Elaine Baumgartel

News Director

Elaine volunteered to answer phones during a KUNM pledge drive in 2003 and she's been unable to drag herself away from public radio ever since.  And why would she want to?  She's worn many sets of headphones at the station. Right now, she's KUNM's News Director.

As a graduate student in the Communication and Journalism MA program at UNM, Elaine worked at KUNM in the operations, programming, and news departments.  She's been the local anchor of NPR's Morning Edition, a reporter in the KUNM newsroom, and the host and producer of the KUNM Call In Show.  

In her spare time, Elaine likes to garden and work with ceramics in addition to spending time with her family.  

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Local News
5:07 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Three More Couples Join ACLU Same Sex Marriage Lawsuit Against New Mexico

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Advocates of same sex marriage are celebrating the US Supreme Court's ruling today that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has added three more couples, for a total of five, to a same sex marriage lawsuit against the state of New Mexico.

Peter Simonson is the Executive Director of the ACLU-New Mexico. "Our case is asking the court to rule on the constitutional question," he says, "of whether or not same sex couples can be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation."

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Breaking
9:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

NPR News Special On US Supreme Court Rulings

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The US Supreme Court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that supporters of Proposition 8 in California had no standing to defend that law in court. What do these rulings mean? If you missed our live broadcast you can stream the program from our Two Week Archive, 6/26, 7p. 

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Wildfires
6:59 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Silver Fire Smoke Column Seen From El Paso, TX

The column of smoke from the Silver Fire on June 18, 2013.
Credit Steve London via Twitter

UPDATE 6/18 9a: The Silver Fire grew to over 30,000 acres overnight. 

 

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New Mexico's largest wildfire this year is expected to grow significantly today. The Silver Fire, which is burning in the Gila National Forest, is threatening the small historic mining town of Kingston, although so far fire crews have been successful at protecting the town.

Smoke from the blaze created a 30,000 foot column of smoke on Tuesday that was visible from El Paso, Texas, over 100 miles away.

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Poverty and Public Health
5:39 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Friction Between State Agencies Escalates As Health Exchange Deadlines Near

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New details have emerged about changes that were made to a grant proposal the state submitted to the federal government related to the state's Health Insurance Exchange.

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Wildfires
4:08 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Where To Get Outdoors During Wildfire Season

Hikers in central New Mexico.
Credit liliasdad via Flickr

UPDATE 6/21: Starting at 8a on Monday, June 24th the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to public entry. 

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Some people, especially many in Santa Fe may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the ring of fire that has surrounded the state's capitol city. 

But State Fire Information Officer Dan Ware wants everyone to know that, really, the whole state is not on fire.

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Wildfires
12:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Future Of Wildfires Depends On Mother Nature

Lightning strikes near Silver City, NM.
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With each dry thunderstorm that moves across New Mexico, the chance of another wildfire breaking out goes up.

Crews are battling a handful of blazes in the Santa Fe National Forest, on private land near Whites Peak and in rugged territory in southern New Mexico.

The flames are being fueled by overcrowded forests, the terrain and dry conditions.

However, New Mexico State University wildland fire management specialist Doug Cram says the wind hasn't been as big of a factor. In 2011 and 2012, the state broke records with three massive wind-driven wildfires.

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Local News
8:42 am
Thu May 23, 2013

LIVE Today at Noon: President Obama To Discuss Drone Strikes And Guantanamo

President Obama visits Ellicott Dredgers on a jobs tour in Maryland.
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Live NPR Coverage of Presidential Speech Thu. 5/23 12p: President Obama will give a major speech today on drone airstrikes overseas and issues with detainees at Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

We'll bring you live NPR coverage of the President's speech followed by analysis from NPR's counter-terrorism reporter Dina Temple-Raston and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. 

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State of the RE:Union
5:37 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Back To The Basics: An American Graduate Special

State of the RE:Union Thu. 5/30 8a: In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in this country.

With reporting from both urban and rural schools, and interviews with education experts, State of the RE:Union goes “ back to the basics”, looking at strategies that get to the heart of what makes students want to learn. 

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State of the RE:Union
5:27 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Coming Home: Stories Of Veterans Returning From War

State of the RE:Union Thu. 5/23 8a: More than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For returning veterans, reintegrating into society can be a challenge.

How do you find your place, when you’ve changed and the people you love don’t recognize you? When that old life is gone and you have to start a new one from scratch.

State of the Re:Union explores reintegration and asks the question: how do you come back home from war?

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Local News
6:08 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Report: Economic Recovery Especially Slow For Hispanics In New Mexico

The unemployment rate for Hispanics in New Mexico is double the rate for non-Hispanic whites, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

In the last quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate for Hispanics here was 8.2 percent, compared to 4.7 percent for whites.

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KUNM Call In Show
12:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Take Student Artists, Add Professional Artists, What Do You Get?

From the promotional flyer for the exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum.

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/6 8a: What do you get when you combine students who have artistic vision with artists who have serious skills? We'll hear from the folks at Meow Wolf, an arts organization, and the high school students they've paired up with about the transformative experience of making multi-media installations as part of the Albuquerque Museum's Lead With The Arts after school arts program. 

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KUNM Call In Show
11:57 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dealing With Far Away Trauma and Disaster

Map showing the Boston Marathon route and location of bombs that exploded on April 15th, 2013.
Credit Anna Frodesiak / Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/2 8a: Are you feeling sad, numb, or tired in the wake of recent violent events like the Boston Marathon bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas? Are you arguing more with loved ones? Do you feel mentally drained? You could be experiencing the long-distance impacts of these events.

What can you do to help yourself and your family cope with these feelings? How can you explain these things to children?

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KUNM Call In Show
2:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Riding High: Bicycles And Cycling Safety

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  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/25 8a: Do you commute on a bicycle to work? Do you want to? Or is it just fun time on bikes for you? We'll have details on the BikeABQ Bike Swap event and take your calls about bicycles, cycling, and safety. You can email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.

 

 

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Local News
6:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Debate Ensues Over DOE Plan To Ship More Waste To WIPP

A flyer made by one of the members of Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping, one of the nuclear watchdog groups that opposes shipping Hanford tank waste to WIPP.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

  The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a plan to help resolve a problem with leaky storage tanks holding nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. Their solution- ship the waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The problem is WIPP has been prohibited from receiving Hanford tank waste for nearly a decade. Now, New Mexicans are debating whether to reverse course and accept some of the waste.

 

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KUNM Call In Show
10:53 am
Tue April 2, 2013

One-On-One With New Mexico's First Latina Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

Rep. Lujan Grisham shares a moment with young New Mexicans.
Credit Office of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/4 8a: In 2012, New Mexicans elected the first Latina to represent the state in Congress. Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham represents Albuquerque and the 1st district. This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll speak with Rep. Lujan Grisham for a full one-hour radio town hall.

We'd like to hear from you!  What have the first few months in Washington DC been like for her? What do you think about her performance so far? And what would you like to see her prioritize?

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KUNM Call In Show
10:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Is Same Sex Marriage Coming To New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/28 8a: Last week, Santa Fe officials announced they believed same-sex marriage is legal under current New Mexico law. The ACLU-New Mexico has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several same sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Bernalillo County. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court hears arguments in two same sex marriage cases this week.  

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KUNM Call In Show
8:45 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Roundhouse Report 2013

Cattle roundup, not unlike rounding up votes in the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, NM.
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 KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/21 8a: Governor Susana Martinez says she'll sign the budget bill passed by lawmakers in a last minute deal right before the 2013 60-day session adjourned. She vetoed then signed the "Breaking Bad" bill that increases tax incentives for TV shows to produce in New Mexico. What else went down this session? We'll take your calls and comments! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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877-899-5866 (toll-free)

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Chair Of Carlsbad Nuclear Task Force Responds To Criticism Of Hanford/WIPP Proposal

  The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has multiple tanks that are leaking toxic and radioactive material into the soil and groundwater near the Columbia River.  

Last week the Department of Energy announced a plan to ship 3 million gallons of waste from Hanford to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.  KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has more.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Udall Urges Caution On Hanford/WIPP Proposal

The Department of Energy announced last week a proposal to ship 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state to be stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

It would mean years of additional projects for WIPP, and that means jobs. Jack Volpato Jr. is the Chair of the Eddy County Commission. He says he's hopeful the Hanford waste can be ok'd for storage at WIPP. “WIPP is coming to a crossroads in it's mission,” Volpato explained, “and we need to find new missions to keep it going.”

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KUNM Call In Show
11:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Will WIPP Take Hanford's Nuclear Waste?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/14 8a: The Department of Energy has proposed to store nuclear waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.  

We'll take your calls and comments. You can also email callinshow@kunm.org or post your comments online

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877-899-5866 (toll-free)

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KUNM Call In Show
6:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Contextualizing The Sequester

Excerpt of the map of The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff on the States, from the Pew Center on the States. https://www.wellsfargo.com/downloads/pdf/com/insights/economics/special-reports/Sequestration_Which_States_Are_Most_Vulnerable_02182013.pdf
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/7 8a: The sequester is on and the country is bracing for the impact of automatic federal budget cuts. We'll discuss the impact of the cuts here in New Mexico, and we'd like to hear from you. Do you own a small business? Are you worried about staying afloat? Are you a federal employee? Do you have information about your job security? Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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Local News
6:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Mexico's Sequester, What Does It Look Like So Far?

The KUNM News team looks at a variety of communities bracing for automatic federal budget cuts, from early childhood education and law enforcement, to healthcare and the military, and including the state's national laboratories. 

Carrie Jung reports in the sequester's impact on the military and the state's national laboratories. 

Rita Daniels spoke with US Representative Steve Pearce (R) about the automatic federal budget cuts and their impact on border security. 

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KUNM Call In Show
5:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

A Decade Of Talking All Things Peace

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/28 8a: Over the past ten years, the producers of Peace Talks Radio have been chasing the stories that explore non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking.  We'll hear from series producers Paul Ingles, Suzanne Kryder, and Carol Boss about their work teasing out these stories of what is good in the world.  How did they find people who promote, create, and support peace in their communities? We'd also like to hear from you!  

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KUNM Call In Show
6:17 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Social History of Marijuana

KUNM Call In Show 2/21 8a: When and how was marijuana first used by humans? How does the herb chemically impact the human brain? And what are some of the cultural aspects of the substance's prohibition in the U.S.?  We'll speak with Martin A. Lee, author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific.  We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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Local News
9:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

2nd Amendment And Gun Control

President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.  Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence.  Their legislative methods are quite different, though.   

Stephen Halbrook says the climate around discussions of the Second Amendment has changed drastically since the early 1980s when UNM Press first published his book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right. 

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KUNM Call In Show
11:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gun Control In The Wild Wild West

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/7 8a: How will gun buyer background check legislation fare in the state legislature? What does this mean for 2nd Amendment rights and public safety in New Mexico?  We'll discuss the proposal's progress and get reactions.  We'd like to hear from you.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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  • Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County Commissioner
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KUNM Call In Show
10:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Are Abortion Rights Under Attack In New Mexico?

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/31 8a: A bill introduced in the state legislature would make it a crime to coerce or facilitate an abortion with the intention of destroying evidence for a woman who has been the victim of rape or incest.  The bill's sponsor, Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), is defending the measure and says she has made changes in the language of the bill to make it clear she is trying to prevent rapists from coercing women to have abortions.  What would a law like this mean for abortion rights in New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show
8:17 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Juries For Police Officers Who've Shot Civilians, What Works?

The Bernalillo County Courthouse in downtown Albuquerque, NM.
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KUNM Call In Show Thur. 1/24 8a: Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg plans to restart what some have called a controversial process of reviewing the cases of officer involved shootings by using an 'investigative grand jury.'  How would you like to see these shootings dealt with? Are these juries enough?  What other options are there for determining whether an officer was justified in using deadly force?  We'd like to hear from you.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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KUNM Call In Show
6:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What Does Medicaid Expansion Mean For New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show 1/17 8a: Now that Governor Susana Martinez has agreed to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 170,000 low income adults, what does that mean for the state?  Are there enough health care providers to provide the health care?  How will the expansion be implemented?

We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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Public Affairs
12:24 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Changing Landscape Of News Media

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KUNM Call In Show 1/10 8a: What do you want to see covered by news media in New Mexico?  Which media outlets are doing it well?  We'll hear from reporters and editors at new online media outlets and discuss news coverage in New Mexico, what is missing, and what they plan to do about it. We'd like to hear from you.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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