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5:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Water A Concern For Santolina Critics, Hearing To Continue In May

Bernalillo County commissioners did not vote on whether to approve a controversial development plan at a hearing Thursday, instead scheduling additional time for public comments later this year.

Developers say the Santolina Master Plan community could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Opponents spoke at a hearing this week in an effort to convince commissioners to vote down the plan. Many said Santolina would take away needed water resources in Albuquerque's South Valley.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

APD Officers In Boyd Shooting To Face Murder Charges

James Boyd in a standoff with police in March 2014
Credit Screenshot from video provided by APD through an IPRA request

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: This case will be presented during an open preliminary hearing, the date of which has not been determined.

Comment from Mayor Richard Berry's office: “We trust the judicial system will provide the family, our community and the officers a fair, transparent and unbiased opportunity to explore and present the facts as they relate to this tragic event. It is important for all of us to allow the process to progress without prejudice in order for our community to move forward.”

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Local News
12:04 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Keller Wins New Mexico State Auditor Race

Democrat state Sen. Timothy Keller has been elected New Mexico state auditor.

Keller defeated Republican lawyer Robert Aragon on Tuesday in a race that centered on how the auditor's office should monitor government waste.

The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, said he would work to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs. The 36-year-old also vowed to "shine the light" on billions of dollars lost in various tax breaks.

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Local News
10:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

State Auditor Balderas Wins Attorney General Race

State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, rolled to a win over Republican Susan Riedel in the contest for attorney general Tuesday after a race in which he touted his rise from poverty to the top levels of government and built a huge advantage in campaign cash.

Balderas had stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidate — except Gov. Susana Martinez — early on and had a more than 8-to-1 cash advantage with three weeks to go.

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Local News
8:53 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Wins Re-Election

Credit Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has won a fourth term with a victory over Republican Jeff Byrd.

Lujan, vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has said making New Mexico more competitive will be at the top of his list when he returns to Washington.

The congressman has also called for the National Nuclear Security Administration to be restructured to better balance defense programs with other research. His district includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Santa Fe County Sued Over Mine Moratorium

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Proponents of a proposal to mine basalt on La Bajada mesa are suing Santa Fe County for imposing a 12-month moratorium on such developments.

Albuquerque landowner Buena Vista Estates and gravel company Rockology Limited are seeking to overturn the moratorium.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Favorable Weather May Slow Wildfire

Management efforts of the Diego Fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest near Abiquiu reservoir have been upgraded after the fire grew exponentially on Sunday afternoon.
Credit Rita Daniels

UPDATE 7/2 11:30a: The Associated Press reports a wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.

Officials said Wednesday morning says the lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned more than five square miles, an increase of about 400 acres since Tuesday.

However, the fire remained zero percent contained.

Still, some residents say they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire's dangers. And ranchers who have livestock roaming in the fire area are worried about their cattle.

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Local News
9:50 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Legislature: Prisons Need Repairs

Recreation yard at The Old Main
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.

Limited state dollars and aging facilities are to blame.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

APD Releases Boyd Shooting Videos

A still from the first video that was released

  The Albuquerque Police Department have released new footage related to a March police shooting of a homeless man — a shooting that later sparked a violent protest and angry calls for reform.

Videos released late Wednesday show a number of officers surrounding 38-year-old James Boyd as police try to get him to surrender from his Sandia foothill camp site.

On one video, Boyd, who suffered from schizophrenia, is heard telling officers he doesn't want to come down because officers will shoot him. An officer responds, "no, we wouldn't."

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Local News
8:15 am
Tue June 10, 2014

State Criticizes Kirtland Cleanup Proposal

Kirtland Air Fore Base
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base's proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque's water supply.

Kirtland's plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells are located. The contaminated water then would be treated to meet drinking water standards.

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Local News
10:26 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Senators Seek Money for WIPP

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  New Mexico's two U.S. senators want President Obama to change his proposed budget to ensure that there's money for work needed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in Carlsbad.

The repository has been closed since February because of a radiation release.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that they're urging Obama to present Congress with an amendment to his proposed budget.

The two New Mexico Democrats said Obama needs to ensure that there'll be funding to implement recommendations of investigative panels.

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Local News
10:18 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ride-Shares Face PRC

Lyft ride-sharing cars bear a distinctive pink mustache
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  Two major ride-sharing companies are taking different approaches when it comes to New Mexico regulatory processes for taxi services.

Both Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. began operating in Albuquerque in April but only Uber has filed with the state Public Regulation Commission for a permanent certificate to operate.

Lyft disputes the commission's contention that the service needs authorization by the regulators to operate in New Mexico.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:55 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

VA Town Hall on Saturday

Credit Veterans Health Administration

  Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have lots of questions for officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs health care system, but the answers have been few.

And more concerns are being raised by U.S. Rep. Michele Lujan Grisham following revelations that thousands of veterans were left in limbo by being assigned to a doctor who didn't actually see patients.

The New Mexico Democrat has asked for the results of an internal review of the New Mexico VA, but local officials have yet to comply.

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Local News
6:53 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Lea County Puts Out Reward On 'Water Dumpers'

A byproduct of oil and gas drilling known as produced water is being dumped on the side of county roads in the middle of the night in southeastern New Mexico.
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Officials in Lea County want residents to help catch an oilfield company they say is dumping produced water on the side of the county roads.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District announced last week it will give out a $1,000 reward for information on the water dumpers.

Produced water is a term used in the oil industry to describe water that is produced as a byproduct along with the oil and gas.

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KUNM News Update
11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2014

DOJ: Serious Problems in APD

The DOJ wrote a letter to Mayor Berry, saying the Albuquerque Police Department is guilty of violating citizens Fourth Amendment.

  The U.S. Justice Department says institutional reform is needed to curb the "patterns of excessive force" that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The federal agency said Thursday that Albuquerque officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect the community without escalating potentially violent situations.

The agency found that officers too frequently used deadly force on people "who posed a minimal threat" and used a higher level of force too often on those with mental illness.

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KUNM News Update
12:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

4 Albuquerque Police Substations Vandalized

Credit Marisa Demarco

Crews in Albuquerque are cleaning and repainting four police substations that were targets of vandalism, with red zigzags and other markings painted on exterior walls and windows.

The substations were tagged Tuesday morning.

It's not known whether the vandalism is related to protests over alleged civil rights violations and allegations of use of excessive force.

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KUNM News Update
12:02 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

High Court Upholds Wedding Photo Discrimination Ruling

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a commercial photography business in New Mexico that objects to taking pictures of same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The justices on Monday left in place a state Supreme Court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a same-sex couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.

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KUNM News Update
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

APD Allies Rally Downtown

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  Supporters are rallying to the defense of Albuquerque police, who have been criticized for a recent series of fatal shootings.

Dozens gathered Sunday around noon on the steps of police headquarters for a rally sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The hour-long rally only saw two counter-protesters.

Albuquerque police are under a federal investigation over excessive force and possible civil rights violations. The department also has drawn criticism for 37 police shootings since 2010.

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KUNM News Update
12:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

APD Crisis Team Not Called to Boyd Shooting

A vigil on Wednesday, April 2, at the spot where James Boyd was killed by APD
Credit Alex Limkin


  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A specialized Albuquerque police unit trained to defuse dangerous encounters with suspects battling mental illness was not used in the March 16 police shooting of a homeless man.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Barri Roberts, executive director of the Bernalillo County Forensic Intervention Consortium, said the police's Crisis Intervention Team played no role during the long standoff with 38-year-old James Boyd.

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Local News
5:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Unveils Police Reforms

Today Mayor Berry said the shooting of James Boyd was a "game changer" and that the department is ready for reform.
Credit Andy Lyman

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is asking the U.S. Justice Department to complete its investigation of the city's troubled police department and help officials develop a reform plan.

Berry said he wrote a letter Wednesday asking the department to expedite its review and begin negotiations with the city.

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Local News
7:05 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Schools

This is the second lawsuit against the state alleging that the New Mexico constitution is not being upheld in regards to public education.

On Tuesday a civil rights group filed what is the second lawsuit against the state of New Mexico, alleging that the public education system violates the constitutional rights of low-income children and those for whom English is a second language.


The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund brought the lawsuit on behalf of 51 plaintiffs made up of parents and students of 6 different school districts scattered across the state.


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KUNM News Update
10:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

APD Clashes With Protesters

Protesters climb atop the police substation in Albuquerque's Nob Hill.
Credit Screen Shot from the Daily Lobo's news show "The Howl"

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said last night a 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters.

The demonstrators blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. The Albuquerque Journal reports Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows.

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KUNM News Update
6:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Thursday Evening Roundup: Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting Scrutiny

The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.

Police said the man was killed after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed at gun at two girls.

The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.

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Public Health New Mexico
10:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

APD Guns Down Westside Man

Credit A still from a neighbor's cell phone video of last night's shooting


   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the Albuquerque police killing of a homeless man, officials say a man was shot dead by officers after he opened fire on police.

Albuquerque Chief Gorden Eden said the suspect was shot late Tuesday. He said police had received a call to an apartment complex about a man holding a child at gunpoint.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tasia Martinez says the suspect, whose has not been named, died this morning at a nearby hospital.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas

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03/20/14 Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas - The Associated Press

The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.

Waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is halted because of a Feb. 5 truck fire and a Feb. 14 radiation leak that contaminated 17 workers.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

13 Were Exposed To Radiation At Nuclear Waste Facility

Test results show that more than a dozen workers have been exposed to nuclear radiation after a leak was discovered at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico on Valentine's day.
Credit Public domain image.

  The Department of Energy says preliminary tests indicate 13 workers were exposed to radiation during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

The DOE said in a news release Wednesday that it has notified the workers of the positive results and will do further testing. They declined to comment further on the extent of the possible exposure until a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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Middle East
11:01 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 11:45 pm

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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Around the Nation
10:40 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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Local News
7:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Albuquerque's Police Chief Announces He's Moving On

Albuquerque's Interim Police Chief announced he is leaving town.
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The interim Chief of Albuquerque's embattled police department has announced he is stepping down and heading to Texas. 

Allen Banks was named interim chief last summer when his predecessor was told by the City Council that it was time for new leadership. The president of the police officers' union said she believes Banks is leaving because Mayor Berry took too long deciding whether to keep him permanently. 

Banks announced his impending departure to his department in a video message.

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Around the Nation
5:08 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Boeing workers cry after learning that the Boeing machinists union voted to accept the company's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

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