Gov & Politics

‘We don’t want Oñate elevated’

BY: - September 26, 2023

ESPAÑOLA — People from Northern New Mexico are organizing to oppose the local government’s intentions to resurrect a monument depicting genocidal Spanish conquistador and war criminal Juan de Oñate. Outside the Rio Arriba County headquarters on Monday, activists, birth workers, parents and allies held a news conference next to a recently constructed concrete pedestal, upon […]

What’s going on with N.M. governor’s public health order when it comes to CYFD?

BY: - September 26, 2023

While controversy and a federal judge’s ruling followed portions of the New Mexico public health emergency issued two weeks ago, the efforts around juvenile programs have received little attention and remain in effect. A single line in the order directed the Children Youth and Families Department to immediately suspend the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and […]

Battery storage seen as ‘backbone’ of reliable electric grid but adoption uneven across US

BY: - September 26, 2023

SEARCY, Ark. — In the decarbonized future envisioned by many states, utilities and the federal government, expect more power plants like Entergy Arkansas’ facility here, where thousands of gleaming panels and banks of batteries spread across 800 acres about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock. The Searcy Solar Energy Center, a 100-megawatt solar and storage […]

Loggers ask lawmakers to help their industry to eliminate wildfire threats

BY: - September 25, 2023

Lawmakers and local loggers laid into the U.S. Forest Service at a meeting on Friday, seeking better management of forests in New Mexico to prevent future catastrophic wildfires.  The Economic and Rural Development and Policy Committee invited a few people from the logging industry who are based in southern New Mexico to speak about forest […]

States and cities eye stronger protections for gig economy workers

BY: - September 25, 2023

Joshua Wood remembers days during the COVID-19 lockdown when New York City’s streets were practically empty, save for workers like him. That experience convinced the 25-year-old Brooklynite — who makes deliveries for both Uber Eats and a package delivery service — that the gig economy needed some urgent changes. Roughly 1 in 6 American adults […]

Potential for threats from Trump in 14th Amendment case sways Colorado judge

BY: - September 25, 2023

A lawyer for plaintiffs who are suing to block former President Donald Trump from the 2024 Colorado presidential ballot persuaded a judge to enter a protective order for witnesses and other people involved in the lawsuit, largely based on Trump’s history of “inflammatory” statements around other cases in which he is a defendant. Denver District […]

With many lofty goals already achieved, Latino groups push for economic inclusion

BY: - September 25, 2023

MANKATO — The last legislative session featured a number of big wins for groups that advocate for Latinos in Minnesota — Drivers’ Licenses for All, paid family and medical leave and the expansion of the public insurance program MinnesotaCare to include undocumented Minnesota residents. Latino leaders in Minnesota celebrated last session’s wins and announced their new […]

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New Mexicans to get around $9 monthly refunds on PNM bills for a year

BY: - September 22, 2023

Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans can expect to save over $100 on their utility bills over the course of the next year or so. The state’s Public Regulation Commission on Thursday approved a settlement that will send $115 million back to customers of the Public Service Company of New Mexico. The settlement helps end […]

Despite 2020 reform, state agency denies legal duty to publish settlements

BY: - September 22, 2023

An attorney for the New Mexico state agency responsible for making government more efficient has attributed Source NM’s findings of inconsistent posting of settlements made with public funds to a “clerical error.” An interim attorney for the New Mexico General Services Department said a technical glitch delayed publication of settlements to an online portal, but […]

MDC seeks $2.1M under N.M. emergency order that sends more state patrols to Albuquerque

BY: - September 22, 2023

More police are patrolling Albuquerque under the state’s recent gun-violence public health order, potentially sending hundreds more people to the Metropolitan Detention Center in the coming weeks, so the short-staffed local jail is asking for millions in funding. MDC will likely see a spike in the number of people being incarcerated before they go to […]

As child poverty doubles, states launch or expand their own tax credits

BY: - September 22, 2023

The federal pandemic-era child tax credit expansion lifted millions of children out of poverty in the second half of 2021. But Congress allowed it to expire at the end of that year, and new U.S. census data shows the child poverty rate more than doubled in 2022, erasing the record gains that were made. “It […]

Albuquerque climate action demands more from industry and elected leaders

BY: - September 21, 2023

Ahead of this week’s massive climate action in New York City and around the world, hundreds in downtown Albuquerque gathered to express their demands. The Albuquerque Climate Strike took place on Sept. 14 where people marched from Robinson Park to outside of The Clyde Hotel, where elected leaders and business stakeholders attended the New Mexico […]