Labor pains: Delivery rooms closed at a Gallup hospital as employees resign

BY: - October 4, 2021

A year ago, 18 nurses and four doctors staffed the labor and delivery unit at one of Gallup’s two hospitals. Today, all the nurses are gone, and the last doctor announced her resignation two weeks ago. The unit closed last week, forcing many soon-to-be parents to find a faraway delivery room and making it harder […]


SNAP benefits rising for millions of Americans

BY: - October 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adjusts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits to reflect changes in food prices once a year. The government agency will take two other factors into account when it increases those benefits, which help people buy food, on Oct. 1, 2021. One is an unprecedented update of the Thrifty Food Plan – […]

See your possible SNAP benefit when the program is boosted Oct. 1

BY: - September 29, 2021

Starting in October, many New Mexicans will have more money to spend on food.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will increase monthly benefits to more than 539,000 people in N.M. that qualify for the nutrition subsidy on Oct. 1. Individuals, on average, will see at least $36 more in their SNAP accounts. Families of […]

Don’t mix vaccines. But sign up for a booster if you can.

BY: - September 28, 2021

Eligible New Mexicans can now receive their COVID booster shot.  Key in making sure you can get your next jab:  The booster is only available for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That’s it.  New Mexico Department of Health officials advise people not to mix vaccines.  Again, if you did not get the Pfizer vaccine, […]

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 […]

Who will get a booster shot? Q&A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

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 […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It […]

Grants mayor’s anti-vax tirade derails Military and Veterans’ Affairs meeting

BY: - September 21, 2021

A meeting of the state Legislature’s veterans committee began as many do these days, with a reminder of the statewide mask mandate. The meeting a week ago at an auditorium continued with legislators introducing themselves, followed by honored guests in the audience at the Grants campus of New Mexico State University. Then the microphone was […]


In attack on abortion rights, new Texas law could turn state courts into litigation Thunderdomes

BY: - September 21, 2021

Forty-eight years have passed since a Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade established a legal right to have an abortion in the United States. Numerous efforts have been made to restrict terms of the 1973 Roe decision. So far, the law remains that the government has no authority to restrict abortions before the point […]

Distance doesn’t have to become isolation for Indigenous elders

BY: - September 20, 2021

Call grandma. That’s Larry’s Curley’s message.  So I did. It went something like this:  “Grandma, it’s Shaun. How are you?” “Hi babba! I’m great, how are you? How is your mom?” We went back and forth a good half hour, catching up on family business and chatting a little football before she had to leave […]