Santa Fe, NM – As much as a quarter of New Mexico's main operating budget each year comes from taxes it collects from oil and gas production in the state: the so-called "severance tax". And with the price of fossil fuels rising rapidly, a now-former state revenue official says it's time to raise taxes on the extraction industries.
Santa Fe, NM – Theater-goers this weekend in Santa Fe will get another chance to see the story of a talented and innovative drummer's journey to South Korea to pursue the spirit of percussion. As reviewer Jim Terr found, there's a bigger message in the film: that on the other side of suffering, happiness can be found.
Jim Terr is a writer, satirist, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.
Washington, DC – New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today called the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden "very welcome news", and said he looks forward to hearing more details about the operation in coming days. He said the search for bin Laden "has been underway for a very long time." The Democrat Bingaman said the U-S military, intelligence community, and President Obama deserve significant credit because of the high risk involved in the effort.
Washington, D.C. – New Mexico U-S Senator Jeff Bingaman says he supports forcing natural gas extraction companies to disclose the chemicals they use in their drilling processes. The Senate is considering proposals to require full public disclosure from all such companies.
Sun. 5/8 at 6pm: KUNM's Radio Theatre joins in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American playwright Tennessee Williams. Calista Flockhart and Julie Harris star in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece.
Sun. 5/8 at 11am: In this episode, a question that haunted Charles Darwin: if natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?
The standard view of evolution is that living things are shaped by cold-hearted competition. And there is no doubt that today's plants and animals carry the genetic legacy of ancestors who fought fiercely to survive and reproduce. But in this hour, we wonder whether there might also be a logic behind sharing, niceness, kindness, or even, self-sacrifice.
Wed. 5/4 at 10pm: And guest host, Dick Raichelson takes on a tour of Beale Street with his series, The Real Beale.
Joan Osborne has been collaborating with BSC favorites, The Holmes Brothers, for quite some time now. Way back in 1997, Joan Osborne asked The Holmes Brothers to be her backing band when she was selected to open for Bob Dylan's US tour. They continue to work together and we were very fortunate to catch up with them at the 2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for a truly amazing show.
Santa Fe, NM – A key federal agency that manages water supplies around the US has come out with a report that paints a dark picture of the impacts of climate change in the West. The predictions were presented in a field hearing for the Senate Energy Committee in Santa Fe on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The hearing was arranged by New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman, who chairs the committee.
Las Cruces, NM – While a higher than average runoff from the mountains to the Colorado river this spring will make water more plentiful than usual in states like Nevada, California and parts of Arizona, the Rio Grande is getting almost nothing.
That means an extreme drought remains in effect for New Mexico and Texas. The dry conditions are causing dangerous wildfires and are hurting farmers and ranchers across the region.
Las Vegas, NV – Making public lands available for renewable energy is a goal of the Obama administration. Now the Bureau of Land Management wants to ensure that clean energy projects don't get trumped by mining claims for the same land.
From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports.
April 26, 2011 – There's an important job that's defined by solitude and patience.
This summer, fire lookouts in forests around the country will be watching for the first signs of a wildfire. Phil Connors, author of the new book, Fire Season, talks about what he's seen in almost a decade of working in the Gila National Forest.
Hatch, NM – Chiles are the state treasure of New Mexico. Now the authenticity of the crop is protected by law. If you lie about selling the real thing, you could go to jail.
Governor Susana Martinez signed the legislation into law earlier this month. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that's welcome news for chile growers throughout the state.
She recently traveled to Hatch, the center of the universe for New Mexico chile.
Mon. 5/2 at 930pm: Tonight on Corazon Tanguero, we play the song "El D?a que Me Quieras" - a milestone in the tango history - as performed by different musicians and singers from Carlos Gardel to the Cuban Compay, Segundo.
Tuscon, AZ – The Mexican government has hired a U.S. law firm to investigate the possibility of suing American gun dealers and manufacturers. As Michel Marizco reports from Tuscon for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the idea is to stop the flow of weapons headed across the border.
Sun. 5/1 at 7pm: We will be highlighting "The New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition" which is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and supporting activities directed at reducing teen pregnancy, addressing the negative consequences of teen pregnancy and improving outcomes for teen parents in New Mexico.
They will be showcasing "New Mexico's Reduction in Adolescent Births Celebrating Successes: What's Working Around New Mexico" in a conference on May 6, 2011 at the Science and Technology Park at the University of New Mexico.
4/30 at noon: Susan Loubet talks with Suzanne Braun Levine - writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, family issues and media. Also featuring Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Professor of Law and candidate for interim Provost on University of New Mexico.
Santa Fe, NM – Making the Connections: Passover, Holy Week, and Earth Day
Three celebrations of remembrance and new life happen this week (April 17 to April 24). On Monday evening, Jews began Passover with the sharing of the Seder, a meal that reminds them of God's deliverance when they were slaves in Egypt, through the Red Sea waters to new life.
San Diego, CA – Southern California is a leader in urban and residential rooftop solar technologies. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this green energy boom has left many working-class Latinos behind.
Grand Canyon, Arizona – Back in 2007, the Hualapai Native American tribe of Northern Arizona came up with a way for tourists to walk ABOVE the Grand Canyon's Western rim. The Skywalk is a glass horseshoe-shaped walkway that juts out above the canyon.
Albuquerque, NM – But while the drop is certainly good news for New Mexico, other data may tell a different story. The Labor Department report indicates the number of employed in the state rose by 2-thousand, it also indicates the number of unemployed fell by 5-thousand.
Albuquerque, NM – Valencia county investigators initially ruled her death a suicide, but Marisa Demarco from the Weekly Alibi spoke with Tera's family about their daughter and why they have never believed that she killed herself.
Marisa Demarco is the news director at the Weekly Alibi. You can find her full story about Tera Chavez - "She Lived Strong" at ALIBI.com.