New Mexico’s state government is testing the wastewater in high schools for illegal substances. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham claims the approach will help the state narrow in on where to put resources. Critics say it’s a waste of state money that stigmatizes students.
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In this year’s budget-focused session, both chambers of the 2024 New Mexico Legislature passed 17 bills related to crime, policing, prisons and public safety.
Let's Talk New Mexico
This year’s legislative session has officially come to an end and when it comes to child welfare the session was uneventful. There were several pieces of legislation proposing many solutions, but little saw movement or were deemed not germane. On this week’s Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll discuss what’s next for child welfare in New Mexico.
On this episode University of New Mexico graduate Dr. Kwane Stewart talks about the organization he created, Project Street Vet. Stewart offers judgement-free veterinary care to the pets of people who are unhoused.
Philbert Shorty's family were left in the dark. They reported him missing after finding his car stuck in the mud in a remote area near the New Mexico-Arizona state line. They searched in vain for him for more than two years — not knowing that he was dead and that federal authorities already had a suspect.
The hydropower company Nature and People First had proposed a "pumped storage" project in the Black Mesa area. Indigenous advocates are celebrating the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
After its reprise, an effort to push through the governor’s plan to create a market of treated brackish water failed after committees did not meet in the final hours of the New Mexico Legislative session.
The New Mexico Legislature passed several education bills in the session that ended Thursday, but not all reforms passed.
Several bills that would help keep New Mexico’s rural health care providers in business are heading to the governor.
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