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Santolina Developer Funded Attack AdThe Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Journal reports a controversial attack ad criticizing mayoral candidate State Auditor Tim Keller was funded partially by Western Albuquerque Land Holdings which owns Santolina.

Ed Williams / Public Health New Mexico

The opioid epidemic has racked up enormous costs for local governments in New Mexico, as cities and counties struggle to pay for medical care, law enforcement and treatment services for people dealing with addiction.

In recent years a growing number of local governments have been taking opioid manufacturers and distributors to court over those costs—including Mora County northeast of Santa Fe. 

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Archaeologists: More Protections Needed For Chaco Region Associated Press

Archaeologists and other researchers are calling for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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On the night of September 23, the facade of the historic La Fonda Hotel in Taos will be illuminated by patterns and images created by the Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Motomichi.  The display is part of the Paseo, Taos's 4th annual celebration of art and community.  And projected right alongside Motomichi's display, and complementing it, will be art created by Taos students. 

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New Mexico Insurance Regulator Opposes GOP Health OverhaulAssociated Press

New Mexico's top insurance regulator says a Republican drive to erase the Affordable Care Act would cripple the state's efforts to provide health coverage to the poor.

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New Mexico Lawmaker Calls For Inquiry Into Investment DealsThe Associated Press

A Democratic state lawmaker is calling for an investigation after questions were raised about political donations made by financial firms that were awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in investments by the state of New Mexico.

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Santa Fe County Voters Turn Down Proposed Sales Tax IncreaseThe Associated Press

Santa Fe County voters have soundly rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised money for behavioral health services and public safety jobs.

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Santa Fe County is holding a special election Tuesday to decide whether to raise the gross receipts tax to fund behavioral health services.

If voters approve the measure, taxes in the county will go up one sixteenth of one percent. Officials estimate that will add up to about $2 million a year, which will go to pay for behavioral health services as well as more public safety positions.

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New Mexico’s poverty rate is getting even worse for children under five years old, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Now some child advocates and state legislators are renewing their calls to use money from the state’s permanent fund to pay for childhood programs. 

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/21 8a: It’s the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds heading into the municipal election on October 3. Some mayoral and Council candidates in Albuquerque are calling for more police officers on the force and a new police chief. What do you think it will take to decrease the number of violent crimes and property crimes?

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Giant Antennas In New Mexico Search For Cosmic DiscoveriesThe Associated Press

Astronomers are using an array of giant dish antennas in the New Mexico desert for a yearslong project aimed at producing the sharpest radio view ever made of a wide swath of the sky as they search for new cosmic discoveries.

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No Boundary Changes For 2 National Monuments In New MexicoThe Associated Press

The boundaries of two national monuments in New Mexico that were part of an expansive federal review would remain the same under recommendations made by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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New Mexico's Annual Tax Breaks Surpass $1 Billion – Associated Press

An examination of New Mexico state tax breaks by the Office of the State Auditor shows that extractive industries such as oil, coal and copper mining together account for the largest share of foregone revenue.

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The Montage Music Society commissions and performs music composed in response to visual art, and every concert includes projections of the art that inspired the music being performed.  Pianist Debra Ayers and her Montage colleagues wanted to address the fear many people have of new music.  "Let's help the audience get their imaginations going, hearing music and seeing the visuals that inspired the music."  Montage has found that the experience changes the way audiences listen.

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Indian Health Service Sets Standards For Patient Wait TimesThe Associated Press

The Indian Health Service has set agency standards for patient wait times more than a year after being criticized by a government watchdog for doing a poor job tracking them.

Let's Talk New Mexico Fall Fundraiser Special

Sep 14, 2017
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This week on Let's Talk New Mexico we feature highlights from recent shows. It's important programming featuring the voices of people from your community discussing the most pressing issues of the day in New Mexico.

You hear from lawmakers, advocates, activists, and government officials. And we take your calls so that you have the opportunity to engage in these conversations and share your thoughts. 

Find audio of all of our shows online and in our podcast on iTunes. 

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Forecast: New Mexico Prisons On Track To Exceed CapacityThe Associated Press

New Mexico's prisons are nearing capacity, putting more pressure on state lawmakers to find solutions as they consider a host of criminal justice reforms ahead of the next legislative session.

Son: Pete Domenici, Former GOP Senator, Has Died

Sep 13, 2017
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Former New Mexico Sen. Pete V. Domenici, a Republican who became a power broker in the Senate for his work on the federal budget and energy policy over more than 30 years, died Wednesday.

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Archdiocese Of Santa Fe Releases Names Of Accused PriestsThe Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released the names of 74 priests and religious leaders who were accused or later found guilty of sexually abusing children by state or church authorities.

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State Putting Up Warning Signs After Deadly Dust StormsThe Associated Press & KOAT  

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says it will put up warning signs along a dust-prone stretch of I-10 near the Arizona-New Mexico border where many people have died.

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Ex-Gang Members Helping Dismantle New Mexico Prison GangThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

According to an FBI document, nearly 114 suspected members and associates of an infamous New Mexico prison gang have been arrested over the past two years with the help of over 30 former members and leaders, who have been secretly working with authorities.

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Hundreds of people protested in downtown Santa Fe Friday, Sept. 8, calling for an end to a controversial Fiestas event called La Entrada. It's a re-enactment of Diego de Vargas' reconquest of the city after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. 

Native American activists and their allies see it as a celebration of genocide and have protested the event repeatedly over the years. This year marks the third in a row.

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12 Arrested In Protests Of Conquistador PageantAssociated Press

Police have arrested 12 people in Santa Fe during protests about a costumed re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a 17th century American Indian revolt.

Police Sgt. Gardner Finney said a dozen people were arrested Friday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Protesters were cordoned off in a corner of Santa Fe's downtown plaza during the re-enactment as police thronged the area.

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Albuquerque Seeks To Become Site For New Amazon Headquarters- The Associated Press

Albuquerque is preparing a proposal to become the site for Amazon's second headquarters, hoping founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will want to return home.

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In downtown Santa Fe Friday Sept. 8, protesters will gather to call for an end to the annual re-enactment of the reconquest of the city by Spanish conquistador Diego de Vargas after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. La Entrada is one of the events at Santa Fe’s annual Fiestas celebrations. 

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Native American activists and their allies are planning a third straight year of protests during Santa Fe’s annual

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Bernalillo County is joining a growing number of state and local governments in taking drug companies to court over the opioid epidemic. The county's decision to sue the drug companies comes just a week after Mora County filed its own suit in district court. 

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New Mexico Governor Looking To Appeal Ruling On Vetoed BillsThe Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking for time to appeal a ruling overturning vetoes on bills before they become law.

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Albuquerque’s water utility is helping out a small New Mexico town to the south.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority sent a 6,000-gallon water tanker to supply residents in Carrizozo while that city investigates sulfate contamination in the groundwater supply.

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The New Mexico Human Services Department has been considering charging Medicaid recipients copays in an effort to save money from the state’s cash-strapped budget. The proposals were met with strong opposition in public meetings earlier this year. But the state is moving forward with the changes anyway. 

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