Kaveh Mowahed

News Intern
Local News
8:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Wildfires Wane In 2014, But It's Not Over Yet

Credit Kari Greer / US Forest Service Gila National Forest

New Mexico’s 2014 wildfire season seems to have fizzled out, but the danger is not entirely behind us.

New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said favorable weather combined with a public awareness of fire prevention practices has reduced the number of fires this year.  “I don’t want to say that we are out of the woods yet,” he cautioned.

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Local News
7:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Supporters Of Gaza, Israel Face Off At Albuquerque Demonstration

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It would have taken more than a breeze to cool down tensions in Albuquerque’s northeast heights Thursday afternoon at a demonstration about the conflict between Israel and Gaza in the middle east.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

International Folk Art Market Sees First Artists From Taiwan, Bangladesh

Quilt from Bangladesh.
Courtesy of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

This weekend the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, IFAM, will feature an array of crafts from 150 master artists from 60 countries.

IFAM offers an opportunity for many craft people to support themselves and their communities, while also preserving cultural heritage and skills.

This year, Taiwan and Bangladesh are represented for the first time.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fireworks Banned, Sort Of

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Some New Mexicans can legally light their fireworks this Independence Day.

There is no statewide ban on fireworks but nearly all New Mexico counties have banned them in unincorporated areas this year because of extra dry weather.  For many counties, the ban went into effect weeks ago.

In Bernalillo County, Fire Marshal Chris Gober will be working this 4th of July and he said fireworks make his job harder.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

FCC Chairman To Hear Young New Mexicans

A television broadcast tower.
Credit woodleywonderworks via Flickr

The Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, the agency that regulates communications industries, is coming to Albuquerque next week to hear from young people about what media issues are important to them.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:27 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Poverty Increases Risk Of Diabetes, Prediabetes

A portion of the CDC's graphic breakdown of the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014.
Credit via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Diabetes is on the rise across the U.S. according to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One out of every eleven American adults has diabetes, or 9.3 percent, up one percent over the last three years.  That equates to more than three million new diabetics.

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Local News
7:02 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Obama Revises ACA Rules, Effect On NM Unknown

President Obama answers questions from the press after announcing the changes to the ACA.
Credit WhiteHouse.gov

President Barack Obama held a press conference Thursday in Washington D.C.  He announced that his repeated promise, that people who liked their current insurance plans could keep them, was made in good faith and will be honored. Then reporters pressed him over a flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

No Love Lost, Blue Cross To Buy Lovelace

Lovelace Medical Center and other Lovelace hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies will not change hands with the health plan deal.
Credit Steve Burke via Flickr / Creative Commons License

On Monday Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico announced its plan to buy the Lovelace Health Plan by year’s end. The sale will not include any of Lovelace’s hospitals, clinics, or pharmacies. 

The companies have an agreement that will allow Lovelace Health Plan members to transition into BCBS coverage. A term of the arrangement will allow LHP members to continue to go to Lovelace doctors and facilities.

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Local News
5:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Study Predicts More Urban Wildfires

Fire in Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM
Credit Cyndy via Flickr

Tres Lagunas. Thompson Ridge. Silver. Jaroso.  These are the familiar names of the massive wildfires that burned rural parts of New Mexico in 2013.  Although nearly 200 thousand acres burned here this year, the loss of property was relatively minimal.  But CoreLogic, an international analytics company that specializes in real estate, says the next fire could be closer to home. 

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Local News
12:55 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS: Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Grilled By NM Supreme Court

bottom: Justice Richard C. Bosson, Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, Justice Edward L. Chavez, top: Justice Charles W. Daniels, Justice Barbara J. Vigil
Credit NMSupremeCourt.NMcourts.gov / New Mexico Supreme Court

On October 23, 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court spent two hours in front of a full courtroom hearing oral arguments from petitioners that think New Mexico should embrace same-sex marriage and respondents who think that marriage should be a heterosexual affair.  

The Courts did not issue a decision, and any decision they do issue is not necessarily final. Lawmakers could pass legislation or put the issue to voters as a constitutional amendment.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

State Considers Raising Pay To Fill Vacancies

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Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is looking at the possibility of providing pay increases for certain public safety positions in state government agencies that have high vacancy rates.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says positions being considered for possible pay increases include child-protection caseworkers, police officers, corrections officers and juvenile justice workers.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Critics Say Raising The Bar For UNM Scholarships Promotes Exclusion

Michele Roberts from Washington D.C. attended the Bridge Scholarship forum Wednesday at the Student Union Building at the University of New Mexico main campus in Albuquerque.
Credit Natalia Jácquez / The Daily Lobo

About a year ago UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah asked his blog readers, “How do we keep UNM students from dropping out because of financial need, in the face of current and future cuts in state and federal financial aid?”

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Local News
5:37 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Road Construction, More Congestion, Starts This Week At I-25/Paseo

Lane closures will go into effect overnight on October 14, 2013.
Credit www.PaseoI25.com / NMDOT

Ground was broken on the $93 million renovation of the Paseo Del Norte-Interstate 25 interchange on September 5th,  but you may not have noticed. Tuesday that will change. Overnight on October 14th barricades will go up and lanes will be blocked as construction shifts into high gear. 

According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation the following closures will be in effect by 6 a.m.:

·      Westbound Paseo Del Norte will be reduced to two lanes from just before I-25 to the railroad tracks about half a mile west of Jefferson.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

ABQ Election 2013: Mayor, City Council, Bonds

A screenshot from the New Mexico In Focus 2013 Mayoral Debate hosted by Gene Grant on September 30th.
Credit NewMexicoPBS.org

Albuquerque will hold its municipal election today, October 8th. On the line are the Mayor's office, several seats on the City Council, and millions of dollars of City-issued general obligation bonds.

The Mayor's Office

Incumbent Mayor Richard Berry (R) will be at the top of the ballot. Berry was chosen at random to head the list of candidates in the 2013 municipal election. Paul Heh (R) and Pete Dinelli (D) are also after the Mayor’s job.

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Public Affairs
5:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What Does The Federal Government Shutdown Mean For New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show 10/3 8a: The federal government has shut down after lawmakers failed to agree on a budget. We took calls this week on what the shutdown means for New Mexico.

Michael Coleman of the Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau describes the scene in Washington, D.C., during and after the government shutdown. 

Rob Nikolewski, journalist from Newmexico.Watchdog.org, talks about how the federal shutdown is affecting New Mexicans.

Coleman discusses how long we can expect the shutdown to go on.

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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Government Shutdown Could Be Painful For New Mexico

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On the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, New Mexicans are preparing for what could be a pervasive shock to families, businesses, and pocketbooks.  The pain will not be felt immediately in all cases, although several federally funded organizations are planning to close their doors Tuesday. 

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