

The blast of wintry weather moving across New Mexico has resulted in several broken records.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say Eagle Nest led the pack yesterday with a low temperature of minus 17. The mountain community hadn't been that cold this early in a season since Nov. 10, 1950, when the temperature dropped to 20 below zero.

Taos, Moriarty, Raton, Las Vegas and Roswell also set records.

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Monday News Roundup
7:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: LANL Cuts Corners, APD Use Of Force Firings...

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LANL Cuts Corners On WIPP Waste - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials took shortcuts when preparing nuclear waste for shipment to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage facility. That’s according to an investigation by The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The paper reported this weekend that changes in the treatment of waste went undocumented and resulted in an explosive combination of toxic materials.

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Weekend News Roundup
9:17 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Headlines: A Dusting Of Snow, Boys Lagging Behind Girls In Academics...

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Snow Dusts Northern New Mexico - The Associated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe authorities are warning drivers tread carefully due to light snow making roads slippery.

The Santa Fe Office of Emergency Management said Sunday that icy conditions have already caused several minor accidents on roadways.

Officials say snow is expected to continue falling through the afternoon and temperatures will likely be below freezing.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

New Rules May Stymie Endangered Wolf Program

The approved changes to the permitting process for importing carnivorous wildlife has advocates for the Mexican gray wolf worried.
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The state Game Commission approved a controversial proposal Thursday that critics fear will harm efforts to reintroduce the Mexican grey wolf. The reintroduction program depends on bringing wolves into New Mexico from other states. 

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Local News
5:41 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NM's Top Environmental Regulator Diminishes Protections

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It will come as no surprise that we don’t always know what is going on behind closed doors in government. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel chatted with reporter Laura Paskus about what public records have revealed about New Mexico’s top environmental regulator.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn was appointed by Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Lawmakers confirmed his nomination earlier this year, but even before his cabinet tenure he presided over reductions in the regulation of polluting industries here in New Mexico.

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Friday News Roundup
8:44 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Police Eye Ferguson, Inmate Settlements...

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Albuquerque Police Eye Ferguson DevelopmentsThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police say they're monitoring developments as a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, mulls whether to indict a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

An Albuquerque police spokesman says the city is preparing for possible protests and unrest following a decision.

Albuquerque has seen its own string of angry demonstrations following the March police shooting of a homeless camper and more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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Entertainment
8:15 am
Fri November 14, 2014

"The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound"

The Harvey Girls in an undated photograph.
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From the 1870s to the 1960s, over 100,000 young women left home and traveled west for jobs at the Harvey Houses.  The successful restaurant and hotel chain was created by entrepreneur Fred Harvey to serve passengers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad's route to the west.   Los Angeles-based filmmaker, and UNM graduate, Katrina Parks talks about her documentary "The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound."  Screenings and discussions about the film will take place at Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre on November 22 and at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe on December 7.  For information

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Public Health New Mexico
5:24 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Arctic Blast Spurs Early Shelter Opening In Albuquerque

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A cold snap hit New Mexico Wednesday and prompted an Albuquerque homeless shelter to open its doors early. 

Albuquerque Rescue Mission was scheduled to start taking in homeless residents this weekend, but freezing temperatures have moved the clock forward.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:30 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Headlines: Winter Weather Across NM, San Miguel County Acts...

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Winter Weather Hits Parts Of New MexicoThe Associated Press

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some eastern New Mexico highways due to packed snow and icy spots as a strong storm system moves into the state.

Difficult conditions are reported early Thursday on sections of Interstate 25 straddling Las Vegas and parts of Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

The National Weather Service says central and eastern New Mexico are enduring frigid cold temperatures.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:21 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Headlines: San Miguel County On Oil And Gas, Jemez Pueblo On Valles Caldera

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San Miguel County To Consider Drilling OrdinanceThe Associated Press

San Miguel County commissioners are scheduled to vote today on an ordinance that would impose some of the strictest requirements on oil and natural gas exploration in the country.

The measure would restrict oil and gas exploration to a sparsely populated stretch on the eastern side of the county, some 60 miles away from the county seat of Las Vegas.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Headlines: $13 Million To Local TV For Election, SF Police Use State Law For Pot Cases...

Report: Nearly $13 Million On TV Ads In New MexicoThe Associated Press

A nonpartisan government watchdog group reports that nearly $13 million was spent on television advertising in New Mexico races for governor, U.S. Senate and other state offices.

The Center for Public Integrity says the governor's race accounted for about $6.2 million in ads, with $4.6 million by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in winning re-election.

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Local News
4:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Students Lack Home-Grown Loan Servicing

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New Mexico has the highest student loan default rate in the nation and a lack of local loan servicing providers may be to blame. We went from a 12.8 percent student loan default rate in 2009 to a 20.8 percent rate in 2011.

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Local News
2:02 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Abq Mayor Berry, APD Chief Eden On DOJ/APD Reforms

APD Chief Gorden Eden (left) and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry (left of center) alongside Department of Justice officials when the DOJ/APD agreement was announced on October 31, 2014.
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/13 8a: 

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry signed an agreement this week with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the city's police department. Mayor Berry, APD Chief Gorden Eden and the head civilian trainer at the Albuquerque Police Academy, Joe Wolf, will join us to discuss the agreement and reform of APD.

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Monday News Roundup
8:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Diversion, San Miguel County Drilling Ban...

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Critics Of Gila River Diversion To RallyThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission will be meeting today in Albuquerque and the agenda includes a series of presentations on proposals that call for diverting a portion of the Gila River.

The agenda does not include any time for public comment, and that's what has environmental groups upset. They plan to rally outside the meeting.

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