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New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Bob Martin about his volunteer work with New Mexico's Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)
KANW's New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with mystery writer Anne Hillerman in part 2 of their interview.
KANW New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with mystery writer Anne Hillerman in part 4 of their interview.
KANW New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with lowrider enthusiast Fred Rael on the history of the pastime.
KANW New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with "Dreamer" Ivonne Orozco who is NM's Teacher of the Year
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez talks with State Senator Sander Rue about New Mexico's public records Sunshine Portal
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Laura Onorato, who made a young cancer patient's dream to meet LeBron James come true.
NM Close-Up
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver tells host Deborah Martinez about the new website NMvote.org that gives voters information on registering to vote, what districts they belong to, who's running for each office, and more.
NM Close-Up
NM National Guard Major General Kenneth Nava speaks about the Guard's readiness.
Who Guards the Guardians - Part 1
Part 1 of Who Guards the Guardians: a town hall discussion on New Mexico's court-monitored guardianship system for senior citizens. A panel of family members, advocates, lawmakers, judges, lawyers, and journalists sat down to make presentations and answer questions on March 22, 2017. This program was hosted by Kent Walz of the Albuquerque Journal, KANW's Tom Trowbridge, and was sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal, the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, and 89.1 KANW.
Who Guards the Guardians - Part 2
Part 2 of Who Guards the Guardians: a town hall discussion on New Mexico's court-monitored guardianship system for senior citizens. A panel of family members, advocates, lawmakers, judges, lawyers, and journalists sat down to make presentations and answer questions on March 22, 2017. This program was hosted by Kent Walz of the Albuquerque Journal, KANW's Tom Trowbridge, and was sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal, the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, and 89.1 KANW.
NM Close-Up
NM State Sen. Peter Wirth talks to Deborah Martinez on working with Gov. Susana Martinez
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with Francisco "El Comanche" Gonzales about the Genízaro descendants of NM's Spanish-Indian slaves.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with NM Acequia Association Executive Director Paula Garcia about the annual limpiada and sharing the water.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with NM Acequia Association Executive Director Paula Garcia about a northern NM acequia that holds its meetings in Spanish.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with NM National Guard Major General Ken Nava.
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with the executive director of NM Ethics Watch, Kathleen Sabo re: their latest report.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with the executive director of NM Ethics Watch, Kathleen Sabo re: ethics laws and upcoming reports and projects.
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with the executive director of NM Ethics Watch, Kathleen Sabo re: ethics and our societal bond.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with the executive director of NM Ethics Watch re: its mission
Concerning New Mexico
Jorja Armijo on Concerning New Mexico, with guest Shannon Guzman, of the policy institute and AARP,
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with entrepreneur Trish Lopez about her Teeniors venture - pairing youth and older New Mexicans through PCs and social media.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with entrepreneur Trish Lopez about her Teeniors venture and the people who have been touched by their connections between teens and seniors.
NM Close-Up
Smart phones and their apps can be daunting to older New Mexicans. But more of us are finding help through Teeniors - a nonprofit that brings together those who know and those who want to know.
NM Close-Up
Meet a man who helps kids in crisis through his volunteer work at New Mexico Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. Deborah Martinez talks with Bob Martin about the work he does.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with Joe Martinez and other faithful at El Santuario de Chimayo, the famous shrine where tens of thousands flock during Holy Week.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with State Senator Sander Rue about the new law requiring accountability of the governor's slush fund, but the current gov. won't be affected.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Bob Martin about his volunteer work with New Mexico's Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). He's a former foster child himself.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Bob Martin about the rewards of his volunteer efforts and what it takes to be a New Mexico's Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Bob Martin on being the voice of a child in crisis as a New Mexico's Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), plus his work recruiting other volunteers.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez features one of the most powerful women in the NM State Legislature, McKinley County Representative and Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Patricia Lundstrom, on her upbringing and education.
NM Close-Up
Santa Fe has the highest minimum wage in NM, at $11.40 per hour. But as Deborah Martinez reports, it's still not enough to keep people from having to work several jobs to make ends meet.
NM Close-Up
Medicaid expansion has had a profound effect on states like NM over the last four years. Deborah Martinez reports on a new study by Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina showing a lot more people have health insurance now than before the expansion under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
NM Close-Up
A private company in Western New Mexico again wants to buy up ranchers' water rights and sell them to Rio Rancho and other areas, but its plan doesn't hold water, according to the State Engineer. Deborah Martinez reports.
NM Close-Up
Today, Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in this year's general election, and the secretary of state urges people to sign up, including online, at NMVOTE.org. Deborah Martinez reports.
NM Close-Up
Musician and producer Jerry Dean lives New Mexico music, beginning as a teenager playing trumpet in his dad Al Hurricane, Sr.'s band. He talks about the genre of the music with Deborah Martinez.
NM Close-Up
Firefighters held a remembrance for the victims of 9-11 on the Santa Fe Plaza Tuesday, complete with bagpipes and a giant American flag. NM Close-Up reporter Deborah Martinez was there.
NM Close-Up
Widespread chemical contamination from the use of a foam fire retardant has poisoned the water in and around Cannon Air Force base. So far at least one dairy farmer fears he could lose his business as a result.
NM Close-Up
Albuquerque's born-and-bred mayor Tim Keller talks of his early interest in public service and what he did to blaze his trail, watching C-SPAN in elementary school. Deborah Martinez spoke with Keller at Albuquerque City Hall.
NM Close-Up
Public financing of campaigns is gaining in popularity, with Albuquerque and Santa Fe trying to make it easier for candidates with meager budgets to compete with big spenders. On NM Close-Up, reporter Deborah Martinez tells us about those programs and the revamp of a campaign financing disclosure bill at the state capitol.
NM Close-Up
Common Cause is a non-profit political watchdog group that works to shape policy in NM. Deborah Martinez speaks with new Exec. Dir. Heather Ferguson on future goals.
NM Close-Up
Spanish Market Traditional artist Carlos José Otero's family goes back several hundred years in NM, and he brings those roots to his work. Host Deborah Martinez speaks to Otero about his humble beginnings and being a self-taught santero.
NM Close-Up
The group that manages NM's two sovereign wealth funds, the State Investment Council - urges lawmakers to be cautious in withdrawing more money for early education programs. Deborah Martinez talks to the group's spokesman, Charles Wollman.
NM Close-Up
NM's secretary of state says the state is evolving from a two-party system, and that will give voters more choices. Deborah Martinez has the story.
NM Close-Up
A recount that cost two Libertarian write-in candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in NM more than $10,000 failed to reach the threshold of 230 votes. Deborah Martinez spoke to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver about that and about open primaries.
NM Close-Up
The state auditor is finding fault with spending by a contractor whose mission it is to provide food to hungry older New Mexicans, but instead used money for expensive dinners and employee bonuses.
NM Close-Up
With so many elections being held throughout the year, it's sometimes hard to cast votes in every one of them. This morning on KANW NM Close-Up, Deborah Martinez speaks with the mayor of Santa Fe, where a move is on to ask voters if they want to consolidate elections.
NM Close-Up
Tonight the Bernalillo County Commission takes up - for the second time - a ballot initiative called Democracy Dollars. This morning on KANW NM Close-Up, Deborah Martinez talks to an organizer who says the effort that's getting attention online as "Bourque Bucks" will cut down on big money in politics.
NM Close-Up
Albuquerque's Mayor Tim Keller says his police department is making progress towards reform, but with a shortage of officers, some wonder how long lasting change will take. Deborah Martinez reports.
NM Close-Up
Albuquerque west side State Rep. Antonio "Mo" Maestas speaks with reporter Deborah Martinez about the recent midterm elections and hopes for the new governor's administration.
NM Close-Up
Democrats are holding a secret ballot election for Speaker of the House Nov 28, as they prepare to take over leadership of Congress in January. Deborah Martinez talks with Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, who is up for one of the top leadership positions.
NM Close-Up
Money to train judges was among requests by the courts to the NM State Legislature for more funding in the next budget that begins July 1, 2019. NM Close-Up host Deborah Martinez looks at the funding proposal in light of a large revenue surplus for the state.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez features an umbrella group called the Bridge Alliance that is bringing together Americans from all stripes who want to agree on core issues. Hear what they brokered in this year's NM State Legislature.
NM Close-Up
A long agenda awaits the new Democratic majority in the US Congress come January. The 3d District NM Congressman who was just nominated as assistant Democratic leader, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, talks with Deborah Martinez about the Democrats' "Better Deal" platform.
NM Close-Up
New Mexico's courts are asking the NM State Legislature for almost $180-million to improve operations, including consolidation of some court operations and online dispute resolution. Deborah Martinez has the story
NM Close-Up
Administrators of NM's courts want to make it easier to access documents online, and they're asking for money for software that redacts personal information online. Deborah Martinez has the details.
NM Close-Up
Rural areas of Catron and Socorro Counties in Western NM got relief from the state engineer who manages water rights, when he denied a permit to pipe water from those counties, to cities further up the Rio Grande corridor. Deborah Martinez talks to the attorney who won the day - for now.
NM Close-Up
Among the ballot initiatives in the fall election is a constitutional amendment that would create a state ethics commission that would hear complaints of public corruption. Deborah Martinez has details, as she speaks with the director of Common Cause pushing the resolution, Heather Ferguson.
NM Close-Up
Long-time lawmaker Representative Larry Larrañaga of Albuquerque has died, after serving 24 years in the NM State Legislature. NM CLose-Up host Deborah Martinez has this remembrance.
NM Close-Up
"Government cannot just sit on the sidelines." So says Albuquerque's State Rep. Antonio "Mo" Maestas, who tells reporter Deborah Martinez how the state can improve the economy.
NM Close-Up
The city of Santa Fe is paying for a forensic audit to learn if there has been fraud or abuse of its finances. A recent program audit found the city's systems were ripe for bad players to take advantage of vulnerabilities. KANW NM Close-Up's Deborah Martinez has the story.
NM Close-Up
At one time recently, New Mexico had the dubious distinction of have more unprocessed evidence kits in sexual assault cases than any other state in the nation. But Albuquerque's new mayor has pushed for and seen progress in reducing the backlog. He talks with Deborah Martinez about why it happened.
NM Close-Up
Fewer people are dying of lung cancer in NM, but doctors worry that with more medical marijuana patients who smoke, more cases could be diagnosed in the coming years. Host Deborah Martinez speaks with thoracic surgeon Dr. Eric Presser.
NM Close-Up
NY Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman always credits her father, Tony Hillerman, for her insights and writing skill. She talks with Deborah Martinez about her writing style in this Close-Up chat.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with long-time NM State Representative Patricia Lundstrom on the 2013 upheaval of the state's mental health system and what's needed to rebuild it.
NM Close-Up
Reporter Deborah Martinez features Doug Nickle of the Bridge Alliance on how they are reminding Americans that government is of, by and for the people, who must participate in order for a democracy to work.
NM Close-Up
McKinley County Representative and Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Patricia Lundstrom has some ideas on how New Mexico can diversify its economy. Listen to her conversation with host Deborah Martinez
Concerning New Mexico Jacobson
Concerning New Mexico CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson part 1
NM Close-Up
With more than a dozen investigations into misconduct, Environmental Protection Agency director in the Trump administration resigned on 7/5/18, and at least one former administrator is cheering the news. Deborah Martinez talks with Karl Brooks about Scott Pruitt's departure and the effect of his tenure.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with one of the most powerful women in the NM State Legislature, McKinley County Representative and Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Patricia Lundstrom, on the outcome of this year's session.
NM Close-Up
Remember that voter fraud commission that President Donald Trump formed to investigate "massive voter fraud" in the 2016 election? NMCU host Deborah Martinez talks with NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver about the now disbanded commission and the myth of voter fraud in NM.
NM Close-Up
The state's Republican state auditor recently released an audit that found the North Central NM Economic Development District spent $118,000 for meals, games and employee bonuses instead of the senior services its coalition was supposed to provide.
NM Close-Up
The Albuquerque Police Department has been working on improving community relations after a Department of Justice report found it uses excessive force. Deborah Martinez talks with a therapist who's working to change the training cadets get before dealing with people who have mental health challenges.
NM Close-Up
The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that people who don't want to be in a union, no longer have to pay a fee to cover costs of union contract negotiations. Deborah Martinez talks to the head of NEA NM about the ramifications of the ruling.
NM Close-Up
Plague cases are showing up in animals that can be spread to people. Host Deborah Martinez speaks with Dr. Jennifer Steketee about how to avoid the disease.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez has the story of Senator Tom Udall's visit to Tornillo, Texas to investigate the issue of Latino families separated at the border, some of whom seek asylum.
Concerning New Mexico Jacobson
Concerning New Mexico CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson part 2
NM Close-Up
Former Senator turned author Dede Feldman talks about her time in the NM State Legislature and the causes she still rallies for.
NM Close-Up
For years NM's lawmakers and education officials have struggled to meet the financial needs of the state's 89 school districts fairly. Now a judge has given them until April to give NM's vulnerable students an adequate education. Deborah Martinez reports on plans to fund schools, and what the NM Speaker of the House thinks.
NM Close-Up
Fire officials closed the Santa Fe National Forest to all camping and hiking on June 1, due to tinder dry conditions and 120 abandoned campfires firefighters have had to put out in the forest.
NM Close-Up
Host Deborah Martinez speaks with Judge Shannon Bacon about new rules and amendments to the Uniform Probate Code. The changes come too late for victims of fraud by the people who were supposed to be caring for older, incapacitated and mentally challenged New Mexicans. Two owners and the company, Ayudando Guardians are charged in federal court with stealing millions of dollars from this vulnerable population.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez talks with a medical marijuana provider who recommends patients for the program about the question before NM's Department of Health as to whether to add Opiate Use Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for Rx marijuana use.
NM Close-Up
Meet the group in Stanley, NM that rescues abandoned and neglected horses and gets them adopted. Lauri Michael of the NM Horse Rescue at Walkin N Circles Ranch speaks with Deborah Martinez.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez talks about giving back with musician Chris Arellano, who teaches and gives back to KANW in a benefit concert April 14th.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez looks at state-funded Pre-Kindergarten, or Pre-K programs - who manages the money and prospects for expansion in the 2019 legislative session.
NM Close-Up
A group of businessmen wants to build an underground storage facility for the nation's nuclear reactor waste in SE New Mexico. Reporter Deborah Martinez has the story of the former legislator who is leading the effort.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with the CEO of Homewise about the nonprofit's mission of creating successful homeowners.
NM Close-Up
New Mexico's voting system is ahead of other states' and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says since our state uses paper ballots and runs audits of elections, the system is secure. Deborah Martinez hosts.
NM Close-Up
State Auditor Wayne Johnson says a northern NM government agency that's supposed to have spent state and federal funds on senior services instead gave their workers bonuses. He talks about the findings in a special audit his office recently commissioned.
NM Close-Up
Pension fund balances of New Mexico's public employee retirement accounts are faring better than most states', but they are still under funded. Deborah Martinez spoke to Charles Wollman on whether retirees should be worried.
NM Close-Up
Did you know that one dog that has a litter of pups brings 144 dogs into the world in just one year, unless they are spayed or neutered? Host Deborah Martinez talks to the director of Santa Fe's Animal Shelter on the cost to shelters and communities when owners fail to spay or neuter their pets.
NM Close-Up
NM's low-income families and adults who enrolled in Medicaid when it was expanded now have more resources, and for Santa Fe's frequent callers to 911, a special team helps them make those connections. Deborah Martinez has more on the Mobile Integrated Health Office.
NM Close-Up
A federal judge has ruled that law enforcement can't force car owners who are innocent to give up their vehicles to their forfeiture programs. Deborah Martinez talks about the state forfeiture law and the prospect of revising it with House Speaker Brian Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe.
NM Close-Up
For many years, NM, like other states, has been contracting with private prison operators to take care of about 7300 inmates, including their healthcare. Deborah Martinez reports on new data that has some lawmakers asking whether the state should run prisons itself.
NM Close-Up
The State Investment Council that manages the sovereign fund called the Land Grant Permanent Fund, cautions lawmakers not to increase the amount they take from the fund for education, so as to preserve it. Deborah Martinez talks with the SIC's spokesman about the issue.
NM Close-Up
Teachers are getting training they can use to spot child abuse, including human trafficking. Deborah Martinez speaks with Attorney General Hector Balderas about how that training is saving lives.
NM Close-Up
On June 2 and June 9, NM Horse Rescue invites people who love horses to come out to Edgewood and Stanley for days of fun. Lauri Michael speaks with Deborah Martinez about the events and the volunteers they welcome.
NM Close-Up
New Mexico's Fair Funding Formula has been the topic of discussion in state district court in a combined case that will determine how schools are appropriated money and whether children in poverty will get more, based on their higher needs. Host Deborah Martinez talks with the NEA's (teachers union) executive director, Charles Bowyer.
NM Close-Up
Caring for lost or homeless animals gets expensive and nonprofits struggle to stay afloat all over New Mexico. Host Deborah Martinez talks to the vet who heads the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, who is proud of the fact that animals are not euthanized just because they are homeless.
NM Close-Up
Reporter Deborah Martinez catches up with defeated State Representative Carl Trujillo of Nambé about harassment charges he faces and the effect on his re-election campaign.
NM Close-Up
Bernalillo County District Court Judge Shannon Bacon discusses tighter rules and changes in the Uniform Probate Code, so that guardians of people who depend on them act in the protected person's best interest.
NM Close-Up
President Donald Trump wants to station secret service agents at polling places across the country during the 2018 elections, but NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and 17 other secretaries of state are pushing back on that idea. Listen to her interview with NMCU host Deborah Martinez.
NM Close-Up
Lawmakers on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee gave a mostly cold reception to a proposal for storing the nation's nuclear waste from power plants under the ground in southern NM.
NM Close-Up
A pilot program aimed at reducing the number of 911 calls from the same group of patients has had some success, and the Santa Fe Fire Department is looking to expand it to more NM communities. Deborah Martinez speaks with a paramedic who is bringing her experience working on the ambulance detail to help people in crisis.
NM Close-Up
Vaping is the new smoking, and some smokers take it up to get off of cigarettes. But as Deborah Martinez reports, a lung surgeon who sees cancer patients every day, says the chemicals in e-cigarettes are just as toxic as old-school cigarettes.
NM Close-Up
Why do fires in and around our forests cause so much worse damage to communities than they used to? Deborah Martinez speaks with a forest service manager who says two words are key: fire suppression.