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Samuel Sandoval.

One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers, Samuel Sandoval, has died at the age of 98. Read more»

A Southwest Coalition for Life van was parked outside a future Las Cruces abortion clinic during an anti-abortion rally on Tuesday.

In response to a growing number of out-of-state patients, abortion providers have sought to ramp up capacity in New Mexico by opening new clinics and telehealth services in the state - as anti-abortion advocates turn their attention to states that protect abortion rights. Read more»

A new U.S. quarter shows Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools.

Adelina Otero-Warren - an activist who fought for women’s voting rights, the first Latina to run for Congress and the first Latina superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools - is one of several women whose images are being featured on the U.S. quarter in 2022. Read more»

We landed the pilot episode of "Duster" thanks to our ability to connect the producers with affordable hotels, cinematic locations, and our hard-working local crew base. But due to our lack of state film incentives, we're unsure if the rest of the show will come to Tucson. Read more»

As many groups are demanding American leaders increase oil production, the oil and gas industry has thousands of unused federal drilling permits - but the majority of producers said they had no plans to dramatically increase production in the next year. Read more»

In Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, the cost of living and family needs have skyrocketed while funding for welfare remains the same.

In the 25 years since President Bill Clinton took Ronald Reagan's notions to their apotheosis in his 1996 welfare reform law - which Clinton said would “end welfare as we know it” - federal welfare funding, frozen by law at 1996 levels, has been decimated. Read more»

The Lavendar Pit near Bisbee shows what copper mining can do to a landscape. And it's coming back strong with the clean energy push.

When “clean energy” relies on the extraction of metals like copper, it can also pollute the surrounding environment, and that leaves environmentalists in a pinch. Read more»

N.M. Gov. MIchelle Lujan Grisham at a 2020 meeting.

Hospitals in New Mexico are being authorized to use "crisis standards of care" to determine who gets treatment, as unvaccinated COVID patients are placing an "enormous, ongoing, and unsustainable strain" on that state's health care system. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s strict anti-abortion law in December and the outcome could affect abortion access in Arizona and across the country.

The abortion case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could spur a cascade of legal changes across two dozen states if justices back the restrictive Mississippi law — and potentially dismantle Roe v Wade. Read more»

Cover photo: The Rio Grande seen from Country Club Road at the Texas-New Mexico state line, with Mexico’s Sierra de Juárez in the background, on Aug. 15.

Attorneys laid out their arguments Monday during the first day of a virtual trial in a lawsuit over Rio Grande water with Texas and the federal government alleging that New Mexico’s use of groundwater cut into Texas’ share of river water. Read more»

Oak Flat in 2020.

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana's coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. Read more»

When COVID-19 struck the Navajo Nation last year, Zoel Zohnnie realized elders and others were unable to access water stations. So he purchased a water tank and started hauling water to them.

Zoel Zohnnie, a welder who was a laid off during the pandemic, is delivering water across the Navajo Nation reservation through the Water Warriors United project but hopes that the pandemic and the recovery effort are the start of a new policy to better serve the reservation's residents. Read more»

The U.S.-Mexico border, just outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. More than 7,700 people died of COVID in the border area during as of January.

In Texas border communities, not only did people die of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than elsewhere, but people under age 65 were also more likely to die, highlighting higher-than-normal prevalence of underlying health issues combined with high uninsurance rates and flagging access to care for residents. Read more»

A badge worn by audit workers featuring the logos of Cyber Ninjas and Wake Technology Services Inc.

The company that is conducting a hand recount of nearly 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots conducted an election audit in rural Pennsylvania county at the request of a state senator who has been a prominent advocate of the “Stop the Steal” movement that has spread baseless conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump. Read more»

The Bureau of Reclamation is forecasting first-ever water shortages because of falling levels at Lake Mead and says the reservoir could drop so low that it might not be able to generate electricity at Hoover Dam.

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming. Read more»

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