Economy

U.S. Senate rejects Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers, with every Republican and two Democrats casting votes aimed at preventing that pending requirement.  Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia joined with the GOP in backing the […]

Billions targeted to state wildlife conservation under bipartisan push in Congress

BY: - December 8, 2021

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday called for Congress to approve billions in new funding for states to manage wildlife recovery work. At a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sens. Martin Heinrich, (D-N.M.), and Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.), said a bill they introduced this year would help protect 1,600 threatened species, […]

Grad workers occupy UNM administration building

BY: - December 8, 2021

In a camp chair on the lawn of Scholes Hall, Sarah Worland was grading papers. The teaching assistant and Ph.D candidate instructs two English classes at the University of New Mexico: a fully online class that she designed, and an introduction to composition class. “I have a lot of grading to do,” she said Tuesday, […]

That envelope from Tax & Rev might put more cash in your pocket

BY: - December 7, 2021

Relief will be coming in the mail for about 20,000 immigrant and working families who will receive a letter from the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department. They’ll be notified they are eligible for a tax credit, which can mean more money in their  bank accounts.  This will be the first year people who do not […]

See how lawmakers so far propose spending about $500 million in federal money

BY: - December 6, 2021

Lawmakers on Monday gave a first glimpse at how they’ll spend more than $1 billion in federal money, proposing to focus so far on improving the state’s broadband connectivity and on big construction projects.  State Rep. Patti Lundstrom (D-Gallup), chair of the House Finance Committee, introduced a bill spending $470 million from the American Rescue […]

Custodial staff rallies for fairer pay at UNM

BY: - December 6, 2021

Hundreds of people lined up for hot chocolate and posole after students at the University of New Mexico decorated their campus with 13,000 luminarias, as they have for decades as part of the Hanging of the Greens. The annual holiday event is billed by the university as “UNM’s oldest student-run tradition” meant to “unite the […]

Stop the Stadium organizers stand on a front porch giving speeches Tuesday Oct. 13, 2021.

Ethics board finds Stop the Stadium violated city charter

BY: - December 6, 2021

Albuquerque’s ethics board ruled Friday that the Stop the Stadium campaign violated the city’s charter by not formally registering as an opponent to the city government’s effort to borrow $50 million to help pay for a New Mexico United soccer stadium. The Board of Ethics voted unanimously Friday, Dec. 3, in favor of Downtown resident […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing today, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

COMMENTARY

What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

BY: - December 1, 2021

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations – the U.K., India, Japan, […]

Broadband officials ask lawmakers to trust the process

BY: - December 1, 2021

It’s not moving at the greatest speed, but New Mexico is keeping its own pace with a five-year plan to get internet service to all parts of the state.  The state’s tech officials told lawmakers about progress on the plan during Monday’s meeting of the Transportation Infrastructure Revenue subcommittee. Meeting attendees heard from Matt Schmit […]

NMSU’s local labor board no longer exists

BY: - December 1, 2021

New Mexico State University’s local labor board dissolved after two of its three members resigned in October.  The dissolution means an effort by the school’s graduate students to form a union will instead be considered by the statewide labor board in Santa Fe. Graduate students there see it as a step toward reaching the bargaining […]

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 […]