Latino voter reg lags other groups

On the last week of voter registration, Claudia Perea, a 45 year-old housewife from Las Cruces goes door-to-door in neighborhoods with the largest numbers of eligible Latinos who are not registered to vote. Armed with a pen, voter registration forms and a clipboard, Perea took to the streets of Las Cruces and El Paso to register Latinos to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Perea is part of a voter registration drive conducted by Hillary for Las Cruces’ organizing office. “I help to recruit people to register to vote and target the Latino community heavily. I go door-to-door or to churches, parks and neighborhoods to try to register as many Latinos to vote as possible by Oct.

Get the facts on climate change

Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency released two-page fact sheets about climate change in each of the 50 states. Drawing on sources like the national climate assessments, the fact sheets don’t have new or breaking information. But they do provide a good overview for citizens and decision-makers who might be thinking about the future. In New Mexico, for example:
In the coming decades, our changing climate is likely to decrease the flow of water in the Colorado, Rio Grande, and other rivers; threaten the health of livestock; increase the frequency and intensity of wildfires; and convert some rangelands to desert. The fact sheet also lays out basic information for New Mexicans about declining snowpack, agricultural challenges, wildfire, and impacts to tribal communities.

Student opportunity: New Mexico in Depth Diversity Fellowship

New Mexico in Depth is pleased to announce a two-semester professional journalism experience to student journalists of color involved with the New Mexico News Port at the University of New Mexico. New Mexico in Depth (NMID) is a digital-first journalism organization focused on public policy and institutions, social welfare, and the influence of money in politics. This fellowship reflects NMID’s desire to increase the diversity of the professional journalism field in New Mexico and beyond. Benefits of the fellowship:

$4,500 per semester ($9,000 total, paid in monthly installments). Experience within a professional news organization.

Possible excessive force sparks investigations at county jail

New allegations of excessive force by guards at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center threaten to thrust the jail back into a national debate about the treatment of inmates. This week county officials agreed to turn over videos to NMID of two previously unreported incidents involving alleged excessive force but then refused to release them.