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Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason is a journalist based in Albuquerque. She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo. Other work has appeared under the New Mexico Press Association as well as in the Independent, Gallup Sun and Silver City Daily Press.

‘It’ll never be the same.’ Northern NM residents fly over burn scar to map damage themselves

By: - December 5, 2022

Hundreds of miles of blackened, lifeless trees — vast stains on the land when viewed from above. Rivers and streams cutting their way through valleys and deadened forests. Even narrower waterways, acequias that New Mexicans rely on for their livelihood, scattered across the land, the water itself almost not even visible through the airplane’s window.  […]

Electrical transmission power line, beautiful sunset sky on background

What’s the deal with New Mexico’s PRC?

By: , , and - December 1, 2022

If you’ve never heard of the state’s Public Regulation Commission, you’ve likely still observed the consequences of its decisions in your daily life. On your electricity bill, for example. Or your gas bill. Your water bill.  Commissioners also have a hand in broadband and telecommunications around the state, and field consumer complaints.  Transportation, too. Staff […]

State officials scramble to meet a federal target date to map gaps in internet access

By: - November 21, 2022

Data mistakes and an inability to keep up with a federal program’s demands could cause the state to miss out on several hundred million dollars that would extend broadband to underserved areas in New Mexico. Kelly Schlegel is the state’s broadband director. She talked to the legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday about […]

New Mexico AG’s Office says it needs more funding to investigate missing Indigenous people

By: - November 18, 2022

Nearly 200 Indigenous people are missing in New Mexico. Probably more, one Navajo lawmaker says. And the state tasked the Attorney General’s Office this year with working in partnership with sovereign nations on cases of missing Indigenous people. But a deputy director for the AG’s Office said they can’t do much more without additional state […]

Officials don’t intend to ask for more state money next year for uranium mine cleanup

By: - November 17, 2022

Even though the state Legislature passed a uranium mine bill that was signed into law by the governor, it’ll likely be years before the state actually begins to clean things up. More money is needed for the effort, but because the early stages of work are moving slowly, officials don’t expect to ask for additional […]

NM lawmaker, health care advocates aims to increase abortion care accessibility in Legislature

By: - November 14, 2022

On the same day the Supreme Court issued its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned federal abortion protections, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stood in front of hundreds in Old Town Albuquerque and committed to protecting reproductive rights in New Mexico.  It set up the tone in her reelection campaign that focused […]

Democratic judges snag uncontested seats all over the state, but Republicans win some challenges

By: - November 11, 2022

New Mexicans had the chance to cast their votes for local and state judges yesterday. While Democrats got most of the open judicial seats, Republicans won some of the few contested races on the ballot. Voters decided not to change any of the N.M. Supreme Court judges this year, maintaining the all-democratic seating. They reelected […]

2022 saw more N.M. registered voters, more same-day registrants

By: - November 9, 2022

Although New Mexico maintained fairly average voter turnout numbers this year, the state did see a slight increase in how many people actually registered to vote in the 2022 Election compared with previous years. There was also a big boost in people registering and then voting the same day for this election. About 1.36 million […]

Wildfire-affected voters in N.M. take officials’ disaster recovery efforts into account at polls

By: - November 9, 2022

After experiencing the largest wildfire New Mexico has ever seen, northern New Mexico voters headed to the polls yesterday keeping in mind what officials have done — or haven’t done — to help their communities recover. Flooding has been a continuous threat for New Mexico counties near the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon burn scar, but skies […]

DOJ deploys personnel to New Mexico to monitor voting rights on Election Day

By: - November 7, 2022

As polls open up Tuesday for the midterm elections around the nation, the U.S. Department of Justice is deploying officials to keep an eye on polls at specific locations, including in New Mexico. A watchdog program has officials set to keep an eye on Bernalillo and San Juan Counties to make sure nobody’s voting rights […]

PNM customers continue to pay for San Juan coal plant that’s no longer operating

By: - November 7, 2022

In the two months since the San Juan Generating Station shut down in New Mexico, the region’s customers have been paying the same rate for a facility that’s no longer giving them energy.  And they could keep doing so for years following a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court last week. The Public Service […]

Regulators, intent on maintaining schedule for community solar, approve credit details

By: - November 4, 2022

New Mexico homeowners, renters and businesses who participate in the state’s future community solar program could save more than half of their normal electric bill under credit rates after the state regulators approved some financial details this week.