Latest Michelle Lujan Grisham News

Dozens of teams to convene for New Mexico STEM Challenge

Dec. 7, 2019 9:23 AM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — It's crunch time for dozens of student teams that will be testing their ability to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve real-world problems. Hundreds of people will convene Saturday in Los Alamos for the first New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge. The 46 teams...

Cowboys for Trump group now says sand wasn't from monument

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Iconic gypsum sand that the group Cowboys for Trump had said was from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and was sent to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony this week was actually gathered just outside the monument, one of the group's co-founders said...

State will pay $10M to mental health providers after suit

Dec. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pay out $10 million to resolve the last remaining lawsuits over a shake-up of its behavioral health system in 2013 under the prior administration of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Disclosed Wednesday by the Human Services Department, the settlement locks in payments...

State of New Mexico settles with behavioral health providers

Dec. 5, 2019 10:04 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state agency has entered settlement agreements with five behavioral health care providers after the groups had Medicaid funding frozen amid fraud and overbilling allegations. The state Human Services Department has agreed Wednesday to pay $10 million to Santa Maria El...

Las Cruces school district seeks members for equity council

Dec. 5, 2019 12:21 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces public school district is looking for community members who want to serve on its new equity council. The creation of the panel is part of a mandate issued by the New Mexico Public Education Department as it works to address insufficient opportunities at public schools...

New Mexico to invest in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm

Dec. 4, 2019 6:33 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A hemp manufacturing business in southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state Economic Development Department. The agency announced Wednesday that it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley LLC as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration...

Retired government workers decry pension-solvency proposal

Dec. 4, 2019 5:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for retired public employees assailed core provisions of a pension reform proposal in defiance of recommendations by the governor, at a legislative hearing Wednesday. Miguel Gómez, executive director of Retired Public Employees of New Mexico that represents more...

US business group: Fracking ban would have dire consequences

Dec. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign pledges made by Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing by the oil and natural gas sector would have dire economic consequences for New Mexico and the rest of the United States if implemented, said the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s...

New Mexico governor to attend capitol tree lighting ceremony

Dec. 4, 2019 12:26 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be among those in Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. This year’s tree traveled over 1,500 miles (2414 kilometers) from the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. It’s a 60-foot (18-meter)...

New Mexico state income outpaces expectations

Dec. 4, 2019 12:20 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income for New Mexico is exceeding expectations set out by agency economists. A revenue tracking report from the Legislature on Tuesday showed state general fund income of $8 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That is $85 million higher than a recent...