A reader recently asked me, “what does it mean that you are ‘independent news’.”

At The Paper., it means we have the freedom to explore issues and invite new voices to provide a perspective on New Mexico our readers may not have considered before.

Last week alone, we published 48 new stories and columns from independent writers, columnists and news partners. Understandably, you might have missed a few. On Sundays, we try to take a look back at some our the most impactful, fun and most-read stories of the week and also preview the week ahead.

Last week, our “best of” includes an incredibly important (and worrisome) piece from Gwynne Unruh about a worry looming for New Mexico’s chile farmers: water.

We also co-published a piece from Capital and Main looking back on how the failure of Wyoming’s politicians to prepare for the end of coal left a huge hole in the state’s education budget. It’s a lesson for New Mexico’s political class – and the rest of us.

And, of course, we’re returning to some of our favorite pieces from our “Being Black in New Mexico” series. Our regular contributors took a step back and passed the mic to Black journalists, businesses and artists who share a perspective too often overlooked in New Mexico news.

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Coming up this week: the big battle to confirm Deb Haaland. We’re exploring the historic nomination and the big oil opposition to stop it.

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  • Pat Davis, Publisher


Land of Enchantment’s Water Debt May Cost Growers

By Gwynne Ann Unruh, The Paper.

If La Niña has her way, “zero allotment” is around the corner for the 2021 growing season. That means no river water for chile and that makes for a very bad year in New Mexico. It will get much, much worse if Texas calls up the debt of water New Mexico owes.

Coal’s Cautionary Tale for New Mexico’s Economy

By Nick Bowlin, Capital & Main

Wyoming didn’t prepare for the end of coal. What lessons can that experience teach New Mexico about oil?

Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press, FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland stood with fellow tribal […]

Senate Sets Haaland Hearing Date As Oil Country Republicans Prep Attacks


Abortion Ban to be Repealed After 52 Years

39 Democrats and 1 former Republican in the House of Representatives voted yesterday to repeal […]

Three Redistricting Bills Waiting to Be Heard

More than anything else, how legislators decide to draw lines for Congress and the state legislature will determine who is in control of New Mexico politics for the next decade. Three competing plans are quietly making their way through the session – but can any of them really pass?

New Mexico & The Nation

‘I thought we were done’: Parts fall from sky in plane scare outside Denver

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DAVID ZALUBOWSKI Associated Press, BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — David Delucia was […]

On stands this week (and online here!): Being Black in New Mexico. Our special edition featuring Black journalists, businesses and artists sharing a perspective too often overlooked in New Mexico news.

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