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Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason is a journalist based in Albuquerque. She 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.

FEMA assistance application deadline extended for another month

By: - September 6, 2022

Victims with damaged property or homes caused by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire and flooding-related disasters now have until Oct. 7 to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance. FEMA extended the deadline for another month, spokesperson Angela Byrd said Tuesday. It was previously set to end on Tuesday, Sept. 6. In addition to damage […]

Complaint says Cibola detention and ICE neglected an asylum-seeker, leaving him injured by shackles

By: - August 31, 2022

Deportation seems imminent for a man seeking asylum in the U.S. who is being detained in New Mexico.  A legal fight was launched in mid-August to get him released or at least delay his case on grounds of medical neglect, physical abuse and due process violations while he’s been held in Cibola County. But the […]

State allows asphalt plant construction in south Santa Fe despite concerns about health impacts

By: - August 26, 2022

Santa Feans fought for a year to prevent an asphalt company’s expansion into the city’s South Side, but New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Board voted unanimously Friday morning to allow the operation to proceed. The Environment Department gave Associated Asphalt and Materials, LLC, a permit in July 2021 to consolidate two asphalt plants in Santa Fe […]

Judge: Cannon Air Force Base is subject to NM’s hazardous waste laws

By: - August 26, 2022

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Cannon Air Force Base last week that challenged demands for the base to clean up PFAS contamination in New Mexico. The case was dismissed without prejudice and can still be heard in state court, according to the ruling. Spreading pollution is threatening groundwater sources in and around the […]

New Mexico prison admissions increase after seven-year decline 

By: - August 25, 2022

Amid a guard staffing shortage, prison admissions increased in New Mexico for the first time in seven years. Prisons saw 2% more admissions so far in fiscal year 2022 compared with last year, the Legislative Finance Committee reported. Of the 2,409 people who went to prison in recent months, 60% were incarcerated because of new […]

NM universities raise awareness for monkeypox but haven’t set precautionary measures

By: - August 24, 2022

College students all over the state are coming back to university campuses as school kicks off just a month after monkeypox was reported in New Mexico. But the largest institutions in Albuquerque and Las Cruces don’t have special measures set in place for the national public health emergency. Instead, university officials are putting a lot […]

UNM grad worker union rallies for rights on first day of school

By: - August 23, 2022

The start of a new school year at the University of New Mexico welcomed students back with in-person classes, social events and the graduate student worker’s union rallying for their rights.  Contract negotiations have been going on since May, but grad workers wanted to remind administration about their cause. At least a hundred workers representing […]

Largest wildfire in state history reaches 100% containment

By: - August 23, 2022

After burning 341,735 acres of land, the largest wildfire ever recorded in New Mexico’s history is fully contained. Officials announced on Sunday that the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire reached 100% containment, but this doesn’t mean that the fire is totally extinguished. Rather, firefighters are sure that it won’t spread anymore. Firefighters will continue some mop-up […]

Logging after NM wildfires could help forests but won’t likely happen for months, if at all

By: - August 22, 2022

There’s a potential boost for New Mexico’s economy and forests through logging, especially after the severe fire season the state endured this summer. But it’ll probably be months before any action could be taken, if at all, to cut and process the trees burned by historic fire destruction. The two largest wildfires in the state’s […]

NM lawmakers concerned that DOH vacancies will hinder goals to fight nicotine addiction

By: - August 17, 2022

The Department of Health’s anti-nicotine program wants to prevent people statewide from smoking in the first place and battle addiction for those who already are. But lawmakers are concerned about the reality of achieving these goals amid the program’s staffing shortages. Nicotine Use Prevention & Control Program Manager Esther Hoang led a presentation to the […]

UNM Health Sciences VP calls on lawmakers to consider solutions for vulnerable smokers

By: - August 16, 2022

With nearly 3,000 smoking-related deaths annually, New Mexico’s Department of Health reports that commercial tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the state. Effects are even worse on people struggling with mental health. Smoking tobacco increases relaxation and releases tension but causes various cancers and diseases, shortens lifespans and […]

RNC opens political hub in southwest Albuquerque targeting Hispanic voters

By: - August 15, 2022

Attempting to capture votes on the southside of Albuquerque, the Republican National Committee opened what it’s calling a Hispanic community center on Thursday.  This is the 35th minority center the Republican National Committee has set up in the U.S. It’s meant to serve as a political and casual gathering spot, said Alex Kuehler, RNC western […]