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Why We Try: On Parenting

Jan 22, 2016
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Having children has a profound effect on parents. Not just socially and economically – but physically, like, in our brain chemistry. Commentator Andrea Mays says she is trying to be a better parent this year, despite being catapulted into emotions that vacillate between ecstasy and Dante’s Inferno, often in 10 seconds flat. 
 

Rita Daniels

The city of Albuquerque plans to break ground next month on phase two of a controversial multi-use trail in the Rio Grande bosque. The new trail system is intended to keep people from trampling sensitive areas and to increase wheelchair accessibility.  

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In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez told lawmakers that public safety should be their top concern. But she also mentioned the need to reform an old and entrenched system of political pork that's interfering with our ability to build things New Mexicans say we badly need: new roads, bridges and water systems.

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Gov. Susana Martinez opened a 30-day session of the state legislature Tuesday with a speech urging lawmakers to make public safety their top priority. But that wasn’t the only item on her agenda.

After a year marked by high-profile public corruption cases, the two-term Republican used part of her state of the state address to encourage government reform.

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Governor Susana Martinez delivered her State of the State address to lawmakers on the opening day of the 2016 legislative session Tuesday.

Martinez said cracking down on crime is her top priority. She pointed to fatal shootings of police officers and crimes committed by “boomerang thugs” who’ve been in and out of jail.

UPDATE: Wolf Ranch Permit Denied

Jan 14, 2016
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UPDATE 1/14  11:31 am:

New Mexico game commissioners in a unanimous vote today [Thursday] denied a ranch’s appeal for a permit to house and breed Mexican Gray wolves for release in the wild. Their permit was originally cancelled last spring.

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The state Legislature is getting ready to meet this month in Santa Fe and lawmakers will be focused on putting together a budget. But many people are hoping lawmakers will also address recent high-profile corruption cases and pass tougher measures to keep government clean. 

Missile Range Changes ID Policy

Jan 8, 2016
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White Sands Missile Range To Stop Accepting New Mexico IDs - Associated Press

White Sands Missile Range has announced it will no longer accept New Mexico driver's license as a form of identification from visitors.

Rita Daniels

The City of Albuquerque took comment from more than three dozen people Thursday night about a plan for building a mile long six-foot wide trail in the Rio Grande bosque north of I-40.

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An Albuquerque gun shop was bustling with people eager to sell and buy guns this Tuesday afternoon. President Obama had just explained his new gun initiatives to the nation that morning. 

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Local gun safety advocates are applauding President Obama’s executive orders on guns, which include requiring gun dealers to be licensed and to do background checks on their customers.

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UPDATE 1/1 10:45a

Authorities have identified two men in Roswell found dead in the aftermath of last weekend's snow storm.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder says 64-year-old John Spain died while shoveling snow.

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Farmington Woman Charged In Fatal Colorado Crash - The Associated Press

A Farmington woman is behind held in Colorado on charges that she caused a crash that left one woman dead.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported Thursday that 36-year-old Yolanda Griswold remains held on $10,000 bond in Durango.

According to court records, she is facing charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving for the Dec. 11 accident near the New Mexico state line.

Muscling Down On Mussels

Dec 22, 2015
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New Mexico Game and Fish officials are trying to stop two species of non-native mussels from spreading into local waters by revising the Aquatic Species Rules. The department has opened public comment for the proposed rule changes.

Rita Daniels

Cochiti Dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the country. The Rio Grande was transformed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished building it in the 1970s.

Some communities downstream experienced serious negative impacts, and the river's ecosystem suffered.

But a lawsuit may have federal water managers shifting the way they manipulate water flows out of the dam to support wildlife.

AUDIO: Governor Appears 'Inebriated,' Says Bottles Were Thrown

Dec 18, 2015
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UPDATE 12/22 1p Associated Press: A recording from a police sergeant's belt tape suggests New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was inebriated the night police responded to a complaint at a hotel where she was hosting a holiday party.

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For centuries New Mexico has served as an inspiration to artists from all over the world. The New Mexico PBS/KNME original production New Mexico Masterpieces features some of the Land of Enchantment’s most enduring, pivotal, provocative, and beautiful artworks.  

KUNM's Chris Boros spoke with KNME Executive Producer Michael Kamins about the film.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging a gun control law in Illinois and gun control advocates are seeing the move as a green light for states and local governments to pass gun laws.

Resources For Refugees In Albuquerque

Dec 9, 2015
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Newly arrived refugees can feel isolated and are often unprepared for daily American life. In New Mexico, the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque is reaching out.

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KUNM Call In Show 12/10 8a: In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, there's been an uptick in anti-Muslim rhetoric in response to the shootings. 

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.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/17 8a: What do we know about gun violence in the U.S. and in New Mexico? And when is a shooting considered a "mass shooting"? We'll look at myths and facts about shootings and discuss possible solutions to gun violence.

Rita Daniels

Albuquerque native Holly Holm is the newest women’s bantamweight champion in professional mixed martial arts fighting. She was showered with love Sunday afternoon when thousands of her fans welcomed her home for the first time after she won the title last month.

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Trial Set In Freeway Shooting That Killed 4-Year-Old Girl - The Associated Press

The trial in a New Mexico freeway shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl is tentatively set for October 2016. Tony Torrez, the suspect in the Oct. 20 shooting in Albuquerque, appeared in court Friday for a scheduling hearing. 

Rita Daniels

The independent monitor responsible for overseeing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department said the new policies APD has drafted so far have been poorly organized and difficult to understand.

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The University of New Mexico may eliminate a program that trains future educators how to teach natural sciences.

UNM’s Natural Sciences Program has been training primary education majors for 20 years. Professor Mel Strong says students learn not only how to understand natural sciences, but how to teach them as well.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/3 8a: Politicians have been arguing over the idea of resettling Syrian refugees here in the United States—and in New Mexico—in the wake of the Paris attacks. We'll ask whether taking in these refugees represents an unacceptable risk—or whether it's our moral obligation to help those fleeing war. We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments on our Facebook page, or call in live during the show.

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  Albuquerque's Popular Luminaria Tour Sells Out In Hours - The Associated Press

 

Tickets for Albuquerque's annual luminaria tour have sold out in record time.

The city's transit system, ABQ RIDE, says the 3,600 tickets that were available for the Christmas Eve event were gone in about four hours. It took 12 hours to sell out last year.

ABQ Ride has been helping with the tour for more than 50 years.

Teeniors Connects Youth And Elders

Nov 25, 2015
Derrick Toledo

Technology is increasingly a major factor in everyone’s life. Advances in smart phone, computer and TV technology demand higher and higher levels of tech knowledge. For older folks, adapting to these newer devices isn’t always that easy. But a group of younger folks is stepping in to help.

Rita Daniels

People are about to have a whole new opportunity to watch the flocks of sandhill cranes that are overwintering in Albuquerque. 

 

“It’s truly incredible to live along this major migratory flyway,” said Beth Dillingham, the superintendent at the Rio Grande Nature Center Sate Park.

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