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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.

Fronteras
10:19 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Mexican Gray Wolves May Be De listed

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The federal government is deciding whether to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list, as some populations have stabilized. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Laurel Morales reports.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Latino Employment is on the Rise

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Jobs are coming back, or at least it seems that way. New claims for unemployment benefits are near a four-year low. And there’s some evidence that a group that’s been hit harder than others in this recession-Latinos-may be getting back into the workforce more quickly.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe Block reports. 

Fronteras
9:54 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Lawsuit Charges Self Help Repossession Illegal on Navajo Nation

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Across the country it’s not uncommon for a creditor to electronically disable a car if the owner falls behind on payments. This technology has been around for more than a decade and is quite effective. But on the vast and remote Navajo Nation it’s a problem. And a recent lawsuit charges that Navajo law makes them illegal. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.

Fronteras
9:48 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Mexican Drug War Leaves Land by the Rio Grande Sitting Idle

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What does the real estate market have to do with the Mexican drug war? A whole lot, South Texas realtors say. The mere perception of violence spilling north of the border is leaving bountiful land by the Rio Grande sitting idle. No one wants to buy it. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Hernán Rozemberg reports.

The Conservation Beat
3:32 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Bingaman Pushes Market-Based Approach to Clean Energy

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman has introduced a bill that sets a national standard for the clean generation of electricity.  KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
3:23 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

PNM Profits Incite Activists

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New Mexico’s largest electric utility released numbers today showing a 25 percent increase in earnings from 2010 to 2011.  Environmentalists say those profits are just one more reflection of PNM’s misplaced priorities.

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Fronteras
10:23 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Sunland Park Officials Plead Not Guilty in Extortion Case

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Two city officials in the southern New Mexico town of Sunland Park pled not guilty to extortion charges in court Monday.

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Fronteras
10:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Mexico Asks for Drought Assistance from US Immigrant Communities

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A severe drought in Northern and Central Mexico has prompted some Mexican officials to come to this side of the border to ask for grassroots support.

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Fronteras
10:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Officials Work to ID Bodies Found Near Border

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Forensic specialists in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua are working to identify human remains found scattered on a mountainside across the border from Ft Hancock, Texas. Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:07 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Radio Connects Indian Country

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Social networking has taken over many of our traditional ways of connecting with people far away-no more letters, no more faxes, even phone conversations may be outdated soon. But on the vast Indian reservations in rural America, few people have phones and even fewer have broadband access.  So many American Indians still connect a very old fashioned way-through radio. It’s a means to connect, but as Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, for many it’s much, much more.

Fronteras
10:04 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Latino Education Gap Widens

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For the first time ever, the number of U.S. adults with bachelor’s degrees has surpassed 30 percent. But as Adrian Florido reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, new data shows the education gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening.

Fronteras
9:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Some Hispanic Voters Say Gov's Agenda Anti-Immigrant

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Arizona’s GOP primary tomorrow will once again focus national attention on the Latino vote in the southwest. One prominent Latina who has gotten much attention in the past year is New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez.  She’s a rising star in the Republican Party, and the GOP hopes she’ll draw in more of that critical Latino vote.  But as Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some Hispanic voters accuse her of pushing an anti-immigrant agenda. 

The Conservation Beat
3:27 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Fighting Fire With Fire in New Mexico

This is the general area where the Las Conchas fire started.

Fire scientists and land managers from across the Southwest are gathered in Santa Fe this week to talk about last year’s record-breaking wildfire season and how to prepare for what’s ahead.  

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Fronteras
10:15 am
Fri February 24, 2012

New Preferences for Bio-Industry Companies

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The Obama Administration announced rules yesterday that will help the biobased products industry grow, including three biopreferred companies in New Mexico.

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Fronteras
10:11 am
Fri February 24, 2012

US Supreme Court to Hear Texas Univ. Affirmative Action Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up a case out of Texas that puts affirmative action back in the national spotlight. 

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Fronteras
10:07 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Environmentalists File an Appeal Challenging Coal Mining Permit

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Environmentalists have filed an appeal challenging Peabody Coal’s mining permit in northern Arizona. 

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The Conservation Beat
3:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Albuquerque's Recycling Pilot Program Grows

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Albuquerque is tripling the size of its automated recycling program.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains what that means.

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The Conservation Beat
9:34 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wildlife Debate: Would Otters Help or Hurt Fish in the Gila...

Today, the New Mexico Game Commission will vote on whether to reconsider a planned release of river otters into the Gila River.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
9:27 am
Thu February 23, 2012

...Especially Now That Two More Species are Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified two fish found in New Mexico and Arizona as “endangered.”  The Spikedace and Loach Minnow were previously considered “threatened.”

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The Conservation Beat
10:42 am
Wed February 22, 2012

A Remembrance of Xeriscape Advocate Scott Varner

The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico holds its annual Water Conservation Conference and Expo starting Thursday.  This year, the event is dedicated to a man who worked for decades to transform Albuquerque into a more water conscious place.  KUNM's Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has this remembrance.

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Fronteras
10:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Military Presence Along Border to Increase

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Border patrol agents along the southwest border will collaborate with the U.S. military this month.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the joint operation will involve 500 soldiers.

Fronteras
10:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Mexican Expat Voter Registration Drops

Mexican election officials have been pushing to get more Mexican expats to register for their country's presidential election. But figures released last week show only modest gains in the number of absentee ballots requested worldwide... and a drop in applications from Mexicans living in the U.S.

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The Conservation Beat
4:51 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Poison Kills Four Out of Five Wolves Reintroduced in Mexico

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A push to reintroduce endangered wolves to an area just south of the US border is off to a rocky start.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Juarez Nightlife Back to Life

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In the violence stricken city of Ciudad Juarez, one industry is making a strong and sudden comeback: nightlife. Thanks to police protection in certain parts of the Mexican border city, business owners have decided to reopen.  

As Monica Oritz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that means recently abandoned hot spots for clubs and bars have come alive again.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Musicians Return to Arizona Tour Spots

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Two years ago after Arizona passed its tough immigration law S-B 10-70, many musicians chose to boycott the state.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports many of them are now putting Arizona back on their tours.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Activists in Arizona Call for Sheriff to Resign, Immigration Not the Main Argument

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The activists who successfully led the campaign to recall former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce ... are now running another campaign -- calling for the resignation of a sheriff with controversial immigration policies.  As Devin Browne reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the strategy is consistent: Target immigration enforcement leaders, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, WITHOUT talking about immigration.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Report: More Catastrophic Wildfires Likely

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Scientists have examined clues from the past to predict the west’s fire future. And they say in a study released this week that all signs point to more large-scale wildfires like last year's Wallow and Las Conchas fires. 

Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

The Conservation Beat
9:51 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Access to Recycling Jumps in NM

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A recent analysis by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition shows that access to recycling has nearly doubled in the last four years.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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