From the 1870s to the 1960s, over 100,000 young women left home and traveled west for jobs at the Harvey Houses. The successful restaurant and hotel chain was created by entrepreneur Fred Harvey to serve passengers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad's route to the west. Los Angeles-based filmmaker, and UNM graduate, Katrina Parks talks about her documentary "The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound." Screenings and discussions about the film will take place at Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre on November 22 and at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe on December 7. For information
New Mexico has the highest student loan default rate in the nation and a lack of local loan servicing providers may be to blame. We went from a 12.8 percent student loan default rate in 2009 to a 20.8 percent rate in 2011.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry signed an agreement this week with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the city's police department. Mayor Berry, APD Chief Gorden Eden and the head civilian trainer at the Albuquerque Police Academy, Joe Wolf, will join us to discuss the agreement and reform of APD.
Bernalillo County is hosting an event Saturday afternoon to educate young people about suicide, bullying and other youth issues.
All ages are welcome at Youth Jam 2014 at Warehouse 508 from 2-6 p.m. The County’s Analisa Montoya says the event will highlight over 40 types of resources for young folks - such as Agora, a crisis call center.
Court Rules Against Bail Bond Based Only On Crime – The Associated Press
New Mexico's highest court has ruled that judges can't impose high bail bond requirements for criminal defendants solely on the seriousness of the crime.
The state Supreme Court made the ruling Thursday in the case of an Albuquerque man charged with murder who remained in jail awaiting trial for more than two years because he couldn't afford a $250,000 bail bond.
Members of a National Academy of Sciences committee presented a report on high incarceration rates at the State Bar of New Mexico this morning. The NAS says the growth in lockups in the United States is historically unprecedented and unlike any other country in the world.
The U.S. has too many people behind bars, according to the NAS report, and the high rate of imprisonment has surpassed any public safety benefit.
Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier is stepping down from her cabinet-level job in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration running one of the state's largest agencies.
Squier's resignation is effective Dec. 1.
The governor said in a statement Thursday that Squier's "leadership has been valuable and important" during a time when New Mexico expanded and overhauled its Medicaid program, which provides health care to lower income New Mexicans.
Albuquerque City Council Oks Police Agreement – The Associated Press
The Albuquerque City Council has endorsed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department aimed at overhauling the troubled police department of New Mexico's most populous city amid accusations of excessive force.
The council approved the plan on an 8-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday evening. City officials are to sign it next week.
The Human Services Department announced it would not begin demanding more New Mexicans on food stamps meet work requirements. The rule change was slated to go into effect at the beginning of this month, but a lawsuit filed by two nonprofits threw a wrench in the works.
The lawsuit charged HSD with not following proper procedure in alerting people to the rule change—or posting the full and correct version of the work requirement—before it was adopted.
Bernalillo County residents with addictions or mental health problems may be closer to having more access to treatment, now that voters here have showed their support for a one-eight percent tax increase to fund more behavioral health services.
Two New Mexico Republicans hoping to oust incumbents in Congress were handed big defeats on election night despite their efforts.
When we spoke Tuesday night in his campaign headquarters, Allen Weh was still hoping to overtake Sen. Tom Udall and win his Senate seat. Instead, the retired Marine colonel ended up trailing in the polls. He said he’ll be happy to get back to work as the head of CSI Aviation after the election, and he mused, briefly, on the political system in America.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez secured a second term last night, beating her Democratic challenger Gary King handily. Martinez emphasized bipartisanship during her acceptance speech at the Marriott in Albuquerque, which was packed with Republicans from around the state.
As Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela introduced Gov. Martinez late Tuesday night, he focused on her heart—perhaps a nod to opponent Gary King’s maligned comment about the governor’s not being Latino enough.
Despite the loss, Democrat Gary King was upbeat Tuesday night.
He said education and the economy are two of the biggest issues facing New Mexicans and though he has no plans to hold public office come the new year, King said both he and his running mate, Deb Haaland, are dedicated to carrying on the fight.
“She is a ground breaker, she is the highest ranking Native American woman to be running across the country," King said of his running mate. "I’m really glad that I’ve been hanging around with Deb Halland for the last while.”
First District Representative Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham celebrated her re-election Tuesday night for a second term in Washington.
In her victory speech at Democratic headquarters in Albuquerque, Lujan Grisham spoke of ending hunger in New Mexico and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy organic locally grown food. She also touched on protecting the native chile seed.
Democrat state Sen. Timothy Keller has been elected New Mexico state auditor.
Keller defeated Republican lawyer Robert Aragon on Tuesday in a race that centered on how the auditor's office should monitor government waste.
The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, said he would work to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs. The 36-year-old also vowed to "shine the light" on billions of dollars lost in various tax breaks.
State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, rolled to a win over Republican Susan Riedel in the contest for attorney general Tuesday after a race in which he touted his rise from poverty to the top levels of government and built a huge advantage in campaign cash.
Balderas had stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidate — except Gov. Susana Martinez — early on and had a more than 8-to-1 cash advantage with three weeks to go.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has won a fourth term with a victory over Republican Jeff Byrd.
Lujan, vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has said making New Mexico more competitive will be at the top of his list when he returns to Washington.
The congressman has also called for the National Nuclear Security Administration to be restructured to better balance defense programs with other research. His district includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Associated Press reported today that a state judge has ordered a New Mexico county to issue provisional ballots after lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign complained voters were being turned away due to software problems.
Judge George Eichwald told Sandoval County election officials Tuesday they must give voters provisional ballots if problems continued.
Voters in at least two precincts reported that election officials turned them away after ballots weren't printing properly. About a dozen voters were affected and ended up voting later.
Polls are open today until 7 p.m., and registered voters in Bernalillo County can cast their ballots in any of the polling locations around the city. There's a great map and an app [Google Play or iTunes] that can show you where all the vote centers are and how long the wait is at each.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque have announced a plan to reform the Albuquerque Police Department. What are the details of the plan and how are the initiatives intended to change APD's use of force practices and interactions with people with mental illnesses?
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Another super PAC took aim at Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on the final weekend before Tuesday’s general election as New Mexico's political advertising neared $12.2 million in the final full week of the election season.
Meanwhile, an analysis of gubernatorial elections across the nation ranks New Mexico's contest for governor as among the most negative. Republican Incumbent Susana Martinez has dominated political TV ad buys, running seven times the number of Democratic challenger, Attorney General Gary King.