Let's Talk Food Assistance And Work Requirements

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Let's Talk New Mexico 1/30 8a: State officials say 37,000 people will lose their eligibility for federal food assistance after the Trump administration starts enforcing new work requirements in April. This week, we'll discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and how the new rules will change life for New Mexicans who depend on it.

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Rocky Long Returns To New Mexico To Lead Lobos' DefenseAssociated Press

Rocky Long is returning to the University of New Mexico as defensive coordinator after recently retiring from San Diego State, where he coached the Aztecs to nine straight bowl games.

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New Mexico May Up Tobacco Oversight -Associated Press

New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. 

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The 2020 census starts in a couple months, and organizers are reaching out to populations in New Mexico that historically were undercounted. A bill to spend $8 million on outreach efforts passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday, Jan. 23. 

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A lot of eyes are on recreational mairjuana in New Mexico this legislative session. Last year, a bill that regulated Hemp—the non-psychoactive strain of the cannabis plant—was signed into law. Hemp can be used to make thousands of products, like clothes, paper, biofuel and CBD oil. Farmers and advocates spoke about the burgeoning industry at the Roundhouse Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Lyla June Johnston is spending the first week of the legislative session in Santa Fe fasting to bring attention to climate crisis. The 30-year-old scholar, organizer and artist announced last month that she'll challenge New Mexico House Speaker Brain Egolf for his seat in the Democratic primary in June. KUNM caught up with Johnston outside the Roundhouse Thursday morning, where she's been praying and talking energy policy this week.

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Towns in 18th Century New Mexico were built as enclosures.  Outside adobe walls were windowless and doorless, facing inward were homes and a place of worship, and at the center was a plaza.  New Mexico's last such remaining structure is the timeworn but largely intact Plaza Del Cerro in Chimayo.  In 2017, hoping to save this historic place, the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association teamed up the Santa Fe non-profit Cornerstones Community Partnerships.  Cornerstones Director Jake Barrow spoke with KUNM about the significance of the plaza and what the partners have done to preserve it.


When her husband Alfred Stieglitz died in 1946, Georgia O'Keeffe left New Mexico to settle Stieglitz's complicated finances in New York.  She wound up having to stay in the city for three years.  One of her few paintings from that disruptive period is a memory of her New Mexico home.  Spring from 1948 remained in O'Keeffe's private collection until her death.  The painting is now in the collection of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and last fall the Museum received a grant for a much-needed restoration of Spring.  Head Conservator Dale Kronkright spoke with KUNM about the work he and his colleagues will be doing during that year-long process.


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New Mexico has a gun death rate higher than the national average, and two-thirds of those deaths are suicides. The Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act being heard this legislative session is controversial. Opponents say this bill is a form of gun control and violates the U.S. Constitution, but its supporters say it's a necessary step in mental health care.

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Navajo Lawmakers Opt For Smaller Buffer Around National Park - By Felicia Fonseca And Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site.


Trump Rollback Could Leave Waterways Vulnerable To Pollution- By Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press

The Trump administration is ending federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands.

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Lawmakers Assured Review Of Nuclear Weapons Work To Be Open - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say they've been assured by U.S. officials that a review of a proposal to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal will be open and transparent.

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers the annual State of the State address today at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, launching the 2020 legislative session. KUNM fact-checks and provides context for her remarks live with our Your N.M. Government media partners New Mexico PBS and The Santa Fe Reporter, as well as the New Mexico Political Report, Searchlight New Mexico and The Alamogordo Daily News

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Governor Opens Legislative Session Urging Educational Investments – Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education that range from an expansion of preschool slots to free college tuition for local residents.

Common Cause Calling For Ethics Commission Funding

Jan 20, 2020
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Last year’s State Ethics Commission Act allowed New Mexico to join the 46 states that have similar independent good government panels. The State Ethics Commission has been active since Jan. 1, but adequate funding is still in question.