A preliminary report compiled by University of New Mexico researchers reveals that the first nine months of 2012 were more deadly for pedestrians than last year.
The report compiled by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research on traffic fatalities shows that 44 pedestrians were struck and killed on New Mexico roads during the first nine months of this year.
This represents a 50 percent increase from the same time period for 2011.
Keith Smith, one of the researchers for the report, says he can give no particular reason for the increase.
SANTA FE, N.M. (Santa Fe New Mexican) — Santa Fe's mayor says a regional airline's plans to resume direct flights to Denver it halted in 2007 will be a big benefit to the city.
Mayor David Coss said in his annual "state of the city" speech that Great Lakes Airlines plans to begin the twice-daily service soon. It also will provide direct flights between the state capitol and Clovis. Great Lakes said in a press release that service from Santa Fe to Denver will begin December 1 of this year.
The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (Farmington Daily News) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent. The Navajo Nation Council passed the bill last week. Money from the increase would go toward education and energy development when it takes effect in January.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico? And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations? This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences. We'd like to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New voter registration figures show the number of New Mexicans eligible to vote has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election and independent voters grew the fastest.
The secretary of state's office reported Monday that nearly 1.3 million people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.
The numbers of voters who are unaffiliated with a political party — so-called independents — increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has reinstated the convictions of religious group leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers. The state Supreme Court today reversed the Court of Appeals, which had tossed out Bent's convictions because the term of a grand jury had expired before it indicted Bent. The case goes back to the appeals court to deal with other pending legal questions in the 71-year-old Bent's case.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is pressing federal officials to set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico for jaguars.
Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that jaguars need more than the 1,300 square miles the agency proposed in August. Robinson says a jaguar reintroduction program, similar to the one for Mexican gray wolves, also is needed.
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A Clovis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to "enhancing the lives of people with disabilities" is facing a lawsuit from clients for neglect and exploitation.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rfhrrq) that a recently filed lawsuit alleges that the organization Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped unfairly forced five clients with developmentally disabilities to fend for their medical themselves while the agency amassed more than $13 million in assets in recent years.
The city of Albuquerque is holding a number of events in honor of Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is hosting tomorrow's "Walk in the Bosque" to allow residents to learn about plants in the New Mexico-based novel. Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age story set in 1940s eastern New Mexico. The movie of the novel was released yesterday.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a: There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns. E-mail your questions to email@example.com or post a comment in our comment section below.
Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.
BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….
A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year.
Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.
Voters were also asked whether they support the New Mexico policy of grating driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed to repeal it since taking office two years ago. She says it’s a public safety issue.
A developer is suing Rio Rancho for $5.6 million. At issue are credits it earned for infrastructure it built at a large planned community in the city and a new ordinance that slashes or eliminates impact fees.
Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas. Rita Daniels: On a drizzly afternoon, I'm making my way into Texico, New Mexico, 16 miles east of Clovis, seeing signs for Romney/Ryan; no Obama signs out here. On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss Twilla Koss: I'm Twilla KossMark Koss: Mark Koss
Journalist Maria Hinajosa is host of NPR's Latino USA. She's also the first Latina to anchor and produce PBS news content. Need to Know- America By the Numbers: Clarkston Georgia looks at the growing ethnic and racial diversity in a town that was once overwhelmingly white. Hinajosa says she's looking forward to hearing what viewers think about the content of the program, which explores the new American electorate. She says the families featured in the program display a complexity of political perspectives that challenges stereotypes.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year? When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day? We'll take your questions and calls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
Judith Binder, League of Women Voters
Daniel Ivey-Soto, state association of County Clerks
Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office
If it’s a school day, chances are you’ll find crossing guard Tony Orosco manning his post on the corner of Lomas and Edith, keeping a keen eye out for school zone speeders. Armed with a small stop sign, a day-glow orange vest and one very loud whistle. Tony does his best to remind drivers to slow down when passing Longfellow Elementary School.
Tony and his fellow crossing guards are an essential part of a safe commute for many young students here, because this section of Lomas is 6 lanes wide and that 15 mile an hour speed limit is not always observed.
A teachers union has filed a grievance against the Central Consolidated School District in hopes of backing out of a statewide teacher and principal evaluation pilot program.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that the Central Consolidated Education Association believes the district didn't consult with the union prior to agreeing to participate in a program that began this fall and enables schools to partially evaluate teachers and principals based on student performances on standardized tests.