Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts Center celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with the newly announced purchase of the Lensic Theater from its original owners, Greer Enterprises.
With its new ownership and non-profit status, KUNM's Colleen Keane reports the Center appears to be opening its doors even wider to make sure all New Mexicans participate in this evolving Santa Fe performance center.
March 3, 2011 – If all the attention on the Middle East recently has you noticing more Arab influences and people in New Mexico, you're not mistaken. There has been an increase in recent years in refugees that are being resettled from Iraq in Albuquerque.
Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in other ways. Most didn't live in camps when they fled Iraq to neighboring countries. And many are finding poverty in America a real shock.
Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's Lensic Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that it has finalized the purchased of its downtown home. The non-profit spent $2 million to buy the historic 821-seat building on West San Francisco Street. This came after a relatively quiet fund-raising effort that began in 2009.
The Lensic building had been owned by Greer Enterprises, and was being leased to the Performing Arts Center. Now that the non-profit owns the property, it will be exempt from property taxes.
Albuquerque, NM – Six Democratic US Senators from places like Ohio and West Virginia have co-sponsored a bill that would delay the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations by two years.
February 25, 2011 – Journalist and blogger Heath Haussamen talks about a new Senate rule that puts new restrictions on people who want to take pictures and videos during committee hearings in the New Mexico legislature.
Santa Fe, NM – Deregulation can be a dirty word, depending on who you're talking to. On Thursday, Albuquerque Republican Senator John Ryan got a bill passed that will allow large telecommunications corporations like Qwest to set their own rates for businesses in rural areas. Las Cruces Democratic Senator Steve Fischmann opposed it.
February 25, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly explains why the proposal to sell the state's supercomputer is controversial. Also, a trendy new block in Albuquerque's Nob Hill neighborhood.
Santa Fe, NM – Governor Susana Martinez says she isn't concerned about a call for an investigation of her expenditure of campaign dollars. Martinez spent left-over campaign money on political ads that aired on radio earlier this week.
Santa Fe, NM – Author and poet N. Scott Momaday will read stories and poems and answer questions Friday evening at Saint John's College in Santa Fe. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning Native American author, who turns 67 on Sunday, continues to write, and inspire others to do the same. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him from his home in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque, NM – Two thirds of voters surveyed in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah said current environmental laws are either not strong enough or should be better enforced.
David Metz is one of the pollsters. "It's a real ratification that the level of environmental protection that is present in the region is one that voters are comfortable with and want to see continue," he says. Eleven percent of voters surveyed said they want to see environmental regulations rolled back or eliminated.
Tues. 3/1: DJ Caterwaul features a live set by All for Now, an experimental project of avant-pianist Thollem McDonas (of Tsigoti) & improv/rock guitarist John Dieterich (of Deerhoof).
Listeners can also expect more of Caterwaul's trademark Savage Beast format- freeform underground, independent and outsider freak rock from the last 45 years into the future, as well as tons of local & upcoming music.
Santa Fe, NM – Democrats in the state Senate were united Monday in opposition to attempts to end the process of giving drivers' licenses to undocumented people in the state. Senate Republicans tried three times, through amendments, to reverse the drivers' license law that was put in place in 2003. Farmington Republican Bill Sharer argued it's a public safety issue.
Santa Fe, NM – It's official. New Mexico will lose one of the longest-serving U-S Senators in the state's history at the end of next year. Democrat Jeff Bingaman put an end to weeks of speculation today, announcing that he will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.
Thurs. 2/24 at Noon: Today we're going to feature the music of and talk to Bill Smith, one of the greatest jazz clarinetists to ever wet a reed. As well, one of the least acknowledged for his mastery.
In my choosy pantheon of clarinet greats he easily sits along side Artie Shaw, Johnny Dodds, Pee Wee Russell, Kenny Davern, Bill Payne, John Carter, Gary Foster, Lester Young, Hal McKusick, Jimmy Noone, Frankie Teschmacher, Buddy Collette and Beth Custer. These artists can spell chalumeau backwards, forwards and inside out. I spell it: Liquid.
February 16, 2011 – Reporter Gwyneth Doland with the KUNM Government Project and KNME-TV joins us to talk about the mood at the state capitol as lawmakers move into the second half of this year's legislative session.
Support for the KUNM Government Project comes from the McCune Foundation Santa Fe.
Sun. 2/20 at 9pm: DJ Caterwaul is joined live in studio by Mark Trecka of the Chicago-based avant folk group Pillars & Tongues. He has a distinct style of singing & vocalizing which will be accompanied by harmonium as well as drum machine, mbira & loops.
Sun. 2/20 at 11am: This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.
American RadioWorks presents a new documentary, hosted by Stephen Smith, about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were weakened or nearly destroyed by highways built in the 1960s. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail.
Sat. 2/19 @ 5am: Yes, at 5 o'clock a.m., Nathan Girdner interviews Andy Othling (of Lowercase Noises) about his music and influences, and how he creates those cool sounds and loops that his music is based on. Best of all, he'll play several songs live in the studio!