Health

Healing through culture

BY: - November 22, 2022

HOUCK — In a remote hogan near the southern edge of the Navajo Nation, Wayne Wilson lights a fire, lays out eagle feathers and remembers his grandfather’s teachings. “He would talk to me and tell me, ‘Grandson, we’re going to do things here together. We’re going to pray together. We’re going to sing together. And […]

How to try to avoid catching COVID over the holidays

BY: - November 18, 2022

Individual behavior is not a guarantee of avoiding infection with COVID. But there are steps that you can take to mitigate the risk of catching it if and when you visit your relatives over the upcoming holiday season. Dr. Anna Duran, associate chief medical officer at UNM Hospital, says she is anticipating a surge in […]

Officials don’t intend to ask for more state money next year for uranium mine cleanup

BY: - November 17, 2022

Even though the state Legislature passed a uranium mine bill that was signed into law by the governor, it’ll likely be years before the state actually begins to clean things up. More money is needed for the effort, but because the early stages of work are moving slowly, officials don’t expect to ask for additional […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were […]

Chaco drilling ban will likely only put a small dent in oil and gas production in the region 

BY: - November 16, 2022

A plan to bar new oil and gas leases within Chaco Canyon National Historic Park for 20 years will only slightly reduce the activity of extractive mineral industries, according to an environmental assessment released last week by the U.S. Interior Department. The federal government announced a halt to new leases on about 338,690 acres within […]

White House asks Congress for billions in Ukraine, COVID-19 funding during lame duck

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration on Tuesday asked Congress for billions more in funding this year to address COVID-19 and the ongoing war in Ukraine, suggesting lawmakers attach it to a spending bill that must pass before Dec. 16.  The $9 billion request for COVID-19 operations and nearly $38 billion in additional relief for Ukraine […]

UNM graduate workers ask for a raise, the University threatens to raise medical costs

BY: - November 15, 2022

When Gisselle Salgado arrived on the University of New Mexico campus in August, they were excited to finally be able to see a doctor again. At the time, they had not seen a doctor in over a year, which they understood to be pretty dangerous. They are a fellow at the Center for Southwest Research […]

NM lawmaker, health care advocates aims to increase abortion care accessibility in Legislature

BY: - November 14, 2022

On the same day the Supreme Court issued its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned federal abortion protections, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stood in front of hundreds in Old Town Albuquerque and committed to protecting reproductive rights in New Mexico.  It set up the tone in her reelection campaign that focused […]

City Council takes another swipe at ending the Zero Fares Bus Program citing unreliable data

BY: - November 11, 2022

The Albuquerque City Council continued its efforts to end the hop-on-and-go Zero Fares program, citing safety concerns despite city data showing that the buses have become more accessible and safer since the program was implemented last January. Councilors Dan Lewis and Klarissa Peña’s substitute bill replaces an earlier version, and if approved, would end the […]

Even red-state voters back abortion rights via ballot questions, rejecting court ruling

BY: - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in five states — including GOP-dominated Kentucky — backed abortion rights Tuesday, signaling that while the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority no longer believes the procedure is protected within the U.S. Constitution, many Americans want their states to do just that. California, Kentucky, Michigan , Montana and Vermont residents voted to support […]

Free COVID vaccine clinic in Albuquerque today

BY: - November 4, 2022

As the world enters its third pandemic winter with an expected surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there are still free COVID vaccination clinics in New Mexico. The Chamiza Parent Teacher Association is holding a COVID vaccine clinic Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Chamiza Elementary School at 5401 Homestead Circle NW in […]

New Mexico students don’t have ‘learning loss.’ They’re living in a pandemic.

BY: - November 3, 2022

In its endorsement of the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, the state’s largest newspaper wrote that “learning loss” was an inevitable outcome as “prolonged remote learning made a bad situation worse.” At a news conference in Albuquerque in September, Mark Ronchetti set the tone when he accused Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of failing public […]