New Mexico Compass Names Joe Cardillo Deputy Director
New Mexico Compass / News

New Mexico Compass Names Joe Cardillo Deputy Director

To define communications strategy and practices, gather funding for the journalism startup’s second year ALBUQUERQUE, July 24, 2014 – The New Mexico Compass today announced the addition of Joe Cardillo as Deputy Director. In the organization’s senior communications role he will be responsible for developing strategy and partnerships, serving as a principal adviser to the co-founders … Continue reading

Rooted In Place
Art / Culture

Rooted In Place

Bert Benally and Ai Wei Wei’s Long-Distance Run in Coyote Canyon By Margaret Wright — Bert Benally is accustomed to mashing up elements of disparate cultures, art mediums and music forms and making adjustments as something new takes shape. It’s a talent he posits is a cultural commonality among Diné, one that served him well after … Continue reading

City Changes Records Policy in Response to Complaints
New Mexico Compass / Opinion / Politics / Transparency

City Changes Records Policy in Response to Complaints

  By Marisa Demarco — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced today that the City of Albuquerque will charge no more than $6.75 for DVDs and $2.75 for CDs for public records requests. This is a big win for not just journalists but everyone with an interest in accessing records that are available … Continue reading

FCC Chairman Comes to Albuquerque
New Mexico Compass / Opinion / Web

FCC Chairman Comes to Albuquerque

Update 7/18/14: The FCC extended its deadline for public comment regarding proposed changes to net neutrality rules. Feedback will be accepted through midnight on Friday, July 18. By Marisa Demarco —Something important is happening tonight, and only a handful of people know enough about it. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is coming to Albuquerque to answer … Continue reading

Diverse Voices Merge for Equality
LGBTQ / News

Diverse Voices Merge for Equality

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article incorrectly stated the gender of Allanna Rose Chilcoat. It has been corrected below. We apologize for the error. By Robin Brown — The mood was celebratory last night as Albuquerque’s first march to honor transgender rights activism drew around 70 people outside the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. “We … Continue reading

Anger, Confusion Reported Amidst Release of APS Teacher Evaluations
Education / News

Anger, Confusion Reported Amidst Release of APS Teacher Evaluations

By Margaret Wright — Around 50 educators and their supporters rallied last night at the Albuquerque Public Schools board meeting, expressing frustration and seeking answers following the state’s release of new teacher evaluations. The Public Education Department, headed by Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera, has instituted a controversial combination of statistics, student standardized test scores, classroom observations and other … Continue reading

ABQ Public Outspoken On Cop Reform as Council Passes Budget
Council Compass / News / Politics

ABQ Public Outspoken On Cop Reform as Council Passes Budget

By Margaret Wright — There were no activist stunts; no one was escorted out of Albuquerque City Council chambers by uniformed officers. But last night’s regular meeting still saw flares of tension as legislators plodded through a thick agenda that included fixes for the maligned police department and crafting of a new city budget. Councilors also … Continue reading

Transparency Concerns Follow Release of APD Shooting Records
New Mexico Compass / Transparency

Transparency Concerns Follow Release of APD Shooting Records

By Margaret Wright — It was an anxious wait for a response to the public records request Compass Editor In Chief Marisa Demarco submitted to the Albuquerque Police Department. Because she’d asked for the audio and video recordings associated with every fatal, officer-involved shooting since 2010, we were prepared to fork over fees for an … Continue reading