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10:38 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Barelas

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Mon. 12/24 7p: Gabrielle Marie Uballez, Michael Lopez, Hakim Bellamy and Candelario Vazquez discuss The Cuento Project, a collaboration between Dolores Gonzales 5th grade students, Vecinos Artist Collective, and the Barelas Community Coalition, where students created a cuento around the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in Barelas, and short dedications/stories about people who are important to them.

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Raices
11:51 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Navidad "mex-tacular"!!

Credit Piñata Navideña

Mon. 12/24, 7p: Travieso o amable, diablito o angelita, te invitamos a Raíces, este lunes.  Adan Aguirre, Arianna y Adan Benito se juntan otra vez en el 2012 para regalarte un programa "mex-tacular"!

-"Santa Claus... ¿extraterrestre o hermano clandestino o qué?"

-"¡Sí, sí! ¿Por qué viene tan tarde en el año y qué quiere de nosotros?"

-"Y el reno:... ¿guisado o asado?"

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Raices
10:56 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Tamale Christmas

Credit With Jonny Hernandez - KUNM Studio

Sat. 12/22 2p: Celebrate a Tamale Christmas, Tejano style! Join Adam Aguirre with his special guest, the legendary and definitive co-founder/documentarian/authority/guardian of "Tejano" music, Johnny Hernandez, as we look at and listen to the classic and varied, 50-year career of a timeless, ageless veterano of the Tejano music scene.

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Local News
9:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Former SC Sheriff's Deputy Suspect In NM Robbery

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant is suspected of robbing a Santa Fe, N.M., pharmacy at gunpoint and trying to rob a second pharmacy of the potent narcotic Oxycodone.


Police in Santa Fe say 43-year-old George William Smith is married to a Santa Fe prosecutor. They say Assistant District Attorney Dorie Biagianti-Smith called authorities and confronted her husband after recognizing him on a television news broadcast about the Monday and Tuesday robberies.

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Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Hey Mozart! New Mexico 2013

Fri. 12/21 10a:  Children 12 and under throughout the state are being invited to submit their original melodies to the 6th edition of the child composer project, Hey Mozart! New Mexico.  Spencer Beckwith talks about the project with a Hey Mozart! board member, Jim Wright, and a young participant in the 2011 Hey Mozart! project and concert, 13-year-old Justine Flores of Albuquerque.

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Local News
8:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

NM Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Lujan

House Speaker Ben Lujan in 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.


Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.


Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

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Local News
8:53 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Drought And Wildfires Win Top New Mexico Headline Of 2012

Okay, it’s not exactly a news flash: New Mexico is hot and dry. But since 2012 was about the hottest and driest year in recorded history, that is news.

When 81% of the state is said to be in severe drought, when both cities and farms are fearing a water shortage (and even in some cases squabbling over the allocation of water) – all that is news.

Enough so that 44% of you said that the on-going drought was the state’s most important news story in 2012.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Martinez Wants Moment Of Silence For Connecticut Victims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for a statewide moment of silence for the victims of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Martinez issued a proclamation declaring a day of mourning and asking for the moment of silence to be observed at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The governor's office says she made the proclamations Thursday after a request from Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to his fellow governors.

Local News
11:52 am
Thu December 20, 2012

San Juan Deputies Seize Starving Horses Near Aztec

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in San Juan County have seized four emaciated horses from a property outside Aztec they say were at risk of dying as a winter storm moved in.


Sheriff's officials say they took the horses to a local veterinarian for treatment until they're healthy enough to be released.

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Local News
11:28 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Former SF Hospital Exec Pleads Guilty To Fraud

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe hospital executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges but will avoid jail time as part of a plea agreement with the state Attorney General's office.


Richard Crabtree also agreed to repay St. Vincent Hospital, now known as Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, for losses it suffered in a scheme he allegedly ran with a former girlfriend to receive kickbacks from her brothers in a computer upgrade contract.

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Local News
11:25 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Albuquerque Police Launch Officer Steroid Probe

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Detectives are investigating allegations of steroid use among Albuquerque police officers.


Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz confirmed the probe at a news conference Wednesday but said he did not know how many officers may be involved. Schultz also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "monitoring" the department's investigation amid the FBI's own probe into Albuquerque police over excessive force claims.

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Las Cruces Clinic Gets $500,000 Grant

La Clinica de Familia in Las Cruces

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A health clinic in Las Cruces is getting a half-million-dollar grant to expand into the border community of Santa Teresa.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Wednesday that La Clinica de Familia will receive a two-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the Affordable Care Act.

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Entertainment
9:58 am
Thu December 20, 2012

"The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment"

Thurs. 12/20 10a:  Festival Ballet Albuquerque transports Marius Petipa's classical ballet to Territorial New Mexico, in "The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment," December 21, 22 and 23 in the Journal Theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky's score is provided by Guillermo Figueroa and the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Orchestra.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the choreographer of the production, the head of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, Patricia Dickinson Wells.

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Local News
10:35 am
Wed December 19, 2012

N.M. Still Struggles With Teen Pregnancy

Using Department of Health vital statistics, a map created by the New Mexico Data Collaborative, shows that teen pregnancy in the Albuquerque South Valley is almost three times the national average.

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Entertainment
9:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Santa Fe Pro Musica's Holiday Concerts

Wed. 12/19 10a:  The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble is joined by guest vocalists for the annual "Baroque Christmas Concerts," twice nightly from December 20 through Christmas Eve in the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra welcomes guest soloists for an all-Mozart program, "A Mozart Holiday," in the St. Francis Auditorium, December 29 and 30. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Pro Musica's Founder and Director, conductor and oboist Tom O'Connor.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Op-Ed: Expand School Choice in New Mexico

K-12 education reform is direly needed in New Mexico. The latest evidence for that is a report from the US Department of Education which studied and ranked 47 of the 50 states’ education systems and found that just 63 percent of New Mexico students in the 2010-2011 school year finished secondary school and the percentages for Hispanic students and Native Americans were 59 and 56 percent respectively.

Those rates earned the Land of Enchantment a ranking of 46th out of 47.

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Local News
6:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

New Mexico Regulators Approve Renewable Energy Plan

New Mexico regulators have approved a plan that spells out how much electric utilities can spend and what renewable energy sources they can tap to meet state standards.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in a rule-making process aimed at establishing a methodology for utilities to calculate costs for renewable energy.

The annual cost cap that limits renewable energy expenditures will be 3 percent of customers' bills starting in 2013. That's up from the current 2.25 percent.

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Local News
6:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Tiles Falling In University Of New Mexico's Pit

University of New Mexico is putting up banners inside The Pit. But they are being installed to show more than support for the Lobo basketball team. Officials say the banners were designed to protect fans from falling tiles.

In the two years since the basketball arena's $60 million renovation was completed, more than two dozen tiles in The Pit's indoor and outdoor stone facades have fallen off.

University Architect Robert Doran says they banners will add safety, along with a touch of cherry and silver in support of the Lobo basketball team.

Local News
6:53 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Navajo Nation Band To March In Inaugural Parade

The Navajo Nation Band in Window Rock, AZ, in 2011.
Credit Donovan Shortey, navajophotography.com via Flickr

The Navajo Nation Band has accepted an invitation to march in next month's presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee started sending out invitations Tuesday to groups nationwide. They will march behind President Barack Obama from his swearing in at the Capitol to the White House on Jan. 21.

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Local News
6:46 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Lujan, Speaker Of New Mexico House Of Representative, Dies

Ben Lujan.
Credit New Mexico Legislature, nmlegis.gov

Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico's House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died.

A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election. He shocked fellow lawmakers and others then as he disclosed his lung cancer diagnosis.

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Local News
10:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NMSU Launches Obesity Study Of Students And Employees

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers have launched a study to examine obesity among NMSU students and employees.

Researchers recently developed an online survey aimed at finding out more on obesity and lifestyle factors of students and employees, especially in southern New Mexico. So far, the survey has found that 47 percent of NMSU and employee respondents self-reported as overweight or obese.

Local News
7:29 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Governor Plans Money For Struggling Schools

New Mexico's Public Education Department is looking to get more money for training of administrators at low-performing schools.

The Albuquerque Journal reports nearly 5 million dollars in funding requested from the state legislature would also go to train principals at eligible schools and pair them with leaders at schools that are more successful and have similar demographics.

Local News
6:56 am
Tue December 18, 2012

State Leaders On Gun Control

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New Mexico leaders are weighing in on the debate about gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

US Representative Martin Heinrich says he's willing to accept policies that would prevent criminals and people with mental illnesses from getting guns, but says these policies much not compromise the rights of lawful gun owners.

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Raices
1:57 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Escape the Christmas Hype!

Credit Navidad Latina - Cover CD Compilation

Mon. Dec/17, 7:30p:

Escape the Christmas hype and listen to a variety of latino music.  It will put you in a good mood!

Corazón Tanguero
11:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Invierno Tanguero

Credit Humor Gaturro, by Cristian Dzwonik (NIK) / www.gaturro.com

Mon. Dec/17, 9.30p: Cold? Wintry tango on Corazón show... to be warmed!

Public Health New Mexico
11:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Tribal Leaders Worry About Future Of Medicaid

New Mexico has one of the largest Native American populations in the nation with over 200,000 registered tribal members and it’s estimated that nearly 40% lacks health insurance. New Mexico has announced it will build a state-run healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act. However, the state has yet to decide on whether to expand Medicaid, which could mean a lot of tribal members would suddenly have access to affordable healthcare.

Take Erik Lujan for example: At the age of 30, Lujan, a Taos Pueblo tribal member, began experiencing medical problems.

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Local News
8:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Suit Alleges Excessive Force By Albuquerque Police

A mentally disabled man who was shot by an Albuquerque police officer has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TqRR3H ) that the lawsuit filed last week by Russell Tenorio alleges excessive force by police and seeks unspecified damages.

It marked second lawsuit against Albuquerque police to come out of the November 2010 shooting.

Police were called to Tenorio's home after getting a call that he had been drinking and was threatening to harm himself with a knife.

Tenorio was shot by Officer Brian Pitzer.

Local News
8:44 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Santa Fe Raptor Center Running Out Of Money

Credit Dori

A nonprofit group in Santa Fe that aims to rehabilitate wild birds of prey that have been injured by flying into barbed wire fences, being shot or by other causes is facing a funding crisis.

The Santa Fe New Mexican quotes Santa Fe Raptor Center co-founder Lori Paras as saying her group is projected to be out of funds by the end of January.

The center is facing the challenge of feeding more birds than usual this year.

It now has about 21 birds, more than double its usual capacity.

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Local News
8:41 am
Mon December 17, 2012

One Girl In Connecticut Shooting From Rio Rancho

One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.

Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.

Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.

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Local News
8:38 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Storm Makes Driving Tough; Icy I-40 Briefly Closed

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Drivers across much of New Mexico are facing tough road conditions as a wintry storm that led to the brief closure of a stretch Interstate 40 leaves the state.

The state Transportation Department closed a stretch of I-40 about 70 miles east of Albuquerque in the Cline's Corner area early Sunday and reopened it at about 5 a.m. Mountain roads across are icy and crews are spreading cinders and plowing snow where needed.

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