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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. Along the way, he's won several state and national awards for his reporting, including for an exposé on a cult-like Alcoholics Anonymous group and a feature on an Upstate New York militia member who died of COVID-19. He's thrilled to be back home in New Mexico, where he works to tell stories that resonate and make an impact.

Amid outcry, Gallup hospital board promises open meetings and more transparency

By: - October 19, 2021

The chairman of the Gallup hospital board announced Monday that the public would soon be allowed into sections of board meetings, following weeks of criticism that the hospital is being mismanaged and the board is too secretive.  Chairman Steve McKernan made the announcement at the beginning of Monday’s three-hour special meeting of the McKinley County […]

Gallup hospital’s birthing unit to reopen, but former nurse says fix is just a Band-Aid

By: - October 18, 2021

Administrators of a Gallup hospital announced Thursday afternoon that the hospital would reopen its labor and delivery unit a month after it closed, sending soon-to-be parents scrambling to find a new place to give birth. The unit at Rehoboth-McKinley Christian Hospital will reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, according to an all-staff email […]

Shortened irrigation season means NM will ‘chip away’ at water debt to Texas, official says

By: - October 13, 2021

The controversial choice to ban irrigation along the Rio Grande as of Oct. 1 in central New Mexico has already shown some benefits, an official told board members of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District on Monday. The Board of Directors voted Aug. 20 to shorten the irrigation season by one month, a decision that […]

‘It’s my livelihood’: Drought and restrictions could kill farms along Rio Grande, farmers say

By: - October 11, 2021

New Mexico farmers along a central stretch of the Rio Grande say two years of irrigation restrictions imposed amid severe drought threaten their farms, many of which have been around for generations.  In late August, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District imposed a ban on surface-water irrigation. It went into effect about a week ago. […]

Labor pains: Delivery rooms closed at a Gallup hospital as employees resign

By: - October 4, 2021

A year ago, 18 nurses and four doctors staffed the labor and delivery unit at one of Gallup’s two hospitals. Today, all the nurses are gone, and the last doctor announced her resignation two weeks ago. The unit closed last week, forcing many soon-to-be parents to find a faraway delivery room and making it harder […]

NM agency says it’s met federal deadline for spending $170 in emergency rent money

By: - October 1, 2021

A state agency tasked with spending $170 million in rental and utility funds has met its deadline for getting some of that assistance out the door, preventing the money from being clawed back by the federal government, according to a spokesperson. The state was required to either distribute or approve the spending of 65% of […]

Landlords refuse emergency rent money and Section 8 vouchers

By: - September 29, 2021

Cree Walker and her family have a roof over their heads for at least the next couple weeks. If things don’t work out at her extended-stay hotel, she said, it’s hard to see where they’ll find shelter next. She assumed it would be much easier to find a place. She moved to New Mexico in […]

Shadow evictions

By: - September 27, 2021

Cristobal Sanchez knows what rent day sounds like at the Siegel Select complex on University Boulevard in Albuquerque.  First, bangs echo down the hall from the manager rapping his knuckles against his neighbors’ apartment doors. Then Sanchez hears him shouting about rent, even if it’s only a few hours late. Then, if the manager is […]

State’s 19 pueblos and tribes band together for redistricting pitch in light of NM demographic changes

By: - September 23, 2021

The state’s pueblos and tribes released their ideas for how political maps being drawn this year will help them express political power amid increases in numbers of Native Americans overall — and population losses around pueblos. The Citizen Redistricting Committee is soliciting public feedback on maps its staff put together after weeks of meetings. The […]

Grants mayor’s anti-vax tirade derails Military and Veterans’ Affairs meeting

By: - September 21, 2021

A meeting of the state Legislature’s veterans committee began as many do these days, with a reminder of the statewide mask mandate. The meeting a week ago at an auditorium continued with legislators introducing themselves, followed by honored guests in the audience at the Grants campus of New Mexico State University. Then the microphone was […]

Should NM political maps be based around acequias? Group makes the case.

By: - September 21, 2021

When rural New Mexicans gather each year for “la limpia de la acequia,” it’s about more than just clearing the vital irrigation channels of dirt and debris, according to the New Mexico Acequia Association.  The annual ritual, in fact, shows how communities are shaped around acequias and why political districts should be drawn with the […]

ABQ announces 191-unit apartment complex approved for Downtown amid housing shortage

By: - September 20, 2021

A Downtown Albuquerque apartment complex is one step closer to being built, according to city officials, potentially bringing nearly 200 affordable apartments to a city facing a housing shortage and steep increase in rent costs. The city is teaming up with REMBE Urban Design and Development to build the “Downtowner,” a six-story, 191-unit complex that […]