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Two Democrats vie for District 1 Bernalillo County Commission seat

Primary winner will take on uncontested Republican → Read More

Incumbent BernCo commissioner faces challenger

Charlene Pyskoty Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal An incumbent commissioner who says she’s battle-tested and ready for a second term representing Bernalillo County’s eastern reaches is facing a primary challenge from a first-time political candidate who contends the county government is heading in the wrong direction. District 5 Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty, a mental health therapist in her… → Read More

BernCo Commission race attracts three Republicans

Each is running for the first time due to concern for their community → Read More

Council-approved budget would up spending by 20%

Plan includes pay increase for city workers, rental support → Read More

Additional floors will allow for UNMH's future expansion

Construction workers connect a beam as progress continues on the University of New Mexico Hospital’s new tower near Lomas and Yale. Officials recently approved plans to increase the tower from seven stories to nine. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal The University of New Mexico Hospital’s new hospital tower is growing taller even before it opens. The… → Read More

City Council vote on budget set for Monday

City's acting CAO notes 'some minor tweaks' are needed → Read More

Calling all kitten cuddlers

Volunteers will get their kitten fix, while also saving vulnerable little babies → Read More

UNM team: Published research on homeless shelter impacts is meager

The city aims to open the Gateway Center at the old Lovelace Hospital on Gibson. Officials say the facility should eventually accommodate up to 100 adults and 25 homeless families. (Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal University of New Mexico researchers who have spent the last year on a homelessness task force say they have found scant published evidence on how shelters… → Read More

City animal shelters may charge pet surrender fee

(Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal Surrendering an unwanted pet to the city-run animal shelters currently costs nothing, but Albuquerque Animal Welfare officials are asking to change that. They say charging a $20 fee would generate additional revenue to support the department, put Albuquerque in line with other cities that impose similar charges and… → Read More

Councilor proposes 'living lots' for the homeless

Plan would move illegal campers from sidewalks and parks → Read More

Public libraries offer safe space for everyone

De-escalation skills a requirement of the job of an accessible librarian → Read More

APD staffing expectations remain below budget

City officials have repeatedly budgeted enough money to pay for at least 1,100 officers in the Albuquerque Police Department, something Mayor Tim Keller wants to do again in the coming fiscal year. But even Police Chief Harold Medina is acknowledging that number is likely unrealistic. APD — which has struggled to hire enough to make […] → Read More

Bernalillo County issues an upgrade to cybersecurity policy after hack

(Roberto E. Rosales/Journal file) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal About four months after a ransomware attack forced partial closure and halted many of its operations, Bernalillo County has adopted a new cybersecurity policy. Chief Information Officer Robert Benavidez said the new 11-page policy includes some elements that might have helped had they been in place before the Jan. 5 attack,… → Read More

Albuquerque committee weighing council district map changes

West Side's growth could shift City Council district lines → Read More

Council sets new standards for neighborhood associations

Narrow vote passes updated neighborhood ordinance that includes democratic process in decis → Read More

Keller wins latest veto battle

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has successfully intervened to ensure unions have a guaranteed role in major city construction projects. After the City Council voted earlier this month to repeal 2021 legislation that required project labor agreements on the biggest public works projects, Keller countered with a veto. His veto returned to the council Monday night […] → Read More

At 89 and 91, bride and groom waste no time getting to altar

Senior couple weds as Mayor Keller officiates the ceremony → Read More

Council to consider encampments

Officials say more options needed to aid Albuquerque's homeless → Read More

Inmate alleges guards sexually abused him

The Metropolitan Detention Center. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal A Metropolitan Detention Center inmate is suing Bernalillo County, alleging that three correctional officers sexually abused him late last year. The plaintiff, suing as “John Doe,” claims that three jail officers led him to an administrative office and “took turns digitally penetrating” him and… → Read More

County Commission OKs 6.3% budget increase

Plans call for funding for 21 additional positions → Read More