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Ted Alcorn

Ted Alcorn

Ted Alcorn is a writer raised in New Mexico whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post Magazine, among other publications. For New Mexico In Depth he's investigated how the state’s prisons have ignored an epidemic of hepatitis C, how Albuquerque stood up its branch of non-police emergency response, and how non-profit hospitals shortchange community health.

Rift between Democrats dooms this year’s alcohol tax push

By: and - February 10, 2024

The push to change the state’s taxes on alcohol all but ended Friday when the House Taxation & Revenue Committee voted down one bill and declined to take action on another. Chairman Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) encouraged the bills’ sponsors to re-work their proposals in the coming months. But with no other measures advancing […]

New Mexico recorded second deadliest year for alcohol deaths in 2022

By: - January 23, 2024

Alcohol killed more than 2,000 New Mexicans in 2022, according to new data from the Department of Health, the third straight year the state exceeded that grim threshold. Although New Mexico has long suffered the nation’s highest rate of alcohol-related deaths, the crisis has often been overshadowed by the state’s other problems, such as  gun […]

Advocates renew push for quarter-a-drink alcohol tax hike

By: - January 16, 2024

As 2023 came to a close, holiday celebrations slowed New Mexican workplaces to a crawl and many residents raised glasses to toast the new year. But UNM Hospital’s medical intensive care unit remained busy, caring for scores of patients who barely clung to life. As usual, the primary factor landing many of them there was […]