Latest New Mexico News

New Mexico utility seeks feedback on closure of coal plant

Jul. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In what's expected to be a long, contentious process, a few dozen people gathered recently in Albuquerque for the first public meeting hosted by Public Service Co. of New Mexico on the planned shutdown of its coal-fired power plant. PNM, the state's largest electric utility, is...

New Mexico reports 4.9% unemployment rate in June

Jul. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico reports a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.9% in June. The rate is down from 5% in May and up from 4.8% in June 2018. The department said Friday that total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 15,200 jobs or 1.8%, between June 2018 and June 2019. The...

Judge strikes down Albuquerque's panhandling ordinance

Jul. 20, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge says Albuquerque's panhandling ordinance restricts free speech and is unconstitutional. The Albuquerque ordinance's language had prohibited panhandlers from standing on sidewalks and medians in the city's streets to solicit motorists, with the sponsor saying it was intended...

Governor makes New Mexico stream commission appointments

Jul. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed seven members to a New Mexico commission tasked with overseeing water dispute negotiations with other states and overseeing conservation projects for the state's stream systems. The governor said Friday that she also had re-appointed an eighth...

FBI seeks information after man found dead in burning car

Jul. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. (AP) — The FBI has identified a man from Zuni as the person whose body was found in the truck of a burning car in New Mexico. Authorities say they found 51-year-old Nastacio Keith Travis on Monday in a remote area north of Church Rock, a town along Interstate 40 on the Navajo Nation. He...

Salary of New Mexico lottery head increases to $220K

Jul. 19, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Lottery Authority has given its CEO a 26% bump to his base annual pay — a move drawing criticism by those who argue the money should be going into a college scholarship program. The salary of lottery CEO David Barden has increased from about $174,000 to $220,000...

APNewsBreak: Horse racing regulator ousted over comments

Jul. 19, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the five commissioners responsible for overseeing New Mexico's horse racing industry has been ousted over comments she made regarding changes in the way horses are tested for certain medications. The governor's office confirmed Friday that Freda McSwane was removed from the...

New Mexico congresswoman breaks ranks in wage hike vote

Jul. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's congresswomen broke ranks with fellow Democrats as the U.S. House approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small says she's for raising the minimum wage but that $15 was too high. The Albuquerque Journal reported Torres...

Las Cruces activates cooling stations to help with hot temps

Jul. 19, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One southern New Mexico city has activated its cooling stations as high temperatures near triple digits. Las Cruces officials say the cooling stations will be open until 8 p.m. every week night and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. The stations are places where the elderly, other...

University of New Mexico brings in experts to move bee hive

Jul. 19, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of swarming bees and several pounds of dripping honeycomb have been removed from a building on the University of New Mexico's main campus. Officials said Thursday the bee hive was nested within the decorative trim over a window near one of the entrances of the Maxwell...