Not long after Pamela Engstrom resigned as principal of Albuquerque’s El Camino Real Charter School, her husband, Anders, requested public documents on the education credentials of a few prominent New Mexico Public Education Department officials.
To some, the Public Regulation Commission is best known for being cozy with the companies it regulates. So it might have come as a surprise when the PRC’s Insurance Division rejected a proposed 9.9 percent rate increase from health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield on Oct. 11.
Gov. Susana Martinez doesn’t have much to show from a special redistricting session that she packed with an ambitious agenda. But one thing she did get was a capital outlay bill, albeit at less than half the size she originally wanted.
The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office recently released campaign contribution records for Susana PAC, Gov. Susana Martinez’ political action committee. Although the governor is not allowed to solicit contributions after the start of a special redistricting session, she can technically still receive them.
Dan Werwath loves beer and baseball. “Who doesn’t?” he asks SFR. “Communists, that’s who—and rich old people.” So when a number of residents testified at City Council against allowing beer sales at Fort Marcy Park for the games of a tentative semi-pro baseball team, he created a Facebook event to counter them.
New Mexico’s unemployment rate continues to drop steeply, something Mitchell says would be “phenomenal”—if it were accurate.
Instead, he says, the number is meaningless. In the past six months, each new job has come at a cost of roughly five people dropping from the workforce, Mitchell says.
Randal Peifer has been using St. Elizabeth Shelter for the past 20 years, about as long as he’s been homeless. He lives just feet away from the shelter near the back lot of a gas station. He sleeps under trees and bushes with a blanket and newspapers to keep him warm at night.