Maximizing the Minimum
A proposal to raise the minimum wage statewide will be on the table this Legislative Session
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
After a minimum wage increase failed by a tiny margin during Albuquerque's municipal elections in October, a potential increase is once again up for discussion, only this time it's taking place at the state level.
We Probably Should Have a Meeting
By Laura Sanchez
Councilors made up for a cancelled Dec. 19 meeting at a special session on Jan. 9. They unanimously approved eight mayoral appointments to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee. The appointees will work with a county committee to plan a memorial to Dr. King more in keeping with his stature than the current semi-secret installation at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and the railroad tracks. Councilor Michael Cadigan moved a bill giving Albuquerque residents first priority in registering for programs at the city's community centers. The bill passed 7-1, Councilor Ken Sanchez opposed, Councilor Don Harris excused. Councilors also passed a bill stating the city's budget priorities for the upcoming 30-day session of the State Legislature.
Ortiz y Pino
The Orchestra in the Meadow
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Virtually identical photos graced the front pages of both Albuquerque dailies one day last week. In each, members of a middle school student orchestra sawed away diligently at their music while seated on metal folding chairs in a vast meadow of native grasses.
Dealing with Domestic Violence
By Giovanna Rossi
When I was growing up, domestic violence was neither talked about nor acknowledged. Yet, as I came to discover, I had close friends whose father beat his wife for many years. When I found out, I felt betrayed, like I'd been kicked in the stomach. Who knew that such a nice guy could do such an appalling thing; why would such a competent woman put up with it? And, why couldn't I have rescued, or at least have comforted, my childhood friends?
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O'Leary
Dateline: Canada—Police in a Vancouver suburb are reminding residents that it's not a good idea to play with a loaded handgun while sitting on the can after a man accidentally shot himself in the bathroom. The unnamed 21-year-old North Vancouver man is facing numerous weapons charges after he shot off one of his own fingers while playing with the gun on New Year's Day. In a public statement, the Royal Canadian Mounted police said, “Perhaps our mothers never explained to us that it was not a good idea to play with handguns whilst using the restroom. But, then again, maybe that was supposed to be a given.”
With all the hoopla recently regarding DWI, it's most difficult to discern facts from hyperbole. The State Supreme Court just enacted a new rule regarding pretrial interviews. Now, if interviews haven't been completed prior to trial, they must be conducted at the courthouse on the day of trial.
Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party
By Maggie Grimason
Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party
By Joshua Lee
Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
New Mexico World Day Against Trafficking in Persons at Civic Plaza
Learn about the dangers of human trafficking with Mayor Richard J. Berry, Attorney General Hector Balderas and others. Live music and dance, food trucks, and a performance by Graviel De La Plaga.
Zoob Club at Juan Tabo Public Library
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