Health

Records say NM tenants faced extreme heat, rent spikes and evictions during the pandemic

BY: - October 20, 2021

Tenants across New Mexico faced illegal lockouts, price-gouging, harassment and unsafe living conditions throughout much of the pandemic, according to more than 100 complaints that went to the state Attorney General’s Office between March 2020 and February 2021.  The AG’s Office released more than 160 such complaints in response to a request from Source New […]

Most NM restaurants not applying for alcohol delivery permits

BY: - October 20, 2021

New Mexico joined nearly every other state in the nation in legalizing alcohol delivery to homes a couple of weeks ago, but few restaurants have applied for permits so far. Since March 2020 and the pandemic lockdowns, all but seven states have legalized the home delivery of alcohol. Twenty states did so via executive order, […]

Border travel limits will end, but Trump-era restrictions for migrants remain

BY: - October 20, 2021

While pandemic-related border travel restrictions will end for foreign nationals with required documents and vaccinations, there is no end in sight to COVID-19 restrictions for migrants who present themselves at the border to seek asylum. Last week, Biden administration officials announced that non-essential cross-border travel would be permitted by vaccinated foreign nationals beginning Nov. 8, […]

Feds announce three-year plan to fight ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - October 19, 2021

On the same day the White House announced its strategy to clean up dangerous chemicals that threaten safe drinking water, a nonprofit organization released long-withheld records showing that some 120,000 industrial facilities throughout the country “may be handling” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data show that just in New […]

Amid outcry, Gallup hospital board promises open meetings and more transparency

BY: - October 19, 2021

The chairman of the Gallup hospital board announced Monday that the public would soon be allowed into sections of board meetings, following weeks of criticism that the hospital is being mismanaged and the board is too secretive.  Chairman Steve McKernan made the announcement at the beginning of Monday’s three-hour special meeting of the McKinley County […]

DOH will allow some hospitals to ration care

BY: - October 18, 2021

Unvaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are increasing the amount of patients needing care at New Mexico hospitals amid a shortage of staff and resources. Most New Mexico hospitals are above 100% capacity. In response, the state Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 18, that it will allow some hospitals to ration treatment by using the […]

Gallup hospital’s birthing unit to reopen, but former nurse says fix is just a Band-Aid

BY: - October 18, 2021

Administrators of a Gallup hospital announced Thursday afternoon that the hospital would reopen its labor and delivery unit a month after it closed, sending soon-to-be parents scrambling to find a new place to give birth. The unit at Rehoboth-McKinley Christian Hospital will reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, according to an all-staff email […]

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

Cooks prepare a meal in the kitchen of Nexus Brewery in Albuquerque

State agency will need funding and investigators to enforce paid sick leave law

BY: - October 15, 2021

With a new statewide paid sick leave law set to go into effect next summer, the agency charged with enforcing it will need more funding to make the law actually benefit workers across New Mexico. In the coming months, the Labor Relations Division of the state Department of Workforce Solutions will be preparing for when […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the US

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care.  But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

New Mexico’s lone shark attack

BY: - October 15, 2021

New Mexico has had one shark attack since 1900, a glaring statistic considering it’s one of the few landlocked states with an incident. It all started with a tweet. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis published the innocuous post on Monday from his personal verified account that has more than 112,500 followers. Colorado is tied for state […]