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Group: Change in Bandelier's status could lead to problems

Feb. 19, 2020 10:56 PM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A conservation group is calling on members of New Mexico's congressional delegation to rethink proposed legislation that would change the designation of Bandelier National Monument to a national park. While one of the goals is to attract more tourists to the region with the...

Republican House candidate vows to fight disqualification

Feb. 14, 2020 12:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Congress in northern New Mexico was disqualified from the race after failing to use a legally prescribed petition form to collect voter signatures. The state secretary of state's office disqualified Anise Golden-Morper, the Albuquerque Journal reported....

New Mexico's US senators propose protecting Gila River

Feb. 13, 2020 12:04 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Portions of the Gila River would be protected as wild and scenic under legislation proposed by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The New Mexico Democrats are seeking public comments as they draft the measure. They have posted online a summary of the legislation along with...

New Mexico delegates demand help to clean contaminated water

Feb. 12, 2020 6:12 PM EST

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Wednesday demanded the U.S. Defense Department help with drinking water cleanup in eastern New Mexico after traces of a cancer-causing pollutant were found in some wells. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with U.S. Rep....

New Mexico kicks off registration process for primaries

Feb. 4, 2020 12:16 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates are registering ahead of New Mexico's pre-primary conventions to run for federal and statewide elected office. The secretary of state's office was scheduled to collect initial candidate registration documents Tuesday in preparation for the state's June 2 primary. The...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, eight candidates who seek the Democratic nomination in an open race for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District gathered to answer questions from teenage girls affiliated with the youth empowerment group Girls Inc. at a forum in Santa Fe, N.M. From left to right, the candidates are John Blair, Teresa Leger Fernandez, Dineh Benally, Laura Montoya, Valerie Plame, Joseph Sanchez, Marco Serna and Kyle Tisdel. Candidates were asked to pick a superpower if they could, as they vie for attention in a crowded contest to succeed Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who is running as a Democrat to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Congressional candidates name their 'superpowers' at forum

Jan. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One congressional candidate wishes she could read minds like a superhero, a second regrets watching so much television as a teenager and another says he was bullied and shy as a child. Eight candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in an open race for New Mexico's 3rd...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The agency that oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal says it doesn't need to do any broad environmental reviews of a proposal that calls for ramping up production of plutonium triggers at federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina. The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, released a supplemental analysis related to the project, saying the determination was made after reviewing extensive documentation and public comments that were received last year. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Lawmakers assured review of nuclear weapons work to be open

Jan. 22, 2020 2:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A review of a proposal to ramp up production of key components for the United States' nuclear arsenal will be open and transparent, according to members of New Mexico's congressional delegation. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said in a joint statement to...

Las Cruces native Rick Montoya announces run for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

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. Rick Montoya, 72, announced his candidacy at Roberto's Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces, Las Cruces Sun News reported Thursday. Montoya is the...

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, joined from left by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., meets with reporters as the House prepares to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New Mexico senator waiting to decide on impeachment charges

Jan. 16, 2020 5:52 PM EST

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...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The agency that oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal says it doesn't need to do any broad environmental reviews of a proposal that calls for ramping up production of plutonium triggers at federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina. The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, released a supplemental analysis related to the project, saying the determination was made after reviewing extensive documentation and public comments that were received last year. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

US lawmakers from New Mexico hold out on review of nuke plan

Jan. 13, 2020 5:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation find themselves in an awkward position as watchdogs claim the U.S. government is skirting key environmental laws by refusing to closely examine the consequences of increasing production of key plutonium components for the nation's...