Albuquerque, NM – A major Native American college that has served as an inspiration for other similar higher education institutions around the country appears to be in some trouble.
Dine College, just over the border in northeast Arizona, serves a large population of mostly Navajos in New Mexico. But since this past May, at least 21 of its staff, faculty, and top administrators have resigned or been fired by Dine College President Ferland Clark.
Albuquerque, NM – A former elections official who blew the whistle on the Secretary of State's office earlier this year says there have been a series of break-ins at his Espanola law office, and that some key documents have been stolen. A.J. Salazar, who quit his position as Elections Director after sending a scathing resignation letter to Secretary of State Mary Herrera, says he "has his suspicions" about the break-ins.
Albuquerque, NM – Of all of the issues Governor Bill Richardson has dealt with over the past seven and a half years, there's one that stands out for its potential impact on the largest number of New Mexicans. In this last report in a series on Richardson's legacy as he prepares to leave office, KUNM's Jim Williams takes a look at how education has fared under the Democrat's leadership.
Albuquerque, NM – KUNM asked journalists, policy analysts and state government watchers to comment on just four of the big issues that might play a role in Governor Bill Richardson's legacy after he leaves office. Richardson is term limited and will end his second term in January. Sarah Gustavus looked at how recent scandals have influenced how people think about state government.
Albuquerque, NM – No politician's legacy is set in stone or even immediately obvious at the end of a term. We wanted to reflect on some of the issues that could impact Governor Bill Richardson's legacy. He has served as New Mexico's top elected official for the past eight years.
Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson announced Wednesday he would use 2 million dollars of federal stimulus money to lessen the impact of his cuts to childcare provider reimbursement rates across the state.
Abluquerque, NM – Bay Stevens wants New Mexicans to start a new conversation about identity and assimilation.
She says there are many different kinds of stories about how people feel about their own evolving American identity. Stevens says her interest in this question started with her own experience in the 1960s.
Albuquerque, NM – President Barack Obama made a swing through Albuquerque's South Valley on Tuesday. He answered some questions from community members and criticized Congressional Republicans for blocking legislation he said is essential to helping the country out of tough economic times. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Albuquerque, NM – The KUNM newsroom checked in with policy analysts, journalists and experts about four issues that may eventually become part of Governor Bill Richardson's legacy after two terms at the state's highest elected official. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this look at some of the biggest stories related to the environment and energy in the past eight years.
Fri. 9/3 - In the wake of the tragic loss of UNM graduate student Stefania Gray and Professor Hector Torres, the UNM Department of English and the Women Studies program are organizing The Gray-Torres Conference on Domestic Violence in the Student Union September 27-28, 2010.
Sun. 9/29 - Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez is a documentary project telling the story of one of the most long-lived and influential traditional New Mexican Hispanic musical groups in the state of New Mexico, Los Reyes de Albuquerque.
The ensemble has been at the forefront of presenting, preserving and perpetuating traditional New Mexican and Mexican folk music since its formation in 1962 by Roberto Martinez and Ray Flores. For all those years, the group has performed public concerts in clubs, theaters and town squares; schools, senior centers and nursing homes.
Albuquerque, NM – If you've spent any time driving in New Mexico, you've probably seen the silhouette of a hawk or an eagle perched atop a utility pole or gliding against a blue sky. There are a wide range of eagles, hawks, kestrels, owls and falcons that live in or migrate through New Mexico.
Washington, DC – Congress is now considering legislation that originated in New Mexico. Katie's Law was named after a New Mexico State University graduate student who was murdered in 2003. A DNA sample later helped police identify the man who killed Katie Sepich.
Albuquerque, NM – Personal incomes have gone up in New Mexico, despite the economic downturn, but it's not because wages have increased.
According to USA Today analysis of national economic data, people made less money in many states during the recession as personal incomes declined. In New Mexico, government programs led to a growth in personal incomes even through the worst of the recession.
Washington, DC – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall today, September 22, 2010, continued his push to change Senate rules to stop what he calls "abuse" of voting procedures. The Democrat's effort could have the effect of allowing the party in power to make a filibuster easier to overcome.
Albuquerque – Albuquerque police say the investigation into who killed 11 women and buried their remains on the West Mesa is still ongoing a year and a half later. Families of the victims are coping in different ways.
Fri. 8/20: Join us on Back Roads Radio as we hear grandmother and granddaughter, Helenty Homans and Teresa Davis, recall their recent trip with the Inter-faith Peace Builders to witness the West Bank and Israel.
What enables us to see a situation from an entirely different perspective? How might we step outside our tightly held beliefs to view conflict and adversity with deeper insight?
Back Roads Radio is hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg and a production of Viewpoint Productions.
Fri. 8/28: Do you work to transform destructive conflict into cooperation? Can you take the Third Side in the conflicts around you even when you're a party to the conflict? Guest is Dr. William Ury, author and co-founder of Harvard University's Program on Negotiation.