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.

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.

Lack of affordable solar energy options in Farmington, clean energy advocates say

By: - November 2, 2022

Thousands of New Mexicans could be missing out on the opportunity to get solar energy options at homes and businesses because their locally-run utility company is exempt from a new law requiring them to offer the incentive. In 2021, the state Legislature passed a bill requiring state-regulated privately owned utility companies operating in New Mexico […]

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. […]