Briefs

Congress passes law to crack down on exports of sacred Native American items

BY: - December 2, 2022

A cherished, century-old Acoma shield was stolen from the pueblo in the 1970s. Decades later, it showed up in a French auction catalog. Congress this week sent a bill to President Joe Biden’s desk that aims to crack down on the export of Native American patrimony, defined as objects with lasting historical or cultural significance.  […]

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Opiate addiction experts call on lawmakers to remove a barrier to rural methadone treatment

BY: - November 29, 2022

Advocates are optimistic the New Mexico Legislature will change a law during the upcoming legislative session to allow nurses to administer methadone, a barrier they say is making it harder to help those with opioid addictions, especially in rural areas. State law allows only pharmacists to dispense “take-home” doses of methadone or buprenorphine, commonly known […]

New map shows damage status of 50+ acequias in the northern NM burn scar

BY: - November 23, 2022

Many historic irrigation canals are still damaged in the 530-square-mile swath of charred land the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. After the acequias were scorched by the largest fire in state history, ensuing floods forced debris and silt into the waterways.  Members of the New Mexico Acequia Association are marking headgates and walking each mile of […]

Texas oil and gas agency investigating 5.4 magnitude earthquake in West Texas, the largest in three decades

BY: and - November 22, 2022

Inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission are investigating a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that was recorded west of Pecos near the border of Reeves and Culberson counties on Wednesday, the agency said. The earthquake, confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey, was the largest recorded in the state since 1995 and the third-largest in Texas history, according […]

Court records: NMSU basketball player was ‘lured’ into fatal ambush on UNM campus

BY: - November 21, 2022

In a sworn affidavit, a State Police detective says a New Mexico State University basketball player was “lured” into a fight on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque on Saturday, which resulted in the player fatally shooting one of his attackers ahead of a scheduled rivalry game. Two UNM students had been charged […]

New Mexico officials warn of potential disruptions to county-level election certifications

BY: - November 16, 2022

Voters statewide cast ballots last week to decide a number of races and local issues, and now that those votes have been counted, it’s up to county canvassing boards and commissions to complete the legal process of certifying election results. The certification process is typically quick and straightforward, but in recent elections, unfounded fears, conspiracy […]

U.S. district court strikes down use of Title 42 to expel migrants

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the government from continuing Title 42 —  a controversial pandemic-era health policy used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel nearly 2 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The request to halt the use of Title 42 had been filed by immigrant advocacy groups and […]

White House asks Congress for billions in Ukraine, COVID-19 funding during lame duck

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration on Tuesday asked Congress for billions more in funding this year to address COVID-19 and the ongoing war in Ukraine, suggesting lawmakers attach it to a spending bill that must pass before Dec. 16.  The $9 billion request for COVID-19 operations and nearly $38 billion in additional relief for Ukraine […]

FEMA begins accepting applications from Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire victims for $2.5 billion in aid

BY: - November 14, 2022

Victims of the biggest fire in New Mexico history can today begin their applications to get some of the $2.5 billion made available by an act of Congress in late September.  The Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire grew out of control due to two errant prescribed burns ignited by the federal government that merged and then […]

Democratic judges snag uncontested seats all over the state, but Republicans win some challenges

BY: - November 11, 2022

New Mexicans had the chance to cast their votes for local and state judges yesterday. While Democrats got most of the open judicial seats, Republicans won some of the few contested races on the ballot. Voters decided not to change any of the N.M. Supreme Court judges this year, maintaining the all-democratic seating. They reelected […]

2022 saw more N.M. registered voters, more same-day registrants

BY: - November 9, 2022

Although New Mexico maintained fairly average voter turnout numbers this year, the state did see a slight increase in how many people actually registered to vote in the 2022 Election compared with previous years. There was also a big boost in people registering and then voting the same day for this election. About 1.36 million […]

Know your rights as a voter in New Mexico before you head to the polls

BY: - November 8, 2022

Election Day is here, New Mexicans last chance to have their say in the 2022 midterm election that will decide several important state, congressional and local races. Polling locations across the state have procedures in place to assure that ballots are cast in compliance with federal laws. The Justice Department has even announced plans to […]