“Albuquerque is truly voting more like a real urban area,” he said.
Opponents of the ban pooled their money together and “hired very competent people who developed highly effective direct mail and television ads that were coordinated and targeted,” Sanderoff said. “I think they went a long way toward inspiring their base.”
The referendum gave conservative religious groups a chance to test their strategy of bringing the abortion fight from states to municipalities. They have successfully pushed for changes in zoning and for other rules that close abortion clinics or keep them from opening. Virginia’s busiest clinic, in Fairfax, closed in July after the city denied it a permit, citing inadequate parking under a recently amended ordinance.
Here, the groups used churches and neighborhood organizations to drum up support among voters. On Tuesday, a group prayed outside Bibles Plus, a Christian bookstore, and carried signs with pictures of aborted fetuses outside the Albuquerque Museum, a polling site, startling children on a field trip.
A leader of the initiative, Tara Shaver, said her group gathered signatures to put the issue to city voters after failing to make headway in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
Asked if other cities with late-term abortion clinics might be targeted in the future, Shaver said, "We are encouraging people to see what can be done at the city level. ... We are starting to get calls from people asking us how to do what we have done."
The union-led protests are called “Take It Back Day.” Betty Patterson, right, president of the National Education Association-New Mexico, said the slogan means teachers want to "take back the joy of learning, time for teaching and professionalism in public education."
“We are not afraid of tests — we invented them. But the imposed teacher evaluation system is about using tests to punish educators, rather than help students.” Patterson said.
The Quay delegation and Lansford argued that the current 12-year-old drought is likely to have affected the lake’s ability to yield 24,000 acre-feet a year to serve URWC member communities.
Curry and Roosevelt County members agree, however, they say the Whipple Report adequately covers contingencies like the drought. They are also members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, which is building the $14-million intake structure on Ute lake’s south shore as a prelude to a $500-million pipeline to be constructed over the next 20 years.
The grant will enable the students to set up and monitor the Distributed Energy Resource — Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) equipment in several New Mexico businesses. The model was developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, and is designed to optimize energy management at businesses that generate their own power while connected to the public utility grid. Using solar panels, fossil fuel plants or other resources to produce power for individual homes or businesses while connected to the grid is referred to as “distributed generation.”
"Were going to kill about five birds with one stone," City Manager David Fuqua said of possible property annexations. "This has to do with our master plan, our parks, our flood control, our growth and partially to do with the debate about Mancos Shale."
In the last census, Bloomfield was the fastest growing city in New Mexico, surging approximately 26 percent. But population growth could outpace the city's ability to provide infrastructure and resources if it doesn't plan its growth.
For the past couple of years, the county and the authority, now called Greentree, experienced a rocky relationship because of disagreements on several issues, including the quality of service to county residents, lack of responsiveness to county needs and a refusal to recognize the county's legal right to adequate representation on the authority board, County Manager Nita Taylor said. The commission contends the county should have two voting members, but other member-entities of the authority insist each government involved in the coalition should have only one voting member.