The Star Wars films have been translated into at least 50 languages, but this will be the first time a major movie, Star Wars Episode IV will be dubbed into a North American indigenous language. The translation comes from a partnership between the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Parks and Recreation and Lucasfilm.
Manuelito Wheeler is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum and has been working to get the film translated for over three years. He hopes the movie will serve as a tool to preserve the language.
Sunday night at 9:00 we plan to install a switch at Sandia Crest to allow us to switch to auxiliary transmit mode in emergencies. In order to perform the change, we will have to cut power to the transmitter for 30 minutes or less.
All KUNM stations will be off for this period. But our web stream will be available.
Gov. Susana Martinez says the state education department will be able to expand pre-kindergarten education next year and fund all 40 programs across the state that applied for funding.
Martinez says that thanks to a $4.5 million increase in the budget approved by lawmakers for the 2013-2014 school year, the education department can fund 12 new PreK programs in areas including Roswell, Silver City and Taos.
Student funding for PreK this year is about $13.7 million, more than double what it was when Martinez took office.
Gov. Susana Martinez has named medical care, insurance and business officials to the governing board of New Mexico's state-run health insurance exchange, which must be quickly implemented in the new few months.
The exchange is to serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to buy medical coverage.
Martinez on Thursday announced six appointees to the exchange's board of directors. They join six members named by legislators.
The state superintendent of insurance is on the 13-member board but votes only to break ties. The board meets next week.
Homeowners in Arroyo Hondo Land Grant are locked in a centuries-old land fight that is tying up property in a popular northern New Mexico area.
That's because a group of descendants of the Spanish land grant have filed a deed to the land and has placed hundreds of property owners in this mountainous New Mexico enclave in limbo. Owners cannot sell their property, refinance their mortgages or even get insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict.
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico teenager says she had a miscarriage in a high school hallway and that a teacher didn't help her because she was late to class.
But school officials say the student actually had a miscarriage a week before and had passed her placenta that day.
KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/12Kf0Uk) that the Grants High School student says she miscarried outside a band class last week. The teen says after the teacher refused to let her in the class she then made her way to a bathroom and passed out.
The executive director of the Bernalillo County GOP has been suspended indefinitely for making inappropriate social media comments about women testifying for a minimum wage hike.
During a Tuesday night county commission meeting, a Twitter comment from the account of Bernalillo County Republican Party Executive Director Steve Kush referred to a volunteer who was testifying as a "radical (expletive.)"
Officials have confirmed that an animal killed in January in southwestern New Mexico by a federal employee was a female Mexican gray wolf.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the announcement Wednesday, saying genetic tests confirmed it was a small, uncollared wolf.
In January, an employee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services shot what officials described only as a "canine." The employee reported the shooting because the animal looked like a Mexican wolf after closer inspection.
Engineers at Sandia National Labs have developed a new fertilizer that can not be used as a chemical component in an explosive. The new fertilizer could have the potential to save lives while serving as a highly effective plant food.
Amonium Nitrate, is a compound found in most fertilizers. It’s an agricultural staple, but it’s also a commonly used ingredient in many improvised explosive devices from Oklahoma City to Afghanistan.
A natural gas processing company will have to pay a civil penalty of more than $838,000 as part of a settlement with the New Mexico Environment Department.
The department announced Tuesday that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC over numerous alleged emissions violations at 31 different sites operated by the company and its subsidiaries.
The alleged violations occurred between 2008 and 2010.
The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would allow a West Texas nuclear waste facility to import materials with greater radioactivity while encouraging the export of lower-level materials out of the state.
Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger put forward the measure on Tuesday, which he called an "omnibus low-level radioactive waste bill."
The Senate removed a provision that only Texans living in counties adjacent to Andrews County could contest the facility's permits. The closest inhabited area is in New Mexico.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/25 8a: Do you commute on a bicycle to work? Do you want to? Or is it just fun time on bikes for you? We'll have details on the BikeABQ Bike Swap event and take your calls about bicycles, cycling, and safety. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
Members of New Mexico's congressional delegations are trying again to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both Democrats, on Monday reintroduced legislation to give the area permanent wilderness status. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House Tuesday by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat who represents northern New Mexico.
Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a "Wilderness Study Area" since 1980.
Federal agriculture officials are scheduled to visit the southeastern New Mexico town of Roswell Tuesday for an inspection of a proposed horse slaughterhouse.
Valley Meat Co. is a former cattle slaughterhouse whose kill floor has been redesigned for horses to be led in one at a time, secured in a huge metal chute, shot in the head, then processed into meat for shipment overseas.
Obama’s proposed budget for Indian Health Services is up from FY 2012 by $124 million.. The White House’s focus on increased funding to IHS programs, it’s now up to congress to make a decision on the President’s budget.
Around 25-thousand Native Americans in New Mexico will become eligible for Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year. The change translates to more money for the Indian Health Service. But as KUNM’s Poverty and Public Health Reporter Tristan Ahtone explains: in Albuquerque, Medicaid expansion will also force Native health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: competition from non-tribal health programs.
An FBI investigation in which agents took documents from a Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office under a search warrant reportedly centers on a sheriff's program under which citations could be dismissed in exchange for donations to charities.
The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/117hpp9 ) reports that the charities involved in the program include a scholarship fund managed by Sheriff Tommy Rodella.
A far-reaching immigration bill is getting its first test at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where opponents of the legislation will be able to face off with its authors.
The committee includes New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and three other lawmakers who authored the bill to boost border security, fix legal immigration programs and eventually grant citizenship to some 11 million people in the U.S. illegally. The panel also includes skeptics of the legislation, including Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature had a better track record this year in getting bills signed into law by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
The governor signed 77 percent of the 298 bills passed by the Legislature during its 60-day session, which ended last month.
Martinez vetoed 23 percent of bills that cleared the Legislature.
In 2011, when Martinez took office and the Legislature last met in a 60-day session, the governor signed 65 percent of the 284 bills approved by lawmakers. About 35 percent were vetoed, according to Legislative Council Service records.