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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.

A problem of ‘infinite scope and cost’

By: - February 22, 2022

A bill invigorating New Mexico government to coordinate the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines passed both chambers of the Legislature this session, but the state will confront a decades-old problem that experts say has a potentially “infinite” scope and cost.  Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) sponsored the “Uranium Mine Cleanup” bill, one that will mobilize […]

Legislature passes Opportunity Scholarship in session’s final hours, making paying for college even easier

By: - February 17, 2022

The New Mexico Legislature passed a law a little after midnight in the session’s final hours that creates a new scholarship aimed at making college affordable for any resident who wishes to enroll.  The Opportunity Scholarship Act is expected to cost $190 million over the next three years, according to an analysis by the Legislative […]

Housing bill stalls again at end of 30-day session

By: - February 16, 2022

It will take a “miracle” for the Legislature to pass a bill updating parts of the state’s landlord-tenant law to give tenants more time and prohibit some evictions, one of the bill’s co-sponsors said Wednesday night. House Bill 65 would update the landlord-tenant laws for the first time since the 1970s, sponsors said. Some changes […]

Attempt to boost taxes on AirBnBs and second homes hits snag near session’s end

By: - February 16, 2022

A bill that would require second homes and short-term rentals to pay more of the property tax burden was tabled by a Senate committee on Tuesday. The Senate’s Tax, Business and Transportation Committee stalled the measure following skepticism about several aspects of the bill, which some lawmakers said did not go far enough in addressing […]

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Uranium mine cleanup approved unanimously by NM House, now faces Senate in session’s last days

By: - February 13, 2022

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill on a 64-0 vote that would mobilize the state government to coordinate the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines. The bill was one of several passed unanimously without debate on the House floor in a flurry Saturday night. An identical version is awaiting action in the Senate.  […]

Bill giving tenants more time to catch up faces stiff test in Senate Judiciary

By: - February 11, 2022

Proposed changes to the state’s landlord-tenant statutes have so far been met with skepticism across the political spectrum over at least six hours of debate during the legislative session. House Bill 65 will make its way next to the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee after being considered in the Health and Public Affairs on Wednesday night. […]

Housing in rural Clovis

By: - February 10, 2022

Is Clovis, the testing ground for a new eviction policy to take effect statewide next month, ready for the first wave of evictions?

Hundreds of abandoned uranium mines in NM could be cleaned up if lawmakers approve legislation

By: - February 9, 2022

A bill in the Legislature would mobilize state government to finally clean up a reported 1,100 uranium mining, milling and drilling sites that are contaminating state and tribal lands and waters. The legislation would direct the New Mexico Environment Department to coordinate efforts to clean and reclaim the sites. It’s a matter complicated by overlapping […]

In a tiny NM courtroom, evictions begin again

By: - February 9, 2022

A Clovis magistrate courtroom became a laboratory for a new eviction diversion program last week, ushering in a major change to state housing policy that aims to bring the rental market closer to normal while also staving off a wave of evictions amid a lingering pandemic. What happens in Clovis doesn’t stay there. Sometime in […]

Gallup clinic turns away patients for fear of protest. The protest’s cause? Delays in medical care

By: - February 4, 2022

A group of about 15 protesters gathered on a snowy Wednesday afternoon near a Gallup medical clinic, frustrated with long-standing delays and headaches in getting medical care from the city’s biggest hospital system aside from the Indian Health Service.  Livestream video of the protest shows the group bundled against the 30-degree temperatures and 25 mph […]

NM committee chair says she’ll post substitute bills before votes, following Source NM coverage

By: - February 3, 2022

A New Mexico Senate committee chairwoman said Wednesday she would ensure all proposed legislation that members debate is posted online, a response to Source New Mexico coverage of a practice in the Roundhouse where lawmakers approve measures that haven’t been seen by the public.  Red chile and red tape The Senate Conservation Committee on Tuesday […]

Eviction hearings resume in two NM counties after a two-year pause

By: - February 3, 2022

The last statewide eviction ban in the nation ended quietly this week in a Portales, N.M. magistrate courtroom.  After nearly two years, the state court system began allowing eviction cases for non-payment of rent to proceed, beginning in the Ninth Judicial District and eventually spreading to the rest of the state.  The state Supreme Court […]