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.

FEMA explores outsourcing much of the $2.5B program for northern NM fire victims

By: - November 22, 2022

A week before Congress approved spending $2.5 billion to fully compensate victims of botched prescribed burns that grew into New Mexico’s biggest-ever wildfire, the agency in charge of the paying victims started to explore hiring private companies to do a lot of the work. The “Request for Information” on Sept. 22 by the Federal Emergency […]

Dead trees stand amid fresh grass on the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon burn scar.

Draft FEMA rules give Northern NM fire victims only 25% of what their trees were worth

By: - November 21, 2022

Those who lost acres of trees to the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire are asking the federal agency overseeing $2.5 billion in aid to change what they say is an improper cap on the amount they can receive for burned trees, which make up a significant amount of expected claims under the act.  The Federal Emergency […]

FEMA opts not to hire a New Mexican to rule on claims for Hermit’s Peak-Calf Canyon Fire

By: - November 18, 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held its first public meeting yesterday to accept comments for how it might tailor its $2.5 billion program to best help victims of the biggest fire in New Mexico history, one accidentally started by the United States Forest Service. But a FEMA official told Source New Mexico that the agency […]

Maestas appointed to state Senate following bitter debate and dark accusations 

By: - November 16, 2022

Longtime Westside Albuquerque Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas will serve two years in the New Mexico Senate, an appointment that came at the end of a Bernalillo County Commission meeting punctuated with accusations of “schemes” and “conspiracy theories.” The commission was tasked with appointing the replacement for former Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a longtime Democrat who recently […]

FEMA begins accepting applications from Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire victims for $2.5 billion in aid

By: - November 14, 2022

Victims of the biggest fire in New Mexico history can today begin their applications to get some of the $2.5 billion made available by an act of Congress in late September.  The Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire grew out of control due to two errant prescribed burns ignited by the federal government that merged and then […]

A clean sweep for NM bonds and amendments: Here’s what voters said ‘yes’ to

By: - November 10, 2022

All of the constitutional amendments and bonds that New Mexicans saw on their ballots this election passed by wide margins. But the language can be confusing, and they’re pretty far down on the ballot. Take a look at what each of those amendments and bonds will pay for or mean for New Mexicans. This election’s […]

South Valley Dems’ turnout could mean life or death for Gabe Vasquez’s congressional bid

By: - November 7, 2022

Lifelong South Valley Democrat Debbie Sanchez joined hundreds of her neighbors at the Muertos y Marigolds procession, a cherished tradition there, and reminded anyone who would listen how important it is to vote on Tuesday.  “We believe in voting,” she said, her face painted in calavera makeup. “And so I reach out to all my […]

A burned fence pictured in early September delineates private forestland burned in the government-caused Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. Grass is on the bottom. Burned trees line in the back in front of dark clouds.

The feds have detailed imaging of NM fire damage, but they won’t hand it over, victims say

By: - November 1, 2022

Scott Moravec raised his hand during a community meeting in the burn scar of the state’s biggest wildfire, saying he’s encountering a roadblock in his request to repair 40 acres of fire and erosion damage in forested land in Chacon, N.M., where he lives. He’s trying to apply for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program, which […]

Want to represent ABQ’s Westside in the NM Senate? Nov. 10 is the deadline for applications.

By: - October 31, 2022

Those interested in filling the seat left empty by New Mexico State Sen. Jacob Candelaria have until Nov. 10 to apply, a date established after tensions flared among the county board charged with replacing him.  Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat-turned-independent, announced Oct. 19 that he would be resigning that day, which was two years before […]

New Mexico’s CD3 candidates spar over wildfire response in their final televised debate

By: - October 30, 2022

The disaster that ripped through northern N.M. this summer consumed about a third of the final debate between the two people seeking to represent the region in Congress.  The two candidates fighting to represent Congressional District 3 in New Mexico met for a televised debate Friday night in what’s likely to be the final chance […]

FBI investigating after Conservation Voters NM gets letter with threats and ‘substance’

By: - October 28, 2022

The FBI is looking into a threatening letter received Wednesday at the Santa Fe office of the Conservation Voters New Mexico, according to the organization and an FBI spokesperson.  The letter contained a chemical substance, which CVNM said in a statement “contained ingredients of a potent toxin used in terrorist attacks” but that the FBI […]

County Commission spars over deadline to name NM senate replacement

By: - October 26, 2022

Westside Albuquerque residents might have only a few days to toss their names in the hat to become the area’s next state senator, and the tight deadline is drawing angry opposition from some Bernalillo County commissioners, who will have to make the selection. Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat-turned-independent, announced Oct. 19 that he would be […]