House committee cuts proposed alcohol tax increases

The alcohol department at a grocery store Albuquerque, NM CREDIT: Adria Malcolm for New Mexico In Depth

A nearly $1 billion tax package cleared the House Taxation and Revenue Committee on Monday with 1-cent to 2-cent tax per drink increases on beer, wine and liquor instead of much larger rate hikes sought by advocates.

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Lawmakers tackle raising the alcohol tax

The alcohol department at a grocery store Albuquerque, NM. CREDIT: Adria Malcolm for New Mexico In Depth

New Mexicans die of alcohol-related causes at nearly three times the national average and alcohol is involved in more deaths than fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamines combined.

Clemency for Leonard Peltier demanded decades after his incarceration

A demonstrator holds up a sign offering more information about incarcerated Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier at a rally organized by The Red Nation in front of the Pete V. Domenici Courthouse in downtown Albuquerque on the evening of Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 (Photo by Shelby Wyatt for Source NM)

People in Albuquerque joined others across the country demanding the release of Leonard Peltier from federal prison.

“He was meant to be made an example of, to show people this is what happens if you speak out”

Can a mine near the Pecos river be stopped

Ralph Vigil walks away from an old blocked off portion of the El Molino mill, where ores from the old Tererro Mine were processed. Nadav Soroker/Searchlight New Mexico

A unique NM coalition is battling the project to prevent widespread harm — and deja vu.

No eyes on the skies

Flaring by the storage tanks at an oil and gas site near Artesia. Nadav Soroker/Searchlight New Mexico

New Mexico’s tough new pollution rules rely on oil and gas operators to report their methane emissions. Can self-policing work?