roundhouse 2012

V.21 No.8 | 2/23/2012

Making Sausage

Citizens Really United

Activists prompt New Mexico to take a stand

A megaphone made of cash. That’s what Stephen Colbert sought when he created his super PAC in a satirical dismantling of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012


Pill bills get no love from the Legislature

The session adjourned at noon, and two measures that aimed to curb New Mexico’s high pharmy-abuse rates didn’t make it. Margaret Wright wrote an article for the Alibi about the measures. One aimed to tighten restrictions on opioid prescriptions. Another attempted to create a better tracking system for prescription misuse.

Medical associations bucked the legislation, saying it could discourage physicians from giving pain medications to people who need them.

Advocates argued the changes were needed because New Mexico leads the nation in rates of overdose deaths.

Roundhouse 2012

A Real Pill

Prescription rules pit addiction activists against medical groups

Legislation that aimed to curb the state's epidemic rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths became a hot-button issue during the 30-day legislative session.
V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012

Making Sausage

Boss Party

It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to

The guv stuffs even brief sessions with contention: 2012 brings us relentless hammering on driver's licenses, an embattled education secretary, abortion, medical marijuana, bullying and prescription pills.
V.21 No.4 | 1/26/2012


City to pipe landfill methane to the jail

One of the tidbits in this week’s Council Watch got a lot of attention. Albuquerque is going to build a line from a local dump to our Westside lockup. The excess methane that’s usually burned off at the landfill with be used to heat water in the jail’s boiler room.

It’s predicted the project will save the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center thousands every year for about a century.

Council Watch

A No-Bike Road

Bicyclists spoke out about the first-ever bike ban on a 3,000-foot stretch of Chappell between Osuna and Singer. Signs stating "no bicycles" went up in early January. The city says that stretch is too dangerous for cycling.
V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012


What the city wants

The Mayor’s Office released yesterday afternoon a list of legislative priorities for 2012. Albuquerque’s asking for:

• A law that would allow cities and counties to ban fireworks sales

• A law that criminalizes organized retail theft where stolen merchandise is resold on the black market

• $50 million for the I-25/Paseo interchange

• $500,000 to clean up trash along I-40 and I-25

• Adding a Silver Alert for Albuquerque to the state’s Amber Alert system. This could help the families of seniors who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s find their loved ones if they go missing.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012


Check up on the Legislature from where you’re sitting right now

The 2012 legislative session convened today. You can peep in through these live webcasts offered by the Roundhouse.

Scope a livestream from the Occupy the Roundhouse protest.

Read along as Gwyneth Doland and Heath Haussamen live-blog the session.

Scan the bills that have been filed by state legislators.

Peruse Gov. Susana Martinez’ state of the state address.

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012


Grading schools and teachers

In this week’s issue, longtime Alibi contributor and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, wrote about the great teacher debate rampaging across the country. How do we improve our schools?

Some folks—like New Mexico’s public education secretary, Hanna Skandera—want to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. This is being explored in various school districts nationwide. In some cases, teacher pay is determined by how well students do on standardized tests.

The details of how this would work in New Mexico haven’t yet been unveiled. But Ortiz y Pino predicts we’ll hear more about it during the legislative session, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

In the meantime, the state graded all our schools. It’s not looking good. There are more Fs than As:

A: 73

B: 191

C: 266

D: 208

F: 89

Look up specific schools here.

Ortiz y Pino

The Great Teacher Debate

Guv to tie schools and pay to test scores

New Mexico lawmakers are considering a proposal from the Martinez administration to link teacher evaluations to student test scores. It will be a huge topic in the coming 30-day legislative session set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17.