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https://www.movingartsespanola.org/

For ten years now, kids in the Española Valley have been traveling after school up to fifty miles roundtrip for the opportunity to study dance, drama, music and visual arts.  The non-profit Moving Arts Española offers classes to kids ages 3 to 18.  Two years ago, the school took over its neighbor, the former Ohkay Owingeh Casino, to create a 6,000 sq. ft. performing arts space.

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Santa Fe Mayor Tells Trump Administration Where To Find HimThe Associated Press

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales says the Trump administration knows where to find him in response to a U.S. Justice Department threat that politicians who run so-called sanctuary cities could be criminally charged.

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Senator Howie Morales (D-Silver City) gave the Democratic response to Governor Susana Martinez's 2018 State of the State address. 

We collaborated with New Mexico PBS, NMPolitics.net and NMPoliticalReport on the annotations below. 

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New Mexico House Approves Nurse Licensure BillThe Associated Press

The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted unanimously to join a new nurse licensure compact that is shared with at least 25 other states.

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The New Mexico Attorney General is 1 of 22 officials fighting the rollback of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation of the Internet could affect people of color disproportionately. Folks advocating for the free flow of information say things could get a lot worse.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 1/18 8a: Call now 277-KUNM or 277-5866. Albuquerque’s City Council passed the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance late last year, which makes it illegal for people to stand near freeway ramps or in medians and to interact with drivers. It’s also illegal for drivers to interact with people standing in those spaces.

 

Do you think the law is helpful to public safety and will help prevent pedestrian deaths or traffic accidents? Or do you think it targets people experiencing extreme poverty in Albuquerque? Is the law a violation of free speech or other constitutionally guaranteed rights?

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Gov. Susana Martinez delivered the State of the State address Tuesday, January 16, at the start of this year’s 30-day legislative session. The session is primarily focused on the budget, but it also marks the governor’s last year in office. She focused on six ways to grow the economy, including working in cooperation with Mexico.

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Albuquerque Mayor Wants Police To Clear Rape Kit BacklogThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have two months to develop a plan to clear the backlog of untested evidence kits from sexual assault investigations.

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Governor Susana Martinez continued her push for tough-on-crime laws and support for officers on Tuesday in her last State of the State address at the end of her second term.

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Gov. Susana Martinez will give the final State of the State address of her second term on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the start of the legislative session. She’ll likely be framing her legacy as someone who’s been tough on crime.

State Of The State 2018: Annotated

Jan 16, 2018
New Mexico PBS

Governor Susana Martinez gave the 2018 State of the State address on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She begins speaking when there's about 54:05 remaining, you can skip ahead in the video or stream the audio alone.

KUNM partnered this year with New Mexico PBSNMPoliticalReport and NMpolitics.net on this live annotation of the speech. 

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Report: New Mexico's Second Worst State For Child Well-BeingThe Associated Press

A new report says quality of life is low for children in New Mexico.

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State Analysts Review Factors Fueling Albuquerque Crime RateThe Associated Press

Analysts for the Legislative Finance Committee say they are undertaking a review of the Bernalillo County criminal justice system.

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US Poet Laureate Starts Rural Reading Tour In New Mexico Associated Press

The U.S. poet laureate has embarked on the first of several trips to rural pockets of the country where she says book festivals rarely take her.

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Local fair lending advocates are partnering with an out of state loan company to curb predatory lending in New Mexico.

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We got some rain this week in New Mexico. It ended a 96-day dry streak in Albuquerque. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need a lot more rain and snow.

“We’re so far behind, that really all that we saw was not going to do much, really anything, to the state of the drought in NM,” said Royce Fontenot, a senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

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Grand Jury Indicts Former Head Of New Mexico MLK Commission- The Associated Press

The former director of New Mexico's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has been indicted on more than a dozen charges stemming from allegations of financial impropriety.

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New Mexico Statehouse Embarks On Anti-Harassment Overhaul- The Associated Press

New Mexico-based lobbyists attended voluntary, state-sponsored training Thursday on how to prevent and report sexual misconduct, and lawmakers will be required to undergo similar training next week.

Priorities For The 2018 Legislative Session

Jan 10, 2018
New Mexico PBS

Let's Talk New Mexico 1/11 8a: The 2018 legislative session begins January 16. Along with setting state spending priorities, lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation on education and public safety during the 30-day session. 

What questions do you have about the upcoming session? What issues do you hope get the most attention from lawmakers this year? 

In Deep Water

Jan 10, 2018
Laura Paskus

As severe drought returns to New Mexico, farmers and skiers alike fret over the state’s lack of snow. Meanwhile, on a cold, cloudy Monday morning in Washington, DC, attorneys for New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and the United States government grappled over the muddy waters of the Rio Grande.

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Divided Panel Clears Way For PNM Rate Increase ­– The Associated Press

New Mexico regulators have cleared the way for an even smaller rate increase for customers of the state's largest electric utility while backtracking on an earlier finding that questioned investments made in a coal-fired power plant.

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Construction workers tore up Albuquerque’s main avenue for well over a year installing ART, or Albuquerque Rapid Transit. And even though the new stations light up at night, the system isn’t working. The city’s new mayor said at a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9, that ART has a ways to go before it’s operational. 

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Albuquerque Mayor Says There Are Many Problems With ARTThe Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and his leadership won’t make a guess when the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project will be operational.

New Mexico Hits The High Court On The Rio Grande

Jan 8, 2018
Laura Paskus

On a frigid Monday morning in the nation’s capital, as most of the press corps turned its attention toward a water dispute between Florida and Georgia, attorneys for New Mexico and Colorado tried to fend off the ability of the United States government to protect its water interests on the Rio Grande.

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Congressional Race In New Mexico Gets Libertarian CandidateThe Associated Press

A Libertarian Party candidate is running for Congress in New Mexico's Albuquerque-based district.

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US Senator Proposes Delisting Mexican Gray WolfAssociated Press

A wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico would be removed from the list of federally protected species under legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.

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The format calls for eight consecutive hours of live music, with audience members invited to come and go as they please.  Starting at noon on January 13, dozens of local musicians will gather at Albuquerque's St. John's United Methodist Church to raise money for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.  Classical musicians, jazz ensembles, singer-songwriters, choirs, and solo performers will take part in the Midwinter Music Marathon.

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Governor Martinez Calls For Budget IncreaseThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is recommending a $250 million increase in state general fund spending for the coming fiscal year.

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New Mexico Regulators To Reconsider Utility RatesThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

State regulators have rescinded a decision that allowed New Mexico's largest electric utility to increase rates for customers but limited the amount of money the utility could recoup on upgrades at a coal-fired power plant.

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New Mexico Moves Up In Oil And Gas RankingsThe Associated Press

Thanks to more barrels of oil being pumped monthly from the Permian Basin, New Mexico is among the nation's top producing states.

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