August 25, 2017

What did you miss this week?

Laura Paskus

Dr. Veronica Garcia, Sen. Mimi Stewart and Sen. Bill Soules spoke about education reform in Albuquerque Thursday night

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.

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Just in case you missed any of the news from NM Political Report, here are our most important stories from the week.

Mum’s still the word on national monuments, by Laura Paskus — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his review of 27 national monuments to the White House, but still hasn’t made his recommendations public. Also, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says he plans to introduce legislation to “clarify” the Antiquities Act.

Political consultants see big figures in ABQ mayoral race, by Andy Lyman — Everyone knows that a lot of money rolls into campaign coffers these days. But where does it all go? More than you probably realized goes toward political staff and consultants.

As transportation tech hits new age, New Mexico lags behind, by Matthew Reichbach — If New Mexico really wants to zoom off into the future with autonomous cars, legislators are going to have to work out some of the kinks.

Trump administration decides to disband climate committee, by Laura Paskus — We reported last week about the Climate Science Special Report. Now, the Trump administration has decided to “disband” the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment.

Clouds don’t deter eclipse-watchers in downtown Albuquerque, by Andy Lyman and Laura Paskus — Did you head out to watch the eclipse on Monday? So did our reporters, and what they saw made them happy to have an office in downtown Albuquerque.

Some stories from our news partners:

Boyfriend’s betrayal: ABQ woman jailed after ATF informant lured her into drug deals, by Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth — The case of Jennifer Padilla highlights a claim of wrongdoing by the ATF in an operation that had already drawn community and legal scrutiny.

Colonias on the border struggle with decades-old water issues, by News21 Staff, Maria Esquinca, Andrea Jaramillo, Center for Public Integrity — Border communities, including those in New Mexico, still lack access to clean water.

At Bundy Ranch trial, questions on guns and violence, by Tay Wiles, High Country News. The jury didn’t deliver any guilty verdicts in this trial, but earlier in the week, Wiles laid out the stakes for readers.

Failure to set cost of carbon hampers Trump’s effort to expand use of fossil fuels, by Andy Revkin, ProPublica. President Trump’s executive order “promoting energy independence and economic growth” rescinded earlier calculations of the social cost of carbon. But the administration still hasn’t come up with a new cost estimate, and that delay could backfire.