Early voting kicks off for local elections in New Mexico

Election day is Nov. 2, but the early voting period kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the 2021 local elections across New Mexico. Regular Local Elections in the state now occur in November in odd-numbered years, like 2021, for municipalities that opted to hold them. The ballot can include local officials like mayor, city councilor, judges […]

Let’s Talk About the Legacy of New Mexico’s Native American Boarding Schools

Let’s Talk New Mexico 7/22 8am: Earlier this month, a plaque that marked the burial place of Indigenous children who died at the Albuquerque Indian School went missing. At the same time, Native American boarding schools have been in the national news after forensic technology revealed thousands of previously unknown graves of Native American children throughout the US […]

Let’s Talk Climate Change And The Rio Grande

Let’s Talk New Mexico 6/3 at 8 am: The Rio Grande is swelling right now, but looks can be deceiving. Climate change is drying out this lifeline in the high desert. The river is a highly managed water system, so flows are supplemented and the impacts of global warming aren’t always immediately visible. But climate […]

Facing Eviction?: Talk To Your Landlord First

As housing prices skyrocket, unemployment persists and wages are stagnant, housing security has become urgent. A federal judge last week struck down the CDC’s eviction moratorium. In New Mexico there are some local protections for renters, however, there are ways around those rules and many will soon expire. UNM law professor Serge Martinez talked to KUNM about working with law […]

Let’s Talk The New World Of Legal Cannabis

Let’s Talk New Mexico 4/08 8am: Last week in a special session of the New Mexico Legislature lawmakers moved to legalize recreational cannabis and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to sign the legislation. The changes allows individuals to grow for personal use or to sell with a micro-business license and they create a structure […]

No More Normal: When Piggy Banks Fly

We get into what money really is. We take a dive into a bill that looks to create a public bank. We talk with a member of a financial innovation group about how universal basic income has helped businesses during the pandemic. We grapple with student loans. We hear the journey of how difficult it […]

Hannah Colton, KUNM News Director And Reporter, Dies At 29

“The KUNM community is heartbroken to say that News Director Hannah Colton died earlier this week at age 29.  She has been a brilliant news leader during the pandemic, guiding the team and editing stories about the virus, the calls to stop racist policing and the 2020 election.