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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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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.

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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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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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Local News
8:44 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Notah Begay Foundation Releases Obesity Report

A foundation backed by professional golfer Notah Begay III has identified New Mexico as "ground zero" for finding better ways to address obesity and diabetes in Native American children.

In a report released Monday, Begay's foundation pointed to New Mexico's large Native American population and what it describes as dramatic health and educational disparities.

The foundation has spent the past year discussing with tribal leaders, health experts and others the challenges of dealing with obesity and diabetes. More than 250 stakeholders participated in the discussions.

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Local News
8:42 am
Tue November 20, 2012

ACLU To Push Teen Maternity Leave In NM

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says it plans to push for a new state law that would give pregnant teenagers maternity leave from school.

KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SJPPtp) that ACLU of New Mexico says it will push for the proposal in the next legislative session in January. In addition under the proposal, pregnant and parenting students, boys and girls, would get up to 14 days of absences a semester. Currently, students typically get up to 10 days per semester.

Local News
10:43 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

ISEA artists explore intersections of nature and technology

Warning Off the Wolf imagines an armored cow that uses noise and scents offensive to wolves.
Credit Courtesy of 516 ARTS

So exactly what kind of sound might stop a Mexican Grey Wolf from taking down a cow?

That's just one of the questions explored by the International Symposium on Electronic Arts. Albuquerque recently hosted ISEA,bringing top international artists for performances, lectures and art installations. It's the first time the event has been in the U.S. since 2006.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Unions File to Stop New Teacher Evaluation System

Two local teachers unions have petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to stop a new teacher evaluation system.  

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation and American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico assert that the actions of Governor Martinez and Secretary-designate of Education Hanna Skandera violate the state Constitution.  The writ, which was filed last week, argues that the legislature should approve changes in teacher evaluation, not the executive branch. 

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Local News
1:53 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Officials Say No Drought Relief in Sight for New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers are painting a grim picture of the chances of drought-stricken New Mexico making up any ground this winter.

It's early, but officials say the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year and weather models aren't offering any hope for more snow.

Drought has a lock on nearly three-quarters of the West, including much of New Mexico.

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Local News
10:49 am
Mon November 19, 2012

New Mexico Dairies Request Federal Help in Fighting Drought, High Feed Prices

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Dairy farmers are hoping for federal help after severe drought and high feed prices have closed around 40 dairies in New Mexico.

The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SZdS7U) that experts believe the U.S. Farm Bill could give dairy farmers relief by ending old price support systems.

New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort (HAYG'-vohrt) says the proposal would create a regulated producer-paid insurance program. He says the program would make sure that if margins are upside down, insurance will pay out.

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Local News
9:01 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Sipapu Kicks Off NM's Ski Season, Others This Week

Credit C. Jung

New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week.

Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall.

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8:48 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Wild Horse Advocates In NM Call For Gentle Tactics

Credit GerardM

A federal agency's proposal to use helicopters to gather hundreds of wild horses in northwestern New Mexico has drawn criticism from animal advocates who are urging the government to use gentler tactics.

The Bureau of Land Management office plans to round up more than 270 wild horses off the Jicarilla/Carracas Mesa area near Navajo Dam.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/TTmvCe) that the federal agency's preferred option includes using helicopters.

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Local News
8:39 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NM Launching Online System For Jobless Benefits

Jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for unemployment benefits under a new state system that will be launched in early January.

The Workforce Solutions Department said the computer system also will help employers by allowing them to electronically submit required wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.

The system will be launched Jan. 6, and is intended to eliminate the use of mail for much of the business involving unemployment compensation.

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Local News
8:38 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NM Coyote Contest Winds Down With No Problems

Credit marya

A coyote hunting contest organized by a New Mexico gun shop that set off protests from animal rights activists has ended without problems.

Gunhawk Firearms business manager Rick Gross says the hunt ended at noon Sunday and all hunters had checked in with the shop's owner by 2 p.m. Gross didn't have a count for the number of coyotes taken. But he says the last count he had from Saturday was 23 and he expected no more than 60 would be shot in all.

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Local News
7:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Bilingual Education May Help Shrink Achievement Gap for Hispanic Students

Manny Bernal (far left) and Meribel Dominguez (center) with other El Paso students at the conference

Manny Bernal immigrated to El Paso from Chihuahua at the age of 12.  He describes school then as “horrible,” because he didn’t speak any English.  He says he was an “outcast.”  But after his freshman year, he entered the bilingual program at his high school.  He says, “It gives me a chance to keep my identity.  It’s like a comfort zone.  It’s like a place where you know you won’t get harassed.  Where you’re just safe.”

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Women's Focus
12:15 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Women's Power in the 2012 Election

Gloria Steinem spoke at JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium) in Albuquerque

Gloria Steinem, speaking before the November election talks about the power of women as voters and elected officials.

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Women's Focus
11:27 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

We Meet Patricia Wells in her Paris Kitchen

Patricia Wells teaches cooking in Paris and Provence

Interview with Patricia Wells in her Paris kitchen

Capitol of gastronomy and art of cooking explained.

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Women's Focus
10:36 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

The Woman Behind the Voice From Paris

Eleanor Beardsley NPR reporter, Paris

Eleanor Beardsley and Susan Loubet talk in a Paris cafe.

Eleanor Beardsley's persistence and luck led to her covering the first rebellion of the Arab Spring- in Tunisia.

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Women's Focus
6:53 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Join Three Journalists: News and Food Scene, in Paris, and Gloria Steinem, in Albuquerque

Gloria Steinem at JAWS (Journalism and Women's Symposium)

Hear from Eleanor Beardsley, NPR correspondent in Paris; Patricia Wells, Paris cuisine writer and teacher; and feminist Gloria Steinem's speech to a group of sister journalists meeting in Albuquerque.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

7,000 New Mexicans May Lose Unemployment Benefits

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say about 7,000 jobless New Mexico will lose unemployment benefits at the end of the year if Congress and the president don't agree to extend the payments.

Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey told a legislative committee on Friday there will be no federal extended unemployment benefits starting in January unless the program is continued.

The state provides jobless benefits for 26 weeks, and the federal government pays for up to 28 additional weeks of assistance because of high unemployment.

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2:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Sipapu To Bring In NM Ski Season

Sipapu Ski Area

VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will be kicking off the start of the ski season Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort.

Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu will be the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base.

Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early thanks to lackluster snow.

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Local News
1:55 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Fort Sill Apache Reservation Celebrates One Year Anniversary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One year after being granted reservation status in New Mexico, the Fort Sill Apache Friday raised their flag on their 30-acre plot of land in the Akela Flats of southern New Mexico. But tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous says it will likely take generations to re-establish a true presence on the tribe's homelands.

Key to the plans is resolution of the tribe's long-standing battle to build a casino on the reservation, an area where the tribe has made little progress in the last year.

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Entertainment
9:02 am
Fri November 16, 2012

"The History of Asking The Wrong Question"

Fri. 11/16 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with theater artist Ain Gordon, Director of New York City's Pickup Performance Co(s).  The company collaborated with local New Mexico filmmakers to create a "fictional documentary."  "The History of Asking the Wrong Question", which explores the relationships Native Americans have to their own history, gives its premiere performances November 16 and 17 at Albuquerque's North 4th Theater.

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8:21 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Lujan Advances In Hispanic Caucus Leadership

Credit Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico has moved up in the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The caucus announced Thursday in Washington, D.C. that Lujan was elected first vice chair for the next congressional session.

Lujan, a Democrat, represents the 3rd Congressional District of northern New Mexico and has been the second vice chair of the caucus.

New Mexico's newly elected member of Congress, Michelle Lujan Grisham, will be caucus whip.

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