Articles by Susan Montoya Bryan

New Mexico Lawmakers Say Farmers Shortchanged on Disaster Aid

New Mexico’s congressional delegation is calling for more oversight of a federal agency after some farmers and ranchers were shortchanged on disaster aid and Hispanic farmers who rely on traditional acequias to irrigate their crops have been told they’re ineligible …

More Funds Sought for Those Exposed to Radiation from Nuclear Weapons Test

A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. …

New Suit Alleges Clergy Sex Abuse by New Mexico Priest

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Church, alleging sexual abuse of a child by a now-deceased priest who once served at Our Lady of Health Parish in Las Cruces, N.M. It’s the latest in a string of legal …

Nuclear Defense Facility Safety Board Raises Concerns Over Change in Policy

An independent safety panel that provides oversight of some of the nation’s highest risk nuclear facilities voiced concerns Tuesday that new federal policies could limit inspections and curtail access to key information. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board peppered Energy …

Safety Concerns Remain at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site

A federal nuclear review panel still has some safety concerns about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new multimillion-dollar storage facility for radioactive waste. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said in a recent report that more reviews will be needed as …

New Mexico Regulators Approve Reopening of Troubled Nuclear Dump

New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely. Two letters …

New Mexico Governor Declares Emergency Amid Growing Wildfire

A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than three square miles late Wednesday, sending up a towering plume of smoke that swelled as afternoon temperatures soared and eventually blanketed the state’s largest city in a thick haze. …

New Mexico Court Revives Neighborhood Oil Contamination Case

More than 200 current and former residents who claim decades of oil and gas operations led to contamination that spurred a rash of illnesses in their southeastern New Mexico neighborhood will be able to pursue their case thanks to a …

New Mexico’s High Court Will Hear Workers’ Comp Case

The New Mexico Supreme Court plans to review a lower court ruling that cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers across the state to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The justices issued a brief order suspending a ruling by the …

New Mexico Water Supplies at Risk, Task Force Says

Researchers from universities around the state say New Mexico is undoubtedly dealing with a dire situation thanks to a persistent drought and there’s no telling when conditions will improve. The task force of experts on Tuesday delivered their preliminary findings …