New Mexico has one of the largest Native American populations in the nation with over 200,000 registered tribal members and it’s estimated that nearly 40% lacks health insurance. New Mexico has announced it will build a state-run healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act. However, the state has yet to decide on whether to expand Medicaid, which could mean a lot of tribal members would suddenly have access to affordable healthcare.
Take Erik Lujan for example: At the age of 30, Lujan, a Taos Pueblo tribal member, began experiencing medical problems.
One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.
Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.
Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.
Drivers across much of New Mexico are facing tough road conditions as a wintry storm that led to the brief closure of a stretch Interstate 40 leaves the state.
The state Transportation Department closed a stretch of I-40 about 70 miles east of Albuquerque in the Cline's Corner area early Sunday and reopened it at about 5 a.m. Mountain roads across are icy and crews are spreading cinders and plowing snow where needed.
Environmentalists pushing for the release of more Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico say they're worried federal regulators are allowing Arizona to control the process and severely limit releases.
The Phoenix-based director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon chapter says the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it clear it wants state wildlife agencies to take the lead. Sandy Bahr tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/SzuFne ) that's led to no releases at all in the past four years.
For several years now, the state has topped the country in alcohol and drug induced deaths. However, a recent plan that would have made treatment more accessible in Albuquerque was nixed because of community opposition.
Fri. 12/14 10a: The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center collaborate on a stage production of New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya’s holiday story, "The Farolitos of Christmas." The family show performs December 14-16 in the NHCC's Journal Theatre. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Valli-Marie Rivera.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has bid his farewell to Washington.
In his speech on the Senate floor Thursday, the retiring Democrat said it was an honor and a privilege to have represented the people of New Mexico in the Senate for the last 30 years. And he thanked New Mexicans for their confidence in his representation.
Bingaman will be replaced by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who defeated Republican Heather Wilson for the coveted seat.
New Mexico is on track to experience its driest two year period on record. Any precipitation is a good thing in the Southwest, but winter snow accumulation is especially important. Until recently the snow pack has been almost non-existent and if the trend continues, the resulting economic impacts could ripple throughout the state.
Last Saturday, my husband, Jon, and I loaded our car with ski gear and drove north to Vadito, New Mexico. Our destination...the Sipapu Ski Resort.
New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission has been in the news a lot in recent years, both for controversial rate increases and the fact that two commissioners were removed for felony convictions.
Last month, voters responded by approving changes for the agency in three constitutional amendments.
The Public Regulation Commission makes crucial regulation decisions. When utilities want to raise rates, PRC commissioners decide if you will pay more for water, gas, electricity and telephone service.
Thurs. 12/13 10a: On December 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Symphony celebrates Beethoven's birthday with the Symphony No. 7 and incidental music from Goethe's play, Egmont. Also, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Piano Trio joins the Symphony for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the conductor of the concert, the Santa Fe Symphony's Music Director, Steven Smith.
For the past month, the KUNM news department has been attempting to investigate and report on citizen allegations against an Albuquerque police officer. Sources say this officer has been the subject of 32 complaints from citizens he’s encountered on the job. A number of these complaints involve allegations of verbal and physical abuse, including sexual abuse.
Congressional auditors say the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties annually from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, yet it does not collect any money from gold, uranium or other metals mined from these same places.
A Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday found the federal government doesn't know how much these hard rock mines produce from public lands in the 12 western states where most mining occurs.
There is no federal law requiring companies to disclose how much those mines produce.
A statewide off-highway vehicle user group is suing the Santa Fe National Forest over its travel management plan.
The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday.
The group's president, Jim Tyldesley, says the complaint is being filed on behalf of all forest users. He contends the plan closes more than 70 percent of existing roads and trails on the northern New Mexico forest, significantly reduces camping options and makes it difficult for hunters to retrieve game.
New Mexico may not have been a swing state this year in the presidential election, but someone upped the ante when it came to the legislature. SuperPacs poured almost $4 million into roundhouse races, most of it for TV ads and hate mail asking questions like… “Should we stand with the Victims… or the Child Killers?.... The Governor’s PAC, Reform New Mexico Now, spent almost $2 million to take out Senate leaders and win back the House with ads like these.
KUNM Call In Show 12/13 8a: What foods do you prepare especially for the holidays? What do these dishes mean to you? Where can you find great holiday meals at restaurants in places like Albuquerque and Santa Fe?
This week on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll explore the importance of special foods during the holidays. We'd like to hear from you! Email email@example.com, post your favorite holiday recipes on our Facebook page- KUNM News, or call in live during the show.
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.
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.