News

Pages

KUNM Call-In Show
1:20 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Albuquerque Police Department out of step with community?

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/3 8a:  As Albuquerque makes national news for a series of police shootings and vigorous citizen protests, we take a look at what has shaped the interactions between citizens and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  What has been recommended to improve interactions and curb the use of deadly force…what has been done and has not been done, and what can we now do?  

Guests:

Jeff Proctor, KRQE

Peter Simonson, ACLU

Alan Wagman, Police Oversight Task Force

Read more
KUNM News Update
12:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

APD Crisis Team Not Called to Boyd Shooting

A vigil on Wednesday, April 2, at the spot where James Boyd was killed by APD
Credit Alex Limkin

 

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A specialized Albuquerque police unit trained to defuse dangerous encounters with suspects battling mental illness was not used in the March 16 police shooting of a homeless man.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Barri Roberts, executive director of the Bernalillo County Forensic Intervention Consortium, said the police's Crisis Intervention Team played no role during the long standoff with 38-year-old James Boyd.

Read more
KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos

New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos - The Assocaited Press

Federal officials say the problem-plagued $244 million security system to protect the most sensitive areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory is finally complete.

Read more
Local News
5:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Unveils Police Reforms

Today Mayor Berry said the shooting of James Boyd was a "game changer" and that the department is ready for reform.
Credit Andy Lyman

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is asking the U.S. Justice Department to complete its investigation of the city's troubled police department and help officials develop a reform plan.

Berry said he wrote a letter Wednesday asking the department to expedite its review and begin negotiations with the city.

Read more
KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments

Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments The Associated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.

Los Alamos and Department of Energy officials say the first shipments arrived at a commercial nuclear waste dump in Andrews County in west Texas on Wednesday.

Read more
Local News
7:05 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Schools

This is the second lawsuit against the state alleging that the New Mexico constitution is not being upheld in regards to public education.

On Tuesday a civil rights group filed what is the second lawsuit against the state of New Mexico, alleging that the public education system violates the constitutional rights of low-income children and those for whom English is a second language.

 

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund brought the lawsuit on behalf of 51 plaintiffs made up of parents and students of 6 different school districts scattered across the state.

 

Read more
KUNM News Update
7:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: US Marshals Shoot Man In Albuquerque's South Valley

US Marshals Shoot Man Outside Of Albuquerque The Associated Press

Authorities say federal marshals shot a wanted felon Tuesday morning in southwest Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office spokesman Aaron Williamson says shots were fired as the U.S. Marshal's Service Task Force moved in to arrest the man. Williamson said he didn't know if the suspect was armed.

The suspect was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
12:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Protesters Draw Up Demands for APD

Credit Marisa Demarco

  Around 150 people gathered at the Center for Peace and Justice to create a list of demands on Monday night.

A block or so away, a couple dozen protesters gathered in front of the University of New Mexico Bookstore to continue to chant and call for reform of Albuquerque’s Police Department.

The center was wall-to-wall with activists from many backgrounds and organizations. Though opinions varied widely, the group eventually narrowed a list of 30-plus demands to three. They include:

• Release video of all shootings, including lapel and helmet camera footage

Read more
KUNM News Update
4:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump

Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump - The Associated Press

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.

Officials also said Monday that they're planning to get a crew underground Tuesday for the first time since the Valentine's Day accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Mayor Berry: APD Showed Restraint

Mayor Richard Berry and APD Chief Gordon Eden addressed the media this afternoon regarding yesterday's protest, which the mayor earlier characterized as "mayhem." At today's news conference, Berry reiterated that what happened was not productive and said demonstrators were attempting to escalate the situation. 

Gordon described it this way: "What was a peaceful protest turned into this mob state. They were stopping traffic and engaging people who were doing nothing more than trying to get from point A to point B." 

Read more
-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:09 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Wildewood

Wildewood: Alex, Meredith and Greg.
Credit wildewoodband.com

Wildewood Recorded Live in Studio A.

When they arrived at KUNM's studios back in June of '13, the group had been together less than two years and already released a digital EP as well as their self-titled debut album.  In the months since this session, Wildewood has been busy performing both as a trio and as soloists across the state, and have made appearances in Austin and the West Coast. 

Currently at work on a new record, Wildewood are:
Meredith Wilder: vocals, electric guitar
Alex McMahon: vocals, pedal steel, electric guitar
Greg Williams:  drums, percussion, harmonica

Recorded by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel.
Post-production by Eli Willard.

Find Wildewood online at: www.wildewoodband.com

KUNM News Update
2:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Momentum Builds at Sunday APD Demonstration

Credit A still from the Daily Lobo's news show "The Howl"

  

Late Sunday night, protesters convened again in front of police headquarters, and tear gas was dispersed for the second time. The group disbanded but vowed to return. Stay tuned to KUNM 89.9 and kunm.org for updates.

The day started with city government websites going dark. The hacker collective Anonymous had called for a protest of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
12:18 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Video of Sunday's Protest from The Daily Lobo

Credit A still from the Daily Lobo's weekly news broadcast show "The Howl," directed by Michael Warren.

UNM's student newspaper, the Daily Lobo, offered a special video report of yesterday's 12-hour protest of the Albuquerque Police Department. The newspaper creates a news broadcast show weekly called "The Howl," which is directed by Michael Warren. Scope the paper's coverage

Read more
KUNM News Update
10:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

APD Clashes With Protesters

Protesters climb atop the police substation in Albuquerque's Nob Hill.
Credit Screen Shot from the Daily Lobo's news show "The Howl"

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said last night a 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters.

The demonstrators blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. The Albuquerque Journal reports Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:16 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Hundreds Head To Santa Fe Health Care Event Ahead Of Deadline

Young Invincibles and older adults and families wait to sign up for healthcare in Santa Fe
Deborah Martinez

Midnight Monday is the deadline to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.  Over the weekend in New Mexico people lined up to get covered, either through the insurance marketplace or Medicaid.  

From those in their 60s to young people under 26 covered under their parents’ plan, hundreds stood in the bright spring sunshine sign up under Medicaid, or with one of four insurance plans.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
6:47 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

AZ Firm Cuts Pay For NM Behavioral Health Workers

Credit Agave Health logo

One of the five Arizona companies that took over operations from New Mexico behavioral health providers last year is announcing salary reductions.  The company says it had to cut pay because it was losing money.

Agave is a non-profit corporation formed in New Mexico by Southwest Behavioral Health of Arizona.  Rather than imposing layoffs, CEO and President Jeff Jorde said the firm needs to cut salaries for its 350 employees by five percent, beginning next week. 

Read more
KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82

Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82The Associated Press

Former state Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe, longtime legislative budget committee chairman, has died at age 82.

Sen. Peter Wirth, a family friend, said Friday that Coll died Thursday night after suffering a stroke last week.

Coll served in the House for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He had been chairman of the Appropriations and Finance Committee since 1987.

Coll began representing a Santa Fe district as a Republican in 1981, and became a Democrat two years later.

Read more
Sports
5:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Parents of People With Mental Health Issues Fear Calling 9-1-1

Credit peddhapati via Compfight CC

  In the wake of two shooting deaths by the Albuquerque Police Department  in two weeks, more families of people living with behavioral health issues are calling for reform of the department’s practices.  But despite recommendations years ago to train all staff on how to deal with people living with mental illness, just a fraction of the workforce has the special training.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
1:50 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind

Phil Schiliro with President Obama
Credit whitehouse.gov

  The deadline to sign up for health care is Monday, March 31, and New Mexico lags behind just about every other state in the country in terms of enrollment.

Phil Schiliro is the adviser to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act. He moved his family to Santa Fe in 2012 and said enrollment is critical in New Mexico.

A study completed in 2012 showed more than 400,000 New Mexicans don’t have health insurance. Only about 15,000 have signed up on the exchange.

Read more
KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke Dump

Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke DumpAssociated Press

The Department of Energy says it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials on Thursday said the inspections of the shafts workers will use to access the half-mile deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week.

Read more
KUNM News Update
6:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Thursday Evening Roundup: Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting Scrutiny

The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.

Police said the man was killed after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed at gun at two girls.

The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
4:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Big Picture: APD Shootings

Demonstrators in Downtown Albuquerque on Tuesday, March 25.
Credit Rita Daniels

Someone has posted a YouTube video claiming to represent the hacker group Anonymous and promising to launch an assault on the Albuquerque Police Department's websites. 

As a Downtown protest against APD’s use of deadly force concluded Tuesday night, officers opened fire on a man on the Westside. He died Wednesday morning. 

Read more
Local News
11:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Class Action Lawsuit On The Horizon After Citizens Take To Streets In Protest Of Police Shootings

Protesters horrified by the recent killing of James Boyd by members of the Albuquerque Police Department march in front of police headquarters.
Rita Daniels

UPDATE: Sat., March 29,  FBI Looking at police recordings of foothills shooting.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
10:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

APD Guns Down Westside Man

Credit A still from a neighbor's cell phone video of last night's shooting

 

   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the Albuquerque police killing of a homeless man, officials say a man was shot dead by officers after he opened fire on police.

Albuquerque Chief Gorden Eden said the suspect was shot late Tuesday. He said police had received a call to an apartment complex about a man holding a child at gunpoint.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tasia Martinez says the suspect, whose has not been named, died this morning at a nearby hospital.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
10:04 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Homeless Group Calls for Homes, Not Handcuffs

Credit Victor Cassale via Flickr CC

  UPDATE: March 26, 2014—Hundreds marched Downtown last night to protest the Albuquerque Police Department's killing of a foothills camper on March 16. As the demonstration wound down, APD opened fire on a man on the Westside, who police say, fired shots at them first. The suspect died at the hospital.

Read more
Local News
4:44 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Fatal Shooting Prompts Members Of ABQ Police Oversight Task Force To Call For Reform

In response to APD's March 16th killing of homeless man James Boyd, members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight task force called for an independent investigation of the incident.

Horrified by the recent deadly shooting of 38 year-old James Boyd, members of Albuquerque's Police Oversight Task Force addressed reporters this morning, calling for an independent investigation into the incident. 

 

The group, appointed by the city council, is asking that their recommendations, which call for heavy handed civilian oversight of the Albuquerque Police Department, APD, be adopted in full.

 

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
1:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Was Crisis Officer Present When APD Shot Foothills Camper?

APD canine attacks James Boyd after police shot him
Credit A still from APD video released March 21, 2014

When police interact with people facing mental health issues, they send an officer trained in crisis intervention to defuse a volatile situation.  Those officers are key in preventing the kind of violence that ended in the death of a camper in the Sandia foothills last week.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
1:16 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

NCI to Study Effects of Trinity Test

The Trinity test 0.016 seconds after the explosion in Southern New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
Credit lanl.gov via Public Domain

  The National Cancer Institute will come to New Mexico this spring to investigate how much radiation people were exposed to after the Trinity test in the southern part of the state nearly 70 years ago.

The CDC studied health hazards in the New Mexico and said state residents consumed radiation via water, milk, meat and produce grown here after July 16, 1945, when the U.S. Army detonated a nuclear weapon for the first time.

Read more
KUNM News Update
5:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: ABQ Mayor Says It Was Wrong To Say Police Shooting Was Justified

Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified - The Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a “premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

Read more
-KUNM Studio Sessions
7:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Balkan Folk Music from Rumelia

Studio session and interview with Rumelia

Recorded on March 21, this edition features the Balkan sounds of Santa Fe's Rumelia.  After recording their debut CD "Lost and Found" the group has expanded their repertoire of traditional songs from Southern and Eastern Europe and the Balkans to over 200 pieces.  Performing currently as a quartet, Rumelia played for us in this trio format.

Alicia Shaw: lead vocals, dumbek 
Sitara Schauer: parlor guitar, violin, vocals
Deborah Ungar: accordion, clarinets, vocals 

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles

Camera/Video by Jefferson White

Find out more about this group at www.rumeliamusic.com

Pages