NM Political Report wins nine regional awards

NM Political Report won nine awards at the regional Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 “Top of the Rockies” contest, including four first place awards. The annual awards include journalists from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. NM Political Report competed in the small newsroom group, except for in the podcast category, which NM Political Report and New Mexico PBS competed in the medium newsroom group for the ongoing Growing Forward podcast. Stories written by Kendra Chamberlain won two first place awards, in the Ag and Environment category for ‘Dereliction of duty’: 1.6 million gallons of produced water spilled so far in 2020 and in the Ag and Environment: News category for A river runs dry: Climate change offers opportunity to rethink water management on the Rio Grande. Susan Dunlap’s story Progressive Democratic challengers want new voices in the state legislature earned first place in the Politics News category. 

A story written by Andy Lyman called How Arizona’s cannabis legalization proposition might impact NM won first place in the Politics: Feature category.

WATCH: COVID-19 press conference with governor, health officials

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and health officials held a press conference on the state’s COVID-19 response on Wednesday. The remote press conference was webcast on the governor’s Facebook page. The video below is from the page.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 2/25 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health official will held a press conference on Thursday to discuss COVID-19 efforts including on vaccinations and newly announced eased restrictions. Watch the full press conference below, via the governor’s Facebook page.

WATCH: Governor’s Feb. 10 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a press conference to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19, including the easing of restrictions in many parts of the state, on Wednesday. Watch the full video below, via the governor’s Facebook page. Update: See the recap of the press conference here.

WATCH: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 2021 State of the State address

This year’s legislative session is like no other before it because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed nearly every aspect of American life. One big change is that there was no large gathering of family, dignitaries and other political overserves on the first day of the legislative session to hear the governor deliver annual state of the state address. Instead, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will deliver a remote State of the State address on Tuesday, which you can watch below, courtesy of New Mexico PBS. Below, you can read along to an annotated version of the speech, as prepared for delivery, be NM Politcal Report, New Mexico PBS and other New Mexico media outlets.

2020 Top Stories #10-#6

Note: Every year, we count down the top ten stories of the year, as voted on by NM Political Report staffers. See our entire countdown of 2020 top stories, to date, here. 10. Migrants in detention

Although “Free Them All Friday,” a rally held by car at the Cibola County Correctional Facility in May tried to alert the public and officials to the dangers of holding migrants in detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state said there was little it could do. According to advocates at the time, migrants were refusing to eat because they were expected to sit in a dining room with 350 others.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 12/10 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a press conference on Thursday to provide an update on COVID-19 in New Mexico. Earlier on Thursday, the state announced it would pause elective surgeries and allow more physicians and other health care workers to treat COVID-19 patients. Watch the full press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page, below.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 11/30 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will held a news conference Monday to discuss COVID-19 in the state and the state’s new “red to green” county-by-county process for reopening. See our recap of the press conference below. The press conference happened hours after leaders of Albuquerque hospitals said they are ‘totally full.’ Watch the full press conference below, courtesy the governor’s Facebook page.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 11/13 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a remote press conference on COVID-19 Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The press conference came as New Mexico has seen record numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations for COVID-19 and deaths related to the disease. See our recap of the press conference here: State to reimpose shutdown starting Monday: ‘We are in a life or death situation’

The full video of the press conference is available below, as streamed from the governor’s Facebook page.

2020 New Mexico election live blog

NM Political Report usual election night liveblog will run throughout the evening. Polls close at 7 p.m. and vote counts will last well into the night. County officials will begin posting results after polls close and they will be available here. The large amount of absentee ballots mean that many races will not have enough sufficient information to project who won, but we will track any news from around the state. Also, read our story on what to watch during Election Day.