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12:01 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teacher Retirements Increasing In Albuquerque

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Albuquerque's public school district is seeing a spike in teacher retirements and resignations.

School district data show a nearly 19 percent increase in retirement filings as of early May over last year and a 44 percent increase over the year before that.

Meanwhile, non-retirement departures are up by 13 percent from last year and 32 percent from the year before that.

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KUNM Call In Show
11:51 am
Tue May 27, 2014

June 3 Primary Elections: Have You Decided?

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KUNM Call In Show 5/29 8a: 

New Mexico's primary election is next Tuesday, June 3. The most high profile race is for a face-off against incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. It pits 5 Democrats against one another, but there is plenty of intrigue across the ballot. 

How have you decided amongst the candidates... or have you? Are you an Independent who wishes you could vote in the primary?

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KUNM News Update
6:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: New Mexico Biofuel Plant Fire Prompts Evacuations

New Mexico Biofuel Plant Fire Prompts Evacuations - The Associated Press

UPDATE: An evacuation order has been lifted and residents of about 350 homes in Anthony are being escorted back to their homes after a biofuel facility caught fire.

A series of small explosions was reported Tuesday at the Rio Valley Biofuels plant near the town of Anthony, but authorities say there are no reports of any injuries.

Operations manager Jed Smith says he believes all five employees who work at the plant were OK.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
5:17 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

The Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Credit Ryan Obermeyer

Full live performance from the APQ

Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.

The group dropped by our studios for a live performance and interview with Afternoon Freeform host Harry Norton.

The ensemble consists of James Anderson (violin), Jonathan Geer (keyboard), Mike Maddux (accordion), Tony Rogers (cello) and Pat Harris (bass).

Find info about the band here at http://apqtango.com/

Public Health New Mexico
8:49 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill

Water Utility Authority board member Rey Garduño says if the Ridgecrest wells get contaminated, some of the city's purest water won't be usable.
Credit Rita Daniels

  About 75 people gathered last night in Albuquerque's southeast heights for a teach-in about the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel leak. 

A panel of elected officials, scientists and environmental activists went over what is and what is not being done to clean up the plume of millions of gallons of contamination creeping towards the city's drinking water supply wells at a rate that has many people alarmed. 

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KUNM News Update
6:44 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Release More Shooting Details

Albuquerque Police Release More Shooting Details  The Associated Press, Russell Contreras

Albuquerque police say a knife-wielding man yelled at officers to shoot him after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and then slashed the throat of a man who tried to help her.

Deputy Chief William Roseman played audio recordings from the officers in which they yelled at him to drop the knife and he yelled back for them to shoot him.

The officers pleaded with the man, but Roseman says the man continued to aggressively approach them.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Tracking Oil And Gas Spills In New Mexico

The new interactive map put out by the Center for Western Priorities shows oil and gas spills in New Mexico.
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The oil and gas industry is booming in New Mexico. Journalist Laura Paskus sat down with KUNM's Rita Daniels to talk about a new interactive map that shows where oil and gas spills have happened. The map, which helps us visualize the impacts the energy explosion is having on the land, was created by the Center for Western Priorities.

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KUNM News Update
9:47 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: No Video From Policeman's Lapel Camera

No Video From Policeman's Lapel Camera – The Associated Press

The manufacturer of the lapel camera that an Albuquerque police officer was wearing when he was involved in a fatal shooting can't get any video from it.

Officer Jeremy Dear was involved in an April 21 chase with 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, who was suspected of stealing a truck.

Police say Hawkes pulled a weapon on Dear, prompting the officer to fire his gun.

A toxicology report later showed that Hawkes had a high concentration of methamphetamine in her system when she died.

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KUNM Call In Show
6:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Will NM's Medical Marijuana Program Be Snuffed Out?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/22 8a:  New Mexico’s Department of Health has announced proposed rule changes to the state's medical marijuana program. The changes include increased fees for patients and for growers.

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KUNM News Update
6:17 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Teachers To Get Pay Raises Under Pact

Albuquerque Teachers To Get Pay Raises Under PactThe Associated Press

A tentative agreement between Albuquerque's public school system and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation calls for teachers and other educators to get pay raises.

An announcement by the district and the union says teachers and other educators will get a raise of the greater of $2,000 or 3 percent.

The state budget for the upcoming fiscal year provides funding for minimum raises for all teachers but only required raises for entry-level ones.

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Local News
7:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

"Blunt Adjustments" To The State's Medical Marijuana Program Explained

Proposed rule changes to New Mexico's medical marijuana program would drastically raise fees.
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After a survey last fall of card carrying medical marijuana patients in New Mexico found demand out-stripped supply, the state Department of Health has been under direct orders from a district judge to solve an annual 8,000 pound medical marijuana shortage.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Udall Calls For Investigation Of Albuquerque VA Hospital

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has called for federal authorities to broaden their investigation into alleged secret waiting lists at VA hospitals to include Albuquerque after whistleblower reports that the VA hospital in New Mexico's largest city is plagued with problems.

The Veterans Affairs Department is grappling with allegations of treatment delays, preventable deaths and a cover up by top administrators that were first reported in the VA system in Arizona.

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Local News
9:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker

Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a worker's employer and its insurer must pay for medical marijuana for treating the employee's chronic pain from a job-related back injury.

The court upheld a decision by a workers' compensation judge that medical marijuana was "reasonable and necessary medical care" from a health care provider under terms of workers' compensation law.

The worker had a 99 percent permanent partial disability.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
12:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

HiSS

HiSS Live in Studio A. Full session audio.
On May 14 we welcomed rock trio HiSS into Studio A to record their originals and two covers, all developed as students in the Rock 101 program.
 
HiSS are:
Camelia Ceniceros: lead vocals, guitar
Bela Ceniceros: bass, keyboards, vocals
Beia Smith-Shaw: drums, vocals

Engineered and edited by Roman Garcia, video by Jefferson White.

The band was joined by Kyle Ruggles and Kevin Herig of Rock 101 to talk about how a group whose eldest member is 13 developed so rapidly.

Keep up with HiSS at www.hissofficial.com. Learn more about the Rock 101 program at www.rock101nm.com.

KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Says 57 Nuke Containers Could Be Threat

New Mexico Says 57 Nuke Containers Could Be Threat  -  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Environment Department says Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 containers of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter thought to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled repository.

Department Secretary Ryan Flynn on Monday gave the lab two days to submit a plan for fixing the problem, saying the barrels may "present an imminent and substantial threat" to public health and the environment.

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KUNM News Update
8:53 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Wildfire Near Silver City At 60 Percent Containment

Wildfire Near Silver City At 60 Percent Containment - The Associated Press

Crews have containment lines around 60 percent of a southwestern New Mexico wildfire as they go up against dry and windy conditions.

Fire managers said Sunday an "initial attack crew" is on standby in case hot spots flare up inside the 9-square-mile Signal Fire burning in the Gila National Forest.

They say high winds and dryness make the scenario extremely likely.

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Entertainment
6:13 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Introducing Young Audiences to the World of Opera

A scene from the Santa Fe Opera's Family Opera Production.
Credit www.santafeopera.org

Professional singers perform in three short original operas for young people in the open-air Gaddes Rehearsal Hall on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, May 31st through June 8th.  Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of the Education Program at the Santa Fe Opera, offers a preview of the productions.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Los Alamos Container Linked To Nuke Dump Leak

Los Alamos Container Linked To Nuke Dump Leak The Associated Press

Federal officials say a radiation leak at the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has been linked to waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Officials Friday said pictures from the latest entry into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Project confirm that a container from Los Alamos has a cracked lid and evidence of heat damage.

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Local News
5:42 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Some New Mexico Lawmakers Support Cutting Student Loan Interest Rates

Proposed legislation would allow holders of old student loans to refinance at a lower rate with the federal government.
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With college graduation right around the corner some New Mexico lawmakers are drawing attention to a bill in Congress that would allow people to refinance their old student loans with the federal government for lower interest rates.

So far 32 lawmakers have signed onto the measure, including New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich, who says the government shouldn’t be in the business of predatory lending.

“I don’t think we should be financing our government operations by charging high interest rates to student loans,” Heinrich said.

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KUNM News Update
9:17 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Police Promote Commander In 'Excessive Force' Case

Police Promote Commander In 'Excessive Force' Case   -  The Associated Press

Albuquerque police have promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man's ear with a stun gun.

Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden announced Thursday he was promoting two Albuquerque commanders to the newly created rank of major in response to a harsh U.S. Justice Department report critical of Albuquerque police's use of force.

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Local News
5:33 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

NM To Hold Meetings On Dairy Rule

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Environmentalists are taking aim at efforts to revamp rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water.

The Environment Department is planning the first of two meetings this Friday to address changes proposed by the industry, but a coalition of environmental groups claims the meetings are exclusive and may be a violation of state law.

State officials have said the meetings by the advisory committee will help flush out technical issues and other concerns before the matter goes before the Water Quality Control Commission later this year.

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Public Affairs
5:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

5th Annual Safari Run For Healthcare In Kenya

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/15 8a: On Sunday May 18th, hundreds of people will participate in Albuquerque's 5th Annual Safari Run to raise funds for Global Health Partnerships (GHP).

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Panel Finds APD Officer Improperly Used Force

Panel: Albuquerque Officer Improperly Used Force The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal

A police oversight panel says an Albuquerque officer improperly used force when he fired at a driver who had escaped a SWAT lockdown.

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KUNM News Update
7:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Kitty Litter Explored In Radiation Leak

WIPP Investigators Find Melted Plastic, Rubber – The Associated Press, Carlsbad Current Argus

UPDATE: A mysterious radiation release that has indefinitely shuttered the federal government's only permanent nuclear waste dump may have been caused by a switch in the type of kitty litter that is mixed with the toxic waste.

That's one of the theories that officials are exploring.

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Local News
6:53 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Lea County Puts Out Reward On 'Water Dumpers'

A byproduct of oil and gas drilling known as produced water is being dumped on the side of county roads in the middle of the night in southeastern New Mexico.
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Officials in Lea County want residents to help catch an oilfield company they say is dumping produced water on the side of the county roads.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District announced last week it will give out a $1,000 reward for information on the water dumpers.

Produced water is a term used in the oil industry to describe water that is produced as a byproduct along with the oil and gas.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Trio Luz

Trio Luz in Studio A, full session audio.

"Trio Luz" is the impromptu name for the ensemble which delivered their first public performance in our own Studio A on May 8th.

Although the group is newly minted these musicians bring a wealth of experience to this performance of Sephardic songs; their unique orchestrations revealing a new urgency in this centuries-old tradition.  They will perform at the finale of this weekend's Festival Djudeo-Espanyol in Albuquerque.

Engineered by Roman Garcia with video by Jefferson White, "Trio Luz" are:

Consuelo Luz: vocals, charango, tamborine
Joaquin Gallegos: flamenco guitar, vocals, palmas
Jeremy Bleich: oud, melodica, vocals, palmas

Find Consuelo Luz recordings at www.consueloluz.com.

Joaquin Gallegos & Jeremy Bleich are active in the local groups Tierra Sonikete and the Kodama Trio respectively, among many others.  Find them on Facebook.

KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Court Overturns Mentally Disabled Man's Conviction

Court Overturns Mentally Disabled Man's Conviction The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has overturned a Navajo Nation resident's conviction in a sex-crime case, ruling that his confession to law enforcement agents was involuntary and shouldn't have been used during his trial.

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KUNM News Update
8:51 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Winds Fan 500 Acre Wildfire In Gila National Forest

Winds Fan 500 Acre Wildfire In Gila National Forest - KOAT-TV

Gusty winds are fanning the flames of a wildfire in the Gila National Forest north of Silver City near Signal Peak. 

KOAT-TV reports 100 firefighters are working to control the blaze that has grown to 500 acres.

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Pino Altos residents. 

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Entertainment
6:53 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Back In Her Hometown With An Autobiographical One-Woman Show

Lisandra Tena

  Actress Lisandra Tena had a hit in Chicago in 2012 with her show, "Guera," which recounts her experiences growing up in Albuquerque.  From May 16th through the 25th, Lisandra brings the interactive show to the performing arts center at her alma mater, Working Classroom, in downtown.  Lisandra talks about her teenage years and how they've informed her work and career.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Solitary Confinement And Public Health

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KUNM's Public Health correspondent Marisa Demarco recently completed a three part series on the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails.

A recent report co-authored by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico found the practice to be not only ineffective, but inhumane and expensive.  

Demarco explained to KUNM's Rita Daniels that some inmates were put in segregation for really long periods of time, over two years in one case.

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