New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools - By Morgan Lee Associated Press Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at various career stages.
New Mexico’s social studies standards haven’t been fully overhauled in 20 years, even though the state says best practice is to do so every decade. It’s happening now , guided by a team of 64 New Mexico educators, with an eye toward making lessons more culturally relevant. A group of students is informing the process, too.
The Environmental Protection Agency kicked off a series of public hearings Tuesday, Nov. 30, on its proposed rule to reduce methane from oil and gas operations. New Mexico is the second largest producer of oil in the nation, but also a leader in curbing air pollution from the industry. Local advocates called on the EPA to follow the state’s lead and strengthen the proposal.
Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury on her fight for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives
The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives is a national crisis, especially here in New Mexico, which leads the country in the number of cases . Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury made the issue a big focus of her campaign earlier this year. KUNM’s Taylor Velazquez spoke with the Congresswoman about how she’s working to address the issue at a national level.
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Let’s Talk New Mexico 12/2 8am: It’s been five months since recreational cannabis was legalized in New Mexico with retail sales slated to start on April 1, 2022. So where do things stand? The state Regulation and Licensing Department has been holding public hearings as it promulgates rules to regulate the new industry. Some would-be entrepreneurs have run into challenges getting licensed and started. Lawmakers have approved a loan program for microbusinesses through the New Mexico Finance Authority. The Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee is working on a plan to promote equity. And state officials have identified at least 150,000 people who may be eligible for automatic expungement for some past marijuana offenses.
University Showcase, 11/19 8am: In 1880 the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad came to Albuquerque. But more importantly, the company located its locomotive repair shops in the town. This would change the city forever. At their height the locomotive shops employed 2,000 people. The quadrant system for Albuquerque addresses actually originated with this giant facility. In the book “Overhaul: A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops” from University of New Mexico Press,...