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Daphne Carrillo

The Dog Head Fire has consumed almost 17,000 acres in New Mexico since Tuesday, and it remains entirely uncontained. People are leaving their homes and property, and more mandatory evacuations may be called this weekend.

KUNM spoke with Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who was stationed at the Bernalillo County’s emergency operations center Friday evening.  

Victoria Edwards

Laun-Dry Supply Company is moving toward cleaning up a decades-old solvent spill near downtown Albuquerque. The state's Environment Department addressed a packed Wells Park Neighborhood Association meeting yesterday.

Daphne Carrillo

UPDATE Friday, June 17, 5 p.m.: For the latest evacuation information, you can contact the Bernalillo County Joint Information Center:

Mauro Walden-Montoya

 

KUNM Call In Show 6/16 8a:

In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

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Just hours after LGBT folks celebrated Albuquerque’s 40th pride on Saturday night, hundreds gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the people who were killed in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Public Domain

This KUNM Call In Show will be rescheduled. We'll let you know when as soon as we know. - The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was formally established last year and plans are underway to create facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. The idea is to tell the stories behind the creation of the first atomic bomb. But critics worry the new park could glorify or gloss over controversial issues, such as using the weapons on Japan, and the impacts on communities from nuclear weapons testing.

A hometown hero is being laid to rest in Louisville, Ky., as Muhammad Ali, the boxer and humanitarian, is buried Friday. Fans came to the city from far and wide to pay their respects as Ali's body passed by on its way to a private burial.

New Mexico PBS

KUNM teamed up with New Mexico PBS for a New Mexico primary election special featuring results and analysis from political observers and reporters. Gene Grant of New Mexico in Focus and Ed Williams of the KUNM Public Health New Mexico project hosted the conversation. 

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Voters are going to the polls today to vote in New Mexico’s primary election.

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When you think of a drug sting operation, you might think of busting drug dealers. Last week the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department defended a reverse drug sting operation in which undercover officers posed as dealers in early May and arrested mainly homeless people and people with mental health issues who tried to buy drugs.

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New Mexico's primary election day is this Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Are you ready? 

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DA Races Hotly Contested Among Democrats In 3 DistrictsAssociated Press

The debate emerging from three races for district attorney in New Mexico's largest population centers are stirring up debate over crime and public safety issues that all remain hot topics in the state.

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New Mexico’s teen pregnancy rate has been cut in half over the last two decades, but it remains one of the highest in the country.

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Officials are expecting a high turnout in New Mexico’s primary election June 7th.  Donald Trump has already won enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president. Bernie Sanders shows no signs of dropping out even as Hillary Clinton scoops up more delegates for the Democratic party nomination. But there are many state and local races. Republicans are seeking to hold on to the state House of Representatives and possibly take control of the state Senate. 

Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

Court Orders Bill Richardson To Attend Driving School—Associated Press

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is pleading no contest to charges of driving away from a traffic accident without notice.

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Bill Clinton campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Albuquerque, Wednesday. KUNM’s Anna Lande checked in with folks at the rally about why they came out to see the former president, and why they support his wife’s candidacy.

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Thousands of Donald Trump supporters lined up outside the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday to hear the apparent Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, speak. Here’s a bit of what some of them had to say about why they plan to vote for him.

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Andy Lyman/NMPoliticalReport.com

More than 7,000 people gathered in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak. It was just hours after he spoke at the Santa Fe Community College. Enthusiastic supporters waited in a half-mile-long line for nearly an hour and hundreds were turned away when the venue was full.

KUNM’s Marino Spencer chatted with folks to find out why they’re ‘feelin’ the Bern.’

New Mexico’s unique way of paying for public infrastructure projects has been under fire lately. Critics say lawmakers often divert money as political pork, at the expense of statewide construction projects. 

Now some  government officials are taking steps to address the problem at the local level. 

New Mexico PBS

 

There are many reasons why people struggle to save money and move out of poverty. One is not having any extra money around for college, a house or to start a business.

That’s where one local organization has stepped in with a potential solution. 

ABCWUA Will Not Bring Back Fluoridated Water

May 18, 2016
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UPDATE 5/19: Water utility board members decided Wednesday not to add more fluoride to drinking water to promote oral health in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the board voted to cut the funding for supplemental fluoridation.

Supporters of fluoridation argue it benefits low-income people who don’t have easy access to affordable dental care. Critics of supplemental fluoridation say it creates  health risks.

The Battle Over Food Benefits

May 16, 2016
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KUNM Call In Show 5/19 8a:

A group of workers in the Human Services Department testified earlier this month that their bosses changed applications for food stamps in order to prevent people from gaining access to emergency assistance. HSD officials invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times last week when called to testify in court about the allegations. 

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For decades, the New Mexico Human Services Department has faced criticism for failing to properly process applications for Medicaid and food assistance, or SNAP benefits.

Several former and current Human Service Department workers testified last month that it was department policy to alter the information on emergency SNAP applications so that people wouldn’t be eligible for benefits.

Marisa Demarco

UPDATE 6/8: In the race for the Democratic nomination for Bernalillo County District Attorney, Raul Torrez handily beat Ed Perea with 67 percent of votes. KOB-TV reports the former deputy U.S. Attorney General will face Republican Simon Kubiak in November.

Kari Brandenburg, who has served as Bernalillo County DA for 15 years, did not run for re-election this year. 

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Hackathon Aims To Diversify Tech Workforce

May 10, 2016
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Native American students Twylastar Warkie and Madison Castillo laugh and gather in front of a Macbook computer.  They are playing an early version of a game called Jelly Cat Trap.  They designed this game with help from some coding mentors at the Native My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon. The event took place at the Epicenter in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is May 10th, 2016. New Mexico doesn’t have open primary elections,  so if you’re not registered as a Democrat or a Republican in this state, you won’t be able to vote in those party primaries.

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Imagine when you walk out of your house the road signs are blank. Billboards, too. You try to order breakfast at that new brunch place, but you have to listen to other customers to figure out what’s on the menu. This is the reality for thousands of New Mexico adults who are struggling to read. 

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City Of Española Trespassing On Santa Clara Pueblo—Associated Press

A civil complaint says Española is trespassing on Santa Clara Pueblo land because the city failed to renew its rights of way for its public water and sanitary sewer lines.

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