Latest New Mexico state government News

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,...

Fraction of schools' relief funds budgeted for learning loss

Jul. 23, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools plan to spend the bulk of the federal coronavirus relief money they've received on technology and building upgrades rather than student learning loss. A report this week before the New Mexico Legislature's budget committee showed...

New Mexico governor closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers

Jul. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and top health officials are closely monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases. But there was no indication Thursday of whether officials were considering reinstating any public health restrictions to curb spread. ...

Report outlines problems at New Mexico veterans' home

Jul. 22, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lack of oversight within the New Mexico Department of Health likely was a factor in high COVID-19 infection and death rates among residents at the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home, according to a review by legislative analysts. Members of the...

Walmart to remove sales tax assessment on deliver groceries

Jul. 21, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Walmart taxed the delivered groceries of at least two people in New Mexico even though a tax deduction governing such home deliveries took effect on July 1. Walmart told the Las Cruces Sun-News that it was working to remove the assessment of...

Trial in Las Cruces girl's death put on hold by state court

Jul. 20, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court order has brought a trial in the death of a 2-year-old Las Cruces girl to an abrupt halt. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports opening statements were given Monday before the trial of 26-year-old Lalo Anthony Castrillo had...

Las Cruces lawmaker says politics led to denial of Communion

Jul. 20, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says he was denied Communion by his local Catholic priest because of his politics. Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes said Monday that he has been treated differently by the church since voting to repeal a state law...

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 marks record year of spending by film industry

Jul. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus pandemic that led to a shutdown for months in film production, the show did go on in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office announced Monday that this fiscal year, which began in July 2020, broke records in the state with...

New Mexico is 2nd state to make gas stations liable for DUI

Jul. 19, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gas stations have a legal obligation not to sell fuel to drivers who are believed to be intoxicated, the New Mexico Supreme Court said Monday in a decision that could have far-reaching effects on businesses and that only one other state applies so strictly. ...