NM Nat’l. Monuments Remain Under Threat from Interior Dept.

By: July 17, 2017 2:51 pm
President Barack Obama designated the 240,000 acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in 2013, but its size could shrink dramatically under a U.S. Interior Department review. (Bureau of Land Management)

TAOS — New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments could shrink dramatically if their protected status is removed or their size is reduced, and the decisions could come by late August. A report from Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee warns that could mean […]

Nuclear Watchdogs Skeptical of Los Alamos Lab Safety

By: July 14, 2017 9:13 pm
The Los Alamos National Laboratory says it's working to resolve recent safety gaffes, but a nuclear watchdog group says more changes are needed. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Los Alamos National Laboratory says firing workers and putting stricter controls in place are only the first steps it’s taking to protect the public as it prepares to accelerate production of a key plutonium component for the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. The Los Alamos lab has […]

NM Groups Urge EPA to Enforce Methane-Waste Rule

By: July 11, 2017 9:14 am
NM Groups Urge EPA to Enforce Methane-Waste Rule

ALBUQUERQUE – The Environmental Protection Agency got some push-back from folks in New Mexico and other states at a hearing in the nation’s capital on Monday. The agency wants to delay a new methane-emission rule for the oil and gas industry on federal land – although methane leaked at well […]

Pioneering Study: Climate Change Will Magnify Economic Inequality

By: July 10, 2017 8:21 am
A new study says states like New Mexico stand to lose population and economic clout if air pollution goes unchecked and the planet continues to warm. (Ed Williams/Public Health New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The poorest counties in the Southwestern states could suffer as climate change forces people and assets to move away from the nation’s hottest regions into more temperate areas – and scientists project economic inequality will increase as the planet warms. Rutgers University Professor Robert Kopp, co-author […]

NM Group Slams TrumpCare Bill Ahead of Senate Debate

By: July 7, 2017 1:28 pm
NM Group Slams TrumpCare Bill Ahead of Senate Debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – Senate GOP leaders won’t return to Washington, D. C., until Monday to renew debate on the replacement for Obamacare. That hasn’t stopped opponents of the proposed bill from protesting, in New Mexico and cities across the country, this week. In Albuquerque on Thursday, Bill Jordan with […]

Nuke Dump Gets Revival From House Committee

By: July 5, 2017 11:26 pm
Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into […]

Preserving DACA Proves Little Relief to NM Immigrants

By: June 26, 2017 4:36 pm
Preserving DACA Proves Little Relief to NM Immigrants

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It’s been more than a week since President Donald Trump said he won’t seek deportation for the young people known as Dreamers brought to the U.S. as children – but not much has changed to give hope to immigrant families in New Mexico. Trump’s decision to […]

Latest TrumpCare Draft Threatens NM Medicaid

By: June 22, 2017 9:40 am
Latest TrumpCare Draft Threatens NM Medicaid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest version of Trumpcare, the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has been made available, with only one week to review, with a vote scheduled for next week. The draft it contains drastic implications for Medicaid in New Mexico. Senate Majority Leader […]

NM Journalist Facing Prison For Doing His Job

By: June 19, 2017 5:21 pm
A Santa Fe reporter could face years in prison after being arrested while covering a protest on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Aaron Cantú went to Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day to cover protests for the Santa Fe Reporter, and now he’s facing extensive jail time. He and 214 other defendants were arrested on charges ranging from conspiracy to riot to destruction of property on Jan. 20, when […]

In Flint Water Crisis, Could Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead to Prison Time?

In Flint Water Crisis, Could Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead to Prison Time?

Last week, Michigan’s top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state’s Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for a death resulting from the Flint water crisis. It’s a move virtually unheard of in modern American history; legal experts couldn’t point to a single case […]