Military Wants To Keep Using Forest For Training - Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
Kirtland Air Force Base's request to renew a decades-old agreement that allows military training in portions of a national forest in central New Mexico is stirring controversy.
Kirtland has had an agreement since 1977 to use parts of the Cibola National Forest for training. That training includes establishment of helicopter landing zones, high-altitude training for aircraft and remote deployment of ground teams.
This summer five Arizona companies took over a dozen New Mexico mental health agencies accused of Medicaid fraud. Clients were assured that there would be no disruptions in their care. But those assurances are withering at five key sites.
The New Mexico Department of Heath has announced that a woman in Santa Fe has died from Hantavirus. It’s the second reported case in the state this year
Preliminary investigations indicate that the Hantavirus was acquired locally, likely within the woman’s home. But the Department of Health says it will also be performing an investigation at the patient’s house to make sure there's no risk to others. The woman’s identity has not yet been released.
NM Pension System Finances Improve Under New Law - Associated Press
A retirement system for New Mexico's state and local government workers reports its long-term financial outlook has improved in large part because of a recently enacted pension overhaul.
The Public Employees Retirement Association said Thursday the projected cost of future pension benefits was $4.6 billion more than the retirement fund's assets in the 2013 fiscal year. That's down from an unfunded liability of $6.2 billion the previous year.
A team of scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are reporting a breakthrough in the effort to develop an HIV vaccine. The research used what’s called a mosaic vaccine, which showed some test animals had protection when exposed to the infection.
The study, which was conducted on 36 monkeys, has provided new insight into vaccines that could eventually protect humans from infection.
LANL scientist Bette Korber said that a mosaic vaccine, unlike traditional vaccines, is designed to respond to the large variety of HIV viruses that exist.
NM Could Lose Up To $25M In Tobacco Revenues - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to cut spending on several health and education programs because New Mexico faces the loss of up to $25 million from a nationwide settlement with tobacco companies.
The state expected to collect about $39 million in tobacco payments in the current budget year. However, the attorney general's office said Wednesday that amount will be lowered because of an arbitration ruling against New Mexico and five others states in September.
It’s estimated that the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill is twice the size of the Exxon Valdez spill. Officials announced that the first, large scale test of a system designed to clean up the contamination is now underway. The test marks the first time water contaminated with fuel will be pumped out of the ground since the 40 year old spill was discovered in 1999.
The so-called “Step Test” will remove an estimated 70,000 gallons of contaminated water from an aquifer that feeds Albuquerque’s water supply.
KUNM Call In Show Thu 10/31 8a: A time of remembrance. A scary time. A solemn time. A joyful time. All of the above?
Whether we observe or celebrate Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, or a mix of all, this time of year brings an opportunity to share in communal rituals that remind, unite and excite. Join us as we look at the evolution and blending of traditions in New Mexico and beyond.
One Tuesday members from Albuquerque's South Valley Mountain View neighborhood association picked up shovels alongside folks from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, and dug into the dirt, breaking ground for a new pre treatment facility.
For years now the the area has been described as a nightmare due to the stench, because literally every time a toilet is flushed in the 300 square mile zone, all the sewage is funneled to this one plant.
A recent study claims that nearly 30-million people on the planet live in slavery- a practice that relies on the trafficking of human beings. The majority of victims are found in places like India, Thailand and Russia. Human trafficking is also a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is growing in New Mexico.
It was a bad night, and none of the girls had made much cash. The evening's customers were more interested in the Spurs game on television then the strippers. But one of the dancers knew how they could make up for it.
State, Kirtland Begin Fuel Spill Cleanup Test - Associated Press
State environment and Kirtland Air Force Base officials are beginning the first large-scale test of a system for pumping and cleaning up contamination from a huge underground jet fuel spill.
Officials are holding a news conference Wednesday to showcase the system, which will pump 70,000 gallons of contaminated water from the underground aquifer that feeds Albuquerque's water supply . The water will be pumped to nearby mobile tanks for filtering and treatment.
A new federal report ranks New Mexico as the state with the highest percentage of citizens with mental illness. But the 416-page survey also reveals states in the Southwest are above average in many areas like access to mental health services.
The purpose of the Behavioral Health 2012 report is to look at where states stand in relation to national averages. The hope is for policy makers to examine areas of the mental health system that need help.
Five years ago victims of human trafficking had no legal remedies under New Mexico’s laws. But in 2008 a new statute provided prosecutors with tools to help victims and bring the traffickers to justice. And the state was years ahead of 39 other states that only began to pass laws this year, according to the Polaris Project.
The state can withhold an audit of 15 health providers under investigation for potential Medicaid fraud because such secrecy is necessary to protect the criminal probe, the Attorney General’s Office says.
An audit conducted by the Department of Justice says the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs failed to comply with essential grant conditions when handling about $4-million dollars in federal awards over the last six years.
According to the audit by the Office of Inspector General Audit Division (OIG), there were conflicts of interest when hiring; questionable payroll costs; and inadequate monitoring of contracts, sub-grantees and timesheets, to name a few of the findings.
No matter what kind of football helmet you buy for your teenager, the risk of concussion is still the same. That's according to a new study that looked to examine the relationship between concussion risk and equipment used to prevent injury.
The Indian Health Service in Shiprock and the New Mexico Tumor Registry are teaming up to analyze tumor rates in rural areas of New Mexico. The first thing investigators have to do is find where residents, without street addresses, actually live.
When collecting residential data, researchers have traditionally relied on the mailing address provided in a patient’s chart. But in rural New Mexico, this is often just a post office box. Finding an actual home is a bit more challenging.
NM Officials Sued By Man With West Nile Virus - Associated Press
A federal appeals court is allowing a Texas man to sue southern New Mexico officials for not promptly providing him medical care after being arrested for drunken driving although he was suffering from West Nile virus.
The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down a request by Eddy County officials to reject a lawsuit by Irving Marquez of El Paso, who was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in 2009.
The organizers of a local pornographic film festival are celebrating a recent ruling by New Mexico’s highest court. It hasn’t exactly been a day at the movies for Pornotopia’s creators though. They, along with the owner of an Albuquerque movie theater, have been fighting for the festival for more than three years.
On October 23, 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court spent two hours in front of a full courtroom hearing oral arguments from petitioners that think New Mexico should embrace same-sex marriage and respondents who think that marriage should be a heterosexual affair.
The Courts did not issue a decision, and any decision they do issue is not necessarily final. Lawmakers could pass legislation or put the issue to voters as a constitutional amendment.
Reports Possible Soon On Some Mental Health Fraud - Associated Press
Attorney General Gary King says his office may soon finish investigations into some fraud allegations against more than dozen behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.
New Mexico's highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic case that could decide whether same-sex marriage is legal in all counties across the state. One of the key issues is what the fundamental right to marry consists of.
Justices, and lawyers from both sides, agreed that a fundamental right to marry does exist under state law, but that's where the agreement stopped short.
KUNM Call In Show Thu 10/24 8a: With the government shutdown behind us, how can New Mexico move forward in ways that will strengthen the economy and provide opportunities and well-being for citizens?
We'll talk with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich about his thoughts and actions in support of growing the middle class, college affordability and a federal minimum wage. We'll also discuss how immigration reform and a focus on energy efficiency can benefit New Mexicans.