Sarah Gustavus

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.

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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.

January 24, 2011 – A campaign called Invest in Kinds Now kicked off at the state capitol today. Advocates propose using a percentage of royalties from oil and gas investments in the state permanent fund to support education for children under the age of 5.

January 21, 2011 – In today's Friday Business Report on KUNM, Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly has the latest on the ABQ Studios bankruptcy. We also hear why mortgage officers are in high demand right now.

Legacy Of Hippies

Jan 20, 2011

January 20, 2011 – In 1969, Price was a 23 year old graduate student at SUNY Buffalo when she got a grant to photograph communes in the Southwest. After taking photos in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, she and her husband then decided to take it one step further and join the back to the land movement. They moved to a community called Libre in Colorado. Roberta Price Website

January 14, 2011 – Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter at the New Mexico Business Weekly, joins us on All Things Considered to talk about coverage in today's paper.

Albuquerque, NM – First District Representative Martin Heinrich, says Representative Gabrielle Giffords is not only a friend but an inspiration in his own political career.

January 7, 2011 – The economy is still struggling, but there may be some potential bright spots for New Mexico businesses this year.

December 17, 2010 – KUNM speaks with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly. They also discuss the latest on a legal battle over the Downtown Action Team (DAT) in Albuquerque.

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December 17, 2010 – KUNM looks at what's at stake in possible higher education cuts during the upcoming legislative session.

Albuquerque Dreamer

Dec 15, 2010

Albuquerque, NM – The DREAM Act is once again delayed in Congress.

The legislation would give young people who are undocumented, and were brought into the US as children, a chance to apply for legal residency.

Supporters say it's a way to give students who worked hard a chance to go to college, get a job or serve in the armed forces. Critics argue that it rewards families who knew they were breaking US immigration laws.

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Albuquerque, NM – A proposal to create a state ethics commission passed in the New Mexico House of Representatives last year but failed in the Senate. State Senator Linda Lopez plans to re-introduce the legislation in January, along with other ethics reforms.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick.

Albuquerque, NM – Higher Education Secretary, Dr. Viola Florez says one of the issues highlighted in a draft Master Plan for Higher Education is remediation.

Those are courses that help students catch up on knowledge they need to perform well in college-level courses.

New Mexico has 24 institutions of higher learning around the state.

A draft of the Master Plan for Higher Education is available on the New Mexico Department of Higher Education website.

Albuquerque, NM – In this week's Business Report, we'll hear why some solar businesses are busy and who's missing out on federal funding for rural development in New Mexico. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly.

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