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Secretary of State, Speaker of the House address voting concerns: ‘It is safe to vote in person’

Speaker of the House Brian Egolf and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said it is safe to vote in-person and emphasized COVID-safe practices in place at polling locations in the state during a Facebook Live event Wednesday afternoon addressing election and voting concerns.  “I want to remind everyone watching […]

Albuquerque could issue curfew if virus spread continues to increase

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew like the one now in effect in El Paso could be on the horizon for Albuquerque if the city doesn’t get the coronavirus spread under control. Keller and Dr. Mark DiMenna, a deputy director for the city’s Environmental […]

Oil and gas support for Torres Small exposes internal divisions

Dressed in denim on a windy day in front of an oil and gas rig, Xochitl Torres Small looks into the camera and says, “Washington doesn’t get us,” then tells viewers she fought to get workers the coronavirus relief they deserve.  The ad is just one of many in which […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/29/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. New Mexico health officials reported 663 new cases of COVID-19—and 11 new deaths. The eleven deaths are the most in a single day since […]

663 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths as hospitalizations continue to rise

On Wednesday, the state Department of Health reported 663 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths related to the disease. The number of deaths is the most in a single day since May 21. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also continued to increase, hitting 313 as of Wednesday. This could […]

Turnout in NM passes 620,000

As of Wednesday morning, 621,788 New Mexicans had cast ballots for the general election, continuing the trend of heavy early and absentee voting. With six days until Election Day, statewide turnout is now at 77.33 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 election (including Election Day voting), and 74.61 […]

NM GOP files two legal actions a week before election, state Supreme Court rejects one

A week before Election Day and days before the end of early in-person voting, the Republican Party of New Mexico filed two different legal actions against the New Mexico Secretary of State and two separate county clerk’s offices, regarding poll watching and ballot drop-boxes.  On Monday, the Republican Party of […]

Newly confirmed Justice Barrett worries immigrant advocates

Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation on the U.S. Supreme Court Monday creates uncertainty for mixed status and undocumented families, according to experts. Felipe Rodriguez, campaign manager for nonprofit group New Mexico Dream Team, told NM Political Report that Barrett’s confirmation concerned him. Rodriguez pointed to the recent Supreme Court decision […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/28/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 590 cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. The state had fewer processed tests because of the winter […]

590 new COVID-19 cases amid lull in testing after storm, four new reported deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health on Tuesday reported 590 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and four additional deaths related to the disease. This came with a lower number of test results reported than in recent days, just 4,497 more tests than the previous day. Testing sites […]

Voting slows as storm hits, but still on record-breaking pace

While voting slowed on Monday as a large winter storm blanketed much of the state, New Mexico remains on a record pace for turnout, and has reached nearly three-quarters of the total 2016 turnout with seven days until election day. As of Tuesday morning, 592,906 voters had cast ballots, just […]

Growing Forward: Education

In this week’s episode of Growing Forward, the collaborative podcast between NM Political Report and New Mexico PBS, we take a look at education.  Dispensary employees must reach a certain level of required certification, but what kind of knowledge should patients expect from those who are dispensing their medication? Shanon […]

Senate Democratic SuperPAC buys $100,000 in ads for Ben Ray Luján

The Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC for Senate Democrats, has reportedly (TK) bought $100,000 in TV ads in support of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s bid for the open U.S. Senate seat.  The ads will begin airing Tuesday, October 27. Former TV meteorologist and Republican Mark Ronchetti is running […]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to Supreme Court, as New Mexico’s senators vote against

U.S. Senate Republicans voted 52 to 48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Sept. 18. President Donald Trump held a celebration at the White House Monday evening after the Senate vote and Supreme Court Justice Clarence […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/27/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. New Mexico continues to report high numbers of COVID-19 cases, with 732 new cases and nine additional deaths related to the disease reported Monday. […]

732 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths

On Monday, New Mexico Department of Health officials reported 732 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths related to the disease. The nine deaths were the most in a single day since August 31.  Hospitalizations also increased again, as well. DOH said the number of hospitalizations reached 289, two […]

Heads of NM hospitals: Now is the time for New Mexicans to buckle down

While COVID-19 cases continue to increase in New Mexico and record-breaking number of infections happen multiple times a week, chief medical officers from the state’s three major medical providers are urging residents to work together to lower those numbers. 

During a news briefing on Monday, the chief medical officers of Lovelace Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the University of New Mexico Health System all stressed that the state can still lower the number of daily cases with some work. But without putting in that work, they said, New Mexico could see catastrophic impacts. 

Over 560,000 New Mexicans have already voted

New Mexico’s blistering voter turnout pace continued over the weekend, and the Secretary of State’s office reported 562,909 votes have already cast ballots in this year’s general election, with over a week to go until Election Day. The turnout represents 70 percent of the total turnout in New Mexico in […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/26/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico continued to report high numbers of COVID-19 this weekend: 797 on Friday, 827 on Saturday and 828 on Sunday. […]

Lawsuit asks Wildlife Services to update its research on ‘outdated’ wildlife management program

The conservation-focused WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency, challenging the science behind what the group calls an “outdated wildlife-killing program.” The group filed the lawsuit in a federal district court.  Wildlife Services is a secretive agency within the USDA’s Animal and Plant […]

Second day of 800+ new cases of COVID-19, 2 deaths

State health officials reported Sunday 828 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths related to the disease. It’s the second day in a row that the state has reported more than 800 new cases.  The state Department of Health also reported 287 individuals are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase […]

COVID complicates college prep for Native students

It’s a crisp late afternoon in Northern New Mexico, the kind of day that invites you to drive with your windows down or chop firewood in preparation for winter. If this were a normal year, Marisa Gutierrez might not register the seasonal change. The 18 year old is usually beyond […]

COVID-19 hits daily record in new cases, COVID-19 hospitalizations

On Saturday, state health officials reported more new cases than in any single day, setting a record for the third time in the last ten days, while the record number of hospitalizations continued to grow. The state Department of Health reported 875 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, far exceeding […]

State hits new record for hospitalizations, crosses 40,000 confirmed cases

State health officials reported nearly 800 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the third-highest number of daily cases in the state so far during the pandemic and also hit a new high on hospitalizations for COVID-19. The state also reported seven additional deaths related to the disease. The state now has […]

Over 485,000 New Mexicans have already voted

Voter turnout in New Mexico is quickly approaching half a million, as 486,626 voters have already cast their ballots as of Friday morning, according to numbers provided by the Secretary of State’s office. This included 259,193 voters who have cast ballots via early in-person voting and 227,433 who returned absentee […]

Udall hears stories of New Mexicans who would be hurt by the loss of the Affordable Care Act

One disabled Albuquerque woman, Jeanne Hamrick, said she would not be able to afford prescription drug costs if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act during this judicial term. Hamrick spoke during a live phone conference hosted by Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Udall to let average residents around […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/23/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state reported 669 new cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and three additional deaths. But health officials also warned about strained hospital capacity. […]

Reaction to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

U.S. Senate Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to move the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court to the full Senate. Democrats on the committee boycotted the vote and left posters of people who might be affected by the loss of the […]

669 new COVID-19 cases, three additional deaths as health officials sound warning about crowded hospitals

The state Department of Health reported 669 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the eighth time in nine days that the state has reported more than 500 cases. DOH also reported three additional deaths related to the disease. On the same day, State Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase […]

Voter turnout at 440,000 as voting shows no sign of slowing

The turnout in New Mexico continues to surge, reaching 440,001 voters as of Thursday morning, 12 days before election day.  New Mexico has not only shattered the absentee voting record set in 2008, according to the numbers provided by the Secretary of State’s office, but continues to exceed the early […]

New SCOTUS conservative bloc could overturn ACA, with big impacts on NM

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act during the 2020-2021 judicial term, the result for New Mexicans could be catastrophic, according to various officials and experts. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear California v. Texas on November 10. If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/22/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state reported a new record of COVID-19 cases, 827, on Wednesday. Read more details here. Senate Republicans are poised to expand the conservative […]

Connecticut-based utility company agrees to buy PNM Resources

The company that owns New Mexico’s largest utility PNM is being acquired by Avangrid, a Connecticut-based utility owner, in a merger deal totalling $8.3 billion. The two companies announced the deal early Wednesday.  Avangrid operates natural gas and electric utilities and renewable energy generation assets across 24 states. The investor-owned […]

COVID-19 hits new daily record in NM: 827 new cases of COVID-19, eight new deaths

State health officials reported 827 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number reported in a single day in the state, and the second time in the last week the state has reported 800 or more confirmed cases in a single day.  DOH also reported eight additional deaths, the most reported […]

Voter turnout crosses 380,000, as NM hits record absentee turnout

As of Wednesday morning, 381,995 people have cast ballots for the general election in New Mexico, including a record number of those who have returned absentee ballots. The new numbers provided by the Secretary of State’s office showed that 187,971 voters had returned absentee ballots—the most ever in an election, […]

Hospital capacity a looming problem amid COVID-19 surge, and restaurants have to get COVID-safe certified

“The state of New Mexico last week experienced its worst week for COVID-19 infections throughout the duration of the pandemic,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during a press conference on Tuesday with other state officials. She also acknowledged troubling patterns when it came to hospitalizations. Because of this, she announced […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/21/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Warning again that the virus is winning, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said restaurants that want to continue indoor dining will need to complete the […]

Nearly 600 new cases of COVID-19, seven deaths

State health officials reported 599 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and seven deaths related to the disease. This is the sixth time in the last week that the state has reported 500 or more cases after not doing so in the previous seven months of the pandemic.  Bernalillo County reported […]

Turnout passes 322,000, 40 percent of 2016’s total turnout

New Mexico voters continued to head to the polls and return absentee ballots early, as 322,880 voters had already cast their ballots as of Tuesday morning: 154,578 through early in-person voting and 71,939 through returning absentee ballots. The number of returned absentee ballots is now the second-most in state history, […]

‘We’re all in the same storm.’ Some voters worry politicians aren’t taking climate change seriously enough

For 18-year-old Artemisio Romero y Carver, a single piece of legislation changed his outlook on participating in democracy.  Romero y Carver, a steering committee member of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA), said that before 2019, he was not engaged with the politics of a government that he felt […]

Growing Forward: Pulling back the leaves

The fifth episode of Growing Forward, the collaborative cannabis podcast between New Mexico PBS and NM Political Report, was released on Tuesday.  In the episode, we take a look at the cannabis plant itself and hear about how complex it really is.  Wylie Atherton with New Mexico cannabis producer Seven […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/20/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. State health officials reported 518 cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Monday. Read more details here. The state Public Education Department confirmed […]

518 new cases of COVID-19 in NM, one additional death

On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported 518 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. This is the fifth time in the last week that New Mexico reported 500 or more cases after not doing so in the previous seven months of the pandemic. Bernalillo County, the […]

As expanded early voting starts, turnout flies past 265,000

Over 80,000 voters cast ballots on Friday or Saturday, either through early in-person or absentee voting, bringing the total number of votes cast to 266,522, far outpacing voting at the same time in 2016 according to numbers released by the Secretary of State on Monday morning. The numbers represent the […]

Candidate Neomi Martinez-Parra tells her personal story about abortion

When Neomi Martinez-Parra heard her doctor tell her she needed an abortion about 14 years ago, she went numb. Martinez-Parra, 51, talked to NM Political Report this week about the story of her pregnancy and her abortion because she feels it is important for her to talk about her experience. […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/19/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. This weekend, New Mexico health officials reported more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19: 577 on Saturday and 448 on Sunday, as well as one […]

More than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in NM

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Sunday an additional 448 cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths related to the disease. The newly reported cases mark the second day of non-record breaking daily cases. The Sunday’s numbers are still significantly high compared to earlier this year, and are higher […]

Inside the fall of the CDC

At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Butler, then the head of the agency’s coronavirus response, and his team had been trying to craft guidance to help Americans return safely to worship amid worries that two of its greatest comforts — the chanting of prayers and singing of hymns — could launch a deadly virus into the air with each breath.

577 new COVID-19 cases in NM, hospitalizations continue to increase

On Saturday, the state Department of Health reported 577 new cases of COVID-19, breaking the streak of three straight days with record-breaking numbers of cases, but still a number well above any number reported in New Mexico before this week. The department also said there was one additional death related […]

Cruel and Usual: Taos County jail accused of abuse and dysfunction

TAOS — It was the evening of Aug. 25, 2019, and William Berry, a 63-year-old former ski lift operator, had been arrested earlier that day for driving without a license. He struggled to breathe in his cell at the Taos County Adult Detention Center and repeatedly asked the guards for […]

Third day in a row of NM shattering COVID-19 case record, with 819 new cases

New Mexico’s streak of ever-growing records of daily COVID-19 cases took another leap on Friday, as the state Department of Health reported 819 new cases, 147 more than the previous record of 672, set on Thursday. It was the third straight day that New Mexico reached its record number of […]

Errors in absentee ballots sent to Taos, San Juan County

Thousands of absentee ballots sent to voters in two counties contained errors on them that could impact those votes being counted. The errors were first reported by Taos News, after residents in Taos reported receiving their returned ballots and social media posts about the issue began circulating online.  Alex Curtas, […]

Over 183,000 New Mexicans have cast their ballots

Over 183,000 New Mexicans have cast ballots as of Friday morning, according to numbers provided by the Secretary of State’s office. This includes over 100,000 absentee ballots that have been returned to county clerks’ office. In all, 183,271 voters have either returned their absentee ballots or voted early in-person so […]

Lujan Grisham: Fight COVID-19 with a vengeance

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase both offered up their own metaphors for the drastic increase of COVID-19 cases and how the state can lower that number.  “We’re in it for another nine months or longer, it is a marathon, I need everyone […]

Oil Conservation Commission agrees to hear proposal for produced water spills

The Oil Conservation Commission agreed Thursday to set a hearing date for a proposed rule that would make spilling produced water illegal. The decision was in response to a petition filed by WildEarth Guardians in September calling on the OCC to adopt rules to make spilling produced water illegal.  Under […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/16/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham encouraged New Mexicans to fight back against the virus “with a vengeance” by adhering to COVID-safe practices. Read more here. […]

State rockets past single-day COVID-19 case total—for second day in a row

The state of New Mexico reported 672 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, once again shattering the previous record, which was set just a day before as the governor and health officials warned of uncontrollable spread of the disease. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called the numbers “not just alarming, but […]

WATCH: Lujan Grisham’s 10/15 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a press conference on Thursday afternoon and provide an update on COVID-19 in the state as the number of cases increases at record rates. Watch the entire press conference below, courtesy of the governor’s Facebook page. Update: Lujan Grisham: Fight COVID-19 with […]

Absentee, early voting crosses 140,000

Absentee and early in-person voting continues to exceed the pace of previous years, as 142,091 voters have already cast ballots as of Thursday morning. As of Thursday’s release from the Secretary of State’s office, the number of returned absentee ballots passed the total number of early in-person votes, with 72,302 […]

States faces billions in well plugging costs as Fed buys millions in oil and gas bonds

Just a few weeks after the pandemic hit New Mexico, the price of oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history. Production screeched to a halt worldwide, workers were laid off, and wells were temporarily plugged while operators hoped to wait out a price war between two […]

Bernalillo County District Attorney signs statement that he won’t criminalize abortion care

Raúl Torrez, Bernalillo County District Attorney, signed a joint statement from elected prosecutors around the country who pledged not to criminalize abortion care. Bernalillo County is home to most of the clinics that provide abortions in the state. An additional clinic exists in both Santa Fe County and Doña Ana […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/15/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. On Wednesday, New Mexico obliterated the record it didn’t want to break, when state health officials reported 577 new cases of COVID-19, nearly 100 […]

577 new COVID-19 cases, as state rockets past previous one-day record

New Mexico far exceeded its previous one-day record of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, when the state Department of Health reported 577 new cases of the disease and three additional deaths related to the disease. The previous single-day record was 488 cases—set just last week. In the last seven days, the […]

Nearly 100,000 voters have already cast ballots in NM

Heavy early and absentee voting continued around the state, with the latest numbers released on Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday morning, the Secretary of State’s office reported that 97,218 voters have cast their ballots: 58,224 through early in-person voting and 38,994 through absentee ballots. This is an increase of 12,055 […]

NM judge orders state health department to loosen medical cannabis reciprocity rules

A district court judge in Santa Fe ruled Tuesday that reciprocal medical cannabis patients can buy, possess and use medical cannabis in New Mexico, regardless of whether their identification matches the state where their medical recommendation to use cannabis came from.  First Judicial District Court Judge Matthew Wilson’s order will […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/14/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state will tighten restrictions including setting a curfew of 10 p.m. statewide for restaurants and breweries beginning on Friday. See all of the […]

355 new cases and three additional deaths

Just one week ago, 355 new cases of COVID-19 would have been the second-most number of cases reported in a single day, and the most since late July. But in the last seven days, the state has reported five days with 355 or more cases—so when the state reported 355 […]

State to tighten restrictions amid sharp growth in cases

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the next public health order for COVID-19, which will go into effect on Oct. 16, will impose some further restrictions, including a curfew for food and drink establishments, a reduction in hotel occupancy and amendments to the quarantine requirements for those traveling from out […]

Over 71,000 New Mexicans have voted

According to the latest numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office, 71,056 voters have cast ballots as of around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Of these, 46,169 have cast their ballots at early, in-person locations while 24,887 have returned their absentee ballots. The returned absentee ballots represent 7.03 percent […]

Indigenous leaders and activists call for solution for To’Hajiilee water crisis

Indigenous community leaders and activists held a virtual information session on Indigenous People’s Day to bring awareness to a water crisis in To’Hajiilee, a Diné community 20 miles west of Albuquerque.  The community of roughly 2,500 is currently relying on just one supply well, which pumps water up from the […]

Growing Forward: Who’s running things?

Today marks the release of the 4th episode of Growing Forward, a collaboration between NM Political Report and New Mexico PBS, thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Local News Fund.  In today’s episode, we look at the business side of medical cannabis and talk to a couple of […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/13/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and four additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here. […]

Nearly 400 COVID-19 cases again in NM, as state hits another new daily average case high

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, moving the seven-day average on cases, by date they are reported, to 390. DOH also reported four additional deaths related to the disease. New Mexico’s cases have risen sharply in recent weeks, including two days of […]

Los Alamos County looks to nuclear for carbon-free power

On one of the hottest days this summer, Los Alamos County nearly ran out of power.  The coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington unexpectedly went down, leaving the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities scrambling to make up the energy. Several other providers were unable to deliver power […]

U.S. Supreme Court could roll back LGBTQ equality

A court case that could affect anti-discrimination laws in New Mexico will soon be before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Fulton v. the City of Philadelphia, will be heard by the Supreme Court next month. The case involves a Catholic-based organization that sued the city of Philadelphia because the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/12/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. This weekend, New Mexico DOH reported nine additional deaths and 755 additional cases of COVID-19. Of the newly confirmed cases, 486 were reported on […]

269 cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths on Sunday

The state Department of Health announced 269 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with four additional related deaths. Bernalillo County reported 100 new cases. The counties with double digit numbers include Doña Ana, with 40; Chaves, with 27; Curry with 12 and Lincoln with 10. The Department of Corrections also reported […]

Spending unmasked: How NM overpaid $330,000 for face masks and the corrections department profited

How’s this for a business plan? Buy hundreds of thousands of cloth face masks, mark up the prices and sell them to a bunch of state agencies for a tidy profit. That’s what New Mexico’s prison system did earlier this year during the state’s scramble to purchase supplies to protect […]

Maryland court has 40 days to decide on abortion medication

A District Court in Maryland has 40 days to lift, modify or continue the order it previously made to allow the abortion medication mifepristone to be available through telehealth during the pandemic. The U.S. Supreme Court asked the lower court on Thursday to reconsider a case the American College of […]

Second day of 480+ new COVID-19 cases, five related deaths

State health officials reported nearly 500 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row, and five additional deaths.  The state Department of Health reported 486 new cases of the disease on Saturday, just two fewer than the record-setting 488 new cases reported Friday. The state has now […]

DOJ frees federal prosecutors to take steps that could interfere with elections, weakening long-standing policy

The Department of Justice has weakened its long-standing prohibition against interfering in elections, according to two department officials.

Avoiding election interference is the overarching principle of DOJ policy on voting-related crimes. In place since at least 1980, the policy generally bars prosecutors not only from making any announcement about ongoing investigations close to an election but also from taking public steps — such as an arrest or a raid — before a vote is finalized because the publicity could tip the balance of a race.

New Mexico hits new one-day COVID-19 high, crosses 900 total deaths

The state Department of Health reported 488 new cases of COVID-19, the most in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.  DOH also reported three additional deaths related to the disease. The number of those hospitalized also grew significantly on Friday. New Mexico now has 32,241 total confirmed […]

Voting passes 31,000 through first three days of early voting

Voters continue to head to the polls, with over 31,000 voters casting ballots since the beginning of early voting on Tuesday—including nearly 30,000 who have cast early ballots. Doña Ana County still has the most overall votes cast, with 3,034, followed by Eddy County at 2,926, Bernalillo County with 2,733 […]

Which legislative races could decide the fate of marijuana legalization

It is unlikely that recreational-use cannabis legalization will be the sole deciding factor for New Mexico voters when they fill out their ballots this year. But Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a proponent of legalization and the state Legislature is expected to take up the issue next January. And according […]

City of Albuquerque shelter reports 17 cases of COVID-19

The West Side Emergency Housing Center reported 17 cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The individuals who tested positive for the disease are in isolation and receiving medical care for their symptoms, according to the City of Albuquerque, which issued a news release late Thursday afternoon. The shelter houses about 400 individuals […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/09/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. There wasn’t much good news from on the COVID-19 front from the governor’s press conference on Monday, when the governor warned about possible “uncontrollable […]

Lujan Grisham warns of possible ‘uncontrollable spread’ of COVID-19

Speaking from the governor’s residence because of a quarantine due to a possible COVID-19 exposure, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned that New Mexico is “at extreme risk of uncontrollable spread” of the disease as cases continue to increase throughout New Mexico. Lujan Grisham said both she and her fiancé tested […]

387 cases reported of COVID-19 Thursday with three related deaths

The state reported 387 cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease. Bernalillo County reported 101 cases. Other counties with double digit numbers include: Curry County, with 65; Dona Ana County, with 57; Chaves County with 25; Santa Fe County with 20; Eddy County with 14; Sandoval […]

WATCH: Lujan Grisham’s 10/8 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials discussed the state’s COIVD-19 response during a press conference Thursday afternoon. The full video of the press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page is available below.

Nearly 20,000 New Mexicans have already cast ballots

Nearly as many voters cast ballots on the second day of general early voting on Wednesday as the first day per numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office—and when combining early in-person and returned absentee ballots, 19,945 New Mexicans have already voted in the general election. The three counties […]

Candidates talk about importance of abortion in state senate races

While reproductive rights activists worry about the future of abortion rights in the state, some candidates say voters are particularly focused on the issue. With the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18 and President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the […]

Half of NM voters approve of Lujan Grisham’s job performance, most disapprove of Trump’s

Half of New Mexico voters approve of the job Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is doing overall, with a higher rating on her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while most don’t approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance. This is according to the Public Policy Polling poll commissioned by NM Political […]

NM jails report 900 new virus cases since June as population numbers tick back up

It’s not clear whether more crowded jails, along with their decreased chances for social distancing, has spiked the case numbers. Virus cases have dramatically increased in a handful of jails in counties where cases have remained stubbornly high outside the walls — and officials say inmates are entering the jails […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/08/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 426 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the largest single-day increase in cases since late July. Read more […]

State reports 400+ new COVID-19 cases in a single day for just the second time

On Wednesday, New Mexico reported its second-highest number of single-day cases and just the second day the state has reported more than 400 cases as it approaches the number of cases during its peak in July. The state Department of Health reported 426 additional cases of COVID-19 and two additional […]

Voters flock to the polls statewide as early voting begins

Through one day of early voting and the beginning of absentee voting, over 10,100 New Mexicans have cast ballots statewide. Of those, just under half are Democrats.  The numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office showed that 10,109 voters have cast ballots in New Mexico already. Of those, 8,816 […]

Luján leads Ronchetti by 10 points in open U.S. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján maintained a double-digit lead in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat according to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for NM Political Report. The poll showed that Luján led Republican Mark Ronchetti 51 percent to 41 percent, with 3 percent saying they […]

2020 Elections: U.S. House candidates on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change. First Congressional District: Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland is running for reelection against Republican Michelle Garcia Holmes. Haaland, a […]

Candidate Q&A: Deb Haaland on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s congressional candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  You can find all our congressional candidate interviews here.  The following interview is with Deb Haaland, who is running for […]

Candidate Q&A: Teresa Leger Fernandez on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  You can find all our congressional candidate interviews here.  The following interview is with Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat who […]

Candidate Q&A: Alexis Johnson on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  You can find all our congressional candidate interviews here.  The following interview is with Alexis Johnson, a Republican who is […]

Candidate Q&A: Steve Jones on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  You can find all our congressional candidate interviews here.  The following interview is with Steve Jones, who is running for […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/07/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 316 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the second time in a week that the state had more […]

COVID-19 growth in Bernalillo County, other areas lead to 316 new cases

New Mexico’s Department of Health once again announced more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, more than a third of which were from Bernalillo County. The number of those hospitalized for COVID-19 also continued to grow. The state did not report any new deaths related to the disease. […]

Biden leads Trump by 14 points in NM

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 14 points in a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for NM Political Report. The poll found that 53 percent of New Mexico voters said they will vote for Biden, a Democrat, while 39 percent say they will vote for Trump, a Republican. Another […]

Growing Forward: The Dynamics of Legalization

In about two months some New Mexico lawmakers will begin to prefile bills ahead of next year’s legislative session, which starts in January.  All issues are on the table for the upcoming 60-day session, but one topic that’s almost guaranteed to resurface in January is legalizing recreational-use cannabis. Since she […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/06/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is in the midst of a two-week self-quarantine after a possible contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Read […]

158 new cases of COVID-19, two additional deaths

On Monday, the state Department of Health reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the disease. The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in New Mexico to 30,632 and the number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 894. The new cases included […]

Gov. Lujan Grisham self-quarantining after possible COVID-19 contact

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday that she is self-quarantining and will work remotely after a possible exposure to someone with COVID-19, though her office said she tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday and has exhibited no symptoms of the virus. A press release from the governor’s office said that […]

2020 Elections: U.S. Senate candidates on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change. Three candidates are running for the U.S. Senate in a seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Udall announced […]

Candidate Q&A: Bob Walsh on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  The following interview is with Libertarian Bob Walsh, who is running for the U.S. Senate in a seat currently held […]

Candidate Q&A: Ben Ray Luján on environmental issues

This week, we’re running a series of interviews with New Mexico’s federal candidates, each of whom answered questions about issues related to our energy future, water scarcity and climate change.  The following interview is with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who is running for the U.S. Senate in a seat […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/05/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: The deadline to register to vote is this Tuesday. To check your registration, go to nmvote.org. This weekend, the state reported nearly 500 […]

State reported 189 new cases of COVID-19, two additional deaths on Sunday

On Sunday, the state of New Mexico reported 189 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the disease. Bernalillo County once again had the highest number of new cases according to the state Department of Health, with 47, but this was only one more than Doña Ana […]

The mysterious White House testing scheme that did not protect Trump

President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is raising fresh questions about the White House’s strategy for testing and containing the virus for a president whose cavalier attitude about the coronavirus has persisted since it landed on American shores. The president has said others are tested before getting close to him, appearing […]

Nearly three hundred new cases of COVID-19

The number of cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico continued to increase Saturday as state health officials announced 298 new cases. With the newly reported cases, New Mexico has seen 30,296 cases in total. Health officials also announced an additional three deaths related to the disease. That brings the state’s total COVID-19 related deaths to 890. There are currently 95 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 17,210 have been deemed recovered, according to state health officials.

Democrats and Republicans urge early voting to avoid the pitfalls of the primary

After the coronavirus pandemic and record turnout led to shuttered polling places and mountains of absentee ballots slowing the count in June’s primary election, New Mexico county clerks say they’re hiring more election workers and opening more places to vote in person for the general election. Still, there is anxiety […]

New COVID-19 cases shoot past 300 for first time since July

State health officials reported 341 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and five deaths related to the disease. The 341 cases represent the third-highest single day increase in new cases since the start of the pandemic.  The state Department of Health has not recorded more than 300 new cases in a […]

MLG: ‘Alarm bells should be going off’ over NM trending in wrong direction on COVID-19

New Mexico’s average number of daily confirmed cases is above its goal for the first time since early August, the spread rate remains well above that goal—which led New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Human Services Department Secretary to urge New Mexicans to follow the state public health […]

Number of people hospitalized up 30 percent in one week, state announced 227 new cases Thursday

The state announced 227 additional cases of COVID-19 and five new related deaths during a news conference. The five additional deaths related to the disease brings that number to 882 total. The state Department of Health reported only the following information provided below on the five mortalities related to the […]

WATCH: Lujan Grisham’s 10/1 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials discussed the state’s response to COVID-19 and school reentry Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The full video of the press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page is available below.

New Mexico’s 1969 abortion law was one in a long line of laws restricting access

When the New Mexico Legislature passed the 1969 law on abortion, it was the least restrictive version of the state’s previous abortion laws, but one advocates say would be too restrictive if it goes back into effect. Since U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18, and […]

Federal spending on children in decline, says child advocacy group

A national children’s advocacy group, First Focus on Children, reported Wednesday that federal annual spending on children is in decline. First Focus on Children held an online presentation with various speakers, including New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat, to discuss some of the needs not being met […]

Schools revamp meal programs during COVID-19 to curb childhood hunger, with potential to fix long-term problems

The day starts early each Friday at the Mora Independent School District in northern New Mexico.  Staff arrive before the sun is up to pack coolers of breakfasts and lunches to supply 310 remote students with five days of meals. By 9 a.m., loaded school buses rumble out of the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/01/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported 281 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. This represented the highest number in a single day since late […]

DOH: 281 new COVID-19 cases, most in a single day in two months

State health officials reported 281 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the most reported in a single day since July 29, and another indication that the growth in cases appears to be accelerating. The state Department of Health also reported two additional deaths related to the disease. Bernalillo County had […]

BLM boss still on the job despite judge’s ruling

ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management says it will challenge a judge’s ruling that ousted William Perry Pendley as director of the agency last week. In the meantime, Pendley is still at the agency, and influencing BLM policies. For the past few years, the Trump administration has avoided confirmation […]

Tribes, archaeologists are working to identify sites in Greater Chaco for protections from oil and gas

Tribal governments are working with archaeologists to identify thousands of culturally-sensitive sites and resources in the Greater Chaco region, in hopes of preventing oil and gas development in the area from encroaching further onto the sacred landscape.  The studies are part of a multi-pronged strategy to protect the area amid […]

Health official urges New Mexicans to abide by state health guidelines to slow COVID-19 spread

If all New Mexico residents and workplaces follow the guidelines in the state’s public health orders, there would be no need to impose further restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase said on Monday.  This comes as the state sees an increase in […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/30/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 178 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths on Tuesday. Read more details here. The New York […]

178 cases of COVID-19 in NM reported Tuesday and two deaths in Eddy County

The state Department of Health announced 178 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and two related deaths. This brought the number of total cases to 29,157. There are 80 individuals who were currently hospitalized. That is an increase of four since Monday. Of those who were hospitalized, 14 were on ventilators, […]

Former Kellys owners agree to pay over $1.3 million to settle wage theft suit

The former owners of Kellys Brew Pub and Restaurant agreed to pay $1.375 million to settle a wage theft lawsuit that has been winding its way through the legal system for years. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which represented the workers, announced the settlement on Tuesday morning. […]

Growing Forward and looking to the past

It is nearly a guarantee that recreational cannabis legalization will be one of the main talking points and likely a wedge issue during next year’s legislative session. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has made it clear since she ran for governor and throughout her nearly two years in office that she […]

Long-serving State Rep. Trujillo resigns

State Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, announced Monday his resignation from the state legislature. Trujillo already opted not to run for reelection in House District 45.  Democrat Linda Serrato faces Libertarian Helen Milenski in the district that has historically been a safe Democratic seat. The House Democrats said he “resigned […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/29/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. While it’s not COVID-19 news, I did want to highlight Growing Forward, a podcast that’s a collaboration between NM Political Report and New Mexico […]

Spread rate in NM continues to rise, while DOH reports 146 new COVID-19 cases

State health officials reported 146 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths on Monday, as the spread rate and some other gating criteria continue to go in the wrong direction. The New Mexico Department of Health has now reported 28,985 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic […]

First Supreme Court reproductive battle without Ginsburg likely over mifepristone

The first reproductive rights test for the U.S. Supreme Court since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will likely be the court battle over whether people should be able to access the medication mifepristone for abortion through telehealth. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requested the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/28/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 206 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths on Saturday and 159 new cases of COVID-19 and […]

State reports 159 new cases of COVID-19

State health officials reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the disease to 28,844.  No deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Sunday. The state Department of Health said the number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 870. […]

A real vaccine before the election? It’d take a miracle.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any potential vaccine would […]

A fourth straight day of more than 200 cases of COVID-19 Saturday

For the fourth day in a row the state announced more than 200 cases of COVID-19. The state Department of Health reported 206 cases Saturday of the disease and five additional deaths related to the respiratory illness. DOH has now found 28,692 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the […]

Will loopholes gut New Mexico’s new rules on oil and gas well pollution?

New Mexico’s regulators have crafted ambitious new rules to limit air pollution from oil and gas wells, but some stakeholders worry that the flexibility they offer to operators will gut them. “The problem is, right now, the exemptions swallow the rule,” said Jon Goldstein with the Environmental Defense Fund. New […]

263 new cases as surge of new COVID cases continues

The increase in COVID-19 cases in New Mexico in the weeks after easing of restrictions and the Labor Day weekend continued, when the state Department of Health reported 263 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday along with six additional deaths related to the disease. The rate of spread, one of […]

NM public safety secretary ‘dismissed’ by governor

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office confirmed Friday that the state’s head of public safety was “dismissed.” The news site Northern New Mexico Independent first reported that Lujan Grisham fired Public Safety Secretary Mark Shea. In response to the report that Shea notified his, now former, employees in an […]

State Environmental Improvement Board hears air quality permits appeal

The state Environmental Improvement Board heard arguments during a hearing on Thursday about air quality permits issued by the New Mexico Environment Department that an environmental group alleges are illegal.  WildEarth Guardians appealed four permits issued by NMED for oil and gas facilities in Eddy and Lea counties, where ozone […]

SOS: Big absentee request numbers could result in lengthier time counting ballots

In a press conference on Thursday Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse spoke about the voting efforts, as Election Day is just 40 days away and county clerks will begin sending absentee ballots to voters in less than two weeks. She also said that not every vote would be counted on […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/25/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state reported 239 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. It was the second straight day of 200 or more cases. See […]

Guv: NM needs to ‘crush’ COVID-19 by sticking with COVID-safe practices

Cases are ticking up in recent days, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during a press conference Thursday that she believes New Mexicans can do their part to “crush” the virus. To do this, the governor said New Mexicans need to “double down” on COVID-safe practices, including wearing masks, adhering […]

New COVID-19 cases increase two weeks after Labor Day weekend

State health officials announced Thursday 239 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths related to the disease. It’s the second day in a row that the state has reported more than 200 new cases in a day, after nearly a month of lower single-day case increases.  Eight counties reported […]

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

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was joined by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Thursday afternoon to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response as well as the preparations for this year’s general elections. The full video of the press conference is available below. Read the recap here.

A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo reservation

SHIPROCK, N.M. — In the fertile northeast corner of the Navajo Nation, fields that only months ago were traditional open-air corn farms are now stuffed with hundreds of industrial-sized greenhouses, each glowing with artificial lights and brimming with emerald cannabis plants. Security cameras ring the perimeters and hired guards in […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/24/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state reported 200 new cases of COVID-19, the first time the state had 200 or more cases reported in a single day in […]

First day with 200 new COVID-19 cases in nearly a month

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported 200 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease. This was the first day the state reported more than 200 cases in a single day in nearly a month, since August 26. The most cases came in […]

Tax expert says there could be significant revenues in cannabis legalization, some lawmakers still skeptical

Comments and questions raised on Tuesday during an interim legislative tax policy committee point towards lengthy debates on recreational cannabis legalization in the upcoming legislative session in January.  Richard Anklam, the president and executive director of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute, told lawmakers that states that were early in […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/23/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. State health officials reported 110 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here. The state of New […]

State reports 110 new cases and three deaths related to COVID-19

State health officials reported Tuesday 110 new cases of COVID-19 and three related deaths. The state has now recorded a total of 27,790 cases of the disease and 854 deaths since the pandemic began in March. Three counties reported double-digit increases in new cases. Bernalillo County reported 21 new cases, […]

Armed with new research, ranchers rethink depredation

Rangeland management of the 20th century was dominated by killing anything and everything that threatened livestock. Predators, and especially wolves, were characterized as both nuisance and threat to ranchers and hunters alike for most of the last century.  As the nature writer Aldo Leopold once wrote about the first quarter […]

DOJ backs suit challenging COVID-19 rules for private schools

The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on a lawsuit alleging that the state’s COVID-19 rules on private schools, including religious schools, during COVID-19 are unconstitutional ahead of a hearing on a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction scheduled for Wednesday. U.S. Attorney John Anderson filed a brief agreeing with […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/22/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported 106 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. The spread rate also went above the state’s gating criteria. […]

DOH: 106 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths

On Monday, state health officials reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the disease. Bernalillo County, with 27, Doña Ana County, with 18, and Santa Fe County, with 15, were the only three counties with double-digit numbers of newly reported cases. The state Department of […]

Secretary of State talks voting by mail in New Mexico

Election Day is a month and a half away and New Mexico’s Secretary of State Maggie Tolouse Oliver wants voters to know the state’s election process works and is safe and secure.  Over the past several weeks, there has been speculation from President Donald Trump and the Republican Party that […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/21/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. On Saturday, the state DOH reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 and another 67 on Sunday. DOH also reported eight additional deaths related to […]

Two new deaths related to COVID-19, 67 new cases

On Sunday, state health officials announced two more deaths related to COVID-19 and 67 new cases of the disease. The total number of reported cases is 27,579 and there have been 849 deaths related to COVID-19 in total.  In Sunday’s announcement officials said there are currently 64 people hospitalized  for […]

Rural women in the state could face additional access issues for breast cancer exams

Access issues plaguing the state could be exacerbating women’s cancer screenings difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Cancer Society. Tim Tokarski, senior manager for development in New Mexico and El Paso for the American Cancer Society, told NM Political Report that the need to travel long distances […]

DOH: 164 new COVID-19 cases, six additional deaths

New Mexico health officials announced 164 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the third straight day with 150 or more newly reported cases. The state also reports six additional COVID-19 deaths. The new cases announced by the New Mexico Department of Health included 18 new cases among New Mexico Corrections […]

Water reckoning looms in New Mexico’s future: ‘We’re not prepared for what’s ahead of us’

Water experts painted a grim picture of New Mexico’s water future during a panel discussion focused on water policy and management. The panel was hosted by Retake Democracy, an advocacy group based in Santa Fe.  Dave Gutzler, a professor at UNM’s Earth and Planetary Sciences department, emphasized that climate change […]

Reactions from New Mexico officials to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday. She was 87. The vacancy her seat creates will now give Republicans the opportunity to try to place another conservative justice to the bench. President Donald Trump, reacting to two Supreme Court decisions in June that he didn’t like, tweeted that […]

DOH reports 154 new COVID-19 cases, five additional deaths

State health officials reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the second straight day the state reported over 150 cases of the disease. Additionally, the state Department of Health reported five additional deaths related to COVID-19. DOH has now found 27,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and reported 841 deaths […]

Good trends with COVID-19 in NM lead state to ease a few more restrictions

The governor and officials said there continued to be good news on the state’s COVID-19 response, as it continues to meet most gating criteria. Because of this, New Mexico will allow some youth sports practices to go forward as the state continues to slowly lift restrictions throughout the state beginning […]

Head of NM census: ‘Today’s the day” to get counted

During the governor’s weekly update on COVID-19 statistics, her appointee in charge of overseeing the federal census in the state urged New Mexicans to make sure they are all counted.  Pam Coleman, the chair of the Statewide Complete Count Commission and director for the New Mexico State Personnel Office said […]

Groups condemn forced hysterectomies in a Georgia detention facility

Nicole Martin, a sex education developer and co-founder of the grassroots reproductive rights organization Indigenous Women Rising (IWR), called forced hysterectomies reported by a whistleblower in a migrant detention facility in Georgia a crime against humanity. Martin, of Laguna Pueblo and Diné (Navajo Nation), likened the forced hysterectomies as “directly […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/18/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. In a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced some easing of COVID-19 restrictions on youth activities. Read about them here. If […]

State reports 159 new cases and 4 deaths related to COVID-19

State health officials announced 159 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and four deaths related to the disease. The state has now recorded 27,199 cases of the illness since the start of the pandemic and 836 related deaths.  Bernalillo County reported the most new cases of COVID-19, with 38. Six other […]

WATCH: Governor’s 9/17 COVID-19 press conference

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and members of her administration held a press conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state on Thursday afternoon. Officials also discussed the state’s census response. You can watch the entire press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page, below.

Wired for success: How tiny Navajo Technical University took big steps to keep students connected

The college experience has been reduced to the size of a computer monitor on many college campuses this fall. In an effort to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, more than 1,000 colleges and universities are fully or heavily relying on virtual learning, including schools on the Navajo Nation – where internet access […]

Testimony highlights conflicting reports on support for Wild and Scenic bill for Gila Wilderness

Representatives from two opposing groups in New Mexico testified before the U.S. House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday, painting conflicting portraits of support for a bill that would see portions of the Gila River receive federal Wild and Scenic designations.  The M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/17/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state passed 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after reporting 119 new cases on Wednesday, with two additional deaths. Read more here, […]

State passes 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and announces two additional deaths

On Wednesday, state health officials announced 119 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number over 27,000 since the start of the pandemic, and two additional deaths related to the disease. The state Department of Health announcement found double-digit numbers of new cases in seven counties, led by Lea County […]

Conservationists hope Caja del Rio will benefit from fire’s regenerative effects

On a dry and dusty afternoon in August, a white hot bolt of lightning zipped down from a thunderhead to the parched land below, sparking the dry grass of the Caja del Rio plateau. A few hours later, acres of land on the plateau were aflame and thick black smoke […]

School districts’ menstrual products part of state’s budget cuts

The New Mexico State Legislature approved $170,000 for menstrual products for some New Mexico public and charter schools for Fiscal Year 2021. But because of the recent state budget crisis, the legislature trimmed the state budget for menstrual products in the schools to $141,190 during the recent special legislative session, […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/16/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. State health officials announced seven newly reported deaths and 82 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read more here. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said […]

Seven newly reported deaths, 82 new cases

On Tuesday, state health officials reported seven additional deaths related to COVID-19 along with 82 new cases. The most new cases reported by the state Department of Health were from Bernalillo County, 17, followed by McKinley County with 12. No other county reported double digit numbers of cases.  But the […]

USDA crop insurance program cuts benefits to Rio Arriba farmers, acequia-irrigated lands

Last summer, the land where Rio Arriba county rancher Tony Casados grows hay for his cattle produced a bounty. He cut more than four tons from each acre. But this year, he’s seeing just over half a ton per acre. “I’m 74 years old, and in all my years of […]

Cannon Air Force Base to pay $250k for PFAS permit violations; contamination cleanup slow

Cannon Air Force Base will pay a $251,000 “administrative fee” to the state in lieu of the $1.7 million fine that the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) imposed on the Air Force earlier this year for alleged permit violations related to PFAS contamination.   PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/15/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state reported 81 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths related to the disease on Monday. Also, the state updated how the state […]

No new deaths, and 81 new COVID-19 cases, DOH announces Monday

State health officials reported on Monday 81 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths related to the disease. The most new cases came out of Bernalillo County where the state Department of Health reported 22 new cases. Luna County followed with 15 new cases, followed by Santa Fe County […]

During pandemic, a privately run detention center sought to find new migrants to detain

A private detention center in southern New Mexico sought to increase the numbers of detainees within its facility after the state declared a public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Management and Training Company (MTC), which operates the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC), sent a letter to Otero County Manager […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/14/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced 203 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths this weekend, with 100 cases and three deaths related to the disease […]

State reports 103 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths Sunday

State health officials reported 103 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths related to the disease Sunday. There have now been 26,761 reported cases of the disease in New Mexico since the start of the pandemic and 823 related deaths.  Chaves County had the most new cases with 29, […]

Tribes in NM under intense pressure to complete census count by new deadline

With three weeks to go before the US Census is scheduled to end, 19 percent of Navajo people have responded to the U.S. Census, a much lower rate than for New Mexico and the U.S. overall, and lags behind all other tribes located within the state other than Jicarilla Apache. […]

Judge rules inmate is safer from COVID-19 in prison than at home

Despite conditions that make social distancing difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, a New Mexico state district judge ruled that keeping a man in state prison would be safer than going home roughly four months early.  District Judge Albert Mitchell ruled on Aug. 20 that despite his underlying health conditions and […]

100 new cases and 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19

On Saturday, the state Department of Health announced 100 additional cases of COVID-19 and three additional related deaths. Doña Ana County had the highest increase in cases, with 19. The other counties with double digit numbers were Bernalillo, with 14 additional cases, and Chaves, with 11 additional cases. The three […]

Private prison operator CoreCivic is accused of ignoring a COVID-19 outbreak, putting inmates and the community at risk

In the first week of July, Freddie Sanchez began to feel a hot and cold tingling sensation in his neck and back. He had been imprisoned at Cibola County Correctional Center for two years and lived in a working pod, a unit of about 40 federal inmates who work in […]

Don’t delay breast cancer screenings, say health experts

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer for women in New Mexico and cancer experts urge women to make appointments if they previously delayed mammograms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase said during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s press […]

137 new cases, as cases continue to grow in Chaves County

State health officials reported 137 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and two additional deaths related to the disease. The state also continues to meet most of its gating criteria for reopening, though the average number of tests conducted daily is dropping. The total number of newly reported cases, on […]

DOI ‘expediting’ Chaco drilling proposal during pandemic

A proposal that would increase oil and gas drilling in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico is one of a long list of energy projects that are being “expedited” by the U.S. Department of Interior during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of the Trump Administration.  The information […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/11/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: Yesterday, I was one of the thousands of those without power. Luckily, PNM restored power in the early hours of the morning on […]

Focus on education as state continues to see COVID-19 improvement

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials had a largely positive press conference related to COVID-19 on Thursday. While the governor addressed further discussions of further easing restrictions, she said the focus is currently on in-person education and childcare.  “Focus is on education. Number one priority,” Lujan Grisham said. […]

161 additional cases of COVID-19 and three additional related deaths

The state announced 161 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday and three additional related deaths. Three counties in the southeast – Chaves with 31; Eddy with 21; and Lea with 13 – reported double digit numbers Thursday. The other four counties that reported double digit numbers were Bernalillo with 27; Doña […]

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 9/10 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held their regular remote press conference to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 on Thursday. The governor’s office streamed the press conference on Facebook or interpreted into Spanish on YouTube. The full Facebook video is also embedded below. Read about […]

Lujan Grisham: States need more fiscal help from DC for COVID-19 recovery

During a hearing of the House Committee on Financial Services, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other governors from across the country asked for more aid from the federal government because of the costs incurred from dealing with COVID-19, and said if none comes that the results would be dire. Lujan […]

Now in government food aid boxes: A letter from Donald Trump

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table may discover a new item in government-funded relief packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy […]

Congressional panel examines environmental justice issues in New Mexico

U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Raúl Grijalva hosted a panel discussion this week about environmental justice issues in New Mexico. Local speakers discussed a wide range of environmental issues during the panel, which was held in support of the Environmental Justice for All Act currently sitting in the House Natural […]

NM Political Report, NMPBS launch Growing Forward

New Mexico Political Report is excited to announce the result of a months-long collaboration with New Mexico PBS: Growing Forward.  Growing Forward is a new podcast about cannabis in New Mexico, thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Local News Fund.  Reporter Andy Lyman and NMPBS correspondent Megan Kamerick […]

State waives co-payments for childcare for next two months

The state will waive parent co-payments for child care for September and October. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced Wednesday that it will cover the revenue child care programs would have received from the parent co-payments and the state will include this amount in its regular monthly […]

State reports 92 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths

State health officials reported 92 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and six deaths related to the disease, in another day of low reported numbers of new cases across the state and low number of tests processed.   Only two counties reported double-digit increases in news cases: Doña Ana County reported 17 new […]

Campaign pushing to change PRC

Some elections can devolve into popularity contests. But one issue on the ballot in New Mexico will be whether or not one of the state’s key regulatory bodies should be made up of elected or appointed officials.  Currently, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is made up of five elected […]

Poll shows leads for Democrats, including presidential, Senate race

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal recently, with results released this weekend, showed a large lead for former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential race and a sizeable, if smaller, lead for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján in the U.S. Senate race. The poll—conducted by Research & Polling, […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/9/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported 44 additional COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths on Tuesday; it was the first day with no newly […]

Total cases still at low levels, but also a dip in tests

For the second straight day, the state of New Mexico reported fewer than 45 cases of COVID-19 and reported numbers not seen since the early weeks of the pandemic. At the same time, the number of tests reported also remained low coming out of a long holiday weekend. The state […]

Tough on moms: Stories of struggle and juggling demands during the pandemic

A domestic worker and mother of four, Olga Santa lost her job because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her daughters, age 7, 11, 13 and 15, are all learning remotely this fall in Albuquerque and will continue to do so for some time; the Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted six to […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/8/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. We spoke to several mothers about how they are handling the pandemic, between juggling working from home and helping their children with schooling and […]

Four more COVID-19 related deaths from counties with highest number of total cases

With an additional four deaths related to COVID-19 and 46 new positive cases reported on Sunday by New Mexico health officials, the state has seen 807 deaths and 26,144 confirmed cases of the disease. As of Sunday, the state Department of Health reported 65 people are hospitalized in the state with the disease and 13,604 have been deemed recovered. 

According to state officials, all four of the latest deaths came from counties with the most total number of cases. 

Three new deaths and 66 new cases of COVID-19 in NM

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico as of Sunday is 803, according to state health officials. That total number includes three new reported deaths. The total number of cases of the disease is now 26,107 after 66 new cases were reported on Sunday. 

According to the state Department of Health, there are currently 65 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 13,530 have been deemed recovered.  

State reaches 26,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 800 deaths

After newly reported cases by state health officials, the state now has 800 deaths related to COVID-19 and over 26,000 confirmed cases. On Saturday, the state Department of Health announced 152 newly reported COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths related to the disease. With the newly reported cases, the state […]

Facebook’s political ad ban also threatens ability to spread accurate information on how to vote

Facebook this week said it would bar political ads in the seven days before the presidential election. That could prevent dirty tricks or an “October surprise” and give watchdogs time to fact-check statements. But rather than responding with glee, election officials say the move leaves them worried.

Included in the ban are ads purchased by election officials — secretaries of state and boards of elections — who use Facebook to inform voters about how voting will work. The move effectively removes a key communication channel just as millions of Americans will begin to navigate a voting process different from any they’ve experienced before.

“Every state’s elections office has a very small communications office that is doing everything that they can to get the word out about the election,” said Gabe Rosenberg, the communications director for Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill (who is not related to this reporter). “This just makes it a little bit harder, for, as far as I can see, no real gain.”

State still meeting most gating criteria; DOH reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths

State health officials announced on Friday 96 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease. The state now has 25,902 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 794 deaths related to the disease. The numbers from the state Department of Health come as the Labor Day weekend […]

DOH order sets social distancing procedures for in-person voting

With Election Day less than two months away and early in-person voting beginning even earlier, the state set forward physical distancing requirements at polling locations for those who choose to vote in person. The new requirements in a public health order by the New Mexico Secretary of Health come as […]

Fighting fire with fire: Forest managers rethink fire ecology in New Mexico

There’s a stretch of land in the Jemez Mountains that has been empty for decades. It’s a burn scar from a fire that burned in the 1950s.  The vegetation is still recovering from that fire. Cynthia Naha, a member of the Hopi tribe who works for Santo Domingo Pueblo, said […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/4/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. On Thursday, DOH reported 202 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death related to the disease. Read more here. The state Public Education Department […]

PED gives update on opening some elementary schools to in-person instruction

The state is getting ready to allow some elementary schools to reopen for in-person instruction next week, as part of a hybrid model with remote learning, the state Public Education Department Secretary said in an online press conference on Thursday. “We’ve been anxiously awaiting the point where we can get […]

State reports 202 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death

State health officials announced 202 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 25,812 since the start of the pandemic.  One new death was attributed to the illness: A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident […]

Travelers from low-risk states will no longer need to self-quarantine

The state of New Mexico will ease its mandatory quarantines for those who come to New Mexico from states with lower levels of COVID-19, the governor’s office announced on Thursday morning. Changes will also impact certain places of lodging and allow more capacity. The changes to the state’s public health […]

Health official: Get flu shot soon in anticipation of COVID-19 vaccine

With news that at least one COVID-19 vaccine may be available in the United States by November, and the federal government asked states to prepare to begin for that timeline, a key health official said it was more important than ever for New Mexicans to get their flu shots early […]

MLK Jr Commission, foundation facing public records suit

A former employee at a state commission filed a lawsuit Monday against the board’s executive director, alleging that he and the organization are illegally withholding financial information.  Erica Davis Crump, the former associate director of the New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, filed the suit against her former boss, […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/3/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. In an update on Wednesday, the state said it is still meeting its gating criteria, but also reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 and […]

State continues to meet gating criteria, but 154 newly reported cases, 3 additional deaths

New Mexico continues to meet its gating criteria as it moves towards some reopening of in-person instruction following Labor Day. Meanwhile, on Wednesday DOH reported 154 new cases and three newly announced deaths. Doña Ana County had the most newly reported cases, with 33, and was one of six counties […]

At a Santa Fe rehab, masks were optional — but showing up at work with COVID-19 symptoms was mandatory

SANTA FE — It was a Wednesday evening when Emily Everhart spiked a fever, started coughing and developed a sore throat. She was anxious: All three are tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19. And Everhart, a mental health therapist, had good reason to fear she’d been exposed: There recently had been an […]

Pandemic has worsened child well being in state

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the progress the state started to make towards ending its long-time position as 50th in the nation for child well being, according to child advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children. Emily Wildau, research and policy analyst for New Mexico Voices for Children’s annual Kids […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/2/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. State health officials reported 110 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here. A report found that the […]

DOH: 110 new COVID-19 cases, eight additional deaths

New Mexico health officials announced on Tuesday 110 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths related to the disease. The most cases came out of Doña Ana County, with 32, followed by 30 in Bernalillo County. McKinley County, with 10 additional cases, was the only other county with a […]

A ‘humanitarian crisis’: To’Hajiilee’s aquifer is running out of water

The Diné community of To’Hajiilee is named after a spring in the area, which at one point sputtered up enough freshwater to fill one bucket after another. That’s what the name references, roughly translated into English. Today, the segment of Rio Puerco aquifer that is located beneath the village, which […]

Reproductive health care poll finds support among Native Americans in state

A poll taken earlier this year showed that 81 percent of Native Americans around the state believe that women deserve to make their own decisions about reproductive health care without government interference. Two nonprofit organizations, Southwest Women’s Law Center and Forward Together, commissioned the poll last spring and the poll […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/1/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. On Monday, the state Department of Health announced nine additional deaths related to COVID-19 along with 73 additional cases. Read more here. The Las […]

DOH: 73 additional COVID-19 cases, nine additional deaths

State health officials announced 73 additional cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths related to the disease.  Officials also reported the latest performance on key gating criteria on Monday, showing New Mexico meeting, in some cases narrowly, most of the criteria put forward by the state. The nine deaths related […]

COVID + influenza: This is a good year to get a flu shot, experts advise

Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized. Although sometimes incorrectly regarded as just another […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/31/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced 246 new cases this weekend, and three additional deaths, with 139 new cases and two additional related deaths reported on Saturday […]

One death and 107 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday

State health officials reported Sunday 107 new cases of COVID-19 and one death related to the disease.  The death was a male in his 60s from Lea County who had underlying conditions. The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 770.  Only three counties reported double-digit […]

Indigenous activists brace for worsening wildfires under climate change

SANTA FE —  Up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Medio Fire is burning over four square miles of forest land. Its smoke has been combining with that from wildfires across the West and spilling down the mountains into Santa Fe and nearby communities. When Carrie Wood found out […]

Some raise concerns about out-of-state, reciprocal patients in the time of COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the New Mexico Department of Health approved rules that put into practice a state law allowing medical cannabis patients from other states to buy, possess and use medical cannabis in New Mexico.  The law was passed in 2019 as part of a massive statutory change for […]

DOH: 139 new cases and two deaths related to COVID-19

The state Department of Health reported 139 additional cases of COVID-19 and two new related deaths to the disease Saturday. The two deaths were both Bernalillo County residents. One was a male in his 50s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of Las Palomas Center. […]

They know how to prevent megafires. Why won’t anybody listen?

What a week. Rough for all Californians. Exhausting for the firefighters on the front lines. Heart-shattering for those who lost homes and loved ones. But a special “Truman Show” kind of hell for the cadre of men and women who’ve not just watched California burn, fire ax in hand, for the past two or three or five decades, but who’ve also fully understood the fire policy that created the landscape that is now up in flames.

“What’s it like?” Tim Ingalsbee repeated back to me, wearily, when I asked him what it was like to watch California this past week. In 1980, Ingalsbee started working as a wildland firefighter. In 1995, he earned a doctorate in environmental sociology. And in 2005, frustrated by the huge gap between what he was learning about fire management and seeing on the fire line, he started Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. Since then FUSEE has been lobbying Congress, and trying to educate anybody who will listen, about the misguided fire policy that is leading to the megafires we are seeing today.

Speakers tout NM’s climate leadership, but are quiet on oil and gas production

A group of local leaders touted New Mexico’s work towards addressing climate change during a recent webinar on public health and climate change. But speakers such as Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, and New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) Sec. Kathyleen Kunkel tip-toed around the […]

State crosses 25,000 total COVID-19 cases

With 126 additional COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health announced the state now has 25,042 total confirmed cases of the disease. DOH also announced three additional deaths related to the disease, bringing the total to 767. The news comes as the state prepares to loosen some restrictions and plan […]

State outlines further reopening, begins plans for some in-person learning

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham further outlined the changes to the state’s public health order, which will go into effect on Saturday and last through at least September 18, and officials provided updates on preparations for a return to in-person learning for some elementary school students in September. But the state […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/28/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham outlined the easing of restrictions that will happen this weekend, plus previewed the reopening of schools that’s scheduled for the […]

Warning: U.S. might be subjected to ‘petticoat rule’ – a celebration of women’s right to vote

The city of Albuquerque’s 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage special on Wednesday was both a celebration of the 19th amendment and a reminder of the darker moments behind voting rights. A bevy of women speakers, from political leaders like Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to young women pledging to vote for […]

State health officials announce 190 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

State health officials reported 190 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday afternoon and 9 additional deaths related to the disease. The state has now recorded 24,920 total cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March.  Five counties reported double-digit increases in new cases. Bernalillo County led with 53 […]

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 8/27 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a press conference on Thursday, where the governor’s office said she and other state officials provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 response and the upcoming amended public health order. The governor’s office announced on Wednesday that the new public health order […]

NM Supreme Court: State has authority to limit indoor dining

Once again, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the state when it came to upholding and enforcing the state public health order, this time saying not only does the state Department of Health have the authority to close or restrict indoor dining at restaurants, but that their […]

A lawsuit over abortion rights in Texas will affect women in New Mexico

A lawsuit over abortion rights in Texas currently pending before the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals could impact women in New Mexico. A judge is expected to make a decision on Whole Women’s Health v. Paxton in the near future, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is […]

BIA: Navajo members can ‘work around’ connectivity issues to participate in online forum on oil and gas development

Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) told participants of a virtual meeting Wednesday that they can “work around” connectivity issues to participate in information sessions about proposed amendments to the BLM’s Resource Management Plan for the Farmington field office.  […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/27/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state has the authority to restrict indoor dining and that their reasoning to do so was […]

Uptick in cases after decline

After a decline in case numbers, the state reported an uptick in COVID-19 with 205 new cases Wednesday. DOH also announced five additional deaths Wednesday, which brings the mortalities related to COVID-19 to 755. One of those deaths was a man in his 100s from Sandoval County. He had underlying […]

Amid drop in COVID-19 cases, state will ease some restrictions including allowing limited indoor dining

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that they would amend the state’s public health order when it expires on August 28 to ease some restrictions on houses of worship and restaurants, as the trend in COVID-19 has improved in recent weeks. However, they still warned to remain vigilant over becoming too […]

Albuquerque police officer, Navajo Nation VP take part in RNC

An Albuquerque Police Department officer and the Navajo Nation Vice President each spoke at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, a night highlighted by a speech by First Lady Melania Trump. The night was the second of the convention, where Republicans officially nominated Donald Trump for reelection. Trump will face […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/26/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 69 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease. The state reached the […]

Using tech and circuit riding to beat the pandemic

Kelly Maestas starts each weekday the same way, cranking up a school bus parked at the Cuba Independent School District bus barn. The sun has already risen over the San Pedro mountains in the Santa Fe National Forest. But on Friday morning a smoggy haze lingers over this rural redoubt […]

69 newly reported COVID-19 cases, as number of deaths reaches 750

The drop in reported cases of COVID-19 continued on Tuesday, when the state Department of Health announced 69 cases.  But the state also hit the 750 mark of deaths related to the disease after reporting three additional deaths. The state now has 24,535 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. Only one […]

NMED says it cannot deny oil and gas permits due to ozone concerns

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) doesn’t have the authority to deny permits to companies for oil and gas facilities over concerns about impacts to already high levels of ozone in Eddy and Lea counties, according to an NMED spokesperson.  Ozone levels in Eddy and Lea counties are in violation […]

Historically undercounted groups may be undercounted again in U.S. census

With only a little more than a month left to fill out the 2020 U.S. census, some groups that have been historically forgotten could go under counted again. Adrien Lawyer, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Transgender Resource Center, told NM Political Report said that even the best available data on the transgender […]