Dakota Access Pipeline protest costs debated during federal trial

BY: and - February 21, 2024

A trial expected to shed new light on a federal agency’s management — and potential mismanagement — of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests kicked off Thursday in federal court in Bismarck. North Dakota is seeking to recoup $38 million it claims it spent policing the protest camps north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in […]

The Roundhouse on a rainy evening, pictured Jan. 24, 2024.

Governor’s push for state housing office on hold for now

BY: - January 29, 2024

Legislation enacting one of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s biggest priorities to address the ongoing housing shortage in New Mexico was pulled before being heard by a Senate committee Friday afternoon because the sponsor said it might not have enough support to survive. The governor announced the plan for a statewide “Office of Housing” at the […]

New Mexico recorded second deadliest year for alcohol deaths in 2022

BY: - January 23, 2024

Alcohol killed more than 2,000 New Mexicans in 2022, according to new data from the Department of Health, the third straight year the state exceeded that grim threshold. Although New Mexico has long suffered the nation’s highest rate of alcohol-related deaths, the crisis has often been overshadowed by the state’s other problems, such as  gun […]

Bill aims to keep New Mexico health councils afloat

BY: - January 18, 2024

County and Tribal health councils are mandated by state law, but unless they get more funding in the legislative session, most of their operating budgets will disappear. One bill aims to prevent that. Health councils were written into New Mexico law over 30 years ago as a way to help manage public health resources across […]

‘We’re running out of time’: Program for Arizonans exposed to radiation set to expire in June

BY: - January 10, 2024

Marti Gerdes remembers living in Prescott as a kid and, every winter, she and her family would make snow ice cream, mixing milk and sugar with snow. It was a treat she recalls having any time it snowed — except for one year when her mother told them they couldn’t have snow ice cream because […]

NM Supreme Court hears arguments on public health order

BY: - January 9, 2024

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments Monday without issuing a ruling on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order regarding gun violence and drug abuse. Detractors say the problems with the order go far beyond the well-publicized gun ban. Gun rights advocates from the National Rifle Association to the Republican Party of New Mexico […]

Collaboration between Ohkay Owingeh, U.S.F.S. and BLM gives tribe more say over ancestral sites

BY: - December 20, 2023

Tribal leaders from the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh say that a new co-stewardship agreement between the tribe, the U.S. Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management will give them a “seat at the table” when it comes to protecting sacred and ancestral sites. “These places are important to us as beings,” said First Lt. […]

Potential immigration deal involving White House angers progressive and Latino advocates

BY: - December 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — Immigration advocates and Democrats are frustrated that the Biden administration is negotiating an immigration deal with U.S. Senate Republicans that could resurrect a pandemic-era tool used by the Trump administration to expel millions of migrants. The consideration of a statutory authority similar to Title 42 has angered progressive and Latino lawmakers, who have […]

Divided over immigration, U.S. Senate blocks advancing aid for Ukraine, Israel

BY: - December 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to move forward Wednesday with a $111 billion spending package that would have bolstered aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and the Southern border amid deep disagreement about immigration policy. The 49-51 procedural vote, which needed at least 60 senators to advance the bill toward final passage, represents a significant […]

Jimmy Carter attends ceremony for wife of 77 years as celebration of Rosalynn Carter continues

BY: - November 29, 2023

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s life of service and advocacy was celebrated Tuesday at a tribute ceremony in Atlanta attended by the current president and first lady and other dignitaries. Carter, 96, died last Sunday at her home in Plains just a few days after her family announced she had entered hospice. She was diagnosed […]

Candidates in just five school districts required to file campaign finance reports

BY: - November 21, 2023

It’s still hard to say how much money shaped the outcome of New Mexico school board races. The public won’t have a full picture about campaign spending in the five largest school districts until Dec. 7, when reports detailing donations and spending from mid-October until Election Day are due. Only candidates running for seats in […]

South Dakota inspired ICWA but still has high rate of Native children in foster care

BY: and - November 9, 2023

Cheryl Spider DeCoteau was nervous. It was the Sisseton Wahpeton tribal citizen’s first time in Washington, D.C., and she sat in front of two senators, multiple congressional aides, lawyers and clerks in a large, wood-paneled committee room, bright lights shining down. Two of the 23-year-old’s sons, ages 5 and 3, sat in the audience while […]