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Sarah Gustavus

July 1, 2010 – Border guards, border fence border patrol. All phrases we hear regularly in the news. Author Luis Alberto Urrea says the border represents much more than a division between two countries. He's the author of several books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His book, "The Devil's Highway," was nominated for Pulitzer Prize.

June 23, 2010 – Politics is a brutal business these days. An energy bill is held up in Congress and it's not clear if immigration reform will be considered anytime soon. Most of the state primaries are behind us and the midterm elections just a few months away. Republicans and Democrats are hunkering down in their political trenches. But one local group says wait maybe you don't have to!

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico author Nancy King has a new book out. It's called the Stones Speak and it's actually a set of three stories woven together.

King is also a storyteller and teacher. She sat down with KUNM's Sarah Gustavus recently to talk about the book and how real life compares to fiction.

King will present a workshop this Saturday the 17th with the New Mexico Book Association. More information is available at her website.

Santa Fe, NM – KUNM is getting updates from the New Mexico Roundhouse every afternoon during the state legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus spoke with Gwyneth Doland, editor of the New Mexico Independent about budget negotiations

Albuquerque, NM – There's a lot of talk right now in New Mexico and around the country about "been green" or "green lifestyles." This week on KUNM, we took that discussion one step further by looking at the word sustainability. What does it mean and it is more challenging to think sustainably than to think green?

Albuquerque, NM – There's a lot of talk right now in New Mexico and around the country about "been green" or "green lifestyles." This week on KUNM, we took that discussion one step further by looking at the word sustainability. What does it mean and it is more challenging to think sustainably than to think green?

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week in business news around the state.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – Following Roxanne Allen's commentary about the need for more attention in New Mexico for Tuberculosis around the world, we played a clip from an interview with Albertina Nyatsi. She's from Swaziland and has become an activist around issues related to TB, Women and HIV/AIDs.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with Nyatsi when she recently visited the US.

Albuquerque, NM – The US House expected to vote soon on health care overhaul legislation. It's been a contentious issue across the country, and many debates have been divided along party lines.

One New Mexican says it doesn't have to be that way.

Jim Spiri is a combat photographer and resident of Albuquerque. He's also a long time conservative who volunteered for John McCain during his run for president.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus gets updates on the Democratic and Republican Pre-Primary conventions with Gwyneth Doland, editor of the New Mexico Independent.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico may seem very away from places where genocide has taken place in recent years.

If you listen to the news though, you've heard about it: Rwanda, Sudan, the Congo and more.

One New Mexico artist wants to not only bring attention to genocide but also raise money to support organizations that work to prevent it.

The One Million Bones project will let anyone submit an artist created bone, along with a five dollar donation. It's launching this weekend in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick of New Mexico Business Weekly about this week's business news.

Albuquerque, NM – On Thursdays, we usually check in with reporters and writers for the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

Their reporters were at the roundhouse most of this week to cover a special legislative session that was called to complete negotiations on the state budget.

Lawmakers adjourned the special session late this afternoon.

As state senators debated the final measure, a 75 cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, KUNM's Sarah Gustavus called senior writer Trip Jennings.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Reporter Larry Behrens and Senior Writer Trip Jennings of the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

First, she asked Senior Writer Trip Jennings what lawmakers were debating in the House

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers were called back into a special session this week to finish negotiations on the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

KUNM is getting updates every afternoon at this time from reporters with the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with reporter Matt Reichbach.

Just after Sarah spoke with Matt, that House committee did act on the cigarette tax legislation.

Albuquerque, NM – Legislators adjourned for the regular session more than a week ago without agreeing on a plan for state spending in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Senate budget proposal called for greater cuts in government spending, while the House version included more revenue-raising - or tax increases.

Advocates will be watching carefully this week as lawmakers discuss the budget.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

Albuqerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with New Mexico Business Weekly's Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this weeks headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – The first was a bill to dedicate 5 percent of the state's capital outlay funds each year to tribal infrastructure projects.

Shiprock Democratic Senator Lynda Lovejoy said she was tired of begging the Senate Finance Committee for capital money for infrastructure in Indian Country.

Albuquerque, NM – Today marks the one year anniversary of when President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

The federal stimulus spending package is sending millions of federal dollars into New Mexico programs.

Former Governor Toney Anaya is heading up the New Mexico office of Recovery and Reinvestment.

His office has tallied more than 10,000 jobs that were created by federal spending last year. However, he says those numbers don't tell the whole story.

Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers are still pushing through their final proposals and trying to negotiate a budget for the next fiscal year with a deficit of $500 million looming over every debate in Santa Fe.

We're checking in with reporters from the online news source the New Mexico Independent every day this week to hear about some of the sorties they're following.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with reporter Larry Behrens from the KUNM capitol studio.

Albuquerque, NM – There's a little less than one week left for this year's legislative session in Santa Fe. We're now getting daily updates from reporters with the online news source the New Mexico Independent. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Editor Gwyneth Doland.

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday, we talk with reporters and writers from the online news source the New Mexico independent.

This week and next, we're checking in every afternoon with reporters from the independent from the state capitol to get updates on this year's 30 day legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus asked senior writer Trip Jennings to weigh on the latest budget news from Santa Fe, where the Senate Finance Committee, basically the Senate's budget committee held a key vote.

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed legislation that would change how the state calculates a preference for New Mexico companies that bid on state contracts. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this summary of what was a complicated debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

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