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.
WAGON MOUND, N.M. — For years now the southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities ran out of water, and now hundreds of vulnerable towns are trying to keep that from ever happening again.
The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases on October 23, 2013. It was the first time the state's highest court allowed a live broadcast of their proceedings. KUNM broadcast the oral arguments live. You can listen to them here.
During the first hour, the justices heard arguments relating to the state's marriage statutes.
The second hour of arguments examined the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
New Mexico’s teen pregnancy rate is declining – down 41 percent between 1998 and 2011 – but the state still has the second highest rate in the nation behind Mississippi. High poverty and high drop out rates play a big part. But a Santa Fe high school program that’s helping teens earn their diplomas while overcoming the challenges of parenthood is making a dent in the stark statistics.
Heavy rainfall in September made that month the wettest in New Mexico history. The prolonged monsoon season pleased residents who've become habituated to drought, winter and its expected low precipitation will be disappointing.
Many pages of the audit released by the state Attorney General's office were partially or fully redacted. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government posted the full document online. http://nmfog.org/uploads/PressRelease/cf6b22f5312b412198762483474b1435/PCG_Redacted_Audit_Report.pdf
A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office with many details blacked out shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.
SpaceX has announced that the testing of their vertical take off and landing rocket at Spaceport America could begin as early as December. The vehicle, named the Grasshopper, has been in development in Texas and took it’s final test flight there earlier this month.
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell made the announcement earlier this week in Las Cruces at an annual commercial spaceflight conference.
About a year ago UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah asked his blog readers, “How do we keep UNM students from dropping out because of financial need, in the face of current and future cuts in state and federal financial aid?”
Gov. Susana Martinez says evidence found at a New Mexico youth ranch for troubled kids corroborates allegations by current and former students of abuse. But the governor did not say why the agency that has licensing authority over juvenile justice facilities didn't take action sooner.
Albuquerque was recently the third stop on an 11-city, nation-wide tour of the original Star Wars movie dubbed in Navajo.
The downtown KiMo Theater was nearly packed with an almost entirely Native audience. Navajo speakers who are Star Wars enthusiasts were drawn into the translation and the humor.
Surprisingly, many at the screening had never seen the film before. “I thought it was hilarious,” Arlene said. “You know, some of the words we didn't know and I've never watched Star Wars before but seeing it in Navajo is, ya know… I liked it.”
New research is taking a look at how childhood trauma can alter the development of the brain, sometimes with lasting effects that can carry into adulthood. KUNM’s Public Health reporter Deborah Martinez has the details of Dr. Elaine Bearer’s work to stop the cycle of kids “acting out” before they grow up.
University of New Mexico Professor Elaine Bearer’s research on mice suggests early childhood trauma might interfere with normal changes in the brains of children. She and her team are also studying the stress a premature baby endures.
Ground was broken on the $93 million renovation of the Paseo Del Norte-Interstate 25 interchange on September 5th, but you may not have noticed. Tuesday that will change. Overnight on October 14th barricades will go up and lanes will be blocked as construction shifts into high gear.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation the following closures will be in effect by 6 a.m.:
· Westbound Paseo Del Norte will be reduced to two lanes from just before I-25 to the railroad tracks about half a mile west of Jefferson.
In June, Deleana Other Bull was laid off. She lost her insurance, and turned to the Indian Health Service for her needs.
“I recently had a miscarriage, and it was very devastating for me,” said Other Bull. “Going and following up and making sure that everything is okay. It was really scary because I didn’t have insurance.”
2 Hurt When Balloon Hits Power Line In New Mexico - Associated Press
Officials have identified the two men hospitalized with burns and injuries after a balloon in Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta hit a power line yesterday morning. Police in Rio Rancho say 59-year-old Mark Kilgore, of Albuquerque, was the pilot. They say 66-year-old Daniel Lovato, a passenger, was shocked when he reached out to free the gondola from power lines.
NM AG Says Abortion Ban Unenforceable - Associated Press
Nuclear Labs In New Mexico Prepare For Shutdown - Associated Press, The Albuquerque Journal, and The Los Alamos Monitor
Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government's partial shutdown.
A municipal ballot initiative seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has turned Albuquerque into the latest battleground in the abortion debate. The measure goes before voters in just over a month.
KUNM's Carrie Jung explored the potential impacts of the initiative and checked in with the campaigns on both sides of the issue.
Redistricting set Issac Benton (D) and Roxanna Meyers (R) up to compete for the District 2 Albuquerque City Council seat. The race heated up after accusations that special interest dollars were being funneled into campaigns.
According to KOB-TV, Benton won 61 percent of votes while Meyers trailed with 39 percent.
RNC Hires Hispanic Director For NM - Associated Press
As part of its ongoing effort to woo more Latinos, the Republican National Committee is building a permanent ground operation in New Mexico.
The RNC, along with the Republican Party of New Mexico, says it has hired Jose Orozco as New Mexico Hispanic Engagement Director. Orozco's job, the GOP says, will be to "work in partnership with the RNC to ensure a year-round presence in Hispanic neighborhoods" in advance of next year's gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Albuquerque will hold its municipal election today, October 8th. On the line are the Mayor's office, several seats on the City Council, and millions of dollars of City-issued general obligation bonds.
The Mayor's Office
Incumbent Mayor Richard Berry (R) will be at the top of the ballot. Berry was chosen at random to head the list of candidates in the 2013 municipal election. Paul Heh (R) and Pete Dinelli (D) are also after the Mayor’s job.
Protesters picketed on Sunday at a busy Albuquerque intersection. They called for more resources to increased safety on city buses.
Union drivers with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) said they want to raise public awareness of the safety issues on ABQ Ride buses and that they want safer working conditions.
Driver Diane Avalos said after three years on the job she that dealing with unruly passengers is just a small part of her everyday routine.