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9:29 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Border Investments Clean Up California River

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California's New River was once the most polluted in the country. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, government officials now say it's much cleaner because of greater investment in border environmental issues.

The Conservation Beat
4:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Water Commission Approves Dairy Settlement

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After almost three years of court appeals and negotiation, water officials in New Mexico have approved a settlement that aims to regulate waste from the state’s 2.6 billion dollar dairy industry.  Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
4:47 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Recycling Expansion in the Works for Albuquerque

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Thanks to a new contract, recycling should soon become a much easier- and more widespread – undertaking for Albuquerque residents. Sidsel Overgaard reports.

Fronteras
4:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Smokestack To Be Demolished

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A report out this week by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity highlights severe environmental violations by a copper smelting plant in Hayden Arizona. The smelter in question belongs to the American Smelting and Refining Company, or ASARCO, which operates four plants in the southwest. ASARCO once operated a similar smelter in El Paso, Texas. When the company was shut down, they left behind a legacy of pollution.

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Local News
4:41 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Ballet in Los Alamos

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Reviewer Jim Terr sees a lot of cultural and entertainment events in the course of a year in northern New Mexico.  But he says his favorites have come down to a small number, including one event that occurs annually in Los Alamos.

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Fronteras
10:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Reviving the Colorado River Delta

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Mexico and the United States are working toward a broad package deal that would help revive the Colorado River Delta.  Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
9:54 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Cartel Sought to Attack US Embassy in Mexico

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The Sinaloa drug cartel sought military weapons to attack the US embassy in Mexico City and then blame it on a rival cartel. As Michel Marizco reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the planned attacks were intended to send a message to the United States not to interfere in Mexico.

Fronteras
9:34 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Report: Young Immigrants Assimilating

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A new bipartisan study examines the latest Census data and finds that immigrants to the U.S., especially young immigrants, are assimilating well. Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Local News
9:59 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Biz Report: Defense to Geothermal and Intellectual Property

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Each week we catch up with business news from around the sate. This week KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Iraqi Refugee Series: Syria

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Since 2007, the US has resettled tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in this country. Many of them had already left Iraq – having fled to neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria. 

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Fronteras
9:44 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Families of Disappeared in Mexico Call for Justice

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Almost 500 people have gone missing in Tijuana and the wider Baja California region in the last 5 years.  Some of these disappearances are kidnappings by local criminals for ransom.  Others are believed to be carried out by the drug cartels.  

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Fronteras
9:28 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Iraqi Refugee Series: Networking

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How do you get your resume moved to the top of the pile in this job-challenged economy? By knowing someone inside the company, of course. But that's really a challenge if you've just moved to the US from a war-torn country more than seven thousand miles away.

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Fronteras
9:18 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Last of Navajo Code Talkers Shares His Experience of WWII

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Only one of the original Navajo Code Talkers remains. Those were the 29 Navajo Marines who used their native language to devise an unbreakable code during World War II. Laurel Morales of the Fronteras Changing America Desk spoke with 90-year-old Veteran Chester Nez.

 

Fronteras
4:37 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Navajo Head Start Program Funded

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The federal government has decided to fully fund the Head Start program on the Navajo Nation. As Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Laural Morales reports, this is after the feds threatened to cut the tribe’s program in half three months ago.

 

Fronteras
4:28 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Iraqi Refugee Series: Overload

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Sixty thousand Iraqi refugees have come to the United States since 2007.  Texas, Arizona and California are among the top destinations and the federal government has made resettling these refugees a priority. But some local schools and hospitals are overwhelmed.

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Fronteras
11:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Navajo and Hopi Tribes Discuss Future of Coal

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Whichever direction that fight goes, some are seeing the writing on the wall. For decades the Navajo and Hopi Tribes have relied on the coal industry as their economic base. As Laural Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, tribal leaders from the Four Corners region joined with academics and political leaders in Flagstaff last week to come up with alternative economic resources.

 

Fronteras
10:34 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Texas Considers Confederate License Plate

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Is Old Dixie rising again in the South? That’s what critics of a proposal for a new specialty license plate are saying in Texas. The plate features a Confederate flag and is meant to honor Southern soldiers. But as Hernán Rozemberg of the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the idea has sparked a major controversy in the Lone Star State.

Fronteras
10:20 am
Wed November 9, 2011

New Monument for Women Killed In Juarez, Mexico

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Ten years after the bodies of eight murdered women were discovered in a cotton field in the Mexican border city of Juarez authorities have inaugurated a monument in their memory. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk,  Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from Ciudad Juarez  that to this day the murders remain unsolved.

 

Fronteras
10:15 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Census Bureau: More Americans Are Poorer Than Predicted

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Americans are even poorer than the Census Bureau first predicted last month. New estimates, released Monday, show that sixteen percent of Americans were living in poverty in 2010. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:35 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Charlton Recuses Self From Gun-Walking Case

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The former U.S. attorney who was investigating the possibility of a lawsuit against the United States for the murder of a border patrol agent has recused himself from the case. It was revealed that the U.S. had allowed guns into Mexico while he was U.S. Attorney.

 

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Local News
10:07 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Biz Report: New Mexico’s Image Problem and Native American Tax Servicers

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Each week we catch up with business news from around the state.  This week KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

 

Fronteras
10:23 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Nevada Scammer Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Fraud

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A Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty in federal court to filing hundreds of fraudulent unemployment claims worth millions.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports the scheme cheated the government of 4-point-4 million dollars.

Fronteras
10:19 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Details on Earlier Gun Walking Program Emerge

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The Justice Department has been under fire for months for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun-walking program. That’s the A-T-F operation that tried to build criminal cases against Mexican drug cartels and their weapons suppliers.

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Fronteras
10:13 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Air Pollution

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Some environmental groups sued the federal government this week to go further in reducing air pollution -namely carbon monoxide - in eight western states including New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  From Flagstaff and the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.

Fronteras
10:08 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Report: Children of Deported End Up in Foster Care

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A new report on this year's record number of deportations finds a growing number of children of deported immigrants are ending up in foster care in the U.S.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

Fronteras
9:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Border Patrol Pulls Agents from Transportation Hubs

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The U.S. Border Patrol for decades has conducted immigration checks in transportation centers like bus stations and airports. But as Hernán Rozemberg from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the agency is now quietly rolling back the program.

Fronteras
9:50 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Emails Show Federal Knowledge of Gun Program

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Republican lawmakers have released new documents showing that high level officials in the Obama Administration Justice Department in Washington D.C. were aware that federal agents in Arizona were allowing guns to be walked into Mexico.

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Fronteras
9:28 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Navajo Nation to Issue First Bonds

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The Navajo Nation plans to issue its first bonds to raise funds for local infrastructure projects. Unlike their state and municipal counterparts, tribes typically face more challenges borrowing money.  As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this move may pave the way for other tribes looking to stimulate their economies.

 

Biz Report
9:23 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Biz Report: Small Business Incubators and Venture Capitalists

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Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly. 

 

 

Fronteras
9:20 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Hispanic Swing Voters To Impact 2012 Elections

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A year ahead of the 2012 presidential election both Democrats and Republicans are competing for Hispanic votes. In states like Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona the Hispanic vote could tip the scale in favor of one party over the other. Yesterday White House officials went to Las Cruces to hold a community summit aimed at Hispanics.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports many voters in that area are still undecided.

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