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.

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 […]

Trailing in polls, Libertarian candidate for NM governor expects to “make a statement”

By: - October 18, 2022

With early voting underway in the midterm elections, and Election Day fast approaching, the race for governor remains competitive between Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti. While Libertarian candidate Karen Bedonie is polling in the single digits and didn’t appear in either televised debate, if she pulls enough votes from […]

NM Secretary of State and Attorney General issue voter advisory ahead of election

By: - October 14, 2022

Amid increasing threats against election workers since 2020, and concerns over potential interference in this year’s general election, New Mexico’s Secretary of State and Attorney General have issued a voter information advisory. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said at a news conference Thursday that the advisory is a proactive step. “Though we have no indications at this time of any […]

Post-Roe, abortion is playing a central role in NM governor’s race

By: - October 11, 2022

With the right to an abortion now up to each state, and numerous surrounding states imposing total or partial bans, New Mexico has become a safe harbor in the Southwest for those seeking and providing abortion care. The issue has become a significant one in the race for governor. The day the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs […]

Voters will decide whether to fund campus improvements at NM colleges and universities

By: - October 7, 2022

New Mexico voters will decide in November whether to approve more than $259 million in general obligation bonds. Most would go toward funding improvements at higher education institutions without increasing taxes. There are three bond questions on the ballot. The largest by far allocates nearly $216 million to public and tribal colleges and universities, along with schools […]

Dems accuse Ronchetti of disingenuous shift in abortion messaging

By: - September 9, 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Republican candidate for governor Mark Ronchetti called for “measured dialogue on the issue of abortion” to reach “policies that are more mainstream and reflect our shared values.” The Democratic Party of New Mexico launched a website Wednesday calling the candidate’s recent messaging on the issue an inauthentic shift to […]

Albuquerque ranked second in the nation for pedestrian deaths despite city initiatives

By: - July 28, 2022

A new study ranks New Mexico as the most dangerous state in the nation to be a pedestrian, and the state’s largest city as the second most deadly metro area for those on foot. While Albuquerque’s numbers dipped some during the early pandemic, rates nearly doubled over the last decade despite new initiatives to bring […]

APS Board vows to solicit input on revision of controversial parents’ rights proposal

By: - July 11, 2022

A controversial policy that would have underscored parents’ rights to all student records — including counseling records — was tabled by a committee of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education. Several groups, including teacher advocates and LGBTQ student advocates, called on the community to speak out against the proposal.  About 30 people showed up […]

Making space for grief over the 2021 holidays

By: - December 24, 2021

With the holiday season upon us, many Americans are grappling with grief after losing someone to COVID-19, isolation and depression, or diseases and accidents that would occur in any given year. But we’re not talking a lot about it, especially during what can be billed as “the most wonderful time of the year.” This is […]