Gov & Politics

Experts ask for more time to recommend changes to state’s family violence law

BY: - September 29, 2021

Officials in charge of compensating survivors of violent crime are asking for more time to come up with changes to state law governing domestic violence. In 2020, lawmakers passed Senate Memorial 50, which asked the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission to create a task force to review and update the Family Violence Protection Act. […]

Policing, racism and homelessness center stage in the 2021 ABQ mayoral election

BY: - September 28, 2021

The three mayoral candidates on the ballot in Albuquerque say they want the same thing.  A better city.  Radio personality Eddy Aragon: “As somebody who loves Albuquerque and has lived in different places, we need to do what we can in order to turn this city around. I’m going to run this city like somebody […]

Prosecutors clear hurdle in suit against New Mexico Civil Guard

BY: - September 28, 2021

A New Mexico state court ruled that a lawsuit accusing a right-wing militia of impersonating police during a protest last summer can move forward. And attorneys handling a related criminal case against a former Albuquerque city council candidate who shot a protester that day expect to go to trial next month. On June 15, 2020, […]

Prison Rat

BY: and - September 28, 2021

LaDonna Evans was serving a nine-year sentence for a drug conviction at the Northwestern New Mexico Correctional Facility when moving day came. State prison officials took the 42-year-old Tucumcari resident and a handful of others from what was the women’s prison to a new, remote location several miles north on the very eastern edge of […]

Indigenous communities face choices about Indian School gravesite in Albuquerque

BY: - September 27, 2021

The rain came after a prayer and an apology.  Clouds were visible miles away from the Native American Community Academy when Terry Sloan (Diné/Hopi) opened Saturday’s event to acknowledge, heal and reflect on a city park built on an Albuquerque Indian Boarding School cemetery.  By the time Mayor Tim Keller took the podium after a […]

Shadow evictions

BY: - September 27, 2021

Cristobal Sanchez knows what rent day sounds like at the Siegel Select complex on University Boulevard in Albuquerque.  First, bangs echo down the hall from the manager rapping his knuckles against his neighbors’ apartment doors. Then Sanchez hears him shouting about rent, even if it’s only a few hours late. Then, if the manager is […]

OSHA to ramp up workplace heat checks as global warming progresses

BY: - September 24, 2021

Federal workplace safety regulators say they are taking steps toward protecting workers from heat-related illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Sept. 24 announced that it will finally establish a federal workplace heat standard. The agency also promised an expansion of heat inspections and enforcement of rules protecting against heat hazards.  Between 2013 and […]

New Mexico EMTs and firefighters still not required to get vaxed

BY: - September 23, 2021

Keith Morris had to call 911 for his adolescent son, who was having a mental health emergency. A team of medical personnel arrived quickly on scene, conducted an assessment and decided to transport the boy to a hospital. Morris’ call to emergency services was just a couple of months into the pandemic — June 2020 […]

Should Albuquerque’s fledgling Violence Intervention Program be the model for New Mexico?

BY: - September 23, 2021

A year and a half after the launch of Albuquerque’s Violence Intervention Program, questions linger about whether it is reducing shootings in the city and should serve as a model for similar programs in other parts of New Mexico. Albuquerque’s program, started in March 2020, identifies people who are at the highest risk of being […]

State’s 19 pueblos and tribes band together for redistricting pitch in light of NM demographic changes

BY: - September 23, 2021

The state’s pueblos and tribes released their ideas for how political maps being drawn this year will help them express political power amid increases in numbers of Native Americans overall — and population losses around pueblos. The Citizen Redistricting Committee is soliciting public feedback on maps its staff put together after weeks of meetings. The […]

City seeks public input on what’s next for the Indian School gravesite at 4-H Park

BY: - September 22, 2021

Indigenous leaders in Albuquerque now need the public to speak on reconciling and recognizing the mass gravesite at the former Indian School.  “As we honor and pay our respects to our ancestors at the sacred site that the 4-H Park burial site represents,” Terri Sloan said in a statement, “we must begin the healing from […]

Despite immigration reform setback, N.M. advocates are not deterred

BY: - September 22, 2021

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program opened doors for Viviana Arciniaga.  “It gave me the opportunity to stay here in the United States, to pursue a career or to have a job,” she said. “But, most importantly, it gave me the peace of mind to just not have the fear of being deported for […]