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.
A new report by the National Research Council says the US could save 12 billion gallons of water a year by recycling its wastewater. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports on some efforts already underway in New Mexico.
State parks across the southwest are reeling from budget cuts. California officials plan to close 70 parks by next summer. In Arizona parks closed and reopened with the help of community partners. The TexasWildlife and Park Foundation is asking for more than 4 million dollars in donations to keep its parks open. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Federal immigration officials have been criticized for deporting people who were American citizens, or who were victims of crimes. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, one agency is now trying to avoid making any new mistakes.
More than half of U.S. Latinos say they disapprove of the way the Obama administration has handled deportations. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has more on the latest survey of Hispanic public opinion.
California has the country's largest Hispanic student population and ranks at the bottom for reading and math achievement among Latino children. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, experts are beginning to call for an overhaul of the school system.
The National Park Service is beginning to map out hundreds of old smuggler roads along the Arizona border. The agency plans to return scarred land to natural desert. Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Federal auditors discovered that US customs inspectors are not fully trained and lack some fundamentals to do their job at ports of entry. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Michel Marizco reports.
A former Border Patrol agent is now serving more than two years in prison for beating up an undocumented immigrant who was smuggling drugs. As Hernán Rozemberg reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the agent’s supporters say it’s the latest case of federal prosecutors in South Texas going after the Border Patrol for doing its job.
The Interior Secretary is expected to finalize Monday a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
In a world where kids are spending more time in front of the TV and less time outside, a coalition of New Mexico educators and environmentalists have started work on a plan that they hope will help turn the tide.
A new report by the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, finds that the number of youth in juvenile hall in San Diego County is on the rise, and made up primarily of Hispanics. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has the story.
Every year around this time, New Mexico birders have the opportunity to take part in a nationwide ritual known as the Christmas Bird Count. Organized by The Audubon Society, it’s the longest running citizen-science survey in the world. The survey goes on for weeks, with birders covering different parts of the state each day. This morning, dozens of people pulled on their warmest boots to catalog birds in the Sandia Mountains. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, tagged along with one group and has this story.
Police in Page, Arizona, are worried about people freezing to death after a detox center on the border of the Navajo Nation closed. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Cities and towns in the Southwest have long relied on development fees to fund their growth. Now a new law in Arizona restricts how much development money cities can collect, and what they can use that money for. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
With more than 10 million Mexicans living in the United States, Mexico is trying to get more expatriots to vote in their country's upcoming presidential election. This holiday season is the final push to get voters registered before the mid January deadline. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk in Las Vegas, Jude Joffe-Block reports.
It’s been seven months since an untended camp site sparked Arizona's largest wildfire. It will be decades before the forests grow back. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Al Macias reports on how Mother Nature and humans are working to help wildlife.