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8:42 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NM, Navajo Nation Complete Land Exchange

New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Navajo President Ben Shelly have signed off on a land exchange that officials say will benefit both governments.

The signing ceremony was Tuesday in Santa Fe.

The exchange involves a block of state trust land adjacent to the reservation near the Arizona-New Mexico border and a few acres in Silver City that have commercial development potential.

The Land Office says prior to the exchange, the Navajo Nation had leased more than 85 acres of state trust land for a new Navajo Department of Transportation Center.

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Local News
8:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Bernalillo County to End Inmate Methadone Program

New Mexico's largest county jail has announced that it will no longer provide methadone treatment to inmates.

Metropolitan Detention Center officials said Tuesday that all inmates who are currently incarcerated and receiving methadone will undergo a "discontinuation process" during the next several weeks.

Official say the move was made out of health concern for inmates.

The methadone program was initiated at the MDC by the New Mexico Department of Health in 2006.

Officials say pregnant women will continue to receive methadone through their pregnancies.

Local News
8:37 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Metro Court Vacancies Attract 25 Applicants

Credit Bernalillo Metro Court Website

A judicial nominating commission meets next week to consider more than two dozen applicants for vacancies on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

The bipartisan commission will recommend candidates to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to the court. The panel meets Dec. 6 and the next day in Albuquerque.

Three vacancies will occur because Metro Court judges were elected to the district court in Bernalillo County — Judges Christina Argyres, Benjamin Chavez and Briana Zamora.

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Local News
8:34 am
Wed November 28, 2012

SF County to Require Cat Licenses, Higher Pet Fees

A proposed overhaul of Santa Fe County's pet licensing rules would require cat owners to license their pets and people who feed feral cats to get permits.

The draft proposal approved by the county commission on Tuesday also would significantly increase almost all fees and fines associated with owning pets.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the cost of licensing spayed or neutered dogs and cats would increase to $8 from $3 per year, while the cost of licensing an unaltered dog or cat would increase from $10 to $100.

Commentary
7:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Key To Recovery: Attract New Businesses, Not More Federal Spending

Paul Gessing

Washington’s “fiscal cliff” has been the topic of much discussion. After more than a decade of out-of-control spending, politicians are finally coming to grips with the need to cut back.

The problem for us in the Land of Enchantment is that our economy has long relied on Washington as a source of income and investment. With the government running trillion dollar-plus annual deficits and having piled up an astonishing $16 trillion in debt, simple math, not ideology, makes cutbacks inevitable.

This could mean tough times ahead for New Mexico’s economy.

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Local News
10:04 am
Tue November 27, 2012

US Justice Department to Launch Probe into Albuquerque Police

 The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it has launched a full investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of deadly force.

At a press conference, U.S Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez said the investigations focus will be to examine the department’s policies and practices.

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Local News
9:59 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Bratton Picked As Minority Leader of NM House

Credit The New Mexico Legislature Website

Republican state Rep. Donald Bratton of Hobbs was picked as minority leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UZuJHx) that Bratton will replace Tom Taylor of Farmington as the top-ranking Republican in the Democratic-controlled House.

House Republicans also elected several members of the party's younger guard to top-ranking positions.

Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque will serve as the new House GOP whip, while Rep. Alonzo Baldonado will be the Republican caucus chairman.

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Local News
9:56 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Audit Reveals Procurement Violations in NM County

An independent special audit shows McKinley County made about $240,000 in questionable payments to a business owned by the county commission chairman.

State Auditor Hector Balderas released the finding of the audit Monday. His office says the county violated the state procurement code and its own purchasing policies.

Balderas' office also says there are potential violations of the Governmental Conduct Act related to the county's contracts for plumbing, heating, air conditioning and other services with Dallago Corp. The company is owned by Chairman David Dallago.

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Local News
9:55 am
Tue November 27, 2012

FDA Suspends Operations At Peanut Butter Plant

Credit PiccoloNamek

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using a new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food.

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Local News
9:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

ABQ Zoo Names Baby Rhino Chopper

Credit Jonathunder

The Albuquerque Zoo has announced the name of its new baby rhino -- Chopper.

Zoo officials say the name was the overwhelming favorite of Facebook fans. The name was suggested in remembrance of Jimmy "Chopper" Abalos, a softball and little league leader in the community who died in 2010. Abalos sponsored multiple little league teams called the "Rhinos." He was inducted in the United States Specialty Sports Association Hall of Fame in 2003, and his adult softball team, also the Rhinos, was inducted in 2009.

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Espejos de Aztlan
10:08 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Frank Leto & Pandemonium

Credit Frank Leto & Pandemonium

Mon. Nov. 26, 7p: Frank Leto will join us to talk about  Pandemonium and their celebration of "CARNAVAL" through musical styles of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans. This Thursday, November 29th, the band will present  an evening of original music at the Outpost Performance Space with rhythms, such as the samba, frevo, batucada, calypso, comparsa and more of this pan-Caribbean all-star ensemble.

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Local News
8:53 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Bernalillo to Consider Expanding Release Program

Credit Bernalillo County Website

Bernalillo County officials are considering a major expansion of a program that has some offenders released in the community under supervision instead of being housed in jail.

KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/Tp4NJa ) reports that the County Commission on Tuesday will consider a proposal to provide funding for 500 offenders. That's an increase from the nearly 200 budgeted now.

Under the Community Custody Program, inmates deemed to be low risk are fitted with ankle bracelets and required to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

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Local News
8:40 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NM Female Legislators Steady Despite Senate Drop

Credit JHarrelson

The overall number of female lawmakers in New Mexico is staying about the same but that's despite a significant drop in the number of female senators.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/UnwOAS ) reports that the number of women in the 42-member Senate will drop to six in 2013, down from 11 this year. The peak was 13 in 2001.

The drop-off next year is due to a combination of retirements and election defeats.

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Local News
8:39 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NM Assessors Want More Property Sales Disclosure

County officials are asking the Legislature to require the disclosure of more property sales prices to help with tax assessments in New Mexico.

Currently, assessors are provided prices of residential property that's sold. They want to expand the disclosure requirement to vacant land as well as commercial property and agricultural land. The information would go to assessors but not be publicly disclosed.

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Local News
8:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

5 LANL Security Force Employees Fired

Five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force have been fired for an improper use of a live fire shooting range.

Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/UPMx7N) that the five employees of the lab security force, known as Securing Our Country, were fired last week for "inappropriate behavior" at Technical Area 72.

The lab said in a statement that the firings came after a preliminary inquiry.

However, lab officials declined to discuss the nature of the behavior that resulted in the firings.

Local News
8:36 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Railroad Group Named as Preservation Stewards

Credit Carvinrocks2

A nonprofit group that supports a historic narrow-gauge rail line that runs between New Mexico and Colorado has been designated as one of the nation's newest preservation stewards.

Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad received its designation letter last week.

The Preserve America Steward designation is awarded to volunteer programs that have been successful in preserving the nation's historic places. There are now 38 Preserve America Stewards in the U.S.

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Raices
11:02 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

New Sounds of Buenos Aires

Mural by Rami Meiri

Sat. Nov. 24 2-5p: Listen to the pulse of Buenos Aires through today´s music with its passion, frustration, anger, and love.

Performance New Mxico
9:19 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Quintessence Hosts A Messiah Sing

Fri. 11/23 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with Matthew Greer, Artistic Director of Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest.  The Albuquerque chorus invites the community to a Messiah Sing, complete with chamber orchestra, November 24 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.  The following weekend, December 1 and 2, Quintessence presents its holiday concert, "A Winter's Journey," at St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John's United Methodist Church.

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Local News
7:52 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Study: Mountain Home Boom Adds to NM Plague Cases

A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.

The study co-authored by state public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad blames a trend that has seen affluent families building homes in areas rodents once had to themselves for changing the distribution of plague in New Mexico since the 1980s. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Tfka3I) the disease was previously most common in low-income communities in the northwestern part of the state.

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Local News
7:45 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Health Officials: Whooping Cough on the Rise in NM

Health officials are warning that whooping cough is on the rise in New Mexico.

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Local News
7:44 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Water Losses Prompt NM Town to Lock Hydrants

Credit Ben Schumin

All of the fire hydrants in one rural New Mexico community will soon have locks on them.

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Local News
7:42 am
Fri November 23, 2012

NM, March of Dimes Work to Reduce Preterm Births

The New Mexico Health Department says it's partnering with the March of Dimes to reduce the number of preterm births in the state.

New Mexico has earned a C on the March of Dimes latest report card. The grade is based on comparing each state's rate with the organization's goal of 9.6 percent by 2020.

New Mexico's preterm birth rate dropped to 11.8 percent in 2011.

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Performance New Mexico
9:16 am
Thu November 22, 2012

The New Mexico Ballet Company's "Nutcracker"

Thurs. 11/22 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic provides live musical accompaniment to the New Mexico Ballet's annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," November 24 though December 2 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.  The Company will be joined by guest artists from American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet.  Spencer Beckwith talks with Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of New Mexico Ballet.

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Local News
8:12 am
Thu November 22, 2012

NMSU Professor Developing Watering App for Farmers

An engineering professor at New Mexico State University is working on a digital application that could help farmers determine when and how often they should water their crops.

Farmers will be able to use Zohrab Samani's iFarm app — short for Intelligence Farm — on their cellphones and computers.

The app aims to help farmers set up more efficient irrigation schedules by taking into consideration multiple factors, such as wind and humidity levels.

Software developer Vien Tran says the challenge is extending the calculations to incorporate real-time climate data.

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Local News
8:10 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Plan Calls for Reforestation of NM Wildfire Scar

Forest officials are proposing to plant hundreds of thousands of seedlings as part of an effort to reforest areas charred by last year's Las Conchas blaze.

The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for public comments on its plan. The 30-day comment period starts Saturday.

The fire exploded across the southern edge of the Jemez Mountains on June 26, 2011, after being sparked by a falling power line.

It burned through hundreds of square miles of tinder dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation's premier government laboratories.

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Local News
8:09 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Lieutenant Governor To Hold Office Hours Around NM

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is traveling the state next week to meet with New Mexicans on what he calls a "mobile office day."

Sanchez will visit Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Clovis and Portales next Tuesday.

He'll stop in Hobbs, Carlsbad, Artesia and Roswell next Wednesday.

Sanchez said he wants to meet with New Mexicans and hear about the problems and issues confronting them.

Information on Sanchez's visits is available on the lieutenant governor's web site at http://www.ltgovernor.state.nm.us/ .

Local News
8:08 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Albuquerque Police Unveil Holiday Crime Crackdown

Police are launching an aggressive campaign aimed at preventing theft at Albuquerque stores and shopping malls.

Albuquerque police announced Wednesday that uniformed and undercover police officers will be placed around malls this week to deter property crimes. In addition, bait vehicle and items will be placed to nab would-be thieves and shoplifters lurking around stores.

Police Chief Ray Schultz told reporters the massive operation will begin Friday and run through Christmas.

Local News
4:10 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Roadrunner Food Bank Gears Up for Holidays

What's left of a 2,000 pound bag of beans.

An abundance of food is a common theme on a day like Thanksgiving. But in New Mexico, many families are experiencing the opposite problem. About 1 in 6 households here don't know where their next meal will come from, holiday or not. KUNM's Carrie Jung brings us a closer look at who's hungry in New Mexico, with a visit to New Mexico’s largest food bank.

Last Friday the Roadrunner Food Bank was bustling as volunteers and staff members were busy prepping for one of their busiest weeks of the year...Thanksgiving.

 

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Local News
2:19 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Wolf Pups On Their Own After NM Pack Separates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say the survival of two six-month old Mexican gray wolf pups is in question now that the animals have become separated from what's left of their troubled pack.

Tracking shows members of the Fox Mountain pack have separated since the alpha female, the pups' mother, was captured and removed from the wild.

Federal wildlife managers ordered her removal following a string of cattle kills in southwestern New Mexico.

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Making Contact
11:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Native Harvest for a Modern World

Credit Rita Daniels

Fri. 11/23 8a: For centuries, the Taos Pueblo people lived entirely off their land.  Sustainable agriculture was a way of life, but U.S. federal policies helped put an end to that. Food wasn’t grown at the pueblos; it was trucked in. Traditional farming gave way to government subsidies and obesity rates soared. But recently, a surprising agricultural renaissance has taken root across the pueblos. Rita Daniels takes us to the Taos Pueblo to share a story of rebirth and renewal.

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