Morning Word: Governor Promotes Vaccinations
Immunization clinics will provide free shots to studentsMorning WordTuesday, July 28, 2015
State law requires children who attend public schools in New Mexico to be vaccinated against diseases such as polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. Exemptions are granted for medical and religious reasons, but those must be on file with the child’s school.
The state’s largest school district insists there is no teacher shortage, but New Mexico Political Report's Andy Lyman has a story about Albuquerque Public Schools recruiting some 300 teachers for the upcoming school year.
In Taos, meanwhile, teachers at the city’s most popular alternative high school say they’re applying for a one-year leave of absence after the superintendent there ordered the school to relocate. KUNM’s Rita Daniels went to Taos to cover a big parent protest.
The New Mexico Department of Health confirms a Santa Fe County woman died from the plague, and that has officials concerned about the potential spread of the killer disease here in the late summer months.
Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella, who is appealing his 10-year prison sentence, wants the feds to back off from seizing $70,000 cash from his bank account because it’s needed to help his wife, state Rep. Debbie Rodella, D-Española, operate her bail bond business.
Officials from the state auditor's office told members of Santa Fe’s Finance Committee they’ve contracted a special audit and are seeking a legal opinion on whether money from those 2008 Santa Fe park bonds was spent appropriately.
The Santa Fe man who is accused of throwing a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle is still hoping for a plea deal before the start of his trial. A judge still hasn’t decided if the comedian has to return to Santa Fe to testify against Christian Englander.
The Environmental Protect Agency wants the City of Albuquerque to monitor its air quality for pollution particulates floating in from forest fires, dusty roads and industrial emissions, and the federal agency is giving engineers more than $150,000 to help.
Journalist Marisa Demarco has learned that Albuquerque's Environment Department has rejected an operating permit application from an asphalt company that wanted to set up a new plant adjacent to a wildlife refuge in the South Valley, because contaminants could exceed air quality standards.
Months after Deb Haaland was elected New Mexico Democratic Party chair, she’s hired an executive director. Denver attorney Joe Kabourek will help boost party candidates through the 2016 election cycle next year.
The GOP in Santa Fe County is looking for a new treasurer after removing Ignacio Padilla. who had created a piñata resembling Donald Trump and called the billionaire real estate tycoon a racist. The party says it doesn’t want its officers taking sides in the primary.
US Sen. Martin Heinrich may be getting a little older, but he’s still got it going on, according to SexyCongress.net, who has him ranked as the best-looking politician on Capitol Hill. SFR’s Tom Ragan takes a look at how the rest of the state’s delegation ranks.
Finally, green chile farmers are hoping a new machine they’re helping to develop will make it easier for them to harvest the summer bounty.