Briefs

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]

South Broadway and Barelas residents talk stadium proposal

BY: - October 25, 2021

Despite a late September ad blitz by United for what the soccer team was calling the “people’s stadium,” it’s looking like the bond that would fund its construction is not favored by voters, according to a poll released by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, Oct. 24. Around 55% of voters are against the proposal, with […]

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for […]

Feds announce three-year plan to fight ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - October 19, 2021

On the same day the White House announced its strategy to clean up dangerous chemicals that threaten safe drinking water, a nonprofit organization released long-withheld records showing that some 120,000 industrial facilities throughout the country “may be handling” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data show that just in New […]

Shortened irrigation season means NM will ‘chip away’ at water debt to Texas, official says

BY: - October 13, 2021

The controversial choice to ban irrigation along the Rio Grande as of Oct. 1 in central New Mexico has already shown some benefits, an official told board members of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District on Monday. The Board of Directors voted Aug. 20 to shorten the irrigation season by one month, a decision that […]

No same-day registration and voting on Election Day in NM this year

BY: - October 11, 2021

Same-day voter registration won’t be available on Nov. 2, Election Day proper. Early voting has begun and voters can register at the same time they show up to vote early until Oct. 30, but same-day voter registration will not be an option on Election Day, KUNM reports. The Secretary of State’s Office is not asking […]

NM governor supports local TV and film workers who may be striking soon

BY: - October 5, 2021

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday, Oct. 5, issued a statement of support for the local branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, whose members are prepared to walk off set as they fight for better working conditions behind the scenes of movies and TV shows produced in the state. “The women and […]

City Council formally recognizes the burial ground for Albuquerque Indian School students

BY: - October 5, 2021

Albuquerque city councilors made an official step forward to assist with the next steps of the Native American grave site at 4-H Park.  A resolution recognizing the cemetery where students from Albuquerque Indian School are buried at the city-run park was passed with a unanimous vote at the Monday, Oct. 4 Council meeting.  Councilors Lan […]

NM agency says it’s met federal deadline for spending $170 in emergency rent money

BY: - October 1, 2021

A state agency tasked with spending $170 million in rental and utility funds has met its deadline for getting some of that assistance out the door, preventing the money from being clawed back by the federal government, according to a spokesperson. The state was required to either distribute or approve the spending of 65% of […]

New Mexicans get to weigh in on how social studies is taught in public schools

BY: - September 29, 2021

The state Public Education Department released new standards for social studies that were prepared by by educators from across New Mexico. People can read the proposal here.  “This is the first full review of our social studies standards in 20 years, so it is beyond time for this update,” Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus […]

See your possible SNAP benefit when the program is boosted Oct. 1

BY: - September 29, 2021

Starting in October, many New Mexicans will have more money to spend on food.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will increase monthly benefits to more than 539,000 people in N.M. that qualify for the nutrition subsidy on Oct. 1. Individuals, on average, will see at least $36 more in their SNAP accounts. Families of […]

U.S. Senate to vote on Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning as public lands chief

BY: - September 29, 2021

The U.S. Senate is set to vote as soon as Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservation advocate and former top aide to Montana Democrats, to lead the Bureau of Land Management, putting the end to her contentious confirmation process in sight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Stone-Manning’s nomination, setting […]