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NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez looks at a couple of legislative bills aimed at improving outcomes for children in the care of the state's Children, Youth and Families Dept., or CYFD.
NM Close-Up
Blasting into space once seemed like a feat far into the future, but NM's own Spaceport America is about to get a lot busier in that pursuit, as space company Virgin Galactic is moving operations to NM from CA. Deborah Martinez has the story.
NM Close-Up
April 15 is the deadline for a state court judge to receive NM's plan for improving education for all students, including low-income kids, those with special needs, and English language learners.
NM Close-Up
April 9 was the date in 1942 when US forces defending Bataan in the Philippines surrendered to Japanese forces. One of those survivors traveled to Santa Fe in remembrance of his fallen comrades.
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How can government assure people who answer the citizenship question on the next census that their info is safe?
NM Close-Up
The mayor of the NW NM city of Aztec is the target of a recall effort because he voted not to declare Aztec a city that won't enforce gun regulation measures passed by the NM State Legislature.
New Mexico Close-Up
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scrapping the state's student skills test called PARCC, and legislative leaders agree with the move.
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
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.
NM Close-Up
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Tuesday, aimed at reducing the effects of climate change in New Mexico.
NM Close-Up
Small business entrepreneurs often need a loan to get started, and this year more money will be available for owners like Sandy Bosben, whose pet food shop got a boost that launched her success.
New Mexico Close-Up
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is excited about prospects for small businesses, now that the state is forming a new agency overseeing childcare, home visiting and Pre-kindergarten programs in New Mexico. Deborah Martinez speaks with Teri Cole.
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.
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with Bob Martin about his volunteer work with New Mexico's Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)
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
Gun regulation was one of the topics generating heated debate in the 2019 session of the NM State Legislature. Deborah Martinez has details of the outcome.
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
The national popular vote doesn't always translate to the winner in a presidential election, but a group of New Mexicans wants the state to join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.
NM Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with State Senator Mimi Stewart about the bill in the 2019 session of the NM State Legislature that would change the electoral college that currently chooses the president of the United States.
KANW New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with NM State Legislator and Majority Floor Leader, Senator Peter Wirth on the "Rocket Docket" and other legislative initiatives.
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
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
NM aims to attract more people to its outdoor recreation spots with a bill the governor signed to expand outreach, including to the state's families who don't visit the outdoors right now.
KANW New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez speaks with lowrider enthusiast Fred Rael on the history of the pastime.
NM Close-Up
NM's new state police chief has been picked from within the ranks. Deborah Martinez has his story.
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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.
NM Close-Up
The hemp industry in NM is blasting off now that growing the plant is legal. Deborah Martinez attended a hemp conference by the NM Acequia Association to educate potential growers about how to benefit from the burgeoning business.
NM Close-Up
World-reknowned novelist and children's book author Rudolfo Anaya loves taking part in a northern NM reading program every summer. He talks about the importance of reading with Deborah Martinez.
APS Open Book - Episode 4: Fine Arts in Our Schools
Mark Goodrum speaks with APS Fine Arts Director, Gina Rasinski, former APS Fine Arts Director, Luis Delgado, retired music educator, Ron Lipka, and APS students and their teachers about the wide-ranging fine arts programs offered at APS schools.
NM Close-Up
Recent polls show 66% of New Mexicans support the idea of paying legislators a salary. Deborah Martinez speaks to Majority Floor Leader Peter Wirth about a resolution that would let voters decide.
NM Close-Up
A political group called Working Families that has chapters in several states has been working to get progressive candidates elected in NM. Deborah Martinez spoke with the group's political director on those wins and what's in store for next year's elections.
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
Republicans ran out the legislative clock in debate over the Energy Transition Act, but in the end the Democratic majority passed the bill that moves NM to renewable energy sources by 2045.
NM Close-Up
A compromise bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana use in NM never got to the Senate floor during the 2019 legislative session, but the topic will come up again next year. Deborah Martinez has the story.
NM Close-Up
Several bills that would help farmers are being debated at the NM State Legislature this session. Deborah Martinez has details on what they would mean for transparency and data collection.
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
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
George Geder, a genealogist from Albuquerque, reflects on his great grandparents and the role slavery played in their past, during Black History Month.
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
Keeping people safe when they fly is the job of systems specialists like Ron Schubert. But with the federal government shutdown stretching beyond one month, he has grown weary of working without a paycheck. Deborah Martinez spoke with Schubert on his situation.
Concerning NM Elizabeth Kistin Keller
Jorja Armijo on Concerning New Mexico, with guest ABQ 1st Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller. The speech was giving to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.
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.
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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
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
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
NM's elected leaders were joined by the president of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan New, for a bill-signing at the state capitol recently. Deborah Martinez has the story
NM Close-Up
The halls of NM's state capitol are quiet again, now that another session of the legislature has come to a close. Deborah Martinez has this recap.
NM Close-Up
NM's children will have more resources and the chance for more school days, now that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed several education funding bills.
NM Close-Up
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed hundreds of bills after the 2019 legislative session, but a few did not get past lawmakers. Deborah Martinez takes a look at several.
NM Close-Up
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she won't support President Trump's border wall construction in NM and has cut back on the number of National Guard troops the previous governor sent to the border.
NM Close-Up
Allegations of corruption will now be heard by a bonafide ethics commission, after the governor signed a bill into law at the state capitol.
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
Congresswoman Debra Haaland's stance on gun regulation aligns with students who don't want to fear going to school. Hear Deborah Martinez's interview with Haaland during a recent visit to Santa Fe.
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.
APS Open Book - Episode 2: A Discussion with Superintendent Reedy
Mark Goodrum speaks with APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy about her background, the quality of teaching in APS classrooms, her vision for the future of APS, and much more in this insightful discussion.
NM Close-Up
Climate change is prompting utility companies in NM to speed up their move to renewable energy sources, as customers are demanding. Deborah Martinez gets the Sierra Club's perspective
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Congresswoman Deb Haaland is fighting for indigenous women who've become victims of domestic and other violence, and she supports a bill that would share data among law enforcement agencies.
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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.
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Student debt can keep a young person from achieving their goals, but NM youth who took classes through Career Education Corporation that loaned them the money, just had their student debt wiped out. Deborah Martinez reports NM's AG facilitated the settlement.
NM Close-Up
Getting a firearm background check will soon be mandatory in NM when buying a gun. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law as the NM State Legislature wound to a close.
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
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
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
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
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
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, and the nicotine in them is addictive.
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
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.
Concerning New Mexico
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Inauguration Speech
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
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
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.
APS Open Book - Episode 3: Protecting Our Public Schools
Mark Goodrum speaks with APS Chief Operations Officer, Scott Elder and APS Chief of Police, Steven Gallegos about school safety and security.
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
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
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.
APS Open Book - Episode 1: Teen Suicide Prevention and Detection
Mark Goodrum speaks with Victoria Waugh-Reed (APS District Crisis Resource Counselor), Nancy Wiggins (Special Education Teacher at Grant Middle School), and Nick Estrada (Senior at Volcano Vista High School).
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.
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
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-UpDark money in politics will soon be under a spotlight, now that the NM State Legislature has passed a bill that will
Dark money in politics will soon be under a spotlight, now that the NM State Legislature has passed a bill that will require info on who is contributing to campaigns and for what purpose.
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.
NM Close-Up
Albuquerque Representative Christine Trujillo spoke at a bill-signing to provide more resources for at-risk children recently. While she says more money is needed, she agrees with colleagues who say it's a good start to improve NM's education rankings.
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
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 student loan company called Career Education Corporation has agreed to a court settlement that includes giving prospective students full disclosure of costs and true chances for a job in their field post-graduation; plus forgiveness of student debt - NM's totaled almost $2mill.
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.
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Children are a vital part of the census count, especially given NM's low rankings in child welfare. Deborah Martinez talks with the deputy director of NM Voices for Children as the group embarks on a campaign to get all NM children counted in the census next year.
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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.
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NM's rural geography contributes to the high rate of poverty, making it hard for Native Americans to get an adequate education. The superintendent of Gallup-McKinley County schools talks about the challenges students face in one of the poorest school districts in the US
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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Deborah Martinez talks with the 89-year-old wife of the 99-year-old Bataan Death March survivor from New Mexico.
NM Close-Up
A bold agenda was set by candidates who won in the 2018 elections, but some advocates would have liked to have see more action on their progressive issues. Deborah Martinez has the story.
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
Deborah Martinez speaks with the CEO of Homewise about the nonprofit's mission of creating successful homeowners.
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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.
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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.
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The new chief of public education for NM is a native, born in Santa Fe and building a career in southern NM. Deborah Martinez speaks with PED Cabinet Secretary Karen Trujillo.
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Longtime Native American advocate Regis Pecos speaks with Deborah Martinez about how the state's Native American children will benefit from the new department focused on early childhood programs.
NM Close-Up
Albuquerque 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.
New Mexico Close-Up
Deborah Martinez talks with State Senator Sander Rue about New Mexico's public records Sunshine Portal