KUNM News Update
TUES: Rep. Herrell on why she voted against measure that contained billions for northern NM fire victims, + More
The congressional representative from southern New Mexico cast a “nay” vote against the measure meant to keep the U.S. government functioning for a few weeks. Despite her vote, she celebrated the funding for New Mexico fire victims in a statement sent to Source NM.
Let's Talk New Mexico
For years advocates have sought a constitutional amendment that would allot more money to early childhood programs from a state permanent fund. This year the issue finally goes before voters in the November general election. Constitutional Amendment Number 1 would increase the distribution of money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for more early childhood education and to our public school systems.
Those who take care of others, such as personal care assistants, home health aides, and nursing attendants, fall under a category called direct support workers. In New Mexico, they make an average of $11 an hour. But proposed legislation would change that.
Emergency management official warns of new variants as three New Mexico counties hit high COVID Levels.Three New Mexico counties - Catron, Grant and Hidalgo - have shifted into high community levels of COVID19 after two weeks when the entire state showed low COVID Community Levels. That’s according to the latest federal data. Two new COVID variants are also raising concerns just as the CDC repeals universal masking guidance for hospitals and health clinics.
Water scarcity is a growing issue across New Mexico. Climate change is raising temperatures while 75% of the state’s water goes toward irrigated crops ––stressing the state’s supply. In response, environmental organizations are protecting the state’s watersheds by setting their sights on important areas known as “wetland jewels.”
In 2021, a record number of people quit their jobs, what economists are calling the Great Resignation. While COVID was certainly a factor, experts say people were already exiting their jobs at an increasing rate starting in 2009. Now New Mexico Highlands University plans to use new funding to address mass exits and burnout in northern New Mexico.
KUNM and New Mexico PBS are part of a new community-powered journalism project to answer those questions and any other ones you have about how to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming midterms.
The New Mexico governor went head-to-head with a former meteorologist on Friday in an Albuquerque television studio where they relayed their views and priorities for the state.
A former television meteorologist is making his case to replace the Democratic governor of New Mexico, as the candidates prepare for their first debate ahead of the November election on Friday night.
THURS: Heinrich says $2.5 billion in aid for northern NM fire victims major step in restoring region, + MoreNew Mexico’s senior United States Senator said he expects the $2.5 billion in compensation for victims of the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire will go a long way toward revitalizing a 500-square-mile section of northern New Mexico and life for those in it.
A New Mexico state senator is facing ouster from a prominent legislative role. Calls to remove Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) from office started in the spring when he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by lobbyist Marianna Anaya. Senate leadership is committed to removing Ivey-Soto from the chairman position of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, according to Senate Pro Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), and will make an attempt to start the process on Thursday.
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University of Arizona researchers forced a drought on a controlled rainforest environment to measure the scented gasses released by stressed plants. Their results could help scientists "sniff out" when forests are in distress.
Among survey respondents across the eight states that make up the Mountain West, about 67% support policies that protect trans individuals from discrimination in jobs, housing or in public spaces. That's compared to 64% nationwide.
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