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Scott Plunket put a sign that reads, "I need a kidney!" in his front yard in Albuquerque, N.M., as part of his outreach campaign in search of a living kidney donor. He's also one of the hundreds of New Mexicans on a waitlist for an organ transplant from a deceased donor.
Nash Jones
Organ donations and transplants hit an all-time high in 2023, according to New Mexico Donor Services. Still, over 640 New Mexicans are sitting on a waitlist hoping to find a match before it’s too late. Donor Services, along with recipients and waitlisters themselves are undertaking efforts to get more New Mexicans with organ failure life-saving transplants.
KUNM News Update
Traffic crosses from Mexico into the United States at a border station in Santa Teresa, N.M., in this photo made in March 14, 2012.
Jeri Clausing
The U.S. Border Patrol is asserting its authority to seize cannabis shipments — including commercial, state-authorized supplies — as licensed cannabis providers file complaints that more than $300,000 worth of marijuana has been confiscated in recent months at highway checkpoints in southern New Mexico.
Let's Talk New Mexico
Beaver-created marsh on Willow Creek at Pecos River confluence, near Terrero, NM.
J. N. Stuart
Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court slashed protections of many waterways and wetlands. Their decision left water advocates and experts alarmed over the potential impact on New Mexico’s streams and rivers. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll discuss a new report labeling the state’s rivers as particularly vulnerable.