In hot water: The dangerous side of a renewable energy project

From the outset, local residents had questioned Cyrq’s assertion that it could pump geothermal water from thousands of feet down and reinject it at similar depths without tainting the shallow, freshwater aquifer. Like many places in New Mexico, the health of the local farm and ranch economy is rooted to the water. So are the lives of the scattered people who live in the Animas Basin.

Needs improvement

Faced with a crisis, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has made child well-being a priority. And during the 54th New Mexico Legislature, which wrapped on March 16 at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, some lawmakers followed suit — albeit with baby steps.

Partners and crime

By the time Leroy Fresquez Jr. killed his girlfriend, Jasmine Gaytan, they had been together for eight years. Her murder is the type that is all too common in New Mexico. Advocates have for years been urging the state to adopt a law that would prevent gun ownership by domestic abusers.

Pay now and pay later

Developed by corporate giant Deloitte at an initial cost of $115 million, the ASPEN system was intended to streamline New Mexico’s processing of benefits for its poorest residents. But it has repeatedly failed them, cutting off tens of thousands of children and families from their financial lifeline.

Oil leases bring jobs, strains to southeast NM

The September 2018 sale of nearly $1 billion in federal oil and gas leases in southeast New Mexico has set off one of the greatest oil booms in American history and has overwhelmed everything from the region’s highway to its housing supply.

Success by degrees

Adult education can be a path to generational change. But in New Mexico, where it is estimated that a third of the adult population could benefit, only about 3 percent are served.