Patrick Lohmann

Patrick Lohmann

Patrick Lohmann has been a reporter since 2007, when he wrote stories for $15 apiece at a now-defunct tabloid in Gallup, his hometown. Since then, he's worked at UNM's Daily Lobo, the Albuquerque Journal and the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Chiminea at burned cabin near Rociada, after the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire

Were you affected by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire? We want to hear from you.

By: - March 2, 2023

Eric Maestas didn’t have much time to spare on an afternoon in April when he stepped out of the old Memorial Middle School gymnasium with an armful of food, water and an extra pair of slippers.  The supplies were for his parents, waiting for him at a nearby campground. They’d been evacuated from their Cleveland […]

Another $1.45 billion for northern NM fire victims clears Congress as part of the omnibus bill

By: - December 23, 2022

More than $1 billion in additional compensation for victims of the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire was approved by the United States House of Representatives as part of a 4,100-page spending package that’s heading to President Joe Biden’s desk.  The $1.45 billion comes on top of $2.5 billion passed earlier this year to pay property damage […]

How Las Vegas got $140 million in pending congressional bill to save its drinking water 

By: - December 22, 2022

The northern New Mexico town of Las Vegas plans to use $140 million included in the $1.7 trillion Congressional spending plan to replace and reconfigure its drinking water system imperiled after a huge wildfire this year.  The money, if Congress passes the spending bill this week, would go toward upgrading the city’s water treatment facility, […]

$1.45 billion more likely coming to victims of Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire

By: - December 20, 2022

Congress overnight announced $1.45 billion more for a compensation program for victims of New Mexico’s biggest-ever wildfire, bringing the total that could be approved for the blaze to $3.95 billion.  The omnibus spending package still has to be approved in both chambers, and lawmakers are up against a clock, trying to get it done by […]

FEMA hints it might lift 25% cap on tree reimbursements for northern NM fire victims

By: - December 19, 2022

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are still finalizing rules and accepting public comments on how it will spend about $2.5 billion on victims of the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. But the director of the compensation program on Thursday, in a public meeting in Las Vegas, N.M., suggested one frequently criticized draft rule would […]

Barbara Vigil, CYFD secretary

To fill empty social work positions, CYFD secretary requests a bigger budget

By: - December 15, 2022

The state’s child welfare department is in need of more social workers to ease caseloads, reduce burnout and better help kids in a state with some of the worst outcomes for children, the department secretary told lawmakers Wednesday.  The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department has 509 vacancies across six offices, according to a […]

Sen. Ben Ray Luján speaks at the Congreso de las Acequias

Sen. Ben Ray Luján: Billions for northern NM fire victims still up in the air in DC

By: - December 13, 2022

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján said negotiations are fluctuating daily on a congressional spending bill that includes almost $3 billion more for victims of the biggest fire in New Mexico history. This funding would come in addition to the $2.5 billion Congress voted to send to the state earlier this year. Luján, a Democrat, told […]

Acequia procession during Congreso in Las Vegas, N.M.

‘Our acequias are struggling’: Mayordomos from across NM gather to call for help

By: - December 12, 2022

About 15 acequia stewards stood in a line at a Las Vegas, N.M. meeting hall on Saturday, each of them holding a few ounces of water they pulled from their home irrigation ditches. One by one, they emptied their glasses into a large ceramic pot. The longstanding ceremony – called the Bendición de las Aguas, […]

FEMA hosting job fairs to help it run $2.5B claims office for NM fire victims

By: - December 8, 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday announced two job fairs next week to find locals able to help the agency administer a mult-billion-dollar program aimed to compensate victims of the biggest fire in New Mexico history.  FEMA is working to set up the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office, which was created by an […]

NM water experts: Upcoming legislative session ‘existentially important’

By: - December 8, 2022

A group of local experts says the upcoming legislative session represents a crucial pivot point for the state’s water future.  The New Mexico Water Ambassadors, a group convened at the direction of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has met since June to come up with recommendations to handle the state’s water crisis. Mike Hamman recently left […]

An apartment for rent in Albuquerque

Court of Appeals rules that landlords must wait three full days before bringing eviction cases to court

By: - December 7, 2022

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled recently that lower courts erred when they allowed the eviction of a Las Cruces tenant in 2018, a ruling advocates say will help renters across the state resolve issues with landlords before they go before a judge. New Mexico Legal Aid represented the tenant in local court and […]

Congress passes law to crack down on exports of sacred Native American items

By: - December 2, 2022

A cherished, century-old Acoma shield was stolen from the pueblo in the 1970s. Decades later, it showed up in a French auction catalog. Congress this week sent a bill to President Joe Biden’s desk that aims to crack down on the export of Native American patrimony, defined as objects with lasting historical or cultural significance.  […]