Sara Van Note

Freelance Reporter

The hearing to confirm Secretary-designate of education Hanna Skandera that began Friday continued in a contentious hours-long session on Saturday.  It’s been a two-year wait for the former Deputy Commissioner of Education in Florida, who was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011.

Over the last 12 years, the USDA has settled landmark loan discrimination cases brought by black and Native American farmers.  Now they’re offering $1.3 billion to Hispanic and women farmers to resolve discrimination that took place between 1981 and 2000.  Yet many ranchers in the Southwest say it’s an unfair process that doesn’t go far enough to address past discrimination.

The "deferred action" plan enacted in June by the Obama administration offers certain undocumented young people two years of legal status to study or work.  Undocumented students in New Mexico already have access to college. But many face difficult choices once they leave school.

It’s 8:30 a.m. and high school students are gathering at the entrance to South Valley Academy charter school in Albuquerque.  

Students crossing campus switch between Spanish and English and a group of boys plays soccer on the basketball court.

Coonridge Goat Cheese

Nov 27, 2011

New Mexico – Nancy Coonridge is passionate about cheese. She's been raising goats and making organic goat cheese for 28 years on her homestead in rural south-western New Mexico. Each year she invites folks to visit her farm and dive into cheese-making.


Albuquerque, NM – Around 17,000 people struggle with homelessness each year in New Mexico. That's according to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness.

In Albuquerque, an art therapy program is working to challenge stereotypes and transform the lives of homeless individuals and families through emotional healing and community connections. KUNM's Sara Van Note went to the Artstreet studio to check it out.