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KUNM Call In Show 10/27 8a: Election Day is November 8th this year and it's approaching fast. Many New Mexicans are already turning out to early vote in 2016. What issues do you think were missing from candidates' campaigns this year?

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a : New Mexico is known for its incredible outdoor beauty. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or camp in state and national parks this summer? What does time in the outdoors mean to you? What keeps you from spending more time in nature?

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KUNM Call In Show 6/16 8a:

In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

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Independent journalist Amy Goodman is in New Mexico this week to share stories from her new book Democracy Now: Twenty Years covering the Movements Changing America . We caught up with Goodman to talk about the connections she sees between social movements and the current election season.

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KUNM Call In Show 4/28 8a: Children who experience abuse and neglect can face lifelong challenges. In New Mexico, reports of child maltreatment have increased over the last several years. We'll discuss how local groups are working to provide families with resources to prevent these issues.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/1 8a: Teen pregnancy rates have gone down across the country in recent years, but New Mexico continues to have one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation.

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Food trucks are gaining popularity in cities across the country, including right here in New Mexico. Mobile food trucks can be a bargain for aspiring entrepreneurs who don’t have the cash or experience to open a brick and mortar restaurant.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 6/4 8a : June is LGBTQ Pride Month . Acceptance of gay individuals and families has improved in many communities in recent years, but young LGBTQ people still face stigma and violence for expressing their sexuality. According to the CDC, LGBTQ youth report high levels of bullying and substance abuse. Gay, lesbian and transgender young people are also more likely to experience homelessness and attempt suicide. How are schools, parents and community groups addressing this...

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/28 8a: We all need electricity. But what's a fair price for the energy that powers our homes and businesses? We want to hear what you think about energy prices. Could your family afford an increase in your electricity bill? Would you be willing to pay more if you knew the power was coming from alternative sources like wind and solar? Join our conversation about the cost of energy. Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show....

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...

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 2 nd 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...

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. Carol LOVED teaching. She lives in an old adobe house in Albuquerque’s north valley....

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...

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. A...

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. Ted Berthelote and Marcia Hoeman live in Placitas, about a half hour...

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: Terrence Brunner, State...

By Elaine Baumgartel and Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-980205.mp3 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, thats Organizing Youth Engagement, at the University of New Mexico last month.

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-979015.mp3 Albuquerque, NM In this weeks 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. Well also look at a rate hike request on the table in Santa Fe right now for Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM.

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-978879.mp3 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: Somalis Stream Into Kenya, Fleeing Famine NPR blog

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-979009.mp3 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. Well also hear about the new normal for small business owners around New Mexico.

By Sarah Gustavus Albuqueruque, New Mexico

An agreement has been reached on a controversial dairy industry rule that was created in 2009 to monitor ground water quality near New Mexico dairy farms to prevent pollution. Industry leaders say the rule requiring water monitors and lining systems was too expensive for dairy farmers. They appealed in court earlier this year. After months of negotiation, a compromise was reached last week. Ryan Flynn is a lawyer with the New Mexico...

Monsoon Floods

Jul 11, 2011

By Sarah Gustavus Albuquerque, New Mexico
Many New Mexicans want to know when monsoon rains will arrive this year. Its been one of the driest years on record for the state. Rain will help to extinguish wildfires and relieve the drought, but the monsoon season also increases the risk of dangerous flooding. Todd Shoemake is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. He says this years wildfire damage is a new concern. He says this years monsoon rainfall should be average but its...

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-979006.mp3 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.

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-976531.mp3 Albuquerque, NM More immigrants are being deported from the United States than ever before and its not all happening at the border with Mexico, its from communities like Taos, Albuquerque and Farmington.

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

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By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-976341.mp3 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. Tomorrow, well have a closer look at how...

By Sarah Gustavus Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Las Conchas wildfire continues to burn, but is no longer an immediate threat to Los Alamos National Laboratory. The lab re-opened todayafter being closed for more than a week. Smoke can still be seen from Los Alamos. Arlene Perea is a fire information officer. She says hot afternoons mean an increase in fire activity and more smoke plumes. Perea says crews have created containment lines by burning potential fuels like grass and shrubs. The...

By Sarah Gustavus Albuquerque, New Mexico The Las Conchas fire in northern New Mexico is no longer an immediate threat for Los Alamos. However, it is still not contained and 22 hundred firefighters are still battling the blaze. Residents of Los Alamos were able to return home yesterday. Los Alamos National Laboratory expects to open tomorrow. The fire has burned more than 127 thousand acres and destroyed at least 63 homes. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports it has damaged about 80 percent of...

By Sarah Gustavus http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunm/local-kunm-976346.mp3 Albuquerque, NM In todays 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.

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 sheriffs 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. Call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll...

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By Sarah Gustavus Los Alamos, NM Thick smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire filled the empty streets of Los Alamos today. Most of the towns 12-thousand residents left during mandatory evacuations yesterday. Thats 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. The director of LANL, Charles McMillan, says many people are asking if nuclear...

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