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Local News
5:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Amending PRC Qualifications On Legislative Agenda

New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission has been in the news a lot in recent years, both for controversial rate increases and the fact that two commissioners were removed for felony convictions.  

Last month, voters responded by approving changes for the agency in three constitutional amendments.

The Public Regulation Commission makes crucial regulation decisions. When utilities want to raise rates, PRC commissioners decide if you will pay more for water, gas, electricity and telephone service.

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Local News
6:55 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 12: Head and Heart

This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.

In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque  man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy.  He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.

Tom Tomasi is a bit soft spoken but he has strong opinions about politics. He spends most days working for the federal government, but he also runs his own business as a firearms instructor in Albuquerque.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 9: The Country is Changing

Carol Lovato

Carol Lovato was born in Chicago. Her father was in the military so the family moved around a lot – to New Mexico, California, and Germany.

When it came time for her to choose a place to live as an adult, she went to the place where she felt the happiest as a child – Albuquerque. And she found a job that was just right for her.

CAROL: I was a history teacher at bulldog city, Albuquerque high for 30 years.

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Local News
6:46 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three

Brianne Bigej and Eric Tomala with daughter Kaia (left).
Sarah Gustavus

Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.

BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….

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Local News
12:10 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Poll: NM Hispanics Motivated First by Economy, Second by Immigration

A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year. 

Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.

Voters were also asked whether they support the New Mexico policy of grating driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed to repeal it since taking office two years ago. She says it’s a public safety issue.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 1: Small is Beautiful

Ted Berthelote and Marcia Hoeman of Placitas.
Credit Sarah Gustavus

Elections are about people and choices. In the weeks before Election Day, KUNM is profiling families around New Mexico.

The Voices Behind the Vote includes perspectives that represent the diversity found within our state. We’ve asked people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.

Today, Sarah Gustavus introduces us to one couple who value independence and are focused on economic issues.

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KUNM Call In Show
9:29 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Combatting Rural Poverty in New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show 9/20 8a: New Mexico has the highest rate of poverty in the nation. Recent census data also shows that the number of people living in poverty is on the rise, especially in rural New Mexico. This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we'll look at the latest numbers and talk about what's being done to assist rural and tribal communities.

Do you live or work a rural county? What do you think would create new opportunities for work or development? Guests: 

KUNM Local
4:02 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Drop Out Feature

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This summer, KUNM and Generation Justice have been interviewing teens, researchers and educators about what can be done to help more young people succeed in school and stay through graduation. Here are some voices of young New Mexicans and the Oye Conference, that's Organizing Youth Engagement, at the University of New Mexico last month.

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KUNM Local
1:13 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Business Report: Restaurants Hungry For High Tech

Albuquerque, NM – In this week's Business Report on KUNM, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly tells us how some Albuquerque restaurants are using iPads to take orders from customers. We'll also look at a rate hike request on the table in Santa Fe right now for Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM.

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KUNM Local
12:37 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

NM Nurse Returns From World's Largest Refugee Camp

Albuquerque, NM – Nenna Arnold is an Albuquerque nurse who has been deployed several times by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders. She recently returned from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Arnold spoke about her experiences and medical needs in the camp with KUNM

Here are some links to NPR coverage of the Dadaab refugee camp:

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KUNM Local
12:51 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Business Report: Rising Debt For NM Students

Albuquerque, NM – More New Mexico college students are taking out loans and graduating with debt. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about the extra strain of debt for recent grads in a touch economy. We'll also hear about the "new normal" for small business owners around New Mexico.

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KUNM Local
12:19 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Compromise Reached on Controversial Dairy Rule

Albuqueruque, New Mexico –

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KUNM Local
1:10 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Monsoon Floods

KUNM Local
12:45 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Business Report: Wildfires and Tourism

Albuquerque, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire is burning near Los Alamos. It has threatened both the town and nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire, along with other wildfires burning across the state, is also making potential tourists stay away from New Mexico. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about how business owners are coping.

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KUNM Local
1:10 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Secure Communities Targets Undocumented Immigrants in NM

Albuquerque, NM – More immigrants are being deported from the United States than ever before and it's not all happening at the border with Mexico, it's from communities like Taos, Albuquerque and Farmington.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how a federal program called Secure Communities is becoming an important tool for immigration officers.

Sarah Gustavus is a fellow with the Institute for Journalism's Immigration in the Heartland program.
 

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KUNM Local
1:18 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

New Mexico's Immigration History Shapes Debate Today

Albuquerque, NM – As our neighboring states of Arizona and Texas draw national attention over controversial policies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. New Mexico has remained relatively calm - even under the radar - in the national conversation.

In the first part of a series this week on immigration policy, we look at what makes our state different.

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KUNM Local
1:14 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Las Conchas contained, but still a threat

KUNM Local
12:49 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

As Las Conchas Fire Burns, New Fires May Be Sparked

KUNM Local
1:18 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Business Report: Farm To Restaurant Programs

Albuquerque, NM – In today's Friday Business Report, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly tells us about the increased popularity of farm to restaurant programs around the state.

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Public Affairs
9:14 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Immigration and Local Law Enforcement

Bernardo Ortega Guerrero of Veracruz, Mexico, and others bound for deportation. (Austin American-Statesman, May 29, 2011)

Thurs. 7/7 at 8am: The Obama Administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than any previous administration. Collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local police and sheriff's departments has made it possible to identify more people who are living in the US illegally. Should local law enforcement be giving information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

Join the discussion, Thursday morning at 8am.

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KUNM Local
1:19 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire, Tuesday PM Update

Rearview Mirror, Driving Away From Los Alamos
Sarah Gustavus

Los Alamos, NM – Thick smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire filled the empty streets of Los Alamos today. Most of the town's 12-thousand residents left during mandatory evacuations yesterday. That's turned attention to the safety of radioactive and hazardous materials stored at nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. A one acre spot fire jumped a road onto lab property Monday, but was put out.

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KUNM Local
1:19 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Stores Voluntarily Stop Selling Fireworks

Albuquerque, NM –
As wildfires rage in New Mexico, many people are asking why fireworks are still available for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been saying the same thing for days "Please, do not purchase or use fireworks during the season. Be a good patriot go to a public event where it is safe."

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KUNM Local
1:18 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire, Wednesday PM Update

Los Alamos, NM – The Las Conchas fire started last Sunday afternoon. It grew rapidly, fueled by strong winds and low humidity. It continues to move closer to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Officials at the lab say that sensitive nuclear materials are still safe. Firefighters burned out black lines in the grass to keep the fire away from the lab as it continues to push north and east.

The lab will remain closed at least through Friday.

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KUNM Local
1:01 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

NM Grocery Chains Pull Fireworks From Shelves

Albuquerque, New Mexico – As wildfires rage in New Mexico, many people are asking why fireworks are still available for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how one business voluntarily pulled fireworks from their stores this week.
 

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KUNM Local
1:18 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire, Monday PM Update

Los Alamos, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire began yesterday afternoon and has already grown to about 49,000 acres.

Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation evacuation of Los Alamos. The town is famous for the nearly Los Alamos National Lab, where the atomic bomb was developed during World War II. Nuclear materials are stored on lab property today.

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KUNM Local
12:36 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Business Report: ID Theft Protection Law

Albuquerque, NM – Every Friday we talk about business news around the state. Megan Kamerick has a story in today's Business Weekly about a state law that was created to protect people who've had their identities stolen.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Megan about why the law has taken years to be implemented.
 

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KUNM Local
1:28 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

High Winds Still Pushing Smoke Into Albuquerque From AZ

Albuquerque, NM – Many New Mexicans were alarmed last night by heavy smoke in the Rio Grande Valley. It seemed like a wildfire must be nearby, but it was actually from the Wallow fire in southern Arizona.

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KUNM Local
5:45 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Should Local Police Help Immigrations Enforcement?

Albuquerque, NM – This week on the KUNM Call In Show, join us for a conversation about deportations of undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program. Should local law enforcement assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

The KUNM Call In Show airs Thursday morning at 8am. Call in live 277-5866 or email your questions anytime callinshow@kunm.org.
 

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KUNM Local
8:21 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Business Report: Anti-DWI Technology Debuts In Gallup

May 27, 2011 – In today's Business Report, we talk about entrepreneurs who created a new, high-tech way to combat drunk driving and a coalition that aims to improve health care results in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Local
5:41 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Author Interview: Fire Season

April 26, 2011 – There's an important job that's defined by solitude and patience.

This summer, fire lookouts in forests around the country will be watching for the first signs of a wildfire. Phil Connors, author of the new book, Fire Season, talks about what he's seen in almost a decade of working in the Gila National Forest.

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