While the same tactics have successfully brought similar abortion restrictions to states like Ohio, North Carolina and Texas, New Mexico’s situation has at least one distinction: If voters approve the 20-weeks ban, Albuquerque will become the first city to restrict abortion access on the municipal level.
But the consequences would go far beyond the city limits. For one, all of New Mexico’s surgical abortion providers operate in Albuquerque. The ban would also effectively end late-term abortion in the Southwest.
Jones hadn’t tried to block the election. But she did introduce a resolution Wednesday that would direct the city to pursue legal action to determine whether the abortion ordinance is constitutional and whether the city is obligated to propose it to voters, if it’s not.
In any case, her proposal appears to be dead as a practical matter. Councilors referred Jones’ bill to their finance and government committee, and the chairman of that committee, Don Harris, said he didn’t intend to place it on the committee’s agenda until Nov. 25.
That’s six days after the election.
But, said Lee Reynis, director of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, it’s hard to determine what the immediate impacts would be. Many of the labs’ contracts are multiyear contracts, and only 45 percent of those are with New Mexico companies. Of the total contracts Sandia has in New Mexico, 64 percent, or $256 million, was paid to small businesses.
The larger impact will be when many of the lab’s nearly 10,000 employees, 8,900 of whom work in New Mexico, are put on furlough as a result of the shutdown.
KRQE News 13 asked Perry if he was able to pet the animals even though they were unavailable because of his position.
"That's the allegation," Perry said. "Of course, I run the entire city, and I can go to the zoo and pet animals at the zoo and otherwise."
Outed by the news media, Squier quickly did an about-face, ascribing her comment to a poor choice of words. Squier either chose her words about as poorly as one could imagine (when I said “none” I, uh, actually meant “a lot”) or she got caught saying what she meant.
In her walk-back, Squier said, “I agree that there are hungry children in New Mexico, and none of them should go without access to food or be malnourished.”
Nineteen school districts out of 85 around the state, including Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Public Schools have passed resolutions calling on the state to slow down implementation of the evaluation system. Teachers called on the Los Alamos School Board to join that effort.
The issue is currently in the courts as well. A writ of mandamus was issued to the state’s Public Education Department, setting a hearing in regard to its new teacher evaluation system by District Court Judge Shannon Bacon to Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera. The court hearing is set for 10 a.m., Nov. 21 in Albuquerque.
Rising temperatures are killing forests globally, and research by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists finds it is highly likely that the Southwest, including New Mexico, will lose the vast majority of its forests by 2050. That means no golden aspens in the fall or pine trees in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The Pacific Northwest would follow closely behind, with forests dying off a few decades later.
"At the (Sept. 9 meeting) I put forward the name of Tom Battin to fill the vacancy on the council. It was rejected 3-2," [Mayor Ray] Alborn said. "I do not have anyone nominated at this meeting. I don't think it is appropriate for me to put Mr. Battin, a man of his class, through that again, so I'm going to go to Plan B, which will come in the future.
"If you were here because of that, sorry, but I just didn't think now was the time to do it. I talked to the three dissenting councilors and they each told me they would not change their vote. So there was no need to bring it forward."
Obesity has become such a problem at the college, he said, that “we recently had to spend $200,000 on new chairs because so many students could no longer fit in the old ones.”
A spokesman for CNM on Monday said Bustos was mistaken about the reason for the new chairs and had probably been speaking “anecdotally.” Brad Moore, CNM’s director of communication, said the new chairs were part of a larger project – refurbishing a building that opened in 1989 and where the original, hard-plastic chairs were still in use.
“There have been anecdotal comments (about obesity) over the years, but that’s not what this project was about,” Moore said.
“We’re just very saddened by the news after they tried so hard to rebound from their problems with the (Food and Drug Administration) that Sunland was unable to continue,” said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry./blockquote>
The Stumbling Steer — a roughly $2 million project under construction at the former Quarters on Ellison NW — is set to open at the end of November, but Lee said it possibly could debut without its own beer.
That’s because The Stumbling Steer’s brewery license is still awaiting federal approval.