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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Cowboys for Trump leader and Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, center, talks with Republican New Mexico state Rep. Candy Ezzell of Roswell, N.M., at a protest against gun control and pro-abortion rights legislation outside the New Mexico state Capitol, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico announced Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, that Griffin has been banned from tribal lands after posting a video of himself on the reservation laughing during a traditional Apache ceremony and referencing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee,File)

Cowboys for Trump fends off financial disclosures

Oct. 22, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Time is running out before Election Day as New Mexico election regulators push the political support group Cowboys for Trump to disclosure its financial backers. The horseback-riding, New Mexico-based support group for President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged a U.S. District Court...

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows SpaceShipTwo Unity being released from the carrier mothership, VMS Eve for second successful glide flight in New Mexico on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Virgin Galactic is celebrating the second successful glide flight of its spaceship over Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Window opens for Virgin Galactic's final round of testing

Oct. 20, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft opens later this week as the company inches toward commercial flights. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday. He said...

A damaged campaign sign for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small sits in front of the Wild West Ski Shop in Ruidoso, N.M., on Oct. 6, 2020. New Mexico is on the verge of electing the nation's largest all-female of color U.S. House delegation but the close race in the state's southern district, where Ruidoso sits, is grabbing the most attention. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

GOP mayor endorses Torres Small in close US House race

Oct. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Republican mayor of a southern New Mexico city is throwing his support behind Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for re-election, according to a new ad released Tuesday. The ad by the Torres Small’s campaign highlights Republican Deming Mayor Benny Jasso endorsing the...

A damaged campaign sign for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small sits in front of the Wild West Ski Shop in Ruidoso, N.M., on Oct. 6, 2020. New Mexico is on the verge of electing the nation's largest all-female of color U.S. House delegation but the close race in the state's southern district, where Ruidoso sits, is grabbing the most attention. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

Torres Small keeps big money edge in key US House race

Oct. 16, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. House Rep. Xochitl Torres Small has kept the money edge in a crucial House race in southern New Mexico that Republicans hope to flip, new campaign finance reports show. Federal election reports show the Las Cruces Democrat pulled in $2,247,575 during that third...

A campaign sign for Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell sits in front of the Wild West Ski Shop in Ruidoso, N.M., on Oct. 6, 2020. New Mexico is on the verge of electing the nation's largest all-female of color U.S. House delegation but the close race in the state's southern district, where Ruidoso sits, is grabbing the most attention. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

Close congressional race in southern New Mexico draws eyes

Oct. 15, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Pockets in the Sierra Blanca mountain range are packed with tourists searching for an outdoor getaway of fishing, hunting, and eventually skiing. But this year the pandemic and New Mexico health orders have forced some shops and businesses in the New Mexico village of Ruidoso to close,...

Lawmakers: New Mexico farmers shortchanged on disaster aid

Oct. 14, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation is calling for more oversight of a federal agency after some farmers and ranchers were shortchanged on disaster aid and Hispanic farmers who rely on traditional acequias to irrigate their crops have been told they’re ineligible for...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1978, file photo, Thomas Atcitty talks on the phone in a bare office of the American Indian School of Medicine, at Shiprock, N.M. Atcitty, a former interim Navajo Nation president and longtime New Mexico state representative has died. The tribe says Thomas Atcitty died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, of natural causes. He was 86. Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday ,Oct. 14, in Shiprock, N.M., where Atcitty lived most of his life. (AP Photo/Rick Browne, File)

Former interim Navajo president and New Mexico lawmaker dies

Oct. 14, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Thomas Atcitty, a former interim Navajo Nation president and longtime New Mexico state representative, has died. He was 86. Atcitty died Sunday of natural causes, the tribe said. Funeral services were scheduled Wednesday in Shiprock, New Mexico, where he lived most of his life. ...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fernandez was flanked by her three sons, left to right, Alisandro, Dario and Abelino. The sign she holds,

Northern New Mexico district to pick its 1st congresswoman

Oct. 9, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The two major party candidates competing to become the first woman to represent a Democrat-dominated New Mexico district squared off in their last scheduled televised debate that touched on solutions to poverty, environmental degradation and improving health care. The debate Thursday...

FILE - In this image from video, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has decided to endorse 23 freshmen House Democrats in this fall’s elections. The move represents a gesture of bipartisanship by the nation's largest business organization, which has long leaned strongly toward Republicans. (House Television via AP)

New Mexico swing-district debate hinges on oil, border

Oct. 8, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — GOP congressional challenger Yvette Herrell embraced President Donald Trump's border-wall strategy and burnished an anti-abortion, pro-petroleum philosophy in a bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small during a televised debate. “I'm proud to stand with President...

New Mexico weighs court fees reform

Oct. 7, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering proposals to reduce court fees and declutter courts in an effort to bring socioeconomic equity to the state’s justice system. “We’re trying to achieve a consensus,” on potential legislation, said Angela Pacheco, a...