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Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the […]

Interior to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, boost wildfire spending

BY: - June 17, 2022

The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, the department said in an exclusive to States Newsroom on Friday. The additional funding, to be announced in Boise, Idaho, by Secretary Deb Haaland, comes as part of the […]

Rail Runner, ABQ buses and the Sunport do away with mask mandates for travelers

BY: - April 19, 2022

A decision by a federal judge in Florida on Monday regarding mask requirements under COVID-19 protections is now impacting travel in New Mexico. Commuters on the Rail Runner this evening can choose not to wear the mask they had to put on during their morning ride, as train officials announced midday that mask enforcement is […]

Large census undercount of Indigenous people on tribal lands means fewer resources, political power

BY: - April 12, 2022

Indigenous people living on tribal land were the group most likely to be undercounted in the 2020 Census, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which means tribal governments will have fewer federal resources and less political power. According to the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) released by the U.S. Census Bureau in March, Indigenous people […]

Navajo Nation lawmaker seeks to legalize gay marriage, igniting new debate

BY: - April 11, 2022

A Navajo Nation lawmaker recently introduced legislation to recognize gay and lesbian marriages on the Navajo Nation, potentially legalizing same-sex marriage in one of the nation’s last, biggest holdouts. Navajo Council Delegate Eugene Tso sponsored a bill in late March that would repeal or make gender-neutral sections of the Diné Marriage Act, which passed in […]

U.S. Senate heads toward final vote this week on Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation

BY: - April 6, 2022

The U.S. Senate approved a procedural measure Tuesday to advance Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a final vote on confirmation as early as Thursday. The roll call Tuesday was identical to the tally on another procedural vote Monday. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt […]

NDN Collective releases Dakota Access Pipeline report

BY: - March 25, 2022

NDN Collective released a damning climate justice report Tuesday on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the same day as World Water Day. In a detailed analysis, the Climate Justice Campaign calls on the Biden administration to drain and shut down the pipeline, which the roughly 200-page report argues would protect the nation’s longest river, the […]

Governor resurrects the controversial Hydrogen Hub Act

BY: - March 11, 2022

The email landed in inboxes across New Mexico in the waning days of February, unexpectedly announcing the latest round in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s year-long fight for a hydrogen production center in the state. Without any previous public notice, it unveiled an agreement to create a new regional hydrogen development hub spanning New Mexico, Utah, Colorado […]

Medically vulnerable New Mexicans react to removal of COVID protections

BY: - February 28, 2022

Abigail Thompson was ringing up a customer at her retail job in Albuquerque on Feb. 17 when a coworker walked up to her and asked, “Did you hear?” “Hear what?” she responded. They told her New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate was gone. Thompson was shocked. She nearly had a panic attack. She couldn’t talk for […]

Notices ordering residents to leave an Albuquerque encampment

Albuquerque says it gave proper notice before clearing homeless camp

BY: - February 24, 2022

Albuquerque officials say they gave residents of a homeless camp four days notice to vacate before clearing it on Tuesday, despite claims otherwise by former residents.

A problem of ‘infinite scope and cost’

BY: - February 22, 2022

A bill invigorating New Mexico government to coordinate the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines passed both chambers of the Legislature this session, but the state will confront a decades-old problem that experts say has a potentially “infinite” scope and cost.  Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) sponsored the “Uranium Mine Cleanup” bill, one that will mobilize […]

Attempt to boost taxes on AirBnBs and second homes hits snag near session’s end

BY: - February 16, 2022

A bill that would require second homes and short-term rentals to pay more of the property tax burden was tabled by a Senate committee on Tuesday. The Senate’s Tax, Business and Transportation Committee stalled the measure following skepticism about several aspects of the bill, which some lawmakers said did not go far enough in addressing […]