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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing is set for a New Mexico Republican who is seeking to impound absentee ballots in a key county that decided a U.S.

US Congresswoman calls for delay in New Mexico oil case

Nov 16, 2018

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are being pressured to delay a decision on an application by a Texas-based company that seeks to ease restrictions on well locations in one of the nation's oldest producing basins.U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who begins her first term as New Mexico governor in January, is the latest to ask for a delay in the proceedings.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories has been awarded $1.2 million in federal funds as part of an effort that supports some of the top research and development teams working to transform the nation's energy system.The funds were announced Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department.

Authorities seize records of ex-athletic director's wife

Nov 16, 2018


Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Nov 15, 2018


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jordan Ford scored 28 points with five assists and Saint Mary's held off New Mexico State 73-58 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.South Florida transfer Malik Fitts added 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his second game for the Gaels (3-0). Saint Mary's shot 48 percent to the Aggies' 36 and got 30 points from its bench.Trailing by 18 in the second half, the Aggies rallied on a 10-2 run and closed to 55-48 on Ivan Aurrecoechea's free throw, then to 64-56 on AJ Harris' driving layup with 1:23 left.

'New Mexico True' brand may expand under new governor

Nov 15, 2018

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The "New Mexico True" tourism brand developed by outgoing Republican Gov.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A deadline is looming for New Mexico applicants to compete for "Mother of the Year."The nonprofit American Mothers is seeking nominations until 12:59 a.m. MST for women who exemplify the importance of a mother's work.Honorees will be announced in March and will travel to Washington, D.C., where the 2019 National Mother of the Year will be announced.Michelle Schroff of Albuquerque was recognized as New Mexico's 2018 Mother of the Year for her work within the foster care system and two non-profit organizations. 

Republican who lost US House race seeks to impound ballots

Nov 14, 2018

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Republican who lost her bid for a U.S. House seat is seeking to impound absentee ballots in a key county that decided the race for the Democrat, according to court documents filed late Tuesday.In court documents filed in the 3rd Judicial District Court in southern New Mexico, Yvette Herrell asked a Dona Ana County judge to impound the absentee ballots so her campaign could inspect them.Herrell's lawyers cited "chain-of-custody issues and other improprieties" but didn't give details of allegations of irregularities.

Work on feature film 'Rattlesnake' underway in New Mexico

Nov 14, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The feature film "Rattlesnake" is being filmed at a handful of locations around northern New Mexico.The New Mexico Film Office said Tuesday that the work will continue through mid-December in Santa Fe, Espanola, Las Vegas, Cochiti and Abiquiu.About 100 New Mexico crew members are working on the film, along with dozens of extras from the state.The film is directed by Zak Hilditch and produced by Ross M. Dinerstein.

Work underway on massive fans for nuclear waste repository

Nov 14, 2018

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Jackson, Manigault lead New Mexico to 90-83 win over Iona

Nov 14, 2018

By GLEN ROSALES, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vance Jackson had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Corey Manigault added 20 points and 10 boards to propel New Mexico to a 90-83 win Tuesday in its home opener against Iona.Asante Gist scored 19 for the Gaels (1-1) and E.J. Crawford added 15.

Advocates for open primary elections target New Mexico

Nov 14, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say the suspect in the shooting of three people at a food distribution warehouse in New Mexico's most populous city has been found dead.Police said early Tuesday morning that 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton was an employee at the business and that he was found dead near his vehicle on the northern outskirts of metro Albuquerque.Police earlier identified Melton as the suspect in the Monday night shooting that left three people injured, including at least one hospitalized in critical condition.

Albuquerque man found shot and killed in apartment

Nov 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating after officers responding to a domestic violence situation found a man shot dead.Police spokesman Simon Drobik says law enforcement was called to an apartment complex on Eagle Ranch near Irving on Monday morning for a domestic violence call.Investigators say some sort of altercation and shooting occurred at an apartment occupied by the man and his girlfriend.Another man was also at the scene.Drobik says it appears the girlfriend had called him for help.

Dona Ana County finishes tally of provisional ballots

Nov 13, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office says Dona Ana County has finished processing about 1,100 provisional and other ballots that needed to be tallied by hand.The process wrapped up Sunday, nearly a week after the general election.

New Mexico State University focuses on higher ed access

Nov 13, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is among 130 schools nationwide that are working together to increase access to higher education and close the achievement gap.The university said Monday that it's participating in the program, which also aims to award more degrees by 2025.

New Mexico election leaves few checks on Democratic power

Nov 13, 2018


Snow and ice lead to cancellation of classes in Santa Fe

Nov 12, 2018


By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal officials are warning that because drought is no stranger to New Mexico, decisions about water are growing ever more complicated.The state, with the help of the U.S.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Actor-comedian George Lopez reportedly is facing a misdemeanor count of battery after a scuffle with a man last month at a New Mexico restaurant.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Lopez will be receiving a criminal summons to the city's municipal court.According to the newspaper, Lopez was in Las Cruces filming a movie and the alleged victim recorded the Oct.

By DAVID A. LIEB and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated PressFrom New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy.While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor's office and both chambers of the state legislature.


Kadin Remsberg leads Air Force to win, then gets engaged

Nov 11, 2018

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports WriterAIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Kadin Remsberg had a big hand in an Air Force win. Right after, he dropped to a knee and asked for his girlfriend's hand in marriage.A sterling performance that turned into a diamond experience.The script couldn't have gone anymore smooth for the Air Force sophomore tailback as he had a career-best 99 yards rushing in leading the Falcons to a 42-24 win over New Mexico on Saturday.His pre-engagement jitters turned into postgame nerves once time expired.


Northern New Mexico highway being dedicated for Varela

Nov 10, 2018

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico highway is being dedicated for a longtime state legislator.A ceremony was scheduled Saturday in Pecos to dedicate State Highway 50 after the late Rep.

New Mexico Land Office settles trespass claim for $3.2M

Nov 10, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office has settled a trespassing claim against a Texas-based oil and gas company for $3.2 million.The Land Office accused Salt Creek Midstream, LLC of doing construction work on state trust lands in Lea County without securing rights-of-way easements. The unauthorized disturbance was discovered in September.The company said Friday that it began an investigation after being notified by the state and learned that its contractor had made a mistake.

Navajo Nation allows members to vote after ballot shortage

Nov 10, 2018

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated PressFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — FJ Thompson headed to a polling site to vote in the Navajo Nation election this week only to be told it had run out of ballots.She and about 30 others waited outside the Breadsprings Chapter in northwestern New Mexico thinking someone might pull up with more. As it got darker and within a half-hour of the polling site closing, she decided to leave."I'm so disappointed," she said. "To me, the first thing I thought was, 'It's a rigged election.

Female politicians gain ground in New Mexico

Nov 9, 2018

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state House inched within four seats of gender balance with a surge in victorious female Democrats in the midterm elections, echoing the trend in Congress.Overall, 31 women won election to the 70-seat New Mexico House, an increase from 23 female lawmakers a decade ago. In 1973, there were none."I hope it changes the culture of politics for the better," said Democratic legislator-elect Micaela Lara Cadena, a research director for a progressive advocacy group and former state Corrections Department employee.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man who fooled officers into releasing him early from New Mexico's largest local jail this year has been killed in Mexico.A Bernalillo County sheriff's spokeswoman says the department learned that 27-year-old Duwin Perez had been fatally shot in the state of Chihuahua on Aug. 18, and confirmed the information with federal authorities.Authorities say Perez escaped from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque in June.