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6:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Albuquerque police report officer-involved shooting

A man shot by an Albuquerque police officer reportedly is hospitalized and  in critical condition.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the man is being treated for a gunshot wound in the upper chest.

The man's name hasn't been released.

The Journal says the man was shot during an undercover drug sting after he pulled a weapon on an officer Monday afternoon.

A police spokesman will only say that the shooting occurred at a restaurant parking lot in southwest Albuquerque and one suspect has been transported to the hospital.

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Local News
10:55 am
Mon August 6, 2012

NM Governor to speak at GOP convention; VP rumors over

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney's short list of potential running mates.

Martinez said, "The veep rumor is over. I've said it over and over and over and over, I don't have any interest in being the vice president. I have every interest in the world of staying in New Mexico and taking care of New Mexico business."

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Local News
2:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Groups seek clean energy standard in New Mexico

Coal-fired power plants in the area impact air quality in the Four Corners.
EcoFlight / http://ecoflight.org/

On Thursday, 33 organizations asked the state’s Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to create a new "clean energy standard" to reduce carbon emissions in New Mexico.

The groups include the American Lung Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility  and a number of environmental organizations.

Under the standard, utilities could choose to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by three percent each year.

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Local News
10:52 am
Fri August 3, 2012

More than 65,000 rounds of ammo found at NM home

ForthDude via Flickr

A New Mexico man is in federal custody after authorities seized more than 65,000 rounds of ammunition from his home. Authorities say 25-year-old Carlos Guadalupe Morales allegedly was buying large amounts of ammunition and shipping them to Mexican drug cartels.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested Morales after executing a search warrant Tuesday at his apartment in Anthony. Agents reported finding 65,195 rounds of ammo, two ballistic vests and three Kevlar military helmets plus a semi-automatic rifle and pistol.

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Local News
10:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Land Office generates $650 million in past fiscal year

inlandwest via Flickr

The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell attributes the record-setting revenue to higher oil prices and a thoughtful selection of tracts for lease. He says advances in technology have allowed larger volumes of oil to be produced from existing wells.

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and commercial leases also contributed to the earnings.

Local News
10:42 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Albuquerque mayor: Economy weaker than expected

Albuquerque's economic activity has been weaker than expected over the past 12 months.

The Albuquerque Journal cites budget figures in saying the economic growth also has been slower than in the previous year.

Mayor Richard Berry says the city had projected growth of 2.9 percent for the most recent fiscal year. But figures show an increase of only 1.9 percent in gross-receipts taxes.

The economic slowdown doesn't mean the city will have to dip into reserves to make up for the $1.7 million it had been expecting.

Local News
10:11 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Horse council supports horse slaughterhouse

The New Mexico Horse Council has sent Gov. Susana Martinez a letter urging her to support a proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, saying the closing of domestic facilities five years ago has caused "needless suffering under the cruelest of conditions."

The council, which represents more than 200 horse owners and 30 horse clubs, said an informal survey of its members showed 94 percent favor humane slaughter to help with an overpopulation crisis that has left many horses starving and abandoned.

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Local News
10:07 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Atomic bomb anniversary prompts protests in NM

Los Alamos National Laboratory is warning its employees to prepare for protests as the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb nears. The world's first atomic bomb was developed in Los Alamos during World War II and was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that several groups of activists are gathering around the lab over the next few days to mark Monday's anniversary.

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Local News
9:15 am
Thu August 2, 2012

State fears federal control of groundwater

The US Bureau of Reclamation's Elephant Butte reservoir helps supply water to farmers along the lower Rio Grande.
US Bureau of Reclamation

A legal battle over water in the lower Rio Grande has New Mexico accusing the federal government of trying to take control of the state’s groundwater.

In a filing in the Third District Court in Las Cruces recently, the Bureau of Reclamation said it should be able to pump groundwater when it needs to deliver water in the Rio Grande to downstream users, such as farmers.

That raised the hackles of New Mexico state legislators, and others, including the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. That office controls the state’s groundwater.

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Local News
8:41 am
Wed August 1, 2012

West Nile found in mosquitoes in Albuquerque area

dr_relling via Flickr

Mosquitoes in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Paul Ettestad of the state Department of Public Health says recent rain across New Mexico has created breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Officials are urging the public to use bug repellent when outdoors, especially during the evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. The city of Albuquerque operates a mosquito control program that also covers Bernalillo County.

Common symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Local News
8:33 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Social services advocates push to expand Medicaid

Social services advocates are urging Republican Governor Susana Martinez to support expanding Medicaid to provide health care to nearly 150,000 low-income New Mexicans.

A group representing working families, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment or OLÉ, delivered a plate of waffles to the governor's office on Tuesday, saying they want Martinez to "stop waffling" and back an expansion of Medicaid as proposed under a federal health care law.

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Local News
8:27 am
Wed August 1, 2012

State sending out notices to update voter rolls

KCIvey via Flickr

The secretary of state's office is sending out postcards this week to nearly 178,000 voters to update registration information.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says the effort is to clean up voter files in compliance with federal law, but it won't affect anyone until after the 2014 elections.

The postcards are going to people who've notified the Postal Service of a change of address or had previous election mailings returned as undeliverable.

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Local News
8:27 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Madagascar silk industry helps save endangered forests

Rado Herivonona Ambinintsoa of the Sahalandy Federation
Michael Hess

This year at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a federation of silk weavers made thousands from sales of its scarves.

That’s good news for the impoverished women of the Sahalandy Federation of Madagascar. But it’s also good for the island nation’s forests, home to the wild Malagasy silkworm.

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Local News
6:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

President signs bill to expedite tribal development

President Barack Obama has signed a bill designed to expedite home building and energy development on tribal lands.

The law enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Navajo Nation already has that authority.

The so-called HEARTH Act was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. It's expected to open the door to badly needed housing development on reservations, as well as wind and solar energy projects that tribes have been eager to launch.

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Local News
7:41 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Bigger storms mean bigger punch into ozone layer

Strong storms, like this one in New Mexico, can punch water vapor into the stratosphere, causing cooling and ozone destruction.
Greg Lundeen / NOAA/CreativeCommons

The journal Science has just published a new study from scientists at Harvard University showing how a rise in global temperatures is helping to destroy the ozone layer.

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Local News
11:27 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Voter guide offered for constitutional amendments

The New Mexico Legislature's research arm is helping voters get an early start on learning about proposed constitutional amendments to be decided in the November general election.

The Legislative Counsel Service has published an analysis with pros and cons of the five amendments on the Legislature's web site.

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Local News
11:24 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Balloon fiesta vendors seek contract change

A group of food vendors is trying to renegotiate lower rent for an annual hot-air balloon fiesta to keep food prices from rising.

The group plans to meet Monday with officials for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The vendors are unhappy with a new contract that requires them to turn over 30 percent of their total sales for the October event or pay a fixed rental fee, whichever is higher.

The vendors are seeking a two-week extension on their contract deadline while they pursue a compromise.

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Local News
8:37 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Drilling delayed at Kirtland

In this 2008 photo, the progress of fuel recovery at a pump sight is monitored.
U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Berenger

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the drilling of monitoring wells at Kirtland Air Force Base has been delayed until later this year. The monitoring wells are being drilled in order to determine the extent of contamination from a leak of about 24 million gallons of jet fuel.

One of the two contractors drilling the wells has gone out of business.

According to the story, available online:

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KUNM Call In Show
8:11 am
Fri July 27, 2012

New Mexico Kids In Trouble, State Ranks 49th in Child Welfare

New Mexico Voice for Children, http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate U.S. Census

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/2 8a: New Mexico's ranking for child welfare fell from 46th to 49th in the nation, according to the 2012 Kids Count report.  What happened?  What are advocacy groups and government officials doing to help kids in New Mexico?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

Guests:

Veronica Garcia - Executive Director, NM Voices for Children

Local News
8:07 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Court: No license loss if DWI arrest flawed

New Mexico's highest court says the state can't revoke the driver's license of someone stopped for drunken driving if the arrest was improper.

The state Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday in upholding the license revocation of a man arrested by Farmington police in 2009 after he fell over on his motorcycle in a bar's parking lot.

The court said the Motor Vehicle Division properly determined the arrest was constitutional because police had reasonable grounds to believe the driver was intoxicated.

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Conservation Beat
1:58 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Report says climate change will slam state economy

Drought is one of the major impacts of climate change in New Mexico.
Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Climate change is a threat to New Mexico’s natural environment and a new study argues that makes it a serious economic threat as well.

Tourism, the creative arts, agriculture, ranching, and the dairy industry all stand to lose millions of dollars, according to Demos, the public policy group that published “New Mexico’s Rising Economic Risks from Climate Change.” The report is authored by Robert Repetto, author of the 2011 book, "America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward." He is a senior fellow in the United Nations Foundation’s climate and energy program.

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Heartbreak Hill
3:50 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Up and Over Heartbreak Hill

When a young filmmaker from New York came up with the idea to shadow three Navajo students out on the Rez through their senior year of high school, expectations were moderate.  But hundreds of hours of footage and editing later, a feature length documentary began to take Film Festivals by storm.  Here, both the stars and filmmaker talk about their experience. The film screened in Albuquerque July 25th, 2012.

Local News
9:37 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New Mexico Falls to 49th in Child Welfare

New Mexico Voice for Children, http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate U.S. Census

New Mexico has fallen to 49th in the country in an annual ranking of child welfare in the states.

Only Mississippi fared worse than New Mexico in the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Although this year's report says New Mexico has made a few gains in children's health, it says the state has a long way to go in improving the economic, education, and community-related well-being of kids.

Local News
9:23 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Signs of life in the Gila National Forest

Sprouting seeds between two downed trees.
USDA, Gila National Forest

Even after the flames have died down, the impacts of a wildfire persist. Without tree and grass roots to absorb rainfall and hold soil in place, flooding can be a big problem.

In the wake of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire—which burned almost 300,000 acres in southwestern New Mexico—officials in the Gila National Forest have been working to get ahead of the summer rains and next year’s snowmelt.

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Local News
8:28 am
Tue July 24, 2012

NMSU student to study dust storms on Mars

J. Gabas Esteban via Flickr NASA

A New Mexico State University student has been awarded a fellowship to study dust storms on Mars.

Robert Edmonds is the second graduate student in the school's Department of Astronomy to receive NASA's Earth and Space Science Fellowship. The $30,000 NASA fellowship can be renewed for up to three years.

Edmonds will study connections between atmospheric gravity waves and dust storms. The waves convey momentum from low to high altitudes on Earth, causing shifts in wind speed and atmospheric turbulence.

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Local News
8:24 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Judge orders removal of names from online site

A judge has ordered Governor Susana Martinez's administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database. 

The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees' union challenged the practice. An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.

Martinez had ordered the information to be put online last year as a way to increase government transparency.

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Local News
10:23 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Hot springs transferred to Pueblo of Taos

At the hot springs signing ceremony, from the left: Laureano B. Romero, Governor of Taos Pueblo; Christopher Smith, President of the Taos Land Trust Board of Directors; and Benito M. Sandoval, Warchief of Taos Pueblo.
Taos Land Trust

In northern New Mexico, a sacred site has been returned to its indigenous community.

On  July 14, the Taos Land Trust officially transferred the Ponce de León Hot Springs to the Pueblo of Taos.

Now, the springs will be protected from any future development and also remain open to the general public. “This kind of partnership is very rare in the conservation community,” says Patricia Quintana, executive director of Taos Land Trust.

The land trust had purchased the 44-acre parcel in 1997 to save the springs from private development and create a public park.

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Local News
10:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water

Lower Colorado River
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060.

That's according to the latest data from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OhHnQI) that New Mexico and the other states that depend on the Colorado River Basin for water face a growing gap between how much water nature provides and how much people want to use.

Local News
9:55 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Santa Fe National Forest plans to release travel map

Overlooking the Rio Chama located in Northern New Mexico within the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.
USFS

The Santa Fe National Forest is expected to come out with a map this fall that tells visitors where they can and cannot travel with motorized vehicles such as trucks and all terrain vehicles.

All national forests are required to create what are called "travel management plans" to control the impacts of motorized vehicles on natural resources.

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Public Affairs
6:49 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Maya 2012 Revealed: Demystifying the Prophecy

http://www.jeaninekitchel.com

Mon. 7/23 7p: Jeanine Kitchel talks to us about her book "Maya 2012 Revealed" and the so called, "end of the world" on December 21, 2012.

Kitchel studied the world of the Maya for decades provides an enjoyable adventure deep into the heart of Mexico, into the mystery of the Maya.

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