KUNM News Update
Members of Albuquerque’s Public Service Company of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition and Sol Housing celebrated the launch of an Affordable Mobility Platform, the first electric vehicle car share program in the state.
A court injunction from last year barred the City of Albuquerque from removing encampments of people experiencing homelessness in public spaces, but those in the encampments and their advocates are accusing the city of violating that order every day.
Land grant universities across the U.S. earn over $2.2B annually from oil and gas extraction on lands that were taken from Indigenous tribes. That includes New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. But, tribes almost never see a penny of it. That’s one of the recent findings of an investigation by environmental news outlet Grist.
Albuquerque is a particularly dangerous city for pedestrians, consistently ranking near the top nationally for the number of walkers and bikers killed on its roads. With seven pedestrians killed already this year on East Central, according to the Albuquerque Police Department, 2024 is on track to be the deadliest yet despite years of safety initiatives. Now, the city is looking to AI for help.
New Mexico has a shortage of tradespeople who help build infrastructure like roads, energy facilities and broadband. Two bills awaiting the governor’s signature aim to address that by funding more apprenticeship programs.
Focus on homelessness
Many of Albuquerque’s older adults experiencing homelessness live in a shelter that can’t meet their needs
Homelessness in older adults is increasing at a fast clip across the country.In Albuquerque, much of that population is in one place: the city’s main shelter on the Westside. That facility, however, is not set up to care for older folks or people with disabilities.
Let's Talk New Mexico
A recent series by KFF Health News and the New York Times found that roughly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day until 2030. Most expect to live into their 80s and 90s as the price tag for long-term care explodes, outpacing inflation and reaching a half-trillion dollars a year. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico we’ll speak with one of the reporters who published this series, and we’ll hear from state officials and others on resources available here.
Africana Studies is the newest department at the University of New Mexico. It was a program at UNM for 51 years which was able to grant Bachelor's degrees, but in 2022 became a department and can now grant Masters degrees as well. KUNM spoke with Kirsten Pai Buick, chair of the department, about her goals and achievements.
Attorneys prepared to make opening statements Thursday at the first trial related to the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal for the Western film "Rust."
Lawyers representing a woman who says she was abused by a priest in 1957 say the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is reneging on a promise to publicly post the names of such clergy.
A group of Indigenous professors at the University of New Mexico is developing the first-ever tribal government textbook for young adults.
New Mexico has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the nation and the situation has gotten even worse since the pandemic. Despite this, state lawmakers this session failed to pass any substantive measures to curb the crisis. Public health reporter Ted Alcorn has long covered the issue for New Mexico in Depth. He spoke with KUNM about a debate over whether and how to change the way the state taxes alcohol. Democrats filed competing bills this year, neither of which got to the governor.
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