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NM Education Officials Pursue School Retention Plan, Drought Forces Ranchers To Scramble For Feed | KUNM
KUNM | April 24, 2018
New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention Plan – The Associated Press New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below ...
Let's Talk Access To SNAP | KUNM
KUNM | April 24, 2018
Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you ...
Drought Conditions Expected To Continue, Union For Political Campaign Workers Expands To NM | KUNM
KUNM | April 24, 2018
After Brief Relief, Forecasts Indicate Drought Will Continue Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the southwestern United States, but dry weather will persist through the summer.
Drought Conditions Expected To Continue, WIPP Officials Defend Facility's Safety Plans | KUNM
KUNM | April 24, 2018
New Mexico Nuke Repository Defends Plant Safety Plans A U.S. Department of Energy official says new procedures in place would have detected a drum filled with radioactive materials that ruptured earlier this month at Idaho's Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
Hispanic Catholics Protest Ending NM Spanish Mass, Another NM Charter School Closes | KUNM
KUNM | April 24, 2018
Hispanic Catholics Protest Priest For Ending Spanish Mass – The Associated Press and KOB Some Hispanic Catholics in a New Mexico town want a priest removed after he ended Spanish Mass and allegedly told one parishioner he needed to pray for what he did in the Vietnam War.
Las Vegas School District Considers Mandatory Drug Testing, Santa Fe City Manager Resigns | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
New Mexico School District Eyes Mandated Drug Teaching – The Associated Press, The Las Vegas Optic A northern New Mexico school district may require all teachers, staff and student athletes to undergo drug testing.
Navajo Nation Council Approves Funds For Veterans Health Center | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
Getting health care when you’re a veteran living on the Navajo reservation can be an all-day affair, starting with hours of driving to Albuquerque. Last week, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved more than $2 million to fund a veterans service center on tribal land.
Meet The New Mexico Towns Where Less Connectivity Is More | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
Hillsboro and Kingston, tiny mountain towns on the edge of the Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico, have a rare quality. It comes from the night skies. The stars shine bright at this elevation. The nearest city lights are 31 miles from Hillsboro in Truth or Consequences and 41 miles away in ...
Competition Fosters Computer Skills In New Mexico Schools | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
In New Mexico, computer science courses are not mandated by the state. Many schools in metropolitan areas offer these courses, but few rural school districts do. However, one rural school district has turned to New Mexico’s Supercomputing Challenge , an annual science and engineering competition, ...
Santa Fe Mayor Who Urged Saving Water Uses A Lot, Forecasts Indicate Drought Will Continue | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
New Mexico Mayor Who Urged Saving Water Using A Lot – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water than most of his neighbors.
In Small Towns, A Way To Make Remote Work, Work | KUNM
KUNM | April 23, 2018
This story is part of the State of Change project , produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. Dilapidated motels line the entrance to Grants, New Mexico, signs of the boom that came and went in this town of 9,000 people. Reclamation work continues at the mines that once earned G...
Small Amounts Of Pot No Longer A Crime In ABQ, Pro Gun Rally Planned Outside NM Statehouse | KUNM
KUNM | April 22, 2018
In ABQ Small Amounts of Pot No Longer A Crime – The ABQ Journal New Mexico’s largest city will be the next municipality where possession of small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime.
Judge: Little Accountability At ISD, But Backlog Shrinking | KUNM
KUNM | April 22, 2018
For decades, families in New Mexico have been missing out on food and medical assistance that they’re eligible for under federal law. Records show that things have gotten better in recent months. Still, the issue’s been in court for 30 years, and a federal judge says one problem is a lack of acc...
Finalists Named For Top Post At UNM Hospitals, Carlsbad Caverns To Raise Entry Fee | KUNM
KUNM | April 22, 2018
3 Finalists Named For Top Post At UNM Hospitals – Associated Press A series of town halls are planned over the coming weeks as one of the state's largest hospital systems seeks a new chief executive officer.
Paper Engineer Matt Shlian | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
He doesn't work on paper as most artists do, rather he works with it -- cutting it, folding it and then reassembling these numerous and meticulous geometric forms into dimensional paper sculptures. Matt Shlian has been artist-in-residence this past year at UNM's Tamarind Institute , and he will figu...
Report: Tuition Increases Linked To Decreasing Diversity On College Campuses | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
University of New Mexico undergraduate tuition has gone up over 50 percent in the last decade. The UNM Board of Regents gave the green light to raise tuition again in March. New research suggests increasing tuition could reduce student diversity. Greg Wolniak co-authored the research and spoke with ...
State Buries Official's School Gun Violence Findings | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
The head of the state department that oversees behavioral health services is at odds with Governor Susana Martinez’s administration over how to handle gun violence in local schools.
Public Should Be Ready For The Rio Grande’s Bad Year | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
As high winds whipped dust, Siberian elm seeds and recycling bins around Albuquerque Thursday afternoon, dozens of people filed into the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Albuquerque office to hear the agency’s 2018 forecast for the Rio Grande. “I’ll be the bearer of bad news,” said Reclamation...
Air Force Looking To Expand Airspace In NM, Drought Is Effecting The Rio Grande | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
Air Force Looking To Expand Airspace In New Mexico – The Associated Press & The Roswell Daily Record U.S. Air Force officials continue trying to ease concerns over an idea to expand military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico.
Navajo Nation Approves Funds For Veterans Facility, Fire Threatening Homes In South-Central NM | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million For Veterans Facility – Associated Press The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.
New Texting Option For Warmline Support | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
The state’s Peer-to-Peer Warmline has introduced a texting option. This could help more locals early on so they won’t need to call a crisis hotline later.
Latino USA Host Says Covering Immigration Is Horrible And Beautiful | KUNM
KUNM | April 21, 2018
Immigration and border security have dominated the headlines this week in New Mexico and across the nation. Latino USA ’s Maria Hinojosa has been covering these issues for many years and she says this is one of the most horrible, beautiful times to be a journalist. The founder of The Futuro Media ...
ABQ To Decriminalize Marijuana, NM Students Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence | KUNM
KUNM | April 20, 2018
Albuquerque To Decriminalize Pot On 420 Holiday – The Associated Press Possessing marijuana in small amounts will no longer be a crime in Albuquerque starting Friday, the same day as the unofficial 420 pot holiday. A spokesman for Albuquerque City Councilman Pat Davis says the recently passed ordi...
ABQ Decriminalizes Marijuana, NM Students Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence | KUNM
KUNM | April 20, 2018
Albuquerque Decriminalizes Pot On 420 Holiday – The Associated Press Possessing marijuana in small amounts will no longer be a crime in Albuquerque starting Friday, the same day as the unofficial 420 pot holiday.
A Unique Biography Of A Living Mexican Artist | KUNM
KUNM | April 20, 2018
Photographer Graciela Iturbide has spent her career documenting what she calls the "Mexican Tempo" -- a world that's at once ancient and modern, realistic and otherworldly. A major collector of Iturbide's work, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has just published a biography of the artist. Photograph...
Official Apologizes For Starting Wildfire, ABQ Revives Native American Homeless Task Force | KUNM
KUNM | April 20, 2018
Official Apologizes For Prescribed Burn That Start Wildfire – The Associated Press & The Gallup Independent A Cibola National Forest official has apologized for approving a prescribed burn that started a wildfire that has burned 14.5 square miles (37.56 sq. kilometers) on a northwestern New Mexico...
Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Legalizing Pot, Storm To Worsen New Mexico Wildfire Conditions | KUNM
KUNM | April 19, 2018
New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Legalizing Pot – The Associated Press Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca is calling for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use.
New Mexico Mourns ABQ Woman Killed On Flight, UNM Regents Vote To Reduce Sports | KUNM
KUNM | April 18, 2018
New Mexico Mourns Bank Executive Killed On Southwest Plane – The Associated Press Family, friends and community leaders in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are mourning the death of a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines flight home from a business trip to New York.
Let's Talk With Syrians In New Mexico | KUNM
KUNM | April 18, 2018
Let's Talk New Mexico 4/18 8a: We'll speak with Syrians who live in New Mexico to hear their thoughts on the ongoing war and U.S. military action. We'll also talk about their lives in Syria and now, here. We invite your thoughtful questions for our panel. Email them to letstalk@KUNM.org , tweet us u...
Feud Erupts Between US States Over Colorado River, NM Town Reconsiders Tribute To Spanish Conqueror | KUNM
KUNM | April 18, 2018
Feud Erupts Between Utility, US States Over Colorado River – The Associated Press Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused an Arizona utility of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening the river's future.
Wildfire Season And Drought Pressure People, Wildlife | KUNM
KUNM | April 18, 2018
New Mexico’s wildfire season started off early this year, and spring winds could make it worse. For people living near forests, this means preparing for potential evacuations and fire proofing homes. But, for wildlife, there’s a lot we don’t really know.
Mayor Shares Quarterly Crime Report | KUNM
KUNM | April 17, 2018
Crime is a top concern for Albuquerque residents. Mayor Tim Keller announced Tuesday morning the situation is getting better. Crime rates are dropping, according to a city report looking at the first quarter of this year.
ABQ 'Immigrant Friendly' Measure Goes To Mayor, UNM Considers Cutting Sports Teams | KUNM
KUNM | April 17, 2018
Albuquerque “Immigrant Friendly” Measure Goes To Mayor – The Associated Press The Albuquerque City Council has approved a measure that would prevent federal immigration officers from entering a prisoner transport center without a warrant, and prohibit local tax dollars from being used to enfor...
Tequila Bat Gets Off Endangered Species List, Las Vegas Ex-Employees Sue City | KUNM
KUNM | April 17, 2018
Tequila Bat Gets Off Endangered Species List – The Associated Press Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the federal endangered species list.