Amid outcry, Gallup hospital board promises open meetings and more transparency

BY: - October 19, 2021

The chairman of the Gallup hospital board announced Monday that the public would soon be allowed into sections of board meetings, following weeks of criticism that the hospital is being mismanaged and the board is too secretive.  Chairman Steve McKernan made the announcement at the beginning of Monday’s three-hour special meeting of the McKinley County […]

DOH will allow some hospitals to ration care

BY: - October 18, 2021

Unvaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are increasing the amount of patients needing care at New Mexico hospitals amid a shortage of staff and resources. Most New Mexico hospitals are above 100% capacity. In response, the state Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 18, that it will allow some hospitals to ration treatment by using the […]

Gallup hospital’s birthing unit to reopen, but former nurse says fix is just a Band-Aid

BY: - October 18, 2021

Administrators of a Gallup hospital announced Thursday afternoon that the hospital would reopen its labor and delivery unit a month after it closed, sending soon-to-be parents scrambling to find a new place to give birth. The unit at Rehoboth-McKinley Christian Hospital will reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, according to an all-staff email […]

‘Climate change is fundamentally altering the Colorado River’

BY: - October 18, 2021

States in the Colorado River Basin are adjusting to the reality that their rights outstrip the available water by nearly one-third, state and tribal leaders told a congressional panel Friday. The situation is likely only to worsen as the climate changes, leaving states and tribes in competition for their most vital resource. Representatives from the […]

City’s expert: Agreements have not protected neighborhoods from gentrification

BY: - October 18, 2021

At a public forum led by the Albuquerque contractor tasked with shepherding the “community benefits agreement” (CBA) attached to the city government’s push to build a new soccer stadium, the last question put to him turned out to be the hardest one. Julian Gross is a San Francisco-based attorney who has represented what he called […]

‘It’s your gun. It’s your responsibility.’

BY: - October 18, 2021

Experts and community members gathered to talk solutions to gun violence in schools and community safety in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque.  In August, 13-year-old Bennie Hargrove was fatally shot by a fellow 8th-grade student at Downtown Albuquerque’s Washington Middle School. Newly appointed Rep. Pamelya Herndon said if the parent of the shooter had kept […]

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

Cooks prepare a meal in the kitchen of Nexus Brewery in Albuquerque

State agency will need funding and investigators to enforce paid sick leave law

BY: - October 15, 2021

With a new statewide paid sick leave law set to go into effect next summer, the agency charged with enforcing it will need more funding to make the law actually benefit workers across New Mexico. In the coming months, the Labor Relations Division of the state Department of Workforce Solutions will be preparing for when […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the US

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care.  But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

Indigenous demonstrators make statement at Interior

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Indigenous leaders held a sit-in Thursday at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., in an effort to stop the extractive fossil fuel industries. Jennifer Falcon, Nakoda, Lakota and Dakota, with Indigenous Rising Media, was inside and said before Thursday’s sit-in at the Bureau of Indian Affairs that they warned President Joe […]

New Mexico’s lone shark attack

BY: - October 15, 2021

New Mexico has had one shark attack since 1900, a glaring statistic considering it’s one of the few landlocked states with an incident. It all started with a tweet. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis published the innocuous post on Monday from his personal verified account that has more than 112,500 followers. Colorado is tied for state […]