Politics trumps health in state’s response to alcohol crisis

New Mexico's alcohol epidemiologist, Annaliese Mayette, recommended the governor veto landmark alcohol legislation that expanded access to alcohol. It is unclear whether her recommendation made it to the governor.

In February 2021, as New Mexico lawmakers considered landmark legislation to loosen restrictions on alcohol sales, the state’s alcohol epidemiologist Annaliese Mayette set out to assess the bill.

Struggle then Conquer

Itzani Cruz, Albuquerque local, talks about mixed-race identity and how she battled with learning self-acceptance. Her Chicana and Okinawan heritage made identity confusing growing up, but she learned to embrace her uniqueness and shine with confidence.

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Navajo Nation elects Buu Nygren president

Newly elected president Buu Nygren (second from left) celebrates victory with his wife, State Rep. Jasmine Blackwater (far left), and Vice-President-elect Richelle Montoya Chee and her husband, Olsen Chee, at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds on Election Night, Nov. 8, 2022. Photo courtesy of Buu Nygren Facebook page.

Buu Nygren, half Navajo-half Vietnamese, becomes the youngest president of the Navajo Nation. His running mate becomes the first woman to be vice-president. They defeated incumbent Jonathan Nez.

Democrats sweep statewide executive races

Stephanie Garcia Richard wins reelection as New Mexico's Commissioner of Public Lands. Photo by Aldo Jurado/NM New Port

Democrats won handily in all five of the statewide offices in New Mexico, not including those of Governor and Lt Governor.