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Natalia Jácquez

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Natalia is a multimedia journalism and Spanish language double major at the University of New Mexico with a love for travel, food/cooking, photography, and people watching. She's spent time in Mexico, Guatemala, and the U.S. with a camera in hand, and at times produces material from her gazing abroad and at home. She is a native Santa Fean and prefers red over green.

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APD protestors and supporters turned out yesterday evening to the city council meeting in Downtown Albuquerque. More than 300 people filled the main chamber and overflow room. Those who didn’t make it in watched TV screens in Civic Plaza outside City Hall. City Council President Ken Sanchez announced at the beginning of the meeting that Mayor Richard Berry would not attend. "Mayor Berry Sends his regrets about not being to attend tonight’s meeting." Attendees met the news with disbelief....

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Critical habitat has been designated for endangered jaguars in the southwest United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared 1,194 square miles of protected habitat in Arizona and New Mexico for the West's biggest cats. New Mexico and Arizona are the northernmost part of the jaguar's habitat. Forest officials say there's only one jaguar that lives in Arizona on US Forest Service land outside of Tucson. Modern jaguars evolved in the United States 280,000-510,000 years ago before...

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Governor Susana Martinez is not going to block an overall 3 percent pay increase for state employees, including teachers. She told New Mexico Watchdog she would not line-item veto that part of the budget. Martinez had originally proposed some merit-based pay increases in education. Ellen Bernstein, President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation said the raise will be a step in the right direction, but that it will not change teachers' standard of living. "I think it's a great start,"...

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In 1889 the University of New Mexico's first students used to catch a horse and buggy from Old Town up the hill to where UNM's first building, Hodgin Hall, stood in Albuquerque. At noon Friday in the Student Union Building a birthday cake made up of cupcakes was served to students in honor of UNM's 125th birthday celebration . President Bob Frank began the birthday celebrations with the State of the University Address . Frank thanked the first families who donated land to build the university...

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Senate Bill 75 was passed Thursday during the last day of the legislature. The Emergency Medications in Schools Act will allow school personnel, and in particular school nurses, to give students epinephrine shots or albuterol inhalers during emergency situations. Republican Senator Mark Moores of Albuquerque sponsored a bill drafted in part by the New Mexico School Nurse Association to administer emergency medication to students in cases of severe allergic reactions or respiratory attacks....

Every week nearly 40,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance, according to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. Although the exact number of college students who are hungry isn't clear, students may need food assistance as well. A new mobile food program will kickoff this week at UNM . The Lobo Food Pantry will serve UNM students who need help buying groceries. UNM officials along with the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico have partnered up in the pilot program. Lisa Lindquist is with the...

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Drought conditions across the Southwest have gotten significantly worse over the last few weeks, including in New Mexico. Take a look at the newest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor map, and you’ll see orange and red smears all across the southwest showing where the drought is impacting the country the most. Albuquerque hasn’t had a drop of rain for 40 straight days. Chuck Jones is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “If we can make it through Saturday,” Jones said, “we will...

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What happens to beings on their way to enlightenment when they die? Devotees and people who were just curious came to see at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center last weekend in Santa Fe. Relics from the Buddha and several more Buddhist masters were on display for visitors of The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour . An adobe church, with giant wooden doors held within its walls an array of Buddhist treasures. A golden statue of Maitreya, a future enlightened being, sat tall in the middle of an...

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The 400-year-old San Miguel Church in Socorro County is getting a $1.1 million grant to complete a restoration and expand services. The grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, along with $400,000 dollars raised in the community, will be used for a museum, a gift shop and a classroom for at risk youth programs at the historic church, which was founded in 1598. Conrad Hilton of the famous hotel line was baptized at the San Miguel Mission, and Pastor Andy Pavlak says he got help from some of...

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Eleven sportsmen representing various wildlife recreation groups addressed a letter to Governor Susana Martinez today asking that she not allow the proposal to create a dam in the Gila River . The Interstate Stream Commission of New Mexico is looking at a proposal to use funding from the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act to divert water from the river in Southeastern New Mexico. The Gila is the last untapped river in the state. Wildlife advocates say it could cause harm to various animals in...

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Air Force and Marine units use mountain terrain regions in the Cibola National Forest for operations training. Although these trainings have been taking place for the last 17 years, critics are opposing the renewal of the agreement to extend the activities for another two decades. Kirtland Air Force Base has asked the U.S. Forest Service for an extension to continue training in the Magdalena Mountains, as well as three more landing sites for helicopters. There currently are two. The Air Force...