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ENMU basketball players file lawsuit

Three former athletes on the women’s basketball team at Eastern New Mexico University contend in a new federal civil rights lawsuit that their coach repeatedly coerced them to submit to “treatments” by her volunteer trainer... — Updated 5/1/2023


Baldwin attorneys allege political motives

Attorneys for actor Alec Baldwin last week continued to slam the former special prosecutor in the "Rust" movie shooting case, now suggesting that she used the role to advance her po... — Updated 3/25/2023


Governor announces wellness check plan

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a sweeping plan to conduct in-person wellness checks on the thousands of adults who receive care as part of the Developmental Disability Waiver program in New Mexico. The... — Updated 3/21/2023


Governor celebrates state librarian for International Women's Day

SANTA FE — In 1912, Doña Dolores “Lola” Chávez de Armijo, state librarian of New Mexico, filed a lawsuit when Gov. William C. McDonald tried to remove her from office. McDonald claimed that women were unqualified to hold... — Updated 3/11/2023


Opinion: Proposed tax bill will cripple many state businesses

It seems as if everywhere you go in New Mexico these days, businesses have “help wanted” signs, or reduced hours and services, or both. Many New Mexicans had hoped lawmakers would offer meaningful business tax relief during... — Updated 3/11/2023


Give a listen: 23,000 years of history

It takes time to sort through 23,000 years of history. Especially when the research has unveiled so many unheard stories. During the early days of the pandemic Katie Stone... — Updated 3/8/2023


Presbyterian announces intent to form new healthcare organization

Facing unrelenting fiscal pressures, Presbyterian Healthcare Services on Thursday announced it is exploring the formation of a parent organization with Iowa-based UnityPoint Health to consolidate administrative functions and ease c... — Updated 3/4/2023


NMSU officials address basketball problems

LAS CRUCES — The rebuild begins. New Mexico State University officials at a news conference Wednesday said the once-proud men’s basketball program has become “infected” and that additional student-athletes and coaches... — Updated 2/18/2023


NM lawmakers weigh job candidate secrecy

SANTA FE — This year’s legislative session could bring a dose of sunshine to lobbying inside the Roundhouse. And it could curtail public scrutiny of applicants to serve as school superintendents, county managers or other... — Updated 1/28/2023


Minimum wage bills spark fierce debate

SANTA FE — The debate over New Mexico’s minimum wage is far from settled. Just weeks after the state’s minimum wage increased to $12 an hour under the final step-up mandated by a 2019 bill, two new proposals calling for... — Updated 1/28/2023


Heinrich: $774K going to small business efforts

New hires for an organization. Helping Native American artisans get their work on e-commerce sites. Those are just some of the areas in which small businesses organizations are planning to use federal money they received through... — Updated 1/24/2023


Opinion: More 'professional' PRC commission off to shaky start

The constitutional amendment voters approved in 2020 changing the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission from five elected members to three appointed ones was aimed, in large part, at ensuring a more qualified board to handle... — Updated 1/17/2023


Our great outdoors: Parks to ponder

New Mexico is comprised of 121,697 square miles. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy for New Mexicans to get out of the house and visit an area around the state. Luckily there are 35 state parks, which can be... — Updated 1/14/2023


2022 in review: New Mexico's Top 10 stories

COVID-19 is still with us. Just when we think we've got it whipped, it comes back at us in a different guise. It's still sneaky dangerous. But for the first time since it emerged in New Mexico in March 2020, the pandemic did not... — Updated 1/2/2023


Opinion: Court order big deal for chimps and taxpayers

You don’t have to be an animal lover to appreciate why a recent federal court order involving the future of more than 30 chimpanzees at an Alamogordo research facility is a big deal. The case is as much about the rule of law,... — Updated 12/27/2022


Opinion: One-game suspension doesn't match gravity of shooting incident

A one-game suspension. Really? That’s what New Mexico State University officials determined was the proper discipline for three basketball players who broke curfew early Nov. 19 to take possession of and hide evidence in a fatal... — Updated 12/13/2022


DA's office investigating NMSU staff and players

The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office is investigating the conduct of New Mexico State University employees and players in connection with a fatal shooting by an NMSU basketball player in Albuquerque after it took hours... — Updated 12/7/2022


Future prep football playoffs could be changed

The prep football season is over, but it remained a topic of conversation Thursday at the New Mexico Activities Association's latest board of directors meeting. There was a bit of a two-pronged discussion Thursday — one focused... — Updated 12/2/2022


NMSU coach apologetic about deadly shooting

Ten days after his starting power forward was shot and hospitalized after a 3 a.m. shootout on the University of New Mexico campus that left a UNM student dead, New Mexico State University basketball coach Greg Heiar was... — Updated 11/30/2022


Border towns spurring cannabis market

SUNLAND PARK — Customers begin lining up on a hot Friday afternoon in mid-October at Ultra Health in Sunland Park. Just a three-minute drive away, others are pulling into the parking lot of the building that houses the Pecos... — Updated 11/29/2022


Albuquerque city councilor buys fourth newspaper

Just weeks after buying the Sandoval Signpost, Albuquerque city councilor and cannabis consultant Pat Davis bought the Edgewood Independent with his publishing company CTRL+P. Davis now owns four papers: the Corrales Comment, and... — Updated 11/25/2022


Hobbs man charged in theft of $1M from ex-employer

A Hobbs man is accused of using his former employer's gas card to rack up more than $1.2 million in gasoline charges over several years since leaving the company. David Rochel, 50, is charged with six counts of fraudulent use of... — Updated 11/2/2022


State Fair visits at pre-pandemic levels

The 2022 New Mexico State Fair recorded 475,318 visits, making it the third best-attended fair since 2012, when the fair went from a 17-day format to an 11-day schedule. How that translates to revenue won't be known until mid- to... — Updated 10/19/2022


Governor candidates could find tricky footing in homelessness debate

SANTA FE — There weren't many surprises during Friday's televised debate when it came to Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mark Ronchetti's stances on abortion, crime and education. But the incumbent Democratic governor and her... — Updated 10/5/2022


NM GOP needs to explain doctored mailer

An altered image of darkened hands cutting a white child's hair sure does appear to play on racist fears and should be denounced by the political party that created it. The Republican Party of New Mexico recently mailed flyers to v... — Updated 10/1/2022


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