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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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Local News
2:05 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Department Of Workforce Solutions To Unveil New Website

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions will unveil its new website on Jan. 6.

The new site will allow thousands of unemployed people to electronically track their claims.  It will also help thousands of employers manage their employment insurance taxes.


"We are modernizing all of our business processes," said Celina Bussey, secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions. "We are embracing technology."

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Espejos de Aztlan
10:38 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Barelas

Credit Rocco Ceselin Photography / http://www.roccostudio.net

Mon. 12/24 7p: Gabrielle Marie Uballez, Michael Lopez, Hakim Bellamy and Candelario Vazquez discuss The Cuento Project, a collaboration between Dolores Gonzales 5th grade students, Vecinos Artist Collective, and the Barelas Community Coalition, where students created a cuento around the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in Barelas, and short dedications/stories about people who are important to them.

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Raices
11:51 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Navidad "mex-tacular"!!

Credit Piñata Navideña

Mon. 12/24, 7p: Travieso o amable, diablito o angelita, te invitamos a Raíces, este lunes.  Adan Aguirre, Arianna y Adan Benito se juntan otra vez en el 2012 para regalarte un programa "mex-tacular"!

-"Santa Claus... ¿extraterrestre o hermano clandestino o qué?"

-"¡Sí, sí! ¿Por qué viene tan tarde en el año y qué quiere de nosotros?"

-"Y el reno:... ¿guisado o asado?"

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Raices
10:56 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Tamale Christmas

Credit With Jonny Hernandez - KUNM Studio

Sat. 12/22 2p: Celebrate a Tamale Christmas, Tejano style! Join Adam Aguirre with his special guest, the legendary and definitive co-founder/documentarian/authority/guardian of "Tejano" music, Johnny Hernandez, as we look at and listen to the classic and varied, 50-year career of a timeless, ageless veterano of the Tejano music scene.

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Local News
9:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Former SC Sheriff's Deputy Suspect In NM Robbery

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant is suspected of robbing a Santa Fe, N.M., pharmacy at gunpoint and trying to rob a second pharmacy of the potent narcotic Oxycodone.


Police in Santa Fe say 43-year-old George William Smith is married to a Santa Fe prosecutor. They say Assistant District Attorney Dorie Biagianti-Smith called authorities and confronted her husband after recognizing him on a television news broadcast about the Monday and Tuesday robberies.

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Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Hey Mozart! New Mexico 2013

Fri. 12/21 10a:  Children 12 and under throughout the state are being invited to submit their original melodies to the 6th edition of the child composer project, Hey Mozart! New Mexico.  Spencer Beckwith talks about the project with a Hey Mozart! board member, Jim Wright, and a young participant in the 2011 Hey Mozart! project and concert, 13-year-old Justine Flores of Albuquerque.

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Local News
8:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

NM Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Lujan

House Speaker Ben Lujan in 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.


Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.


Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

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Local News
8:53 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Drought And Wildfires Win Top New Mexico Headline Of 2012

Okay, it’s not exactly a news flash: New Mexico is hot and dry. But since 2012 was about the hottest and driest year in recorded history, that is news.

When 81% of the state is said to be in severe drought, when both cities and farms are fearing a water shortage (and even in some cases squabbling over the allocation of water) – all that is news.

Enough so that 44% of you said that the on-going drought was the state’s most important news story in 2012.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Martinez Wants Moment Of Silence For Connecticut Victims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for a statewide moment of silence for the victims of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Martinez issued a proclamation declaring a day of mourning and asking for the moment of silence to be observed at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The governor's office says she made the proclamations Thursday after a request from Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to his fellow governors.

Local News
11:52 am
Thu December 20, 2012

San Juan Deputies Seize Starving Horses Near Aztec

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in San Juan County have seized four emaciated horses from a property outside Aztec they say were at risk of dying as a winter storm moved in.


Sheriff's officials say they took the horses to a local veterinarian for treatment until they're healthy enough to be released.

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Local News
11:28 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Former SF Hospital Exec Pleads Guilty To Fraud

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe hospital executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges but will avoid jail time as part of a plea agreement with the state Attorney General's office.


Richard Crabtree also agreed to repay St. Vincent Hospital, now known as Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, for losses it suffered in a scheme he allegedly ran with a former girlfriend to receive kickbacks from her brothers in a computer upgrade contract.

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Local News
11:25 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Albuquerque Police Launch Officer Steroid Probe

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Detectives are investigating allegations of steroid use among Albuquerque police officers.


Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz confirmed the probe at a news conference Wednesday but said he did not know how many officers may be involved. Schultz also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "monitoring" the department's investigation amid the FBI's own probe into Albuquerque police over excessive force claims.

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Las Cruces Clinic Gets $500,000 Grant

La Clinica de Familia in Las Cruces

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A health clinic in Las Cruces is getting a half-million-dollar grant to expand into the border community of Santa Teresa.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Wednesday that La Clinica de Familia will receive a two-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the Affordable Care Act.

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Entertainment
9:58 am
Thu December 20, 2012

"The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment"

Thurs. 12/20 10a:  Festival Ballet Albuquerque transports Marius Petipa's classical ballet to Territorial New Mexico, in "The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment," December 21, 22 and 23 in the Journal Theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky's score is provided by Guillermo Figueroa and the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Orchestra.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the choreographer of the production, the head of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, Patricia Dickinson Wells.

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Local News
10:35 am
Wed December 19, 2012

N.M. Still Struggles With Teen Pregnancy

Using Department of Health vital statistics, a map created by the New Mexico Data Collaborative, shows that teen pregnancy in the Albuquerque South Valley is almost three times the national average.

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Entertainment
9:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Santa Fe Pro Musica's Holiday Concerts

Wed. 12/19 10a:  The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble is joined by guest vocalists for the annual "Baroque Christmas Concerts," twice nightly from December 20 through Christmas Eve in the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra welcomes guest soloists for an all-Mozart program, "A Mozart Holiday," in the St. Francis Auditorium, December 29 and 30. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Pro Musica's Founder and Director, conductor and oboist Tom O'Connor.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Op-Ed: Expand School Choice in New Mexico

K-12 education reform is direly needed in New Mexico. The latest evidence for that is a report from the US Department of Education which studied and ranked 47 of the 50 states’ education systems and found that just 63 percent of New Mexico students in the 2010-2011 school year finished secondary school and the percentages for Hispanic students and Native Americans were 59 and 56 percent respectively.

Those rates earned the Land of Enchantment a ranking of 46th out of 47.

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Local News
6:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

New Mexico Regulators Approve Renewable Energy Plan

New Mexico regulators have approved a plan that spells out how much electric utilities can spend and what renewable energy sources they can tap to meet state standards.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in a rule-making process aimed at establishing a methodology for utilities to calculate costs for renewable energy.

The annual cost cap that limits renewable energy expenditures will be 3 percent of customers' bills starting in 2013. That's up from the current 2.25 percent.

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Local News
6:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Tiles Falling In University Of New Mexico's Pit

University of New Mexico is putting up banners inside The Pit. But they are being installed to show more than support for the Lobo basketball team. Officials say the banners were designed to protect fans from falling tiles.

In the two years since the basketball arena's $60 million renovation was completed, more than two dozen tiles in The Pit's indoor and outdoor stone facades have fallen off.

University Architect Robert Doran says they banners will add safety, along with a touch of cherry and silver in support of the Lobo basketball team.

Local News
6:53 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Navajo Nation Band To March In Inaugural Parade

The Navajo Nation Band in Window Rock, AZ, in 2011.
Credit Donovan Shortey, navajophotography.com via Flickr

The Navajo Nation Band has accepted an invitation to march in next month's presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee started sending out invitations Tuesday to groups nationwide. They will march behind President Barack Obama from his swearing in at the Capitol to the White House on Jan. 21.

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Local News
6:46 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Lujan, Speaker Of New Mexico House Of Representative, Dies

Ben Lujan.
Credit New Mexico Legislature, nmlegis.gov

Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico's House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died.

A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election. He shocked fellow lawmakers and others then as he disclosed his lung cancer diagnosis.

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Local News
10:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NMSU Launches Obesity Study Of Students And Employees

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers have launched a study to examine obesity among NMSU students and employees.

Researchers recently developed an online survey aimed at finding out more on obesity and lifestyle factors of students and employees, especially in southern New Mexico. So far, the survey has found that 47 percent of NMSU and employee respondents self-reported as overweight or obese.

Local News
7:29 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Governor Plans Money For Struggling Schools

New Mexico's Public Education Department is looking to get more money for training of administrators at low-performing schools.

The Albuquerque Journal reports nearly 5 million dollars in funding requested from the state legislature would also go to train principals at eligible schools and pair them with leaders at schools that are more successful and have similar demographics.

Local News
6:56 am
Tue December 18, 2012

State Leaders On Gun Control

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New Mexico leaders are weighing in on the debate about gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

US Representative Martin Heinrich says he's willing to accept policies that would prevent criminals and people with mental illnesses from getting guns, but says these policies much not compromise the rights of lawful gun owners.

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