Megafires: Causes and Solutions, with NWF’s Collin O’Mara

November 22, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Collin O'Mara, CEO for the National Wildlife Federation, on MegaFires, an escalating problem in the age of climate change and ineffective policies.

New report from National Wildlife Federation just released:

“Megafires: The Growing Risk to America’s Forests, Communities, and Wildlife.”


Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, is available for interviews


With 2017 on pace to be America’s worst fire season on record and as California is still reeling from its deadliest wildfire disaster ever, the National Wildlife Federation released a new report on Oct. 19--“Megafires: The Growing Risk to America’s Forests, Communities, and Wildlife.” It’s available here:


In addition to the six large fires that have recently scorched parts of California, firefighters have battled blazes in Montana, Oregon, Texas and West Virginia, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. While the number of fires is down this year, the acres burned per fire has soared, pointing to global warming’s effect on intensifying blazes.


“Megafires” details what’s making fires worse, including increasing development in wild areas, poor forest management, and global warming. It also prescribes what Congress can do now to help federal agencies, states and communities deal with the growing risk by solving the wildfire funding crisis, prioritizing forest restoration, advancing outcome-driven wildfire management practices, and cutting climate-disrupting carbon pollution.


Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation, is available for radio interviews to discuss the ongoing megafires, the new report and his recent testimony before Congress urging bipartisan support. He’s appeared on NBC News, ABC News, National Public Radio, MSNBC, the Weather Channel, and many other outlets.


Author Jim Kristofic, who grew up in Ganado, AZ, about new Native story interpretations

November 17, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Ganado, AZ - raised Jim Kristofic, who has a new book of stories told from a Navajo perspective.  He will be speaking and reading from his book at Gallup's Octavia Fellin Library Children's branch at 6pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017.



Health Exchange Enrollment deadline is 12/15/17

November 17, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with New Mexico Superintendent of
Insurance John G. Franchini
, discussing the December 15, 2017 deadline for enrollment in Healthcare plans for 2018 coverage.

---- Details of Health Plan Comparison Tools and enrollment ---

New Tool Makes Smart Health Plan Choices Easier for New Mexicans

Comparison Tool to Help Consumers Choose Plans – On- and Off-Exchange

Santa Fe, NM – Each year, consumers enroll or renew their individual health insurance plans and often have lingering questions such as how to choose which plan is right for them, will they get to keep their doctors, will the plan cover my medications, and the ultimate question for many, how much will the plan cost. The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) has partnered with Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit organization with 40 years of experience helping consumers choose health plans, doctors, hospitals, and other providers, and has developed a plan comparison tool which will help address just these questions.

“With the shorter enrollment period this year, it is even more imperative that consumers, and agents and enrollment counselors assisting consumers, use every resource available to enable educated decision-making,” said Superintendent John G. Franchini.

The plan comparison tool available at allows consumers to compare plans available in their area providing details on the following factors:

  • Estimate of average monthly and yearly total cost based on an actuarial estimate of premium and out-of-pocket costs for a consumer with the same family size, ages, health status, and other characteristics, which also factors in the potential for subsidies to help pay costs (about 70% of New Mexicans shopping on the Marketplace receive subsidies);
  • Cost of plan in a high-use year, which estimates out-of-pocket costs if the consumer needs to make frequent use of the plan and the likelihood of that occurring based on health status and other characteristics disclosed;
  • Doctor availability, which allows consumers to enter the names of their physicians to see which are in-network for each plan;
  • Prescription Drug Formulary availability, which allows consumers to enter prescription drugs that they take to check if they are covered in a plan’s formulary.

The tool features information for plans available both On-Exchange ( or and Off-Exchange directly through the health insurance companies. This feature will be particularly useful for people who don’t qualify for subsidies to reduce their costs. By using this new website, they can easily find out if a lower-cost plan is available to them off-exchange. Consumers are also able to narrow their choices to compare certain options side by side.

“Finding the best plan for your needs can be confusing, but this new, easy-to-use tool will give you a one-stop, full view of the details of plans and how their differences may impact yearly costs and access to care,” said Franchini.

The OSI encourages all consumers to stop, shop, and enroll this year in the health coverage that best fits your needs. Although changes may come in the future, the need for health care will not. Be sure to check your eligibility for subsidies, and if you are ineligible for subsidies, be sure to shop and compare both On- and Off-Exchange plans.

“We are proud to partner with Consumers’ Checkbook and illustrate that this type of plan comparison tool, with On- and Off-Exchange plans and enabling New Mexicans to compare all plans available in a market, demonstrates a model that could exist, even if the Affordable Care Act were to see major changes,” said Franchini.

The plan comparison tool launches to the public on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Additional information on consumer assistance departments within OSI may be found here. Additional information for in-person assistance from an agent, broker, or enrollment counselor may be found at

For more information on Consumers’ Checkbook, visit


# # #


Author Daniel Vandever discusses “Fall in Line Holden”

November 9, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Daniel Vandever, author of a children's book, "Fall in Line Holden!", which features a Navajo student in a BIA-type school, discusses his writing and plans for a presentation at Gallup's children's branch library at 2pm Mountain on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

More information on the book at:


Plans for 11/19/17 Red Rock Srtrings concert w Trumpet

November 9, 2017

KGLP Station Manager speaks with Bill Kryzmowski, Director of the Red Rock String Ensemble, and Julian Iralu, who will perform the Hummel Trumpet Concierto during the group's November 19, 2017 concert, 4pm Mountain at First United Methodist Church in Gallup, New Mexico.


Bill Lee discusses Gallup McKinley Chamber, County Commission, & more

October 22, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Bill Lee, McKinley County Commissioner, Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Director, former McKinley County Manager, avid Balloonist, and ecstatic grandparent, about economic development, tourism, Native arts and crafts that define the area including Gallup and surrounding communities, and the Disney Institute, as well as a 2018 leadership workshop series.

Disney Institute workshop October 26, 2017 - Only a few openings left...Call 505.722.2228 today to reserve your seat to this world-class professional development course happening right here in Gallup.



Preview of 10/25/17 School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall in Gallup NM

October 22, 2017

Discussion and preview of the following GMCS Town Hall on at-risk youth who, if leaving school before graduation, may end up in the criminal justice system:

Matthew Berstein, from Pegasus Legal Services for Children in Albuquerque, will be presenting on the "School to Prison Pipeline" in Gallup on October 25, 2017. School to Prison Pipeline is a term that describes how students that are not kept in school are much more likely to end up in the criminal justice system. His presentation will focus on factors that contribute to the pipeline and ways to interrupt it. The presentation will be at the Gallup McKinley County School District Board Room at the administration building on Boardman Avenue on October 25th at 5:30pm. Dinner will be provided by the McKinley County SNAPSSA Coalition. The Coalition will be asking attendees for feedback on possible changes to the Gallup McKinley County School District's discipline policy.


Remembering Gallup’s Lisa Romero-Muniz, who died in Las Vegas shooting

October 13, 2017

Audio excerpts of remembrances from GMCS officials, friends, and family of Lisa Romero-Muniz, who died in a mass shooting during a Las Vegas country music concert.

Lisa's family has a crowdfunding campaign underway in order to raise funds for her children's education, at:


Stalking the Herd’s Christopher O’Brien, to be at UFO Film Fest

October 13, 2017

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with author Christopher O'Brien, who writes about the phenomenon of animal mutilations in his book, "Stalking the Herd", and will present at the UFO Film Fest taking place October 21 and 22, 2017, in Gallup's El Morro Theatre.


Navajo Codetalker Thomas H. Begay at Gallup PSS meeting 9/17/17

September 21, 2017

Navajo Codetalker, linguist, and actor, Thomas H. Begay, with assistance from his eldest son, Ronald, spoke at the September 17, 2017 meeting of Gallup's Plateau Sciences Society, relating matters such as stories from his military service, his love of language, acting in "Legends From the Sky".  Mr. Begay also appears on p.42 of the current issue of "Indian" the publication of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

Mr. Begay, a 5th Marines Navajo Code Talker, wrote the foreword for the book, "Voices of Victory, and was a guest at Author Catherine Ritch’s home for several Veteran’s Day events in her home state of NC during November of 2015. He spoke and appeared at a number of 2016 Veteran’s Day events and presentations in Washington, D.C., and was publicly recognized in D.C. by President Barack Obama during Native American Month. At age 94, he still walked the 4-mile parade route of the 2017 Fiesta Bowl Parade, an event in which he appears annually.