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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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Local News
1:33 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Environmentalists Worry About Arizona's Control Of Wolves

Environmentalists pushing for the release of more Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico say they're worried federal regulators are allowing Arizona to control the process and severely limit releases.

The Phoenix-based director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon chapter says the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it clear it wants state wildlife agencies to take the lead. Sandy Bahr tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/SzuFne ) that's led to no releases at all in the past four years.

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Local News
1:27 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Proposed UNM Methadone Clinic Seeks New Location

For several years now, the state has topped the country in alcohol and drug induced deaths. However, a recent plan that would have made treatment more accessible in Albuquerque was nixed because of community opposition.

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Local News
12:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Tragedy In Connecticut: Deadly Shooting At Elementary School

n this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Friday.
Credit Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee/AP

The nation is watching in horror as the scope of a tragedy in Newtown, Conn., becomes clear. Keep tuned to NPR over the weekend for more details and reaction.

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Entertainment
9:21 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Rudolfo Anaya's "The Farolitos of Christmas"

Fri. 12/14 10a:  The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center collaborate on a stage production of New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya’s holiday story, "The Farolitos of Christmas."  The family show performs December 14-16 in the NHCC's Journal Theatre.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Valli-Marie Rivera.

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Women's Focus
8:33 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Revolutionary Soup: Nourishing the Kidneys and Bladder

Sat. 12/15 12p:  According to traditional Chinese medicine, winter is associated with the element of water and influences the health of the kidneys and the bladder.

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Local News
6:39 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Bingaman Bids Farewell To Senate

Still image from US Senator Jeff Bingaman's farewell speech to the Senate, December 13th, 2012.
Credit Bingman.senate.gov

  U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has bid his farewell to Washington.

In his speech on the Senate floor Thursday, the retiring Democrat said it was an honor and a privilege to have represented the people of New Mexico in the Senate for the last 30 years. And he thanked New Mexicans for their confidence in his representation.

Bingaman will be replaced by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who defeated Republican Heather Wilson for the coveted seat.

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Local News
6:32 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Low Snowpack Could Impact NM Economy

Chair lift 1 at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
Credit Carrie Jung

New Mexico is on track to experience its driest two year period on record. Any precipitation is a good thing in the Southwest, but winter snow accumulation is especially important. Until recently the snow pack has been almost non-existent and if the trend continues, the resulting economic impacts could ripple throughout the state.


Last Saturday, my husband, Jon, and I loaded our car with ski gear and drove north to Vadito, New Mexico. Our destination...the Sipapu Ski Resort.



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Local News
6:17 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Native American Head Start Program Gets Funding

An Albuquerque organization will receive more than $820,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Early Head Start program.

Native American Professional Parent Resources serves more than 70 families, including expectant moms and families with infants and toddlers. The funds will be used to expand its services.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the funding this week. The New Mexico Democrat says most families living in poverty have difficulty accessing resources to support their children's development.

Local News
5:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Amending PRC Qualifications On Legislative Agenda

New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission has been in the news a lot in recent years, both for controversial rate increases and the fact that two commissioners were removed for felony convictions.  

Last month, voters responded by approving changes for the agency in three constitutional amendments.

The Public Regulation Commission makes crucial regulation decisions. When utilities want to raise rates, PRC commissioners decide if you will pay more for water, gas, electricity and telephone service.

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Local News
4:06 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Lawmakers Eye Public Funding of Campaigns

Almost four-million dollars in PAC money was spent on last month's election, some state lawmakers are making election reform a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

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Raices
12:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

"Mi voz cuenta" - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Credit United Nations - Human Rights Day

Sat. Dec. 15th, 2p: Celebrate with us the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us with music and poems from the Americas! And we´ll share more alternative Latin Music.

Entertainment
9:24 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Santa Fe Symphony's Beethoven Birthday Bash

Thurs. 12/13 10a:  On December 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Symphony celebrates Beethoven's birthday with the Symphony No. 7 and incidental music from Goethe's play, Egmont.  Also, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Piano Trio joins the Symphony for Beethoven's Triple Concerto.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the conductor of the concert, the Santa Fe Symphony's Music Director, Steven Smith.

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Local News
10:26 am
Wed December 12, 2012

KUNM News Denied Access to Citizen Complaints Against Albuquerque Police Officer

For the past month, the KUNM news department has been attempting to investigate and report on citizen allegations against an Albuquerque police officer. Sources say this officer has been the subject of 32 complaints from citizens he’s encountered on the job. A number of these complaints involve allegations of verbal and physical abuse, including sexual abuse.

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Local News
5:45 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Lawmakers seek to rekindle mining reform efforts

Congressional auditors say the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties annually from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, yet it does not collect any money from gold, uranium or other metals mined from these same places.

A Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday found the federal government doesn't know how much these hard rock mines produce from public lands in the 12 western states where most mining occurs.

There is no federal law requiring companies to disclose how much those mines produce.

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