April 24 First News: New Santa Fe Community College Budget Keeps Tuition Level (Listen)

Apr 24, 2014

Students at Santa Fe Community College will be paying the same rate of tuition next school year as this. The SFCC Governing Board’s budget approved Wednesday also calls for a one-and-a-half percent pay raise starting July first. Interim College President Randy Grissom noting that out of New Mexico’s 18 Community Colleges, SFCC sports the fifth-lowest when it comes to tuition costs.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden says his officers were unable to recover video from the lapel camera worn by the Albuquerque police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, a suspected truck thief this week. A small group of protesters gathered outside the police department Wednesday, holding signs demanding justice. The city’s latest police shooting occurred in the wake of the release of a federal investigation critical of APD over its use of force and for its “culture of aggression.”

There’s a new television ad by Governor Susana Martinez's re-election campaign—and it features northern New Mexico Democratic officials praising the Republican governor. Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and former Taos Mayor Darren Cordova are in the new ad that will air statewide. The ad seeks to portray Martinez as a caring, bipartisan governor who sets aside politics in helping communities.

Meantime, the Democratic Party of New Mexico has announced a Candidates Forum for the Party’s gubernatorial hopefuls at Albuquerque’s Nativo Lodge on May Third. University of New Mexico Political Science Professor Lonna Atkeson telling KSFR this year’s five-way race impacts the manner that candidates approach the campaign.  Primary Election Day is June Third.

The City of Santa Fe has announced that work on Don Gaspar Avenue between South Capitol Street and Paseo de Peralta has the roadway closed for rehabilitation work until further notice. The City says travelers should detour around the construction area while the work is underway. It also says Santa Fe Trails and Santa Fe Pickup routes will be detoured around the construction area during this time.

Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. It'll be partly cloudy tonight, with a low around 39. Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.