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.

Court’s new order details when eviction ban lifts in ABQ, rest of state

By: - March 16, 2022

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday released an order that will lift the state’s eviction moratorium beginning in April.  The court-ordered stay on evictions for non-payment of rent has been in effect since March 2020, a response to rapidly rising coronavirus case counts, a devastated economy and fears about overpacked homeless shelters.  Two years […]

Amid outcry, county threatens to kick out org running Gallup hospital

By: - March 16, 2022

The county commission overseeing a troubled Northwestern New Mexico hospital has taken a dramatic step to get things in shape there — threatening to expel the organization that has run it for 40 years. McKinley County’s three commissioners voted unanimously Monday to end the county’s lease agreement with Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, which […]

NM Supreme Court justice: Eviction ban to remain in effect at least until April

By: - March 11, 2022

The court-ordered moratorium on evictions of people who can’t make rent was supposed to dissolve across New Mexico at some point this month, the Supreme Court announced in a February order.  But the last statewide eviction ban in the country will remain in place in New Mexico a little longer than planned, a state Supreme […]

No pool for you — A look at NM governor’s capital outlay vetoes

By: - March 9, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday approved the spending of more than $820 million on construction projects across the state, things like acequia improvements, new housing and upgrades to municipal buildings. She also vetoed $4.6 million in projects approved by lawmakers during this year’s legislative session. That money would have gone to about 25 projects. […]

Federal program — with no money attached — created to tackle uranium mine cleanup

By: - March 8, 2022

The Department of Interior was ordered just months ago to create a program to address the longstanding problem of abandoned hardrock mines across the country, including uranium mines abandoned in New Mexico.  The new program comes from an amendment to the bipartisan infrastructure package, which President Joe Biden signed Nov. 15 of last year.  Sponsored […]

Lawmakers approved $46 million for new housing projects across New Mexico

By: - March 7, 2022

Lawmakers across New Mexico approved at least $46 million to spend on new housing or housing-related projects, according to a new database of capital outlay requests. Rural and urban parts of the state are facing issues with deteriorating housing stock, housing shortages and homelessness. Over the last two years of the pandemic, home and rent […]

Congress members from NM, Texas work to ban interim nuclear fuel storage funding

By: - March 7, 2022

A bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced a bill that would prevent federal money from going toward private interim nuclear waste storage facilities, an effort to prevent such sites from being built in Southeastern New Mexico and Western Texas.  Elected officials and environmental groups fear so-called “interim” sites will become permanent nuclear storage sites. […]

Stanley NM fire department ‘effectively dissolved’ after staff terminated for refusing to get vaxxed

By: - March 4, 2022

Four of six responders at the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department in Santa Fe County have resigned or were terminated as of Thursday due to the county’s vaccine requirement, the department’s former fire chief told Source New Mexico. The Stanley district is the biggest in Santa Fe County, covering 420 square miles in the southeast section […]

Tenant advocates awaiting word of eviction ban being lifted in most of New Mexico

By: - March 2, 2022

Tenants and advocates in Santa Fe said Tuesday they are hoping for big changes to a new eviction diversion program before it is rolled out across New Mexico sometime this month, replacing a 2-year-old eviction ban here.  Cathy Garcia, a member of the tenant advocacy group Chainbreaker Collective, said at a news conference Tuesday that […]

NM governor signs bill for uranium mine cleanup 

By: - March 2, 2022

There are an estimated 1,100 uranium mines and mills in New Mexico, 500 of which are on or near the Navajo Nation.

State spends $100 million on rent assistance, with $200 million more to go

By: - March 1, 2022

A state agency announced last week that it had spent $100 million on rental and utility assistance for state residents, helping to stave off mass evictions during a pandemic.  New Mexico officials called the big, round number a “historic milestone” and said hundreds of millions more are on the way to help renters and landlords. […]

New Mexico to join western coalition in bid for federal hydrogen hub

By: - February 24, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday morning that New Mexico would join three other states in a bid to lure billions of dollars toward the creation of a federal hydrogen hub in the region. The federal infrastructure package includes $8 billion toward the creation of at least four hydrogen production centers around the country. The […]