FOG In the News


Six to receive William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards  Aug. 25, 2022

NMFOG on action banning reporters  Aug. 25, 2022

ENMU Grad to Receive Dixon Award  Aug. 24, 2022

Actions banning reporters are a detriment to all  Aug. 24, 2022

Editorial: NM Supreme Court ruling does little to help crime fighting – Albuquerque Journal Aug. 21, 2022

NM reporter’s rally rejection ignites controversy over press access Aug. 20, 2022

Court Blocks public access to pretrial release of GPS data Aug. 19, 2022

Otero County to discuss changes to public comment rules – Alamogordo Daily News  Aug. 11, 2022

Report 4-year-old held gun the morning toddler was shot in Rio Rancho  Aug. 7, 2022


JULY 2022

New complaint filed over PRC executive sessions  July 25, 2022


JUNE 2022

Watchdog group: Taos Ski Valley Village council violated NM Open Meetings Act, June 22, 2022

State Supreme Court orders Otero County Commission to certify primary election results, June 16, 2022

Editorial: Why is it so hard for NM’s officials to do right by public?, June 16, 2022

Foundation for Open Government sends letter to city over CHART process, June 11, 2022

MAY 2022

Review underway six months after shooting death of SFPD officer’s son, May 8, 2022

Shooting Death of Santa Fe Officer’s Son Under AG Review, May 8, 2022

APRIL 2022

Government is paying out big bucks for not releasing public documents, April 13, 2022

Editorial: Some big SUN shoes to fill, April 12, 2022

Documents reveal 2-year-old Rio Rancho boy shot by brother, April 9, 2022

Report: 4-year-old held gun the morning toddler was shot in Rio Rancho, April 9, 2022

We’re Done Afflicting the Comfortable, April 8, 2022

Let’s Talk about the special legislative session and ethics in the Roundhouse, April 7, 2022

Family-owned Española newspaper sells to NM investors, April 7, 2022

Your turn: Special session provided opportunity to right a transparency wrong, April 7, 2022

“Special session to consider economic relief measures kicks off April 5″ Scrutiny=Better, April 6, 2022

Legislature has few heavyweights, even less competition, April 6, 2022

Special session is a chance to right a wrong, April 5, 2022

Special session an opportunity to right a transparency wrong, April 3, 2022

Opinion: Special session: an opportunity to right wrong, April 2, 2022

The upcoming special session presents an opportunity to right a transparency wrong, April 1, 2022

MARCH 2022

Kunkel: Upcoming Special Session Presents Opportunity To Right Transparency Wrong, March 31, 2022

Editorial: Rio Rancho wrong to hide details in toddler’s death, March 29, 2022

Lawsuit searches for answers in Rio Rancho child death, March 23, 2022

Rio Rancho denies records requests in child’s death, March 23, 2022

Special session offers opportunity for transparency, March 23, 2022

Rio Rancho reverses course in records case involving boy’s death, March 23, 2022

City will not release info on death of 2-year-old boy until court makes ruling, March 22, 2022

Revived spending bill may add more transparency measures, March 22, 2022

New Mexico: Transpar-not, March 19, 2022

Guest column: Sunshine Week highlights transparency, March 19, 2022

Sunshine Week advocates for open government, March 17, 2022

Sunshine Week highlights government transparency and its role in upholding democracy, March 17, 2022

Sunshine Week highlights government transparency and its role in upholding democracy, March 14, 2022

Lawsuit filed in police public records fight, March 15, 2022

‘New Mexican,’ open government group sue Rio Rancho over public records request, March 14, 2022

Foundation, Santa Fe New Mexican sue city over police records refusal, March 14, 2022

Lawsuit seeks release of records in boy’s death, March 14, 2022

Lawsuit Filed Against City Of Rio Rancho For Records Denials, March 14, 2022

NMiF discusses infrastructure priorities, child welfare and transparency in state government, March 11, 2022

AG: Rio Rancho violated records law, March 10, 2022

Rio Rancho changes stance on death of a 2-year-old after attorney general threatens legal action, March 8, 2022

Sen. Luján says it’s ‘an absolute honor to be back’ as he returns to U.S. Senate, March 4, 2022


Public, media trying to access Public Education Department meetings shut out, Feb. 26, 2022

After Stroke, Lujan Returns With Support for Biden Court Pick, Feb. 25, 2022

Editorial: Omnibus lawmaking an ominous path for democracy in NM, Feb. 23, 2022

The rise of omnibus bills sparks concerns about transparency, Feb. 19, 2022

Editorial: APS’ public records deal should set bar, Feb. 19, 2022

APS to pay $54K, adopt new policies in public records case, Feb. 17, 2022

Lobbyist Money Hidden in New Mexico Politics, Feb. 14, 2022

Lujan plans return to Senate in weeks for Supreme Court vote, Feb. 13, 2022

Sen. Luján: ‘I’m back on the road to recovery’, Feb. 13, 2022

Sen. Luján says he will return to Senate soon, Feb. 13, 2022

Column: A.G. turning blind eye in records on child’s death, Feb. 12, 2022

Open government group seeks answers on Sen. Luján’s health following stroke, Feb. 11, 2022

Your turn: FOG urges Sen Lujan’s office to provide updates on Senator’s health, Feb. 10, 2022

Transparency group wants insight on Luján, Feb. 10, 2022

Luján’s office mum on senator’s health, Feb. 10, 2022

House votes 64-0 to approve rule requiring posting of bill changes, Feb. 10, 2022

FOG Urges Sen. Luján’s Office To Release More Information On Senator’s Health Following Stroke, Feb. 9, 2022


Rio Rancho repeatedly denies records requests in child’s death, Jan. 28, 2022

New Mexico Department of Health changes format again for COVID-19 update, Jan. 27, 2022

Editorial: Senate should stream Committees’ Committee, Jan. 25, 2022

Editorial: APS should learn it’s not above open records law, Jan. 21, 2022

Watchdog group asks for online streaming of Senate committee, Jan. 21, 2022

Few Identities Protected by Children’s Code, Jan. 21, 2022

Letter to the Editor: NM FOG urges transparency, Jan. 20, 2022

State’s format change for COVID-19 briefings raises transparency issues, Jan. 20, 2022

NM Legislature’s 30-Day Session Starts Today; Budget, Crime and Education on the Agenda, Jan. 18, 2022

Ready or not, it’s legislative session time, Jan. 16, 2022

Seek greater transparency in government operations, Jan. 15, 2022

Records in death of S.F. officer’s son again denied, Jan. 14, 2022

Santa Fe school board addresses virus protocols, redistricting in meeting, Jan. 13, 2022

New Mexico education officials miss transparency deadline, Jan. 11, 2022

Too often, transparency in government is in short supply, Jan. 10, 2022

High-profile attorney faces suspension, Jan. 8, 2022

Open government group urges Santa Fe school board members to end media silence, Jan. 7, 2022

Single Voice for Schools, Jan. 5, 2022


FOG names new executive director, Dec. 22, 2021

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government hires new director, Dec. 21, 2021


2021’s Covid crisis may have boosted more accessible Legislature, Nov. 27. 2021

Give Locally on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2021

Former Colorado Lobbyists Takes Helm as New Mexico cannibis regulator, Nov. 17, 2021


Payments for redistricting committee testimony in question in New Mexico, Oct. 11, 2021

New Mexico Faces Renewed Calls for tighter lobbying, Oct. 8, 2021

Free lunches earn business access to New Mexico lawmakers, Oct. 7, 2021


Reps. Kelly Fajardo and Matthew McQueen to receive 2021 Dixon Award, Sept. 22, 2021

Advocacy Group announcees award winner, Sept. 17, 2021

APD’s radio system is offline to the public, Sept. 10, 2021


New calls for transparency involving Albuquerque’s gunshot detection records August 12, 2021

Some law enforcement agencies slow to release information August 2, 2021

JULY 2021

On the Record How Media Keeps Government Honest  July 28,2021

Open government award nominations sought  July 22, 2021

JUNE 2021

Remote public testimony likely to continue at the Roundhouse   June 22, 2021

Transparency Scandal Intensifies Around New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham June 3, 2021

MAY 2021

Records without a trace May 21, 2021

FOG’s Transparency: Key to Democracy Project  May 20, 2021

CYFD Drops Use of Messaging App May 14, 2021

CYFD sends the wrong Signal via App that destroys its records May 6, 2021

Advocates and other media side with SFR  May 5, 2021

Editorial It’s your information- two cases will determine what you get to know about your government May 2, 2021

APRIL 2021

Finding the Light: How to advance democracy through technology April 30, 2021

Deleting records routinely defies public records law April 29, 2021

Head of CYFD says messaging app was not intended to make department less transparent April 29, 2021

House Republicans want CYFD investigation April 28, 2021

NM AG reviewing practices of child welfare workers April 27. 2021

New Mexico child welfare officials using app that encrypts, deletes messages April 27, 2021

Child welfare department’s leadership, staff avoid a paper trail with encrypted messaging April 27, 2021

Agency Underground April 26, 2021

Albuquerque works to clear backlog of increased public records requests April 22, 2021

Legislator spending for projects is disclosed April 19, 2021

NM medical cannabis revocation hearings blocked from the public April 16, 2021

MARCH 2021

Accountability in Pork Spending a Good Start  March 26, 2021

Sunshine Week is the right time for capital outlay spending transparency  March 17, 2021

Cowboy for Trump leader won’t resign his Otero County post March 17, 2021

Griffen denounces press release  March 16, 2021

When it comes to the government, be afraid of the dark  March 14, 2021

Griffen discussed press release calling for his resignation, states he will not resign  March 14, 2021

Questions linger over redistricting legislation in New Mexico  March 13, 2021

New Mexico may discipline, fine workers who release records  March 3, 2021


Job applicant disclosure bill derailed in the Senate  Feb. 12, 2021

Public flying blind in New Mexico’s largely virtual legislative session  Feb. 12, 2021

Insurance is covering some public records violation Feb. 12, 2021

Keeping candidates names secret could bring back old days of backroom hiring deals Feb. 7, 2021


Legislative Roundup Jan. 28, 2021

Bill to shield Applicant’s names advances  Jan. 27, 2021

High profile Senate Committee Delayed 2 hours due to technical issues Jan. 26, 2021

State budget process needs sunshine  Jan. 24, 2021

It Lacks the Personal Touch  Jan. 23, 2021

Santa Fe Officials Postpone Public Update on Future of Midtown Campus Jan. 23, 2021

Edgewood town councilor removed from meeting by police chief  Jan. 22, 2021

State pays to settle records dispute filed by John Boyd’s brother  Jan. 22, 2021

New Mexico Responds to Presidential Inauguration  Jan. 21, 2021

New Mexico Senate Sets Rules for a More Virtual Session Jan. 20, 2021

New Mexico’s 55th Legislature Kicks Off at Noon    Jan. 19, 2021

Dual roles create quorum conundrum for commissioners Jan. 19, 2021

NM Lawmakers others, push for greater transparency on budget Jan. 16, 2021

NM Governor orders flags to fly at half staff  in memory of late senator Jan. 16, 2021

Former NM Legislator known for wise, calm demeanor has died  Jan. 15, 2021

Applicant shielding bill doesn’t deserve a day of consideration  Jan. 14, 2021

Editorial: City deserves credit for two of its recent transparency decisions Jan. 12, 2021

Local newsman Dana Bowley dies  Jan. 7, 2021

Bill seeks to limit disclosure of top applicants’ names Jan. 7, 2021

Pandemic forces NM Legislative Session to go Virtual  Jan. 6, 2021

NM Legislative Session going mostly online  Jan. 5, 2021


Virtual New Mexico Legislative Session Could Limit Public Input Dec. 18. 2020


AG Backs Plaintiff in UNM Records Case  Nov. 13, 2020


Government transparency is essential   Oct. 31, 2020

UNM withholds on-campus dorms coronavirus data, citing privacy concerns, Oct. 12, 2020

NMFOG Survey Indicates Politicos Interested in Transparency, Oct. 9, 2020

Santa Fe Councilor wants closed police reform meetings, Oct. 5, 2020

Townsend to receive Open Government Award, Oct. 2, 2020

Woodward: ‘Trump is the wrong man for the job,’ Oct. 2, 2020


Woodward headlines FOG Dixon Awards Event, Sept. 18. 2020

Six will be honored for open-government advocacy, Sept. 4, 2020

Journalist Bob Woodward to be speaker at New Mexico FOG event, Sept. 4, 2020


6 People in New Mexico to Receive First Amendment Freedom Award, Aug. 28, 2020

Court sides with state pension board in retirement fee scuffle, Aug. 22, 2020

Judge dismisses NM Restaurant Association’s data request lawsuit, Aug. 21, 2020

JULY 2020

Retirement board sues New Mexico Pension Board, July 29, 2020

Editorial: Justices Cops can’t hide behind ‘ongoing investigation label’, July 25, 2020

State Supreme Court Eye on Local Government, July 24, 2020

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Applauds Supreme Court Decision Enforcing State’s Inspection of Public Records Act, July 17, 2020

Nominations open for 2020 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards, July 17, 2020

All but settled, July 17, 2020

Rights group sues Department of Corrections, private prison operators, July 17, 2020

New Mexico Supreme Court Limits Shielding of Police Records, July 17, 2020

JUNE 2020

Questions Linger as Santa Fe Police Department shields records in shooting  June 21

OMA in the News June 18

Day 1 of Special Session Underway  June 18

Lawmakers ask NM Supreme Court to allow public to attend special session June 13

PERA chairman agrees board violated Open Meetings Act with vote June 4

Foundation accuses PERA of Open Meetings Violation  June 3

MAY 2020

Finding solutions together in COvid-19 crisis May 15

Attorney General files IPRA lawsuit seeking full New Mexico State football investigation report May 14

Critical decisions belong in the sunlight May 9

Our Mother Governor May 6

Transparency can’t be a virus victim May 5

Governor needs to open up her pandemic economic council May 3

Dallas-based company expected to move forward in midtown campus process

APRIL 2020

Otero County commissioner, executive assistant named in public records lawsuit April 23

Zoombombing raises questions about OMA  April 11

MARCH 2020

SF keeps quite on master developer pick March 30

NCAC Joins Call for Transparency March 20

Yes, we want to know how to make the sausage March 19

AG Issues Guidance March 17

State Budget Process should be open March 15

NM FOG celebrates Sunshine Week March 15

Gov. signs labor bill despite transparency objection March 5

Gov. signs labor bill at center of open records debate March 5

Labor needs to stay public  March 4

NM labor bill disputed on public access issue  March 2


Public records to be kept longer under new rule Feb.27

Commentary: Ejection of Reporter from NM Public Meeting Raises Grave Concerns Feb. 17

Inmate medical care vendor produces some records Feb. 17

Open government group objects to Midtown Secrecy Feb. 12

Editorial: Booting reporter from Senate hearing was the wrong call Feb. 12

City doesn’t want to release midtown campus evaluation committee names Feb. 11

Senators Threaten Press Freedom By Kicking Reporter Out Of Committee Meeting  Feb.7

Big State Settlements Must Be Open to Public Feb. 5


Lawmakers debate funding for Ethics Commission   Jan. 31

Panel OKs rule change that sheds light on tabling votes Jan. 30

Ex-prison health contractor won’t release records despite court rulings Jan. 25

UNM refuses to release sexual misconduct files Jan. 20

20 petitions filed for criminal records to be expunged Jan 17

Rob Dean Dies Jan. 7

Former NM editor brought stability left legacy  Jan. 5

Erasing criminal history  Jan. 3

New law allows some felons to ask judge to expunge records Jan. 3

Santa Fe Attorney named new president of FOG  Jan. 2

Proposal to seal expungement petitions from public reversed Jan. 1


Criminal expungement act goes into effect Dec. 31

Ex-New Mexico Prison Contractor to Release Public Records Dec. 20

NM Supreme Court declines to hear Corizon appeal in opens records case Dec. 20

Ex NM prison contractor to release public records Dec. 19

Open government advocates prevail in records case Dec. 19

City witholds police reports from RRO  Dec. 16

Editorial: When it comes to hiring for top public jobs, right to know outweighs privacy Dec. 2

Editorial: Why the Secrecy  Dec. 1


New regent schedule starts with closed session Nov. 25

From shoes to sausage Terrell had it covered Nov. 21

APS seeks legislation to limit candidate disclosure Nov. 20

NM Panel meets in private to discuss methane emissions  Nov. 9


Auditor: Otero County Commissioners, Cowboys for Trump reimbursement may have violated law  Oct. 23

Sun settles records lawsuit with DPS again  Oct. 11

McCurdy Charter School Board Labels Finances confidential  Oct. 3

Protestors pack commission chambers as Aztec considers city attorney contract Oct. 2


Sheriff censors 911 Log Sept. 29

Aztec City Commission allegedly violated the New Mexico Open Meetings Act twice in one day Sept. 23

This week’s FOIA roundup Sept. 20

Court affirms that prison records are public records Sept. 18

Northern NM Police keep homicide records secret  Sept. 17

A summer of secrets  Sept. 13


FOG’a Dixon Award honors people’s right to know Aug. 18

JULY 2019

UNM faces public records problems, again July 3

Risk Management Needs a Healthy Dose of Sunlight July 3

JUNE 2019

Transparency is crucial for a healthy University  June 24

UNM IPRA story: University redacts response records  June 24

State won’t disclose why teacher not charged in 2012  June 22

City to install software to boost transparency  June 20

Municipal Boards, Commissions Raise Transparency Questions June 20

Criticism targets UNM regents  June 19

Inmate’s death was captured on video  June 21

NM to start posting legal settlements online June 20

NM to start posting legal settlements online  June 16

NMPA hires Sammy Lopez as its new executive director June 16

Autopsy: Inmate died after being held down June 6

MAY 2019

NM GOP blasts 1.7 million in settlements, made, sealed under former Gov. Martinez  May 31

1.7 Million in Settlements at End of Martinez Tenure Spark Questions May 24

Walsh reviews county transparency policy  May 10

Appeals Court Ruling a Victory for Transparency  May 4

APRIL 2019

Court of Appeals rules plaintiff can seek attorneys’ fees in public records case April 18

Public records suit to cost New Mexico town a tenth of its budget   April 13

911 service’s $30 records fee violates law, state Attorney General’s Office says April 12

Las Cruces City Council sets closed meeting to discuss senior staff with at-will contracts  April 8

Former Chief Deleted Text Messages April 5

Expungement, Electoral College bills signed by governor April 3

Governor signs criminal justice reform bills  April 3

MARCH 2019

Questions raised about legality of ASUNM meeting March 29

Questions raised about legality of ASUNM meeting  March 28

UNM hosts provost finalists starting today March 25

Governor uses contingency fund for wine, tinwork, inaugural breakfast March 20

Senate OKs limits on applicant disclosure March 15

You should know where your tax dollars go March 15

Editorial: Protecting public information is protecting the public  March 14

Raining on Sunshine Week March 14

Bringing sunshine to human rights settlements nears finish   March 13

With days to go, ethics commission legislation stalls    March 12

Advancing bills worry transparency advocates  March 12

Competing ethics commission bills may fuse   March 12

Sunshine Week spotlights our role in good governance  March 11

Senate OKs limits on applicant disclosure March 11

Senate OKs limits on applicant disclosure March 10

NMSU to host border reporting panel discussion for Sunshine Week  March 8

Applicant-secrecy bill moves forward  March 6

Birth pains in creating of New Mexico ethics commission March 1

House bill seeks transparency for ethics probes March 1


New Mexico bill making media delete irrelevant info pulled Feb. 1 

New Mexico Lawmakers Backs Off Online Censorship Bill Feb. 4

Bill aims to greatly increase public records request costs  Feb. 5

Bill involving public records costs expunction Feb. 5 

Bill raises public-records issues costs expunction Feb. 6

Bill to increase electronic record fees Feb. 6

Romero pulls fetid garbage bill Feb. 7

Bill aims to greatly increase public records requests costs Feb. 7

Autopsy: Inmate died after being held down Feb. 23


Judge issues decorum rules for Jessica Kelley’s trial Jan.1  

NMFOG launches new advertising campaign Jan. 12

Bill targets states open records law Jan.17 

Well-intentioned but weakens due process Jan. 19 

Public records bill could hike costs limit access Jan. 20

New house gets bill to withhold names Jan. 29