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Cutting a Budget from 1.2% to 19%?

Well, that escalated quickly.

Soon there may be a deep budget cut for Behavioral Health Services, an $8 million cut. Governor Martinez wants a 1.2% cut but the Legislature wants to cut 19% of the Behavioral Health Services budget. You read that right: 19%. Martinez has previously stated that she wants more money going towards Behavioral Health Services, though she could have been referencing that in regards to children’s services.

What about in 2013 when Martinez’ office accused 15 behavioral health providers of fraud? Because of these investigations, some of these providers had to close. Around that time in 2013, 85% of Medicaid customers in the state went to these providers. And guess what? 13 out of 15 were cleared of any wrong-doing today.

The Legislature wants to shift most of the costs over to Medicaid, but it’s been noted that that definitely won’t cover training police/response teams that deal mainly with people behavioral health issues and substance abuse issues. This will also affect 25 programs and over 20,000 people in the state. This would especially affect Rio Arriba County which has been getting $500,000/year for the last 5 years. Rio Arriba has one of the highest heroin overdose rates in the US; 10 times more than the national average.

How can New Mexicans dealing with behavioral health issues, particularly with substance abuse issues, get help without the necessary resources? When essential health programs are cut back or taken away, the problem doesn't go away, it gets worse. If you’re disturbed by this issue like I am, here’s a resource for you so you can email your legislators, senators, representatives, governor and other local officials.

Let’s do better, New Mexico.

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The Daily Word in Denver Broncos, Beyonce and Politics

The Daily Word

What’s a better way to celebrate a Super Bowl winning? Trash your own hometown.

Beyoncé? More like Beyon-slaaay.

Because what’s an event without someone stirring up irrelevant controversy?

You’re a bad feminist if you don’t vote for Hillary Clinton. I forgot that’s the fastest way I get sent to the depths of hell.

The Clintons v. Sanders. Yikes.

My actual goal in life is to be like Snow White and befriend and home animals.

Be a homie and help your community.

Fairview Cemetery Exhibition Opening at Albuquerque Museum

The first rotating exhibition in the Community History Series at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW), opening March 26, features the historic Fairview Cemetery on Yale SE. Dating back to the late 1800s, Fairview is the resting place of many of Albuquerque's most prominent citizens during that and subsequent eras.

Coordinated by Albuquerque resident and Fairview Cemetery Historian Susan Schwartz, the exhibition will feature a large collection of photographs, artifacts, deeds, ledgers and lists of burials of groups like Buffalo soldiers, railroad employees, and many others. Excerpts from interviews with descendants of early residents will be included. It will be open through Sept. 11, 2016.


Groups or individuals in the Albuquerque community who wish to submit a community history or contemporary issues exhibit application may contact Curator of History Deb Slaney at the Museum, or visit cabq.gov/museum.

The Daily Word in Johnny Cash Spiders, Fresh Air Sales and Fake Simpsons

The Daily Word

A newly discovered tarantula has been named Aphonopelma johnnycashi, due to its thick black coat, it's proximity to Folsom prison (seriously) and after its admission that it killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

If you plan on hiring hitmen to kill your wife, you'd better make sure they do the job. Otherwise, she might do what this Australian woman did and crash her own funeral.

4 new species of flatworm that fit on the head of a dime discovered. They have no brains or organs, just a sack for a stomach and a mouth that eats and poops.

A fire that started last night in Isleta Pueblo is still keeping firefighters busy today.

Fat, dumb, yellow dad. Beehive-sporting mom. Little girl in a red dress and pearls. That's right! It's everyone's favorite cartoon fam from the nation of Georgia: The Samsonadzes. And if that sounds too familiar to you, check out the opening credits sequence. Sheesh.

According to neurobiologist Douglas Fields, the same group of neurons that help you react quickly in times of danger are the same ones that make people "just snap."

DWI penalties became a whole lot stiffer last week, even though we had the lowest number of drunk-driving-related deaths in over 20 years during 2015. So, of course, a new study suggests that harsher punishments aren't likely to deter drunk driving.

God bless the free market! A British man is selling £80 jars of fresh air to the Chinese. And they're buying it.

Here's an amazing collection of photos taken during the Vietnam war by the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong.

Technology and Its Discontents

Hit the troll with the elvish sword

On the table is an elongated brown sack, smelling of hot peppers

There is no higher resolution game than this one, the top-seller from 1982.
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New Work by Cactus Tractor

New work by Cactus Tractor

Bogart in Key Largo at the KiMo

Humphrey Bogart filled the silver screen like few actors of his generation. At the historic KiMo Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2pm, Bogart stars in Key Largo with Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson and Lionel Barrymore in this thriller that won an Oscar for supporting actress Claire Trevor. The American Film Institute nominated character Johnny Rocco for AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains, and the film was nominated for AFI's 10 Top 10 Gangster Films.

General Admission for each screening is $6-$8. Tickets are available at KiMoTickets.com. Tickets are also available at the KiMo Ticket Office, 768-3544.

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Sustainable Local Agriculture at Casa San Ysidro

On Saturday, February 13 at 1:30pm the public is invited to a free program,
"Food, Farms, Friends," explaining the new partnership between three valued community organizations—NM Land Conservancy, the ARCA and Casa San Ysidro—designed to promote sustainable local agriculture.

This year, ARCA will commence farming the nearly two acre Heritage Field at Casa San Ysidro, fulfilling the Museum's intent to preserve New Mexican heritage by allowing the Museum to keep the Heritage Field agriculturally productive and expand Casa San Ysidro's educational programming and community involvement to include local agriculture.

The program is co-hosted by the Corrales Historical Society and will be held in the Old Church located across the street from Casa San Ysidro: The Gutierrez/Minge House (973 Old Church, Corrales) From 1pm-4pm. Free open house tours and blacksmithing demonstrations at the historic Casa San Ysidro. The public is invited to learn more about these three organizations and explore the history of agriculture in the Rio Abajo area of New Mexico.

For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro, visit cabq.gov/casasanysidro.

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The Daily Word in Democrats, Zika and Kurt Cobain

The Daily Word

Who wore being “progressive” better?

UNM might raise your tuition as if they haven’t done that enough times.

A group of disguised gunmen open fire at a Dublin hotel.

What you should know about the Zika Virus.

A funeral crasher at their own funeral. Priceless.

Kurt Cobain’s ex-girlfriend takes some low blow hits on Courtney Love.

Can’t wait for some Super Bowl commercials? Check out these already viral gems.

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The Year of the Monkey

Sunday, Feb 7: Chinese New Year Celebration

Usher in the Year of the Monkey with the running of the dragon, lion dances, colorful ribbon and flag dances, demonstrations of Kung Fu and more.

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After completing one project per day throughout January, the result for over 40 local artists will be shown.

Valentine Glitter Votives at Alamosa Library

Flashback '80s Video Music Party • KGB • DJ Brad Cole at Sister

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