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Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and his ancestry also includes Jemez and Zuni on the maternal side of his family. He grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

Nine names heading to the governor, who will select a brand new Public Regulation Commission

By: - December 2, 2022

The committee responsible for sorting through the applicants who are seeking an appointment to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously voted on Friday to refer nine names to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  One notable name was not on the list: Commissioner Cynthia Hall, who served on the PRC since 2017 representing the Albuquerque area. […]

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Fixing TANF in New Mexico is ‘one of the most important’ tasks for 2023 session, senator says 

By: - December 2, 2022

Lawmakers indicated support for legislation that would reform a cash assistance program by increasing the amount distributed and eliminating barriers to make sure it gets to the most New Mexicans in need. The primary problem: 60% of New Mexicans who qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program are not enrolled and do not […]

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What’s the deal with New Mexico’s PRC?

By: , , and - December 1, 2022

If you’ve never heard of the state’s Public Regulation Commission, you’ve likely still observed the consequences of its decisions in your daily life. On your electricity bill, for example. Or your gas bill. Your water bill.  Commissioners also have a hand in broadband and telecommunications around the state, and field consumer complaints.  Transportation, too. Staff […]

Buttigieg gets an earful about tribal roads during his stop in N.M.

By: - November 17, 2022

Tribal leaders in New Mexico had a simple message to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: Give us money to fix roads, and patch up the broken agreement the federal government has failed to maintain. “The so-called federal responsibility is not met for these tribes,” Ron Shutiva told Buttigieg during his stop in Albuquerque on Wednesday. […]

Chaco drilling ban will likely only put a small dent in oil and gas production in the region 

By: - November 16, 2022

A plan to bar new oil and gas leases within Chaco Canyon National Historic Park for 20 years will only slightly reduce the activity of extractive mineral industries, according to an environmental assessment released last week by the U.S. Interior Department. The federal government announced a halt to new leases on about 338,690 acres within […]

New Mexicans vote for kids

By: - November 9, 2022

With the number of newborns, preschoolers and K-12 kids in attendance, it was a good thing the watch party for Constitutional Amendment 1 wrapped up before 9 p.m. since some of the children were asleep by the time the race was called in their favor.  When they wake up and hear the news, they will […]

Indigenous voters often drive long distances to cast ballots in both tribal and state elections

By: - November 8, 2022

TWIN LAKES, N.M. — Shannon McCabe quickly walked out of a voting location Friday on the Navajo Nation after she cast an early vote for New Mexico governor, Congress and local races. She was in a hurry to drive a half hour west into Arizona to vote early in Window Rock, the Navajo Nation capital […]

Abortion debate draws voters to the polls in western New Mexico bordertown

By: - November 7, 2022

GALLUP N.M. — Hours before early in-person voting ended, Cody Yazzie walked into the polling site wedged between a cell phone retailer and clothing store inside a mall.  Less than 10 minutes later he walked out with an “I Voted” sticker. He said the governor’s race is what brought him out to the polls. “I […]

President touts student debt relief days ahead of midterm election

By: - November 4, 2022

President Joe Biden’s appearance at Central New Mexico Community College focused on student debt relief and gave the state’s Democratic leaders a chance to boast about new education opportunities offered to students from preschool up to college. “New Mexico is seen as one of the fastest and maybe the one or two fastest growing, inclusive […]

People in the South Valley cast early ballots, as Haaland stops in to help turn out the vote

By: - October 31, 2022

Off a road lined with gold-leafed cottonwood trees, the parking lots were packed between the voting center and local restaurant Abuelita’s on Isleta Boulevard, several miles south of Downtown Albuquerque. Observing the cars going in and out of the lots, it was likely faster to vote than to get a combination plate. Convenience is key […]

Critics cheer ruling against New Mexico militia

By: - October 28, 2022

Critics of militias and armed far right groups are cheering a New Mexico state court ruling that prevents leaders of the “New Mexico Civil Guard” from acting as or organizing a paramilitary group, but they worry that the court victory was far from complete. A ruling this month by the Bernalillo County District Judge Eliane […]

Families searching for loved ones bring criticism of law enforcement to first Missing in NM Day

By: - October 24, 2022

Rose Yazzie said it’s been months since she’s heard any updates about her daughter, Ranelle Rose Bennett. She disappeared in 2021.  Vangie Randall-Shorty is also waiting for a phone call with new information about her son, Zachariah Juwaun Shorty, who was killed in 2020.  Two mothers, bound by a trauma, were suddenly in front of […]