Families covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program-or CHIP-are concerned about potential cuts currently up for debate in Washington. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a significant portion of minority communities are at risk of losing health coverage.
New Mexicans statewide can expect to have better access to faster internet connections in the coming years. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports a large communications company is making a $20 million dollar investment in the state.
The US economy is still in recovery mode but KUNM commentator Jim Terr, a videographer, songrwiter, and actor who lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico, sees a parallel between what it might take to survive in a sagging economy and one New Mexico industry.
Albuquerque, NM – More New Mexico college students are taking out loans and graduating with debt. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about the extra strain of debt for recent grads in a touch economy. We'll also hear about the "new normal" for small business owners around New Mexico.
Thurs. 7/21 at noon: We'll be talking with the maestro via telephone on this day and playing as much of his music as we can squeeze into a 90-minute slot.
Bill Holman is a legend in Los Angeles. The general consensus is that he is the Bela Bartok of big band jazz arranging. That is, his ideas are not hampered by a tepid approach to dissonance and counterpoint and other formulaic stick-within-the-lines rules & regulations. His charts pop with the indispensable and capacious element endemic to the best bebop, that thing that makes bebop BEBOP: joie de vivre -- Joy of life!
Federal officials are refining their plan to speed up solar energy development on public lands in six western states. The Interior Secretary announced today the approval of four new projects. Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Flagstaff, AZ – A proposal to reverse a federal ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon survived a committee vote Tuesday. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
A tiny New Mexico border town has dissolved its entire police department. As Michel Marizco reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, they're asking the county sheriff to take over law enforcement duties.
Albuquerque, NM – The long awaited monsoon season has arrived in New Mexico and if you're wondering how much rain fell in your backyard, it just might be your neighbor who can help you out. Residents who track precipitation on their own can submit measurements to a national network that compiles data from across the country.
Laurel Morales – Four and a half million people will visit national parks this weekend. The fourth of July is, in fact, the most popular weekend of the year. But conservation groups are worried about the current state of the country's protected parks, beaches and landmarks.
As Laurel Morales of the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, they're asking the federal government to invest more to protect them.
Sun. 7/17 at 11am: It's impossible to predict the future, but humans can't help themselves. From the economy to the presidency to the Super Bowl, educated and intelligent people promise insight and repeatedly fail by wide margins. These mistakes and misses go unpunished, both publicly and in our brain, which has become trained to ignore the record of those who make them.
Sun. 7/16 at 7pm: Musician, songwriter, actor, and beloved father of a tribe of new talent, Loudon sat down with Art of the Song's John and Viv at the Moab Folk festival to talk about his life in the arts.
Loudon brings a rare perspective to the program having been a staff songwriter for the famed TV Show M*A*S*H, a series in which he also had a recurring role as The Singing Surgeon. Famous for his irreverence, Loudon leads the listener through his songs to many hilarious yet poignant conclusions.
Albuquerque, NM – Victims of wildfires around the New Mexico may need to be on the look out for unlicensed contractors who offer repair and building services. The state's Regulation and Licensing Department is warning home owners now because there was an increase in unlicensed work after wildfires in the past.
Fri. 7/15 at 8am: When push comes to shove and a decision must be made, what do we draw upon to guide our next moves? Might our lives be directed by an openness to possibility rather than a notion that we stake claims to an imagined future with a blueprint of actions to neatly follow?
Enter the conversation with novelist Lisa Gray Fisher, as she reads from her new book, "Full Body Wag." Featured New Mexico voices bring additional perspectives to the program. Back Roads Radio is hosted by Judy Goldberg and produced by Viewpoint Productions.
Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Trip Jennings has been covering the Las Conchas fire burning near Los Alamos. The fire is 40 percent contained after burning over 130-thousand acres and causing the evacuation of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Albuquerque, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire is burning near Los Alamos. It has threatened both the town and nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire, along with other wildfires burning across the state, is also making potential tourists stay away from New Mexico. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about how business owners are coping.
Albuquerque, NM – The organization that helps many low-income Albuquerque residents find a home has a new name and a new administration. The Albuquerque Housing Services Division officially became the Albuquerque Housing Authority. It will assist low income families with Section 8 vouchers.
Albuquerque, NM – More immigrants are being deported from the United States than ever before and it's not all happening at the border with Mexico, it's from communities like Taos, Albuquerque and Farmington.
KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how a federal program called Secure Communities is becoming an important tool for immigration officers.
Sarah Gustavus is a fellow with the Institute for Journalism's Immigration in the Heartland program.
Thurs. 7/14 at noon: Today we will be talking Live via telephone with possibly the pre-imminent scholar on jazz: Dan Morgenstern. Author of several books and thousands of jazz record liner notes and has been on the scene in the greatest jazz city in the world - New York City - throughout some of it's most compelling eras.
Santa Fe, NM – In a country once torn by ethnic strife and genocide, the Rwandan government is now holding up as a success story a collaboration of former rival tribal factions. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is helping fuel the partnership.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market returns this weekend to Museum Hill. The event has become a strong Santa Fe tradition in just eight years. As KUNM's Jim Williams has found over the years, one of the reasons for that is the incredible power of the artists' stories.