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Ethics complaint alleges group failed to disclose donors, and suggests connection to prominent lobbyist

Over the course of May and early June this year, a new group called the “Council for a Competitive New Mexico” (CCNM) spent over $130,000 on a media campaign supporting a group of incumbent state senators, most of whom would go on to lose as part of a progressive wave […]

COVID-19 cases continue to dip, but DOH reported six additional deaths

The state of New Mexico announced Friday 197 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, the first time in over a month that the state announced fewer than 200 tests on a day with full results. The state also announced six additional deaths. With the new totals, DOH has now reported 21,965 […]

Guv optimistic, but still cautious, as COVID-19 number improve

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials had good news for New Mexicans when it came to COVID-19 during her Thursday press conference.  The number of cases, after reaching a peak in mid-July, have dropped down in the past couple of weeks through much of the state. The positivity rate […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/7/20 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 and state officials had an optimistic, but cautious, press conference updating the public on COVID-19, including outlining how people will […]

With 42 new cases of COVID-19 in Bernalillo County, the county’s total grows to over 5,000

The state announced during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s press conference Thursday 212 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. The 42 new cases in Bernalillo County pushes the total number of cases in the most populous county in the state to more than 5,000 cases. Doña Ana County […]

WATCH: Lujan Grisham’s 8/6 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her regular update on the state’s COVID-19 response on Thursday. The press conference came hours after Lujan Grisham adjusted part of the state’s public health order on quarantine requirements for those who travel out of state. Watch the full video, via the governor’s Facebook page, […]

State adjusts quarantine requirements for out-of-state travel for medical, family needs

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an adjusted executive order regarding quarantine for those who leave the state for medical or family needs. The adjusted order says that the quarantine requirement no longer applies to New Mexico residents who left the state to access medical care or those who […]

Keeping the river and its ecosystems ‘alive enough’ during dry spells

Actor and author Will Rogers once famously described the Rio Grande in the 1930s as “the only river I saw that needed irrigation.” “That’s kind of what we’re doing,” said Mike Hamman, CEO and chief engineer at the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD), as he described how the district […]

Inmates in Cibola County protest over COVID-19 conditions

A small group of federal detainees held a protest on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the private company which runs the facility confirmed. Amanda Gilchrist, the director of public affairs for CoreCivic, the company that oversees the western Cibola County Correctional Center, said in a statement that the group of detainees […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/6/20 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 New Mexico Department of Health announced 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19, as well as 229 new cases. There was some good news […]

DOH: 229 new COVID-19 cases, 9 additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 229 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and nine additional deaths related to the disease. This is the 12th day where the state has reported nine or more deaths in a single day, including the second in the last week. Bernalillo County […]

NM Supreme Court rules state can impose fines, other punishments for businesses who violate state health orders

The New Mexico Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has the power to implement fines against businesses that do not follow the state’s emergency health orders. 

“The court has concluded that the Legislature has clearly given the governor that authority,” New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Vigil said. 

Vigil added that the court will issue a written opinion “as quickly as [the court] can get it out.”

The state’s high court heard oral arguments Tuesday morning from the governor’s attorney Matthew Garcia and from Carter Harrison IV, who argued on behalf of about a dozen businesses and business owners. 

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/5/20 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 New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state can issue $5,000 fines for businesses that defy the state’s public health order. Read more […]

214 more cases of COVID-19, as positivity rate drops

A day after the state Department of Health released only partial results of COVID-19 tests because of a “technical disruption,” the department announced 214 new confirmed cases and three additional deaths related to the disease. Once again, Bernalillo County led with the most new cases in the state, with 67. […]

Bill to protect traditional land uses for land grant and acequia communities advances in the House

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and co-sponsored by Rep. Deb Haaland that would help land grant and acequia communities retain access to public lands for traditional uses  advanced in Congress.  The Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act would require more consultation between […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/4/20 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. New Mexico health officials announced 117 cases of COVID-19, but it was only a partial tally because of a technical error. The state also […]

Community group calls for release of youth in state custody

Earlier this year, the Albuquerque-based community activist group, the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), was in the planning stages of a juvenile justice campaign. The group’s director George Luján told NM Political Report that the planning stage quickly turned to an “emergency response campaign” to push state and local facilities to […]

COVID-19 cases increase by 117 in partial results after ‘technical disruption’

With partial results, because of what the department called “a technical disruption of the electronic laboratory system,” the state Department of Health announced 117 additional cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The state said the full results will be included when they are received and confirmed by the state. […]

Worsening air quality in Permian Basin ‘cause for concern’

Jeremy Nichols, director of WildEarth Guardians’ climate and energy program, is concerned about the air people are breathing in southeastern New Mexico. Nichols tracks ozone levels in Eddy and Lea counties, the state’s top oil producing counties in the Permian Basin. In early July, a key ambient air quality monitor […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/3/20 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. New Mexico health officials announced nearly 450 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 210 on Saturday and 226 on Sunday. A poll […]

State officials report 226 new cases and 3 deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday

State health officials reported 226 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and three additional deaths related to the disease. The new cases bring the state’s total to 21,016 recorded cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of those who have died has now reached 654. Bernalillo County, […]

Despite no corporate money pledges, Democratic federal candidates keep taking it

While every Democrat running for federal office in New Mexico this year pledged to not accept money from corporate political action committees, they still benefit from corporate giving.  Funneled to their campaigns from intermediary PACs that gather corporate money and then redirect it to candidates for office, the donations shine […]

Numbers of new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline with 210 Saturday but nine deaths

The state of New Mexico started the month of August with 210 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday and nine deaths. The numbers of cases have started to trend downward after nearly a month of increasing. The number of cases Friday was 225, which was the lowest the number had […]

Nursing home secrecy compounded pain of COVID-19 death

Roslyn K. Pulitzer drew her final breath holding the ungloved hand of Kay Lockridge, her partner of 36 years, on the morning of Thursday, April 30, at the University of New Mexico Hospital’s intensive care unit in Albuquerque.  “Roz knew I was there, although she couldn’t talk because of her […]

Poll: Luján Grisham and most other governors have higher approval ratings on COVID-19 pandemic than Trump

According to a fifty-state survey of how governors and the president are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico voters are much happier with the governor than the president. The same survey also found a majority of likely voters nationwide and in New Mexico supported giving every American the right to […]

New COVID-19 cases in NM lowest since July 5

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 225 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the lowest number since July 5. But the state also announced seven additional deaths related to the disease. In total, DOH has now found 20,600 confirmed cases and 642 deaths related to COVID-19. The total number […]

The confusing path to getting out of prison early

Unless he gets an early release, Stanley Ingram is set to leave state prison in about 100 days. His parole plan, he said, includes going to live with family in Tucumcari and trying to put his Associate’s degree in wind energy technology to use. Besides his two year degree, he […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/31/20 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. Gov. Michelle lujan Grisham announced in her weekly press conference Thursday that she would extend the state’s public health order through August with minimal […]

Trump trial balloon of moving Election Day lands with a thud

Democrats in New Mexico, including the Secretary of State, rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the upcoming federal elections be delayed. Trump floated the unlikely idea on Twitter Thursday morning, writing, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election […]

State programs to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

The state’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will emphasize the importance of breastfeeding by participating in World Breastfeeding Week, which begins Saturday. The theme this year is supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet. There will be presentations throughout the month of August on breastfeeding safely during the pandemic, according […]

Public health order extended as state focuses on aid

The state of New Mexico will extend its public health order with very little changes to the current  one, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday. The state will still limit capacity at many locations, like places of worship and retail stores, and not allow indoor dining at restaurants, while keeping […]

255 new COVID-19 cases in NM including uptick in McKinley County

The state Department of Health announced Thursday 255 additional COVID-19 cases which includes a new uptick in cases in McKinley County. McKinley County, which has grappled with one of the highest numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the state, had eight cases Wednesday and low double digit numbers Monday and […]

WATCH: Governor’s 7/30 COVID-19 press conference

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and members of her administration will held a press conference on the state’s COVID-19 response. You can watch the entire press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page, below or read the recap of the press conference here.

‘New Mexico is leading the nation’: Renewables set to replace coal-fired San Juan Generating Station

With a unanimous vote Wednesday morning, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) ended one piece of a year-long debate on the future of coal in the Four Corners region. The utility PNM, which is slated to exit the San Juan Generating Station in 2022, will now need to rely […]

U.S. Attorney says federal agents won’t be here in same capacity as in Portland

The U.S. Attorney for New Mexico sent a letter to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller providing assurances that the 35 agents that the federal government said would be sent to New Mexico would not be for the type of activities that have taken place in Portland, Oregon. U.S. Attorney John Anderson […]

Leaders from NM participate in Emily’s List virtual conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small spoke during the political action committee Emily’s List virtual conference this week, highlighting women’s accomplishments in politics. Lujan Grisham took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s “refusal to do the bare minimum,” during the pandemic as she highlighted the accomplishment’s […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/30/20 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 crossed the 20,000 mark on Wednesday, with 632 deaths related to the disease. The state announced 352 confirmed cases […]

NM crosses 20,000 COVID-19 cases

Driven by continued increases in cases in Bernalillo County and a detention center in Cibola County as part of the second-most COVID-19 cases announced in a single day in the state, the state of New Mexico passed 20,000 total confirmed cases on Wednesday. The New Mexico Department of Health announced […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/29/20 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. The state Department of Health announced 301 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. See more details here. Private and religious schools are […]

The COVID-19 downturn triggers jump in Medicaid enrollment

Reversing a three-year decline, the number of people covered by Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 began to take hold. Yet, the growth in participation in the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people was less than many […]

Another day of 300+ COVID-19 cases in NM

On Tuesday, New Mexico health officials announced 301 new cases of COVID-19, the eighth time in 11 days that the state has had more than 300 cases in a single day, including a record-high on Monday. Before July 15, the state only had one such day. Additionally, the state Department […]

The color of COVID: Will vaccine trials reflect America’s diversity?

When U.S. scientists launch the first large-scale clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines this summer, Antonio Cisneros wants to make sure people like him are included. Cisneros, who is 34 and Hispanic, is part of the first wave of an expected 1.5 million volunteers willing to get the shots to help […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/28/20 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. New Mexico hit a new record high in COVID-19 cases in a single day, thanks to an explosion of cases in the Cibola County […]

State hits new high of COVID-19 cases, led by Cibola County Correctional Center

New Mexico health officials announced 467 new cases of COVID-19, by far the most in a single day—with 170 coming from the Cibola County Correctional Center.  The report also showed continued growth in southern and eastern New Mexico. The previous record for New Mexico was 338 confirmed cases set just […]

Pay up or lockup: Housing shortage kept cash-poor parolees behind bars

David, 28, was counting the days until January 6, 2012, when his prison sentence would end and he would be released on parole. He had earned his GED diploma inside and lined up some job options in construction and landscaping around Albuquerque. But the date came and went, and still […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/27/20 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. This weekend, the state of New Mexico reported nearly 600 cases of COVID-19, with 324 on Saturday and 266 on Sunday. While the state […]

NM surpasses 19,000 total cases of COVID-19 since March

New Mexico health officials announced 266 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths from the disease on Sunday. There have now been  19,042 total cases and 614 deaths in the state.  According to the state, as of Sunday, there were 144 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 7,349 people have […]

Bakeries adjust to new marketplace during the pandemic

Whether people are staying home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus or due the summer heat, New Mexican bakeries are still selling their goods during the pandemic. The American food services sector has been facing decline since March due to businesses operating either at limited capacity or closing altogether, as well […]

324 new cases of COVID-19 in NM, six additional deaths

For the fifth-straight day, New Mexico health officials announced more than 300 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as the virus continues to spread throughout the state. The total number of new cases on Saturday was 324. The state Department of Health also announced six additional deaths. There are now 18,788 […]

Groups critical of OCD’s ‘bare bones’ proposed rule for produced water

Conservation and environmental groups are unhappy with the state’s first step towards regulating the use of treated produced water, a toxic waste byproduct of oil and gas activity, outside the oilfield.  The state Oil Conservation Division (OCD), which sits within the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), released […]

Albuquerque wants guidelines on scope of federal agents’ role in city

The City of Albuquerque sent a letter to U.S. Attorney John Anderson asking to know the scope of actions by federal law enforcement that President Donald Trump announced will be in Albuquerque as part of Operation Legend. The letter from Deputy City Attorney Samantha M. Hults said that the city […]

Libertartian candidate files suit against NM Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver

A New Mexico Libertarian candidate for the state court of appeals is suing New Mexico’s secretary of state in federal court, claiming his and Libertarian voters’ civil rights were violated in the process of tabulating votes from the state’s primary election.  That candidate, Stephen Curtis, is representing himself as well […]

COVID-19 related deaths reach 600; cases grow statewide including growth in southern, eastern counties

New Mexico health officials announced another 317 cases of COVID-19, the fourth straight day and the sixth day in the last two weeks with over 300 newly reported cases in a single day. Previously, the state Department of Health had only reported 300 or more cases once. The state also […]

A ‘pause’ on in-person K-12 teaching until at least Labor Day

Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and region-wide that hit a record-high for single-day cases in New Mexico Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that schools will not begin in-person instruction until at least Labor Day. “This pause on in-person reentry is not the same as delaying […]

New group of petitioners challenging NM DOH medical cannabis rules

The list of medical cannabis companies filing legal complaints against the New Mexico Department of Health continues to grow.  This week, two more medical cannabis producers, a cannabis manufacturer, a cannabis testing laboratory and a patient licensed to grow medical cannabis filed petitions in state district court asking a judge […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/24/20 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 announced the public schools will not have in-person instruction, even as part of a hybrid model, until at least Labor Day. See […]

State hits ‘all-time high’ with 343 new COVID-19 cases

State health officials reported a record 343 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and five deaths related to the disease. The state has recorded a total of 18,163 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and a total of 596 individuals have died.  It’s the sixth day the state […]

WATCH: Governor’s 7/23 press COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham provided an update on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19 including the efforts on public schools. Read NM Political Report‘s a recap of what she said after the press conference.

Trump to send federal agents to ABQ, as local leaders object

President Donald Trump announced that the White House will send more federal agents into Albuquerque, citing the city’s high violent crime rate. Trump said the deployment of  agents to cities “plagued by violent crime” is part of what he called Operation Legend. The federal government had already sent agents to […]

Poll shows majority of Latino parents concerned about distance learning

A majority of Latino parents in New Mexico are concerned their children will fall behind in their education because of extended time away from school and increased online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to newly released survey data.  The survey was conducted by Latino Decisions, a national polling […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/23/20 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 DOH reported 316 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths on Wednesday. Perhaps more importantly, the number of those hospitalized jumped […]

DOH: Another day of 300+ COVID cases, and three additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 316 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and three additional deaths. The most cases came out of Bernalillo County, with 89, while other areas that have seen recent growth, including Doña Ana County, Lea County, Santa Fe County and Valencia County, experienced […]

Draft methane rules focus on data collection, technological solutions

The New Mexico Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department released their respective draft rules targeting methane emissions and ozone precursor pollutants Monday. EMNRD Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst called the draft rules “pre-proposals” ahead of the official rulemaking process that’s slated to take place in the fall.  […]

Elected officials criticize Trump administration move for more federal agents in ABQ

Albuquerque’s mayor along with the chief of police voiced opposition to a reported plan by the Trump administration to send additional federal law enforcement to Albuquerque and other cities across the nation. CBS News first reported on the memo and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich said he was told by the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/22/20 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 announced 307 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Tuesday. Read the story, including on where […]

NM reports over new 300 cases of COVID-19, ten additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Tuesday 307 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and ten additional deaths. It was the fourth day New Mexico has reported 300 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the third of which came in the last week.  While Bernalillo County had the […]

Another medical cannabis company joins in legal action against the state

A second medical cannabis company has filed a petition asking a state district judge to invalidate rules recently enacted by the New Mexico Department of Health.  Pecos Valley Production, a medical cannabis company with dispensaries in the southern part of the state, filed a petition Monday in state district court […]

Ban on dining indoors at restaurants restored by state Supreme Court

Update: This story has been updated throughout after the New Mexico Supreme Court’s actions Monday afternoon. After a busy day of court rulings on Monday, restaurants still are not able to serve indoor customers.  Monday, a state district court judge issued a temporary restraining order that would have allowed restaurants […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/21/20 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. A state district court judge stopped the state’s ban on indoor dining at restaurants, then the state Supreme Court stayed that order, all on […]

DOH: 255 new COVID-19 cases, seven additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 255 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths related to the disease. It is the nineteenth-consecutive day of more than 200 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the state. In that time period, 12 have had more than 250 cases. As has […]

Rep. Lewis will end reelection run, retire at end of term

State Rep. Tim Lewis announced he will retire at the end of his current term and will not continue his run for reelection. The Republican from Rio Rancho was unopposed in the Republican primary and has no opponent in the upcoming general election.  The schoolteacher said in a statement that […]

This fall will be like no other for New Mexico’s smaller universities

With classes just a few weeks away, the thousands of students heading to New Mexico’s smaller universities will enter a fall semester like no other. Students will have options – to study remotely from home or inside their dormitory room or, for some, classes in a classroom. Many will be […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/20/20 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. The newsletter was off last week, but will be back on our usual Monday to Friday schedule. This weekend, the state Department of Health […]

240 new cases of COVID-19, 2 deaths; Lea County reports record high

State health officials announced Sunday 240 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the disease. Sunday marks the 18th day in a row that the state has reported more than 200 new cases.  Lea County reported a record-high 35 new cases. Bernalillo reported 99 new cases for […]

Medical abortion just got easier but it may not last

A Maryland judge ruled last week that an abortion provider can deliver the abortion medication, mifepristone, to patients seeking abortion care through telehealth. But the court injunction is “temporary in nature,” Wendy Basgall, Southwest Women’s Law Center staff attorney, said. The American Civil Liberties Union sought a preliminary injunction, which […]

280 new cases of COVID-19, 8 counties report double-digit increases

State health officials announced Saturday 280 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths related to the disease. The new cases bring the state’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 16,736 reported since the start of the pandemic in early March. Saturday marks the 17th day in a row that […]

Health officials: COVID-19 is spreading among younger New Mexicans

Younger New Mexicans are now contracting COVID-19 at higher rates than earlier in the pandemic, according to the state Human Services Department Sec. David Scrase.  The state has reported over 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the first two weeks of July, bringing the state’s total to 16,456.  “This big […]

Detainee at Bernalillo County youth detention center tests positive for COVID-19

Bernalillo County officials confirmed Friday that a detainee in a county juvenile detention center tested positive for COVID-19.  According to an email obtained by NM Political Report, the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center discovered the positive results on July 14.  According to the email, which was in response to a […]

319 cases of COVID-19 with Bernalillo County reporting triple digits for third straight day

New Mexico has 319 new cases of COVID-19 with a third of those coming from Bernalillo County on Friday, according to the state Department of Health. This is the third straight day Bernalillo County has reported triple digits and the 16th straight day in a row that the state has […]

Spending in New Mexico primary highlights dark money at work

As the Democratic primary in New Mexico’s third congressional district heated up in May, two mysterious groups– Avacy Initiatives and Perise Practical– began spending a combined $300,000 to support Teresa Leger Fernandez, now the Democratic nominee. The groups ran positive, even glowing advertisements about Leger Fernandez, but didn’t disclose who paid for […]

15 straight days of more than 200 new cases in New Mexico of COVID-19

For the 15th day in a row, the New Mexico Department of Health reports more than 200 cases of COVID-19 and for the second day in a row, Bernalillo County reports triple digit new cases. The DOH reported 300 cases Thursday. Of that, 103 were in Bernalillo County. The other […]

New Mexico joins multidistrict litigation against firefighting foam manufacturers for PFAS contamination

The state of New Mexico has joined a multidistrict litigation against the manufacturers of the aqueous film-forming foams that were used in firefighting activities across the country and in Air Force Bases in New Mexico which led to groundwater contamination.  A U.S. judicial panel earlier this year flagged the state’s […]

More than 12,000 tests, more than 300 cases of COVID-19, nearly half in Bernalillo County

With 12,650 tests since Tuesday, the state reported for the third time since the pandemic began more than 300 cases of COVID-19. The state Department of Health reported 330 additional cases of COVID-19. Nearly half of those from Bernalillo County, which had 162 new cases. The record for COVID-19 cases […]

NM cannabis producer challenges new DOH rules

A high-profile medical cannabis producer filed a petition in a state district court last week, asking a judge to invalidate rules recently put in place by the New Mexico Department of Health.  In the petition, lawyers for cannabis producer Ultra Health argued that many of the recently adopted rules regarding […]

ICE reverses policy on international students

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement walked back its plan to prohibit distance learning for international students Tuesday. The plan which targeted students on nonimmigrant F-1 or M-1 visas from being able to take all of their course work online this coming fall threw a few thousand students in New Mexico […]

The 13th day of more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Mexico

New Mexico is experiencing another day of more than 200 cases of COVID-19, this time 227 with 65 of that coming from Bernalillo County. Doña Ana County is not far behind with 49 cases. McKinley County also continues to have double digit numbers of new cases with 22. Both San […]

With record methane emissions in Permian Basin, questions linger about necessity of the Double E pipeline

Federal regulators are in the midst of an application process for a proposed 135-mile pipeline that would transport natural gas from Eddy County to Waha, Texas. But with oil and gas prices low, renewables on the rise, and a growing methane emissions problem in the Permian Basin, critics argue building […]

‘Disturbance’ in San Juan County jail over limited hot meals

San Juan County officials confirmed a “disturbance” took place in its county jail on Monday, resulting in a broken fire sprinkler, two different fires and a piece of a bed used as a “battering ram.” According to a press release from San Juan County, inmates began demanding to speak with […]

12th day of new cases of COVID-19 above 200 in New Mexico, 82 in Doña Ana County

For the twelfth straight day in a row, New Mexico continues to report daily COVID-19 cases above 200, this time with 264 new cases of the respiratory illness. Doña Ana County reported the highest number of new cases Monday with 82. Bernalillo County had 59. McKinley and San Juan counties […]

New Mexico one of 18 states to sue Pres. Trump over international student policy

New Mexico is one of 18 states suing the Trump administration over the new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule that targets international students. The lawsuit calls the new regulation an “insuperable burden” on American colleges and universities as they now have to certify every international student’s respective class schedule […]

COVID-19 stopped some LANL environmental monitoring

The state’s public health order prompted by COVID-19 has stopped some monitoring on whether and how much Los Alamos National Laboratory is releasing radioactive materials, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals into the surrounding air and water. The Department of Energy Oversight Bureau with the New Mexico Environment Department tests air, […]

COVID-19 cases continue to grow around the state

For 11 straight days, New Mexico health officials have reported more than 200 cases of COVID-19. The New Mexico Department of Health reported on Sunday the state has 262 new cases with Bernalillo County reporting nearly half of that at 111 additional cases. The other counties consistently reporting double digit […]

Anthony puts big plans on hold during pandemic

ANTHONY, N.M. — On a spring day during the coronavirus lockdown, Fernie Herrera set up an outdoor stove in his spacious backyard. He unfurled the awning on his camper — parked under the pine tree that towers over the family house — and invited his kids and grandkids over for […]

Another 230 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday

With Eddy and Curry counties showing double digit new cases, the state announced 230 additional cases of COVID-19 Saturday. The new confirmed cases represented 3.2 percent of the 7,173 tests processed since Friday. Bernalillo County continued to lead the state in the largest number of new cases – 80 – […]

With oil’s future uncertain, orphaned wells on public lands could become a big problem for New Mexico

To Nathalie Eddy’s eye, Loco Hills has become “a graveyard” of oil and gas development.  Eddy is the Colorado and New Mexico field advocate at the environmental group Earthworks. Eddy works frequently in the Permian Basin, using special imaging cameras to capture methane leaks coming from oil and gas wells […]

ABQ advisory board calls on city to stop using buses to transport police

An Albuquerque advisory board on Thursday voted to condemn the use of city buses for police during protests.  Outgoing Albuquerque Transit Advisory Board Chair Israel Chávez introduced the resolution, saying that using city buses to transport police, outfitted with tactical gear, sends the wrong message to residents.   “How many times […]

301 new COVID-19 cases, including single-day records in Lea, Santa Fe counties

The state Department of Health announced 301 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, just the second time the state has reported 300 or more cases since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition to the new cases, the state also announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19, including one from […]

‘An anything-goes situation.’ Nursing homes profit from pandemic with no risk of accountability.

ALBUQUERQUE — When an ambulance dropped Lola Harding’s mother off at Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center, the 87-year-old was carrying an oxygen tank to help with her labored breathing. She was in the throes of COVID-19 — exhausted from the late-night coughing fits that kept her from sleeping, disoriented to the […]

Indoor dining at restaurants nixed amid increase in cases, and more

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, citing an “untenable” increase in cases, brought back some restrictions beginning Monday, including saying that restaurants and breweries will not be able to have indoor service and restricting access to state parks to New Mexico residents only. But, she warned on Thursday, if things don’t improve, […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/10/20 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: There will be no recap, or recaps in limited form, next week. Because of the rising number of cases in New Mexico, the […]

Another 200+ rise in new coronavirus cases for New Mexico

On Thursday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced 238 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths related to the disease. It’s the eighth consecutive day of 200+ single day increases in cases found by the state Department of Health. New Mexico has now had a total of 14,251 COVID-19 cases. […]

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 7/9 COVID-19 press conference

Update: See the recap of the press conference here. On Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., Gov. Michelle Lujan held a press conference to discuss COVID-19 and the state’s response. COVID-19 cases have been increasing in recent days, with a week of reporting 200 or more confirmed cases each day. The […]

Rep. Linda Trujillo resigns from Legislature

State Rep. Linda Trujillo announced her resignation on Thursday, saying she did so to focus on full-time work to help make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Mexico has an all-volunteer legislature, which does not have a salary, though legislators do receive a per diem for attending the legislative […]

New Mexico women can still get contraception coverage despite Supreme Court ruling

New Mexico women who need contraception are likely safe for now despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision which will allow private companies to opt out of providing insurance coverage for it, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. A recent law passed in New Mexico enables […]

ACLU again calling on Lujan Grisham to expand prison releases to slow the spread of COVID-19

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is once again calling on state officials, namely the governor and her Department of Corrections secretary, to expand their efforts to lower prison populations in light of COVID-19. The ACLU-NM sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her legal […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/9/20 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 of New Mexico reported 290 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and eight additional deaths related to the disease. While the largest number […]

290 COVID-19 new cases NM, including 99 in Bernalillo County

The number of new cases announced on Wednesday by state health officials was close to 300, as cases in the state continue to grow at a new high level of sustained growth. The state Department of Health announced 290 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and eight additional deaths related to […]

Lujan Grisham signs body camera bill into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed into law a requirement for all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras, regardless of jurisdiction. According to the new law, agencies must also keep footage for at least 120 days.  Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, SB 8 would also allow […]

NM universities respond to new ICE rule targeting international students

New U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations on international students is creating uncertainty on New Mexico university campuses. ICE issued a news release Monday that restricts students who are on F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visas. Students on F-1 visas pursue academic coursework while students on M-1 visas take vocational […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/8/20 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. New Mexico health officials announced 221 additional COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths as the state’s streak of days with more than 200 new […]

State again finds 200+ new COVID-19 cases, Bernalillo County with most new cases

The streak of days with more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached six, as the New Mexico Department of Health announced 221 additional COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths related to the disease. The percentage of tests that came back positive on Tuesday was 4.42 percent. The positivity rate […]

Navajo Nation president expresses concern over county jail conditions

While New Mexico grapples with a delayed roll-out of reopening businesses and cancelled public events, some detention centers are grappling with increasing numbers of COVID-19.  A privately run prison in Otero County, which houses both state and federal detainees, has seen a dramatic increase in cases of the disease.  But […]

Agonizing lag in coronavirus research puts pregnant women and babies at risk

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In late June, after three months of near silence on the topic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally weighed in on a question of critical […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/7/20 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 streak of more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued on Monday, reaching five days. Plus, the percentage of positive tests is increasing. […]

NM again reports 250+ COVID-19 cases, with new record-high in Doña Ana County

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 253 additional cases of COVID-19, the fifth-straight day with over 200 cases and the third day out of four with more than 250 cases. Before Friday, the state had only recorded one day with more than 250 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. Monday’s […]

The Carlsbad region was poised to send $3 billion to New Mexico coffers, thanks to one of the biggest oil booms in history. Then came COVID.

On a Thursday in late May, Michael Trujillo sat in the slightly softened evening light and watched his three children play in the water at Lake Carlsbad Beach Park, an unexpected patch of blue in the Chihuahuan desert. With his pit bull puppy at his feet, Trujillo passed slices of pizza […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/6/20 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. Cases of COVID-19 continued to grow over the weekend, with 257 on Friday, 291 on Saturday and 203 on Sunday. The Albuquerque Journal reported […]

NM sees a fourth-straight day of 200+ new COVID-19 cases

State health officials announced Sunday an additional 203 cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, with no new deaths related to the disease. The number of tests, which reached a record-high on Saturday, dipped to one of the lowest totals in weeks. In total, there have been 13,256 confirmed cases in the […]

Wanted: 18-year-old women to vote

Long-time Albuquerque-based activist Pamelya Herndon thinks women will achieve pay equity by 2030. According to a national group called Status of Women, if current trends continue, women in New Mexico won’t see equal pay until 2054. Women of color face even greater pay inequities due to systemic racism. Herndon acknowledges […]

Nearly 300 new cases of COVID-19 in NM, as state processes record number of tests

On Saturday, the state Department of Health announced that 291 people tested positive for COVID-19, once again setting the standard for the second-most confirmed cases in a single day in New Mexico. The number came as the state reached a new single-day high in COVID-19 tests. Additionally, the state announced […]

Imprisoned migrants seeking better prison conditions describe an attack by pepper- spraying guards

ESTANCIA, N.M. – The migrants were on a days-long hunger strike when guards entered their prison dormitory in full riot gear —gas masks, shields and canisters of pepper spray. The officers corralled the two dozen or so inmates into a huddled mass. Two men fell to their knees, begging them […]

COVID-19 cases continue to rise: DOH reports 257 new cases and 8 related deaths

State health officials announced Friday 257 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths related to the disease heading into the Fourth of July weekend. The largest increases in new cases were in Bernalillo, Doña Ana and McKinley counties, three counties that have seen more new cases each day this week. […]

A river runs dry: Climate change offers opportunity to rethink water management on the Rio Grande

Albuquerque residents coping with the COVID-19 pandemic have flocked to the Rio Grande this spring and summer in droves, said John Fleck, director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. “What we’re seeing in Albuquerque is stunning. People are in the river in ways that we’ve […]

State not releasing COVID-19 numbers for county jails

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise within state-run detention centers across New Mexico, namely in Otero County, the numbers for county jails often go overlooked by the general public.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office reports the number of positive cases within state and federal detention centers daily. Her office also […]

Bernalillo County reaches new record of COVID-19 cases; state hits second-highest daily number

The New Mexico Department of Health announced nearly 250 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, including nearly 100 in Bernalillo County and more than 40 in Doña Ana County. The state also announced three additional deaths related to the disease. The news came a day after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced […]

If COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve, NM may bring back restrictions

Not only is the state not going to expand its reopening, but if the COVID-19 situation in the state does not improve, the state could be looking at reimposing restrictions like other states throughout the country, including two that neighbor New Mexico. That was the message during Gov. Michelle Lujan […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/2/20 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. Note: There will not be a morning recap on Friday, July 3. The recap will return on Monday. The governor said, to avoid reimposing […]

NM hits 500 total COVID-19 deaths

New Mexico Health officials announced Wednesday an additional three deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 500.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also announced the new numbers during a news conference on Wednesday and called the number of deaths a “grim milestone.” “Every single one of these […]

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

Wednesday afternoon ,Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held their weekly press conference on COVID-19. Since last Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 1,157 cases, while cases have increased by large numbers in Arizona and Texas and those states, and others, have reimposed some restrictions. The entire press […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/1/20 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 Tuesday, the state Department of Health announced 168 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. The new cases included a new high in […]

Governor signs revised budget, vetoes items

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday, but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts legislators approved during the special session. “We […]

Poll finds Hispanic families still in need of relief

A recent survey of 480 Hispanics in the state found that close to half have $1,000 or less in savings and nearly a quarter have $100 or less. The survey from Latino Decisions, in partnership with several other nonprofit organizations, found that 49 percent of Hispanics surveyed have $1,000 or […]

DOH: 168 new COVID-19 cases, including new high in Lea County, four additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Tuesday 168 additional cases and four deaths related to the disease. Lea County saw a large increase in cases to 19, more-than-double the previous high of eight cases, which occurred on June 20 and June 22. The county now has 132 total […]

A ‘win’ for abortion rights Monday doesn’t mean fight is over, say advocates

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion rights Monday and struck down a Louisiana law in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, but the “win” could be short-lived, say abortion rights advocates. The 5-4 decision brought an end to the legal battle over whether Louisiana’s 2014 law, that […]

Judge denies PED motion to dismiss Yazzie/Martinez suit

The plaintiffs in a long-running court case on New Mexico’ education funding and policies were dealt two wins on Monday. State district judge Matthew Wilson denied a motion by the state to dismiss a pending years-old lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department that said the state did not […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/30/20 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 Department of Health announced 173 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the disease. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties […]

Guv signs tax relief bill into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new bill into law to provide tax relief for New Mexicans and businesses on Monday. The bill would waive interest and penalties on late payments of taxes to allow New Mexicans and businesses to pay their taxes by July 15 without penalties or interest. […]

173 new cases, with Bernalillo, Doña Ana counties’ continued increases

State health officials announced 173 new COVID-19 cases as the total number of confirmed cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic nears 12,000. The state also announced one additional death related to COVID-19, the second consecutive day with just one announced death. The new confirmed cases included […]

FEMA ordered $10.2 million in COVID-19 testing kits it’s now warning states not to use

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned states not to use COVID-19 testing supplies it bought under a $10.2 million contract after a ProPublica investigation last week […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/29/20 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. The number of those infected by COVID-19 continued to grow over the weekend, with 209 new cases and two additional deaths announced on Saturday […]

Cases in NM continue to rise, including uptick in Santa Fe County

State health officials reported Sunday afternoon 192 new cases of COVID-19 and one related death. Five counties reported double-increases in new cases: Bernalillo, San Juan, McKinley, Doña Ana and Santa Fe. It’s the first time Santa Fe County has reported a double-digit increase in new cases since March.  The state’s […]

Massive COVID-19 outbreak at a southern NM prison hits just one type of inmates — sex offenders. That’s by design.

As the coronavirus established a foothold in southern New Mexico’s Otero County Prison Facility in mid-May, state officials quietly moved 39 inmates out of the massive complex near the Texas border to another prison near Santa Fe. The inmates shared something in common: None was a sex offender. In the […]

For third day in a row, four NM counties see double digit rise in cases

For the third day in a row, New Mexico saw more than 200 new cases of COVID-19, with double digit new cases also for the third day in a row coming from four counties: Bernalillo, McKinley, San Juan and Doña Ana. The New Mexico Department of Health announced 209 additional […]

Reproductive rights under attack, say advocates. Here’s what you can expect.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make major reproductive health care decisions early next week. Monday and Tuesday will be the final two days this term that the justices will issue opinions, according to the Supreme Court’s blog. Historically, the court has handed down decisions on abortion on the […]

Guv signs civil rights commission, election, budget solvency bills

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed three pieces of legislation from the special session which ended earlier this week: a bill to create a state civil rights commission, a bill to aid in voting amid a pandemic and a solvency bill related to the budget. Other pieces of […]

225 COVID-19 cases, mostly in McKinley, Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Friday 225 new cases of COVID-19, the second consecutive day with over 200 cases of COVID-19 in the state. The state also announced four additional COVID-19 deaths. It was the first time since earlier this month that the state had consecutive days […]

School budget cuts could be worse than thought, advocates say

Just as the New Mexico Legislature passes a new budget that will cut 0.6 percent out of the school budget for the next fiscal year, a newly released report shows that New Mexico is, again, at the bottom for child well being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropic […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/26/20 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 big news from Thursday was the governor saying that any further opening of the economy in the state would be on hold until […]

Further reopening on pause as officials urge more widespread wearing of masks

One message resonated throughout the state’s press conference on COVID-19: wear a mask. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and officials said wearing a mask is key to slowing the spread of the virus—and to further reopening the state. Lujan Grisham said the state of New Mexico has seen an uptick in […]

Bernalillo County sees spike in COVID-19 cases

State health officials announced Thursday 207 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths related to the disease. Bernalillo County saw 60 new cases, double those reported Wednesday. McKinley, Doña Ana and San Juan counties also saw double-digit increases in new cases. The state has found a total of 11,192 cases […]

Ranchers, researchers mull using treated produced water for irrigation

John Norris is worried about where he’s going to get water in the future. Norris is a rancher in southeast New Mexico, where he runs calf-cow and yearling operations.  “Our water comes from the Ogallala [aquifer]. We’re basically mining this water, whenever it’s gone our water source is going to […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/25/20 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. On Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 156 additional cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and four additional deaths related to the disease. […]

DOH: 156 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4 additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 156 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths related to the disease on Wednesday. Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county, had the most new cases of COVID-19, with 34. The state also announced 16 more cases in detention centers, including 14 at […]

What police reform efforts happened, and didn’t happen, during the special session

This year’s special session wrapped up on Monday and the state now has a balanced budget. But as with many special sessions, legislators were tasked with considering other law changes, including those aimed at holding law enforcement officers more accountable. Those bills included issues like mandatory body cameras for police […]

The U.S. is considering revamping its nuclear weapons program. What does this mean for WIPP?

All systems, no matter how efficient, produce some amount of waste.  “Wherever people are doing something, there are trash cans around,” Dr. Robert Hayes joked to NM Political Report. Hayes is an associate professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University and a former principal engineer at New Mexico’s […]

The hidden deaths of the COVID pandemic

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started taking a monthly injection to block her cravings for opioids. She was engaged to be married, working for […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/24/20 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. On Tuesday, the state announced 147 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths. See more details here. The state Public Education Department released its plan […]

DOH: 147 new cases, most from NW part of state, and 7 additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 147 additional cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. The majority of the new cases came from McKinley and San Juan counties, the two hardest hit areas of the state, both of which had the most number of cases in several days. DOH […]

A hospital was accused of racially profiling Native American women. Staff said administrators impeded an investigation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal regulators are ramping up scrutiny of a prominent women’s hospital here after clinicians’ allegations that Native Americans had been racially profiled for extra COVID-19 screening, leading to the temporary separation of some mothers from their newborns.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will refer findings from state investigators about a violation of patient rights at Lovelace Women’s Hospital to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, state officials said. The state Department of Health declined to specify details of the violations it had found.

Bill requiring police to wear body cams while on duty heads to governor

Amid calls for increased scrutiny of law enforcement, the House of Representatives voted 44-26 to approve a measure that would require all New Mexico police officers to wear body cameras.  The legislation, passed by the House two days after the state Senate concluded its business and departed a special session […]

NM Supreme Court: Bank records open to warrantless searches

A New Mexico Supreme Court opinion last week made it official that grand juries in the state can subpoena a defendant’s bank records without a warrant.  The court ruled that a federal legal framework, known as the third-party doctrine, also applies on the state level. That means there is no […]

Alleged produced water dumping highlights difficulties in holding oil and gas accountable

A recent incident involving the alleged dumping of produced water on state lands has highlighted the difficulties state regulators face in holding oil producers accountable to illegal dumping.  “If we don’t have proof of it happening, it’s very hard to move forward with a violation,” Adrienne Sandoval, director of the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/23/20 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. On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 128 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, for the first time in months, no new […]

DOH: 128 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 128 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state and no additional deaths. It was the first time since March that the state did not announce at least one death related to COVID-19 in the state. Among the newly announced cases, the […]

In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers

GALLUP, N.M. — At the end of the Howard Johnson Hotel’s orange and white hallway, Dr. Caleb Lauber paused by a mirror as if he were lost. The mirror was an invention of the crafty security guards who’d leaned it against a chair, allowing them to quickly see around the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/22/20 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. As of Sunday, the state has 10,565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 469 deaths related to the disease. Read more here. The cases continue […]

NM officials announce three more COVID-19 deaths, 136 new cases

State health officials announced on Sunday 136 new cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and three additional deaths related to the disease. That brings the state’s totals to 10,565 positive cases and 469 deaths. Officials also announced there are 134 people hospitalized with the disease, a decrease of 11 from […]

Senate sends budget to governor, adjourns

The New Mexico Legislature finished its main task of mending the state’s huge fiscal shortfall Saturday, but the special session wasn’t over as the House of Representatives still had work to do.  The Senate approved 30-12 a modified budget planthat uses a combination of spending cuts, reserves and federal funding to […]

Election changes pass House after revote

A scaled-back election overhaul lacking a key provision that would have allowed clerks to mail every registered voter a ballot for the November general election is on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk following a dramatic revote after first failing to pass the House. After three hours of […]

172 new cases of COVID-19, including 64 at Otero County Prison Facility

On Saturday, the state Department of Health announced 172 additional cases of COVID-19, including another 64 cases from the Otero County Prison Facility, which is privately run and the site of a major outbreak in southern New Mexico. In addition to the 172 cases, the state announced two additional deaths […]

Scaled back budget heads to Senate

Over the objections of Republicans who wanted to cut more, House Democrats pushed through a scaled back state budget to shore up a $2 billion budget shortfall caused by the pandemic and oil price crash that devastated state coffers. The House approved the roughly $7 billion budget in a 46-24 vote along […]

Higher education cuts could jeopardize research funding, freeze hiring

Proposed cuts to higher education spending in New Mexico could jeopardize some research funding for state universities and lead to a hiring freeze at Santa Fe Community College, advocates say. Universities and colleges in New Mexico are denouncing proposed cuts to higher education spending as lawmakers trim budgets across state […]

Senate approves key change to New Mexico primary election process

New Mexico senators approved a new measure Friday that would allow independent voters to cast ballots in primary elections by registering with a major party on Election Day, potentially opening up primaries to a wider swath of the population. The surprise amendment was added to an elections reform bill that aims […]

DOH: 112 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, eight additional deaths

On Friday, the state Department of Health announced 112 additional cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths related to the disease. Four counties reported double-digit numbers of new cases, with McKinley County, at 22, the only one with more than twenty new cases. With the newly announced cases the state […]

HSD secretary continues to encourage masks, social distancing

Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase continued to urge New Mexicans to wear masks and stay socially distanced as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I think there’s this general belief out amongst the people in New Mexico that things are getting better and now we […]

After a long battle, the Gila River Diversion project comes to an end

After 25 years, $16 million dollars, and missing a key deadline, the Gila River Diversion proposal is now effectively dead. The Interstate Stream Commission voted 7-2 Thursday against supplying funding needed to complete an environmental impact statement required for the project. Critics of the project, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, […]

Watered-down version of election reform bill clears Senate panel

A Senate panel significantly watered down a bill late Thursday that aims to streamline the voting-by-mail process if the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing during November’s general election. Senate Bill 4, which is backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, had proposed to allow county clerks to automatically send mail-in ballots […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/19/20 edition)

This daily 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, the state Department of Health announced 94 additional cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths related to the disease. See the details […]

Technical delays, long debate over new House rules as session starts

If the world ends with a whimper rather than a bang, the House began Thursday with a sputter. For hours, Republicans in the state House debated new rules on whether lawmakers should be allowed to vote remotely — a debate that was delayed because of trouble with the webcast, in turn […]

State senator self-isolating after COVID-19 exposure

State Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez was self-isolating at her hotel in Santa Fe Thursday after being exposed to a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said she received a call from the state Department of Health notifying her she had contact with someone who tested positive. […]

SCOTUS DACA decision will help 5,800 New Mexico DACA recipients

About 5,800 recipients of legal protections for some young immigrants in the state got surprising, but welcome, news Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against President Donald Trump in his lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The 5-4 ruling allows the program under the Department for […]

DOH: 94 new cases of COVID-19, four additional deaths

On Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 94 new additional cases of COVID-19 in the state and four additional deaths. The state’s total number of COVID-19 cases reached 10,153 and the number of deaths related to the disease reached 456.  DOH also announced a large increase in those […]

Committees start talks on budget fix, with lots of debate to come

State workers would see a drop in their pay raises for fiscal year 2021 and spending for most agencies would be cut significantly under the draft budget overhaul lawmakers began debating Wednesday. Whittling a record $7.6 billion budget to $7.34 billion — and filling wide spending gaps with cash reserves, […]

Legislators push to get bill heard on rent relief, thousands will be affected

New Mexico state Representatives Andrea Romero and Angelica Rubio are proposing a $77 million bill to provide rent relief through the end of the year. Romero, D-Santa Fe, and Rubio, D-Las Cruces, held an online town hall Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed bill, which they said they expect to […]

Superintendents: Proposed cuts to education will worsen racial and economic inequity

Proposed education budget cuts could worsen racial and economic inequities in the state, according to some school superintendents. Veronica Garcia, the superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, said that if the Legislative Finance Committee’s proposed budget cuts in education are passed, she expects to be looking at a $10.3 million […]

Groups call on legislators to cap environmental budget cuts at 3 percent

As state legislators convene in Santa Fe for a special session to tackle the budget, environmental groups are asking lawmakers to limit cuts to the state’s environmental regulatory agency budgets to 3 percent.  A group of 28 organizations, ranging from conservation and wildlife advocates to renewable energy proponents, sent a […]

Offensive phone calls disrupt House rules committee meeting

A House committee charged with creating rules for running the special session got an earful Wednesday when some telephone callers into the meeting criticized social protests and uttered racial epithets. The scene, legislators on both sides of the aisle said, pointed to the challenge of running a nontraditional session of […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/18/20 edition)

This daily 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. With the newest numbers released from the state Department of Health, the state now has found more than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Read […]

NM crosses 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19

On Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 138 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths related to the disease. The state has now found over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first cases were announced on March 11. The state announced a public health emergency on […]

Land and Water Conservation Fund one step closer to securing full funding after Senate passage

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is poised to receive permanent funding after the U.S. Senate passed legislation Wednesday. The fund, created by Congress in 1965 to support public land management using offshore oil and gas royalties, will receive $900 million annually under the bill, marking just the second […]

Guv: Legislators can discuss police reform, election changes during special session

This week’s special session will, as expected, include more than just budget matters, the governor’s office announced Wednesday. While the state must address plunging revenues, which would result in an unbalanced budget, something that is not allowed according to the state constitution, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also said that non-budget […]

For some, hand-shaking is on tap at special session

A House Republican said Tuesday he would likely shake hands with or hug fellow legislators from Southeastern New Mexico during the special session — prompting criticism from House Speaker Brian Egolf, who said he was worried such a practice could jeopardize the health of others later this week. Rep. Greg […]

No relief in sight for drought gripping northern New Mexico

“I wish I had better news,” said Dave DuBois, New Mexico’s State Climatologist and director of the NM Climate Center at the New Mexico State University, during a weather outlook webinar hosted by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) held in May. DuBois was looking at a three-month weather […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/17/20 edition)

This daily 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 announced 88 new cases of COVID-19 and 7 additional deaths related to the disease. See the details here. The […]

Democrats introduce police ‘use of force’ reporting requirements

Four Democratic state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation during the special session this week that they say would offer greater transparency and more accountability when it comes to police use of force. Amid calls from protesters in New Mexico and nationwide to defund law enforcement agencies and stop insulating officers […]

Secretary of state pushes for temporary automatic mail election

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is advocating for legislation during this week’s special session that would extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots in the November general election and allow county clerks to automatically send ballots to all registered voters prior to Election Day, her office said. At the […]

NM LGBTQ community have mixed reactions over actual impact of anti-discrimination ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday protecting LGBTQ from workplace discrimination “further enshrines” protections New Mexico already put in place, said Adrian N. Carver. Carver, executive director of the nonprofit Equality New Mexico, said the state passed laws in 2003 and 2019 that protects most workers who identify as […]

NM Supreme Court denies petition for open special session

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 3-2 decision that the state Legislature can hold a special session without allowing in-person attendance from the public.  The decision was a result of a petition filed on behalf of a long list of state lawmakers by Albuquerque-based attorney Blair Dunn. […]

COVID-19 in NM: 88 new cases, 7 new deaths; hospitalizations continue to drop

The state Department of Health announced 88 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths related to the disease on Monday. The state processed fewer tests than average, but not an unusually small announcement, 3,632. Not including Tuesday, DOH has averaged just over 4,320 tests processed daily since the beginning […]

Poll: Biden, Luján lead in New Mexico after primaries

A new poll, commissioned by NM Political Report and conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that Democrats lead in the races for U.S. Senate and president in the state and that voters in the state approve of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic more than they do […]

GOP lawmakers advocate different approach on budget fix

New Mexico House Republicans presented a starkly different plan for fixing the state budget Monday, calling for lower spending levels than the governor and a key legislative panel have proposed. Minority Whip Rod Montoya said the state shouldn’t use federal stimulus funding to help mend its huge budget shortfall during the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/16/20 edition)

This daily 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 DOH reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths on Monday. See more details here. Included in our poll of New […]

DOH: 132 new cases of COVID-19, including more in Otero County Prison Facility

The state Department of Health announced 132 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday.  DOH has now found 9,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and reported 440 deaths related to the disease since the start of the pandemic. The new cases included […]

Accounts from inmates on COVID-19 response differs from officials’

Stanley Igram says he’s turned his life around in prison. Speaking with NM Political Report by phone last week from the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe, Ingram talked about his plans after his release, scheduled for later this year.  “I’m gonna have to be in Tucumcari for a […]

Can New Mexico lawmakers get in, get out for special session?

The New Mexico Senate’s conservative-leaning Democrats long have been the gatekeepers — the ones who ultimately decide if legislation backed by the governor and the House of Representatives can become law. Of course, the control they wield has an expiration date after a number of their most influential members lost […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/15/20 edition)

This daily 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 two inmates who say they are being left in the dark when it comes to how the state Department of Corrections […]

State investigating hospital with coronavirus policy that profiled pregnant Native American mothers and separated them from newborns

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. This story originally appeared at ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth and is republished with permisssion. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Twitter Saturday that […]

104 new cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations continue to drop

In partial results on Sunday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 104 additional cases of COVID-19 among state residents, including 19 cases among inmates either held by the state Department of Corrections or federal agencies. DOH also announced four additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to […]

A hospital’s secret coronavirus policy separated Native American mothers from their newborns

Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque implemented a secretive policy in recent months to conduct special coronavirus screenings for pregnant women, based on whether they appeared to be Native American, even if they had no symptoms or were otherwise at low risk for the disease, according to clinicians.

The hospital screens all arriving patients for COVID-19 with temperature checks and asks them whether they’ve been in contact with people who have the illness. But for soon-to-be moms who appeared to be Native American, there was an additional step, according to clinicians interviewed on the condition they not be named.

A single mom in Albuquerque faces homelessness without rent relief

Albuquerque single mom Allyssa Garcia said she faces homelessness if the state doesn’t create a rent relief fund program to help residents like her during the pandemic. Garcia is not alone, said Lindsay Cutler, attorney for the nonprofit the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty. Related: Legislators push to […]

DOH: 102 new COVID-19 cases, as recoveries cross 4,000

The state Department of Health announced 102 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in New Mexico to 9,621. The department also announced five additional deaths related to the disease, bringing that total to 431. The total number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 is […]

Dentists struggle as they face new challenges under COVID-19

Tom Schripsema, executive director of New Mexico Dental Association, said the three month closure has been hard on dentists. Now they have to consider everything from the way air flows in their practices to increasing the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) at a time when PPE is scarce and […]

As COVID highlights health inequities, pueblos prioritize local agriculture

On May 5, Jemez Pueblo Gov. David Toledo was preparing for the arrival of a mobile testing unit to administer as many as 3500 COVID-19 swab tests to Jemez tribal members in the traditional village and nearby towns over the next two days. Toledo, along with his tribal peers on […]

DOH: 162 new cases of COVID-19, six additional deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Friday 162 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths. With the newly reported cases, the state has now found 9,526 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and 426 total deaths related to the disease. Related: Staff member at youth detention center […]

Staff member at youth detention center tests positive for COVID-19

The New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department saw its first positive case of COVID-19 in one of its youth detention centers Thursday, according to a spokesman.  Charlie Moore-Pabst with CYFD confirmed with NM Political Report Friday that a staff member at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque […]

COVID-19 cases along Texas border continue to increase in Doña Ana County

The numbers of additional COVID-19 test positive cases rose in Doña Ana County from 509 last Thursday to 632 this Thursday but Mayor Ken Miyagishima said the majority of cases are still in the areas that border Texas. Texas hit all-time highs this week with hospitalizations and single-day increases of […]

What ‘qualified immunity’ means for New Mexico

It’s been two and a half weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and protests and demonstrations calling for police accountability have continued to increase. Calls to action include a push to defund police forces, demilitarization of police and a reform of use of force standards.  Now, many federal lawmakers […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/12/20 edition)

This daily 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, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said there was a “mixed bag” of news, but she said breweries would be able to […]

Breweries to reopen, but governor warns COVID-19 risks remain

On Thursday, the governor called the COVID-19 news over the last week a “mixed bag,” but did announce another slight reopening of the economy, allowing breweries to reopen on a limited basis beginning on Friday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said breweries would be able to take part in a “soft […]

121 additional cases and 10 additional related deaths due to COVID-19

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 121 additional COVID-19 cases and ten additional related deaths Thursday. The places with double digit numbers of new cases are three counties: Bernalillo, with 31 new cases; Doña Ana, with 18 new cases and McKinley with 14 new cases plus Otero County Prison […]

‘When history deals a bad hand:’ Las Vegas struggles as tourism comes to a halt

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Elmo Baca has always loved historic buildings. He was born in Las Vegas, a Wild West city that’s one of the most historic in New Mexico, home to more than 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree […]

Guv, LFC unveil budget fix proposals

The Legislative Finance Committee and the governor’s office outlined the framework for the budget proposal that will be considered during next weekend’s special legislative session. The consensus revenue estimate, put together by legislative and executive branch analysts, projected a nearly $2 billion drop in revenue from the December 2019 estimate […]

Report: Albuquerque homelessness on the rise

A report by the Urban Institute found that homelessness in Albuquerque has nearly quadrupled since 2013. In 2013 there were 144 homeless in Albuquerque but in 2019 there were 567, according to the report.  The City of Albuquerque funded and assisted with the nonprofit research organization’s report, which was released […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/11/20 edition)

This daily 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 announced 147 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths related to the disease. Worth watching is the spread […]

147 new COVID-19 cases in NM, fueled by NW NM, Doña Ana County

The state Department of Health announced 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 27 new cases in Doña Ana County, which now has the fourth-most cases of COVID-19 of any county in the state. McKinley County once again had the highest number of confirmed cases. State health officials also announced six […]

Chief Justice Nakamura to retire in August

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura will retire in August, according to an announcement from the Administrative Office of the Courts.  Nakamura became the first Republican woman elected to the high court in 2016 and became the court’s chief justice in 2017. She is currently the sole Republican […]

State judge denies petition for medical cannabis use while on house arrest

A state district judge denied a petition asking the court to force Bernalillo County and its Metropolitan Detention Center to allow those on house arrest to use medical cannabis if they have a medical cannabis card.   Second Judicial District Judge Erin O’Connell ruled from the bench during a telephone hearing […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/10/20 edition)

This daily 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 had its lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a day since mid-April, but it also came with a sizable dip in […]

Closed door special session will take place next weekend

Members of the Legislative Council, on a videoconference call on Tuesday, outlined guidelines for the upcoming special session. The special session will take place on June 18, and will look drastically different than past sessions because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for precautions. The Roundhouse will be closed […]

Lowest one-day total of confirmed COVID-19 cases since April, but number of tests dips

State health officials announced 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest amount of new cases announced in a single day in several months, though the state had processed fewer tests than in most recent days as well. The number of processed tests increased by fewer than 2,900 […]

The CARES Act sent you a $1,200 check but gave millionaires and billionaires far more

Do you want to see how legislation that was supposed to be a bailout for our economy ended up committing almost as much taxpayer money to help a relative handful of the non-needy as it spent to help tens of millions of people in need? Then let’s step back and revisit parts of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and look at some of the numbers involved.

The best-known feature of the CARES Act, as it’s known, is the cash grant of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child for households whose income was less than $99,000 for single taxpayers and $198,000 for couples. These grants are nontaxable, which makes them even more valuable. Some 159 million stimulus payments have gone out, according to the IRS.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/09/20 edition)

This daily 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 now has 400 deaths related to COVID-19, the state Department of Health announced Monday. The state also crossed the 9,000 mark on […]

Albuquerque summer youth programs single parents and working families

As part of its equity focus, Albuquerque will spend about $1 million for summer meals and summer youth programs to help the underserved, Mayor Tim Keller said during his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday. The city of Albuquerque is implementing the summer youth program primarily to help single parents and […]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in NM cross 9,000, deaths reach 400

On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 124 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. The state of New Mexico now has 9,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and 400 deaths related to the disease. Among the newly reported cases, more […]

Planting hope amid a plague

SHIPROCK, N.M. — Four miles down Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 491 in northern Navajo, a group of young Diné used what was left of daylight in early May to plant onions and potatoes on Yellow Wash Farm. As the novel coronavirus stretched its way through Navajoland, leaving a […]

Cannabis consumption area future cloudy amid COVID-19

Amid a gradual relaxing of public health orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, consumers and business owners alike are navigating how to have a socially distanced meal, shopping trip and gym session. But after July, there will be a new type of business facing still unknown restrictions while […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/08/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced the single biggest jump in cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began with 331 additional cases. Read our story here. Also see […]

Another 143 COVID-19 cases, four deaths in NM

The New Mexico Human Services Division and Department of Health announced Sunday an additional 143 positive cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths related to the disease. That brings the state’s totals to 8,940 positive cases and 396 deaths. The state also reported 3,307 people have recovered from COVID-19 and […]

DOH: 129 new COVID-19 cases, 5 additional deaths

A day after state health officials announced the highest single-day number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, they announced 129 additional confirmed cases and five additional deaths related to the disease. On Saturday, the state Department of Health announced five additional cases at the Otero County Prison […]

Health officials: Data shows masks, social distancing works

State Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase offered some data supporting the use of masks and social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The use of face masks in public has become a polarizing topic among some communities as the state has loosened its restrictions on businesses, […]

Justice Bacon: there is legal help out there

Public health orders restricting some businesses and public gatherings are slowly being lifted, but the New Mexico Supreme Court’s restrictions on eviction proceedings and limitations on civil cases in general are still in place. State Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon said she expects an increase of civil cases once courts […]

Single biggest daily jump in COVID-19 confirmed cases Friday with 331 positive tests

The state announced the biggest single jump in daily cases of COVID-19 on Friday with 331 additional positive tests with a large part of the increase in  cases coming from the Otero County Prison Facility and the northwest corner of the state. This brings the total number of cases to […]

Guv: Racism is ‘public health emergency,’ will appoint racial justice czar and council

On Thursday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said racism is a “public health emergency” and that she would make examining government policies with institutionalized racism in mind “the center of my administration.” She announced the formation of the Council for Racial Justice, which will be comprised of several African American community […]

Food service workers at risk in school meal programs

Since schools in New Mexico closed due to COVID-19 in March, food service workers across the state have continued serving meals to students in need, and their families. While the food helps feed hungry students, particularly those who no longer have access to free or reduced meal programs at schools, […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/05/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: The COVID-19 recap will now be Monday to Friday The majority of the cases in New Mexico on Tuesday came from the Otero County […]

DOH: 110 more cases at Otero County Prison Facility; 218 in state overall, 8 additional deaths

The state Department of Health announced Thursday an additional 218 cases of COVID-19, the second day this week with at least 200 new cases, and eight additional deaths. Of the new cases, 110 are at the Otero County Prison Facility; 66 among those held by federal agencies and 44 among […]

‘Forever deadly’: State officials, communities scramble to fight a proposal to house high-level nuclear waste in New Mexico

Rose Gardner is not giving up.  A Eunice resident, Gardner has spent the past few years fighting a proposal to store high-level nuclear waste in southeastern New Mexico.  “I was born here in Eunice, New Mexico, and have lived through a lot of ups and downs, oil booms and busts,” […]

Primary wins for progressive Democrats a ‘mandate’ on abortion rights, say activists

With five out of seven grassroots challengers winning seats in the state Senate, some of which were historic upsets, activists said on Wednesday the wins are a “mandate” for reproductive healthcare. With most precincts reporting for the primary, five grassroots progressive Democratic challengers won over mostly long-established incumbent Democrats who […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/04/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. NM Political Report did not have an edition of the COVID-19 recap on Wednesday because of election coverage on Tuesday night well into the early […]

Santa Fe, Taos counties need more time to count votes amid flood of absentee ballots

Most of the state completed their tallies of ballots, including absentee ballots, but election officials in Taos County and Santa Fe County received permission from district courts to extend the time needed to finish tallying absentee ballots. The two counties, like many others, received an unprecedented number of absentee ballots […]

State Senators John Arthur Smith, Mary Kay Papen lose in primary

In a historic defeat, Neomi Martinez-Parra won Senate District 35, defeating state Senator Sen. John Arthur Smith who has held the seat for 32 years. Martinez-Parra’s win did not come as a surprise Wednesday. She pulled ahead of Smith in the Democratic primary late Tuesday night and appeared to be […]

122 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 8 additional deaths

The state Department of Health announced 122 additional cases of COVID-19, including 25 new cases among those held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility. The state also announced eight additional deaths related to the disease. As of Wednesday, New Mexico had found 8,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 […]

Progressive Democrats defeat incumbents, with some races still pending

Tuesday night proved to be a night of historic upsets against state Senators who have long held onto their seats. Much of the action was on the Democratic side, though it appears two Republican incumbents also lost their primaries. State Sen. John Arthur Smith, after 32 years in the state […]

Leger Fernandez wins CD3 Democratic primary

Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez won the seven-way Democratic primary on Tuesday.  As of 2 a.m., Leger Fernandez had 41.89 percent of the vote, while her closest competitor, former CIA officer Valerie Plame, had 22.95 percent of the vote.  The Associated Press projected Leger Fernandez as the winner shortly before 11 […]

Herrell wins GOP primary, will face Torres Small again for CD2 seat in general election

A three-way race in the Republican primary for the state’s 2nd Congressional District ended with former state representative Yvette Herrell winning the Republican nod.  The Associated Press called the race for Herrell at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Herrell had garnered 45.58 percent of the vote at the time.   The […]

Ronchetti wins Republican primary for U.S. Senate

Former television news meteorologist Mark Ronchetti won the state’s Republican primary election for U.S. Senate, taking more than half the votes in a three-way race through partial results on Tuesday night. The results reported from the Secretary of State’s office as of 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday showed Ronchetti won 55.57 […]

2020 Primary Elections Liveblog

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DOH: 116 new cases at Otero County prison facility; 227 total new COVID-19 cases

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 227 additional positive cases in the state, with the majority coming from the Otero County Prison Facility.  The state also announced five additional deaths related to the disease, with four of the five coming from northwestern New Mexico. With the 227 new cases, […]

NM jail populations plummet amid joint efforts to avoid COVID-19 outbreak; positive test rates are low

This story first appeared at New Mexico In Depth and is republished with permission. New Mexico’s 27 adult county jails have slashed their combined population by a third since the new coronavirus began tearing through the state 11 weeks ago, according to data gathered by the New Mexico Association of […]

Primary preview: Races to watch on Election Day

A strange and unique election primary comes to an end today. Elections officials will begin counting ballots after 7:00 p.m., though they have been preparing to process a record-breaking flood of absentee ballots, the most returned ballots of any primary by a significant margin and likely more than any general […]