Gov & Politics

Demonstrators object to stadium plans on the eve of the election

BY: - November 2, 2021

The bond asking Albuquerque voters to support $50 million in tax money so a minor league soccer team can build a limited-use stadium may or not pass.  One thing it didn’t pass is the sniff test for Yvette Villegas. She says she smelled the dirt and voted no. The 18-year-old, whose December birthday just left […]

Complaint: UNM Foundation invests in fossil fuels while its board members work in the industry

BY: - November 1, 2021

Student members of the University of New Mexico group Leaders for Environmental Action and Foresight (LEAF) have been demanding UNM officials take concrete action on the climate crisis for more than two years. They have demanded officials update UNM’s 12-year-old climate plan, pull nearly $29 million worth of investments in fossil fuel companies, and plan […]

Sexual Assault programs ask lawmakers to double their funding

BY: - November 1, 2021

New Mexico needs to double the amount of money it provides for victims of sexual assault. This is according to testimony by leaders from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Member organizations provide a wide spectrum of for people who’ve been assaulted while they navigate systems and options for protection. They asked the […]

Congress clears temporary extension of federal transportation programs

BY: - October 29, 2021

The U.S. House on Thursday night approved another short-term patch for funding of federal transportation programs, essential for keeping roads money flowing to states despite an impasse in Congress. The bill, passed 358-59, would keep programs running at funding levels first approved in 2015 as lawmakers and the White House seek a bargain to pass […]

What’s in—and out—of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

Gentrification convo raises questions about who is speaking out against the stadium

BY: - October 29, 2021

An effort to build a stadium for the New Mexico United soccer team has pitted local residents against each other. Some of the disagreement is about who gets to authentically represent the area and have a say in the future of the city’s historic neighborhoods, already coping with gentrification, a drug epidemic, a housing crisis […]

COMMENTARY

Queer Halloween saved lives

BY: - October 29, 2021

For many queer and trans folks, Halloween was the one safe place we could express ourselves. It’s been that way for centuries.  In 1848, Columbus, Ohio, became one the first cities to officially outlaw people wearing clothing that didn’t align with one’s assigned sex at birth, known at different points of history as cross-dressing, drag […]

State and city officials aren’t mandating vaccines for first responders

BY: - October 28, 2021

New Mexico still hasn’t issued a vaccine requirement for firefighters, emergency medical technicians or paramedics, despite the state recognizing that they are health care workers and, as a matter of their employment, are required to provide direct patient care and enter hospital emergency rooms.  In September, Dr. David Scrase, New Mexico’s acting Department of Health […]

Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden presented to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 year-olds, […]

A lack of ballot drop boxes adds another barrier to Native voting access

BY: - October 28, 2021

Access to the ballot is already difficult for Native communities in New Mexico, and this problem is only compounded by the pandemic and ongoing state problems that undermine efforts to offer more COVID-safe ways to vote. This year was supposed to be the first in New Mexico when there would be at least two ballot […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

Investigators suspect it was a metal bullet, not a blank, that killed cinematographer

BY: - October 27, 2021

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Juan Rios confirmed with Source New Mexico in a phone call after the news conference Wednesday that investigators suspect it was a real metal bullet that killed Halyna Hutchins, 42, last week on the set of “Rust.” Sheriff Adan Mendoza said there was “complacency” on the set of the […]