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10:05 am
Wed January 18, 2012

New Mexico State of the State Address

Tuesday was the first day of New Mexico's legislative session, the day the governor gives the annual State of the State address. KUNM's Gwyneth Doland was at the capitol.

The Conservation Beat
5:53 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Environmentalists Take Issue with Governor's Speech

Stephanie Fitzgerald

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.

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The Conservation Beat
4:36 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Some NM Communities Ahead of the Curve in Wastewater Recycling

Ultrafiltration membrane system used on an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.
Aquabio Ltd.

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.

More conservation stories on our blog: earth air waves

Fronteras
11:12 am
Wed January 11, 2012

State Parks Across the Southwest Reeling From Budget Cuts

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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.

Fronteras
11:06 am
Wed January 11, 2012

ICE Creates Deportation Rights Hotline

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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.

Fronteras
10:57 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Survey: Hispanics Disapprove of Obama Administration Deportations

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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.

Fronteras
10:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

English Learners Struggle in CA Schools

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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.

Fronteras
10:42 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Park Service to Rehabilitate Smuggling Trails

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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.

Fronteras
10:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Report: US Customs Inspectors Not Fully Trained

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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.

Fronteras
10:17 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Border Patrol On Trial

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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.

Fronteras
10:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ban on Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon to be Finalized

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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.

The Conservation Beat
5:13 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

EnviroBills: Students Champion Right to Get Outside

credit: Cottonwood Gulch

Once the legislative session starts next week, hundreds of students will descend on the Roundhouse in support of a measure known as the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

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The Conservation Beat
4:33 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

EnviroBills: Hydrogen Tax Credit

Vial of ultrapure hydrogen
Credit: Jurii

The New Mexico legislative session begins next week and KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, has been tracking some of the environment-related measures on the table. 

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The Conservation Beat
6:35 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Coalition Wants Students to Graduate with Knowledge of Nature

Sidsel Overgaard

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. 

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Fronteras
3:50 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Report: Rising Number of Young Hispanics in Trouble in San Diego

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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.

The Conservation Beat
2:57 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

New Mexico Birders Contribute to Citizen Science

Jorgen Overgaard

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.

more on our blog: earth air waves

Fronteras
8:34 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Detox Center Closes

Photo via Andrew Huff

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.

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Fronteras
8:32 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Law Restricts Impact Fees

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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.

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Fronteras
8:28 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Mexican Voters in the US

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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.

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Fronteras
8:26 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Wallow Fire Impact Update

Photo via Karl Zhof/Creative Commons

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.

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The Conservation Beat
10:05 am
Tue December 20, 2011

National Forests Open for Christmas Tree Cutting Until December 23

Christmas tree cutters brave snowy roads in Jemez.
Mike Sullivan

For over 50 years New Mexico’s National Forests have been selling Christmas tree permits to energeticdo-it-yourself-ers, and this year is no different.

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The Conservation Beat
10:12 am
Fri December 16, 2011

NM Anglers Take Advantage of Winter Trout Program

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The cold weather may not inspire the majority of us to go outside and stand around for hours.  But, then, the majority of us aren’t fishermen.

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Fronteras
1:39 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

U.S. Fingers Connection Between Lebanese Militant Group and a Mexican Drug Cartel

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A federal judge has unsealed a case against a money launderer accused of working with the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico and with Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group labeled a terror organization by the United States. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Michel Marizco reports.

Fronteras
1:36 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

New EPA Rules Could Shutter Power Plants

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The federal government plans to announce strict air pollution standards this week. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports that some power plants in New Mexico and northern Arizona may shut down as a result. Power plants are anxiously awaiting additional standards that would reduce particulate emissions.

Fronteras
1:33 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

American Prisoner in Mexico

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Border residents who travel to Mexico frequently try to avoid unnecessary run-ins with the law.   Take the case of Shohn Huckabee, a young American from New Mexico. He was arrested in Juarez two years ago and convicted for drug trafficking. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Huckabee was later transferred to an American prison.  He was released early when authorities determined he had been tortured.

Local News
12:26 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Border Apprehensions Drop

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Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the Arizona border are at their lowest in 17 years, a statistic that Customs and Border Protection officials touted Monday morning in Tucson. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, there’s been a massive reduction in these arrests across the entire southwest border.

Fronteras
12:23 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Challenge to Arizona’s Immigration Law Has Implications for the 2012 Election

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Arizona’s immigration law is scheduled to go before the US Supreme Court in April.  As Peter O’Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that’s just in time for a re-energized debate over state rights in the 2012 election.

Fronteras
12:11 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Poll: Latinos Unhappy With Both Political Parties

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A national poll shows Latinos are unhappy with both political parties  and many aren’t too sure if they’ll vote next year.  The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
11:52 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Poll: Latinos Unhappy With Both Political Parties

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A national poll released this week shows Latinos are UN-happy with both major political parties.  The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
11:35 am
Wed December 14, 2011

US Supreme Court To Hear Challenge of Arizona’s Immigration Law

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The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late April, on Arizona’s controversial immigration law.  As Dennis Lambert reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the court will take up a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

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