KUNM Call In Show 9/27 8a: New Mexico has high alpine meadows, desert badlands and everything in between. But it also has its share of challenges when it comes to the environment. Those include historic issues such as mining, grazing and energy development. But there are new pressures as well, such as climate change, drought, and the loss of rural lands to development.
A New Mexico-based company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries.
Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.
A Buddhist stupa has been order removed from New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.
The National Park Service said Monday that park service will remove the ten-foot structure containing Buddhist relics from the park this week after getting an opinion from the Department of Interior's solicitor general. The solicitor general ruled last month that keeping the Buddhist stupa violates the Constitution on established religion.
A consultant group says Albuquerque police should purchase software to help warn internal affairs about officers who need "early intervention."
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a draft report from the Matrix Consulting Group says city should purchase a $35,000 software system to reduce paperwork in the Internal Affairs Unit. The report says the city's current early intervention system for officers "does not link to the internal affairs records or provide any proactive early warning notifications."
New Mexicans can soon start to vote in the general election.
Absentee voting begins Oct. 9, and people can go to their county clerk's office to cast a ballot in person. Voter registration also ends then, making it possible for New Mexicans to register and vote on that same day.
Early voting starts Oct. 20 at alternate polling locations established by the clerks and continues through Nov. 3.
Election Day is Nov. 6 and that's also the deadline for returning absentee ballots.
New Mexico's summer monsoon season began with a promise but has now ended with disappointing amounts of rainfall across much of the state.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Frazier tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that the ingredients needed to bring normal summer rains to the state's mountains and plains just never developed this year. Instead, the main moisture plume stayed to the west in Arizona and California.
Arctic sea ice is in sharp decline this year: Last week, scientists announced that it hit the lowest point ever measured, shattering the previous record.
But it turns out that's not the most dramatic change in the Arctic. A study by Canadian researchers finds that springtime snow is melting away even faster than Arctic ice. That also has profound implications for the Earth's climate.