U.S. Sen. Luján hospitalized after stroke

BY: - February 1, 2022

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján has been hospitalized after a stroke, his Senate chief of staff said Tuesday. Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, checked himself into Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after feeling dizzy and fatigued early Thursday, Chief of Staff Carlos Sanchez said in a statement.  He was then transferred to […]

New Mexico Downwinders demand recognition, justice

BY: - January 27, 2022

The story of the Trinity Test Site is mapped onto the bodies of thousands of New Mexicans, slipped between stories of losing family member after family member to cancer.  For Tina Cordova, bringing light to the legacy from the secretive testing of the first atomic bomb near thousands of people in the deserts of Southern […]

Food banks to lawmakers: The need for state funding is urgent

BY: - January 27, 2022

The final two food boxes are placed in a small SUV, the last vehicle of hundreds that neatly line up in rows every Tuesday starting as early as 7 a.m. They fill the parking lot each week at EXPO New Mexico for food distribution. “Sometimes, like now, I have nothing. I absolutely have nothing,” said […]

Elena Gonzales, 17, reads a poem about her experience with sexual assault to a group of high school students supporting affirmative consent legislation.

Students respond to officials ignoring the affirmative consent bill

BY: - January 27, 2022

Advocates looking to change the way schools and students think about consent are disappointed a bill isn’t moving through this legislative session so far. But they plan to pick up their efforts. IsaBella Thomas, 18, said she is coordinating a campaign to get supporters to contact Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and get her attention, hoping […]

Rio Rancho hospital workers seek the right to form a union

BY: - January 26, 2022

Hospital workers in Rio Rancho are one step closer to overcoming their bosses’ objections to forming a union. Senate Bill 41 would expand the definition of a public-sector worker to include 600 health care workers at the University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center, who want to form a union but say they have […]

Tenants would have more time to catch up on rent under proposal

BY: - January 26, 2022

Melissa Martinez walked away from an abusive relationship in 2017. Her abuser had been financially supporting her 6-month-old daughter and the son who was on the way, so going out on her own was difficult, said Martinez, a member of Organizers in the Land of Enchantment. Under New Mexico law, a landlord only needs to […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]

National Guard members show up for their first day teaching public school, providing child care

BY: - January 25, 2022

Schools in New Mexico opened Monday with a few different members of the community joining classrooms for the first time. To help fill staffing gaps, 46 National Guard members and 13 state employees entered classrooms as substitute teachers in public schools and early child care centers. They cover about 7% of the need reported to […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: - January 24, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including the […]

‘Demand is still high’: Nonprofit steps up PPE distro across Navajo and Hopi nations

BY: - January 21, 2022

Parked in front of a Bashas in Dilkon, near the southern boundary of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Amanda Yazzie and Hector Begaye take a quick break inside their work van to enjoy some lunch, even as multiple vehicles continued to stop at the driver’s side window to honk for their attention.  Some vehicles move […]

Turmoil at the state’s biggest jail: Staff members flee as crises unfold

BY: and - January 20, 2022

It all comes down to the jails. So many of the problems that plague this state land there. Less than a year after former Gov. Susana Martinez knocked out the state’s behavioral health care system, exiting jail Chief Ramon Rustin confirmed what staff members told me in interviews: The Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County […]