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

Homeless Group Calls for Homes, Not Handcuffs

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  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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.
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  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.

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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.

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-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

Local News
5:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Lawsuit: Parents Demand More Money For Education

A lawsuit filed against the State of New Mexico on behalf of parents and students is calling for more money to go towards education.

Parents frustrated by a lack of funding for public schools filed a lawsuit this week against the state of New Mexico, saying it's violating the constitution by not providing enough money for education. 

Gail Evans, director at The Center on Law and Poverty, says the state constitution mandates that schools are required to provide sufficient and uniform education to all students. A bipartisan report from 2008 showed that schools across New Mexico were underfunded by 15 percent. Since then, funding has been cut even further.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

WIPP - Failure To Communicate?

Mining crews at the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant mine the north end of the WIPP repository to support new salt studies.
Credit By ENERGY.GOV [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The director of an organization that evaluated the WIPP site for over 25 years said officials aren’t doing enough to inform New Mexicans.

Dr. Bob Neill led the Environmental Evaluation Group, which provided independent technical evaluations of the WIPP project for more than two decades. He retired a year after the plant opened in 1999, and the group disbanded in 2004.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting 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.

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Public Health New Mexico
8:42 am
Sat March 22, 2014

State: Feds Wrong About Decline In Behavioral Health Services

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New Mexico’s Human Services Department says more consumers, not fewer, are receiving services since the takeover last summer of a dozen behavioral health providers accused of fraud. HSD’s response is contrary to the results of a progress report by a federal oversight agency.

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KUNM News Update
7:01 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Friday News Roundup: A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce

 A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce - The Associated Press

A Rio Rancho customer care center is expanding its workforce.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced Thursday that Alliance Data Retail Services will be hiring for 200 new jobs.

The Plano, Texas-based company says it will hire customer care associates, customer retention associates, trainers and customer care managers. All positions offer a full range of benefits to full-time employees.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

State Exchange Prepares For Insurance Enrollment Surge

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With less than two weeks left to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, employees with the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange are bracing for a surge of enrollment.

Spokeswoman Debra Hammer said there are almost 30 events scheduled over the next 10 days that are aimed at educating and assisting those who are still trying to enroll.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing

New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing The Associated Press

Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the Center on Law and Poverty, which filed the case on Wednesday in Gallup on behalf of parents of students in the Albuquerque and Gallup-McKinley school districts.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:16 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Chicharra Live from Studio A

Chicharra live from Studio A

In the heat of a summer afternoon in the desert, Chicharra [CHEE-CHAR-A] emerges.   This is a band from Albuquerque, N.M. featuring: Monica Demarco [voice/bass] Marisa Demarco [voice/bass], Mauro Woody [voice/bass], and Henry Hutchinson [drums].  In English, "chicharra" is "cicada," and the vocal harmonies of the band reflect that. 

Chicharra performed a live set from KUNM's Studio A for Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on March 11, 2014.  Engineered by Simon Welter, hosted by Derek Caterwaul.

Facebook.com/chicharraNM.

Public Health New Mexico
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas

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03/20/14 Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas - The Associated Press

The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.

Waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is halted because of a Feb. 5 truck fire and a Feb. 14 radiation leak that contaminated 17 workers.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
12:24 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Boris and the Saltlicks

Full Studio A Session from Boris McCutcheon and Brett Davis

The release of "Might Crash" marked songwriter Boris McCutcheon's return to Albuquerque after eight years living off the grid and raising a family in Ojo Sarco, NM. 

For this February 26th Studio Session McCutcheon (acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica) is joined by fellow Saltlick Brett Davis on tenor banjo, lap steel , electric guitar and second vocals to play songs from "Might Crash" and to talk about this latest chapter. 

Studio A production by Roman Garcia
Camera/video by Jefferson White

Find this artist online at borismccutcheon.com or on Facebook.  

KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Another Radiation Release At WIPP

Another Radiation Release At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump - The Associated Press 

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.

Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Water Fluoridation: Poison Or Positive Public Health Initiative?

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KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 3/20 8a:  The US has been adding fluoride to water supplies for almost 70 years, and no conclusive evidence links its use to poor public health.  But in many communities, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the topic is highly controversial.   This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we'll talk with advocates on both sides of the issue in advance of an April 9 town hall in Albuquerque.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CDC: Excessive Drinking Kills New Mexicans

The rate of alcohol-attributable deaths for men is more than twice what it is for women.
Credit Douglas Muth via Creative Commons

 

Excessive drinking is among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., according to a report just released by the CDC.

Of the 11 states studied, New Mexico had the highest death rate due to alcohol use. For every 100,000 residents, there are about 51 deaths related to excessive drinking, which is almost double the median rate.

The report also tallied up all the years of potential life lost. In New Mexico, that’s a little more than 30 thousand years annually.

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KUNM News Update
7:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees

Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

Three utilities are asking a federal court to prohibit Bernalillo County from enforcing a new ordinance that imposes fees for using roads and other public rights of way for lines.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Gas Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico and CenturyLink contend that the county is improperly imposing franchise fees to get more revenue to pad its budget.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills

Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills - The Associated Press

Police say a man shot by an Albuquerque officer during a confrontation in the foothills has died.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said the man died Monday morning.

Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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KUNM News Update
5:39 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report Says Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable

Report: Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable - The Associated Press

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Those are some of the conclusions of a report to be released Friday into the accident last month at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Governor Signs Lottery Scholarship Program Fix

Governor Signs College Scholarship Program Fix - The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law to shore up the finances of a college scholarship program that relies on lottery revenue.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, which was the deadline for acting on measures passed by the Legislature.

The scholarship program will receive liquor tax money for two years starting in 2015. Until that happens, a newly enacted state budget provides extra money to keep the program solvent.

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Public Health New Mexico
12:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Reforms

Sen. Claire McCaskill sponsored the Victims Protection Act of 2014.
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The U.S. Senate unanimously approved changes to the way sexual assault cases are handled by the military on Monday night—but stopped short of removing the chain of command from the process. Last week a measure that would have done just that failed by five votes.

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KUNM Call In Show
9:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

New Mexico Children In Crisis

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/13 8a: New Mexico is perpetually at or near the bottom of state child well-being rankings. New Mexico's children are and have been at risk for abuse, poverty, hunger, and other issues that affect their ability to learn, grow, and be health.  

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KUNM News Update
7:16 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine

BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine The Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a lease allowing for more than 9 million tons of coal to be mined in western New Mexico.

The federal agency said Tuesday it issued the 640-acre lease to Peabody Natural Resources Co. after considering an appeal that stemmed from a lease sale in August 2013.

The BLM says it weighed potential environmental effects and determined there would be no significant impacts.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:59 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act

"National studies have documented the effective use of highly trained community health workers, particularly in rural and frontier areas." —Community Health Worker Act Fiscal Impact Report
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Community health workers can be paid through Medicaid after a measure signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Sunday, March 9, goes into effect. As things stand, workers’ salaries are primarily funded by grants.

The legislation also creates a state certification program and funding for trainings.

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KUNM News Update
6:22 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste

Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste -The Associated Press

With the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump shuttered by a mysterious leak, Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun looking at alternatives for getting toxic waste off its campus.

Lab spokesman Matthew Nerzig confirmed Tuesday that officials have begun looking at options if the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad remains closed indefinitely.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:15 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Insurers Vie For Low-Income Patient Data

Residents of Taos sign up for the Affordable Care Act in December
Credit Deborah Martinez

As the March 31st deadline looms for signing up for individual insurance under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies tried to obtain personal information in order to contact potential customers who were previously covered by a state plan.  But state officials would not release the information.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange officials say they will market Obamacare to the low-income group themselves, rather than provide personal information to the four big insurance companies. 

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Local News
6:46 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Will The Gila River Stay Wild In New Mexico?

The Gila River, downstream of a proposed diversion project in New Mexico.
Credit Laura Paskus

Before the end of the year New Mexico officials will have to make a decision about water development in the state—they’ll decide what will happen to the Gila River. It’s a decision that’s been ten years in the making. But as details emerge, some lawmakers and scientists are worried about the future of New Mexico’s last free flowing river.

We’re standing on the banks of the northern Rio Grande, about forty miles downstream of Colorado. We’re next to a small diversion which waters some pasture and a garden in the village of Pilar, N.M.

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