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The Conservation Beat
7:51 am
Thu March 29, 2012

San Juan Coal Plant Settles with Sierra Club Over Alleged Water Pollution

Owners of the San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Coal Company have reached a settlement with the Sierra Club over allegations of water contamination from coal ash waste.

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Fronteras
9:20 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Iraqi Victim of Possible Hate Crime Dies in San Diego

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A 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant died Saturday, three days after she was discovered brutally beaten at her home in the city of El Cajon, California, just east of San Diego.  

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Adrian Florido reports indications of a possible hate crime have shaken the town that has the nation's second largest community of iraqis.

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The Conservation Beat
9:25 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Chuck Marohn on the End of Suburbia

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As Albuquerque is mired in debate over a proposal to improve the I-25/Paseo del Norte interchange, local leaders have been hearing from a visitor with some different ideas about infrastructure and development.  Chuck Marohn with the Minnesota-based organization Strong Towns, is an engineer and planner with a growing national audience.

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Fronteras
11:43 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Why Spanish: Teaching in Guatemala

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Students are flocking to Spanish immersion programs in countries like Guatemala. It has given birth to a new industry, an industry that is full of women. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jim Paluzzi reports that when you study with one of these Spanish teachers, your investment is a lifeline.

Fronteras
11:20 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Why Spanish Series: Immersion Programs

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These days, the ability to communicate in Spanish can be a key asset in the job market. But to speak with confidence it often takes an immersion experience in a Spanish speaking country. The Central American nation of Guatemala is developing a reputation as the go-to place for Spanish immersion. Jim Paluzzi from the Fronteras Changing America Desk has this second part of the Why Spanish series.

Local News
11:09 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Healthcare Advocate Says Acceptance of Healthcare Overhaul Will Come When Benefits Go Into Effect

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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

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Fronteras
10:50 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Why Spanish Series: Adult English Speakers Who Use Spanish

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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.

Fronteras
9:51 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Report: Latinos, Asians See Faster Job Growth

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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.

 

Fronteras
9:39 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Native American Tribes Fight Wind Farm Plan in CA

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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.

Fronteras
9:31 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Demographics Shifting In West

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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.

The Conservation Beat
9:23 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Coalition Pushing for Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Designation

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.

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The Conservation Beat
4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Frog Gets Help from Feds

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has designated about 10,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog.

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The Conservation Beat
4:42 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Goodbye Emissions Cap...for Now

New Mexico regulators have voted to scrap a rule that would have forced major polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions starting next year.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

more conservation stories on our blog: earth air waves

The Conservation Beat
8:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Emissons Cap Decision Expected Today

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The state Environmental Improvement Board will decide the fate of a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from large polluters.

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The Conservation Beat
8:11 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Valles Caldera Trustees: 'Landscape on the Mend'

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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.

The Conservation Beat
9:36 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Youth Activists Subject of Santa Fe Mural

Several of Santa Fe’s youngest environmental activists are featured in a new 120 foot mural at the city’s Warehouse 21 teen arts center.

See a video of the work-in-progress on our blog: earth air waves

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The Conservation Beat
11:21 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Taos Ski Valley Gets a D on Sustainability Report Card

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.

Local News
10:38 am
Mon March 12, 2012

NM Land Commissioner Signs Conservation Agreement for Permian Basin

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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.

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The Conservation Beat
10:27 am
Mon March 12, 2012

UNM Golf Course Could be Preserved Under Bern Co Deal

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At its meeting Tuesday, the Bernalillo County Commission is scheduled to consider putting 1.5 million dollars of open space funding toward preserving UNM’s north golf course for the next 25 years.

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The Conservation Beat
5:44 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Price's Dairy Refuge Could Benefit from Senate Vote

An amendment to the federal transportation bill could help secure the future of a proposed Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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Fronteras
10:08 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Mexican Magazine Director Recognized By Newsweek

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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.

Fronteras
9:57 am
Fri March 9, 2012

American Indian Reservations Expanding

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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.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Wed March 7, 2012

El Paso Commisioner Stands in During Drug Trafficking Investigation

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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.

Fronteras
10:06 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Defense Dept. Has Climate Worries

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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.

Local News
1:05 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Voters in Santa Fe, Rio Rancho Go to Polls

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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

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The Conservation Beat
3:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Shoring Up Septic Systems in Bernalillo County

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.

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LIVE Coverage from NPR
1:26 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

President Obama To Discuss Violence in Syria and Iran's Nuclear Program

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!

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The Conservation Beat
12:04 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

ISC Moves Gila Proposals Forward

Advocates for a free-flowing Gila River are breathing a sigh of relief this week...though their fight is not over.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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Fronteras
10:43 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Navajo Nation Sues Clothing Company

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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.

Fronteras
10:26 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Mexican American Studies Books Stored, Protests Ensue

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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.

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