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More nuclear threats to New Mexico and uranium mine cleanup

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In New Mexico, due to the many nuclear sites, at any give time there are several new and ongoing threats to our communities, our public health, and our Mother Earth. Currently, the various federal and state agencies and respective contractors are planning to expand activities while there is still much to clean up at each...

Census: Poverty was on the decline in pre-pandemic New Mexico

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2019 Census data show increased median income, but racial inequities persist

ALBUQUERQUE—Data released Sept. 17 by the U.S. Census Bureau show a significant improvement in the poverty rate in New Mexico between 2018 and 2019. That tracks with an increase in the median income during that timeframe. However, the data show little progress for children younger than five, and inequities continue to persist along racial and ethnic lines. The data released Sept. 17 – which are from 2019 – show that the poverty rate for all children ages 0 to 17 decreased from 26.3 percent in 2018 to 24.9 percent in 2019.

“While it’s always great to see improvement, we know that the COVID-19...

Drop boxes: essential for safe voting

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If you told me a global health crisis fueled by ill-advised political leadership would hold American citizens hostage and infringe on basic voting rights a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Sadly, that is the situation we find ourselves in today.

While that is a truth we Americans must accept, what we don’t have to accept is citizen inaction. We can make the best of a bad situation and secure the one aspect that we actually have control over: our vote.

The current administration is threatening to remove letter collection boxes, impose budget cuts to the U.S. Postal Service, and derail vote-in mailing systems as we approach the November election. Unfortunately for them, we...

Udall, Heinrich tell U. S. Postmaster to reverse changes, answer questions

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WASHINGTON,

D. C.—U.S. Se­nators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a group of 25 senators in a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, pressing him about recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service that caused delivery delays and increased costs for small businesses already struggling with lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USPS is the “carrier of choice” for many small businesses that have fewer than 10 employees, which are among the most vulnerable small businesses. Over 70 percent of these vulnerable businesses regularly rely on the Postal Service. The majority of those use the service more frequently than other carriers. In the four...

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses pandemic to push forward nuclear waste dump

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Co-founder of Diné No Nukes and the Albuquerque-based Nuclear Issues Study Group

New Mexico is again being targeted as a national sacrifice zone by both the nuclear industry and the U.S. government in one of the most blatant forms of environmental racism.

Anyone from the Four Corners region has most likely heard about uranium mining and milling, and those of us from this area know about or have firsthand experience with the many health and environmental impacts. But how many residents from uranium-impacted areas know where that uranium goes after it is extracted from our Mother Earth? The simple answer is that uranium is used for either nuclear weapons or nuclear energy.

When used...

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