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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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Performance New Mexico
9:13 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Willy Sucre and Friends: Piano Sextets

Wed. 11/21 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with violist Willy Sucre about the latest program in his long-running chamber music series, "Willy Sucre and Friends."  The program, which features piano sextets by Joaquin Turina and Ernest Chausson, is presented on November 25 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas and on November 26 at Macey Center in Socorro.

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Local News
8:05 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Organizers Mull Moving SF's Zozobra To Fridays

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The Santa Fe group that organizes the annual Zozobra ritual is considering moving the event from Thursday to Friday nights.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe's Zozobra director says the group is considering the day move. Ray Sandoval tells the Santa Fe New Mexican http://bit.ly/RSDKDX) its awaiting a change of officers at the Santa Fe Fiesta Council before making a final decision.

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Local News
8:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Albuquerque Schools Bans Rosaries At High School

Credit Aprilwine

An Albuquerque high school is requiring students who wear rosaries to conceal them in an effort to curb gang activity.

The revised school dress code at Atrisco Heritage Academy high school prompted rumors among students who thought the school was banning rosaries outright.

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Local News
7:46 am
Wed November 21, 2012

King Favors Extending Mortgage Forgiveness Relief

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is urging Congress to continue tax relief for financially troubled homeowners who have part of their mortgage debt forgiven by a lender.

King and other state attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday asking congressional leaders to extend a tax provision that will expire at the end of December.

Under a 2007 law, homeowners don't have pay income taxes on mortgage debt that's canceled or forgiven because of a foreclosure, a loan restructuring or when the lender agrees to a short sale at a price less than the amount owed on a house.

Local News
7:41 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NM To Get Ready For More Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Credit Andreas Geick

New Mexico has been awarded $500,000 in federal funding as part of a national project that aims to get states ready for more alternative fuel cars and trucks.

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Local News
7:37 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Santa Fe Forest Working On Buckman Restoration

The Santa Fe National Forest is starting a restoration project along the Rio Grande near the old town of Buckman.

Forest officials say the project involves recreation enhancement and habitation restoration, including the removal of non-native species such as salt cedar and Russian olive trees on 34 acres.

Trailheads will also be designated.

The decision to move forward with the project stems from years of collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation.

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Local News
4:56 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Santa Fe Mayor Leads Coalition to Ensure Funding of Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory

A group of elected northern New Mexico officials is lobbying the region's Congressional delegation for funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  But some longstanding environmental groups are wary of their purpose.

The group calls themselves the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, representing seven cities and counties from Santa Fe north to Taos, and the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.    

The organization’s focus is environmental remediation at the lab, regional economic development, jobs at the site  and adequate funding for LANL.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Activists Seek Public Hearing On WIPP Changes

Earlier this month, the New Mexico Environment Department gave the federal government the green light to ship “hot,” remote handled waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in a new type of container.  

Since 1999, transuranic waste from nuclear weapons manufacturing has been stored in salt caverns a half-mile below the surface of the earth at WIPP in southern New Mexico.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Stink Bugs, Flea Beetles Found in Shipments of Red Peppers

  COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Inspectors working border crossings in southern New Mexico and West Texas have discovered two types of agricultural pests in separate shipments of red peppers from Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say last week stink bugs were found during an inspection at the Columbus, N.M., port of entry and flea beetles were found by inspectors working in Presidio, Texas.

Agricultural specialists say stink bugs can ruin entire crops and the beetles can damage crops in a number of ways.

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Local News
11:22 am
Tue November 20, 2012

New Mexico Walmart Workers, Activists Plan Joint Protests on Black Friday

Protestors in front of a California Walmart earlier this month
Credit Reuters

(Update) Wed 11/21/12, 11am: NLRB board unlikely to issue ruling on Walmart complaint against protesters by the start of Black friday...stay tuned to KUNM for more details

A number of Walmart employees at store locations in Clovis and Albuquerque New Mexico will demonstrate this Friday morning as part of a nationwide protest against the retail giant's labor practices.

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Local News
8:54 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NM Negotiates With Tribes Over Slot Machine Wagers

Credit Jeff Kubina

Regulators in New Mexico are negotiating with eight pueblos and two tribes over whether slot machine wagers started with "free play" or "bonus point" credits should be included when the casinos report their total quarterly wagers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UczmS9) that Gaming Control Board officials maintain the tribal casinos are paying the state less than they should by not adding the value of "free" or "bonus" play to the total amount of cash wagered and reported to the state.

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Local News
8:51 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Christmas Trees Available In NM National Forests

Credit Zereshk

New Mexicans can buy permits to cut Christmas trees on national forest land in the state.

The permit prices vary depending on the forest, but are available through Dec. 24.

The Gila and Lincoln national forests are selling $5 permits, and the tags are free for pinon trees in the Gila.

The permits are $10 in the Santa Fe and Cibola national forests for trees up to 10 feet.

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