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7:23 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Lawsuit seeks reclassification of Mexican wolves

Credit Cm0rris0n

Environmentalists have filed another lawsuit as they push for reforms of the federal government's troubled effort to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest.

The latest lawsuit centers on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reject a petition that sought the classification of Mexican wolves as an endangered subspecies or separate population of gray wolves.

The Center for Biological Diversity says specific protection is needed for wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona.

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Local News
7:21 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Officials may seek sex offender registry change

Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King may ask the Legislature to clarify registration requirements for out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico.

Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement for certain New Mexico crimes or the equivalents of those crimes in other states.

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Local News
7:17 am
Tue December 11, 2012

ABQ Health Partners informs patients about missing laptop

New Mexico's largest independent doctor's group says one of its laptops has either gone missing or has been stolen.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that ABQ Health Partners informed patients about the laptop in a letter and apologized for the potential disclosure of personal information.

The letter suggests that patients put a fraud alert on their credit lines.

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Local News
7:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Board certifies GOP winner in legislative recount

The state Canvassing Board has made it official that Republican Paul Pacheco won a recount for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives.

The board on Monday certified the recount results, which showed Pacheco defeating Democrat Marci Blaze by 78 votes. That's up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.

Unofficial recount returns had indicated a 79 vote margin, but Bernalillo County corrected its figures. Pacheco is a retired Albuquerque policeman.

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Espejos de Aztlan
5:59 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

"Bearing it"

Credit "Bearing it", Cover of the book by Carmela Chavez

Mon. Dec 10th, 7pm:  Carmela Chavez, writer of "Bearing it. The life of a New Mexico Woman" will talk with us about her courage for life as a descendant of Native Americans and a Spanish conquistador. Join us in this life-journey!

Raices
5:19 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

El mar - The sea

Credit "On the same boat", painting by Jade Leyva / wwww.jadeleyva.com

Mon. Dec. 10th, 7:30p: I asked to Gladys, a Puerto Rican woman working in Santa Fe: what do you miss during Holiday time? She answered: "I miss the sea"... Today we´ll play Latin American music that celebrates the sea to please Gladys´s memories.

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Local News
9:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Heavy Snow in NM Sparks Delays, 1 Fatal Crash

Credit Wikih101

Heavy snows and icy roads have left parts of New Mexico with forced delays, dangerous driving conditions and at least one person dead.

New Mexico State Police say at least one person was killed Sunday in a weather related car crash near Waldo, forcing the temporarily closure of Interstate 25 just south of Santa Fe.

The winter storm on Sunday, which struck northern and central areas of the state, also forced the temporary closure of Interstate 40 in Clines Corners where two semi-trucks were jack knifed.

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Local News
9:09 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NM Sen. Dems Nominate Campos for Key Post

Credit The New Mexico Legislature Website

State Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas, N.M., for the top position in the body.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/UwPY56 ) that the action came Sunday at a closed-door caucus meeting in Belen.

Campos defeated three others in the contest to replace Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, who recently lost his re-election bid.

Campos says he's honored by the nomination and plans to reach out "to every member of the Senate."

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Local News
9:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

AG's Office: Sunland Park Probe Inconclusive

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has ruled that a probe into whether a troubled New Mexico border city violated a state sunshine law in appointing the mayor earlier this year is inconclusive.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/U9Z6eZ) that the office issued its opinion last week about Sunland Park after interviewing five city councilors.

The office said investigators were unable to find witnesses or documentary evidence that councilors tried to reach consensus outside of a public meeting.

Local News
9:01 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NM Parolees' Late Releases Draw Fire

Credit Shelka04

The state Corrections Department's new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted late releases for parolees.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TM40io) that officials say parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates ever since the system changed in early September.

Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates' upset relatives.

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Local News
8:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Immigrant Arrests Up Near Deming Border Station

Deming Border Patrol officials say agents saw a jump in arrests of undocumented immigrants along its patrol area of the New Mexico-Mexico border.

The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/QRJW10) that an official from the Deming Border Patrol station said last week that in the second half of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, there was a 28 percent increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in the area. He said 253 more people were arrested from June to December in 2012 than in 2011.

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Local News
8:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Canvassing Board to Certify Legislative Recount

The state Canvassing Board is putting the final touches on New Mexico's general election.

The board meets Monday to certify results of a recount in a race for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives between Republican Paul Pacheco and Democrat Marci Blaze.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VtBKkz) that unofficial returns show Pacheco, a retired Albuquerque policeman, winning by 79 votes — up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.

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Local News
8:52 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Study: More Cancer Suits May Cost NM Millions

A new study has found that New Mexico may have to pay as much as $120 million for an estimated 101 new medical malpractice claims that could be part of a potential class action lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state General Services Department Secretary Ed Burckle says that's in addition to about $45 million in settlements the state has paid to 118 families since 1998.

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Local News
8:50 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NMSU May Use Search Firm in New President Quest

Credit New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University may use a search firm to hire the next school president.

The board of regents chairman Mike Cheney told the Las Cruces Sun-News that the board has put out a request and received proposals from firms interested in taking on the search but may not use them.

The board aims to make a decision on whether to use a firm by Jan. 1.

Cheney says the interview process would likely run through the first half of the semester, in hopes of announcing a president by spring graduation.

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Local News
8:17 am
Fri December 7, 2012

State Health Officials Say Flu Off to Early Start

State officials say the influenza season is off to an early start and are warning that it may be more severe than in recent years.

The New Mexico Department of Health says flu is circulating throughout the state. Health officials say anyone six months of age and older, particularly pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions, should get vaccinated.

The department says many of the influenza cases seen so far are a more severe type that has led to higher number of hospitalizations and deaths in previous flu seasons than other types.

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Local News
8:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Labor Board Rules Against Aztec Teachers' Union

A labor board has ruled against the Aztec teachers' union negotiating with the school district on a collective bargaining agreement.

The Farmington Daily Times (bit.ly/QMOkOJ) says the Labor Management Relations Board found that the union violated negotiating practices and failed to follow rules agreed upon by the two parties. The board said the union also had submitted proposals that conflicting with state statutes and the state constitution.

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Local News
8:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NM School Preparing for New Testing Standards

New Mexico's largest school district plans to spend millions of dollars to adopt new testing standards and move to computer-based testing.

Albuquerque Public Schools administrators say the district estimates it will spend $39 million in capital money to upgrade 17,000 computers and computer equipment, and another $15 million annually to maintain the system.

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Local News
8:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Recount Still Pending in 1 NM Legislative Race

State officials are trying to wrap up the final results of the November general election.

The state Canvassing Board meets Friday and a top official in the secretary of state's office says winners are expected to be certified in all but one race.

There's a pending recount in a state House of Representatives race between Republican Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque and Democrat Marci Blaze of Corrales. Before the recount, Pacheco was leading by 66 votes.

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Local News
8:08 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Outside Political Groups Spent Nearly $4M in NM

The latest campaign finance reports show that two outside political groups spent nearly $4 million to influence legislative races, which ended up with Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate.

A political committee with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reported on Thursday spending $2.4 million. It was involved in 31 House and Senate races, including several Democratic primary contests.

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Local News
6:53 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Many In State Senate Hope For Civility This Upcoming Session

Legislative budget hearings are underway at the state capitol this week, as lawmakers get ready for next month's 60-day session in Santa Fe.  Here is the second of two legislative preview articles - this time a look at the new state senate.

 

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Local News
6:42 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Film Reveals Dark Side of International Adoption

Filmmaker Jill Hodges

Jill Hodges and her husband adopted their son from Guatemala when he was six months old. At the time, they had very little information about his birth family in Guatemala. But whe stories began surfacing from that country about corruption in the adoption process and possible coercion, they wanted to find his birth mother to make sure she gave him up willingly, and to create a pathway for their son to connect with his birth family. Hodges chronicles that journey in "Extended Family," which is screening this weekend at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Weekly Chat with Santa Fe Reporter

This afternoon I called up Alexa Schirtzinger, editor of the Santa Fe Reporter, to speak to her about Mixed Martial Arts. An article called "Blood Sport" appeared in the publication today exploring how this popular new sport has evolved over the years...especially in New Mexico.

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Local News
9:53 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Audit faults teacher preparation programs

Legislative auditors say New Mexico's colleges of education should toughen their admission standards to provide more qualified teachers and potentially improve student performance.

A Legislative Finance Committee audit on Wednesday said none of the colleges with teacher preparation programs require minimum ACT scores by students for admission.

Auditors recommended the Public Education Department increase the passing scores on competency tests required for a teaching license.

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Local News
9:52 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Pearce, Lujan push for uranium mine cleanup

Two members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a House vote on legislation that would free up federal funding to clean up abandoned uranium mines.

U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., say House approval is needed to get the bill to the president's desk. Pearce and Lujan spelled out their request in a letter to House leaders on Wednesday.

The legislation was introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The Senate has already voted unanimously in favor of the bill.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Jury probes into police shootings may resume

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she plans to begin tackling a backlog of 10 police shooting cases by February amid a federal probe into Albuquerque police.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Wednesday Brandenburg says she doesn't know if the cases will be examined by using a controversial practice of taking the cases to "investigative grand juries" or by reviewing them in-house.

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Entertainment
9:17 am
Thu December 6, 2012

A Musical New Year's Eve in Vienna

Thurs. 12/6 10a:  On New Year's Eve at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Viennese classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, as well as popular waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the man behind the concert, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa.

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Local News
8:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Vote: Top New Mexico Stories of 2012

What were the most important news stories in New Mexico in 2012? Please cast your vote - one more time! Choose from the five we have listed or add your own. We'll announce the results Thursday, December 20 during the KUNM Call-in Show at 8a.  

Click here to rank the top stories.

Local News
8:09 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New Mexico House Set To Battle Governor Over Budget

Next month marks the start of a 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature. The House of Representatives is gearing up for new leadership and newly elected members.

The November election brought new faces to the state legislature - 21 of them, including 16 new House members.  Representative Larry Larrañaga is a 19-year veteran Republican from Albuquerque's northeast heights.  He notes there will be fundamental changes in committees and a new Speaker of the House - the body's most powerful position:

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Entertainment
9:14 am
Wed December 5, 2012

A Classics Radio Theater Version of Dicken's “A Christmas Carol”

Wed. 12/5 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with playwright and director Becky Mayo about her new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."  The production takes the audience into a radio station broadcasting Charles Dickens‘ beloved story live before a studio audience.  The radio theater production runs from November 30 through December16 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque.

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Local News
7:17 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Los Alamos National Security LLC to pay $10 million for faulty security system

The National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Tuesday the contractor that runs LANL will have to pay 10 million dollars for a faulty security system at the lab's plutonium facility.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Los Alamos National Security LLC, which is a part of Bechtel Corporation, will cover the costs of repairing the system of fences and sensors securing LANL's Technical Area 55, where plutonium is used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

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