Marisa Demarco en Albuquerque Changes Records Policy In Response To Complaints <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico Foundation for Open Government</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced today that the City of Albuquerque will charge no more than $6.75 for DVDs and $2.75 for CDs for public records requests. This is a big win for not just journalists but everyone with an interest in accessing records that are available under the law. The change provides fair, consistent rates&nbsp;and lets people know what prices to expect in advance.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:31:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47761 at Albuquerque Changes Records Policy In Response To Complaints Tips for Avoiding Date Rape Drugs <p>Reports of drug-facilitated sexual assaults are on the rise in Albuquerque. People who work with victims aren’t sure whether that’s because date rape drugs are being used more often or people are more aware of them.</p><p>Gail Starr is the clinical coordinator for SANE, a collaborative of medical professionals that helps victims of sexual assault. She said a variety of substances—including designer drugs—are being used these days. “There are so many drugs that we as nurses, we’re not focused on exactly what drug. The law enforcement can worry about that,” she said.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:32:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47358 at Tips for Avoiding Date Rape Drugs Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water <p>Young scientists from Taos High School won the top prize at <a href="">eCYBERMISSION,</a> a national army-sponsored contest that asks students to come up with real-world solutions to problems in their communities.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ninth-graders in Taos figured out how to create inexpensive filters to remove antibiotics from drinking water. On Friday, June 20, they won $20,000 for their efforts, plus an additional $5,000 grant for the next phase of their work—implementation.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:03:32 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47017 at Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Mexico has the <a href="">second-highest rate</a> of overdose deaths in the country, <a href="">according to the CDC</a>. Now, a life-saving drug called naloxone is not only available by prescription, the cost of it is covered through Medicaid.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46864 at Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called <a href="">eCYBERMISSION</a> this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:28:27 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46704 at Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers <p>A local advocacy organization is looking at reforming the way the judicial system treats women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.</p><p><a href="">Young Women United</a> traveled to Santa Fe last week to make four recommendations to the <a href="">Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee</a>. Among them, judges should acknowledge pregnancy and lactation status when determining the conditions of bond or release.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46066 at Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part 3 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nataura</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Powdrell<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers one inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center who refused to take his meds. When the jail’s mental health staff tried to talk about it, he explained he didn’t want to become stable. Because then he’d be released from jail.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:49:01 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44875 at Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part 3 Solitary in New Mexico: Part 2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jan Green isn’t sure of cell </span>135C’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> exact dimensions at the Valencia County Detention Center. It was small.</span></p><p>“It was a shower stall, but I couldn’t use the shower,” she said. “It had the steel toilet and sink combination. It had a cement L-shaped bench and two drains. It had a steel door with a window that looked out into the walkway. “</p><p>She saw those objects every day all day during her months-long stints in solitary.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:17:59 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44813 at Solitary in New Mexico: Part 2 DOJ Promises Change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="">Department of Justice</a> held the first of three meetings Monday aiming to gather community input on Albuquerque’s police force.</p><p></p><p>People who showed up at the Westside’s Alamosa Community Center to give input last night were put off by the format of the meeting. It was not a public forum. Instead, commenters were given a number and then taken into a room where they spoke to DOJ employees as part of five-person focus groups.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:31:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44512 at DOJ Promises Change Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part I <p>The hole. That’s what they call it on television. It’s the mind-shattering pit fictional prisoners will do anything to avoid.</p><p>In real life, human rights advocates say New Mexico needs to cut back on using solitary confinement as a punishment method—especially for people coping with mental illnesses. Prison officials agree that it should be used less often, though most take issue with the way it’s portrayed in prison dramas.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:24:36 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44382 at Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part I Three POC Members Resign <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission resigned yesterday, saying the commission lacks the ability to provide real oversight of the city’s police force.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:13 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43953 at Three POC Members Resign Oversight Commission: Our Hands Are Tied <p></p><p>The Police Oversight Commission met yesterday afternoon just hours after the Department of Justice released its <a href="">findings</a> on Albuquerque’s police force.</p><p>Chair *Jeffrey Peterson&nbsp;opened the regularly scheduled meeting with a statement about why the Police Oversight Commission has avoided commenting publicly on Albuquerque Police Department issues. He said the volunteer committee’s members have to skirt the appearance of bias.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:37:35 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43719 at Oversight Commission: Our Hands Are Tied County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. <p></p><p>Bernalillo County jail Chief Ramon Rustin’s resignation took effect Monday. After three years as the head of the largest jail in New Mexico, Rustin stepped down saying he needed to meet family obligations.&nbsp;</p><p>KUNM spoke with Rustin in February&nbsp;about mental health care at the Metropolitan Detention Center.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:12:26 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43597 at County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight <p></p><p>Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer criticizes the city's Police Oversight Commission for failing to examine&nbsp;APD's&nbsp;overall policy on the use of force.</p><p>"The current commissioners have chosen not to use some of the powers they’ve already been given," she said in an interview with KUNM.&nbsp;"At no point in my 18 months has the Police Oversight Commission chosen to look at officer-involved shootings and to review what’s gone on."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:59:30 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43430 at APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight Protesters Draw Up Demands for APD <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Around 150 people gathered at the Center for Peace and Justice to create a list of demands on Monday night.</p><p>A block or so away, a couple dozen protesters gathered in front of the&nbsp;University of New Mexico Bookstore to continue to chant and call for reform of Albuquerque’s Police Department.</p><p>The center was wall-to-wall with activists from many backgrounds and organizations. Though opinions varied widely, the group eventually narrowed a list of 30-plus demands to three. They include:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:25:24 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43241 at Protesters Draw Up Demands for APD Mayor Berry: APD Showed Restraint <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Richard Berry and </span>APD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chief Gordon Eden addressed the media this afternoon regarding yesterday's protest, which the mayor earlier characterized as "mayhem."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At today's news conference, Berry reiterated that what happened was not productive and said demonstrators were attempting to escalate the situation.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:44:04 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43227 at Video of Sunday's Protest from The Daily Lobo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"></span></p><p>UNM's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> student newspaper, the Daily Lobo, offered a special&nbsp;video report of yesterday's 12-hour protest of the Albuquerque Police Department. The newspaper creates a news broadcast show weekly called "The Howl," which is directed by Michael Warren. Scope the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">paper's coverage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43211 at Video of Sunday's Protest from The Daily Lobo ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for health care is Monday, March 31, and New Mexico lags behind just about every other state in the country in terms of enrollment.</span></p><p>Phil Schiliro is the adviser to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act. He moved his family to Santa Fe in 2012 and said enrollment is critical in New Mexico.</p><p>A study completed in 2012 showed more than 400,000 New Mexicans don’t have health insurance. Only about 15,000 have signed up on the exchange.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:50:55 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43065 at ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind Big Picture: APD Shootings <p>Someone has posted a YouTube video claiming to represent the hacker group Anonymous and&nbsp;<a href="">promising to launch</a>&nbsp;an assault on the Albuquerque Police Department's&nbsp;websites.&nbsp;</p><p>As a Downtown protest against APD’s use of deadly force concluded Tuesday night, officers <a href="">opened fire</a> on a man on the Westside. He died Wednesday morning.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43024 at Big Picture: APD Shootings NCI to Study Effects of Trinity Test <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The National Cancer Institute will come to New Mexico this spring to investigate how much radiation people were exposed to after the Trinity test in the southern part of the state nearly 70 years ago.</p><p>The <a href="">CDC</a>&nbsp;studied health hazards in the New Mexico and&nbsp;said state residents consumed radiation via water, milk, meat and produce grown here after July 16, 1945, when the U.S. Army detonated a nuclear weapon for the first time.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:16:12 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42953 at NCI to Study Effects of Trinity Test WIPP - Failure To Communicate? <p>The director of an organization that evaluated the WIPP site for over 25 years said officials aren’t doing enough to inform New Mexicans.</p><p>Dr. Bob Neill led the <a href="">Environmental Evaluation Group</a>, which provided independent technical evaluations of the WIPP project for more than two decades. He retired a year after the plant opened in 1999, and the group disbanded in 2004.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:55:57 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42901 at WIPP - Failure To Communicate? Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas <p><strong>03/20/14 Update:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(224, 224, 224); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Nuclear Waste&nbsp;From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas</span></strong><span style="background-color: rgb(224, 224, 224); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;<em>The Associated Press</em></span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Marisa Demarco & Associated Press 42685 at Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas CDC: Excessive Drinking Kills New Mexicans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Excessive drinking is among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., according to <a href="">a report</a> just released by the CDC.</p><p>Of the 11 states studied, New Mexico had the highest death rate due to alcohol use. For every 100,000 residents, there are about 51 deaths related to excessive drinking, which is almost double the median rate.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:38:20 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42632 at CDC: Excessive Drinking Kills New Mexicans Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Reforms <p>The U.S. Senate unanimously approved changes to the way sexual assault cases are handled by the military on Monday night—but stopped short of removing the chain of command from the process. Last week a measure that would have done just that <a href="">failed by five votes</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:57:40 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42376 at Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Reforms Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Community health workers can be paid through Medicaid after </span><a href=";legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%2058&amp;year=14" style="line-height: 1.5;">a measure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Susana Martinez on Sunday, March 9, goes into effect. As things stand, workers’ salaries are primarily funded by grants.</span></p><p>The legislation also creates a state certification program and funding for trainings.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:59:52 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42325 at Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act Big Picture: WIPP Leak <p>Just 26 miles east of Carlsbad, N.M., in the <a href="">Chihuahuan Desert</a>, the United States buries its radioactive waste. Mostly, that’s the clothes, tools and rags that come into contact with elements heavier than uranium on the Periodic Table. But about <a href="">4 percent of what’s dumped</a> at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is more toxic and has to be stored in lead casks.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:26:02 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42034 at Big Picture: WIPP Leak Casualties: Public Health Bills That Didn’t Make It <p>Among the governor’s goals in her 2014 State of the State Address: deal with the shortage of health care providers in New Mexico. Every county except one doesn’t have an adequate supply of physicians and dentists, according to the federal government. And about 170,000 more folks will be eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Though Gov. Susana Martinez has unrolled some plans to deal with the shortage, the Legislature wasn’t able to pass measures that would have boosted the state’s health care work force.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:25:19 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41722 at Casualties: Public Health Bills That Didn’t Make It Survivors: Public Health Bills That Lived <p>A 30-day legislative session—like the one that ended yesterday at noon—is mostly about hammering out a state budget. But other priorities sneak in, too, and 2014 saw a lot of public health-related bills. Here’s a look at the new laws and programs that made it out of Santa Fe alive.</p><p><strong>Newborn Heart Disease Testing—<a href=";legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%20%209&amp;year=14">HB 9</a></strong></p><p>• Adds a test for congenital heart disease to the list of evaluations a newborn undergoes before being discharged.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:40:48 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41630 at Survivors: Public Health Bills That Lived Disability Rights In The Roundhouse <p><em style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:17 a.m.:&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href=";LegType=B&amp;LegNo=55&amp;year=14" style="outline: none; color: rgb(51, 102, 153);">SB 55</a>&nbsp;is awaiting a vote by the Senate.</em></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:55:13 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41476 at Disability Rights In The Roundhouse Senate OKs Plan To Fund Rural Hospitals <p><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:35 a.m.: This measure is in the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The state Senate approved <a href=";legtype=B&amp;legno=%20268&amp;year=14">a bill</a> last night that creates temporary funding for more than two dozen rural hospitals.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:44:39 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41451 at Senate OKs Plan To Fund Rural Hospitals