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KUNM News Update
Wildfire scars are seen looking southeast into the Mora Valley and the plains beyond from Hwy 518 in Mora, New Mexico, on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Giovanna Dell'Orto
Dead trees, debris and erosion from the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire still clutter people’s land in northern New Mexico. To help figure out how much it’ll cost to restore and repair natural resources on their property, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Claims Office has teamed up with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service to offer repair estimates to the disaster victims.
Let's Talk New Mexico
 On April 17, 2023 a press conference was held outside of the Supreme Court of the United States announcing a lawsuit filed by the City of Eunice, New Mexico against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Attorney General of New Mexico. Speaking at the podium is Mark Lee Dickson with Right To Life of East Texas.
Mark Story
Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year, more people are coming to New Mexico for abortions and lawmakers passed a bill to ensure access. But counties and local governments have passed ordinances to restrict abortion and at least one is suing to overturn that state law. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico we get an update on all this.
Local News
 The smoke plume over the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire grew Tuesday amid winds and hot, dry weather increasing the fire's activity.
Megan Kamerick
The U.S. Forest Service scheduled two prescribed burns last week in the southwest part of the state despite a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service. Ultimately the agency burned the day before, but not the day of the warning. However, officials also said a new state law does not apply to the federal agency.
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Mountain West News Bureau Water Series
Drone-captured view of the Rio Grande near Fort Craig, New Mexico, on August 22, 2022. ©Mitch Tobin Usage rights are granted for editorial and nonprofit purposes only. No commercial or re-sale rights are granted without permission of the photographer. https://waterdesk.org/multimedia/license
Mitch Tobin
The Water Desk
For decades, many tribal communities have lacked clean, affordable drinking water. And that impacts everything from childhood health to economic development. This series from the Mountain West News Bureau explores those issues – and potential solutions – along the Rio Grande and beyond. It's supported by The Water Desk, an initiative from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism.
Mountain West News Bureau