Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports workers filled meeting chambers and overflow rooms on Thursday night. Workers expressed concern that pay cuts combined with increases in health care costs would be greater than Berry administration officials suggested.
With tax revenue down around 8 percent this fiscal year, city officials told councilors the city should cut salaries in order to avoid raising taxes or cutting basic services. Berry's administration pointed out that city workers had received raises in recent years.
Albuquerque, NM – In celebration of Earth Day, the Rio Grande Nature Center is hosting events on Saturday intended to get people out into nature. Participants in the BioBlitz event will participate in a one-day concentrated effort to do a biological inventory of the plants, insects, and animals in the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque, NM – Reporters who dive into the story at the Gaza Strip often do so at a risk. Commentator Iris Kletz says when those reporters come forward with information, they should be embraced. Iris Keltz is a writer, teacher, and human rights activist. She divides her time between Albuquerque and Taos.
Santa Fe, NM – Next Thursday is the 40th Annual Earth Day. KNME Channel 5 on Monday will take a look back at the history of the day and the future of its mission. The feature includes the late Santa Fean Stewart Udall, former Interior Secretary under the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.
Reviewer Jim Terr got an early look.
Jim Terr is a satirist, actor, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe New Mexican reports more than 150 people attended the meeting to voice their concerns. Several of the more contentious options on the table include proposals to consolidate smaller schools and to cut salaries for teachers.
Some of last night's speakers spoke out against closing smaller schools like Acequia Madre Elementary School. Others called for teachers' pay to be preserved and for the board to look for savings by cutting administrative staff salaries.
Albuquerque, NM – Over one hundred cards were sent to several counties in recent days, after they surfaced in the Secretary of State's office. One of the results of the cards not being delivered when they should have been, in 2008, was that some qualified voters' ballots didn't count in that year's election.
The Secretary of State's office has denied knowledge of who sent the cards out earlier this week, and has said they were mailed inadvertently.
Albuquerque, NM – Last week's announcement by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that he will retire this year gives President Obama another opportunity to select a nominee for a lifetime position on the highest U.S. court.
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says Obama made a good choice in his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor last year, but Bingaman says, this year the situation is different.
Albuquerque, NM – A new documentary film premieres in Albuquerque Friday night. It's the story of a Mohammed Khan Kharoti and his struggle to rebuild a school in his home town in Helmand Province Afghanistan.
Kharoti's Green Village Schools was created in 2001. It was destroyed in 2008 by militants, but hundreds of children still gather for classes.
The new documentary film "Stealing the Light" premiers tonight at 7:00 P.M. at the KIMO theater.
Santa Fe, NM – A unique murder mystery with a bit of a Hannibal Lecter feel continues in Santa Fe this weekend. Reviewer Jim Terr says the movie has a transcendent quality that sticks with him to this day.
Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Public School officials face a tough decision in the next few weeks as they consider ways to fill a possible budget shortfall of over $7 million next year. To discuss options and hear from the public, the board of education is hosting a series of meetings this week.
KUNM's Scott Ki was at Wednesday's meeting and files this report.
Albuquerque, NM – The Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health yesterday announced cuts to services and facilities as a result of an over $24 million reduction in state funding. Secretary Alfredo Vigil says all programs are important but that there isn't enough money to fully fund all programs.
Albuquerque, NM – Superintendent Winston Brooks last night offered a budget proposal to the Albuquerque Public School Board that would layoff 664 district employees, require two furlough days from non-school employees, and cut non-school budgets by 6.5 percent. The Albuquerque Journal reports the proposal would cut operating budgets at schools by 1.5 percent.
Layoffs would focus specifically on double dippers, retirees who have returned to work and are earning both a pension and a salary.
Albuquerque, NM – Mitzi Kraft says she got involved because of the impacts war had on her family. Her father was a pilot during World War II and flew in the bombing raids over Dresden Germany. He committed suicide 50 years ago on Good Friday.
Kraft's grandson did a tour in Iraq and is now having a hard time adjusting to civilian life and suffering from PTSD. He joined a JROTC program when he was a freshman in high school and Kraft says she never thought his participation would eventually lead to his enlistment in the military.