March 20, 2020 – The U.S. Census quietly got underway last week. As it has for nearly all facets of life, COVID-19 has dramatically changed plans for how to encourage participation from historically undercounted populations. The Censusis vital for states like New Mexico, which have large numbers of people who are part of those groups. The state also depends on federal funding more than most, and an undercount could project the impact of the COVID-19 isolation far into the future. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with Charlotte Little and Jamie Gloshay of the New Mexico Native Census Coalition to talk about the challenge of avoiding an undercount on the state’s 19 pueblos, the Navajo Nation, Apache tribes, and in its urban Native populations – and the ways in which the community is responding.
Guests: Jamie Gloshay, Albuquerque Urban Indian Census Coordinator Charlotte Little, Pueblo Census Coordinator
December 27, 2019 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel continue our countdown of the top stories of 2019, based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. Coming in at number 8 on our list is the emergence of chemical contamination in groundwater near two New Mexico Air Force Bases. The harmful chemical is known as “PFAS” and it’s been linked to an increase in cancer risk, though the extent of its harmfulness isn’t fully known. Next up, the 7th biggest story of 2019: the ramp up of the 2020 U.S. Census. The once-a-decade population count dictates everything from funding for federal programs to representation in congress. And here in New Mexico, there is already real concern about an undercount.
Line Panelists: Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican