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7:47 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Feds OK New Mexico's Health Exchange

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Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says New Mexico is on track to establish a health insurance exchange this year now that the federal government has given the green light to the state's plan for a clearinghouse to help small businesses and individuals buy affordable health coverage.

New Mexico received conditional approval from the federal government on Thursday for its plan for a state-run exchange.

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Local News
7:46 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Southwestern Governors Resist Listing Lesser Prairie Chicken

Governors of five states that are home to the lesser prairie chicken, including Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico,  say they're disappointed the federal government has proposed listing the bird as threatened.

However they said they're encouraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service isn't proposing listing the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. A final decision on a listing is expected this fall.

Some ranchers, wind farms and others have worried that listing the bird as threatened could hurt their operations by leading to more regulations on the bird's habitat.

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Local News
7:44 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Governor Proposes Corporate Income Tax Cut

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she will ask the Legislature to lower New Mexico's corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.

Martinez proposes to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years. The governor says New Mexico's tax rate is higher than neighboring states and needs to be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive.

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Local News
1:23 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Endangered Songbird Gets Protected Habitat In Arizona

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating almost 1,300 miles of streams in Arizona, New Mexico and four other states as protected habitat for the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher.

The small, insect-eating songbird migrates to Mexico and Central America during winters and breeds in and around U.S. riparian areas. It became a federally endangered species in 1995.

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Local News
1:21 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hearing Set For Former Candidate Accused Of Stalking Opponent

A Friday court hearing is set for a former New Mexico congressional candidate already accused of slashing the tires on his opponent's vehicles and now accused of aggravated stalking.

Gary Smith has been jailed since being arrested Wednesday by Albuquerque police.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the husband of Janice Arnold-Jones told police he spotted Smith in a car idling in front of the couple's home on Tuesday.

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Public Affairs
12:24 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Changing Landscape Of News Media

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KUNM Call In Show 1/10 8a: What do you want to see covered by news media in New Mexico?  Which media outlets are doing it well?  We'll hear from reporters and editors at new online media outlets and discuss news coverage in New Mexico, what is missing, and what they plan to do about it. We'd like to hear from you.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Lawsuit Alleges Inhumane Treatment At Valencia County Detention Center

A woman who was jailed at the Valencia County Detention Center has filed a lawsuit claiming she was mistreated and denied medical and mental health treatment during her incarceration.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the federal lawsuit was filed by Jan Green who was never convicted.  The suit alleges civil rights violations and inhumane treatment and names the jail's warden Joe Chavez, a contract nurse, and two other employees. 

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Local News
6:18 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Two Grenades Found In Checked Luggage At Albuquerque Sunport

 Authorities say two hand grenades have been found in checked baggage in the past week at Albuquerque's airport.

The information was included in the TSA's weekly roundup of weapons collected in checked and unchecked baggage at the nation's airports.

Transportation Security Administration agents at Albuquerque International Sunport found the grenades.

TSA released a picture Wednesday of the grenades with their tops removed.

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Local News
6:16 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Four Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead In 2012

Fewer Mexican gray wolves were found dead in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona this past year, and federal officials say efforts aimed at reducing conflicts with livestock seem to be helping.

Officials confirm that three of the four wolves found dead in 2012 were illegally shot.

In the most recent case, the carcass of a female member of Arizona's Hawks Nest pack was found in December. The cause of death is under investigation.

Eight wolves were found dead in 2011. Three were shot, two were hit by vehicles and three died of natural causes.

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Local News
6:14 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Kennedy Becomes Chief Judge Of New Mexico Court Of Appeals

Judge Roderick Kennedy has become the chief judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Kennedy was sworn in to the post on New Year's Day to replace Chief Judge Celia Foy Castillo, who retired at the end of the year.

Kennedy was appointed to the 10-member court in 2001 by then Gov. Gary Johnson. Kennedy had been named to the court by Johnson in 1999, but was defeated a year later in the general election.

Kennedy served on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for 11 years.

Local News
6:13 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Border Patrol Rescues Hurt Child

The U.S. Border Patrol has rescued a child who was injured while on a hunting trip in the mountains of southern New Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security said a crew from the agency's Office of Air and Marine personnel in El Paso helped save the injured youth Tuesday from the mountains near Deming.

Officials say the child was hunting with a guide on the southwest side of the Florida Mountains when he injured his leg.

Poverty and Public Health
3:39 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Mexico Tribes Grapple With Domestic Violence

Navajo child's artwork from vigil exhibit

Nationally, Native American women are more likely to be killed, raped, assaulted and stalked than any other women in the country, according to federal crime and health data.  What’s more, the offenders are both native and non-native. There’s been a breakdown in traditional practices, lack of funding for services and when it comes to non-natives, tribes don’t have the authority to arrest them on their own lands. A controversial law offered solutions but never made it through Congress in 2012.  

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Local News
7:13 am
Wed January 2, 2013

State Democrats, Unions Say Low Morale Affecting State Employees

Democratic state legislative leaders are citing low morale among state workers and calling for salary increases.

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Commentary
7:03 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Op Ed: Taking A Bullet For The NRA

An AR 15 rifle, similar to the weapon used by Newtown shooter

The tragic shooting in Connecticut has set me thinking about our own state’s gun laws, and what the legislature has done to expand gun ownership-- even though New Mexico ranks 6th in gun deaths, and even higher in youth suicide. Thanks to Santa Fe’s total abdication to everything NRA—you can openly carry any kind of loaded gun here as long as you’re not a felon, and over 19 years old.

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Local News
6:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

New Mexico Lawmakers Vote Along Party Lines For 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

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New Mexico's congressional delegation voted along party lines Tuesday on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

NMTelegram.com reports Senate Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall approved the Senate bill early on New Year's Day... House Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan voted for the measure late last night.  Republican Steve Pearce was the only New Mexico congressional delegate to vote against it, saying in a statement that President Obama wanted to raise taxes and spend more.

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Local News
7:53 am
Tue January 1, 2013

New Mexico Agency Tallies Renewable Energy Tax Credits

New Mexico officials say they reviewed and processed thousands of requests last year for tax credits and other funding aimed at boosting renewable energy development in the state.

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department outlined some of the accomplishments in its new annual report.

The agency says it received more than a dozen applications for the state's renewable energy production tax credit. It awarded nine certificates for solar generators and one for a wind farm over a 12-month period through October 2012.

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Local News
7:46 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Stepdad: Nothing Heard During Fatal Dog Mauling

Relatives of an 8-year-old boy fatally mauled by dogs in a small community in northwestern New Mexico says there were no screams or barks that would have alerted them to the attack.

Keith Comosona says he and Tomas Jay Henio's mother were caring for the boy's three younger brothers in their Pinehill home when they learned the 8-year-old wasn't at a relative's nearby residence.

Comosona told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/XaUdbR) that the boy was already dead when they found him and that they don't know what happened other than that the dogs attacked him.

Local News
7:18 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Difficult Conditions Reported On New Mexico Highways

Difficult driving conditions are reported Monday on numerous highways in northern New Mexico due to snow and ice.

Crews are plowing, salting and cindering Interstate 40 in the Tucumcari area where several inches of snow has accumulated.

Workers are also clearing snow on Interstate 25 between Watrous and Colmor.

Other highways with difficult conditions reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation include U.S. 64 near Taos Pass, New Mexico 38 from Bobcat Pass to Eagle Nest and New Mexico 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari.

Local News
7:16 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Albuquerque Police Chief Seeks Survey Results

Two officials in Albuquerque want the city's police union to turn over documents from a recent survey of officers that found that the agency was suffering from low morale and that an overwhelming majority of officers disapproved of the police chief's performance.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Police Chief Ray Schultz and Mayor Richard Berry insist the union should turn over the documents if it wants the perceived problems fixed.

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Entertainment
9:14 am
Fri December 28, 2012

"Pueblo Winter Stories"

Fri. 12/28 10a:  Shkeme Garcia, from Santa Ana and Jemez Pueblos, leads the all-ages storytelling program, "Pueblo Winter Stories," December 29 and 30 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  The storyteller, musician and children's book author joins Spencer Beckwith for a discussion about the program's traditional Native American stories.

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Local News
6:28 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Albuquerque Zoo Has Three New Joeys

The Albuquerque zoo has three new red kangaroo babies, or joeys, on display.

Two joeys are still in their mothers' pouches, but can be seen poking their heads out. And zoo officials say the larger joey, which is about six weeks older than the other two, likes to hop around in the mornings and explore.

Visitors will be able to see the joeys hop in and out of their mom's pouches for about eight months before they get too big.

Local News
6:26 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Many Western States See More Acres Burned In 2012

Two massive wildfires raced across tinder dry forests in southern New Mexico in 2012, setting records for the largest and most destructive fires in the state's recorded history.

In Colorado, the worst fire season in a decade has yet to be fully extinguished. Dense pockets within Rocky Mountain National Park continue to smolder just days before the new year.

Statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center show more than 9.2 million acres have been charred by wildfire so far this year.

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Local News
1:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Homeowners Appeal Approval Of Religious Compound

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of Santa Fe-area homeowners is appealing Santa Fe County's decision to allow construction of a church where members drink a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.

The six Arroyo Hondo homeowners object to the county spending about $400,000 to extend a waterline and build a sewage-treatment system there.

The notice of appeal filed in state court Wednesday argues using taxpayer money violates New Mexico's anti-donation clause and the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.

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Entertainment
9:11 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale: "A Toast to the New Year"

Thurs. 12/27 10a:  Former Santa Fe Desert Chorale Music Director Linda Mack Berven returns to lead eight members of the Desert Chorale in the post-Christmas Day program, "A Toast to the New Year."  Concerts take place in both the Loretto Chapel and the Church of the Holy Faith, December 28, 29, 30 and 31.  Linda Mack Berven joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the program.

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Audio Problems
5:56 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Audio Troubleshooting Continues

2/12 Engineers working on distortion tonight at 9.  Outages possible.  The stream is always available online at KUNM.org.  

Entertainment
9:09 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts

Wed. 12/26 10a:  Albuquerque impresario Neal Copperman founded the non-profit presenting organization AMP Concerts in 2004. Spencer Beckwith talks with Neal about his organization and about some of the musical events he has planned for 2013.

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Local News
7:16 am
Wed December 26, 2012

PERA Plan To Undergo Legal Scrutiny

Plans to shore up New Mexico's struggling public employees retirement fund could include cuts to benefits.

The Albuquerque Journal reports some legal analysts say the state constitution would prevent things like cuts to annual cost of living increases, but other legal experts say the funds can be changed in order to maintain solvency.

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Local News
6:04 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Rio Grande Minnow's Plight Could Affect Others

Water managers are scrambling to find a way to maintain wild populations of the Rio Grande silvery minnow after the annual fall census failed to locate any of the small fish for the first time in 20 years.

Maintaining enough flow in the Rio Grande to support the fish during drought years while still providing water to cities and farmers is a big problem. A third year of drought-level flows on the river next year could send the population of the endangered species even lower.

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Local News
6:02 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Work On Abandoned Mines Near Deming To Start

State officials have awarded a contract to begin safeguarding more than two dozen abandoned mines near Deming.

The Mining and Minerals Division says the $475,000 contract with Duran Bokich Enterprises represents the first of a multiple-phase project involving old mines in the Florida and Little Florida Mountains. The mines are on private property and land managed by the federal government.

Before 1918, the ores recovered from mines in the area were mostly lead, zinc, silver, copper and some gold. After that, manganese and fluorite were produced in large quantities.

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Local News
7:11 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Gun Sales Rise

Gun dealers near Farmington are reporting a sharp rise in sales.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that the most popular weapons being sold are military-style rifles similar to the AR-15 variant used by a gunman who killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14.

The shooting has brought calls from some people for tighter restrictions on guns.

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