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Lawmaker questions New Mexico AG's handling of solar case

Jul. 23, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ handling of a now-settled case involving a large solar installation company has spurred a request from a state lawmaker for an investigation. Rep. Daymon Ely is asking State Auditor Brian Colón,...

Image-building a expensive process in utility merger effort

Jul. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico poured more than $1 million into advertising from March through June to sell the public on its proposed merger with Avangrid. Included among four bills to PNM from the Albuquerque marketing firm 3 Advertising is...

New Mexico GOP seeks legal intervention on $1.75B budget row

Jul. 09, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in New Mexico are asking the state attorney general to weigh in on a spending dispute over $1.75 billion in federal pandemic relief aid. GOP leadership in a letter sent Thursday asked New Mexico Attorney General Hector...

Official: Global energy firm must be party to utility merger

Jun. 10, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A ruling this week by an official with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission locks a third company into a merger proposal that could profoundly affect how electricity is handled in the state. The official, commission hearing examiner Ashley...

US senator weighs in on New Mexico stream access fight

Jun. 08, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is weighing in on a long-running dispute in New Mexico over public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. The Democratic lawmaker is taking aim at a rule adopted by the state Game Commission...

Noisy protest disrupts governor's 1st reelection rally

Jun. 03, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham revved up her campaign for reelection in 2022 with an opening rally at an outdoor museum amphitheater, where the sound of protesters just outside threatened to drown out a series of public speakers. Inside, the rally...

Child victims of sex abuse face another horror in New Mexico

May. 30, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The two-story, four-bedroom house west of the Ladera Golf Course is mostly a blur on Google Earth, intentionally erased to hide what appears to be an open garage door. If only blurring could erase what detectives say occurred inside that home. ...

Ex-Las Vegas mayor convicted on public corruption charges

May. 20, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A former northern New Mexico mayor was convicted Thursday on two felony counts of public corruption. A sentencing date hasn't been set for ex-Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron. She faces up to 18 months in prison on each of the counts. ...

District Attorney Raúl Torrez to run for attorney general

May. 17, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney for New Mexico's largest metro area is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in the 2022 election, emphasizing his hands-on experience in Albuquerque as the city grapples with stubborn rates of violent crime. ...

New Mexico Auditor Colón to run for state attorney general

May. 13, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón announced his candidacy Thursday for the office of state attorney general. The Democrat wants to follow in the footsteps of friend Hector Balderas, who is wrapping up his second term as New Mexico's top...