All three of New Mexico's congressional races have been decided, with the results indicating a small change in state politics.
According to the Associated Press, New Mexico voters have decided to grant U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., a third straight term representing the state's 3rd congressional district, while Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., has wrapped up his fifth win in District 2, the state's southernmost congressional district.
Starting tonight at 6p, we'll bring you live election coverage from NPR with updates, results, and analysis of the Presidential race and Senate and House races across the country. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will join with New Mexico In Depth's Trip Jennings for updates on state and local races and what's happening with the national races locally.
During the day today, we'll have periodic updates during our regular programming. Please let us know about your experience at the polls today!
New Mexico voters are deciding the fate of the state's five electoral votes for the presidency along with an open Senate seat on Election Day.
New Mexico has gone back and forth for the past three presidential cycles, and had been considered a battleground early on. But polls this summer and fall consistently showed President Barack Obama with a solid lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney. The Republican National Committee in September pulled key staffers and sent them to more competitive states.
New Mexico is filling an open U.S. Senate seat in a race that has seen the candidates relentlessly punching away at each other over jobs, health care and taxes.
Voters decide Tuesday whether Democrat Martin Heinrich, Republican Heather Wilson or Independent American candidate Jon Barrie has offered the most appealing recipe for dealing with the nation's economic problems.
The winner will succeed Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring after 30 years in the Senate.
Albuquerque voters will send a new representative to Washington on Tuesday after a relatively quiet campaign between the two candidates.
Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is running against Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in the 1st Congressional District, which represents most of the city. The winner will replace two-term Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the Senate.
It is the most competitive of the three congressional districts in New Mexico. In the other two, Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and GOP Rep. Steve Pearce are favored to hold on to their seats.
Officials say attendance at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fell from last year.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers announced Monday that estimated attendance at this year's nine-day event last month was more than 714,000. Officials say the number is down slightly from 2011's estimated 737,466 visits.
Organizers blamed the declined on poor weather which forced the cancellation of some events that historically have been the most attended.
Officials say the event attracted balloons from 19 countries.
Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day. Duran says, in New Mexico a photo ID is required in only one rare circumstance- when that voter is a first time voter in New Mexico AND the voter registered by mail without showing a photo ID.
As voters head out to the polls to vote on Election Day, it's not just polling locations that may have changed this year. The League of Women Voters voter guides are no longer available in county clerk's offices or polling locations. The New Mexico Secretary of State's office says the voter guides constitute electioneering, something that is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place. But not everyone agrees with the Secretary of State's interpretation of a 2011 law.
The Dust Bowl was a critical moment in American history…a human caused ecological disaster that destroyed the farmland of the great plains and turned prairies into deserts. A new documentary by Ken Burns set to air later this month on PBS aims to chronicle the complexities of the event and the resulting human drama. Co producer Julie Dunfey joined KUNM’s Carrie Jung in the studio today to talk a little more about the film…and why we can expect something new from this Ken Burns production.
This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.
In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy. He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day? And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote? We'd like to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show!
Lonna Atekson, Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy at UNM
Voters throughout New Mexico will see three Constitutional Amendments about the state Public Regulation Commission, or PRC, on the ballot in this year's election.
The three amendments dealing with reform of the PRC are printed far down on the ballot. The state agency is a five-member panel that regulates utilities, transmission and pipeline firms, transportation and insurance companies.
The Rio Grande ran low and dry this year. That was bad news for fish and for farmers. And it’s unlikely that relief is in sight: Reservoirs are low and climate change is here.
In the second of this two part series, KUNM takes a look at the Rio Grande—which one advocate worries might someday be a “ghost river.”
Janet Jarratt runs a dairy in Valencia County, south of Albuquerque. Farmers work harder than anyone she knows. And making a living is even tougher during dry years, she says, when farmers don’t know if they’ll get their water.
Just before nine o clock this morning, people living or working near the Santa Teresa Industrial Park received a call from authorities. They were told to remain indoors and seal windows and vents.
By noon, 200 people had been evacuated to the local high school. People were having a hard time breathing, were feeling light-headed, nauseous and dizzy. And they were treated for exposure to an "unknown substance." About that time, hazmat teams began moving into the area to test air quality.
Governor Susana Martinez's administration wants to cut corporate income taxes and make additional changes to the way those taxes are assessed.
The Albuquerque Journal reports state economic development secretary Jon Barela says the move would create 7,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next couple of years, jobs that could stem job losses from projected federal budget cuts.
A City Council member in Santa Fe is proposing rules for an area of his city that would regulate alcohol sales and create a healthier food zone by banning new restaurant drive-thrus.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SngcJ0 ) that City Council member Carmichael Dominguez is trying to put strict rules in place governing certain types of businesses in the Airport Road area of southwest Santa Fe.
Dominguez says his proposal is an attempt to improve the area's quality of life.
The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver's license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can't provide proof of legal U.S. residency.
Washington and New Mexico remain the only two states in the country not to require proof of legal U.S. residency when applying for a driver's license.