Latest Michelle Lujan Grisham News

Governor’s resumes publication of her meetings, travel

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham resumed publication Monday of a running list of her appointments and work travel after a seven-week lapse, with her agendas showing recent meetings with variety of energy companies amid an overhaul of methane regulations and new mandates for cleaner sources...

US forest chief, New Mexico governor sign stewardship pact

Nov. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico’s governor signed an agreement on Thursday aimed at strengthening relations as they work to represent diverse interests concerning natural resources on public forest lands. New Mexico became the ninth state to sign a so-called...

New Mexico sizes up potential of recreational pot market

Nov. 13, 2019 10:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of legislators delved into the uncertain market economics of legalizing recreational marijuana and thorny concerns about public health on Wednesday, in a prelude to a rapid-fire legislative session that could open the doors to recreational cannabis in New Mexico. A...

Anxiety grows in New Mexico over 2020 Census

Nov. 13, 2019 12:14 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state officials want to spend an additional $8 million to ensure residents are not left out of the 2020 Census. Population-studies expert Robert Rhatigan of the University of New Mexico told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that state finance and workforce officials still fear...

US attorney general says feds will focus on high-crime areas

Nov. 12, 2019 8:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities will coordinate with state and local law enforcement officers to crack down on violence in cities with high crime rates in the coming months after arresting hundreds of fugitives under a program underway nationwide, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said...

New Mexico picks new testing system for young students

Nov. 12, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has selected a new annual testing system to assess academic progress in grades three through eight at public schools across the state that takes up less time and can be tailored later to reflect New Mexico's cultural roots, the Public Education Department announced Tuesday....

Secrecy shrouds talks on New Mexico's methane emissions

Nov. 12, 2019 11:56 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been outspoken about curbing methane emissions, but the advisory panel tasked with making recommendations is meeting behind closed doors and even the times and places of its gatherings are not made public. There have been no published agendas...

Sen. Heinrich taps ex-Hispanic center head as chief of staff

Nov. 12, 2019 10:56 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has named the former executive of the National Hispanic Cultural Center as his new chief of staff. The New Mexico Democrat announced earlier this month that he appointed Rebecca Avitia, making her one of three Latino chiefs of staff serving in the Senate....

Judge Ortiz to retire from 1st Judicial District Court

Nov. 9, 2019 11:17 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge for the state District Court that serves Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties plans to retire Jan. 1, creating an opening for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill. Lujan Grisham will select her appointee for the 1st Judicial District Court from among those recommended...

Legislators revisit landmark energy law for New Mexico

Nov. 7, 2019 7:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading legislators lashed out at the state's utility regulators and rallied around a landmark energy law that would divest the state's main investor-owned utility from a coal-fired power plant and guide new investments in renewable energy. Lawmakers including Democratic House Speaker...