Albuquerque, NM – Hydro Resources Incorporated has a permit to extract the mineral in the area, which is adjacent to the Navajo Nation.

The 2 to 1 decision overturned a challenge by environmental organizations and individuals opposed to the mining, who say it will damage drinking water supplies. KUNM's Jim Williams has more.

Thurs. 3/11: Our Live in-person guest will be New Mexican guitarist Michael Anthony.

Supplemental Medicaid funding approval uncertain

Mar 8, 2010

Albuquerque, NM – Congress has yet to approve a continuation of supplemental stimulus funding for Medicaid programs around the country.

At stake is about $100 million in Medicaid funding for New Mexico. Some state lawmakers are concerned about the delay, saying if the funding isn't extended, more cuts to the state budget will be necessary.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports though, New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman remains optimistic that the dollars will be delivered soon.

Albuquerque, NM – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Bingaman chairs, will hear proposals to strengthen requirements for furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and streetlights.

Bingaman is a co-sponsor of the legislation. He says there are currently such standards in place for 33 other consumer products.

Orloff, psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at U.C.L.A., teaches the development of intuition and is author of many books including Second Sight.

Judith Orloff, M.D. comes from a long line of intuitive healers, and she's been working with her own intuition since she was a young child.

Through her personal experience and her work as an intuitive psychiatrist, she's acquired a wealth of knowledge that will help you learn to recognize, and make wise use of your own intuition.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick of New Mexico Business Weekly about this week's business news.

Consumer group issues warning for NM on health care

Mar 5, 2010

Albuquerque, NM – Washington, D.C.-based Families USA released a report Friday for all fifty states. It estimates fatalities over the past fifteen years and projects deaths through the year 2019.

The report indicates 3,000 people have died in New Mexico since 1995 due to a lack of health insurance.

The number nationwide was 292,000. Families USA President Ron Pollack says the organization has been using the information to put pressure on Congress.

Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers have adjourned after a special session to fill a 600 million dollar budget hole for the coming fiscal year. Much of the budget fix was done by raising taxes. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, that's left more than one Democrat uneasy in an election year, and ready to talk about income taxes for the wealthy.

Albuquerque, NM – On Thursdays, we usually check in with reporters and writers for the online news source the New Mexico Independent.

Their reporters were at the roundhouse most of this week to cover a special legislative session that was called to complete negotiations on the state budget.

Lawmakers adjourned the special session late this afternoon.

As state senators debated the final measure, a 75 cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, KUNM's Sarah Gustavus called senior writer Trip Jennings.

There are Native people who manage to walk away from a life of addiction. Does it really take someone who has walked the line to reach those who want to kick their "habits" for good?

One man has been able to get a clear view of the reality of addiction by embracing his past. His trip through dark times and a near-death experience has given him new insights and understanding.

He's started a new life, clean and sober, but how can his vision help other Natives deal with their addiction issues?

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers are trying to wrap up a special legislative session today in Santa Fe to deal with a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year. We're taking a close look at the two options they're considering: cutting, and taxing. First, KUNM's Scott Ki takes a look at where the legislature intends to make spending cuts and why.

Santa Fe, NM – As lawmakers prepared to debate the appropriations bill Wednesday, state Senators were reflecting on the tax increase package that passed that chamber Tuesday night. KUNM's Jim Williams has more from our capitol newsroom.

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".