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.
Mon. Dec 10th, 7pm: Carmela Chavez, writer of "Bearing it. The life of a New Mexico Woman" will talk with us about her courage for life as a descendant of Native Americans and a Spanish conquistador. Join us in this life-journey!
Mon. Dec. 10th, 7:30p: I asked to Gladys, a Puerto Rican woman working in Santa Fe: what do you miss during Holiday time? She answered: "I miss the sea"... Today we´ll play Latin American music that celebrates the sea to please Gladys´s memories.
The state Corrections Department's new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted late releases for parolees.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TM40io) that officials say parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates ever since the system changed in early September.
Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates' upset relatives.
Deming Border Patrol officials say agents saw a jump in arrests of undocumented immigrants along its patrol area of the New Mexico-Mexico border.
The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/QRJW10) that an official from the Deming Border Patrol station said last week that in the second half of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, there was a 28 percent increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in the area. He said 253 more people were arrested from June to December in 2012 than in 2011.
The state Canvassing Board is putting the final touches on New Mexico's general election.
The board meets Monday to certify results of a recount in a race for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives between Republican Paul Pacheco and Democrat Marci Blaze.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VtBKkz) that unofficial returns show Pacheco, a retired Albuquerque policeman, winning by 79 votes — up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.
State officials say the influenza season is off to an early start and are warning that it may be more severe than in recent years.
The New Mexico Department of Health says flu is circulating throughout the state. Health officials say anyone six months of age and older, particularly pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions, should get vaccinated.
The department says many of the influenza cases seen so far are a more severe type that has led to higher number of hospitalizations and deaths in previous flu seasons than other types.
A labor board has ruled against the Aztec teachers' union negotiating with the school district on a collective bargaining agreement.
The Farmington Daily Times (bit.ly/QMOkOJ) says the Labor Management Relations Board found that the union violated negotiating practices and failed to follow rules agreed upon by the two parties. The board said the union also had submitted proposals that conflicting with state statutes and the state constitution.
New Mexico's largest school district plans to spend millions of dollars to adopt new testing standards and move to computer-based testing.
Albuquerque Public Schools administrators say the district estimates it will spend $39 million in capital money to upgrade 17,000 computers and computer equipment, and another $15 million annually to maintain the system.
State officials are trying to wrap up the final results of the November general election.
The state Canvassing Board meets Friday and a top official in the secretary of state's office says winners are expected to be certified in all but one race.
There's a pending recount in a state House of Representatives race between Republican Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque and Democrat Marci Blaze of Corrales. Before the recount, Pacheco was leading by 66 votes.
The latest campaign finance reports show that two outside political groups spent nearly $4 million to influence legislative races, which ended up with Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate.
A political committee with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reported on Thursday spending $2.4 million. It was involved in 31 House and Senate races, including several Democratic primary contests.
Legislative budget hearings are underway at the state capitol this week, as lawmakers get ready for next month's 60-day session in Santa Fe. Here is the second of two legislative preview articles - this time a look at the new state senate.
Jill Hodges and her husband adopted their son from Guatemala when he was six months old. At the time, they had very little information about his birth family in Guatemala. But whe stories began surfacing from that country about corruption in the adoption process and possible coercion, they wanted to find his birth mother to make sure she gave him up willingly, and to create a pathway for their son to connect with his birth family. Hodges chronicles that journey in "Extended Family," which is screening this weekend at the Santa Fe Film Festival.
This afternoon I called up Alexa Schirtzinger, editor of the Santa Fe Reporter, to speak to her about Mixed Martial Arts. An article called "Blood Sport" appeared in the publication today exploring how this popular new sport has evolved over the years...especially in New Mexico.
Two members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a House vote on legislation that would free up federal funding to clean up abandoned uranium mines.
U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., say House approval is needed to get the bill to the president's desk. Pearce and Lujan spelled out their request in a letter to House leaders on Wednesday.
The legislation was introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The Senate has already voted unanimously in favor of the bill.
Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she plans to begin tackling a backlog of 10 police shooting cases by February amid a federal probe into Albuquerque police.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Wednesday Brandenburg says she doesn't know if the cases will be examined by using a controversial practice of taking the cases to "investigative grand juries" or by reviewing them in-house.
Thurs. 12/6 10a: On New Year's Eve at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Viennese classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, as well as popular waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances. Spencer Beckwith talks with the man behind the concert, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa.
What were the most important news stories in New Mexico in 2012? Please cast your vote - one more time! Choose from the five we have listed or add your own. We'll announce the results Thursday, December 20 during the KUNM Call-in Show at 8a.
Next month marks the start of a 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature. The House of Representatives is gearing up for new leadership and newly elected members.
The November election brought new faces to the state legislature - 21 of them, including 16 new House members. Representative Larry Larrañaga is a 19-year veteran Republican from Albuquerque's northeast heights. He notes there will be fundamental changes in committees and a new Speaker of the House - the body's most powerful position: