Wed. 12/19 10a: The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble is joined by guest vocalists for the annual "Baroque Christmas Concerts," twice nightly from December 20 through Christmas Eve in the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra welcomes guest soloists for an all-Mozart program, "A Mozart Holiday," in the St. Francis Auditorium, December 29 and 30. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Pro Musica's Founder and Director, conductor and oboist Tom O'Connor.
K-12 education reform is direly needed in New Mexico. The latest evidence for that is a report from the US Department of Education which studied and ranked 47 of the 50 states’ education systems and found that just 63 percent of New Mexico students in the 2010-2011 school year finished secondary school and the percentages for Hispanic students and Native Americans were 59 and 56 percent respectively.
Those rates earned the Land of Enchantment a ranking of 46th out of 47.
University of New Mexico is putting up banners inside The Pit. But they are being installed to show more than support for the Lobo basketball team. Officials say the banners were designed to protect fans from falling tiles.
In the two years since the basketball arena's $60 million renovation was completed, more than two dozen tiles in The Pit's indoor and outdoor stone facades have fallen off.
University Architect Robert Doran says they banners will add safety, along with a touch of cherry and silver in support of the Lobo basketball team.
The Navajo Nation Band has accepted an invitation to march in next month's presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee started sending out invitations Tuesday to groups nationwide. They will march behind President Barack Obama from his swearing in at the Capitol to the White House on Jan. 21.
Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico's House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died.
A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election. He shocked fellow lawmakers and others then as he disclosed his lung cancer diagnosis.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers have launched a study to examine obesity among NMSU students and employees.
Researchers recently developed an online survey aimed at finding out more on obesity and lifestyle factors of students and employees, especially in southern New Mexico. So far, the survey has found that 47 percent of NMSU and employee respondents self-reported as overweight or obese.
New Mexico's Public Education Department is looking to get more money for training of administrators at low-performing schools.
The Albuquerque Journal reports nearly 5 million dollars in funding requested from the state legislature would also go to train principals at eligible schools and pair them with leaders at schools that are more successful and have similar demographics.
New Mexico leaders are weighing in on the debate about gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
US Representative Martin Heinrich says he's willing to accept policies that would prevent criminals and people with mental illnesses from getting guns, but says these policies much not compromise the rights of lawful gun owners.
New Mexico has one of the largest Native American populations in the nation with over 200,000 registered tribal members and it’s estimated that nearly 40% lacks health insurance. New Mexico has announced it will build a state-run healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act. However, the state has yet to decide on whether to expand Medicaid, which could mean a lot of tribal members would suddenly have access to affordable healthcare.
Take Erik Lujan for example: At the age of 30, Lujan, a Taos Pueblo tribal member, began experiencing medical problems.
One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.
Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.
Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.
Drivers across much of New Mexico are facing tough road conditions as a wintry storm that led to the brief closure of a stretch Interstate 40 leaves the state.
The state Transportation Department closed a stretch of I-40 about 70 miles east of Albuquerque in the Cline's Corner area early Sunday and reopened it at about 5 a.m. Mountain roads across are icy and crews are spreading cinders and plowing snow where needed.
Environmentalists pushing for the release of more Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico say they're worried federal regulators are allowing Arizona to control the process and severely limit releases.
The Phoenix-based director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon chapter says the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it clear it wants state wildlife agencies to take the lead. Sandy Bahr tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/SzuFne ) that's led to no releases at all in the past four years.
For several years now, the state has topped the country in alcohol and drug induced deaths. However, a recent plan that would have made treatment more accessible in Albuquerque was nixed because of community opposition.
Fri. 12/14 10a: The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center collaborate on a stage production of New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya’s holiday story, "The Farolitos of Christmas." The family show performs December 14-16 in the NHCC's Journal Theatre. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Valli-Marie Rivera.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has bid his farewell to Washington.
In his speech on the Senate floor Thursday, the retiring Democrat said it was an honor and a privilege to have represented the people of New Mexico in the Senate for the last 30 years. And he thanked New Mexicans for their confidence in his representation.
Bingaman will be replaced by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who defeated Republican Heather Wilson for the coveted seat.
New Mexico is on track to experience its driest two year period on record. Any precipitation is a good thing in the Southwest, but winter snow accumulation is especially important. Until recently the snow pack has been almost non-existent and if the trend continues, the resulting economic impacts could ripple throughout the state.
Last Saturday, my husband, Jon, and I loaded our car with ski gear and drove north to Vadito, New Mexico. Our destination...the Sipapu Ski Resort.
New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission has been in the news a lot in recent years, both for controversial rate increases and the fact that two commissioners were removed for felony convictions.
Last month, voters responded by approving changes for the agency in three constitutional amendments.
The Public Regulation Commission makes crucial regulation decisions. When utilities want to raise rates, PRC commissioners decide if you will pay more for water, gas, electricity and telephone service.
Thurs. 12/13 10a: On December 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Symphony celebrates Beethoven's birthday with the Symphony No. 7 and incidental music from Goethe's play, Egmont. Also, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Piano Trio joins the Symphony for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the conductor of the concert, the Santa Fe Symphony's Music Director, Steven Smith.
For the past month, the KUNM news department has been attempting to investigate and report on citizen allegations against an Albuquerque police officer. Sources say this officer has been the subject of 32 complaints from citizens he’s encountered on the job. A number of these complaints involve allegations of verbal and physical abuse, including sexual abuse.
Congressional auditors say the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties annually from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, yet it does not collect any money from gold, uranium or other metals mined from these same places.
A Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday found the federal government doesn't know how much these hard rock mines produce from public lands in the 12 western states where most mining occurs.
There is no federal law requiring companies to disclose how much those mines produce.