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9:43 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Report: Pedestrian deaths up 50 percent in New Mexico

A preliminary report compiled by University of New Mexico researchers reveals that the first nine months of 2012 were more deadly for pedestrians than last year.

The report compiled by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research on traffic fatalities shows that 44 pedestrians were struck and killed on New Mexico roads during the first nine months of this year.  

This represents a 50 percent increase from the same time period for 2011. 

Keith Smith, one of the researchers for the report, says he can give no particular reason for the increase. 

Local News
8:16 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Plan to Resume Santa Fe-Denver Flights Will Benefit City, Says Mayor

SANTA FE, N.M. (Santa Fe New Mexican) — Santa Fe's mayor says a regional airline's plans to resume direct flights to Denver it halted in 2007 will be a big benefit to the city.

Mayor David Coss said in his annual "state of the city" speech that Great Lakes Airlines plans to begin the twice-daily service soon. It also will provide direct flights between the state capitol and Clovis. Great Lakes said in a press release that service from Santa Fe to Denver will begin December 1 of this year.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NM AG Creates New "Exoneration" Unit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico's Attorney General's office has created a new unit aimed at addressing challenges to homicide and sexual assault convictions.

The office said Tuesday that the new Just Conviction & Exoneration Unit was created last month and will look at cases where DNA evidence could possibly overturn convictions like 1st degree murder.

Margaret McLean, who heads the new unit, says Attorney General Gary King has received a number of inquiries about DNA testing in connection to appeals of some convictions.

Local News
7:31 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us

Ermond 'Mustafa' Overton and Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din at the Olympia Cafe in Albuquerque.
Elaine Baumgartel

The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque. 

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Local News
3:59 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

State Records on Grey Wolf Pack Criticized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are accusing federal wildlife managers of keeping secret details about management of a Mexican gray wolf pack in southwestern New Mexico.

The criticism comes after a public records request netted hundreds of pages of blacked-out documents.

The group WildEarth Guardians says nearly 80 percent of the 870 pages released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services were redacted.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Navajo Nation Hikes Sales Tax by 1%

FARMINGTON, N.M. (Farmington Daily News) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent. The Navajo Nation Council passed the bill last week. Money from the increase would go toward education and energy development when it takes effect in January.

KUNM Call In Show
6:41 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Hispanic, Latino Voters in New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico?  And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.

Guests:

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Local News
6:26 am
Tue October 23, 2012

National tribal group focuses on voter ID laws

A national tribal advocacy group has identified nearly a dozen states where it says new voter identification laws could negatively affect voter participation in Native American communities.

The National Congress of American Indians released a report Monday that highlights the states, including those where photo identification will be required at the polls on Election Day.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NM Voter Registration Up 5% from 2008

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New voter registration figures show the number of New Mexicans eligible to vote has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election and independent voters grew the fastest.

The secretary of state's office reported Monday that nearly 1.3 million people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

The numbers of voters who are unaffiliated with a political party — so-called independents — increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NM Supreme Court Reinstates Convictions of Religious Leader

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has reinstated the convictions of religious group leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers. The state Supreme Court today reversed the Court of Appeals, which had tossed out Bent's convictions because the term of a grand jury had expired before it indicted Bent. The case goes back to the appeals court to deal with other pending legal questions in the 71-year-old Bent's case.

Local News
8:32 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Sandia Lab Extends Agreement to Assist Navajo Energy Ventures

FARMINGTON, N.M. (Farmington Daily Times) — Sandia National Laboratories extended an agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide technical assistance as the tribe develops its energy resources.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/RgxftQ) that the agreement announced Friday extends the cooperative relationship between the federal lab and the tribe another five years.

The agreement comes as the tribe is forging an energy policy to take advantage of the coal, natural gas, wind and solar resources on Navajo land.

The tribe has rich energy resources.

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Local News
8:18 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Fish and Wildlife Service Wants More Room for Jaguars

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is pressing federal officials to set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico for jaguars.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that jaguars need more than the 1,300 square miles the agency proposed in August. Robinson says a jaguar reintroduction program, similar to the one for Mexican gray wolves, also is needed.

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Local News
10:53 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Teen Homelessness Discussed on KUNM

Join KUNM for an hour long discussion on teen homelessness in New Mexico as part of the 15th annual Homelessness Marathon. KUNM will be featured nationally between 11-noon TODAY hosted by Kathy Sabo...

Local News
10:49 am
Sun October 21, 2012

NM Non-Profit Sued by Clients

 A Clovis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to "enhancing the lives of people with disabilities" is facing a lawsuit from clients for neglect and exploitation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rfhrrq) that a recently filed lawsuit alleges that the organization Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped unfairly forced five clients with developmentally disabilities to fend for their medical themselves while the agency amassed more than $13 million in assets in recent years.

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Local News
12:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Girl First NM Resident Linked to Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

State health officials say a 5-year-old girl from Roosevelt County has been identified as the 36th victim of a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter and other nut products from eastern New Mexico.

The girl is from Roosevelt County, the area where the tainted products were processed. Health officials say the girl was never hospitalized and has recovered.

She is the first person in the state linked to the outbreak, which the Centers for Disease Control says has sickened 35 other people in 19 states.

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Local News
11:49 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Bless Me, Ultima Honored

The city of Albuquerque is holding a number of events in honor of Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is hosting tomorrow's "Walk in the Bosque" to allow residents to learn about plants in the New Mexico-based novel. Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age story set in 1940s eastern New Mexico. The movie of the novel was released yesterday.

Local News
11:36 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Another Suit Filed Against Sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former administrative assistant for Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston has filed a lawsuit claiming the sheriff created a hostile workplace for women.

Deborah Garcia provided a copy of her Aug. 28 complaint to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/TxRT75) this week.

In the filing, Garcia alleges Houston made comments about female employees' clothing, body size and breast size. She also says he made negative remarks about her religion.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:54 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Updates on Campaigns and Candidates

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:  There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.  E-mail your questions to callinshow@kunm.org or post a comment in our comment section below.

Guests:

Russel Contreras, Associated Press

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Local News
6:46 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three

Brianne Bigej and Eric Tomala with daughter Kaia (left).
Sarah Gustavus

Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.

BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….

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Local News
12:10 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Poll: NM Hispanics Motivated First by Economy, Second by Immigration

A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year. 

Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.

Voters were also asked whether they support the New Mexico policy of grating driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed to repeal it since taking office two years ago. She says it’s a public safety issue.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 5: A House Divided

Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas with their children Isabel and Isaac
C. Jung


Our Voices Behind the Vote Series continues with Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas  who use their political disagreements to stay informed this election season...


When the 3rd period bell rings at Los Lunas High School...about 30 students make their way across campus to room B10 for Ms. Jessica Montaño's senior English class.


Ok this is the deal....we're going to take this step by step today.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Developer cries foul with lawsuit against Rio Rancho

Curb North Inc. is suing over impact fee credits it earned through installing infrastructure at Cabezon.
FreeFoto.com

A developer is suing Rio Rancho for $5.6 million. At issue are credits it earned for infrastructure it built at a large planned community in the city and a new ordinance that slashes or eliminates impact fees.

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Local News
8:36 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Albuquerque Planners Say No to Wal-Mart

A proposal to build a Wal-Mart at Coors and Montano in Albuquerque will likely be rejected, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  

A new report from City Hall staff says the plan isn't pedestrian friendly and doesn't have enough access to nearby roads. 

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Local News
7:45 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 4: A Single Issue

Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas.
Rita Daniels:  On a drizzly afternoon, I'm making my way into Texico, New Mexico, 16 miles east of Clovis, seeing signs for Romney/Ryan; no Obama signs out here.
On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss
Twilla Koss:  I'm Twilla KossMark Koss:  Mark Koss

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Local News
7:25 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Latino USA's Maria Hinajosa to Discuss New PBS News Show

Journalist Maria Hinajosa is host of NPR's Latino USA. She's also the first Latina to anchor and produce PBS news content.  Need to Know- America By the Numbers: Clarkston Georgia looks at the growing ethnic and racial diversity in a town that was once overwhelmingly white.  Hinajosa says she's looking forward to hearing what viewers think about the content of the program, which explores the new American electorate.  She says the families featured in the program display a complexity of political perspectives that challenges stereotypes.

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Local News
7:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 3: Defying Stereotypes

Wahlesah Dick and her daughter, Macy Ridge in the prayer garden at the St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

We've been profiling New Mexican families in KUNM's Voices Behind the Vote series.  We're asking people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.  

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KUNM Call In Show
8:22 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Poll Challengers, Poll Watchers, How to Vote, Where to Vote, When to Vote, Your Questions Answered!

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year?  When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day?  We'll take your questions and calls.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

Judith Binder,  League of Women Voters

Daniel Ivey-Soto,  state association of County Clerks

Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office

Links:

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Local News
6:56 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 2: Father and Son

Jason (l) and Tony (r) Orosco

If it’s a school day, chances are you’ll find crossing guard Tony Orosco manning his post on the corner of Lomas and Edith, keeping a keen eye out for school zone speeders. Armed with a small stop sign, a day-glow orange vest and one very loud whistle. Tony does his best to remind drivers to slow down when passing Longfellow Elementary School.

Tony and his fellow crossing guards are an essential part of a safe commute for many young students here, because this section of Lomas is 6 lanes wide and that 15 mile an hour speed limit is not always observed.

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Local News
11:36 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Teachers union files grievance over pilot program

A teachers union has filed a grievance against the Central Consolidated School District in hopes of backing out of a statewide teacher and principal evaluation pilot program.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that the Central Consolidated Education Association believes the district didn't consult with the union prior to agreeing to participate in a program that began this fall and enables schools to partially evaluate teachers and principals based on student performances on standardized tests.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 1: Small is Beautiful

Ted Berthelote and Marcia Hoeman of Placitas.
Credit Sarah Gustavus

Elections are about people and choices. In the weeks before Election Day, KUNM is profiling families around New Mexico.

The Voices Behind the Vote includes perspectives that represent the diversity found within our state. We’ve asked people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.

Today, Sarah Gustavus introduces us to one couple who value independence and are focused on economic issues.

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