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Weekend News Roundup
7:56 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Headlines: SunZia Powerline, AG's Behavior Health Findings...

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Federal Decision Expected On SunZia Transmission Line – The Associated Press

Federal officials are expected to make an announcement regarding a proposed $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico that has become a priority for the Obama administration.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be joined Saturday by members of New Mexico's congressional delegation for a news conference in Albuquerque.

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People, Power And Democracy
4:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Committee Shakeup In The House

New Mexico’s 60-day legislative session kicked off this week. KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland checked in with New Mexico In Depth’s Sandra Fish on what she’s seen so far.

Doland for KUNM: So Fish, what did you think of your first week at the capitol?

Fish: Well, Gwyneth, I was focused on the House where Republicans took over for the first time in 60 years. And to my knowledge no one around the Roundhouse had anything to compare that to.

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Local News
9:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Headlines: Bishops Push For Late-Term Abortion Ban, Modernizing Telecom Laws...

Those fighting the legality of late-term abortions may have a stronger position with the new makeup of the New Mexico state house. The state's Roman Catholic bishops are pressuring lawmakers to act.
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Bishops Want New Mexico To Restrict Late-term Abortions The Associated Press

Republicans' new control of the New Mexico House has the state's three Roman Catholic bishops urging lawmakers to enact a bill to restrict late-term abortions.

The GOP now has a majority in the House for the first time in decades, while Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

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Drilling Deep
9:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Voices From Drilling Deep: Mark Martinez

Laura Paskus

    

In October, Pueblo of Zuni Councilman Mark Martinez and I viewed Chaco Canyon National Historical Park from above during an ecoFlight tour.

Martinez was interested in flying above the park to see the remains of ancient buildings and roads. And also to see nearby drill rigs, old and new.

The Pueblo of Zuni is just one of the tribes that asked the federal government to protect Chaco Canyon.

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People, Power And Democracy
11:44 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Groups Want More Disclosure Of Lobbyist Spending

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Steak dinners at fancy restaurants, breakfast burritos brought to committee meetings, lift tickets at ski resorts. Every year lobbyists spend big bucks on entertaining, many with the hope that they will get some time to talk with lawmakers about the issues they’re working on.

It’s been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which lifted restrictions on expenditures and gave rise to groups known as Super Political Action Committees that have pumped millions of dollars of special interest money into the political system.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:43 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Severe Driving Conditions SE NM, Ceiling Collapse At WIPP...

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Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Snowplows have been working to clear northern New Mexico highways of snow and ice from a major winter storm.

Difficult driving conditions are reported in much of northeast New Mexico and along I-40 east to the Texas line. Severe driving conditions are reported in the southeast.  See NMRoads.com or call 5-1-1 for the latest information.

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Local News
6:12 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

PNM Lost Partners, Stands By Energy Replacement Plan

Because coal-burning units at the San Juan Generating Station were violating the Regional Haze Rule, owners at the plant agreed to decommission two of the units by the end of 2017.
Credit Sierra Club

Two groups have withdrawn their support for PNM’s energy replacement plan but the utility insists their proposal is still the best choice for New Mexico.

PNM proposed adding more coal, nuclear, and natural gas energy and less than 5 percent in solar to make up for the loss when two coal-burning units are shut down at the San Juan Generating Station.

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Drilling Deep
3:01 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Voices From Drilling Deep: Mike Eisenfeld

Laura Paskus

While reporting this series, it's really easy to end up with more voices and moments than can ever be plopped into the four-minute feature stories that air on KUNM. That's why over the course of this project, I'll be sharing some of those moments with you online.

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KUNM Call In Show
12:02 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Sexual Assault On College Campuses

Take Back The Night demonstration at Concordia University
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KUNM Call In Show Thu 1/22 8a: 

What options are available to survivors of on-campus sexual assault in New Mexico? How can we make campuses safer? What can be done to improve the way universities and colleges handle sexual assault?

We'd like to hear from you. Email callinshow@kunm.org, add your comments to this post, Tweet @KUNMHealth, or call in live during the show.

Guests:

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:44 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: Difficult Driving Conditions Reported, Update From Legislature...

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Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.

Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Watrous.

The National Weather Service says the most significant impacts are expected overnight.

According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow today.

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Local News
6:07 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Governor Unveils Education Reform Ideas

Governor Martinez continues to make education reform a top priority.
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Governor Susana Martinez has made education central to her agenda for this year’s legislative session.

Martinez said Tuesday in her State of the State address that she wants to increase teachers’ starting salaries by $2,000 a year and provide each teacher with a debit card pre-loaded with $100 to cover the cost of their classroom supplies.

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From NPR
5:49 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'Tonight, We Turn The Page': Obama Lays Out 2015 Agenda

President Obama receives a standing ovation as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:48 pm

Delivering his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama faced a Congress that's now controlled by his Republican opponents. His speech included possible areas of cooperation — and a threat to use his veto power.

Tax proposals that would boost middle-class families were in the president's speech; so were calls for a new approach to immigration and a push for free education at community colleges.

Obama also called on Congress to pass a resolution to authorize using military force against the extremist group ISIS.

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Local News
12:54 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

2015 Legislative Guides

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New Mexico In Depth, a KUNM media partner, published a Legislative Guide for this year's 60-day legislative session. From Trip Jennings, Executive Director of NMID:

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Local News
12:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

LISTEN: Governor Martinez Delivers State Of The State Address

Governor Susana Martinez will address lawmakers on Tuesday during the first session of the 52nd Legislature.
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New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez delivered the 2015 State of the State address this afternoon at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. 

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:01 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Headlines: NM Legislature To Convene Session, NM Child Poverty Report...

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New Mexico Legislature To Convene 60-Day SessionThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to outline her priorities as lawmakers gather in Santa Fe for the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

The Legislature will convene at noon today, and the governor will deliver her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

The governor's efforts could end up sailing through at least one chamber since she's starting her second term with the first Republican-controlled House in 60 years.

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From NPR
6:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after delivering the 2014 State of Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Larry Downing AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:09 am

In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.

The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."

Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.

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Monday News Roundup
8:34 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Headlines: NM Senate Leader Last Firewall For Democrats, Shooting At ABQ Walmart...

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New Mexico Senate Leader Is Last Firewall For DemocratsThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Longtime New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is sure to face more pressure than ever when the legislative session begins tomorrow.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Sanchez is the last line of defense for Democrats with the Republican-dominated House likely to pass any bills favored by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

As majority leader, Sanchez is allowed to pick which bills get heard on the Senate floor.

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Headlines: Santa Fe Minimum Wage, Judge's Appointment...

Santa Fe's minimum wage workers who are able to work forty hours per week will earn an extra $7.20 a week starting March 1st because of an increase to the city's minimum wage.
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Santa Fe's Minimum Wage To Increase In March The Associated Press

Santa Fe's minimum wage is set to go up by 18 cents an hour starting March 1.

The annual adjustment is based on the latest Consumer Price Index for the western region. It will raise the local wage floor to $10.84, which keeps it among the highest in the nation.

The federal mandatory minimum remains at $7.25. The state minimum wage is $7.50.

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Local News
6:19 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Kirtland Misses Another Deadline For Jet Fuel Cleanup

KAFB is in violation for not meeting a deadline to begin extracting jet fuel components from Albuquerque's aquifer.
Credit Rita Daniels

Kirtland Air Force Base missed another deadline for cleaning up some of a decades-old jet fuel spill. The New Mexico Environment Department has granted them 45 days to comply.

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Local News
6:14 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Hearings On PNM's Energy Future Extended

The Public Regulation Commission will continue hearing testimony next week about PNM's energy replacement plan that includes adding more coal generated power to the utility's energy portfolio.
Credit Rita Daniels

New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission heard testimony for the 10th day on Friday about how the state’s largest utility wants to move forward. Two of the coal-burning units at the San Juan Generating Station are going to be shut down. Now the PRC hearings will be extended.

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Drilling Deep
3:51 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BLM Hosts Heated Meeting In Santa Fe

At the BLM meeting in Santa Fe, Navajo activist Tina Garnanez questioned how many jobs the pipeline would bring to local workers.
Credit Laura Paskus

On Thursday night, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management hosted a crowded—and sometimes heated—public meeting in Santa Fe. Currently, the agency is considering a pipeline that would carry crude oil from northwestern New Mexico to rail lines along Interstate 40.

As it’s currently proposed, the 140-mile long pipeline would run across federal, private, state and Navajo Nation lands.  After local residents and activists complained, the agency agreed to extend the public comment period and hold three additional meetings.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Headlines: CNM Warns Of Budget Problems, Accused APD Officers Want DA Removed From Case...

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College President Warns Budget Problems May Force Cuts The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The president of the community college serving the Albuquerque area says fiscal belt-tightening might have to include cuts of low-enrollment classes.

Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd told employees and staff that she believes proposed increases in state funding are optimistic and that higher education could actually face funding cuts.

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Fronteras Desk
4:37 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fronteras Desk Oil And Gas Regulation Series

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As part of KUNM's commitment to ongoing coverage of the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, we included a short series of stories on the regulation of this industry from reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe who reports from El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, for the Fronteras Desk.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

APD Forward Releases Top Picks To Oversee Reform

The agreement between the City of Albuquerque and the U.S. Department of Justice requires that an independent monitor oversee reform of the police department.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

UPDATE 1/15: The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque told KUNM Wednesday that they were planning on telling the court which candidate they had selected for the job of independent monitor.

A federal judge has to approve their choice before the information is made public. That announcement is expected early next week.

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Drilling Deep
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

"...Like A War Zone": Worries About Increased Oil Drilling

Sarah Jane White, with her grandson, worries that someday, children won't be able to find clean water on the Navajo reservation.
Credit Laura Paskus

    

Sarah Jane White’s walking to the top of a sandy hill near the eastern edge of the Navajo reservation. Along the way, she points to footprints in the sand. Her 4-year-old grandson, Albino, crouches to look. She shows him the prints of a horse, then a cow. Each time, he’s delighted.

It’s sunny and warm, though just a few days before the official start of winter. We walk past juniper trees, an old sweat lodge. Albino powers across the sandstone arroyo and on up the hill. The sky’s a deep blue. And depending on the breeze, the air smells like either sage or pine.

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Local News
7:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Demands For Transparency After Latest Fatal Police Shooting

Demonstrators took to the steps of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday after a fatal officer involved shooting the night before.
Credit Rita Daniels

 

 

Activists gathered on the steps of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday after police fatally shot a man Tuesday night. They’re demanding transparency in the investigation of this latest officer involved shooting.

The streets in Albuquerque were slushy when about two dozen activists showed up with picket signs. One was painted blood red with the words “This revolution will not be privatized.”

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Another APD Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting, Difficult Driving Conditions Northern NM...

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Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press

Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.

Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Wounded APD Detective Improves, Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Family Services...

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Albuquerque Police: Wounded Detective ImprovesThe Associated Press

Authorities say an Albuquerque police detective who was shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust is improving.

A police spokeswoman says the detective, identified Monday as Jacob Grant, has had three surgeries in recent days and more are scheduled.

Authorities say Grant and Holly Garcia, another undercover detective, were conducting a narcotics operation on Friday when the shooting occurred.

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Local News
6:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

DA: Murder Charges Against APD Officers In Boyd Case

DA Brandenburg said Monday she believes the evidence against Albuquerque officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez is strong enough to hold up in court.
Credit Rita Daniels

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg charged two Albuquerque police officers on Monday with murder in the death of homeless camper James Boyd.

Brandenburg said this is the first officer-involved shooting case in her tenure as DA where she believes there is probable cause for indictments.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

APD Officers In Boyd Shooting To Face Murder Charges

James Boyd in a standoff with police in March 2014
Credit Screenshot from video provided by APD through an IPRA request

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: This case will be presented during an open preliminary hearing, the date of which has not been determined.

Comment from Mayor Richard Berry's office: “We trust the judicial system will provide the family, our community and the officers a fair, transparent and unbiased opportunity to explore and present the facts as they relate to this tragic event. It is important for all of us to allow the process to progress without prejudice in order for our community to move forward.”

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