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Emilie Udell for the Center For Public Integrity

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/12 8a: 

It’s become habit in New Mexico to groan about incompetence and corruption in state government as though it’s something terrible—but out of our control. Ugh, these politicians. What can you do? 

via Engaging Peace

Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting New Mexico Girl Is Indicted The Associated Press

The man accused of fatally shooting a preschooler on a New Mexico freeway last month has been indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Tony Torrez was indicted Friday on charges of first-degree murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and causing great bodily harm, and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

Rita Daniels

The monitor tasked with overseeing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department only gave partial answers to questions from the public Thursday night. The community pressed James Ginger about his large salary, policy changes and the need for healing in the community.

Daniels Kulinski via Flickr

The independent monitor, James Ginger, tasked with overseeing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department had two public meetings scheduled Thursday. Ginger’s first one with the Police Oversight Board was canceled at the last minute.

At about one this afternoon, when the meeting was scheduled to commence, David Ring, a member of the oversight board, delivered his apologies to the mostly vacant room.

Rita Daniels


Thursday marks the three-month anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill. In August, the spill originating from abandoned Gold King Mine contaminated the Animas and San Juan Rivers. In response members of New Mexico and Colorado’s congressional delegation have announced an effort to reform federal mining regulations.

Courtesy of KNME

Fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped North America.  This month, NOVA presents Making North America,  a three-billion-year biography of our continent in a new three-hour series that premieres Wednesday, November 4, 2015, on New Mexico PBS KNME.  

Rita Daniels

The public will have a chance this week to meet with the man responsible for evaluating whether the Albuquerque Police Department is following the requirements of an agreement to reform the department.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/5 8a:


The federal government says New Mexico driver’s licenses don't meet the standards of the REAL ID Act and that we don't get another extension to fix them. 

Are people going to be prevented from using state ID's to get on airplanes? 


Tonight at 7p on Public Square on New Mexico PBS/KNME, grandparents raising grandkids. When parents die, are incarcerated, or experience addictions or mental illness, often children are raised by their grandparents. Host Megan Kamerick explores the issue with a distinguished panel. 

Rita Daniels

Kirtland Air Force Base has faced a lot of criticism for how it has handled a decades old fuel spill that threatens Albuquerque’s drinking water supply. The base is now showing off what officials there are calling a monumental pump and treat system that’s cleaning the groundwater.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/29, 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran resigned last week and pleaded guilty to charges including felony embezzlement for taking campaign donations and using them to gamble at local casinos. The deputy secretary of state is filling in, but what happens next?

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KUNM Call In Show 10/22 8a: 

It's fundraising week!  Instead of our usual call in program, we have selected highlights from our most compelling shows and mixed them together. These clips include lawmakers' insights into New Mexico's government, activists discussing proposed reforms and a variety of callers sharing their two cents. To put it simply, it's just good radio! 

Rita Daniels

In the last few months, KUNM's Rita Daniels has visited one of the largest bat populations in North America, waded out into the Animas River with a biologist to collect bugs and met with children at country fairs who were bringing their goats to market.

A Bittersweet Farewell to Goats Olaf And Sven: Kids from Sandoval County have been raising animals in anticipation of the annual fair

National Weather Service

UPDATE 10/21 5a: Much of New Mexico east of the central mountain chain is under a flood or flash flood watch today. The National Weather Service says storms may produce 1 inch of rain per hour and some hail may clog drainages, exacerbating flooding.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide Tests -
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school juniors failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

Mapping The Healthy Adolescent Brain

Oct 14, 2015
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When do mental health disorders begin? Researchers in New Mexico, Nebraska and Louisiana are going to be scanning 230 adolescent brains to find when problems start.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/16 8a: 


A new water system for the Cebolleta Land Grant down South. A dam in Cabresto, near Taos. The new interchange at Paseo del Norte and I-25 in Albuquerque. The Spaceport. These are the kind of infrastructure projects that move water and people around the state—and maybe someday, outer space. They cost a lot of money, and some or most of that money comes from the state.

Officials Mark Valles Caldera's Addition To Park Service - The Associated Press

A sprawling parcel of land in northern New Mexico that's home to vast grasslands and one of North America's few super volcanoes is now part of the National Park Service.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, members of the state's congressional delegation, tribal leaders and others are gathering at Valles Caldera National Preserve on Saturday for a celebration to mark the transition.

The preserve is located in the Jemez Mountains, just west of Los Alamos.

Low Turnout for Municipal Election

Oct 7, 2015
Sarah via Flickr / Creative Commons

Albuquerque voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect two city councilors for the Northeast Heights and Southeast Heights, and decide several bond issues to fund public transportation, the zoo and BioPark and and modernizing city water facilities.

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New Mexico’s new teacher evaluation system relies heavily on student test scores and classroom observations. It’s divided educators over how to determine whether a teacher is effective. Testimony continued Tuesday in a case that could decide the future of the teacher evaluation system in New Mexico.

UNM To House Population Health College

Oct 3, 2015
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New Mexico will be home to the nation's first population health doctoral program. The new program was inspired by the Affordable Care Act to help grow the workforce for our healthcare system. The college will feature a multi-disciplinary degree program that aims to train the students who will provide healthcare services. 

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The volume of reported spills from the oil industry in New Mexico jumped by 61 percent in one year. The increase was disproportionate to the increase in what was actually pumped out of the ground. That data is raising questions for environmental groups.

The state Oil Conservation Division said that producers are using new technology that brings more oil and waste to the surface, which could explain the surge in the number of spills.

Rita Daniels

Ranchers and farmers gathered in Albuquerque this week, in part to raise awareness about claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to discriminate against them.

In the past the USDA has settled discrimination claims with women, blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, in some cases for denying grazing permits.

Local Division Over Planned Parenthood Funding

Sep 30, 2015
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Planned Parenthood hosted a Pink Out Day event at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Tuesday. Much like lawmakers in Congress, attendees at Albuquerque’s Pink Out Day rally were also divided on whether to fund the healthcare provider.

Rita Daniels

The future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf remains precarious in New Mexico. The state game commission denied a federal appeal to release wolves in New Mexico on Tuesday.

Judge Teachers Honorably

Sep 29, 2015
Olympia School District, State of Washington

Teachers unions filed a lawsuit earlier this year saying that the state Public Education Department’s evaluation of teachers using student standardized test scores is punitive. 

PED recently decided to de-emphasize test scores in teacher evaluations and to make allowances for instructors whose subjects are not evaluated on standardized tests—like music and art.

Commentator Andrea Mays says this is a good first step toward assessing the difficult work teachers do.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/1 8a:

Teen pregnancy rates have gone down across the country in recent years, but New Mexico continues to have one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. 

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Antiques Roadshow rolled through Albuquerque in July last year for PBS.   Three episodes filmed in the Duke City air on September 28 and October 5 and 12 on New Mexico PBS/KNME Channel 5.   The show features antique experts who appraise items for people who are hoping to hit the jackpot.  

Marsha Bemko is the executive producer of the program.  She spoke with KUNM's Chris Boros about the episodes filmed in New Mexico. 

2 Albuquerque Men Accused Of ID Theft And Debit Card Fraud - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say two Albuquerque men are in custody for alleged identity theft and debit card fraud at casinos.

Police announced Friday that both 36-year-old Chris A. Garcia and 36-year-old James Rogers have been booked into jail.

Agents with the State Police's Investigations Bureau in Albuquerque looked into a large amount of fraudulent debit card transactions that occurred at several casinos.

Courtesy Josh Stephenson, Durango Herald

The state’s top environmental regulator testified at a joint congressional hearing recently, criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for withholding information about the Gold King Mine spill.