Art in America called her work "pure optical pleasure" -- "shimmering" and "optimistic."  Grids of tiny hand-painted numbers laid out in bands of color across the canvas.  Artist Xylor Jane is sharing the process and the philosophy behind her work with art students this spring as the University of New Mexico's 2019 Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist.  She will give a public lecture on April 24 at 7pm at the Albuquerque Museum and host an open studio on May 2 between 6pm and 8pm in the UNM Art Annex.  Both events are free and open to the public.

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EPA Seeks Bids To Clean Up Uranium Mines In Southwest - Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals from small businesses to clean up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation and in northwestern New Mexico.


New Mexico Panel Surprises Facebook With $39M Utility Bill – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction.

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Lawsuit Contends Corrections Officers Sexually Abused InmateAssociated Press

An inmate has sued the New Mexico Corrections Department, saying two officers sexually abused her in 2017.

Let's Talk Plastic Bag Bans

Apr 16, 2019
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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/18 8a: Bans on plastic are sweeping the nation, and New Mexico is no exception. Santa Fe banned plastic grocery bags several years ago. Albuquerque just limited single-use plastics in grocery and retail stores. Businesses and consumers are having to adapt to a new normal that emphasizes the re-useable over the disposable. Do you take reusable bags to the grocery? Are concerned about how a plastic bag ban will hurt your business' bottom line or your customers’ pocketbooks? We want to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org or call in live during the show.

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Albuquerque Approves Plastic Bag BanAlbuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council has approved a bill that prohibits businesses from offering single-use plastic shopping bags.

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Indigenous Leaders Want Less Drilling Near Sacred Sites – By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites. They also endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Federal Court Allows Return Of Asylum Seekers To Mexico – Associated Press

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge's order that would have stopped the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Friday.

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Rating Agency Says New Mexico Pension Woes Persist - Associated Press

An international credit rating agency says New Mexico's unfunded pension obligations to public employees continue to cast a shadow over government finances.

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There are as many pathways to a job or career in New Mexico as there are people. Some face more obstacles, though, and if regular high school doesn’t work out, the path can be especially steep. That’s where alternative schools and adult education programs can help. KUNM has this look at one charter high school inside a trade school.

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US Jury Finds Ex-Priest Guilty Of Sex Abuse - Associated Press

A U.S. jury has found a former priest guilty of sexually abusing a boy nearly three decades ago at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico.

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Las Cruces Businessman Jumps In Race To Unseat Congresswoman - By Russell Contreras Associated Press

A Las Cruces businessman is jumping in the race for Congress and wants to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

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The state is looking to hire hundreds of new employees over the next two weeks. Agencies will accept walk-in applicants at “rapid hire” events in Carlsbad, Roswell, Farmington, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. 

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Police: Pilot and Passenger Killed In Crash Of A Small Plane In New Mexico - Associated Press

Authorities say two people are dead after the crash of a small plane at the Santa Fe Regional Airport.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/11 8a: From the film industry to welding to culinary arts, technical training programs can help people find careers. This week, we’re talking about apprenticeships and vocational training, and we want to hear from you. 

What kind of career and technical education would be helpful for you? Have you been in a program like this? How accessible are these opportunities to job-seekers of different ages and backgrounds? Call in live during the show or email LetsTalk@kunm.org

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Getting healthcare in rural areas can be really difficult.  There aren’t enough doctors and smaller communities often struggle with poverty and transportation issues. The documentary “The Providers” explores the challenges – and the rewards – of serving these patients by focusing on three healthcare workers in northern New Mexico. It premiers April 8 at 9 p.m. on New Mexico PBS Channel 5 and airs again April 13 at 10 p.m

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Child Under Age 12 In Critical Condition After Shooting- Albuquerque Journal & Associated Press

Police say a child under the age of 12 was shot Sunday night in a home on the northeast side of the city, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

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New Mexico Governor Vetoes Parole Bill – Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vetoed a bill that called for changing New Mexico's rules of probation and parole.

In her message to lawmakers, the Democratic governor said while the legislation was built upon "sound policy considerations," it's critical that all stakeholders participate in the discussion about criminal justice reform.


Steel sheets of various sizes are welded together at the seams, heated, and then inflated with compressed air, like large vividly-colored metal balloons.  These playful objects are the work of Española-based sculptor Jeremy Thomas, and they're on display this spring at two Santa Fe galleries, The Center for Contemporary Arts and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Spending, Pay Increases - Associated Press

Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized a nearly 12 percent increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year that includes across-the-board pay increases for teachers and state workers.

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Lawyers Criticize 'Secret' Deal In Racino CaseAssociated Press

More questions are being raised about a lack of transparency and conflicts of interest as New Mexico stumbles through a process that will decide who wins a lucrative license to operate the state's sixth and final horse racetrack and casino.

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New Mexico’s storefront lending industry will soon be subject to more oversight.

A bill signed Wednesday by governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will require more accountability and transparency from lenders.

Small loans companies in the state can legally charge interest rates as high as 175 percent.

Many of those companies are actually from out of state, and the money they make follows them, said Ona Porter of Prosperity Works.

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New Mexico has the largest number of indigenous women who have disappeared or been killed in the country – 78 – that’s according to an Urban Indian Health Institute report.

A tribal technical school in Albuquerque is hosting a roundtable discussion Thursday on missing and murdered indigenous women.

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University Of New Mexico Proposes Upping Credit Hour PriceAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

University of New Mexico officials have proposed charging $10 more per credit hour for students who have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Art Institute Delays Native American Exhibit Amid ConcernsAssociated Press

The Art Institute of Chicago has indefinitely postponed a major pottery exhibit weeks before it was due to open, citing concerns that the culture and voices of indigenous peoples aren't adequately represented.

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Wildlife Corridors Act into law last week, which could give wild animals more options to stay off of highways and roads in New Mexico.

Let's Talk Urban Forests

Apr 1, 2019
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Let’s Talk New Mexico 4/4 8a: Call now 277-5866. There’s nothing better than resting in the shade of a tree filled park, but did you know that the trees in our cities offer other benefits besides giving us a lovely place to relax? From cleaning the air we breathe, to helping reduce the intense heat given off by unshaded pavement, trees are an important part of our human habitat. This week, we’ll be talking about the trees that make up New Mexico’s urban forest, including native species that have adapted to city life, as well as introduced varieties that literally grow like weeds.

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New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Announces Senate RunAssociated Press

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is making a run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.

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Disputed Oil, Gas Lease Sale Brings In $15M– Associated Press

An oil and gas lease sale that drew criticism from tribal leaders and environmentalists has netted more than $15 million in revenue.

The Bureau of Land Management says nearly half of the money from Thursday's sale of parcels in New Mexico and Oklahoma will go to the two states and the rest to the U.S. Treasury.

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Officials Say Flood Of Immigrants Prompting Quick Release Associated Press

The Border Patrol says the number of immigrant families traveling to the U.S. is now so high that the agency is immediately letting some go instead of transferring them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for release.