KUNM News Update

Weekend News Roundup
8:56 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Headlines: Balloonists Land, Vaccine Exemptions Increase

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Pilots In Helium-Filled Balloon Land Safely In Mexico - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico on Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean.

The pilots landed off Baja California about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.

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Friday News Roundup
8:23 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Headlines: Winter Storm, Right-To-Work Passes A Hurdle

Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways – Associated Press

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:31 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Headlines: SunZia Halted, Former LANL Scientist Sentenced

New Mexico Land Commissioner Puts The Brakes On SunZia – Associated Press

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Headlines: Child Welfare Priorities, Jobless Rate Drops...

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New Head Of New Mexico Child Welfare Agency Lists Priorities – Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers want the new head of the state's child welfare agency to ensure federal dollars for services are used by the state rather than be returned.

Members of a Senate panel challenged Monique Jacobson, the incoming secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, during a meeting Tuesday.

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Tuesday News Roundup
6:18 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Headlines: State's Unbalanced Books, Job Training Program...

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Lawmakers Concerned About New Mexico's Unbalanced Books – The Associated Press

New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.

Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.

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Monday News Roundup
6:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Headlines: Tougher Child Sex Crime Penalties, Brotherhood Of Beer Brewers...

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Brewery Brotherhood Emerging In Albuquerque Area – The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

Albuquerque breweries are brewing not only beer but budding friendships — with each other.

A majority of the owners of the city's breweries tell the Albuquerque Journal that the industry here is anything but cutthroat.

Christopher Goblet, executive director of the New Mexico Beer Guild, says the brewers are small business owners who want to see others succeed.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: AZ Provider To Leave NM, Open Enrollment Deadline...

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Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New MexicoThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

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Friday News Roundup
2:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: $53M Transmission Project Approved, Balloon Pilots Wait To Attempt Record

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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Outlines Agenda

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly elected New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is reviewing the practice of allowing private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the AG's office.

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Drilling Deep
2:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pipeline Meetings Scheduled for Next Week

Currently, oil resources are trucked out of the area from wells in northwestern New Mexico.
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In December, KUNM reported that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management was extending its public comment period for a proposed oil pipeline until January 30, 2015. The 130-mile long pipeline would run between Lybrook and Milan, N.M.

On December 31, the agency's Farmington Field Office announced additional public meetings on the pipeline.

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Tuesday News Roundup
7:01 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Headlines: Calls For Improved Ventilation At WIPP, 2nd 'Right-To-Work' Proposal Filed...

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US Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuclear Dump The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.

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Monday News Roundup
7:26 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Headlines: PRC To Hear PNM Proposal, UNM Second University To Be Investigated By DOJ...

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UNM Is Second School To Have Sexual Assault Policies Investigation By DOJ The Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of sexual assault policies at the University of New Mexico is just the second such investigation in the nation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports UNM officials say they still don’t have details on the complaints the DOJ says sparked the investigation.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:55 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot, Bald Eagle Count At Abiquiu, Navajo Pres Vetoes Language Bill...

An APD officer was shot twice early Saturday morning during a traffic stop. The gunman fled the scene on foot.
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Police: Albuquerque Cop Shot During Traffic Stop – The Associated Press

Albuquerque police say an officer was shot as he was attempting to conduct an overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the driver of a car that was being pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer. Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. He is expected to survive. It's not known if the gunman was struck.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:45 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Headlines: Fort Union Gets An Artist, Hospital Escapee Caught, Suspected Vehicle Vandal Arrested...

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Fort Union Monument To Get Resident Artist The Associated Press

Officials at Fort Union National Monument have teamed up the National Parks Arts Foundation as the nonprofit group works to expand its artist-in-residence program to parks and monuments across the country.

The application process started Friday. It will be up to a group of curators and advisers to choose the artist for Fort Union.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Headlines: Water Table Drops, Ice Skate In ABQ, Imagination Library Coming To SF...

As water tables get lower New Mexico wells are going dry.
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Water Table Drops As Drought Forces More Pumping The Associated Press

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain.

Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in the groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.

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KUNM News Update
11:26 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Headlines: NM Water At Risk, Ski Santa Fe To Open Saturday...

The Rio Grande.
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Task Force: New Mexico Water Supplies At Risk Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Researchers from universities around the state say New Mexico is undoubtedly dealing with a dire situation thanks to a persistent drought and there's no telling when conditions will improve.

The task force of experts on Tuesday delivered their preliminary findings to lawmakers on the vulnerability of the state's water supplies.

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KUNM News Update
8:15 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Headlines: Fired Police Officer, Protected Forest Land...

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Project Protects NM Forested Land From Development – The Associated Press

More than 11,000 acres that adjoin the Carson National Forest have been permanently protected from development through a conservation easement.

A conservation effort on the Upper Rio Chama River property in northern New Mexico began in 2009. The final and largest piece of the nearly 12-thousand-acre property became part of the easement Monday.

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Monday News Roundup
7:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: LANL Cuts Corners, APD Use Of Force Firings...

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LANL Cuts Corners On WIPP Waste - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials took shortcuts when preparing nuclear waste for shipment to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage facility. That’s according to an investigation by The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The paper reported this weekend that changes in the treatment of waste went undocumented and resulted in an explosive combination of toxic materials.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:48 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Headlines: GOP Wants Majority, Navajo Presidential Race...

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New Mexico GOP Hopes To Win Legislative Majority - The Associated Press

Democrats have controlled the New Mexico House for the past 60 years, but the political landscape is giving Republicans hope for a breakthrough in the general election.

Republicans need a net gain of three seats to take control of the 70-member House. There are at least 10 competitive races, with Democrats and Republicans each holding five of those seats.

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Weekend News Roundup
8:31 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Headlines: Court OKs Pot Question, Digitizing Newspapers At UNM...

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Poll Shows Strong Disapproval Of Health Care Law - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

A newspaper's poll found that nearly half of New Mexico voters say the new federal health care law has been a failure.

The poll by the Albuquerque Journal also found that a majority of voters said Gov. Susana Martinez was right to take advantage of law by expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid.

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Monday News Roundup
6:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Headlines: 5 Inches Of Rain In Guadalupe Mts, Community Paramedic Program...

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Eastern, Southern New Mexico See Ample Rain - The Associated Press

Parts of eastern and southern New Mexico avoided serious flooding this weekend but still received a pretty good soaking from heavy rains.

The National Weather Service said Sunday as much as 5 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday in the Guadalupe Mountains and in other parts of the region.

Meteorologists say between 2 and 4 inches of rain also fell in the last few days in Eddy County.

A flash flood watch was issued Friday and has since expired.

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Weekend News Roundup
9:14 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Headlines: Artesia Immigrant March, Ginsberg On Gender Bias

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Immigrant Rally Planned In Artesia Near Center The Associated Press

Advocates are scheduled to hold a march and prayer rally in Artesia aimed at calling for the release of detained immigrant women and children.

The Santa-Fe based Somos Un Pueblo Unido and a coalition of Catholic churches are slated to hold the rally Sunday.

Organizers say the event will take place outside a temporary detention center where the immigrants are being held.

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KUNM News Update
8:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State To Release Corrected Teacher Evaluations

State To Release Corrected Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

State officials say hundreds of New Mexico teachers who received evaluations with errors will get corrected evaluations within weeks.

Spokesman Larry Bahrens says the Public Education Department plans to release corrected evaluations for the past school year by end of August.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the mistakes were caused by faulty data reported by districts.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Immigration Courts Backing Up With Kids

Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New DelugeAssociated Press

The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault Rifles

APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault RiflesThe Associated Press and KOB TV

The Albuquerque Police Department plans to buy at least 350 military-style rifles as replacement for officer-owned weapons.

KOB-TV reports that a request for bid called for purchases of 350 AR-15 rifles in a two-year contract's first year, followed by more purchases as necessary.

Police Chief Gorden Eden in May said officers could no longer carry personally-owned weapons in the field.

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KUNM News Update
8:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Among Leading Oil Producing States

NM Among Leading Oil Producing StatesThe Associated Press

Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures yesterday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year. 

And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.

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KUNM News Update
9:07 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: VA Makes Progress on NM Waiting List

VA Makes Progress on New Mexico Waiting List - The Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in whittling down the number of new patients in New Mexico who are on the troubled health care system's electronic waiting list.

The latest audit shows there were 482 veterans on the waiting list. That's down from more than 1,040 a month ago.

The list includes new patients for whom appointments cannot be scheduled within 90 days.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access

New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access - The Associated Press

A Public Education Commission member has filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico's requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.

Tyson Parker of Corrales brought the lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending the state's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.

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KUNM News Update
8:50 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Veteran Dies Waiting For Ambulance At VA Hospital

Veteran Dies Waiting For Ambulance At VA Hospital - The Associated Press

A veteran who collapsed in the cafeteria at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance.

It took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.

NM VA Health Care System spokeswoman Sonja Brown says medical personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

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KUNM News Update
8:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: GOP Group Spends $571,000 On NM Ad Blitz

GOP Group Spends $571,000 On New Mexico Ad BlitzThe Associated Press

A national Republican group reports spending more than a half million dollars in the past month on advertising against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King.

A fundraising report by the Republican Governors Association lists expenditures of $571,000 to produce and air ads in June.

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KUNM News Update
8:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico Meeting Sparks Anger Over Immigrants

New Mexico Meeting Sparks Anger Over Immigrants - The Associated Press

Southeastern New Mexico residents are speaking out against a detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.

Around 400 people attended Tuesday a contentious town hall meeting in Artesia to express their anger that close to 700 Central American women and children will be stay at a nearby facility.

Residents say they were afraid the immigrants might take away jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.

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