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7:49 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Nation Rethinks Election, Molotov At ABQ Mosque, Unemployment Fraud In NM...

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Navajo Officials Mull Election Amid Confusion – The Associated Press

Navajo election officials failed to decide Friday whether to follow an order by the tribe's top court to postpone a presidential race that's less than two weeks away.

Navajo Board of Election Supervisor Lenora Fulton says the board will reconvene Monday at 9 a.m.

The Navajo Supreme Court also ordered Chris Deschene off the ballot.

Deschene had appealed to the court following a challenge over whether he was fluent in Navajo, a requirement under tribal law.

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Friday News Roundup
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Election Postponed, SE NM Ebola Checkpoint...

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Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed The Associated Press

The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.

The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor Seeks Pay Increases For APD, PRC Commissioner Pays Self...

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Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers  - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

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Local News
5:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NMED Open To Suggestions For Kirtland Fuel Cleanup

The public was invited out on a field trip to learn about the jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.
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The New Mexico Environment Department took about 50 members of the public on an informational tour of the Kirtland Air Force jet fuel spill this week.  The tour group spent the day learning about the parts of  Albuquerque’s aquifer that have been contaminated.

Geologists said one of the issues that makes cleanup of the site so complicated is that the water table has risen in recent years, trapping some of the liquid jet fuel beneath the top of the aquifer.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Headlines: APD Community Meetings Begin, State Workers Still Waiting For Back Pay...

Albuquerque Begins Meetings On Police Department  - The Associated Press

Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

City officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

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Local News
6:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Regulatory Limbo For La Bajada Mine Proposal?

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A land developer who wants to strip mine La Bajada mesa for basalt rock has filed a lawsuit against Santa Fe County.

Developers of Buena Vista Estates and Rockology Limited say their project is being targeted by county commisioners who placed a year-long moratorium on approving any new projects that would involve blasting through the earth.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Outside Groups Spar In Secretary Of State, AG Races

An outside GOP group is airing ads against New Mexico's Democratic candidate for attorney general, while a Democratic group is attacking the Republican secretary of state.

And if you’re counting down to Election Day, include at least 5,000 political ads on TV in your tally. That’s about the number of ads currently scheduled to run between Friday and Nov. 4.

But that’s only about 18 percent of more than 27,000 TV ads that have been contracted to air for New Mexico campaigns during 2014.

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Monday News Roundup
9:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Headlines: AZ Behavioral Health Firm Not Viable, Gubernatorial Debate...

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Report: Care Provider Needs Funding IncreaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state's network says it needs more money to stay afloat.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquoise Health and Wellness said in an Oct. 9 report that it "is currently not a financially viable organization on its own."

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Local News
7:01 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Judge Says No To New Gambling Compact For Pojoaque Pueblo

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A federal judge has ruled against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.

U. S. District Judge James Parker on Friday invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it's failed to negotiate a compact with the state.

Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera says the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.

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Local News
6:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Artesia City Councilor To Discuss Detention Center

A letter written by one of the people being held in ICE custody in Artesia, NM.
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A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center's conditions.

Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to participate in a forum Sunday in Albuquerque that will also address how the immigrants are struggling to obtain legal representation.

Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says since the Artesia detention center opened in June, more than 300 immigrants have been processed and deported from facility.

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Local News
6:47 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Man Dies In Border Patrol Custody In Texas

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Federal authorities say a drug suspect has died while in custody at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the 36-year-old man was found unresponsive Friday in a holding cell at a Border Patrol checkpoint between Carlsbad, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

Authorities say agents performed CPR on the man before he was transported to an El Paso hospital where he died.

They say he was in custody for drug possession.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating.

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Local News
6:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Gov. Martinez Orders Ebola Preparedness Plan

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Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the state Department of Health to coordinate an Ebola preparedness plan in case the disease is diagnosed in any New Mexico patients.

Martinez's office says the Health Department will work with other state agencies, local governments and hospitals across New Mexico to ensure officials are prepared.

Martinez says that despite the low risk, she wants to reassure residents that the state would be able to respond quickly if an Ebola case emerges.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Santa Fe County Sued Over Mine Moratorium

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Proponents of a proposal to mine basalt on La Bajada mesa are suing Santa Fe County for imposing a 12-month moratorium on such developments.

Albuquerque landowner Buena Vista Estates and gravel company Rockology Limited are seeking to overturn the moratorium.

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Friday News Roundup
8:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Headlines: State Land Office Nears Record, APD Shooting Probe, 42 Arrested In Drug Bust...

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NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In RevenueThe Associated Press

The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

New Agency Accepting Applications To Oversee Albuquerque Police

A new independent civilian oversight agency will be in charge of investigating complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department.

The application process is now open for people who want to serve on Albuquerque’s new Civilian Police Oversight Agency. The independent board will investigate complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department and review APD policy.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Lawsuit, Virgin Galactic, APD Oversight Board, Plague...

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NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings ActThe Associated Press

The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe yesterday. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

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KUNM Call In Show
3:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

LISTEN: All That "Other Stuff" On Your Ballot - Amendments, Advisory Questions, Bond Issues

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/16 8a: Tucked amid the items on the November 4th general election ballot are 5 proposed constitutional amendments and 3 general obligation bond questions New Mexicans will be asked to vote on statewide.  

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Headlines: Mora County Continues Fracking Ban, NAACP to NM, Gubernatorial Campaign Cash

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Mora County Continues Oil And Gas Drilling BanThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Mora County commissioners have voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling that has triggered lawsuits from the oil industry but brought out a passionate defense from local residents concerned about pollution.

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Tuesday News Roundups
8:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Headlines: NM VA Health Care Execs Score Bonuses, Campaign Finance Disclosures...

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Records: $24,000 In Bonuses For State's VA LeadersThe Associated Press

Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request show the director of the New Mexico system collected more than $8,700 in 2013.

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Local News
9:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Democrat King Returns To Air, Documentary Attacks Martinez

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King returned to the airwaves last week, while a political action committee made a documentary case against GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.

Political advertising in New Mexico topped $9 million in contracts through Oct. 10. Aired back-to-back, those ads would take up nearly 8.5 days of viewing, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows. The analysis is based on contracts filed by TV stations with the Federal Elections Commission. It doesn’t include cable or satellite TV buys or radio advertising.

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Monday News Roundup
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Headlines: Update From Artesia, Gary King Back On TV...

Marchers try to hold signs above the fence and chant "you are not alone" in Spanish, as detainees gather and cheer on the other side at a protest in Artesia, New Mexico in August.
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Artesia Mayor: Dozens Freed From Immigrant CenterThe Associated Press

The mayor of a New Mexico city where immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says dozens of immigrants have been released.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press that 68 detainees were released and around 14 were deported last week. He says federal immigration officials reported around 479 detainees remain at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia and more expected to arrive in the coming days.

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Local News
7:32 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Headlines: Mora County To Reconsider Drilling Ban, Balloon Fiesta Wraps Up, New Wind Farm, And More

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Mora County Eyes Drilling Ban Repeal The Associated Press

A northern New Mexico county is considering repealing an ordinance that made it the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

The Las Vegas Optic reports Mora County commissioners last month began laying the groundwork to repeal the ordinance that drew national and international attention and sparked two federal civil rights lawsuits.

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Local News
12:50 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

LISTEN: First District Congressional Debate Between Lujan Grisham And Frese

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  Thu. 10/9 7p: The first of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election.

Candidates for New Mexico's First District Congressional seat, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, the incumbent, and her Republican challenger Mike Frese debated. It was taped Wednesday in Albuquerque by our media partner New Mexico PBS.

Next Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from Second District Representative Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.

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Local News
8:36 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal, CDC Expert Talks Ebola At UNM, And More

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Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal Ruling In Language Case – The Associated Press

A Navajo presidential candidate says he will appeal to the tribe's high court in a case challenging his ability to speak Navajo.

A tribal hearing officer on Thursday ruled against Chris Deschene after he repeatedly refused to answer questions in Navajo.

Tribal law requires presidential hopefuls to speak fluent Navajo and understand the language said to be handed down by deities.

Deschene has 10 days to appeal to the tribe's Supreme Court.

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Local News
8:12 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Headlines: Gov.'s Ex-campaign Manager Sentenced, Decision Looms In Navajo Language Case, And More

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Ex-campaign Manager Sentenced In Email Case – The Associated Press

A federal judge has sentenced a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson sentenced Jamie Estrada on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in June to charges of unlawful interception of electronic communication and lying to FBI agents.

Estrada's family cried when the sentence was read.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:40 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Headlines: Rains Boost NM Reservoirs, APD Criticized Over Award, Espanola Officer Justified ...

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Rains Boost Level Of New Mexico Reservoirs - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost thanks to late summer rains.

The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff from the rain making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Dollars And Sense: Money And The 2014 Elections

KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding.  Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it?  Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate?   Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico. 

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Headlines: Voting Begins, Gubernatorial Debate, Obama Approves Storm Aid...

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Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday In New MexicoThe Associated Press

New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.

Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.

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Local News
8:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State, Congressional Candidates Hit TV Airwaves

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With Election Day less than a month away, more New Mexico candidates will hit the airwaves in coming weeks seeking your vote.

Nearly $7.7 million is being spent for almost 177 hours of political ads in the state, according to a New Mexico In Depth analysis of new ad contracts filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission. The analysis includes ads on traditional TV stations; satellite and cable-only stations aren’t required to file with the FCC.

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Headlines: Balloon Fiesta, Gubernatorial Debate, Artesia Immigrant Detention Facility...

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Day 3 Balloon FiestaThe Associated Press

Day 3 of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is underway.

Yesterday’s mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons was called off due to wind.  More than 100 balloons had already been inflated when officials called it.  Those balloons became part of an impromptu static display.   

About 550 pilots are taking part in this year's Balloon Fiesta, which runs until October 12th.  

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