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New Mexico study highlights growing dependence on oil sector

Dec. 01, 2021 22:51 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A study commissioned by a coalition of oil and natural gas businesses in New Mexico indicates that state and local governments are more reliant than ever before on the industry to pay for basic public services including public education, amid efforts by elected...

New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools

Dec. 01, 2021 18:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at various career stages. The proposal would boost salaries for more...

House propels New Mexico past New Mexico State 101-94

Dec. 01, 2021 01:45 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jaelen House scored 29 points to spark New Mexico to a 101-94 victory over New Mexico State on Tuesday night. Jamal Mashburn Jr. added 19 points for the Lobos (5-3). Jay Allen-Tovar pitched in with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Javonte Johnson...

In the Hatch, Andy Nuñez wraps up 21 years in politics

Nov. 28, 2021 11:10 AM EST

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Andy Nuñez, the 85-year-old mayor of Hatch, made no bones about not wearing a mask in the village offices, despite New Mexico’s indoor masking mandate for public spaces. “I never wore the damn thing — unless I had...

Offices dismiss ethics complaints against attorney general

Nov. 26, 2021 23:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three state watchdog offices have dismissed a nonprofit group's complaints accusing New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas of ethics violations in connection with a proposed merger involving the state's largest utility company. The actions...

Visiting New Mexico's Capitol? Bring vaccine proof, not guns

Nov. 24, 2021 18:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state legislative complex will be open to the public during upcoming legislative sessions, but only for those who provide proof of vaccination. New rules will also prohibit performances, advocacy booths and tours at the state Capitol...

New Mexico unwavering on film incentives after set fatality

Nov. 23, 2021 20:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators expressed nearly unfettered support for state tax incentives to the film industry at a pubic hearing on Tuesday, in the wake of the shooting death last month of a cinematographer from gunfire on the set of a western movie production. ...

Motorists to get break from traffic delays on westbound I-40

Nov. 22, 2021 23:14 PM EST

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Travelers on Interstate 40 in northwestern New Mexico will get a break from construction delays this week. The state Department of Transportation will suspend work on a 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) project on Interstate 40 near Laguna Pueblo from...

New Mexico recoups $24 million in mortgage-crisis settlement

Nov. 22, 2021 23:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public pension and investment funds will receive $24 million from several major financial institutions to resolve a lawsuit over mortgage-backed securities and the financial crisis more than a decade ago, state prosecutors said. New...

New Mexico foresees robust growth in state government income

Nov. 22, 2021 14:24 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasts for state government income have increased slightly as New Mexico legislators prepare to meet in January to craft a general fund budget. The state's top taxation official and the lead economist for the Legislature told a panel of...