This week marks the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial new health care law intended to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. Ahead this morning on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll take your questions, but first we'll hear from Ron Pollack, the founding Executive Director of Families USA, a non-profit organization advocating for equal access to high quality healthcare
Americans are notorious for being mono-lingual. Gallup poll research shows that three out of every four Americans can't carry on a conversation in a second language. But if you ARE going to learn another language, here in the Southwest, that means Spanish. Today we begin a three part series from the Fronteras Changing America Desk and the Public Insight Network. In this first piece, Jim Paluzzi looked into dozens of cases of adult English speakers who are now using Spanish.
A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that as the economy recovers, Asians and Latinos are gaining work faster than other ethnic groups. Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Several Southwestern Native American tribes are fighting a large wind farm planned near the town of Ocotio in the southeastern corner of California. As Jill Replogle reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the tribes say there are more than four hundred archeological sites on the land where the turbines would be located.
The shifting demographics of the Mountain West could have long-term effects on national and local politics. As Peter O’Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a new report by the Brookings Institution shows the identity of the region is changing.
For the last several years a diverse coalition has been working quietly to lay the groundwork for a new Wilderness Area near Taos. With New Mexico’s senior Senator and long-time wilderness advocate, Jeff Bingaman, set to retire soon, the group recently took its campaign public. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard headed north to find out more.
Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve held their spring meeting today and expressed optimism about the ecosystem’s recovery after last summer’s Las Conchas fire. KUNM’s Carrie Jung has more.
On a recent sustainability report card, Taos Ski Valley earned one of the worst scores in the western United States. But as KUNM’s Carrie Jung reports, it’s a grade that resort managers say only paints part of the picture.
New Mexico State land commissioner, Ray Powell, signed a conservation agreement today aimed at protecting the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the Permian Basin in Southeastern New Mexico.
The co-director of the Tijuana-based Zeta magazine has been named one of Newsweek’s 150 “Women Who Shake the World.” From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle explains what she did to make the list.
As some Native American tribes have become wealthy with casino profits, they've been buying land and expanding the size of their reservations. But as Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, these efforts are stirring controversy, because once the private land becomes part of the reservation, it's no longer subject to local taxes or laws.
In El Paso, a new county commissioner was sworn in this week. She is temporarily replacing another commissioner who is facing federal drug trafficking charges. The former commissioner comes from a politically active family in the southernmost portion of El Paso county. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the area has a history as an active smuggling corridor for drugs and people.
Scientists aren’t the only ones worried about climate change. The Defense Department is too. And they’ve sought the help of the University of Arizona to be better prepared. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Voters in Rio Rancho and Santa Fe are going to the polls today to select city councilors and vote on charter amendments and bond issues. Polls close at 7pm tonight. Rio Rancho voting info. Santa Fe voting info.
The Bernalillo County Commission will consider a proposal to require inspections of aging septic systems next week. The commission scrapped one ordinance last year that would have required all older systems to be replaced by 2015. Advocates of the new measure say it’s a reasonable compromise. But opponents say it’s just unfair. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
Find a scedule of public meetings on this issue here.
Tue. 3/6 Time ~11am: President Obama will hold a press conference today. He is expected to discuss the ongoing violence in Syria and Iran's disputed nuclear program. We'll bring you live anchored coverage of the event from NPR News. If you miss it check out our Two Week Archive!
The Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters, demanding the company pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court. Al Macias reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Supporters of a Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson met outside Arizona’s state capitol Wednesday to read from books they say have been banned. School district officials say the books have not been banned–just moved to storage facilities. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The federal government is deciding whether to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list, as some populations have stabilized. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Laurel Morales reports.
Jobs are coming back, or at least it seems that way. New claims for unemployment benefits are near a four-year low. And there’s some evidence that a group that’s been hit harder than others in this recession-Latinos-may be getting back into the workforce more quickly. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe Block reports.
Across the country it’s not uncommon for a creditor to electronically disable a car if the owner falls behind on payments. This technology has been around for more than a decade and is quite effective. But on the vast and remote Navajo Nation it’s a problem. And a recent lawsuit charges that Navajo law makes them illegal. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.
What does the real estate market have to do with the Mexican drug war? A whole lot, South Texas realtors say. The mere perception of violence spilling north of the border is leaving bountiful land by the Rio Grande sitting idle. No one wants to buy it. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Hernán Rozemberg reports.