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Cowboys for Trump leader says he still won't certify

Even as Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin prepared to be sentenced for trespassing during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the outspoken Cowboys for Trump leader said he won't vote to certify his county's primary... — Updated 6/18/2022

 

President Biden scheduled to visit New Mexico this week

SANTA FE -- President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit New Mexico this week for a briefing on the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire that has scorched nearly 500 square miles of wilderness and private property, and displaced... — Updated 6/7/2022

 

Suffering, resiliency on display at Fort Sumner

FORT SUMNER - They named the area near this place Bosque Redondo, after a grove of cottonwoods near the river. The Navajo imprisoned there called it "Hwéeldi." Some say that... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

Wildfire forces evacuations in Las Vegas, N.M.

A monstrous, wind-driven wildfire has forced the evacuation of a psychiatric hospital and a jail in Las Vegas, N.M., and put more communities on edge as crews work to halt its spread toward the city. Surging winds that changed... — Updated 5/3/2022

 

Opinion: Clovis district judge makes wise decision on congressional maps

Despite the best efforts of the New Mexico Citizens Redistricting Committee to draw nonpartisan, fair districts for key state elections, the Legislature couldn’t dodge a lawsuit over redistricting. That lawsuit, which zeroed in... — Updated 4/26/2022

 

Governor's campaign won't explain legal expenditure

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s reelection campaign is refusing to divulge details of a $72,556 payment to an Albuquerque-based law firm believed to have represented the governor in a sexual harassment case. The Oct. 6 payment to... — Updated 4/16/2022

 

Commissioner scolded for survey

Four public regulation commissioners Wednesday scolded fellow Commissioner Jefferson Byrd for sending an energy-related survey that inaccurately connected them to it. Byrd, of Tucumcari, said he would send a message to the... — Updated 4/9/2022

 

Five governor hopefuls have 'job interviews'

ALBUQUERQUE — The job is super demanding, and there isn't one boss but hundreds of thousands. At $110,000 a year, the pay isn't bad, but the work is nonstop. Holidays and weekends off? Don't count on it. Expect public criticism a... — Updated 4/9/2022

 

Citizen petitions legally invalid

SANTA FE — Citizen-initiated petitions to convene grand juries to investigate the governor’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are legally invalid, the state Supreme Court ruled March 7. The Court issued an order directing... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Opinion: Pre-primary vote counting bungled and pointless

At least Steve Pearce flexed his ineptitude during a pointless exercise. Pearce, chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, oversaw ponderous and bungled vote-counting at his organization’s pre-primary nominating convention.... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Governor honors policeman, firefighter

Robert Duran disarmed trouble with a grin — and the ability to use words as a shield. "He had the gift of gab," said Kyle Elliot, Duran's longtime law enforcement partner and onetime police academy classmate. "The verbal judo,... — Updated 3/5/2022

 

Lawmakers approve 14% increase in budget

Here’s what happened with notable legislation during the 30-day session that ended Thursday. Budget: Lawmakers got the job done with about a day to spare. They approved a nearly $8.5 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2023 ... — Updated 2/19/2022

 

SB 43 makes progress in Legislature

Carissa McGee was 16 when she stabbed her mother and sister in a high-profile attack in 2006. She served about nine years of a 21-year adult prison sentence. The former high school basketball star said she worked to better herself... — Updated 2/12/2022

 

Teachers, activists demonstrate outside Roundhouse

About 500 teachers and education activists marched Sunday outside the Roundhouse to demand better pay, smaller class sizes and better classroom results. Participants carried placards that read "Teachers Need Good Pay to Stay" and... — Updated 1/25/2022

 

Bill would help non-English speakers get aid

Advocates for New Mexicans who know little to no English say a bill passed by a committee Friday is needed to help such residents access medical aid, child welfare services and other resources. Lawmakers on the House Government,... — Updated 1/25/2022

 

Bill would repeal state tax on Social Security

A state income tax on New Mexicans’ Social Security benefits would be eliminated for most seniors under one of the first bills to be filed ahead of the upcoming 30-day legislative session. While the proposal is designed to put... — Updated 1/8/2022

 

Curry, Roosevelt to pilot eviction prevention program

SANTA FE — Curry and Roosevelt counties will serve as the launch point for a new courts program designed to steer tenants and landlords away from evictions brought on by the pandemic. The Eviction Prevention and Diversion... — Updated 1/8/2022

 

Republican announces run for 3rd Congressional District

Optimistic about the state’s new political boundaries following redistricting, Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson announced Monday she is making another run for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Long a Democratic... — Updated 1/4/2022

 

Legislators promise bills to toughen crime laws

Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives announced months ago they planned to get tough on crime. With start of the 2022 legislative session just weeks away, they now say they are ready to back up the boast with bills.... — Updated 1/4/2022

 

Ex-Rio Arriba sheriff pleads in misdemeanor case

Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan, already a convicted felon, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge accusing him of interfering with a March 2020 operation by Española police officers who were serving a warrant on... — Updated 12/30/2021

 

Former Rio Arriba sheriff sentenced to three years

SANTA FE — State District Judge Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood sentenced former Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan to three years in prison followed by a year and a half of probation Thursday, a day after a Santa Fe jury... — Updated 12/4/2021

 

Court rules against governor on federal fund use

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in a long-running dispute with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle over which branch of government has the authority to appropriate federal... — Updated 11/20/2021

 

Armorer alleges sabotage on 'Rust' set

Two New Mexico attorneys representing Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer working on the Rust film set, appeared on NBC's Today show Wednesday morning to share their theory that the fatal shooting Oct. 21 at Bonanza Creek Ranch was... — Updated 11/4/2021

 

Alec Baldwin involved in shooting on set

SANTA FE — Cast and crew members of the Rust movie production were inside a building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch when an assistant director grabbed one of three prop guns on a rolling cart outside, handed the weapon to actor Alec... — Updated 10/23/2021

 

Remembering the morning of 9/11 20 years later

Lara Rabkin was in her apartment on the fifth floor of a six-story Brooklyn loft on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “All my windows faced the city,” recalled Rabkin, referring to Manhattan. “I could see from the World Trade... — Updated 9/11/2021

 

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