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Fox in the Henhouse?

Critics say education secretary wrongly renewed schools’ charters

Local News While touting new standards-based initiatives to improve New Mexico’s public schools, state Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera gave three failing charter schools a pass, in defiance of state regulators.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Wren Abbott

Top Heavy

In Brief

Local News Santa Fe Public Schools is spending $165,000 to acquire what educational reformers usually don’t prescribe for struggling districts: more administrators.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Wren Abbott

Must Love Nukes

In Brief

Local News Los Alamos National Laboratory and its partners in the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities are preparing to reach out to northern New Mexico contractors in anticipation of beginning construction soon of the ...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Wren Abbott

Bad Behavior

Problems with OptumHealth leave some patients in limbo

Local News Last fall, forensic psychiatrist Susan Cave met with juvenile probation officers, social workers, representatives of OptumHealth—the company that holds the purse strings for public psychiatric care in New...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Wren Abbott

Uncommon bond

Indicators: Oct. 5

Local News At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education, SFPS Chief Operations Officer Kristy Janda Wagner presented a “reprioritization” of the existing Facilities Master Plan, which outl...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Wren Abbott

Pie in the Sky

Has New Mexico signed on to support a boondoggle?

Local News On Sept. 6, after trying to reach an agreement for 18 months, Washington, DC-based Pegasus Global LLC—a federal Department of Defense contractor—announced a partnership with the state Economic Dev...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Wren Abbott

Strings Attached

In Brief

Local News The state Department of Health will work toward voluntary federal accreditation with the help of two current and former Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center contractors.Public health accreditation is...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Wren Abbott

Bad Blood

In Brief

Local News An embattled Santa Fe charter school’s first Parent, Teacher, Student Coalition meeting this year got off to a dramatic start when a member of the school’s leadership stormed out mid-meeting. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Wren Abbott

Bonding Out

On City Improvement

Local News On Sept. 26, city officials revealed details of a $50 million potential bond package. Above, see the breakdown for the bigger chunk of the package, a $30 million (not all of which has been allotted to projects)...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Wren Abbott


Indicators: Sept. 21

Local News After all the lip service paid to the importance of renewable energy, and after the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, raised awareness of the danger inherent in nuclear technology, investing in clean energy might...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Wren Abbott
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Morning Word: Death Penalty Reinstatement Would Cost State Millions

Morning Word At the same time New Mexico lawmakers are trying to shore up the state’s budget, the New Mexico Public Defender's Office is questioning the costs associated with reinstating the death penalty.  ... More

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