Sarah Gustavus

Albuquerque, NM – In this week's Business Report on KUNM, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly tells us how some Albuquerque restaurants are using iPads to take orders from customers. We'll also look at a rate hike request on the table in Santa Fe right now for Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM.

Albuquerque, NM – Nenna Arnold is an Albuquerque nurse who has been deployed several times by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders. She recently returned from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Arnold spoke about her experiences and medical needs in the camp with KUNM

Here are some links to NPR coverage of the Dadaab refugee camp:

Albuquerque, NM – More New Mexico college students are taking out loans and graduating with debt. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about the extra strain of debt for recent grads in a touch economy. We'll also hear about the "new normal" for small business owners around New Mexico.

Albuqueruque, New Mexico –

Monsoon Floods

Jul 11, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire is burning near Los Alamos. It has threatened both the town and nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire, along with other wildfires burning across the state, is also making potential tourists stay away from New Mexico. Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly joins us to talk about how business owners are coping.

Albuquerque, NM – More immigrants are being deported from the United States than ever before and it's not all happening at the border with Mexico, it's from communities like Taos, Albuquerque and Farmington.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how a federal program called Secure Communities is becoming an important tool for immigration officers.

Sarah Gustavus is a fellow with the Institute for Journalism's Immigration in the Heartland program.

Albuquerque, NM – As our neighboring states of Arizona and Texas draw national attention over controversial policies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. New Mexico has remained relatively calm - even under the radar - in the national conversation.

In the first part of a series this week on immigration policy, we look at what makes our state different.

Albuquerque, NM – In today's Friday Business Report, Megan Kamerick from the New Mexico Business Weekly tells us about the increased popularity of farm to restaurant programs around the state.

Bernardo Ortega Guerrero of Veracruz, Mexico, and others bound for deportation. (Austin American-Statesman, May 29, 2011)

Thurs. 7/7 at 8am: The Obama Administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than any previous administration. Collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local police and sheriff's departments has made it possible to identify more people who are living in the US illegally. Should local law enforcement be giving information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

Join the discussion, Thursday morning at 8am.

Sarah Gustavus

Los Alamos, NM – Thick smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire filled the empty streets of Los Alamos today. Most of the town's 12-thousand residents left during mandatory evacuations yesterday. That's turned attention to the safety of radioactive and hazardous materials stored at nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. A one acre spot fire jumped a road onto lab property Monday, but was put out.

Albuquerque, NM –
As wildfires rage in New Mexico, many people are asking why fireworks are still available for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been saying the same thing for days "Please, do not purchase or use fireworks during the season. Be a good patriot go to a public event where it is safe."

Los Alamos, NM – The Las Conchas fire started last Sunday afternoon. It grew rapidly, fueled by strong winds and low humidity. It continues to move closer to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Officials at the lab say that sensitive nuclear materials are still safe. Firefighters burned out black lines in the grass to keep the fire away from the lab as it continues to push north and east.

The lab will remain closed at least through Friday.

Albuquerque, New Mexico – As wildfires rage in New Mexico, many people are asking why fireworks are still available for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports on how one business voluntarily pulled fireworks from their stores this week.

Los Alamos, NM – The Las Conchas wildfire began yesterday afternoon and has already grown to about 49,000 acres.

Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation evacuation of Los Alamos. The town is famous for the nearly Los Alamos National Lab, where the atomic bomb was developed during World War II. Nuclear materials are stored on lab property today.

Albuquerque, NM – Every Friday we talk about business news around the state. Megan Kamerick has a story in today's Business Weekly about a state law that was created to protect people who've had their identities stolen.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Megan about why the law has taken years to be implemented.

Albuquerque, NM – Many New Mexicans were alarmed last night by heavy smoke in the Rio Grande Valley. It seemed like a wildfire must be nearby, but it was actually from the Wallow fire in southern Arizona.

Albuquerque, NM – This week on the KUNM Call In Show, join us for a conversation about deportations of undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program. Should local law enforcement assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

The KUNM Call In Show airs Thursday morning at 8am. Call in live 277-5866 or email your questions anytime callinshow@kunm.org.

May 27, 2011 – In today's Business Report, we talk about entrepreneurs who created a new, high-tech way to combat drunk driving and a coalition that aims to improve health care results in Albuquerque.

April 26, 2011 – There's an important job that's defined by solitude and patience.

This summer, fire lookouts in forests around the country will be watching for the first signs of a wildfire. Phil Connors, author of the new book, Fire Season, talks about what he's seen in almost a decade of working in the Gila National Forest.

April 22, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, we'll hear about businesses that have started, and thrived, in the current economic recession.

Albuquerque, NM – Valencia county investigators initially ruled her death a suicide, but Marisa Demarco from the Weekly Alibi spoke with Tera's family about their daughter and why they have never believed that she killed herself.

Marisa Demarco is the news director at the Weekly Alibi. You can find her full story about Tera Chavez - "She Lived Strong" at ALIBI.com.

Albuquerque, NM – Temperatures are warming up in New Mexico but monsoon rains are still far away, and that means conditions are ripe for more wildfires.

Many parts of the state are facing drought conditions. The rainfall in Albuquerque so far this year is about one and three quarters inches below the average.

Brent Wachter is a fire weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. He says people should pay attention to red flag warnings, which warn that fires could easily be started on accident.

Sarah Gustavus

Albuquerque, NM – There's been an increase in recent years in refugees resettled from Iraq. Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in many other ways.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus reports that many Iraqis are finding poverty in America a real shock.

Sarah Gustavus

March 3, 2011 – If all the attention on the Middle East recently has you noticing more Arab influences and people in New Mexico, you're not mistaken. There has been an increase in recent years in refugees that are being resettled from Iraq in Albuquerque.

Differences in language and culture are obvious, but Iraqi refugees are distinct in other ways. Most didn't live in camps when they fled Iraq to neighboring countries. And many are finding poverty in America a real shock.

March 1, 2011 – Sarah Gustavus profiles One Million Bones. The multi-year, collaborative art project is based in New Mexico.


February 25, 2011 – Journalist and blogger Heath Haussamen talks about a new Senate rule that puts new restrictions on people who want to take pictures and videos during committee hearings in the New Mexico legislature.

February 25, 2011 – In this week's Business Report, Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly explains why the proposal to sell the state's supercomputer is controversial. Also, a trendy new block in Albuquerque's Nob Hill neighborhood.