Western states lead the nation in suicide rates. That’s according to a recent report released by the American Association of Suicidology. New Mexico ranks sixth in the nation. Nevada ranks fifth. Arizona and Utah tie for ninth place. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
About a hundred people packed into a Socorro courtroom this morning for a hearing on a case that both sides say could affect the future of water law in New Mexico. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
New Mexico regulators have repealed a set of rules that would have allowed the state to participate in a regional greenhouse gas cap and trade program. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.
KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland stopped by Friday to give us an update on what’s happening at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. She’s been covering the 30-day session for NMpolitics.net and KNME TV. Doland spoke to KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.
There’s been a deadly disease making its way West for the last five years. It’s victims--bats. Millions of them. Scientists say White Nose Syndrome could even lead to the extinction of some species. The disease has not been detected in New Mexico, but is so virulent that last year officials closed all the caves at El Malpais National Monument to prevent its potential spread.
Preschool works. There is a wealth of evidence that early education is key when it comes to narrowing the achievement gap between Latino children and their peers. But across the country and this region, access to quality affordable preschool is lacking. As Jude Joffe-Block reports in this final installment of the Fronteras series on the Latino Achievement gap, a state-funded pre-K program in Nevada that is achieving results.
Recent fatal attacks on police officers in the Mexican border city of Juarez have city officials on high alert. But despite this latest spike in violence, there's actually been talk around Juarez lately that the worst of times are over. The murder rate last year went down about 30 percent after three years of steady increases. More people are going out to restaurants, concerts and public events. But are things really getting better? Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe visited one neighborhood in the city's outskirts to find out.
It’s been about a year since the caves at El Malpais National Monument were closed over concerns about a disease spreading among bats. But as KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports, new information has officials starting to think about reopening some of them.
There may not be any ground hogs around to help New Mexicans celebrate February second. But there are prairie dogs. And a report out today says the state should be doing more to protect them. KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard explains.
An estimated one in five children in the U.S. speaks a language other than English at home. In most of these homes, that language is Spanish. And yet the vast majority of these children are taught strictly in English at school. Some educators believe this is part of the reason Latino children are lagging in school compared to their white and Asian peers.
On Thursday UNM will host a talk by guest speaker Thomas Linzey. Linzey, who works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, is becoming known across the country for helping individual communities ban environmentally-damaging practices on a local level.
In the last fifteen years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English Immersion. This was supposed to help close the achievement gap. But by most measures, it hasn’t.
In an ongoing effort to seal the border with Mexico, the U.S. Border Patrol will build a new substation in the southwestern corner of New Mexico. It’s one of the weaker points along the border because it’s so difficult to reach. But as Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some residents don't agree with the plan.
A prospective city council candidate in a Southwestern Arizona border town whose English proficiency was questioned finally spoke to the public Monday evening. Michelle Faust reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk that the candidate says she’s appealing a court decision that removed her from the ballot.
Is it worth 300-thousand dollars to make your SUV battle-ready? To many professionals living and working along the Mexico border, the answer is yes. As Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports, a Texas company has a growing list of high-profile clients who are spending big bucks armoring themselves against the violence of Mexico’s bloody drug war.
In Las Vegas Nevada the heart of the Latino community is Rancho High School. The school has become a campaign touchstone for politicians courting Hispanic voters. In fact, during the last presidential election, candidate Barack Obama visited Rancho not once, but twice. Yet nearly half of the Latino students who enroll at the school, never finish.
With all the time devoted to bringing up math and reading scores in elementary schools these days, we often hear how other subjects- like art and music- are losing out. But given the signs pointing to a high-tech future, it may be more surprising to learn about another area getting left in the dust…science. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
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New Mexico’s largest electric utility is moving forward on the installation of new pollution controls at one of its coal-fired power plants…even while continuing to fight the requirement in court. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
In a new report, the Wilderness Society describes US public lands as “under siege” by Congress. A slew of bills would open millions of acres to new roads and development, while curtailing the President’s ability to establish new national monuments.
This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we’ll have a discussion about how the use of low-quality water - including treated sewage - could help New Mexico meet its water needs. But residential conservation will also play a huge role in securing our water future.
When the New Mexico State Legislature convenes today, the reform of the state's Public Regulation Commission, or PRC, will probably be a topic of debate. As KUNM's Deborah Martinez reports, three constitutional amendments will be introduced to clean up the troubled agency.
During her State of the State address, Governor Susana Martinez devoted about a minute to environmental issues, saying she believes the state can support the growth of business AND protect the environment.