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Jun 24, 2016

In Washington, where bi-partisan agreement on issues is rare, a group of nine senators from across the political spectrum, including New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich, have announced support of a compromise bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Jun 23, 2016

The annual Kids Count Data Book is out and updated. The report on child well-being among states still shows New Mexico being close to the bottom of the 50.

Tom Trowbridge spoke with Dr. Veronica Garcia, Executive Director of the non-profit kids' advocacy group, New Mexico Voices for Children about her thoughts on some of the reports' data.

Jun 22, 2016

Two federal agencies: The Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency, are enacting rules and regulations to reduce methane releases into the atmosphere.

The rules are being praised by environmentalists, but the oil and gas industry is in opposition.

Tom Trowbridge has the point of view on these rules from the perspective of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and its communications director, Wally Drangmeister.

Jun 21, 2016

A coalition of environmental organizations, both local and nationwide, last week released a map displaying "hot-spots" for methane emissions, which correspond to New Mexico's many oil and gas facilities.

The coalition is concerned that New Mexicans living around these facilities face increased health risks.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Jun 20, 2016

The Western Governors' Association--representing the Governors of the 19 western-most states and three U.S. flag islands--just wrapped-up its summer meetings in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Tom Trowbridge reports on the WGA and what it seeks to accomplish.

Jun 17, 2016

In New Mexico's sprawling Second Congressional District, Democrat Merrie Lee Soules is challenging incumbent Republican Representative Steve Pearce in the November general election.

Tom Trowbridge reports:

Jun 16, 2016

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall held a telephone-news conference with reporters earlier this week....and the Democrat covered topics ranging from the Orlando tragedy to protecting land within the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Jun 15, 2016

On Monday, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales led a community commemoration of the victims of last weekend's mass shootings in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub.

Tom Trowbridge attended the event on the Santa Fe Plaza, and prepared this report.

Jun 14, 2016

New Mexico no longer tops the nation in drug-overdose fatalities. 

Tom Trowbridge checks-in with State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen to see what's behind last year's nine-percent drop.

Jun 13, 2016

Following-up on Friday's Dateline New Mexico post-primary perspective from the New Mexico Republican Party, today Tom Trowbridge provides the same opportunity to New Mexico Democratic Party Executive Director, Joe Kabourek.

Jun 10, 2016

With New Mexico's 2016 primary election in the rear-view mirror, New Mexico political party leaders are discussing the results and how they will proceed in advance of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions next month.

Today's focus: New Mexico Republicans. Tom Trowbridge reports.

Jun 9, 2016

One of New Mexico's largest employers--Los Alamos National Laboratory--is forecasting thousands of job openings in the next five years, as the Lab's expecting a wave of retiring baby-boomers.

That presents both an opportunity and a challenge for New Mexico's smaller colleges and institutions. And that has the attention of New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, who held a meeting in Santa Fe last week to discuss the matter.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Jun 8, 2016

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been mentioned as a potential 2016 GOP running-mate since she trounced Democrat Gary King during her 2014 re-election bid....however, that talk has quieted considerably as New Mexico's fortunes have soured lately.

That point was highlighted by Donald Trump during his May Albuquerque visit...and the relationship appeared frost-bitten.

Now, however, there are reports of a thaw... and an about-face on the part of Trump.

Tom Trowbridge reports.


Jun 7, 2016

Senator Tom Udall last week took his push for final approval of his reform of the nation's chemical safety law to an audience that stands to benefit: young children and their parents.

Tom Trowbridge reports on the Democratic Senator's visit to a Santa Fe children's store.

Jun 6, 2016

Cases of the Zika Virus are beginning to increase in New Mexico.

Tom Trowbridge speaks with New Mexico Department of Health Veterinarian Dr. Paul Ettestad about the virus, and the means to prevent or at least reduce the number of the Zika-carrying vector.

(NOTE: This broadcast was prepared before news of the third New Mexico case of Zika Virus came out on Saturday).

Jun 2, 2016

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn updated state lawmakers this week on the cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory--a topic Flynn considers one of the top issues before the state

As Tom Trowbridge reports, Flynn told members of the Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee the costs to remediate decades-old waste in and around Los Alamos are staggering---and the time-frame is lengthy.

Jun 2, 2016

A dozen state Attorneys General, including New Mexico's Hector Balderas, have written to the U-S Department of Education over concerns that a college accreditation agency is enabling some for-profit colleges to carry-out wholesale fraud.

Tom Trowbridge has details.

Jun 1, 2016

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich recently shared his thoughts on last summer's Gold King Mine spill in Colorado...and is encouraging public comment on the recent federal proposal to include the area around the mine to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of SuperFund sites.

May 31, 2016

The Santa Fe Indian School Class of 2016 had a memorable graduation ceremony last week.

As Tom Trowbridge reports, that's because First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address.

May 30, 2016

In today's Memorial Day Dateline New Mexico, Tom Trowbridge replays recent comments made in New Mexico by Democratic Presidential hopeful, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Donald Trump....and former President Bill Clinton, campaigning on behalf of wife, Hillary.

May 27, 2016

More New Mexico families now qualify for child-care assistance through the state's Children, Youth and Families Department.

Tom Trowbridge reports that expanded income-eligibility guidelines have recently been implemented by the state agency.

May 26, 2016

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall told New Mexico reporters this week via telephone that his efforts to reform the nation's toxic chemicals act is close to being signed into law.

Tom Trowbridge reports on the measure, plus asks Senator Udall his thoughts on the state of New Mexico's recently-announced lawsuit against the EPA for damages incurred during last summer's Gold King Mine spill in southwestern Colorado.


May 25, 2016

Libertarian Presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson is excited with his choice for a running mate, another political maverick: former Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld.

Tom Trowbridge spoke with Governor Johnson about this and other developments in the 2016 Presidential contest.

May 24, 2016

A recent federal court hearing revealed that supervisors at the New Mexico Human Services Department were allegedly directing Department staff to falsify applications for emergency food assistance.

This has prompted outrage on the part of at least one New Mexico lawmaker.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

May 23, 2016

The downturn in global prices for oil and gas has hit New Mexico's general fund in a big way, as seen during the 2016 New Mexico Legislative Session, when projected declined rapidly, resulting in unexpected budget cuts.

Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with New Mexico State University Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Peach regarding future prospects for revenue growth and job creation.

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