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

Thurs. 3/4: Albuquerque native Bobby Shew spends his 69th birthday talking with host Mark Weber about all things trumpet.

Big birthday party for maestro Bobby Shew who was born this very day in Albuquerque back when Tingley was mayor (1941). I'm not sure we'll discuss surfing the Rio Grande but we will be discussing all things trumpet. Bobby Shew's illustrious career continues to take him around the world and into every dimension. His knowledge of trumpet is staggering. SO, that's what we'll talk about. Host Mark Weber.

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall is blasting a Republican filibuster of federal funds for highway projects and unemployment payments, say the delay is impacting projects in New Mexico. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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.

A proposed Senate bill may change existing standards around taxation of tobacco on Native lands.

The Jenkins Act requires anyone who sells cigarettes in any state to report those sales to each state monthly and presumably to pay taxes on those sales. But Indian tribes have been able to claim an exemption from this law because of their status as sovereign nations.

Spring is rolling in and along with tulips, rains and hay fever, powwows will begin popping up all over Turtle Island. Powwow season will (unofficially) kick off with the 36th Annual Denver March Pow-Wow.

Other events coming up are the Indian Summer Festival's annual Winter Pow-Wow in Milwaukee, and the First Nations Golf Association's Talking Stick Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. March Madness will also bring Indian basketball to Santa Fe.

What exciting events are going on in your community this month?

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 – The Sierra Club, New Energy Economy and more than a dozen other groups in New Mexico are asking for a science-based cap on greenhouse gases produced in the state.

Proponents see it as a critical move toward environmental preservation of the Southwest and an economic engine to create new green jobs.

Opponents of the cap worry about the cost of compliance and the economic impacts it could have on industry. Critics of the cap also charge it could lead to higher electricity and energy costs for consumers.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico lawmakers are back in Santa Fe today for a special session to deal with the state budget after they were unable to find consensus in the regular session that ended nearly two weeks ago.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, negotiations have gotten legislators closer to agreement, but some say they were shut out of that process.

New York, NY – Counterspin: Your Weekly Look Behind the Headlines Analyst and Iran affairs blogger Cyrus Safdari discusses developments in Iran, and Robert Alvarez of the Institute for Policy Studies talks about the possible development of nuclear power plants in the United States.

March 1, 2010 – Each year tens of thousands of undocumented students, most of them brought to the U.S. as small children by their immigrant parents, graduate from high school. Despite being raised in American culture, these students cannot legally work because of their immigration status. And most cannot go to college, prompting cries for congressional passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act.

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.

Jim Terr Recommends Benchwarmers Competition

Feb 26, 2010

Santa Fe, NM – If you enjoy local theater, tonight is your last chance to catch the 9th annual collection of original short plays written and selected for the Benchwarmers competition at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Reviewer Jim Terr went to the festival of 15-minute playlets and shares his thoughts on what he saw.

Jim Terr is a writer, satirist, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe

Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Psychiatry Department hosted a panel discussion on mental health policy last night on the UNM campus. At issue, among other things, was how the state addresses mental health services and funds them.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of the organizers about the focus of the event.

Santa Fe, NM – High school students from around New Mexico were at the Roundhouse Wednesday to add their voices to the support for increasing the state's cigarette tax.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, the message was two-fold: stop cuts to education while at the same time discouraging kids from smoking

Winter Weather Moving into State Again

Feb 22, 2010

Albuquerque, NM – Another wet winter storm is moving into New Mexico, and the National Weather Service says this one could be even more potent than some of our recent ones. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – President Obama outlined his proposal Monday morning to move along the health care overhaul debate that seemingly has Congress stalled. KUNM's Jim Williams visited with both New Mexico U.S. Senators about it, and about what appears to be a surge in support for bypassing the filibuster to pass a "public option".

Fri. 2/26: Can music promote peace in a noticeable way? Our guests are Clarence Bekker and Mermans Kenkosenki of Playing for Change Foundation.

17 million views on You Tube to date. That's the number of times the unique rendition of the song "Stand By Me" has been seen on the internet.

The song featured contributions from street musicians and indigenous performers around the world, all playing to the same basic track recorded in Santa Monica, CA, by music producer and engineer Mark Johnson.

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.

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's not done with state lawmakers this year. Though the regular 30-day session wrapped up Thursday at noon, unfinished budget business will bring them back next week.

Governor Bill Richardson has called a special session beginning Wednesday for legislators to find some kind of compromise to shore up the state's $500 million shortfall.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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 – Back at the beginning of the session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his state of the state address and laid out his priorities for New Mexico.

We turned to our listeners to hear what you think the state should focus on.

Today, our last commentator says it will be up to New Mexicans to make sure the state takes care of important issues.

Yolanda Day is a retired English professor and she lives in Albuquerque.

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.

Albuquerque, NM – Communities across the country and New Mexico are celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans during the month of February, Black history month.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel recently spoke with Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin, Associate Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico about the meaning and purpose of Black History Month. She says it's about more than just a segment that is taught in schools.

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers are debating how to balance the budget and what issues they think should be addressed in Santa Fe.

Back at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson talked about his priorities in the state of the state address.

We turned around and asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Teacher Richard Tarangelo says to assess the state of the New Mexico, we should start by looking at how everyone can support students

Albuquerque, NM – The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit political contributions by lobbyists and state contractors. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – Back at the beginning of this year's legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his State of the State address, explaining his priorities for New Mexico this year.

KUNM asked what you think the state's priorities should be and today we continue our State of the State Commentary series with Mark Dunham.

He says the state doesn't have to start from scratch in order to extend Railrunner commuter train service to more New Mexicans.

Mark Dunham does space science research. He lives in Los Alamos.

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.