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Mistrial declared in Rio Arriba County sheriff case
TIERRA AMARILLA — A state district judge declared a mistrial Friday afternoon after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision on two charges against Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan. Lujan, 60, was charged with... — Updated 6/5/2021
Audie Murphy: 50 years gone, 'deserves to be remembered'
GREENVILLE, Texas -- When "The End" flashed on the screen at the conclusion of the film, the audience broke out in applause. The 75 or so patrons in the Texan Theater had just... — Updated 6/1/2021 Full story
Lawyer challenging credibility of ex-Portales cop
As embattled Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan heads to trial on felony charges, his attorneys battled prosecutors over discovery issues Friday. Lujan, whose trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in Rio Arriba County, is charged... — Updated 6/1/2021
Governor calls pot law 'game changer' for state
Calling cannabis a "game changer" for New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law Monday that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. "Congratulations to every single one of us in New Mexico... — Updated 4/13/2021
Opinion: Roswell Rep. Anderson no publicity hound
Say what you will about state Rep. Phelps Anderson of Roswell, but he's no publicity hound. Anderson, who recently quit the Republican Party, voted with Democrats to repeal New Mexico's 1969 anti-abortion law. The decision marked a... — Updated 2/25/2021
NM senator pushing to free chickens
Why did the chicken cross Old Santa Fe Trail? To lobby at the Roundhouse in support of legislation that would create a better living environment for egg-laying hens. A bill that... — Updated 2/15/2021
North Dakota man must pay $74,000 for poaching
A North Dakota man must pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck that led to an investigation lasting several years. Sandoval County Judge James Noel ordered Cody W. Davis to pay $20,000 for killing the mule... — Updated 7/11/2020
House Dems push through budget plan
SANTA FE — Over the objections of Republicans who wanted to cut more, House Democrats pushed through a scaled-back state budget to shore up a $2 billion budget shortfall caused by the pandemic and oil price crash that devastated... — Updated 6/20/2020
GOP candidates run contentious race
As in other congressional primary races in New Mexico this year, the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate share similar positions on key issues. For instance, all three candidates oppose sanctuary cities and illegal immigration,... — Updated 5/30/2020
Mask mandate will be enforced with 'extreme positive peer pressure'
SANTA FE — For weeks, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has declined to require that the people of New Mexico wear face masks in public. She repeatedly has said such an imposition would be impractical and has strongly encouraged state... — Updated 5/14/2020 Full story
Seven Democrats battle for Ben Ray Lujan's seat
In Northern New Mexico’s U.S. House race, a packed primary could come down to hefty checkbooks and pricey TV ads. At a time when everyone is a potential vector of a deadly disease, a crowded field of candidates in the 3rd... — Updated 5/12/2020
Four GOP candidates vie for District 3 nomination
Republicans are fighting to turn a historically blue U.S. House district red with potential wedge issues. But first, one of four GOP candidates must win the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District on June 2. Since... — Updated 5/12/2020
Dentists in most parts of NM reopen
Dentists may again provide nonessential dental care in most parts of New Mexico after state health officials announced Friday they are loosening some of the COVID-19 restrictions. Under the new guidelines, dental offices can... — Updated 5/9/2020
Lockdown authorized in Gallup
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized a lockdown in Gallup, her office announced Friday. By noon Friday, all roads into the city were closed, and all businesses were to close from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. While the lockdown... — Updated 5/2/2020
State rolls out COVID-19 website
The state rolled out a new webpage last week that gives more detailed data on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting each county in New Mexico, such as the ages of those infected and the breakdown of patients by gender. The page... — Updated 4/18/2020
Governor orders additional restrictions
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon ordered a series of additional restrictions on business operations to further prevent spread of COVID-19 — and she warned of increased enforcement efforts. The new... — Updated 4/8/2020
Lawmaker: Revenue could fall $1.5 billion short of projections
A key New Mexico lawmaker on budgetary matters said state revenue could fall short of projections by $1.5 billion to $2 billion amid the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices — a bigger hole than legislators anticipated just two... — Updated 3/31/2020 Full story
Reps call for water cleanup
Recent detection of cancer-causing pollution in Clovis’ drinking water prompted three New Mexico congressional leaders to call for the Defense Department to map and clean up the contaminated groundwater under Cannon Air Force Bas... — Updated 2/15/2020
Little dino a big deal
ABIQUIÚ — George Whitaker’s sprint alerted his group that this wasn’t going to be just another Sunday morning. June 1947, Ghost Ranch: Whitaker, who had gone off on his own to explore, came running back to a team led by... — Updated 11/3/2018
Fort Marcy exhibit shares rich history
An interpretive exhibit showcasing the site of what once was Fort Marcy is a fine addition to Santa Fe's attractions, thanks to cooperation among the city of Santa Fe, the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail Association....
Solar energy should be aim for Martinez
In a state where the sun shines 300-plus days a year, solar energy is good business. Bringing solar panels to the state Capitol complex also makes sense - which is why a citizens' group, Go Solar, was able to persuade state...
Political debates can wait, focus on disaster relief
The latest natural disaster in Oklahoma should not become another political debate, but the tornado, its destruction and the path to rebuilding should prompt important discussions — after the recovery is under way, the dead are...
Variety of edible insects presents smorgasbord
Here's a challenge for localvore chefs, food lovers who celebrate cooking and eating local. Turns out, most people are missing the protein and nutrients that are right under their noses. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture...
Legislative session to focus on budget
The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe: Education Gov. Susana...