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Grad workers ask regents to call for UNM to drop legal fight

BY: - November 25, 2021

When representatives of the UNM graduate workers union tried to talk to the school’s governing council on Wednesday afternoon, one regent quickly drove away while four others refused to intervene. The regents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 23, for lunch at Los Poblanos, a high-end restaurant, inn and organic farm in Albuquerque’s North Valley that boasts a […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices — but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 25, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.    In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

Jury convicts all three men of murder for the death of Ahmaud Arbery

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into Arbery at close […]

Jury starts deliberations in trial of three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing

BY: - November 24, 2021

The Glynn County jury set to determine the fate of three men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery will begin their second day of deliberation today. The jurors spent more than five hours in deliberation Tuesday after the prosecution made its closing arguments. Judge Timothy Walmsley dismissed the jurors shortly before 6:30 p.m. with […]

Goats initiate Phase 1 of a plan to return some of the Bosque to its natural state

BY: - November 24, 2021

The latest public servants tasked with protecting the natural environment that make up Albuquerque’s Bosque eat all day and have four legs.  This week more than 150 goats are munching on weeds at the Candelaria Nature Preserve on the east side of the Rio Grande. The goats are the first step in a new 20-year […]

Dolores Huerta comes home to New Mexico to push for Build Back Better

BY: - November 24, 2021

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta visited workers on a construction site and in a university classroom Tuesday, a homecoming to New Mexico in which she pushed for the Build Back Better legislation and reflected on nearly 70 years of activism.  Huerta, 91, was born in Dawson, a small mining town in Northeastern New Mexico before […]

UNM appeals grad worker union case to District Court

BY: - November 24, 2021

A year after grad student workers at the University of New Mexico started the process of certifying a workers union to fight for fair wages and health care, the state’s board still hasn’t filed a final order. That’s partly because rather than voluntarily recognizing the union and getting on with bargaining over graduate students’ working […]

State highway office promotes Uber to curb drunk driving

BY: - November 23, 2021

Residents of the Albuquerque metro area can get a discounted price on trips booked through the ridesharing app Uber today through the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. The “Take a Ride on Us” program offers 2,500 people an Uber credit of up to $10 and one ride per person. The program started Monday and continues […]

COVID still spreading in NM prisons despite nearly everyone getting the jab

BY: - November 23, 2021

Almost all state prisoners in New Mexico have been fully vaccinated, though the latest data show one state prison here has one of the highest rates of infection of any jail or prison in the United States. As of Monday, there were 5,282 prisoners who had received both doses —  about 95% — state Corrections […]

Bernalillo County squeaks past federal requirement to spend rent relief money

BY: - November 23, 2021

Officials in Bernalillo County just barely met a federal deadline for the spending of emergency rental assistance funds, staving off the clawback of millions of dollars. Renters in the county outside of Albuquerque get rent assistance from the county government, not the state government. That’s a choice county officials made early in the pandemic. Doña […]

State’s AG to propose a bill consolidating MMIWR investigations

BY: - November 22, 2021

When a person goes missing or is murdered in a tribal community, multiple policy agencies take part in the investigation. The state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force is just one entity that has spoken through recent years about how this can stall justice for families seeking answers. Now, task force members […]

Only a fraction of ABQ ‘affordable housing’ funding slated for long-term housing

BY: - November 22, 2021

As housing pressures mount in Albuquerque, Councilors Brook Bassan and Klarissa Peña introduced an ordinance that sets aside bond money for affordable housing. But so far, it’s unclear exactly how much would really go toward creating long-term, low-cost options. In the councilors’ bill, $25.6 million is cordoned off for “affordable housing,” but the only project […]