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Skandera Praises Trump`s Education Pick

KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Dec 01, 2016
New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump`s choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation`s most Hispanic state.

House Speaker Pick: No More Cuts To Education and Health Care

Anne Lande, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Nov 22, 2016
Democrats regained control of New Mexico’s House of Representatives during the election. They met over the weekend, and former minority leader Brian Egolf of Santa Fe was nominated to be the next House Speaker.

LISTEN: Faculty Draft A Letter Calling For UNM To Protect Students

Marisa DeMarco, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Nov 15, 2016
After the election, the University of New Mexico’s president issued a message acknowledging that students are feeling unsafe and urging people to respect each other. But hundreds of faculty members, students and even administrators are saying that’s not enough.

LISTEN: Martinez Administration Faces Free Press Lawsuit

Elaine Baumgartel, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Oct 17, 2016
In 2013, Santa Fe’s alternative weekly newspaper sued Governor Susana Martinez for violating the state’s public records law. That case goes to trial next month and the outcome could have huge repercussions for government transparency and freedom of the press in New Mexico.

LISTEN: Priorities For The Special Session

SARAH GUSTAVUS, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Sep 30, 2016
KUNM Call In Show 9/29/ 8a: Governor Susana Martinez expected to soon call lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session. They must deal with a budget deficit from the last fiscal year and a projected drop in revenue for the current fiscal year. But the governor also wants them to consider her proposal to bring back the death penalty in some cases. New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009.

NM Team Makes 3D Models To Prevent Landslides, Group Says Silvery Minnow Population Declines

KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Aug 15, 2016
New Mexico Team Makes High-Tech Tool To Prevent Landslides – The Associated Press
A University of New Mexico professor is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a device to create three-dimensional images of canyons and washes in real-time.

Survey: NM Teens Report High Rates Of Drug Use, Some In NM GOP Going With Libertarian Johnson

KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Aug 08, 2016
A national survey of high school students has found that New Mexico teens have some of the highest rates of drug use involving a variety of illegal substances.

A Daunting Task Ahead As State Tests Homes For Toxic Gas

Ed Williams, KUNM News
Albuquerque, Jul 07, 2016
When toxic chemicals are released into the environment, figuring out whether they’re making people sick can be a major challenge. It’s a problem the state is trying to solve now in the Sawmill and Wells Park neighborhoods near downtown Albuquerque, where an underground plume of dangerous dry cleaning solvents is flowing just beneath people’s homes and businesses.

LISTEN: New Mexico Defrauds The Poor Out Of Food Stamps, Whistleblowers Say

Marisa Demarco, KUNM News
Albuquerque, Jul 06, 2016
Despite working as a home health aide in New Mexico for nearly two decades, Kimberly Jones was struggling to get the hours she needed to make ends meet. She was living in a hotel room, and every day she had to make a choice.

Feds Could Ship High-Grade Plutonium To WIPP

Ed Williams, KUNM
Albuquerque, Apr 04, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy is hoping to send tons of weapons-grade plutonium waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, near Carlsbad.

UNM Regents’ Vote On Health Sciences Board Raises Transparency Concerns

Marisa Demarco, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Mar 15, 2016
University of New Mexico regents voted Monday, March 14, to put themselves in charge of the Health Sciences Center despite public objections to the sudden shift.

New Mexico Tops Country In Pedestrian Deaths

Ed Williams, KUNM
Albuquerque, Mar 11, 2016
A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says New Mexico is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in America.

Marchers: Don’t Cut Behavioral Health Funds

Marisa Demarco, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Feb 01, 2016
The rate of drug overdose deaths—nationally and statewide—is racing up the charts, echoing HIV trends of 30 years ago, according to the CDC. That’s why demonstrators in Santa Fe on Saturday asked legislators not to erode resources that fight substance abuse.

After No Child Left Behind, What’s Next For New Mexico Schools?

Ed Williams, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Dec 11, 2015
This week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The new law gets rid of many of the standardized testing requirements that had been in place under No Child Left Behind, and gives states more leeway in designing their own education standards.

Supreme Court Weighs Speedy Trial Changes

KUNM News
Albuquerque, Dec 10, 2015
New Mexico justices are hearing from prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement officials as they weigh changes to a state Supreme Court rule meant to cut down the backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial in Bernalillo County.

Many N.M. Jails Charge Inmates Copays

Marisa Demarco, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Oct 28, 2015
Untreated minor health concerns can grow into big, expensive ailments, maybe even fatal illnesses. That’s true for people who are in jail, too. Many of the state’s jails charge inmates copays for their medical care, but some say the fees deter inmates from seeking the help they need before health problems get out of control.

No Cleanup Plan For ABQ Dry Cleaning Spill

Ed Williams, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Oct 27, 2015
There is a problem with the groundwater in Albuquerque—a big problem. A plume of poisonous dry cleaning chemicals is flowing beneath the Sawmill and Wells Park neighborhoods, just north of downtown. The contamination stretches farther than the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill, and is much closer to the surface.

Millions Of Bats Take To The Skies At Jornada Caves

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Sep 23, 2015
During the summer months, southern New Mexico hosts one of the largest bat populations in North America. The Jornada Bat Caves, just west of White Sands Missile Range, are now becoming more accessible to the public.

CNM Receives $2.9 Million Apprenticeship Grant

Anna Lande, KUNM Radio
Albuquerque, Sep 22, 2015
Apprenticeship programs across the country are getting an infusion of cash. The U.S. Department of Labor divided a record $175 million between 46 apprenticeship and trade institutions across the country. The grants represent the largest award towards apprenticeships in U.S. history.

New System For Emergency Response On Pajarito Mesa

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Sep 21, 2015
People living on Pajarito Mesa may have an easier time getting help in the case of an emergency. That’s because Bernalillo County has a new system set up to serve the settlement west of Albuquerque.

Can Community Colleges Fix Nurse Shortage?

ED WILLIAMS, KUNM
Albuquerque, Sep 03, 2015
New Mexico has a nursing problem. In recent years some hospitals have had to close beds because there weren’t enough nurses to staff them. And as more people enroll in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the need for nurses is growing even faster.

Debate Over Federal Coal Leases Comes To New Mexico

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 25, 2015
New Mexico could get more money for schools and roads if the U.S. increases royalty rates for coal mined on federal land. The feds held the last of a series of nationwide listening sessions in Farmington on Thursday.

Shiprock Farmers Scramble To Save Fields

Marisa Demarco, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 24, 2015
It’s been nearly two weeks since the Gold King Mine spill caused the shut down of San Juan River irrigation to farms on the Navajo Nation. Emergency stopgap measures aren’t quite panning out.

After Plume Passes, Attention Turns To Sediments

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 18, 2015
Water managers in Northwestern New Mexico are trying to figure out how much contamination from the Gold King Mine spill has seeped into ditch irrigation systems.

Volunteers Go Door-To-Door To Alert Navajos About Spill

Marisa Demarco, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 17, 2015
SHIPROCK, N.M.—Not everyone on the Navajo Nation had heard about the Gold King Mine spill that happened more than a week ago, even though they might live along the San Juan River. Henry Silentman is a spokesperson for the Incident Command Center in Shiprock. “Some of the older people, they didn’t know about the river spill,” he said. “A lot of the people are devastated that their livelihood is contaminated.”

Nearly A Century And A Half Of Pollution For Animas River

Elaine Baumgartel, KUNM News
Albuquerque, Aug 13, 2015
Pollution of the Animas River was going on for over 100 years before gold and silver mining died down near Silverton, Colorado in the 1990s. So the recent 3 million gallon spill isn’t the first time the Animas River has been contaminated with mine waste.

LISTEN: State Environment Secretary Slams EPA

Marisa Demarco, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 11, 2015
State officials met with the Navajo Nation Council on Monday, Aug. 10, to talk about mine waste contamination of the San Juan River flowing through tribal land. New Mexico`s top environment official had harsh words about the EPA’s lack of transparency and support.

Fine Print In Changes To Food Stamps Program

Marisa Demarco, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 10, 2015
Almost a quarter of the people in New Mexico rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—about 448,000. And the Human Services Department is once again calling for more work search and volunteer hours or job training for recipients. Opponents say the rule changes are confusing.

Judge Hears Case Against Public Education Department

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jul 06, 2015
A district judge heard arguments Thursday in a case against the Public Education Department. A union representing teachers sued the agency over a mysterious statistic.

The local chapter of the National Education Association, or NEA, asked the agency for all the calculations and documents they used to come up with the percentage of teachers that were rated competent under the old teacher evaluation system. PED said it was 99 percent and that that meant the evaluation system was broken.

Heinrich To Introduce New Poverty Legislation

Ed Williams, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jul 01, 2015
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations.

Free CPR Trainings Statewide On June 20

Marisa Demarco, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jun 25, 2015
Project Heart Start is putting on free trainings all around the state on Saturday, June 20. Sessions start at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. unless otherwise specified.

Group Studies Health Impacts Of Uranium Mining

Ed Williams, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jun 25, 2015
Residents of McKinley County in northwestern New Mexico have long complained of health problems associated with uranium mining. A new study looks at the health impacts the uranium mining industry may have caused there.

National Labs Fined For Mishandling Classified Materials [LISTEN]

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jun 12, 2015
The Department of Energy has fined the contractors that manage Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories nearly $1 million for mishandling sensitive material.

Oil And Gas Technology Drives Farmington Economy

LAURA PASKUS, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jun 09, 2015
Thanks to technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, New Mexico is one of the top natural gas producers in the world – 27th according to the latest annual numbers from 2012 just released by the American Petroleum Institute. But there’s more to the economics of drilling than just counting rigs and tallying profits.

DOE To Spend Millions On LANL Storm Water Controls

Ed Williams, KUNM
Albuquerque, May 19, 2015
Some of the money from the Department of Energy’s settlement with New Mexico following a radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage facility last year will go to address storm water issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Hunt For The Source Of Four Corners Methane

LAURA PASKUS, KUNM
Albuquerque, Apr 27, 2015
Scientists published a paper on methane levels across the globe last year—and their satellite images show the largest methane anomaly in the United States hovers over northwestern New Mexico. Now, some of the nation’s top scientists have come here to figure out where all that methane’s coming from.

Los Alamos May Face Stricter Runoff Regulations

Rita Daniels, KUNM
Albuquerque, Mar 16, 2015

hould Los Alamos National Labs and Los Alamos County be held to the Clean Water Act standards for stormwater runoff that ends up in the Rio Grande? That’s the question the Environmental Protection Agency is weighing. A public comment period on the matter will begin soon.

Changes Would Make It Harder For Whistleblowers

GWYNETH DOLAND, KUNM
Albuquerque, Mar 06, 2015

The state’s Whistleblower Protection Act went into effect in 2010 and since then the state has had to spend a lot more money dealing with lawsuits. A bill in the state legislature would address that by making it harder to make a whistleblower claim.

Groups Want More Disclosure Of Lobbyist Spending

NEW MEXICO IN DEPTH & GWYNETH DOLAND, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jan 23, 2015

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.

Searching For Answers On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

ED WILLIAMS, KUNM
Albuquerque, Oct 07, 2014

Terry Trujillo’s family has been facing an ordeal that would be familiar to a surprising number of Americans. Holding back tears, she remembers the moment she had to explain to her adopted nephew that his severe learning disabilities, memory problems and behavior issues were the result of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Lea County Puts Out Reward On `Water Dumpers`

KUNM and Associated Press
Albuquerque, May 13, 2014

Officials in Lea County want residents to help catch an oilfield company they say is dumping produced water on the side of the county roads.

County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M.

MARISA DEMARCO, KUNM RADIO
Albuquerque, Apr 11, 2014

Bernalillo County jail Chief Ramon Rustin’s resignation took effect Monday. After three years as the head of the largest jail in New Mexico, Rustin stepped down saying he needed to meet family obligations.

Will The Gila River Stay Wild?

Laura Paskus, KUNM
Albuquerque, Mar 06, 2014

Before the end of the year New Mexico officials will have to make a decision about water development in the state—they’ll decide what will happen to the Gila River. It’s a decision that’s been ten years in the making. But as details emerge, some lawmakers and scientists are worried about the future of New Mexico’s last free flowing river.

LISTEN: Governor Susana Martinez Gives 2014 State Of The State Address

KUNM News
Santa Fe, Jan 23, 2014

Governor Susana Martinez gave her 2014 State of the State address Tuesday at the state capitol in Santa Fe. She spoke before a joint session of the house and senate and touted the success of a tax package that was passed controversially at the very end of last year’s legislative session.

Most NM Enrollees Eligible For Health Insurance Discounts

DEBORAH MARTINEZ, KUNM
Albuquerque, Jan 16, 2014

Almost 75 percent of the nearly 8,000 New Mexicans who have enrolled in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for discounts, according to numbers released by the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Wednesday. Officials are attributing the spike in the number of enrollees to the state’s multi-pronged advertising campaign.

Critics Of Proposed Abortion Ban Say Health-Of-Mother Clause Could Be Slippery Slope

Carrie Jung, KUNM
Albuquerque, Nov 18, 2013

Voters in Albuquerque will soon decide the fate of a controversial ballot measure that would limit abortion rights. If approved, the measure would prohibit Albuquerque doctors from terminating a pregnancy, in any way, past the 20 week gestational mark. 

63,000 New Mexicans To Transition Health Plans Under ACA

TRISTAN AHTONE, KUNM
Albuquerque, Nov 01, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act, around 63,000 New Mexicans will need to buy new health insurance policies by the end of the year. Those plans could cost more and cover more.

Abortion Ban Ballot Initiative Highlights Unique Albuquerque Lawmaking Method

Carrie Jung, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 23, 2013

A ballot measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks is about 1,000 certified signatures away from earning a spot on an Albuquerque city ballot. One of the city`s more unique methods of lawmaking is called direct legislation by voter initiative.

CDC Says Excessive Drinking Costs Taxpayers Billions

TRISTAN AHTONE, KUNM
Albuquerque, Aug 15, 2013

Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. That`s according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control.

USDA Includes 2 NM Counties In Drought Aid Areas

KUNM AND PARTNERS
Albuquerque, Jul 08, 2013

Two northern New Mexico counties are included in new federal government designations of primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.