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Balloon Fiesta

Oct 3, 2017
Courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Wolfe

The Children's Hour 10/7 9a:  For the first two weekends and the week between in October, the Middle Rio Grande valley fills with hot air balloons. This week on The Children’s Hour, we’ll send some of the KUNM Kids to the field and on the chase for the very first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Get up, up and away with us every Saturday!

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The question before Albuquerque voters on the ballot tomorrow: Should all employees be able to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work? Advocates who help people experiencing violence at home say it’s crucial.

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National elections get a lot of attention and press, but local ones? Not so much. And some folks say it’s those local races that have a bigger impact on your everyday life.

There are a slew of candidates running for mayor in Albuquerque. And the last two city elections here saw low voter turnout. The deadline to register to vote in October is the end of day on Tuesday, Sept. 5, but Viki Harrison of Common Cause says that’s way too early. 

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These mayoral forums are a chance to meet and learn about Albuquerque’s mayoral candidates. Topics covered include public safety and police, public health, the economy, and much more. Check them out.

State of the City Mayoral Forum 
Organized by ABQ Center for Peace and Justice
Friday, September 1,  6 – 8 PM
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Ave NE

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UPDATE 8/24: The vote to put additional fluoride into the water supply in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County was postponed Wednesday night, after lacking enough votes from water utility board members to pass the measure.

Livestream Tuesday 8/15 6p: New Mexico PBS, New Mexico in Focus (NMiF) and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico co-host an Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Forum. Watch the livestream here on KUNM.org.

Ancient Albuquerque

Jul 12, 2017
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7/15, Sat 9a, The Children's Hour: The middle Rio Grande valley has been home to people for over 10,000 years. Find out about ancient Albuquerque with our guest, archaeologist Dr. Matt Schmader. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Join us!

Summer Reading

Jul 6, 2017
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7/8 9a: This Saturday on The Children's Hour, our KUNM Kids will review books for summer reading. Plus we'll find out about the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's youth concert series and other opportunities for kids. 

With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. We're live and local with a studio full of kids, every Saturday from 9 to 10am. 

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What if you’re racing to the hospital, but it’s an hour away – or more? Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. But in this state, half the battle is getting physicians to work in rural areas.

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The New Mexico Human Services Department released its plan for the fate of Medicaid, and it includes massive cuts that could sever coverage for thousands.

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6/3 When we turn on the tap, where does our water come from? And when we flush, where does that go?  We’ll talk with Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator, Erin Keck about our water systems. 

Keeping It Classy

May 2, 2017
UNM Music Department

Sat 5/6 9a: This Saturday on The Children’s Hour, learn about the UNM Summer Music Institute series with UNM Fine Arts faculty Kimberley Fredenburgh and Cármelo de los Santos. We’ll have a mini live concert in the studio. 

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Sat 4/29 9a:  This week on The Children's Hour we'll learn the history of Albuquerque with Jimmy Carter Middle School's Junior Honor's Society students and the KUNM Kids.  Plus, we'll have a visit from Winnie The Pooh and friends.

Earth Day

Apr 19, 2017
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Sat. 4/22 9a: Saturday on The Children’s Hour, it’s Earth Day! Celebrate with us, and find out the history of Earth Day, and where you can join in the many community parties and events. Plus we'll honor the many scientists in our community who make our world a better place and who have taught us so much. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday club and so much more. 

Katie Stone

Sat. 4/15 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, Mrs. Hawk's fifth grade class teach us about the history of their school. Just north of Old Town, Duranes Elementary is one of Albuquerque's oldest public schools. Many of these students have parents and grandparents who attended Duranes.  These kids are sure to inspire other students to learn more about their own schools. 

Bugging KUNM

Mar 13, 2017
ABQ Biopark

KUNM was bugged on this episode of  The Children’s Hour when we hosted ABQ Biopark Curator of Entomology, Jason Schaller along with some of his six legged friends in the studio for a show about insects. We’ll put a bug in your ear with great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. 

Ed Williams

When someone addicted to heroin or prescription wants to quit, the first step is to find a detox center where they can safely go through withdrawals from the drug, but people in northern New Mexico who are trying to get help often can’t find it.

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After last year’s fatiguing election cycle, candidates in Albuquerque are gearing up for another one: The 2017 race for mayor. 

Safe Kids

Aug 8, 2016
Katie Stone

The Children's Hour explored some simple strategies to promote safe habits for kids as we reenter the school year with special guests Albuquerque Police Officer Drobik and our friend Brennan. Plus we had an in studio performance with the Austin Lounge Lizards! Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, every Saturday from 9 to 10am on KUNM.

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KUNM Call In Show 5/26 8a: 

Protests outside Donald Trump's Albuquerque rally became a national story after people stormed police barriers and threw rocks at officers. But before all of that went down, hundreds demonstrated peacefully for hours. 

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Dollar stores are everywhere these days—they’re being built at a record pace, according to industry reports. In some rural communities in this state, you might not see any store except a dollar store. A campaign is calling on these discount chains to make sure products are nontoxic.

Holm: Albuquerque, You Made This Possible!

Dec 8, 2015
Rita Daniels

Thousands of people took to the streets of Albuquerque Sunday to welcome Holly Holm home as the newest victor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s bantamweight division.

Megan Kamerick

  Albuquerque city officials announced Monday that 19 companies have met new standards on equal pay for women.

The new city ordinance established a 5 percent preference for businesses bidding for city contracts if they can prove they pay women within 10 percent of what they pay men. The idea appears to be catching on - officials in San Francisco, New York City, and Phoenix, have contacted Albuquerque about creating a similar law.

Mayor Richard Berry says businesses want to do the right thing, but sometimes they just need an incentive.

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A Harvard University report released last week shows that for renters making less money, Albuquerque is among the toughest U.S. cities for affordable housing.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

The Associated Press looked at data from medical facilities for veterans around the U.S. and reported that four in New Mexico were among the worst when it comes to long waits for appointments. 

Veterans using VA clinics in Farmington, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, and the hospital in Albuquerque, might be waiting a long time for health care. Those facilities were near the top of the AP’s list, with Farmington coming in No. 6—out of 940. 

LISTEN: Raising The Minimum Wage

Mar 11, 2015
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KUNM Call In Show 3/12 8a: 

Lawmakers in Santa Fe are considering proposals that would raise the state's minimum wage. The cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces have already done this and lawmakers are also reviewing a measure that would prevent more cities from raising their minimum wages. 

Who benefits from an increase in the minimum wage? Who is harmed? And at what point does a minimum wage equal a living wage? 

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

City Council Halts Bosque Development

Feb 18, 2015
Sierra Club

UPDATE 6a: Albuquerque city councilors voted to suspend construction to widen a trail in the bosque Wednesday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Mayor Richard Berry could veto the measure.

Last week, the city began cutting a six-foot wide path to replace a narrower foot path as part of a development plan for the forest along the Rio Grande.

Opponents say the city ignored public input and are calling for more time to come to consensus on a bosque plan. 

Downtown Albuquerque Flooded

Aug 2, 2014
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UPDATE 8/2 8:30a - The National Weather Service reported 2.67 inches of rain fell at the UNM campus in Albuquerque as of 12:30a Saturday, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

The Albuquerque Fire Department said in a statement that 8-10 people were rescued from the high waters in the city with no injuries and some mild exposure concerns. 

A sink hole was created at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. 

Motorists are being cautioned to stay away from the area. 

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New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World

Jul 1, 2014
ABQ Biopark

 

The state's largest biopark held its third and final feedback session this week on a new master plan that would dramatically change the zoo's catwalk. The area made up of caged caves with bobcats in one stall, clumped right next to tigers, would no longer exist.  

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