Sarah Gustavus

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 22, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, we'll hear about businesses that have started, and thrived, in the current economic recession.

Albuquerque, NM – Valencia county investigators initially ruled her death a suicide, but Marisa Demarco from the Weekly Alibi spoke with Tera's family about their daughter and why they have never believed that she killed herself.

Marisa Demarco is the news director at the Weekly Alibi. You can find her full story about Tera Chavez - "She Lived Strong" at ALIBI.com.

Albuquerque, NM – Temperatures are warming up in New Mexico but monsoon rains are still far away, and that means conditions are ripe for more wildfires.

Many parts of the state are facing drought conditions. The rainfall in Albuquerque so far this year is about one and three quarters inches below the average.

Brent Wachter is a fire weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. He says people should pay attention to red flag warnings, which warn that fires could easily be started on accident.

Sarah Gustavus

Albuquerque, NM – There's been an increase in recent years in refugees resettled from Iraq. Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in many other ways.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports that many Iraqis are finding poverty in America a real shock.

Sarah Gustavus

March 3, 2011 – If all the attention on the Middle East recently has you noticing more Arab influences and people in New Mexico, you're not mistaken. There has been an increase in recent years in refugees that are being resettled from Iraq in Albuquerque.

Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in other ways. Most didn't live in camps when they fled Iraq to neighboring countries. And many are finding poverty in America a real shock.

March 1, 2011 – Sarah Gustavus profiles One Million Bones. The multi-year, collaborative art project is based in New Mexico.


February 25, 2011 – Journalist and blogger Heath Haussamen talks about a new Senate rule that puts new restrictions on people who want to take pictures and videos during committee hearings in the New Mexico legislature.

February 25, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly explains why the proposal to sell the state's supercomputer is controversial. Also, a trendy new block in Albuquerque's Nob Hill neighborhood.

February 16, 2011 – Reporter Gwyneth Doland with the KUNM Government Project and KNME-TV joins us to talk about the mood at the state capitol as lawmakers move into the second half of this year's legislative session.

Support for the KUNM Government Project comes from the McCune Foundation Santa Fe.

February 11, 2011 – This week's Business Report on KUNM covers a local business that's getting a lot of calls after record-breaking cold temperatures in New Mexico. Also, Central New Mexico Community College is facing a big reduction in state funding. We hear how the business community is reacting to proposed cuts for CNM.

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Albuquerque, NM – Immigration is a national issue, but the topic is getting some attention this week in Santa Fe.

Governor Susana Martinez issued an Executive Order last week that would let state police officers ask about immigration status when a person is arrested.

Today, immigration advocates held a rally to draw attention to how state officials are handling immigration.

February 4, 2011 – In this week's Friday Business Report, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly sheds some light on rising food prices. Also, there's a new bank in New Mexico.

February 4, 2011 – In this week's KUNM Business Report, Megan Kamerick joins us to talk about the newest bank in New Mexico and how rising commodity prices are putting pressure on Albuquerque restaurant owners.

January 28, 2011 – In this week's KUNM Business Report, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to discuss two legislative proposals that local business leaders are watching closely.


January 28, 2011 – In this week's Friday Business Report, Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter at the New Mexico Business Weekly, explains why tourism officials are nervous about potential budget cuts in this year's 60 day legislative session. Also, why some lawmakers want more oversight of the State Investment Council.

Albuquerque, NM – A group of New Mexico advocates think they've found a way secure more money for early childhood education, without raising taxes or adding to the state budget. They'll ask lawmakers to dedicate a percentage of the interest from the state permanent fund to programs that serve children under the age of five. The permanent fund currently provides funding for K through 12 education from interest on investments of oil and gas royalties.