News Coverage

July 10, 2017 - Farmington Daily Times
FARMINGTON — An Albuquerque-based nonprofit organization is planning a family game night and nonprofit resource fair here to provide a family-friendly atmosphere in which residents can connect with agencies that could help provide them support. The Southwest Women’s Law Center is presenting the event Friday at the Farmington Civic Center as part of a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, according to law clerk Jaclyn Page.
July 8, 2017 - Santa Fe New Mexican
Hallelujah! The most promising and hopeful talk at the fifth annual Kids Count Conference, celebrating 30 years of New Mexico Voices for Children, was given by Ray Rivera, editor of The New Mexican and founder of Searchlight New Mexico, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism.” My news, like most folks because of my mistrust of “corporate media,” had mostly been coming from email, National Public Radio, radio talk show personalities and of course, Saturday Night Live.
July 7, 2017 - Public News Service - NM
Senate GOP leaders won't return to Washington, D. C., until Monday to renew debate on the replacement for Obamacare. That hasn't stopped opponents of the proposed bill from protesting, in New Mexico and cities across the country, this week. In Albuquerque on Thursday, Bill Jordan with New Mexico Voices for Children – the group's senior policy advisor and government relations officer – joined Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., at an outdoor news conference at the University of New Mexico.
June 26, 2017 - KOB TV
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico is on the bottom of another important list after the annual Kids Count report was released earlier this month. The report ranked New Mexico 49th in the U.S. when it comes to overall child well-being.
June 22, 2017 - Albuquerque Journal
New Mexicans are a tenacious and hard-working bunch. Those who are out of work spend longer looking for a new job than anyone else in the nation, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Weeks – even months – after workers in other states have found new jobs, New Mexicans are still hitting the pavement in search of a paycheck. Part of the reason it takes so long to find a job here is that New Mexico has the (second-)highest unemployment rate in the nation.
June 21, 2017 - Quay County Sun
A national study of family and child well-being has found that New Mexico ranks second to last behind Mississippi, and Curry and Roosevelt County are not faring much better than the average. Local health-care and poverty experts say this is nothing new, and the high amount of poverty in the state has been on the increase for several years.
June 16, 2017 - Carlsbad Current-Argus
New Mexico ranks 49th overall in the country in child well-being, according to a 2017 KIDS Count data book, released this week. Despite the low ranking, the state did improve slightly within four areas — economic well-being, education, health and family and community. Eddy County, however, struggled to see change. According to the KIDS Count Data Center's latest numbers, a 65.6 per 1,000 teen birth rate (ages 16-19) was reported in the county in 2015 — up from 61.5 per 1,000 in 2014.
June 14, 2017 - Santa Fe New Mexican
The Trump administration has dealt its largest blow yet to Obama-era oil and gas drilling regulations, announcing one rule requiring operators to curb methane pollution won’t take effect until at least 2019 and that another methane rule is being suspended indefinitely. The U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Land Management, published notice Wednesday that a methane rule for drilling on federal and tribal land will be put on hold until litigation challenging the regulation has been resolved in court.
June 13, 2017 - Albuquerque Business First
Things are looking up for children living in the Land of Enchantment — slightly. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released Tuesday morning by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, reported New Mexico ranked 49th out of the 50 states for child well-being. Despite continuing the low ranking — New Mexico was 49th last year as well — New Mexico KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin sees the necessary steps being taken to raise the state's reputation for child well-being.
June 13, 2017 - Education Week
The percentage of children living in poverty has fallen slightly over the past six years, as has the percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment and those whose families face a high housing-cost burden, according to an analysis of national data compiled in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book. But the data book also finds places where child well-being is slipping, according to the foundation's measures: The percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds not in preschool has risen slightly, as has the percentage of 8th graders who are not proficient in math, based on scores of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
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