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Groups Ask US To Consider Extreme Heat In Border PoliciesAssociated Press

Human rights groups are calling on the Biden administration to consider the effects that climate change-fueled heat has on migrants when designing the government's border policies.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/16 8am: Property crime has dropped in New Mexico during the pandemic but violence has taken hold, dominating the news headlines recently: Albuquerque setting a new record for homicides, Santa Fe road rage killings, attacks on police officers, and perhaps most tragic – a child killed at school over bullying. While violent crime has not increased as much across the nation it feels like a lot in New Mexico, and how we choose to react to violence is a local decision. 

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(This program airs Saturday 9/18, but you can stream the interviews now)


New Mexico Deploys Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who chose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local election for public offices including mayor of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

School Vaccine Campaigns Targeting Students Face Blowback – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

Across the U.S., vaccine-hesitant parents are struggling with vaccine-seeking teenagers set on getting their shots. A return to in-person school this month are raising the stakes for high school students who want to be safe in packed classrooms and homecoming rallies. via Flickr / Wikimedia Commons

  Ruling: Home Doesn't Have To Be Finished To Be Burglarized Associated Press

Just because a house under construction isn't finished and lacks key features doesn't mean it's not a dwelling under state law in New Mexico, making burglary of a residence a crime, an appellate court ruled.

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Albuquerque Settles Ex-Police Official's Whistleblower Suit – Associated Press

Albuquerque has paid a settlement of over $500,000 to a former police commander who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

Cedar Attanasio / Associated Press

New Mexico's $37 Million Plan To Recruit More Teachers - Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

State education officials are offering to pay for the salaries of 500 teaching assistants and offer them tuition subsidies in a two-year effort to jumpstart recruitment in K-12 schools.

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Bob Odenkirk Is Back Shooting "Better Call Saul," Six Weeks After Having A Heart Attack – Associated Press

Odenkirk on Wednesday tweeted a photo of himself getting made up to play title character Saul Goodman in the AMC series, indicating that shooting had resumed on its sixth and final season.

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New Mexico Police Probe Officer-Involving Fatal Shooting – Associated Press

New Mexico State Police said Tuesday they are investigating the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old suspect who fired at a SWAT team during a standoff with Albuquerque police.

The victim who fired multiple shots at officers responding to a domestic violence call at a residence in Moriarty Monday night was identified as Cimmeron Christy of Moriarty. He was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries sometime after 10 p.m. Monday.

MON: Bandelier Considering Air Tours, + More

Sep 6, 2021
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New Mexico Monument Project Seeks Input On Air Tour Plan-Associated Press


The public will have a chance to weigh in on a plan to allow air tours over Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.

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  New Mexico Monument Project Seeks Input On Air Tour Plan – Associated Press

The public will have a chance to weigh in on a plan to allow air tours over Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/9 8 am:It's chile season, and many of us are celebrating the return of New Mexico’s favorite crop. Green chile lies at the heart of so much of our state’s culture and identity that it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without it. And yet, chile is by no means assured of a prosperous future. COVID and changing immigration policies have created a labor shortage of chile harvesters, and human-caused climate change has resulted in drought conditions that threaten the very existence of chile verde. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll be digging into the issues facing this iconic New Mexican food.


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New Mexico Accelerates Pace Of Rental Assistance Payments - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

State financial officials say about $38 million has been paid out in federal rental and utility assistance across New Mexico in efforts to stabilize the housing market and avoid future evictions, amid the economic turmoil of the pandemic.

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Advocates: More Will Come To New Mexico To Seek Abortions – Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Texas law that bans most abortions will likely result in more people coming to New Mexico for the procedure, advocates said Thursday.

The state already was among the ones that pregnant people travel to because Albuquerque is home to one of only a few independent clinics in the country that perform abortions in the third trimester.

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As overdose deaths in New Mexico have surged during the pandemic, recent research shows a searing gap in treatment available for Opioid Use Disorder at the state’s hospitals. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Eileen Barrett, Director of Continuing Medical Education at the University of New Mexico, spoke with KUNM about the status of opioid use and treatment in the state.

ICKY: A Pandemic Radio Musical Remix

Sep 1, 2021

Sat. 9/4 9a: This week we are re-airing our pandemic musical, ICKY. This has an updated playlist, and is a perfect way to kick off the new school year.

Way back in the days before the end of The Big Sick, students everywhere were forced to stare at computer screens featuring live video feeds of their classmates. This was happening in bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens across the country and the world. With the help (and the subconscious musings) of a dreamer named Halley, a team of super heroes discover that unity and togetherness can get them through any sicky situation.

New Mexico Officials Warn Of Severe Weather, FloodingAssociated Press

Emergency management officials issued a severe weather warning Wednesday as widespread rain was reported across western New Mexico and throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Wind gusts of about 45 mph were reported as rain moved into the Albuquerque area on Wednesday afternoon. In southern New Mexico, flood advisories were issued for Carlsbad and other communities.

Authorities warned people to away from arroyos, drainage channels and flooded low-water crossings.

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Albuquerque Schools Budget For Teacher Loans, Fewer Students – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

New Mexico's largest school district wants to use federal pandemic funding to prevent staff layoffs.

A proposal from Albuquerque Public Schools released Monday would direct $50 million in pandemic relief to offset a loss of state money tied to enrollment decline.

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Santa Fe Hotel First To Call For Guests' Vaccine Proof – Associated Press

A Santa Fe hotel will likely be the first such establishment in the city and New Mexico to mandate proof of vaccination for access.

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  Albuquerque Purchasing Bernalillo County's Share Of BuildingAssociated Press

Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque have long shared a large government building in downtown Albuquerque but no more.

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Holloman Air Force Base To Take In Afghan Refugees - Associated Press

Holloman Air Force Base is among several military installations that will take in Afghan refugees, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday.

President Biden speaks after at least 12 U.S. service members were killed in explosions near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The attacks also injured at least 60 people, with officials warning that number could grow.

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New Mexico Sees Steep Rise In Overdose Deaths Amid Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico is seeing soaring numbers of deadly overdoses from fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to a report presented to state lawmakers during a meeting Thursday. 

Mohammad Ismail

Mohmmad Ismail served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and like many who worked for the United States, he was threatened by the Taliban. He came here in 2013 on a special visa, but his family members then faced threats. Eventually they followed him to New Mexico, where he works with children on refugee status for Albuquerque Public Schools. Now the Taliban are targeting his relatives who are still in Afghanistan and he is asking New Mexico politicians for help to get them out.


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State health officials announced Wednesday, Aug. 25, that as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, New Mexico has an unprecedented waiting list for ICU beds and that the state is on the brink of having to ration care. 

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Panel Appoints Replacement To Fill New Mexico House Vacancy - Associated Press

An environmental activist has been sworn in to fill a New Mexico House vacancy created by now-former Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton's resignation amid a corruption investigation.

NM Redistricting Public Comment Portal, Districtr

Earlier this month, KUNM reported about an online portal, Districtr, where New Mexicans can draw and submit their own maps to the Citizen Redistricting Committee, or CRC, for consideration. Kathleen Burke, project coordinator of Fair Districts for New Mexico, spoke with KUNM about the importance of newly-released 2020 Census data now available on the portal.

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Document Hints At Solving New Mexico Education Inadequacies - By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

New Mexico education officials this month touted a plan to address an ongoing lawsuit over educational opportunities for Indigenous and low-income students as an accomplishment of the outgoing Education Secretary.

Khalil Ekulona

The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the arts and creative industries. One study by Americans for the Arts found over 90 percent of respondents lost income since it began.  A new bill introduced by New Mexico Democratic Rep. Teresa Leger-Fernandez looks to the New Deal from the 1930s as a blueprint to support artists and spur economic revitalization.