Gov & Politics

What the Texas-New Mexico dispute over the Pecos River can tell us about the Rio Grande fight

BY: - December 30, 2021

An 8-year-old Supreme Court lawsuit about a dispute over groundwater pumping on the Rio Grande between Texas and New Mexico has been in trial virtually — with the first part concluding in mid-November and the second slated for spring. Texas alleges in the lawsuit that New Mexico farmers’ pumping of groundwater has reduced Texas’ water […]

Candidates fighting 2020 misinformation run to administer local elections

BY: - December 27, 2021

As a chemist and immigrant from Vietnam, Linh Nguyen never thought she could have a role in U.S. politics. But then Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and he “unknowingly inspired minority leaders, women of color like me, to be more actively engaged in politics,” she said. She joined the nonpartisan League of Women […]

State and county form a unit that specializes in MMIWR cases

BY: - December 23, 2021

Nearly two years after Pepita Redhair went missing, and the circumstances around her disappearance are still unclear to law enforcement.  If you talk with her family, the clues are obvious.  She was trying to leave an abusive relationship, family members said, and interactions with police were common. Her ex-boyfriend had a controlling hand on how […]

Wage boost for chile workers hangs in the balance, though some say the state could make it happen

BY: - December 23, 2021

Some New Mexico farmers and their employees are bracing for a tough holiday season, many of them left on the hook after being promised a living wage to produce this winter’s red chile crop.  About $2.2 million in wage subsidies for thousands of workers is sitting unspent at the Department of Agriculture, the casualty of […]

Tribal authority to prosecute domestic violence cases could be expanded

BY: - December 22, 2021

Navajo Nation Police Officer Dwayne Hogue arrived at the domestic violence call from a woman who reported she was struck by her husband and pushed down on the coffee table while she held her 4-month-old baby.  When he saw her, he could see the swelling on her face, and he asked if the child was […]

Make sure you got paid enough to harvest chile this year

BY: - December 21, 2021

Occasionally, farmworkers call New Mexico Legal Aid worried they’ve been cheated out of their bonus or pay boost — the state-funded wage increase aimed at curbing a labor shortage to protect this year’s chile crop. It’s a valid fear, said attorney Ismael Camacho, but he doesn’t know what to tell them.  That’s because the New […]

COMMENTARY

The US is making plans to replace all of its lead water pipes from coast to coast

BY: - December 21, 2021

The Biden administration has released a plan to accelerate removal of lead water pipes and lead paint from U.S. homes. As a geochemist and environmental health researcher who has studied the heartbreaking impacts of lead poisoning in children for decades, I am happy to see high-level attention paid to this silent killer, which disproportionately affects poor communities of color. Childhood […]

Survey: New Mexicans still can’t afford health care

BY: - December 20, 2021

Over the summer in New Mexico, when hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 were going down and daily vaccinations were at a high, two-thirds of New Mexicans still couldn’t afford health insurance, delayed or skipped needed medical care due to cost, or struggled to pay medical bills, according to a recently released survey. The findings suggest […]

Complaint alleges company grifted Navajo Nation with the ex-controller’s knowledge

BY: - December 20, 2021

New details emerged about allegations against former Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk regarding around $3 million in Navajo Nation pandemic funding paid to Agile Technologies Group LLC to conduct COVID-19 tests. A fresh round of criminal complaints were filed at Window Rock District Court on Dec. 3, a few days after Navajo Nation voluntarily dismissed […]

New Mexico militia compares itself to NAACP, prosecutors liken it to the KKK

BY: - December 20, 2021

A white supremacist militia under legal pressure from a local prosecutor in New Mexico is claiming protection under a 1958 court case that allowed the NAACP to keep its membership roster private from Alabama officials in order to protect members from violence and harassment. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office, meanwhile, says the case is […]

Graduate workers win union in card count

BY: - December 20, 2021

It’s official: graduate student workers at the University of New Mexico have the right to demand school officials come to the bargaining table. New Mexico’s statewide labor board counted 887 cards signed by UNM graduate students expressing their wishes to join United Graduate Workers (UGW-UE). That represents 57.3% of the 1,547 graduate workers in the […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]