Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration in New Mexico

By Brenna Kelley and John Acosta / NM News Port “I just want to live a sober life, away from drugs and the streets,” said 29-year-old Diane Monique-Rodriguez, who has a history of drug abuse and was recently re-incarcerated for two and a half weeks. “Now I’m just trying to get on my feet and…

Vehicle Theft Still a Rising Threat in New Mexico

By John Acosta and Brenna Kelley / NM News Port Rio Rancho resident Nathan Hopper’s custom-made Corvette was stolen last month, leaving him out thousands of dollars. Hopper is just one of hundreds of people living in New Mexico who have recently become victims of motor vehicle theft, which continues to rise. “It was the…

Federal Immigration Policy Affecting Local Communities

Undocumented University of New Mexico (UNM) student Felipe Rodriguez takes out his pen and notebook and begins taking notes while his psychology professor starts lecturing about questions that will arise in the upcoming midterm. After about five minutes, Felipe starts losing concentration, worrying and wondering about the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies….

Committee tables bill to harshen penalties for reckless drivers

By Jacob Leyba and John Acosta / NM Newsport Reckless drivers in New Mexico will not receive harsher penalties for vehicular homicide, at least this year. This topic was addressed in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Tuesday Jan. 31. NM State Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) sponsored a bill in the 2017 legislative session that…