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9:15 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

International Folk Art Market: Janet Nkubana

Janet Nkubana of the Gahaya Links Cooperatives, Rwanda, at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.
Photo ? Judith Cooper Haden. All rights reserved.

Santa Fe, NM – In a country once torn by ethnic strife and genocide, the Rwandan government is now holding up as a success story a collaboration of former rival tribal factions. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is helping fuel the partnership.

 

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KUNM Local
4:46 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

International Folk Art Market, Artist Profile

Rebecca Lolosoli of the Umoja Uaso Women?s Group, Kenya
Photo ? Judith Cooper Haden

Santa Fe, NM –

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market returns this weekend to Museum Hill. The event has become a strong Santa Fe tradition in just eight years. As KUNM's Jim Williams has found over the years, one of the reasons for that is the incredible power of the artists' stories.

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1:29 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

International Folk Art Market: Bringing Global Artists To Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market last year drew over 22-thousand people, the largest crowd in the history of the annual event on Museum Hill. It did so based on the work of 132 artists from 50 countries.

This year, 180 artists will showcase their craft. Market organizers have literally been traveling the globe over the past year to find new work to present.

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KUNM Local
12:34 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Preview of Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market last year drew over 22-thousand people, the largest crowd in the history of the annual event on Museum Hill. It did so based on the work of 132 artists from 50 countries. This year, 180 artists will showcase their craft. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports, the Market's organizers have literally been traveling the globe over the past year to find new work to present.
 

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KUNM Local
6:48 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson on presidential campaign, & how Republicans are reacting to his message

Former NM Gov. (and current GOP presidential hopeful) Gary Johnson
Gage Skidmore

Santa Fe, NM – Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson continues his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Since announcing his candidacy on April 21st, Johnson has spent much of his time back east in New Hampshire. He took part in the first Republican debate of the campaign season last Thursday in South Carolina, on the Fox News Channel.

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6:14 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston on show's future, his love for ABQ, and celebrity softball

Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White on AMC's \"Breaking Bad\"

Albuquerque, NM – The celebrity softball game (to benefit Youth Development Incorporated) begins Sunday at noon at Isotopes Park (followed by the Isotopes game itself). Gates open at 11:30.

See "Breaking Bad"'s Bryan Cranston talk about baseball and Sunday's game:

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KUNM Local
5:41 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Former NM Taxation Dept. secretary: raise taxes on oil and gas profits

Santa Fe, NM – As much as a quarter of New Mexico's main operating budget each year comes from taxes it collects from oil and gas production in the state: the so-called "severance tax". And with the price of fossil fuels rising rapidly, a now-former state revenue official says it's time to raise taxes on the extraction industries.

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KUNM Local
5:28 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Sen. Bingaman: death of bin Laden "very welcome news"; Rep. Pearce joins crowds across from capitol

C.I.A. leaflet: bounty for Osama bin Laden for distribution in Afghanistan

Washington, DC – New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today called the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden "very welcome news", and said he looks forward to hearing more details about the operation in coming days. He said the search for bin Laden "has been underway for a very long time." The Democrat Bingaman said the U-S military, intelligence community, and President Obama deserve significant credit because of the high risk involved in the effort.

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5:09 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

NM Sen. Bingaman supports forced disclosure of natural gas fracturing chemicals

Natural gas drilling platform, shale

Washington, D.C. – New Mexico U-S Senator Jeff Bingaman says he supports forcing natural gas extraction companies to disclose the chemicals they use in their drilling processes. The Senate is considering proposals to require full public disclosure from all such companies.

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KUNM Local
3:55 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Senate Hearing in Santa Fe Paints a Dark Picture of Climate Change Impacts in Southwest

Santa Fe, NM – A key federal agency that manages water supplies around the US has come out with a report that paints a dark picture of the impacts of climate change in the West. The predictions were presented in a field hearing for the Senate Energy Committee in Santa Fe on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The hearing was arranged by New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman, who chairs the committee.

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4:54 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Labor Statistics Actually Show Mixed Job Numbers in New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – But while the drop is certainly good news for New Mexico, other data may tell a different story. The Labor Department report indicates the number of employed in the state rose by 2-thousand, it also indicates the number of unemployed fell by 5-thousand.

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2:25 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Representative Heinrigh Weighs In On Budget

KUNM Local
5:12 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

NM Senator Udall Supports Potential Tax Increases, and Raising the Debt Ceiling

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall says cuts in the federal budget compromise reached late last week are, in his words, "pretty drastic". But the Democrat says the need to balance the budget is clear, with annual deficits now running at nearly 1 point 3 trillion dollars.

He notes that the compromise cuts 78 billion dollars from the president's current-year budget, the largest domestic spending cut in nearly 30 years. But Udall says he'll be taking a closer look at the cuts to determine their impact on New Mexico.

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4:58 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Udall Joins Call to Senate Leaders to Oppose Planned Parenthood Funding Cuts

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall is calling on his chamber's party leaders to oppose a House Republican effort to end federal support for women's health and family planning programs.

House and Senate leaders have until Friday night to come up with a compromise budget to fund the government through September 30th or face a shutdown.

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KUNM Local
5:30 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

NM Green Chamber awaits governor's bill decisions

Albuquerque, NM – The deadline is approaching for Governor Susana Martinez to make decisions on the 314 bills the state legislature passed earlier this month. Many of those decisions are eagerly awaited by advocates, businesses, and other organizations around the state.
One such organization is the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with its CEO, Allan Oliver.

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3:26 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

NM Rep. Steve Pearce opposes continuing resolution

Albuquerque, NM – Representative Pearce currently supports legislature concerning logging in southwest forests, and de-funding of public broadcasting in the federal budget. After winning his 2nd Congressional District seat back last November, New Mexico Representative Steve Pearce has been busy working on a number of initiatives he's hoping to get approved by the House. He's also trying to shave the federal budget further than some of his colleagues.

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6:40 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Fmr Lt. Gov Diane Denish on legislative session, Gov. Martinez priorities, and future plans

Albuquerque, NM – Former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish sat down with KUNM's Jim Williams on Tuesday to weigh in on the recent state legislative session, Governor Susana Martinez's priorities, and the state of media in New Mexico, among many other things. This interview runs 34 minutes.

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11:03 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Senate Committe Won't Look at NM Nuclear Facility Safety

Albuquerque, NM – The Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday will take a look at whether US nuclear power plants are prepared to withstand the kind of disaster that struck Japan.

But the panel won't yet be examining the safety of other nuclear facilities, some of which are located in New Mexico. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

 

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KUNM Local
2:50 am
Thu March 17, 2011

House okays Senate changes to budget, film incentives; rejects retirement contribution changes

Santa Fe, NM – The state House of Representatives has voted to concur with Senate changes to two key elements of the 2012 state budget, but has defeated a third. The House, just before midnight Wednesday night, voted narrowly (36 to 32) to approve the Senate version of the overall budget that cuts spending by 2.7 percent. The budget cuts education by $61 million, about 2.5% percent, and government agency programs by another $90 million.

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4:06 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

State Senate tightens restrictions on schools' ability to call police on students

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed a measure that will require school districts to develop policies around when they call police over the actions of their students. Advocates for the developmentally disabled say some districts are bringing in law enforcement at inappropriate times. There've been lawsuits filed by parents as a result.

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12:40 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Revenue Bills an Endangered Species in Santa Fe Despite Pressure from Labor

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers this session have spent many hours locked in debate over banning driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and cutting film industry incentives. But some legislators are increasingly asking why tax increases on wealthy New Mexicans and out-of-state corporations aren't even allowed at the budget table. From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
12:39 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

"Breaking Bad"'s R.J. Mitte on show's characters, anti-bullying activism, & acting w/ cerebral palsy

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Jim Williams sat down to talk with R.J. Mitte, who plays Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad". The 18-year-old Mitte (and his character) have cerebral palsy, and many of the show's fans are expressing their gratitude for his work.

This interview is the unedited 30-minute conversation with Mitte that took place on Wednesday, March 9th at the KUNM studios.

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1:02 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Santa Fe's Lensic buys its own house

Lensic Theater, San Francisco Street, downtown Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's Lensic Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that it has finalized the purchased of its downtown home. The non-profit spent $2 million to buy the historic 821-seat building on West San Francisco Street. This came after a relatively quiet fund-raising effort that began in 2009.

The Lensic building had been owned by Greer Enterprises, and was being leased to the Performing Arts Center. Now that the non-profit owns the property, it will be exempt from property taxes.

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KUNM Local
6:48 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

State Senate passes telecomm deregulation, clamps down on committee recording

Santa Fe, NM – Deregulation can be a dirty word, depending on who you're talking to. On Thursday, Albuquerque Republican Senator John Ryan got a bill passed that will allow large telecommunications corporations like Qwest to set their own rates for businesses in rural areas. Las Cruces Democratic Senator Steve Fischmann opposed it.

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6:37 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Gov. Martinez: "I don't have anything to worry about" on campaign calls expenditures investigation

Santa Fe, NM – Governor Susana Martinez says she isn't concerned about a call for an investigation of her expenditure of campaign dollars. Martinez spent left-over campaign money on political ads that aired on radio earlier this week.

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