Nash Jones, KUNM News

Nash Jones, KUNM News

Nash Jones (they/them) grew up in Albuquerque and returned home in 2017 after 11 years away living in Portland, OR, and Oakland, CA. Storytelling and community education have consistently been at the core of Nash’s varied career and are, in part, what brought them to KUNM, first as a volunteer host with Spoken Word Hour and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, then as a staff member in the KUNM newsroom, hosting Morning Edition (2018-2021) and reporting. Nash currently hosts NPR's All Things Considered and continues to report for KUNM.

Wastewater floods the Jemez River

By: - April 13, 2023

The wastewater treatment plant in the northern New Mexico village of Jemez Springs flooded Wednesday, overflowing into the Jemez River. Jemez Springs Police Chief Felix Nuñez told KUNM the flood’s impact on the plant was a surprise. “What happened was — because of the mass of water coming through — the pumps overheated and just […]

US DOT to fund wildlife crossings, highlights Santa Ana Pueblo as a national leader

By: - April 5, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a new grant program Tuesday to combat vehicle collisions with wildlife. Sec. Pete Buttigieg traveled to New Mexico to make the announcement. Buttigieg said sometimes road safety looks like a crosswalk, but in some communities — like rural New Mexico — it can look like a wildlife crossing. Wild […]

NM Dems backtrack on police body cam enforcement

By: - March 10, 2023

In the summer of 2020, against a backdrop of outrage over racist police violence and massive demonstrations following the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd, Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico passed a law requiring law enforcement to use body-worn cameras and save the footage. Now, Senate Democrats are rolling the law back, creating more leniency and exemptions. Existing […]

Lawmakers to consider taking redistricting out of their own hands

By: - December 20, 2022

Rep. Natalie Figueroa plans to introduce a bill in next month’s legislative session that aims to establish an independent redistricting commission to limit lawmakers’ role in drawing their own maps. Figueroa says it’s a necessary next step in removing politics from New Mexico’s process. If passed, the joint resolution would put the question of establishing […]

Recounts for NM House seats certified, no results change

By: - December 15, 2022

New Mexico’s 2022 election is officially over after the state Canvassing Board certified the results of two automatic recounts Wednesday. After certifying the rest of the results on Nov. 29, the board ordered recounts in Districts 32 and 68 because the margin of victory was so slim, with less than 50 votes separating the candidates […]

Dem control of NM House goes unchanged, but redistricting process may not

By: - November 28, 2022

The election of all 70 seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives this month was the first go around for a new district map. The state legislative and U.S. congressional maps were redrawn late last year following the 2020 Census. While Democratic control of the House will remain the same, the redistricting process may […]

Gov. Lujan Grisham gets four more years

By: - November 9, 2022

New Mexicans have signaled their approval of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first term by sending her back to the governor’s mansion for four more years. The Associated Press has called the hotly contested New Mexico governor’s race for Lujan Grisham, with 51.2% of the vote over Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti’s 46.4%. Libertarian Karen Bedonie […]

Biden stumps for New Mexico Democrats amid a few close, key races

By: - November 4, 2022

President Joe Biden attended a rally with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hosted by the New Mexico Democratic Party in a South Valley community center in Albuquerque Thursday ahead of Election Day. The location, at the Ted M. Gallegos Community Center in the newly-redrawn Congressional District 2, wasn’t arbitrary. The event was billed as an opportunity for candidates […]

Deadline to request absentee ballot for 2022 election approaches

By: - November 1, 2022

For voters who would prefer not to stand in line at the polls, would like to reduce their risk of COVID exposure, or who would like to take their time filling out their ballot, Thursday, Nov. 3, is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the general election. For those who already have one […]

NM voters to weigh stocking the shelves with largest ever state library bond

By: - October 24, 2022

The second of three bond questions on November’s ballot in New Mexico is about whether to boost the resources available at public and school-based libraries. At around $19 million, it would be the largest ever statewide library bond. If approved, General Obligation Bond 2 will be split up, with $6 million each going to public libraries, K-12 school libraries, and academic […]

Funding for senior center facilities and accessible vehicles up for a vote in NM election

By: - October 21, 2022

As senior centers across New Mexico begin to reopen their doors after pandemic shutdowns and fire evacuations, $24.5 million for the facilities is up for a vote in the November election. General Obligation Bond 1 — if approved — would go toward designing, renovating, or equipping centers across 21 counties and six pueblos. The bond will […]

N.M. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a rally for reproductive rights at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque following the Supreme Court ruling that ended nearly 50 years of national protections for abortion rights under the U.S. Constitution on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Gov. Lujan Grisham says she will ‘absolutely’ pursue codifying Roe in state law if re-elected

By: - October 20, 2022

With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, and early voting expanding on Saturday, the New Mexico governor’s race is in a sprint to the end. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is running against Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti and Libertarian Karen Bedonie. The governor praised President Biden’s pledge this week to codify abortion protections in […]