Skandera consistently defended the “transition in education” the state is going through under the current administration. She and Gov. Susana Martinez have been adamant in making changes in student testing and teacher evaluations to try to raise student growth and achievement. Many teachers, particularly in Albuquerque, but also around the state, dislike the approach the administration has taken.
The meeting had a few light moments. Just before it began, a woman dressed in a Scantron costume loudly proclaimed that she was Scantron Dera and would happily answer any and all questions. She was politely asked to leave by an apologetic security officer, who told her she could return if she removed the costume and promised not to disrupt the gathering.
Elaine Huguenin, described in the petition as an artist with a degree in photography, is the speaker – not the customer, the petition says. Huguenin contends that having the state’s public accommodations statute applied to her business amounts to compelled speech in violation of her First Amendment rights.
At the heart of the Mora County ban is the commission’s concern that ground water may be impacted in the drilling process.
Foster says that’s “misfounded.”
"My deal is we are not trying to hide a stinking thing," Mayor Ray Alborn said during a council meeting late last month. "All we want to do is get water to our people and do it the right way, No one is trying to circumvent (rules)."
Farmington police Sgt. Dave Monfils said the department has received the first grant since 2008, when it dedicated two full-time officers to DWI arrests. In 2011, the state Department of Transportation increased the grant funding, and the department hired a third full-time DWI officer.
"(DOT) saw the productivity that we had so they upped (the grant money)," Monfils said.
The move comes as oil and gas tax valuation has dropped, affecting the district's finances.
The board approved a $708,000 plan for the 2013-2014 school year. The plan focuses on managing the district's facilities and infrastructure using the money available from 2 mill capital outlay fund.
The film, titled “They Came to America: The Cost of Illegal Immigration,” led to the protest because of its title and its depiction of undocumented immigrants. The UNM Conservative Republicans hosted the screening of the film.
In a letter from the Public Education Department dated Friday (Nov. 8), the PED claimed Superintendent Rod Weston “either directly, or indirectly through inaction or failure to maintain controls” failed to comply with the corrective action handed down to the Taos school district resulting from the complaint filed against the district's special education program in 2011 and the resulting audit in 2012.
Renovations to the shopping center, which sits on the west side of town, included parking lot overlay, facade and lighting improvements, and improved signage, according to Portales City Manager and former economic development director Doug Redmond.
The first chile “fact” to forget is that there are only two kinds of chile grown in New Mexico — the smaller, irregular-shaped and some would say sweeter plants of the north, often called Chimayó chile, and the more well-known and commercialized Hatch variety in the south. “There is no such thing as ‘Hatch’ chile,” insisted DeWitt. “Hatch is a little town where some chiles are grown.”
While he was a dedicated Aggie fan and sports announcer, Tom Erhard was better known to hundreds of students and faculty as a professor in the English and the Theatre Arts departments, while also familiar to many thousands nationwide as the author of 39 plays for both young people and adult audiences.