Briefs

Vilsack: Biden administration is ‘protecting animal agriculture’ with methane reduction plans

BY: - November 9, 2021

Reducing the number of livestock will not be a priority for the Biden administration as it seeks to drastically cut methane emissions to stem climate change, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “climate smart” initiatives will focus on new types of animal feed and manure management. “There […]

Money won seats on Albuquerque’s school board

BY: - November 4, 2021

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will have four new members joining the school board from campaigns that raised and spent thousands of dollars in races where candidates traditionally spend much less. Three of the four candidates elected last night could push the board in a direction led by GOP influence.  Albuquerque school board members run […]

Santa Fe mayoral race avoids instant runoff

BY: - November 3, 2021

Santa Fe’s ranked-choice voting rules did not come into play Tuesday night, with the incumbent mayor taking a majority of votes in the first round. Alan Webber received nearly 55% of the vote in the first round, exceeding the 50%-plus-one-vote threshold needed for a candidate to win. Joanne Vigil Coppler got 35% of the vote […]

Revised voting rights bill named for John Lewis wins over one GOP senator

BY: - November 2, 2021

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she would join Senate Democrats in backing a compromise voting rights bill, marking the first time this year a Republican has signed on to a measure that likely still lacks enough GOP support to become law.  Murkowski, of Alaska, joined Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard J. Durbin of […]

Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - November 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means kid-sized doses can begin shipping to health care providers across the country.  Vials of the two-shot vaccine will be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, so […]

Congress clears temporary extension of federal transportation programs

BY: - October 29, 2021

The U.S. House on Thursday night approved another short-term patch for funding of federal transportation programs, essential for keeping roads money flowing to states despite an impasse in Congress. The bill, passed 358-59, would keep programs running at funding levels first approved in 2015 as lawmakers and the White House seek a bargain to pass […]

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 […]