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In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP contest for US House seat in New Mexico limps to end

May. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The race for a swing U.S. House seat in southern New Mexico has seen a commercial using a cheerleader voice to mock one candidate. One hopeful has accused another of spreading false infidelity rumors. Ads say a candidate attended a San Diego pinata party on the taxpayers’...

Former New Mexico air base becomes home for grounded planes

May. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The downturn in the commercial air travel industry has turned into a boon for a former military base in New Mexico. The Roswell International Air Center has emerged as a major storage facility for planes that have been grounded by airlines due to age and lack of demand. The air center...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State's effort to limit the impact of the disease on residents, during a news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday May 27, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico governor slammed for buying jewelry amid closures

May. 27, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing criticism for a jewelry purchase from a store in Albuquerque after she ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. The governor’s office said the transaction was done remotely and didn’t violate the order. But...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Congressman urges New Mexico to extend mail-in vote deadline

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Wednesday urged New Mexico´s top election regulator to provide more time for people to submit absentee ballots by mail in the state's June 2 primary even though state law may not allow it. Lujan requested Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...

Amazon fulfillment center to bring jobs to Albuquerque

May. 27, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Construction has started on a Amazon fulfillment center that is expected to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to the region, company officials said. Amazon said Tuesday that work has begun on the 465,000-square-foot (43,200-square-meter) multi-level center. The facility is scheduled to...

In this March 7, 2020, photo, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe speaks to local Democratic delegates at a preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M. Leger Fernandez is one of seven contenders for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's June 2 primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the 3rd Congressional District as he runs for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

May. 27, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and son of former Interior Secretary and conservationist Stewart...

New Mexico studies single-payer care amid pandemic

May. 27, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public officials in New Mexico continue to contemplate a possible transition to single-payer health care in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Preliminary results of a study commissioned by New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature in 2019 were released Tuesday that outline the...

New Mexico Gas Company building pipeline to Santa Fe

May. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction started this month on a new $60 million gas pipeline that officials say will provide northern New Mexico with more natural gas. The 35-mile (56.3-kilometer) pipeline from Bernalillo to Santa Fe is expected to come online in December and increase supply for northern...

Classic car in Diocese of Gallup fundraiser stolen

May. 27, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New Mexico says thieves stole a classic car officials were using to raise money for a vocations program. The Gallup Independent reports security cameras from the Diocese of Gallup captured two men in a dark Chevy Silverado stealing the 1966 Plymouth Sport...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rough start to the year for Mexican gray wolves, cattle

May. 26, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that died in the first four months of the year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a...