Interior Department calls for oil and gas leasing updates, but not ending production

BY: - November 30, 2021

The U.S. Interior Department recommended increased fees for oil and gas exploration on federal lands as part of a long-awaited report released Friday that environmental groups said didn’t go far enough in limiting fossil fuels and Republicans derided as an attack on domestic producers. The report, ordered by President Joe Biden during his first week […]

Grad workers ask regents to call for UNM to drop legal fight

BY: - November 25, 2021

When representatives of the UNM graduate workers union tried to talk to the school’s governing council on Wednesday afternoon, one regent quickly drove away while four others refused to intervene. The regents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 23, for lunch at Los Poblanos, a high-end restaurant, inn and organic farm in Albuquerque’s North Valley that boasts a […]

UNM appeals grad worker union case to District Court

BY: - November 24, 2021

A year after grad student workers at the University of New Mexico started the process of certifying a workers union to fight for fair wages and health care, the state’s board still hasn’t filed a final order. That’s partly because rather than voluntarily recognizing the union and getting on with bargaining over graduate students’ working […]

Only a fraction of ABQ ‘affordable housing’ funding slated for long-term housing

BY: - November 22, 2021

As housing pressures mount in Albuquerque, Councilors Brook Bassan and Klarissa Peña introduced an ordinance that sets aside bond money for affordable housing. But so far, it’s unclear exactly how much would really go toward creating long-term, low-cost options. In the councilors’ bill, $25.6 million is cordoned off for “affordable housing,” but the only project […]

Labor shortage leaves chile unpicked so NM boosts wages

BY: - November 18, 2021

The state Agriculture Department extended a program that helps chile farmers and contractors pay their workers more per hour amid a labor shortage that threatens harvests of New Mexico’s signature crop.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham first announced a $5 million first program in August that chipped in taxpayer money to help recruit and retain seasonal […]

NMSU students to rally Tuesday for better graduate working conditions

BY: - November 15, 2021

LAS CRUCES — Kathy Key-Tello is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction and English at New Mexico State University and a graduate student working as a teaching assistant. Key-Tello suffers from multiple psychiatric disabilities. Unable to afford the health care plan offered by NMSU, she went to the wellness clinic on campus, where […]

Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

BY: - November 12, 2021

It has become a ubiquitous internet ad, with versions popping up everywhere from Facebook and LinkedIn to smaller sites like Jobvertise: Airport shuttle driver wanted, it says, offering a job that involves picking up passengers for 35 hours a week at an appealing weekly pay rate that works out to more than $100,000 a year. […]

How to avoid being scammed by fake job ads

BY: - November 12, 2021

As ProPublica has reported, cybercriminals are flooding the internet with fake job ads and even bogus company hiring websites whose purpose is to steal your identity and use it to commit fraud. It’s a good reminder that you should vet potential employers as closely as they vet you. Here are 10 tips on how to […]

Why the New Mexico United stadium bond failed

BY: - November 5, 2021

With the $50 million New Mexico United stadium bond defeated, officials from Albuquerque city government and the soccer franchise still plan to build the stadium, just not in the historic neighborhoods of South Broadway or Barelas. The stadium’s defeat is a win in part for the Historic Neighborhoods Alliance (HNA), one of the groups that […]

Downtown resident files ethics complaint against Stop the Stadium

BY: - October 26, 2021

A Downtown resident is accusing a local coalition of violating Albuquerque’s charter by not properly registering its campaign against the city government’s effort to borrow $50 million to help pay for a new soccer stadium. Joaquin Baca filed a complaint on Oct. 18 with the Albuquerque Board of Ethics alleging that Stop the Stadium failed […]

Organizers demand Federal Reserve work for workers

BY: - October 25, 2021

Rhiannon Chavez-Ross sees stories of workers struggling to find jobs every day. Some messages and calls, she says, are from New Mexicans losing their homes and vehicles because they haven’t been able to find a job as a result of the pandemic. She started a group on Facebook in May 2020 hoping to help a […]

Residents say new soccer stadium will raise rents and expand policing in Albuquerque

BY: - October 14, 2021

Albuquerque voters will decide Nov. 2 whether to borrow $50 million to help pay for a new stadium for the New Mexico United soccer franchise. The team’s owner and the city’s mayor have been promising economic benefits from the new facility. “This facility will draw fans from across the state for sporting events, concerts, and […]