Briefs

State launches infant formula website and crowdsourcing campaign

BY: - May 27, 2022

As the United States continues to experience a shortage of infant formula, New Mexico officials on Friday launched a new website where parents and caregivers of infants can find infant formula supplies. NMformula.com is meant to provide medically reliable information for families with questions about how to ensure their children receive proper nutrition, acting Department […]

New Mexicans affected by wildfire get tax return extension

BY: - May 26, 2022

Residents of the five counties in New Mexico most affected by this year’s wildfires can wait until late August to file their personal or corporate income tax returns, the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department announced Thursday. Residents of Colfax, Lincoln, Mora, San Miguel and Valencia counties are covered under the extensions. They are eligible if […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]

New Mexico begins issuing rebate checks — here’s how to get the money even if you don’t file taxes

BY: - May 20, 2022

A state agency has released more information about how people who don’t file an income tax return can still receive up to $1,000 in economic relief payments. The Legislature agreed earlier this year to get money back to residents to offset the rising price of gas, groceries and other essentials. The payments are $500 to […]

State to provide rent money to tenants affected by wildfires

BY: - May 19, 2022

A state agency announced Wednesday that it would provide up to three months of rent and hotel stays for those who lose their rented homes or apartments in ongoing wildfires in New Mexico. The Department of Finance and Administration said tenants who lost their housing due to the fires should apply for assistance on the […]

FEMA and city government offer supplies and support to an estimated 1,500 evacuees in Albuquerque

BY: - May 18, 2022

Once a hub for COVID relief and a drive-through for small business owners collecting assistance checks, the John Marshall Health and Social Center has been converted into an Albuquerque hub providing resources for fire evacuees from Northern New Mexico.  Mayor Tim Keller said there are approximately 1,500 evacuees in New Mexico’s most populous city. They […]

COVID cases now rising across NM in part because fewer people wear masks indoors, LANL scientists say

BY: - May 17, 2022

Most people in New Mexico are now living in areas with climbing rates of new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest modeling by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the first week of May, nearly 1.5 million New Mexicans were living in counties where there were between 10 and 99 cases per capita […]

FEMA opens disaster recovery centers in Las Vegas and Glorieta

BY: - May 16, 2022

Federal authorities opened two disaster recovery centers over the weekend as Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire grew to become the largest in New Mexico’s recorded history.  The centers are meant to help New Mexicans who are surviving the wildfires blazing across parts of the state. As many as 20 were burning around the state in a […]

Agriculture department offers help to those who lost livestock, pasture, trees or bees in NM wildfires

BY: - May 12, 2022

The United States Agriculture Department recently released a list of resources to farmers, growers and ranchers affected by the New Mexico wildfires.  Biden approves disaster funding for NM wildfires: Here’s how to apply and what it covers About 3,800 adults who live within the Santa Fe National Forest boundaries are employed on farms, according to […]

Governor promises a temporary halt to prescribed burns while wildfires rage in New Mexico

BY: - May 10, 2022

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday that it was “negligent” for the United States Forest Service to ignite a prescribed burn in early April, and that she has received assurances that there will be no more prescribed burns in New Mexico in the short-term — at least not while fires continue to rage […]

Biden approves disaster funding for NM wildfires: Here’s how to apply and what it covers

BY: - May 5, 2022

President Joe Biden declared the ongoing wildfires in New Mexico a major disaster yesterday, and the categorization releases federal funding for people who’ve been impacted in recent weeks. The money comes after a request from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who said such funding could be nearly “unlimited” depending on the hardships faced by those in […]

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.   “I believe that a woman’s right […]