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Governor announces business closures

SANTA FE — With the coronavirus spreading across New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the closure of all “non-essential” businesses statewide and delivered a blunt message to state residents. The message: Stay home and... Full story

 

NM governor: Watch state-tourney basketball online

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham suggested fans and families follow New Mexico's high school basketball tournament online — rather than in person — as the state tries to limit a virus outbreak. She said it was simply her advice, not a... Full story

 

Governor signs pension changes into law

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Monday sweeping changes to New Mexico’s retirement system for police officers, firefighters and public employees — a move intended to strengthen the financial health of the state’s...

 

Bill to provide free breakfast, lunch to students

A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will provide free breakfast and lunch to thousands of low-income public school students who have been required to pay a reduced fee for meals through a federal program. House Bill 10,...

 

Out-of-court transparency encouraging step

The state Senate’s unanimous support last week of legislation that would make the state’s out-of-court settlements more transparent is an encouraging step forward for New Mexicans who want to know how their tax dollars are being spent. The state...

 

Pension system overhaul advances

SANTA FE — Legislation to overhaul New Mexico’s pension system for firefighters, police and other public employees is headed to the full Senate for consideration following a tense public hearing. Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted...

 

Poll shows slim support for red-flag law

SANTA FE — A slim majority of adults in New Mexico support a red-flag law that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others, according to an Albuquerque Journal Poll. The Extreme Risk...

 

Company donates to ENMU

PORTALES — NBCUniversal continues to give back to New Mexico, and Eastern New Mexico University is the latest beneficiary. The company purchased a studio in Albuquerque in 2019 and got involved in the state's Give Back program, a workforce...

 

Accomplished physician laid to rest in Portales

PORTALES — She will long be known as the woman who cared for “the boy in the bubble.” But history will also remember her as an accomplished medical school professor and physician who experienced major breakthroughs in the treatment of...

 

Governor endorses pension system overhaul

SANTA FE — A complex proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s chronically underfunded pension system for public employees won endorsement Tuesday from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a host of Democratic legislative leaders. The proposal — set for a...

 

EPA fund in place to research PFAS cleanup

Clovis dairy farmer Art Schaap still can't sell the milk or meat from his cows. It's been more than a year since the animals tested positive for toxic chemicals that leaked into the dairy's water...

 

NM college costs among nation's lowest

ALBUQUERQUE - It is no secret that when it comes to lists about education, New Mexico is usually ranked near the bottom. But a recent report by move.org shows there is at least one list where the...

 

State officials file motion for water cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico attorney general and the Environment Department have filed a motion asking that the U.S. Air Force be required to quickly clean up contamination from toxic firefighting foam that leaked into the ground on and near...

 

Control of public square by social media troubling

Most rational people could quickly stipulate Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut, Milo Yianopolous is a provocateur who solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures for feedback and story ideas and Louis Farrakhan has a history of anti-Semitism as a...

 

NMAA within rights to shut down contest

Any parent whose child competes at anything knows the feeling: the stomach-clenching anxiety, the blood-boiling righteous indignation when you feel your kid was robbed — likely outstripping the level of emotion of the actual competitor. They might...

 

Enforcement major issue with gun law

An informed observer could have spotted this showdown a mile away. Democrats took the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Governor’s Office, bolstering the majority they already had in the state Senate. As one mass shooting after another do...

 

Udall's presence in delegation will be missed

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico without Tom Udall in elected office. Nearly 30 years have passed since the now-70-year-old was first voted in as New Mexico’s attorney general. He went on to win a seat in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District...

 

Another viewpoint: Homelessness should be higher priority for delegation

A bocce court. Public murals. A dog park. There are more than 100 Albuquerque projects funded in the 2019 Legislature’s capital outlay bill. A long-term solution to the metro area’s rampant homelessness problem is not one of them. And so,...

 

Udall won't seek third term

Two-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election to a third term in 2020. "I'm confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done...

 

The Legislature's accomplishments at a glance

Legislators passed bills with wide-ranging implications for New Mexico’s future. What they did: The 2019 legislative session was one of the busiest in recent state history. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 5 to act on bills passed...

 

Marijuana added to 2020 agenda

SANTA FE — Lawmakers can expect to take up a proposal next year to make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she will add the issue to the agenda of the 2020 legislative...

 

Minimum wage proposal heads to governor

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are sending Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a proposal that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. It’s the product of a late-night agreement struck in the final days of the legislative...

 

Lawmakers reject anti-abortion law repeal

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have repealed the state’s 1969 anti-abortion law — an issue that emerged as one of the most emotional of the session. The legislation, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Gris...

 

Income tax hike proposal wins approval at eleventh hour

SANTA FE — A proposal to raise income taxes on high-earning New Mexicans — as part of a broader tax package — won approval in the final minutes of the 2019 legislative session. The last day also included final passage of legislation for a new...

 

Governor urged to veto parole bill

Darci Pierce in 1987 kidnapped a woman who was 8 months pregnant. She drove her to a remote area in the East Mountains where she strangled her, cut out her baby with a key, then tried to pass the baby off as her own. Frank Martinez and two other men...

 

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