I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
The New Mexico Department of Corrections is fining GEO Group, a Florida-based private prison operator, $1.1 million for understaffing one of its prisons.
58 percent of New Mexico teachers are white, despite minorities constituting an overwhelming majority of the state’s student body.
The findings come out of a set of reports published by a Washington, D.C. think tank that examined the dearth…
New Mexico has bested all but two other states and the District of Columbia on the math portion of the biennial National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), posting improvements among fourth- and eighth-graders.
University of New Mexico administrators have issued a new permit for members of the “99 percent” movement to protest at Yale Park, which is on UNM’s campus.
Before protestors were placed under arrest and escorted by police through the University of New Mexico, they shouted to their future apprehenders “Cops are the 99 percent!” More than a glib rhetorical device aimed at making their voices heard,…
Over a dozen members of “(Un)occupy Albuquerque,” part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, were arrested last night at the University of New Mexico campus, after the university administration declined to renew a permit allowing the protesters to…
A new study from a Colorado-based educational research group takes a comprehensive look at the disparity in punishments handed to minority and disabled students by school administrators.
The same week that anti-abortion-rights advocates and Catholic colleges pushed the Obama administration to repeal a recent decision to include contraception in a list of fully-covered preventive health-care services, House Republicans unveiled a proposed spending plan for 2012 that…
Bernalillo County — and Albuquerque more specifically — has reaffirmed its commitment to help students who are victims of bullying following Buffalo, N.Y., native Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide after years of suffering taunts from peers based on his sexuality.
Over a hundred religious leaders in New Mexico have released an open letter to lawmakers asking them not to end a 2003 law permitting undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
A New Mexico district court judge ruled that the Martinez administration can continue its investigation into the residency of foreign nationals holding driver’s licenses, but must show “good cause” for doing so.
At the Florida tea party debate on Monday, GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized policies allowing undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition for public universities by hearkening back to a previous era.
Nationally, Republican support for gay marriage has been on the rise, made clear this year as various states grapple with efforts to ban gay marriage while others move to legalize it. In several states, GOP leaders’ votes made the difference on key LGBT equality measures.
Clovis High School may end all non-curricular clubs rather than allow a gay-straight alliance to form at the eastern New Mexico high school, the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico claims. The school superintendent told the Albuquerque Journal that a vote Tuesday night on whether to disband all non-curricular clubs is unrelated to an attempt to form a gay-straight alliance at the school.
Secretary of State Dianna Duran placed the staffer responsible for what a liberal-leaning PAC described as “racist jokes” on a disclosure form on leave.
A PAC that supported Diane Denish in the 2010 gubernatorial election is accusing Secretary of State Dianna Duran of “racist jokes” and is calling for her resignation.
A new measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Tuesday, allows the biological father of a fetus — or the mother’s parents, if the mother is underage — to press charges against the person who administers the procedure if it was sought because of the fetus’ race or sex.
Among the hundreds of bills introduced so far in the state House and Senate are four from Republicans hoping to restrict marriage in New Mexico, including three separate pieces of legislation that seek to define marriage as between “one man and one woman.”
Gay marriage advocates received some good news on Tuesday as New Mexico Attorney General Gary King issued an opinion stating that gay marriages from out of state would likely be legal here. King came to this conclusion after “a comprehensive legal analysis” by his office which said that New Mexico can recognize same-sex marriages from states where it’s legal.