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High Plains agricultural drought focus of study

Thirty years ago, farmers in dry eastern New Mexico were growing fields of winter wheat and cotton. Over time, many have switched to sorghum, which uses less water. But the Ogallala Aquifer is still on the decline. Megadrought and... — Updated 11/20/2021

 

Opinion: Redrawn maps have lost their political neutrality

The last time state lawmakers were tasked with drawing new maps for the state House and Senate, it took more than a year of fiercely partisan wrangling, four trials and $5.6 million of litigation costs billed to taxpayers. The... — Updated 11/20/2021

 

Opinion: Governor should give lawmakers money from feds

The term “constitutional crisis” isn’t one that should be tossed around carelessly. And it might overstate the importance of the simmering dispute between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and lawmakers of both political parties... — Updated 10/30/2021

 

Momentum could be building for 'return-to-work' proposal

SANTA FE — With many New Mexico cities and counties struggling to staff frontline positions, momentum could be building for legislation that would partially undo a 2010 law that bars retired public sector employees from going... — Updated 10/23/2021

 

Opinion: Fundamental changes need to take place in approach to education

Front-page headlines in recent editions of the Albuquerque Journal paint the picture of a system in crisis. • NM struggles with teacher vacancies; ‘Staggering number’ of 1,000 openings, up from 570 last year (Sept. 22). • P... — Updated 10/2/2021

 

Pilot in balloon crash had marijuana, cocaine in his system

A toxicology report reveals that a balloon pilot had marijuana and cocaine in his system when his balloon crashed, killing him and four others, including two former Clovis... — Updated 9/25/2021

 

Opinion: Odds in favor of getting the COVID-19 shot

Doctors and nurses have cajoled and pleaded, talking about how they are watching patients struggle to breathe before they ultimately go on a ventilator and die. The governor has offered cash incentives and a lottery and alluded to... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

Vaccinated residents caught in new wave of COVID-19

SANTA FE — The more contagious COVID-19 variant flooding New Mexico is reaching vaccinated residents, not just the unvaccinated. In fact, fully vaccinated individuals made up 19% of new COVID-19 infections and 13% of... — Updated 8/22/2021 Full story

 

Lawmakers to ask for crime, firearms legislation

SANTA FE — As Albuquerque faces a record-breaking year of homicides and reels from a school shooting, New Mexico lawmakers said Monday they will ask Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to add crime and firearms legislation to the agenda... — Updated 8/17/2021

 

Student killed at Albuquerque middle school

ALBUQUERQUE — On Friday — the third day of the school year — students at Washington Middle School took their lunch break a little after noon, many gathering outside. Amari Asbury, 13, was playing basketball when he heard the... — Updated 8/14/2021

 

State watching guaranteed basic income policies

SANTA FE — In an attempt to put low-income workers on more solid financial footing, New Mexico lawmakers in recent years have approved a minimum wage increase and a paid sick leave requirement, among other policies. The newest... — Updated 8/10/2021

 

Sixth Republican joins governor race

A medical sales representative who also owns an indoor shooting range on Sunday became the sixth Republican to announce an attempt to unseat the state’s Democratic governor. Louie Sanchez, 56, announced his campaign in a news... — Updated 8/3/2021

 

State's education secretary leaving office

State Education Secretary Ryan Stewart is leaving “to address family health issues,” the Governor’s Office announced Thursday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has picked Kurt Steinhaus, who recently retired as superintendent of... — Updated 7/31/2021

 

Agency mulling startup money for local cannabis shops

SANTA FE — The head of New Mexico’s chief regulatory agency said she fears a lack of access to bank loans and other financing will keep local residents from entering the new cannabis industry and competing with out-of-state... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

Opinion: GRT problems hit consumers in pocketbook

New Mexico lawmakers, in the words of Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, “have got ourselves in a really tough predicament.” Richard Anklam, executive director of the nonpartisan New Mexico Tax Research Institute,... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

Opinion: CYFD needs to work on issues of transparency

Rep. Marian Matthews, D-Albuquerque, was asking the right question of Brian Blalock, secretary of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department. Referring to the death of 4-year-old James Dunklee Cruz of Albuquerque,... — Updated 7/17/2021

 

Opinion: Proposal needed fine-tuning, not rejection

Work on the results of the decennial census in New Mexico has gotten off to a rocky start, and the members of the newly appointed Citizen Redistricting Committee missed a golden opportunity to boost its legitimacy by demonstrating... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

ENMU coach moving on to Belen High School

Belen High School has moved quickly to find a new head football coach. Andrew McCraw, 34, who was coaching at Eastern New Mexico the last five seasons, accepted the job Wednesday. McCraw was the offensive line coach and run game... — Updated 7/10/2021

 

Pot legal in New Mexico

SANTA FE — You can't legally buy it yet, but cannabis is no longer prohibited in New Mexico when it comes to possession and home growing. After years of debate, New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize recreational cannabis... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Opinion: No border stop is abdication of leadership

Pressed by NBC’s Lester Holt earlier this month about why she hasn’t visited the U.S.-Mexico border to personally witness the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the unforgiving desert, Vice President Kamala Harris tried to make l... — Updated 6/22/2021

 

Officials: Air Force has spent $31 million to address contamination

The U.S. Air Force has spent more than $31 million to address groundwater contamination at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, base officials said Wednesday. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, leaked into the Ogallala Aqu... — Updated 6/19/2021

 

Third Republican joins governor's race

Albuquerque financial adviser and military veteran Greg Zanetti jumped into New Mexico’s 2022 race for governor on Monday, becoming the third Republican to announce plans to challenge Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. A... — Updated 6/15/2021

 

Governor opens re-election campaign

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham opened her re-election campaign Thursday with a short speech and a few fist pumps as rowdy protesters outside shouted through a megaphone and booed so loudly they often drowned her out. The Democratic... — Updated 6/5/2021

 

Opinion: NM's spaceport in thick of new space race

May 22 was a big day for Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America, commercial space flight and New Mexico. After years of delays, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity successfully shot into space after breaking away from its mothership at... — Updated 6/1/2021

 

Opinion: Cybergangs need to be treated as threat they are

“Wake-up call” is perhaps one of the most over-used phrases in the English language. And one of the most ignored. The recent shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline because of hackers, apparently a criminal gang working out of... — Updated 5/25/2021 Full story

 

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