Students and advocates call for funding for sexual assault services and consent policies in schools

BY: - January 11, 2022

A call to action by a coalition seeking to end sexual assault in New Mexico is taking shape in Santa Fe. IsaBella Thomas wants her school to adopt affirmative consent policies to establish the foundation that sexual activity must be OK with everyone taking part. On Friday, she will lead students from The New Mexico […]

Wait times increase in Albuquerque’s emergency rooms, as hospitals treat patients in hallways and chairs

BY: - January 10, 2022

Leading doctors at Albuquerque’s two biggest hospitals urged residents not to visit emergency rooms unless they have a severe health issue, citing the surge of coronavirus patients that stretched hospitals beyond capacity.  Emergency room wait times at the University of New Mexico Hospital are regularly six hours for some patients, said Dr. Steve McLaughlin, chair […]

Jail is hemorrhaging medical staff, doesn’t have a doctor, court documents show

BY: - January 10, 2022

Attorneys representing inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County say even after the jail hired a new medical provider, the same old patterns of unconstitutionally bad health care continue. Last fall, the Tennessee-based company Corizon Health promised more health care staff at MDC, and as county officials signed a $64.8 million contract with […]

Gallup Indian Medical Center adopts crisis standards

BY: - January 10, 2022

The Gallup Indian Medical Center implemented its Crisis Standards of Care in late December due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. That was two weeks before the first case of omicron had even surfaced on Navajo Nation.  Within the Gallup Service Unit health care facilities, the Tohatchi Health Center reported it is also receiving an […]

Navajo energy company’s CEO steps down

BY: - January 10, 2022

The CEO of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company will be resigning from his post on Jan. 31. Source New Mexico obtained CEO Clark Moseley’s Jan. 7 letter to Navajo President Jonathan Nez and Council Speaker Seth Damon referencing his resignation at the end of the month and listing accomplishments achieved by NTEC during Moseley’s time […]

Sexual assault measure would change consent standards in public schools

BY: - January 10, 2022

I asked Rep. Elizabeth Thomson if she would be comfortable sharing her experiences with sexual assault.  She said yes.  It was a subtle and simple practice in affirmative consent. She didn’t have to say anything, didn’t even need to meet my request. I would not have pushed her to share, but she did, and we engaged […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 8, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

Jail’s inability to deal with cyberattack could violate the constitutional rights of inmates

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County has gone on lockdown after hackers on Wednesday knocked out the jail’s internet, most of its data systems and all of its security cameras, according to an emergency notice filed by the county’s attorneys. What is believed to be a ransomware attack on the county government has left […]

Artist envisions LANDBACK murals in all four directions in Albuquerque

BY: - January 7, 2022

High school Indigenous skateboarders that like painting walls, your opportunity is now.  Several walls along grind ledges and the outside of the bowl full pipe at Alamosa Skate Park need some art, and most importantly, young artists to work on the project and share cultural experiences. See, this project is more than just beautification of […]

Albuquerque advocates say the attack on democracy is still unfolding

BY: - January 7, 2022

People aiming to protect voting rights and recall the full measure of what happened a year ago in the U.S. Capitol carried signs and filled out petitions in the cold on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Thursday evening as part of simultaneous gatherings marking Jan. 6 around the country. “What do we have to do to make […]

City seeking information from anyone connected to Albuquerque Indian School

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Albuquerque Indian School era lasted nearly 100 years and it’s going to take a community effort to truly understand the scope of the effects it had on the city. Next week, Albuquerque officials will host a series of public conversations, inviting people who have any connection to the school to speak up and give […]

‘We thought that we would die’: Lawmakers probe painful Jan. 6 memories

BY: - January 6, 2022

Democrats in Congress marked the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol Thursday recounting the terror they experienced first-hand — and argued that it gives them even more reason to pursue voting rights legislation. They remembered the desperate scramble to hang on to the boxes that held the presidential vote tally, the rush to […]