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Wednesday morning edition!

Good Morning!

As we near the end of the year, the news just keeps on coming. Here are the top stories for this week from COVID vaccines to new cabinet positions for New Mexico delegates:

  • Big news out of Washington, as sources report that President-elect Biden has chosen Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior – but Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly not on board. More below.
  • The City of Albuquerque’s Office of Emergency Management unveiled the city’s vaccine delivery plan during a City Council committee meeting yesterday. Find your local shot spot, but don’t get in line just yet.
  • The homicide rate of Native American women is 10 times higher than the national average. A new state task force is asking tough questions about how cops handle these cases. Our Jon Sims digs into the report on what goes wrong and what families want to be done.
  • And while you are planning your stay-at-home holiday, check out our Film Editor Devin O’Leary’s piece on Disney’s streaming service going plus-sized.

— Tierna Unruh Enos
Associate Publisher & Managing Editor

BREAKING NEWS

Reuters Source:
Biden Pick of Haaland for Interior “Imminent”
Pelosi says not so fast.

The Reuters News Service is reporting that New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM01) has emerged as President-elect Biden’s pick to lead the sprawling Department of Interior, with at least one source saying […read more]

Featured in this week’s edition of The Paper.

Where Have All The Indigenous Women Gone?

By Jonathan Sims. Native American Women in N.M. have the highest rate of homicide amongst all racial demographics but a new report found that cops – even Navajo and Tribal cops – often do little to help. Hear what families say is not happening and what a new report says should be done to help.


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Policing and Criminal Justice

Bad Case of the Blues

Police reform at the Albuquerque Police Department is struggling to dodge a federal judge’s gavel […]

Cannabis and Congress

Cannabis Bills Pass in US House

Two weed bills passed in the house but their future is uncertain.

Energy and Environment

Embracing Solarpunk

What is Solarpunk?! Solarpunk is a “new school” lifestyle movement focused on a positive, ecological vision tied to eco-political activism where humanity is reintegrated with nature. 

It was big in New Mexico in the 60’s — and is making a comeback again.

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🦠 COVID-19 news you need to know

Albuquerque Unveils Future COVID Vaccine Sites

City using poverty, equity data to site locations near those most vulnerable.

New Mexico’s Inoculation Strategy

Reports that several area hospitals have started to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week portend […]

Do & Watch

Disney, Plus-Sized

Disney debuts line up for 2021 with exclusive look into plans for its streaming service […]

Our Picks: Best Events for the Week of Dec 18-23

  • That art collective behind the Epstein statue downtown has a plan to let you sit on Santa’s lap this Xmas.
  • AMP Concerts, Latino theatre troup go virtual this year and a mind-reader says he can read your mind through Zoom. Check it out in our picks this week.

WTF?! — Weird News[ish]

Weird News[ish] of the week.

  • Leaders of a Florida city are fighting over whether to use “united” in a public statue.
  • City workers find 9-pound goldfish in city pond. What was it eating?
  • More!

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