We’ve told you about some of the most important and most popular stories of 2017. But we also have some personal favorites: stories that might not have rocked the site’s analytics or made waves among policymakers, but stories we liked reporting or writing. See all of our year-end stories
Laura’s favorite stories
Hands down, my favorite stories are the ones that involve wandering around outside. These include one about the Refugee Wilderness Explorers Summer Camp, a summer program run by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Catholic Charities’ Refugee Mentoring Program, and a visit to the Pueblo of Santa Ana to learn about restoration and wildlife projects. Another one is a story reported this spring about areas in the Jemez Mountains burned by Las Conchas and the Dome Fire.
As we did in each of the past two years, NM Political Report counted down the ten biggest stories of the year. We individually ranked what the top-ten stories and we averaged them out for our final list. Today, we will count down numbers 10 through 6. This afternoon, we will post number five, then numbers four and three on Wednesday, number two on Thursday and our top story of the year on Friday. See all of our year-end stories
10: Special Session for Budget
For the second year in a row, the state Legislature and the governor were unable to agree on a budget—and a host of other things—and went to a special session to address the problems.
This time, the special session took place in May, with the governor calling for tax reform to pass alongside a budget.
Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s a change in pace from the shopping frenzy and chaos of Black Friday and the less-frenzied Cyber Monday. Instead it’s a day to give back to the non-profits and causes you care about most. NM Political Report is a non-profit news outlet. Even better, we’re a local non-profit news outlet.
UPDATE: Our liveblog is done for the night. The archive remains below, and you can read our story on Tim Keller’s victory. We’re back again tonight with another liveblog on election night. This time, it’s a very short ballot—for most voters in Albuquerque, just one question: Tim Keller or Dan Lewis for Albuquerque mayor. We will stick around until the bitter end tonight.
As we have done with big election nights in recent years, we will be providing live updates on the Albuquerque municipal elections all night. The big race, of course, is to see who will be the next mayor. It’s not considered likely that any candidate will get the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff in November. The liveblog below will update automatically, no need to refresh.
We’re happy to announce our former senior reporter Joey Peters won first place in Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News category in the National Federation of Press Women 2017 Communications Contest. The award recognizes his coverage of the ongoing SNAP scandal at the state Human Services Department. Peters wrote more than two dozen stories about the New Mexico Human Services Department’s trouble following federal law on emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications. He broke news of state workers testifying in federal court they were told to change applications by adding fake funds, which gave the state more time to process the applications. This meant that those who sought emergency funding to feed their families had to wait to learn whether they’d receive funding food.
Just in case you missed any of the news from NM Political Report, here are our most important stories from the week. If you don’t want to miss stories during the week, make sure you’re subscribing to our newsletter. Or, find us at Twitter and Facebook. Ethics hearing highlights ambiguity in public finance rules, by Andy Lyman — The former Republican National Committeeman is accusing the campaign for a progressive candidate for Albuquerque city council of purposefully forging signatures and falsifying contributions. State board rejects petition to regulate greenhouse gases, by Laura Paskus — In its opposition to the petition, the New Mexico Environment Department said the agency, and others in the state, are already taking action on the issue.
Last night we held our fourth News and Brews event, and spoke with Sen. Mimi Stewart, Dr. Veronica Garcia and Sen. Bill Soules about education reform in New Mexico. It was a great conversation—and we hope you don’t miss our next event in September. To find out about these panels ahead of time, make sure you’re subscribing to our newsletter. Or, find us at Twitter and Facebook. If you’re interested in environment news (including upcoming public meetings), subscribe to our weekly email.
We know how tough it is to keep up with all the news every week, especially in recent months. Here’s a list of the stories that appeared on NM Political Report this week that you can catch up on this weekend—before the news cycle starts all over again next week. This week, we highlighted education stories:
Education plan could result in closure, takeover of some schools by Andy Lyman: A dive into an education plan the federal government approved and how it could lead to school closures or the conversion of public schools to charter schools. Judge rules ten Martinez vetoes invalid, says they will become law by Matthew Reichbach: Gov. Susana Martinez saw another court setback with the judge’s ruling that she failed to validly veto ten bills, paving the way for them to become law. Confusion over DOI Secretary’s decision on land transfer by Laura Paskus: After an announcement by the U.S. Interior Department, some reported a land transfer to open up a wilderness area was going forward.
Our next News and Brews fundraising event is coming up soon—and we’ll be talking about education just as students are heading to school. Specifically, we’ll be talking about K-12 education. The talk will take place on Thursday, August 24 at Rob’s Place at O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. Tickets for the event are free, though we suggest a $20 donation. RSVP for free here
As of now, State Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia are scheduled to attend.