- Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland has stood with fellow tribal members in protesting an oil pipeline, advocating for protecting cultural landmarks and criticizing destruction of Native American sites near the U.S.-Mexico border. Native Americans have reason to believe the two-term U.S. congresswoman will push forward on long-simmering issues in Indian Country if she's confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department. The agency has broad oversight of tribal affairs and energy development. She would be the first Native American to lead the department or any other Cabinet agency. A confirmation hearing is scheduled Tuesday.
- New Mexico governor used fund to buy groceries, dry cleaning
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she regrets discretionary spending of taxpayer money that included $6,500 on groceries and alcohol. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the Democratic governor over a six-month period in 2020 spent almost $13,500 from a taxpayer-funded expense account. The account is for spending on functions, events or other items that promote the state. Lukan Grisham's spokesperson said some of groceries were used to feed the governor's cabinet and staff at long meetings. Lujan Grisham said Friday she didn't want New Mexicans to feel she didn't take their hardship seriously.
- Albuquerque Fire Rescue 1 found dead after mobile home fire.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque fire officials say one person is dead following a mobile home fire Saturday. Albuquerque Fire Rescue said crews that knocked down a fire inside the residence found one person dead. Cause of death wasn't immediately known and the person's age and identity weren't released. Cause of the fire was under investigation.
- Facebook seeks $6B to expand data center in New Mexico
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A subsidiary of Facebook has filed an application with Los Lunas city officials for billions of dollars in additional funding that could double the size of its data center and bring about 300 additional jobs. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Greater Kudu, LLC is seeking $6.6 billion under a series of six bonds that will help it expand its Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque. The center currently employs more than 200 people. The Los Lunas Village Council is expected to consider the proposal next month to build up to six additional buildings, two within the next two years. The center currently has three fully operational buildings and three under construction.
- Film Office: 3 productions completed in Albuquerque
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say three feature films completed production in the state in recent months. The state Film Office reports the films included "Vengeance" produced by Blumhouse, "Cop Shop" produced by Warren Goz and Eric Gold and "Intrusion," a Netflix feature. The Film Office said all three productions were filmed at least in part in Albuquerque. It said the plot of "Vengeance" is being kept under wraps but that "Cop Shop" is about a crime syndicate fixer who intentionally goes to prison and that "Intrusion" is a drama involving a home invasion and shooting.
- Police: Man sought in Albuquerque slaying held in Alabama
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico in say a 24-year-old man being held by authorities in a murder investigation in Huntsville, Alabama, has been named as a suspect in a 2018 killing in Albuquerque. Breon Humphrey-Sallings remained jailed in Huntsville, where police said he was previously arrested in a 2019 homicide case and refused to answer questions from Albuquerque police. Police say an arrest warrant was issued this month in New Mexico for Humphrey-Sallings' arrest in the August 2018 drug deal killing of Christopher Salazar. Police say a second suspect, 26-year-old Deshawn Hall is still sought in Salazar's killing.
- New Mexico Legislature moves to preserve abortion rights
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico by overturning a dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures has been approved by the Democrat-led Legislature. The state House passed the bill Friday and sent it to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has said she will sign it. The initiative stands as a counterpoint to proposed abortion bans this year in several Republican-led legislatures. If left in place, New Mexico's ban on most abortion procedures could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court eventually overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
- Officials: Albuquerque had grueling two months of big fires
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor and fire chief say Albuquerque firefighters had a grueling two months in December and January, responding to a big increase in what are characterized as serious fires. Mayor Tim Keller and Fire Chief Paul Dow on Friday didn't give a cause for the spike. They say Albuquerque Fire Rescue tallied 209 significant fires during the span, and handled more than 14,000 other calls for medical, rescue and other services. By comparison, the department averaged 64 significant fires per month in October and November. They say February calls appear to be returning to a normal level.