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  • State of New Mexico to pay newspaper $360K for legal fees

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a weekly newspaper in Santa Fe that accused the former governor of discrimination and violating the state's public records law. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that last year's $360,000 settlement to The Santa Fe Reporter became public last week after a six-month confidentiality period imposed by state law expired.

  • RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and easy access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Today in History

Jan 18, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2020. There are 348 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

  • Congressmen help migrant girl with Down syndrome get into US

A delegation from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus has helped a 6-year-old migrant girl with Down Syndrome and a heart condition get paroled in the United States. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico said Friday he and other members accompanied the girl to a Port of Entry in Brownsville, Texas, and asked federal immigration authorities to allow the girl into the country to seek medical treatment.

  • ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NEW MEXICO

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces businessman has entered the contest for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, adding to a list of Republicans looking for a nomination. Las Cruces Sun News reported Thursday that 72-year-old Rick Montoya announced his candidacy at Roberto's Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces. Montoya is the sixth Republican who announced their run for the at-large seat ahead of the June primary election. Officials say the seat was held by Democratic Sen. Tom Udall who announced in March that he would not seek a third term.

  • VALLES CALDERA-LAND PURCHASE

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A national preserve in northern New Mexico that is sometimes referred to as the "Yellowstone of the Southwest" has added another piece of property to its land holdings that contains sulfuric acid hot springs, volcanic fumaroles and steaming mud pots. The National Park Service recently completed the purchase of a 40-acre parcel known as Sulphur Springs within the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Winter weather caused school closures and delayed openings Friday due to slick roads from snow and freezing rain across much of northern New Mexico as authorities warned that strong winds could create hazardous driving conditions. Public schools in Santa Fe were closed while Albuquerque's public schools and the University of New Mexico delayed their openings by two hours. The National Weather Service said gusts near 60 mph were expected across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains southward toward Clines Corner, which is 60 miles east of Albuquerque along Interstate 40.

  • GAME COMMISSION-LEADERSHIP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico will have its first meeting Friday. The panel will meet following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game Commission chairwoman Joanna Prukop ran afoul of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last fall when she and other commissioners voted to reconsider the contested rule that limits access.

Today in History

Jan 17, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlights in History:

On Jan. 17, 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe (koh-bay), Japan.

  • Fight over river access simmers before New Mexico commission

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico will have its first meeting Friday. The panel will meet following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game Commission chairwoman Joanna Prukop ran afoul of Democratic Gov.

  • IMPEACHMENT-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's senior U.S. senator says he intends to hear all the evidence at the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump before making a decision. Democratic Sen. Tom Udall was sworn in Thursday for the upcoming trial. Udall spokesman Ned Adriance said in an email that Udall is pushing for a full and fair trial to ensure that the facts are fully uncovered. Two articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine to help him politically and obstructing Congress's probe into what happened.

  • LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers will push plans to legalize marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college and improve a beleaguered public education system during a 30-day legislative session that begins Tuesday. Political battle lines are forming on issues ranging from teacher pay increases to a proposed red-flag law that would allow police or relatives to ask a court to temporarily take away guns from people who might hurt themselves or others.  New Mexico state government is forecasting an $800 million surplus for the coming fiscal year.

Parts of New Mexico are getting another dose of winter weather as a storm system brought a mix of snow, freezing rain and fog to the state. Authorities on Thursday afternoon warned of difficult driving conditions on some roads, and park officials at Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains opted to close early due to the conditions. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says the precipitation was expected to continue into the night.

An aerospace company has announced it expects to hire more people after it received funding from New Mexico to train its employees at its Roswell Air Center location. Roswell Daily Record reported Wednesday that the state Economic Development Department gave more than $527,000 to Arkansas-based CAVU Aerospace Inc. Company officials say they expect to use the money for an audit fee and wage reimbursements to train 37 people for jobs at the company's New Mexico location.

  • AGENCY WEBSITE HACKED

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state agency's website is down as a result of what officials say is a ransomeware hack. The Public Regulation Commission says its website hasn't been operational since Jan. 9 and likely won't be back in service again for a week or so. In the meantime, the commission says filings with the commission either must submitted on paper and sent by postal mail or by hand-delivery to the agency's office in Santa Fe. The commission regulates utilities, insurance companies, pipeline operators and other entities.

Isaiah Stevens scored 19 points and Colorado State made a program-record 19 pointers in its 105-72 victory over New Mexico. It was the most points scored and the largest margin of victory for the Rams in the series. Kendle Moore added 17 points and Adam Thistlewood chipped in 16 points. Zane Martin scored 17 points to lead New Mexico. 

  • NAVAJO OFFICIAL-FUNERAL

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A former Navajo Nation Council delegate is being remembered for his years of public service and inspiration to others. The tribe says a funeral for John Perry Jr. is scheduled Thursday morning at Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup. Meanwhile, flags across the Navajo Nation will be lowered. Perry died earlier this month at the age of 71. Tribal officials say two other former Tribal Council members died this month. Benjamin Hogue, who served between 1963 and 1979, died Jan. 3 at age 88.

Today in History

Jan 16, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2020. There are 350 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Allied forces prevailed on Feb. 28, 1991.)

  • Navajo Nation to lower flags in honor of tribal lawmaker

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A former Navajo Nation Council delegate is being remembered for his years of public service and inspiration to others. The tribe says a funeral for John Perry Jr. is scheduled Thursday morning at Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup. Meanwhile, flags across the Navajo Nation will be lowered. Perry died earlier this month at the age of 71. Tribal officials say two other former Tribal Council members died this month. Benjamin Hogue, who served between 1963 and 1979, died Jan.

  • GOVERNOR'S AGENDA-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico governor announces ambitious legislative agendaSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced an ambitious policy agenda ahead of a 30-day legislative session. Lujan Grisham says she'll consider bills to reinstate New Mexico's tax credit for rooftop solar panels, to facilitate pharmaceutical imports and to criminalize terrorist threats and conduct.

  • NUKE REPOSITORY-LARGE SHIPMENT

US nuclear waste dump takes in first large shipment in yearsCARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository has taken in its first large shipment in six years, following a process that involved recertification and retraining of workers. The shipment using a special large cask came from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and included contaminated glove boxes and other large-scale analytical equipment. Officials say the large casks are 14 feet long and weigh about 50,000 pounds.

Jan 14, 2020 12:08PM (GMT 19:08)

Teen brothers killed in head-on crash in Santa Fe County

  • LIVESTOCK GRAZING-LAWSUIT

Group: Cattle hooves, manure spoiling Southwest US waterwaysFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing the federal government to keep livestock away from rivers and streams in two national forests in New Mexico and Arizona. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week. The group argues the agencies aren't doing enough to ensure cows aren't pushing threatened and endangered species into extinction. It's an argument the group made in a courtroom more than 20 years ago.

  • WATER CONSERVATION-ALBUQUERQUE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest water utility has started operating its first aquifer storage well. Testing of the new direct injection system began Monday on Albuquerque's north side. The well will allow excess surface water to be stored underground for later use, keeping it safe from any losses due to evaporation. Officials say the $1 million well is part of a larger water management strategy that also includes conservation and re-use.

Today in History

Jan 14, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2020. There are 352 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders joined Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in signing an accord to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.

  • Aquifer storage well marks first for New Mexico utility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest water utility has started operating its first aquifer storage well. Testing of the new direct injection system began Monday on Albuquerque's north side. The well will allow excess surface water to be stored underground for later use, keeping it safe from any losses due to evaporation. Officials say the $1 million well is part of a larger water management strategy that also includes conservation and re-use.

  • NUCLEAR WEAPONS-PLUTONIUM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are finding themselves in an awkward position as watchdog groups claim the U.S. government is skirting one of the nation's key environmental laws. Critics say the government is refusing to take a bigger look at the consequences of ramping up production of key plutonium components for the nation's nuclear arsenal.

  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA-HOUSE ARREST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man serving a house arrest sentence for drunken driving is suing to be allowed to use medical marijuana. KOAT-TV reports attorney Jacob Candelaria recently filed a lawsuit in state district court on behalf of Joe Montano, who said authorities recently seized his medical cannabis. According to court documents, correctional officers searched Montano's home while he was on house arrest, found the marijuana, and put him in jail for a month as punishment.

New Mexico forward Carlton Bragg Jr. has been dismissed from the Lobos basketball team following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession. In a statement Sunday, coach Paul Weir said Bragg needs to focus on his personal well-being. The arrest comes nine days after the 24-year-old Bragg was reinstated to the team. He had received a three-game suspension while university officials investigated sexual misconduct allegations against him by another student.

  • POLICE SHOOTING-LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Albuquerque police of wrongfully killing a pipe-wielding man during a 2018 encounter in a home after officers found him hiding in a closet. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by 24-year-old Daniel Saavedra's sister says police should have tried to defuse the situation before entering the apartment and cornering  Saavedra. The Albuquerque Journal reports that lapel camera video shows officers shooting as 24-year-old Daniel Saavedra leapt out into an empty bedroom, swinging a metal pip near officers.

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