Teachers Say Testing System Designed to Fail Them

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By Joey Peters
New Mexico Political Report

At 26 and with four years of teaching music at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque under his belt, Nick Prior is ready to take his career to its next phase. That would mean advancing from a state-certified Level 1 instructor to Level 2, which would bump his modest salary from $30,000 a year to $40,000 a year. Prior leads six choir groups at the school, half of which have earned state awards. Read more »

Residents Rebel Against Apartment Complex Rules

Some residents of La Resolana Seniors Community in Northeast Albuquerque have an idea they believe would show how the Section 8, rent-assisted facility is run by its owner and manager. They want to print up signs with the word “cell” and put them above their apartment numbers. They complain managers run the complex like a prison and use intimidation and a system of snitches to frighten them into compliance with ever-changing and increasingly restrictive rules. Read more »

From ProPublica: Killing the Colorado River

An Excerpt

By Abraham Lustgarten


A couple of miles outside the town of Page, Ariz., three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Read more »

IG Also Concludes Schultz-TASER Deal Violated Law

Former Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz probably violated the city’s conflict-of-interest law and other regulations by accepting meals and other gratuities from a company that won a $1.9 million, no-bid deal to supply the Albuquerque Police Department with 525 lapel cameras, a report from the city’s Inspector General said Wednesday. Read more »

Samantha Anne Carrillo Joins ABQ Free Press Team

SamanthaCarrilloSamantha Anne Carrillo has joined ABQ Free Press and will hold the title of associate editor. She will oversee the newspaper’s arts and entertainment coverage.

Carrillo was formerly managing editor and music editor of the Weekly Alibi, an Albuquerque alternative weekly newspaper. “The Alibi’s loss is our gain,” said Editor Dan Vukelich.