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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.

How displaced or unhoused New Mexicans can register to vote

By: - October 31, 2022

Those experiencing homelessness or who are displaced still have the right to vote in New Mexico. They just have to register first — if they’ve never done so before — which can now happen in-person during early voting or on General Election Day, and a ballot can be cast that same day. To register, New […]

Coalition studies options as historic drought conditions threaten NM agriculture and water

By: - October 28, 2022

Water and agriculture organizations are trying to figure out how to strengthen water-dependent cultivation industries in New Mexico during a climate change-caused megadrought that’s only expected to get worse. “Keeping water in agricultural valleys is critical for both the ecological and community resilience. We all know this,” said Connie Maxwell, a researcher who presented at […]

As the climate changes, NM officials draft protections for watersheds against wildfires

By: - October 27, 2022

While New Mexico continues its yearslong recovery process from a disastrous fire season, the state and community partners are reviewing a 50-year water plan taking into account burn recovery and fire dangers the region will face. Andrew Erdmann is the water planning program manager for the Interstate Stream Commission, a division of the Office of […]

Vice president visits with NM governor in ABQ to reiterate importance of protecting abortion

By: - October 26, 2022

As early voting continues and General Election day creeps closer, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the University of New Mexico to talk with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday about reproductive rights — a central concern for voters. One of the main points in the election for Democrats is their stances to protect abortion […]

Water companies want NM to reuse oil and gas byproduct, despite safety and environmental concerns

By: - October 24, 2022

A warming globe and dwindling water supply are forcing conversations on alternative water sources, so some water engineers and scientists are encouraging New Mexico to start treating and using the toxic water that comes from oil and gas extraction. But environmental advocates say the chemically infused water is unsafe and untreatable. The New Mexico Desalination […]

Low angle view of people lined up to vote

NM Republicans strive to get election challengers to the polls

By: - October 20, 2022

As early voting continues, political parties still have a chance to be part of the voting process by sending election challengers to watch over polls and make sure everything is happening legally. And the state’s Republican Party is pushing to get their members to volunteer as challengers at voting locations. Acting as an election challenger […]

Secretary of State’s Office combats unbased fears of election fraud as more early voting locations open this weekend

By: - October 19, 2022

Expanded early voting starts on Saturday, Oct. 22, which means more polling locations will open up in New Mexico counties. There are about two and a half weeks left of early voting. Voters can cast their ballots at their county offices or the new additional voting locations, a list of which can be found here. […]

PRC: Utilities trying to overcharge in a solar program meant to help low-income communities

By: - October 18, 2022

New Mexico’s community solar program is supposed to help people with low incomes and organizations get clean energy for cheaper. But regulators are calling out utility companies for trying to charge consumers too much before the program has even launched. People and organizations will soon have the option to use solar energy from a community […]

State to update water pollution plan, factoring in climate change — but not boosting wildfire response

By: - October 13, 2022

It’s a yearslong process for the state to create a plan to protect water from pollution for federal approval, and the New Mexico Environment Department is prepping its 2024 strategy with a focus on climate change. New Mexico’s plan, required by the Clean Water Act, aims to prevent and clean up pollution that doesn’t come […]

Labor orgs back hospital union leader to rep Albuquerque’s Westside in the Roundhouse

By: - October 12, 2022

With early voting underway as of Tuesday, New Mexicans are casting their ballots for statewide races, and for the N.M. House of Representatives, among other choices. Union leader Eleanor Chavez and small business owner Patrick Sais are vying to replace Democratic Rep. Georgene Louis. Union campaign funders are pulling heavily for Chavez, a Democrat, to […]

Gallup battles state on new groundwater protection requirements for wastewater discharge

By: - October 12, 2022

The city of Gallup, N.M., has been allowed to discharge 12.5 million gallons of treated wastewater per day into the Rio Puerco since 1996. But this year, to protect groundwater, the state’s issued a number of new conditions that the city is trying to fight. The Water Quality Control Commission decided on Tuesday to review […]

Race to manage state land brings up clashing opinions on oil and gas industry

By: - October 11, 2022

New Mexicans will decide in the General Election if a new official will come in to manage state land or go with an incumbent that supports renewable energy while overseeing the largest production from extractive businesses in state history. The N.M. commissioner of public lands is in charge of leasing state land for a place […]