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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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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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