Curtis Segarra, KRQE News 13

Curtis Segarra

KRQE News 13

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Past articles by Curtis:

What to expect as irrigation season begins in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The 2023 irrigation season is about to begin in the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. Last year, diches ran dry mid-summer, but what can you expect for 2023? To find out, KRQE News 13 spoke to Jason Casuga, the CEO of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD). He says things are […] → Read More

New law could improve water access in small New Mexico communities

A bill that made it through the legislative session has been signed into law by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and supporters say the new law will help small, rural communities improve their local water supplies. → Read More

New Mexico offering free tutoring for early literacy and middle math

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state’s Public Education Department is offering free tutoring for younger students. Interested parents have until April 1 to register. The Public Education Department (NMPED) is offering free early literacy tutoring (for students going into grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3). They are also offering free middle math tutoring for students […] → Read More

Bill to help racinos cover safety costs passes NM Senate

Senate Bill 336, sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Abq.) seeks to ensure that horse jockeys and exercise riders have proper insurance against injuries. → Read More

Roundhouse Roundup: Bills in the Governor’s hands

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Tuesday, March 14, legislators are working to get more bills through the legislative process before the session ends on Saturday. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the bills that have made it to the last stage of approval, the Governor’s desk. Reproductive and gender-affirming care A bill that […] → Read More

New Mexico voting bill heads to Governor’s desk

New Mexico could see automatic voter registration, an easier path for convicted felons to get their voting rights restored, and the requirement for video-monitored ballot boxes in most counties. → Read More

Bill ending New Mexico juvenile life sentences w/out parole heads to Gov’s desk

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – In a debate that went late into the early morning hours, New Mexico’s legislators considered how to deal with New Mexico’s most serious under-18-years-old criminal offenders. Ultimately, the House of Representatives decided that all youth who commit crimes deserve a chance at rehabilitation. Senate Bill 64, sponsored by Democratic legislators, would prohibit […] → Read More

Roundhouse Roundup: Sports Authority, final week

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Monday, March 13, legislators are digging in for the final week of lawmaking in the session. A lot of bills will be debated on the House and Senate floors, but a few bills are still scheduled for committee debate. Among those is a bill to reinstitute the state’s Sports Authority. New Mexico […] → Read More

Roundhouse Roundup: Official state aroma, litter reduction

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Saturday, March 11, legislators will squeeze in a little more debate before the start of the final week of the session. Among the bills on the agenda is a bill to set an official state aroma and a bill to reduce litter statewide. State aroma It’s outside grocery stores, it wafts across […] → Read More

Chile song passes New Mexico House

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s hardly anything more fitting for New Mexico than a song commemorating New Mexico’s chile. Now, New Mexico may soon get an official song to praise red and green chile. House Bill 510, sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats, would make “Red or Green” the official state chile song. Written by Lenny […] → Read More

New Mexico cannabis sales high in February

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – After strong sales in January of 2023, the most recent cannabis sales data shows February recreational cannabis sales may be rising. Retailers in Albuquerque alone sold over $8 million worth of recreational cannabis last month, according to the latest data from the Cannabis Control Division. New Mexico’s cannabis sales haven’t slowed […] → Read More

Gun storage bill approved by legislature, heads to governor’s desk

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Following multiple rounds of heated debate, a bill aimed at ensuring responsible gun storage has passed the New Mexico Legislature. Now, to become law, it needs the Governor’s signature. House Bill 9, also known as ‘Bennie’s Bill,‘ has been a focus of intense debate this session. The bill makes it a […] → Read More

Roundhouse Roundup: Geothermal energy, forests

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday, March 9, there are fewer than 10 days left in the legislative session. So, a lot of the major action and debate will be happening on the House and Senate floors, rather than in committees. But committees still have some interesting legislation scheduled for discussion. Among those scheduled are a bill […] → Read More

New Mexico Senate approves voting access bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Wednesday, March 8, New Mexico’s senators debated a bill that would change a range of election-related rules around the state. Supporters say it would help New Mexicans become more active in the state’s politics. The opposition says it could violate individuals’ constitutional rights and lead to security concerns. House Bill 4, […] → Read More

Have legislators made progress with environmental bills?

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s only a handful of days left in the 2023 regular legislative session. Over the last few weeks, lawmakers have been putting in hours to debate a wide range of bills, including lots of climate and environment-related legislation. But how far have those bills progressed? Every session, many bills are introduced or […] → Read More

Key committee approves legislation to create education board

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s lawmakers are seeking to reinstate a powerful oversight board for the state’s public education system. If the idea moves forward, it could be up to New Mexico’s voters to decide the future of public school policy. Senate Joint Resolution 1, a bipartisan piece of legislation, would let New Mexico’s voters […] → Read More

New Mexico looks to fix school staff background check problem

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Student safety is a key priority for public schools in New Mexico. Now, legislators are working to ensure proper background checks can be done for school staff. To conduct background checks, the state relies on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which runs a national database of criminal records. Currently, New Mexico’s […] → Read More

Roundhouse Roundup: More firearm legislation

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Wednesday, March 8, legislators are once again set to debate a few gun bills. Already, bills related to firearm storage and transfer have been debated. Now, legislators will continue debate on more gun bills. Firearm sales Legislators are scheduled to debate Senate Bill 428. Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana), the bill […] → Read More

New Mexico climate emissions bill stalls in committee

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Addressing climate change is by no means a new idea inside the Roundhouse. But this year, the push for New Mexico to take bigger strides on the topic have been palpable. Over the last few weeks, legislators have debated setting up long-term conservation funds, water misuse legislation, and even a bill […] → Read More

Senate passes New Mexico reproductive, gender-affirming healthcare bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – After passing the New Mexico House in February, a bill changing gender-affirming, reproductive healthcare laws passed the state Senate Tuesday. Hours of debate preceded the vote, with supporters calling the legislative effort support of life-saving care. Opponents say the legislation will infringe on parents’ rights and could hurt children. Sponsored by five […] → Read More