Albuquerque, NM – Just weeks after five-term U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced his retirement plans, 1st District Representative Martin Heinrich ended speculation and formally launched his 2012 Senate campaign this weekend. He met Saturday with reporters at the 18th Annual C sar Ch vez birthday celebration.
Albuquerque, NM – April 4th is the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commentator Diane Schmidt says, the freedoms he fought for are threatened now more than ever. Schmidt is a writer and photojournalist. She lives in Albuquerque.
Audio: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on February 4th, 1968 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, just months before he was assassinated.
Fri. 4/8 at 10pm: Every year Afropop Worldwide treks to WOMEX to Europe to hear fantastic artists who have, for the most part, not broken out on the world stage.
We look back at ten years of WOMEX to
choose our favorite concerts--Hasna el Becharia from Algeria, Addis Acoustic from Ethiopia, Kenge Kenge from Kenya, Kasai All Stars from the Congo, and the once in a lifetime collaboration between Pakistani qawali star Faiz al Faix and flamenco star Duquende.
Along the way we visit with the artists and hear special acoustic performances off-stage.
Albuquerque, NM – Does the increase in gas prices have you eyeing that old bike in the shed thinking it might be a more attractive transportation option? Tis the season to replace tubes and lube gears.
But one Duke City couple have been using their bikes as their main mode of transportation since August of last year. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with them recently to see why it's going so well.
Albuquerque, NM – The deadline is approaching for Governor Susana Martinez to make decisions on the 314 bills the state legislature passed earlier this month. Many of those decisions are eagerly awaited by advocates, businesses, and other organizations around the state. One such organization is the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with its CEO, Allan Oliver.
San Diego, CA – From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi reports from San Diego US Customs and Border Patrol is pairing with public and private industry around the country in an effort to improve cargo security.
Albuquerque, NM – Representative Pearce currently supports legislature concerning logging in southwest forests, and de-funding of public broadcasting in the federal budget. After winning his 2nd Congressional District seat back last November, New Mexico Representative Steve Pearce has been busy working on a number of initiatives he's hoping to get approved by the House. He's also trying to shave the federal budget further than some of his colleagues.
Phoenix, AZ – The operator of the country's largest nuclear plant gave assurances Tuesday that problems facing a plant in Japan would not be problems in Arizona. Meanwhile, state utility regulators differ on the role of nuclear power in Arizona's future.
From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Mark Brodie reports from Phoenix.
Wed. 4/6 at 8:30am: The idea of Manifest Destiny seeded America's cultural paradigm to such an extent that it contributes to the shaping of policy even today.
By 1845, the concept of westward expansion had come to dominate the minds of many. Journalist John O'Sullivan urged that the United States annex Texas because it was "our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our multiplying millions." In other words, it was the divine right of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants to claim the west in the name of democracy.
Albuquerque, NM – Former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish sat down with KUNM's Jim Williams on Tuesday to weigh in on the recent state legislative session, Governor Susana Martinez's priorities, and the state of media in New Mexico, among many other things. This interview runs 34 minutes.
Albuquerque, NM – The President of the University of New Mexico made his case Monday to UNM Regents arguing an 8% tuition hike is necessary to help fill a $12 million budget shortfall.
At the end of the UNM budget summit meeting, which went on for about 8 hours, The Albuquerque Journal reports Regents told UNM administrators to keep the tuition increase to 5%. That would require an additional $3.5 million in cuts.
Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arizona is home to Russell Pearce, the sponsor of the state's controversial SB 1070, which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop. But it's also home to a substantial Mormon population, and the main Mormon temple in Arizona.
Like many other cities in Arizona, Mesa opposed SB 1070. As the bill is held up in the courts, the city is now looking at alternatives, including a possible endorsement of a more lenient approach to immigration, The Utah Compact.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Faced with still growing populations of illegal immigrants, and an absence of federal action on immigration, many states are trying to adopt Arizona-style enforcement laws. But one conservative Western state right next to Arizona is taking a different approach.
For the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jenny Brundin reports from KUER in Salt Lake City.
Fri. 4/1 at 10pm: On April 12, 2011, a virtual community around the world, spearheaded by the Archive of Contemporary Music in New York, will attempt to catalogue all known recordings of music inspired by or connected with Islam.
Columbus, NM – Federal law enforcement officials regularly bust people for smuggling weapons across the border into Mexico.
But it's not everyday they arrest a mayor, a town trustee and a police chief as suspected gun traffickers. But that's what happened in Columbus, New Mexico, where residents in this border town are reeling with the news.
From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports.
Albuquerque, NM – Only one of Governor Martinez's education initiatives was approved by lawmakers in Santa Fe last week. And commentator Moises Venegas says the state needs to do more to ensure the success of Hispanic and minority students.
Moises Venegas is an educator and researcher and the director of the community development organization Quinto Sol. He lives in Albuquerque.