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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.

Make sure you got paid enough to harvest chile this year

By: - December 21, 2021

Occasionally, farmworkers call New Mexico Legal Aid worried they’ve been cheated out of their bonus or pay boost — the state-funded wage increase aimed at curbing a labor shortage to protect this year’s chile crop. It’s a valid fear, said attorney Ismael Camacho, but he doesn’t know what to tell them.  That’s because the New […]

Governor signs off on new congressional districts

By: - December 17, 2021

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed off on a new congressional map, one that its sponsor has said “reshapes” the state’s political map and imagines a “more united state — rural and urban.” And it gives Democrats a better chance of winning all three congressional seats, while also giving each party less of an […]

After drawn-out stunts and bitter debate, N.M. Senate passes tribal consensus maps

By: - December 17, 2021

The New Mexico Senate finally voted to redraw its own political districts Thursday following three hours of bitter debate about race, bipartisanship and decency in politics.  The chamber voted 25-13, largely along party lines, to adopt a bill introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque). The map they approved, if passed by the House and signed […]

Three GOP senators punt again on redistricting, prolonging pandemic legislative session that can cost $50k or more per day

By: - December 16, 2021

Three Republican senators voted to extend a procedural stunt Thursday afternoon, one that will prevent the Legislature from voting on a new state Senate political district map.  The senators – Mark Moores of Albuquerque, Cliff Pirtle of Roswell and Joshua Sanchez of Bosque – voted Thursday afternoon not to lift the “Call of the Senate,” […]

State Republicans throw down ‘obstructionist’ tactic to stall vote on Senate map

By: - December 16, 2021

A new state Senate map that would shape the next decade of New Mexico politics remains elusive after a late-night stunt by Republican senators delaying the bill’s passage.  Senators didn’t start their scheduled 6 p.m. session until around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, following days of disagreement on the state Senate redistricting plan. The negotiations remain stalled […]

$478 million for state needs passed by the NM Senate, despite fears of a rushed process

By: and - December 14, 2021

New Mexico is inching closer to spending nearly half of the roughly $1.1 billion in remaining federal relief money given to the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon approved $478 million to be distributed to state agencies, covering housing services, upgrades to state parks, pre-trial services […]

Tribal leaders say they won’t accept changes to their state Senate map after hours of talks

By: - December 14, 2021

A coalition of tribal leaders announced Tuesday that despite “productive, meaningful, and respectful” conversations with leadership of the New Mexico State Senate, they still do not accept any of the alterations to the Senate district map they drew up earlier this year.  The All Pueblo Council of Governors celebrated in September a “historic” consensus about […]

Tribal leaders object to 11th-hour NM Senate redistricting map

By: - December 12, 2021

Lawmakers on Sunday replaced a map that a tribal coalition spent months working on to find consensus. A Senate committee voted instead to approve an amended plan re-drawing the New Mexico Senate’s voting districts that was introduced just before the meeting. Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), the Senate’s president pro tem, introduced an amended map that […]

NM Senate passes new congressional districts

By: - December 10, 2021

The New Mexico Senate passed a new congressional map Friday night, one that gets rid of the state’s urban and rural divisions. It also gives Democrats a better shot at sweeping all three U.S. House seats.  The redistricting map was introduced by Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) and then modified by the Senate Judiciary Committee […]

In scramble to spend federal money, lawmakers make million-dollar errors

By: - December 10, 2021

New Mexico Game and Fish Director Michael Sloane left some members of the Senate Finance Committee speechless Thursday when he balked at $5 million coming his way to help his agency buy 50,000 acres of ranch land in Northern New Mexico.  “I guess I’d first like to begin by expressing my surprise at the inclusion […]

Overfull hospitals a ‘grave situation,’ state health officials warn

By: - December 8, 2021

More than 150 people were waiting for a bed at two major Albuquerque hospitals Tuesday, Dec. 7, a number that the state’s top health official says demonstrates the “really grave situation” facing patients in the state.  Dr. David Scrase, acting secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon […]

Lawmakers to take swing at spending $470 million

By: - December 8, 2021

A line of public speakers formed at a legislative hearing where lawmakers are  trying to spend nearly half a billion dollars of federal money. About a dozen more waited patiently on Zoom. The speakers, all lobbyists or members of different public service groups, made pitches Tuesday afternoon to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee about […]