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Report Details Solitary Confinement In New MexicoSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The first-ever quarterly report from the New Mexico Corrections Department on its use of solitary confinement shows about 4% of inmates are held alone in a cell for at least 22 hours a day.

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New Mexico Adopts SAT as Requirement for High School Juniors -Associated Press

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart has announced the SAT will become the official statewide standardized test for high school juniors.

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University of New Mexico faculty voted to unionize this week, which means labor relations in the future will be negotiated through two separate collective bargaining units. The win for the United Academics of UNM (UA-UNM) comes after years of organizing by faculty who say they want fair compensation and better working conditions.

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An overdose-reversing medication has become an important tool in preventing opioid deaths. But it’s not as available in Albuquerque as it is in other parts of the state, according to a team of students at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, who released their findings earlier this month.


In each photograph, Joan Myers shows us the West both as we want it to be and as we fear it's become: a plywood buffalo stands before a piñon-dotted mesa, a neon saguaro glows against a starry night, a mountain worthy of photographer Ansel Adams rises over tourists and their lime-green cooler.  In her striking new book, Where The Buffalo Roamed: Images of the New West, the Santa Fe-based photographer asks us how the myth of the West can survive the realities of modern life.

UNM's Neurosurgery Residency Program To Lose AccreditationAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine's neurosurgery residency program is going to lose its accreditation next summer.

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Early voting starts Oct. 19 for local elections, including the Albuquerque Public Schools board. Its members are usually retired, as it’s an unpaid position with the time commitment of a part-time job. Those constraints led one board candidate to drop out of the race this fall.

Let’s Talk Day of the Dead in New Mexico

Oct 17, 2019
Megan Kamerick

  Let's Talk NM 10/17, 8a:The Day of the Dead has become increasingly high profile in New Mexico over the past few years, with celebrations like Albuquerque’s Muertos y Marigolds Parade attracting thousands of attendees, and traditional practices like the creation of sacred altars to departed loved ones running headlong into not-so-traditional practices like Halloween costumes. But what is the true meaning of Día de los Muertos? And how can people for whom it is not a traditional holiday engage with it in a way that’s respectful of its continued spiritual and religious significance? 

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Trump Grants Extension For Nuclear Fuel RecommendationsAssociated Press

A U.S. task force has been given more time to recommend ways to revive domestic uranium mining as it lags amid low prices and global competition.

When Dave Payne left the venerable roots band Saltine Ramblers for solo projects he did so without a regular band.  By his second album the Salt Cedar outfit was in place & Payne's writing took on a new trajectory.

As their self-titled album rolled out, they decided to play us as-yet unrecorded songs, plus two covers of New Mexican songs from a distant time.

Recorded in Studio A by John Strader on October 1, 2019, the band are:

Dave Payne: vocals, guitar
Dave Devlin:  electric guitar, pedal steel, dobro, vocals
Cory Minefee: electric bass, vocals
Cheese: drums, vocals

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Pot Legalization Plan Subsidizes Patients, Pays PoliceAssociated Press

New Mexico would use proceeds from recreational marijuana to eliminate taxes on medical cannabis and subsidize sales to low-income patients under a legalization proposal from an expert panel appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The recommendations on Tuesday from a 23-member task force sets the stage for a new push to authorize the recreational use and sale of marijuana when the Legislature convenes in January 2020.

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Hundreds of University of New Mexico faculty are expected to vote on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 17, on whether to form a union. It’s the culmination of years of organizing by faculty, who say collective bargaining is the way to get fair compensation, and better working and learning conditions across the institution. But opponents argue that putting different kinds of faculty together in a union doesn’t make sense for UNM.

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Western Governors Want Nuclear Testing Compensation ExpandedAssociated Press

Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.




Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Suspect In Domestic DisputeAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Albuquerque police say a SWAT team shot and killed an armed suspect in a domestic dispute who was holed up in his apartment.