Grad workers occupy UNM administration building

BY: - December 8, 2021

In a camp chair on the lawn of Scholes Hall, Sarah Worland was grading papers. The teaching assistant and Ph.D candidate instructs two English classes at the University of New Mexico: a fully online class that she designed, and an introduction to composition class. “I have a lot of grading to do,” she said Tuesday, […]

Custodial staff rallies for fairer pay at UNM

BY: - December 6, 2021

Hundreds of people lined up for hot chocolate and posole after students at the University of New Mexico decorated their campus with 13,000 luminarias, as they have for decades as part of the Hanging of the Greens. The annual holiday event is billed by the university as “UNM’s oldest student-run tradition” meant to “unite the […]

Neighbors glad for memorial planning at 4-H Park

BY: - December 6, 2021

Orange plastic fencing now lines the entire northeast area of 4-H Park, the location where at least 100 students and staff from the early Albuquerque Indian School era are buried. Toy Baldwin lives across the street from the park and said he is happy to learn the city blocked the area. He wants to see […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing today, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

NMSU’s local labor board no longer exists

BY: - December 1, 2021

New Mexico State University’s local labor board dissolved after two of its three members resigned in October.  The dissolution means an effort by the school’s graduate students to form a union will instead be considered by the statewide labor board in Santa Fe. Graduate students there see it as a step toward reaching the bargaining […]

Grad workers ask regents to call for UNM to drop legal fight

BY: - November 25, 2021

When representatives of the UNM graduate workers union tried to talk to the school’s governing council on Wednesday afternoon, one regent quickly drove away while four others refused to intervene. The regents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 23, for lunch at Los Poblanos, a high-end restaurant, inn and organic farm in Albuquerque’s North Valley that boasts a […]

UNM appeals grad worker union case to District Court

BY: - November 24, 2021

A year after grad student workers at the University of New Mexico started the process of certifying a workers union to fight for fair wages and health care, the state’s board still hasn’t filed a final order. That’s partly because rather than voluntarily recognizing the union and getting on with bargaining over graduate students’ working […]


Embracing all the bad and the good of U.S. history is how we move forward

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Public Education Department held a virtual meeting so that the public could state their support or opposition for the proposed changes in our social studies curriculum for the state of New Mexico last week.   I sat in on the Zoom meeting to offer my opinion and listen to all the feedback provided. And I […]

ABQ officials to begin radar work and plan for a memorial at boarding school gravesite

BY: - November 18, 2021

Listen to the KUNM show Let’s Talk New Mexico hosted by Source NM reporter Shaun Griswold   Changes could be coming to 4-H Park in the area that was used to bury students and staff from the Albuquerque Indian School. Another memorial will be placed in the area of the park where the gravesite is […]

What should be done with the Albuquerque boarding school grave site?

BY: - November 18, 2021

The boarding school era was a dark time in U.S. history, and the Albuquerque Indian School was the second-largest school of its kind in the country. So much of the history is left untold. People who survived the worst era of students being abused for speaking traditional language are no longer alive. But the effects […]

NMSU students to rally Tuesday for better graduate working conditions

BY: - November 15, 2021

LAS CRUCES — Kathy Key-Tello is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction and English at New Mexico State University and a graduate student working as a teaching assistant. Key-Tello suffers from multiple psychiatric disabilities. Unable to afford the health care plan offered by NMSU, she went to the wellness clinic on campus, where […]

CRT opponents upset over NM education proposals ignore Yazzie/Martinez ruling

BY: - November 15, 2021

A nearly six hour public meeting and more than 1,400 written comments show that New Mexicans care about social studies and the direction of education reform in the state.  Somehow present but forgotten by most who spoke in email and during the online meeting on Friday is the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit that drapes over all education […]