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Public Health New Mexico
10:30 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lawmakers Holding Talks On Capital Outlay Bill

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New Mexico legislative leaders say talks are underway to try to forge a compromise on a funding bill for building work and other projects across the state.

The regular session ended without agreement on a capital outlay bill amid partisan finger-pointing, but the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that leaders of the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-controlled House hope to reach an agreement.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

A Compromise Plan For N.M. Dairies

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For years, dairymen, the state and environmental watchdogs have been trying to reach an agreement about how to deal with the waste that comes from hundreds of thousands of cows in New Mexico. The Water Quality Control Commission held a hearing Monday afternoon to consider proposed amendments to the Dairy Rule. But that’s not what they ended up talking about.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:54 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Asphalt Company Applies For Permit Near Wildlife Refuge

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The public comment period ends Saturday, April 4, about an asphalt plant that could go in near a wildlife reserve in the South Valley. Albuquerque Asphalt applied for a permit to build at hot-mix asphalt plant, and neighbors are concerned that the site for the plant is too close to the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. It’s a little more than half a mile away.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Albuquerque Installing New Permeable Parking Lot

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The Environmental Protection Agency is working with the City of Albuquerque to install a state of the art parking lot at a municipal facility that will reduce pollution flowing into the Rio Grande. 

The city is spending $61,000 to replace an old parking lot at Pino Yards, a municipal maintenance and fueling facility. The project is part of a settlement with the EPA, coming after toxic runoff from the site drained into the Rio Grande, resulting in violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:28 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water

Taos High School Students (from left) Julia Johnson, Andrea Chin-Lopez, James Valerio and Anthony Archuleta
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Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called eCYBERMISSION this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.

Students at Taos High have figured out how use crushed blue crab shells to create filters that remove antibiotics from water. They used the crustacean shells to create Chitosan, which is commonly used in agriculture, medicine and industry. 

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Espejos de Aztlan
12:08 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Las Historias Escondidas de Sunland Park

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Mon. 9/17 7p: "The Hidden Histories of Sunland Park"

In 2011 and 2012, the small New Mexico border community of Sunland Park made regional headlines and national news for its political scandals. Delving into the sensational, the media coverage largely glossed over long-running environmental troubles affecting the lives of the town’s residents on a daily basis.  

This Spanish-language radio documentary  helps fill the gap by exploring crucial environmental issues that impact the nearly 15,000 residents of a mainly Spanish-speaking, low-income community bordering Texas and Mexico.

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Fronteras
10:37 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Grand Canyon Disposable Water Bottle Bann Blocked

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Grand Canyon officials had all but banned disposable water bottles when the nation’s parks director blocked the plan. Environmentalists are fired up after hearing reports that the decision was influenced by Coca-Cola. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: High Impact Work Environments

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Like most sunbelt cities, the growth model in Las Vegas. Nevada was to expand out, creating sprawling suburbs and quiet gated communities.

In Part Three of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series Beyond Sprawl, reporter Jude Joffe-Block takes us to a trendsetting local online shoe and clothing company.  Zappos thinks an urban setting would be better fit for his employees and its industry in general.

Fronteras
4:43 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Dinosaur Discovery at Red Rock in Nevada

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The Red Rock National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas has stunning red colored sandstone and desert vistas that draw millions of visitors each year. It turns out 190 million years ago, the park had a very early visitor no one previously knew was in the area—a dinosaur.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

Fronteras
9:29 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Border Investments Clean Up California River

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California's New River was once the most polluted in the country. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, government officials now say it's much cleaner because of greater investment in border environmental issues.

Fronteras
4:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Smokestack To Be Demolished

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A report out this week by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity highlights severe environmental violations by a copper smelting plant in Hayden Arizona. The smelter in question belongs to the American Smelting and Refining Company, or ASARCO, which operates four plants in the southwest. ASARCO once operated a similar smelter in El Paso, Texas. When the company was shut down, they left behind a legacy of pollution.

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Fronteras
10:13 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Air Pollution

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Some environmental groups sued the federal government this week to go further in reducing air pollution -namely carbon monoxide - in eight western states including New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  From Flagstaff and the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.

Local News
11:55 am
Thu October 13, 2011

New Urban Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque’s South Valley

The Rio Grande near Albuquerque.
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One of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Albuquerque’s South Valley is set to become a National Wildlife Refuge, one of few to be located in an urban area.  

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Fronteras
9:40 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Navajo Coal Plant to Be Demolished

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Next month the last of the world’s largest coal-slurry plants will literally implode. The Mohave Generating Station in Laughin Nevada closed in 2005 after a series of conflicts with environmentalists and the Navajo Nation over pollution and water use.

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KUNM Local
10:22 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Drought in the SW Expected to Continue

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Record high temperatures, severe dust storms and catastrophic wildfires have plagued much of the southwest this year. And as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, climatologists predict there won't be much relief any time soon.

 

KUNM Local
12:07 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

EPA To Clean Up Uranium Mine on Navajo Nation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week plans to clean up the largest and highest priority uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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KUNM Local
6:50 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Biz Report: Film Industry Numbers Down, Rio Grande Levees in Bad Shape

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Every Friday, we catch up on business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.
 

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