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  • Evacuation centers not managing dual threats of COVID-19 and wildfire smoke
  • A controversial prescribed burn, which would eventually become the Hermits Peak Fire, has left Northern New Mexicans and officials wondering why it ever happened in the first place. The U.S. Forest Service, which lit the blaze, has yet to release all the information about the conditions under which the burn took place––citing a pending review.
  • The Department of the Interior released a highly anticipated report Wednesday documenting the history of the harmful and deadly Native American boarding school system in the United States. The investigation documented "systematic and militarized practices" spanning 150 years at over 408 schools around the country. Source New Mexico reporter Shaun Griswold, who’s covered this story locally for a long time now, spoke with KUNM about the report.
  • The Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire in northeastern New Mexico remains the largest wildfire burning in the country. While forest officials say weaker winds Monday allowed firefighters to make progress on its containment, winds returned Tuesday afternoon and are forecast for Wednesday, as well. Source New Mexico’s Shaun Griswold was on the ground in Mora last week and has continued to follow the fire and the northern New Mexico residents impacted by it.
  • Austin Fisher discusses his reporting on the 2/23/22 NMDOH COVID19 update.
  • There are only a few days left in this 30-day legislative session and it’s starting to feel like a lot is getting done. We are close to a final budget, education and voting bills are moving forward and there has been a lot of movement on anti-crime bills. Crime is up nationwide and we are certainly feeling it in New Mexico. Today on #YNMG we’ll take a look at some of the criminal justice measures considered by the legislature that have broad goals like easing sentencing on minors and increasing penalties for gun crimes, to name just a couple.
  • This week we felt the action at the Roundhouse pick up speed, and there were some shake-ups that threw journalists and the public off balance. So #YNMG is taking the opportunity to focus on access and transparency. Monday, was supposed to have a hearing for Senate Bill 8, but that got pushed to Wednesday, then extended to Friday. There was another Senate bill aimed at making sure farmworkers would get some extra pay this year. That passed through a committee without the public getting a chance to look it over first. And, away from the legislature, the state’s Department of Health has been making changes over the last couple weeks to how it engages with journalists and the public in the weekly COVID-19 updates.
  • We’re at the halfway point of the session, this time talking with reporter Shaun Griswold from Source New Mexico on #YNMG. Source NM has had journalists at the Roundhouse throughout the session watching crime, energy, pandemic relief, and more. Griswold has covered different areas too, but focused on education. We’ll get caught up on the ed bills in front of the legislature and some of the other stories coming from Source NM. Have a listen.
  • The city of Albuquerque this week is inviting the public to share any information or stories they have about the Albuquerque Indian School burial site at 4-H park. The series of community conversations is part of a broader effort to uncover the site’s history, understand its impact, and determine its future. Shaun Griswold (Laguna Pueblo), a reporter with Source New Mexico, has been following this continuing story and spoke with KUNM about this next phase of the city’s work, what’s been done so far, and how it all got started.
  • One year ago, on Jan 6. 2021, the U.S. Capitol was violently attacked by a mob of Trump supporters in an effort to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. There were rallies and vigils held across the country to mark the anniversary. Source New Mexico’s Marisa Demarco attended the event held in Downtown Albuquerque on Thursday.