Gov & Politics

‘Rust’ cast member: Production was rushed, crew overworked before fatal shooting

BY: - October 27, 2021

Local actor Ian Hudson's character was shot and killed on set using antique, functional guns. He's shaken to his core, he said, about what happened to his colleague.

All three Albuquerque mayoral candidates promise more police

BY: - October 27, 2021

While the three candidates for Albuquerque mayor have tried their best to differentiate themselves, there are at least two things they agree on: they say police are doing a good job, and they seek to put more money toward policing. Despite a historic protest movement last summer that called for the defunding of the Albuquerque […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. That multistep approval process kicks off Tuesday, when the Food & Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts will vote on […]

Flow of cash

BY: - October 26, 2021

When New Mexico farmer Ron Moya looks out at the 10 acres of dead and dying alfalfa on his field near Tome, N.M., he sees green. Specifically, he sees $2,750. That’s the cash he’s being paid for the simple act of not watering the field this year.  Moya is one of 44 farmers paid to […]

Barelas resident files ethics complaint against Stop the Stadium

BY: - October 26, 2021

A Barelas resident is accusing a local coalition of violating Albuquerque’s charter by not properly registering its campaign against the city government’s effort to borrow $50 million to help pay for a new soccer stadium. Joaquin Baca filed a complaint on Oct. 18 with the Albuquerque Board of Ethics alleging that Stop the Stadium failed […]

Organizers demand Federal Reserve work for workers

BY: - October 25, 2021

Rhiannon Chavez-Ross sees stories of workers struggling to find jobs every day. Some messages and calls, she says, are from New Mexicans losing their homes and vehicles because they haven’t been able to find a job as a result of the pandemic. She started a group on Facebook in May 2020 hoping to help a […]

South Broadway and Barelas residents talk stadium proposal

BY: - October 25, 2021

Despite a late September ad blitz by United for what the soccer team was calling the “people’s stadium,” it’s looking like the bond that would fund its construction is not favored by voters, according to a poll released by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, Oct. 24. Around 55% of voters are against the proposal, with […]

Biden’s new public lands chief faced with building bridges after confirmation battle

BY: - October 22, 2021

Before she inspired partisan theatrics in the U.S. Senate as the Bureau of Land Management nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning built a reputation in Montana — her home for more than 30 years — as a consensus-builder. Stone-Manning stood out as an expert at bridging divides between conservationists and loggers, miners and recreational land users, in a […]

Juvenile justice advocates talk extreme sentences for young people

BY: - October 22, 2021

Carissa McGee entered the prison system at age 16 and wasn’t released until three months before her 25th birthday. Now she is co-founder of a grassroots nonprofit in Albuquerque called Women in Leadership, and says young people lack life experiences that would otherwise give them an understanding of the consequences that come from their actions. […]

Albuquerque city bus

Head into the voting booth prepared about bonds

BY: - October 21, 2021

Do you like schools? Libraries? Safe roads and bridges, maybe? What about high-speed internet? Do you like having easy access to bosque lands? Do you prefer your roads with or without traffic signals? Your fire and police departments with or without vehicles? At some level, the public need for all of these things is debatable, […]

US Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

BY: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year—thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws.  “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we must stand […]

Bringing more attention to missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

BY: - October 21, 2021

Full episode of “Let’s Talk New Mexico” on KUNM Radio Oct. 21, 2021 Pepita Redhair’s family is still looking.  Redhair was reported missing at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Her family says the Albuquerque police investigation did not seem complete. Her boyfriend, the last person to see her, had a brief […]