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Taylor Velazquez, KUNM News

Taylor Velazquez, KUNM News

Taylor is a reporter with KUNM's Poverty and Public Health project. She is a lover of books and a proud dog mom. She enjoys writing about politics and travel.

Lobo Food Pantry seeks donations to keep shelves stocked after record high use this semester

By: - December 15, 2023

49 million people across the country rely on food assistanceor about 1 in 6 folks and local food banks are reporting increased demand. As inflation and the return to pre-pandemic levels of federal SNAP benefits mean people cannot make ends meet. The University of New Mexico is also working to ensure its students have access […]

Bill to put free menstrual products in all public schools waits for governor’s signature

By: - March 17, 2023

A bill that would put free menstrual products in the bathrooms of all public schools has passed the legislature and is headed for the governor’s desk. Supporters say this will help address the problem of period poverty, which directly affects the ability of young people to consistently access education. Period inequity for young adults can […]

Lack of competition in Public Education Commission races may point to larger issues

By: - October 26, 2022

New Mexico has ranked 50th nationally in education and recent standardized test score rankings showed fourth and eighth grade students came in last nationally for proficiency in both reading and math. This election, voters will see candidates for the Public Education Commission on their ballots. And while none of the races are contested, that may point to tension between […]

New Mexico voters can apply for absentee ballots now ahead of November general election

By: - September 29, 2022

In-person early voting for November elections begins October 11 in New Mexico. That’s also the first day absentee ballots can be mailed to voters who may be unwilling or unable to vote in person. Voters can request an absentee ballot now for the November general election by going to NMvote.org. County clerks will begin sending them […]