Latest New Mexico News

Scientist: Complaints about rodent infestation led to firing

Dec. 10, 2019 12:20 AM EST

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico scientist says she was fired from a New Mexico Tech lab job after complaining about a rodent infestation. Chemical engineer Glenanne Johnson was terminated from her position as a lab manager at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center following her complaints...

University of New Mexico hosts student chat with astronauts

Dec. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is hosting a live chat with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The school says hundreds of students grades kindergarten through high school are expected to pack UNM's Student Union Building in Albuquerque for Tuesday's event. Officials...

Lawsuit: New Mexico officer mistakenly fired gun during stop

Dec. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men say a Las Cruces police officer accidentally shot at them during a routine traffic stop and unlawfully held them for three hours. A civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last week claimed officer Jeremiah McDaniel “negligently fired his...

New Mexico utility chief among those at UN climate meeting

Dec. 10, 2019 12:13 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of New Mexico's largest electric provider is in Spain this week for the U.N. climate meeting. Public Service Co. of New Mexico announced Monday that CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn was asked to speak about how U.S. utilities are dealing with the transition away from fossil fuels...

New Mexico utility regulators weigh costs of coal phase-out

Dec. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Miners, environmentalists and utility customers weighed in Monday about the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico and a disputed financial plan to shutter the facility to make way for cleaner sources of electricity. Hearings this week at the Public Regulation...

Oil bonanza sustains state budget surplus in New Mexico

Dec. 9, 2019 7:08 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income is expected to outpace spending obligations by nearly $800 million for the coming fiscal year as New Mexico lawmakers contemplate bigger budgets for public schools, health care and anti-crime initiatives. Economists from three state agencies and the...

Albuquerque breaks homicide record amid worries over crime

Dec. 9, 2019 6:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city has broken its modern homicide record amid increasing concerns over violent crime and recent questions on how officials were calculating crime statistics. The city of Albuquerque confirmed that a man was found dead Sunday night in the southwest part of...

Las Cruces detective facing DWI charges fired

Dec. 8, 2019 11:09 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces police detective arrested in October on drunken driving charges has been fired. Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said Stephanie Carabajal was terminated from the department on Thursday. Her firing comes a day after the charges against the 26-year-old Carabajal...

New Mexico granting fewer cyanide bomb OKs for coyotes

Dec. 8, 2019 11:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Records show New Mexico agricultural officials have approved fewer licenses for the use of cyanide bombs — a device deployed by ranchers to kill coyotes. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports records show state-issued licenses for cyanide bombs has declined from 86 in 2015 and 2016...

Albuquerque's new rapid service on Route 66 sees 5th crash

Dec. 8, 2019 11:05 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth crash has struck Albuquerque’s new rapid transit system along the city's historic Route 66 just days into operation City officials say the accident took place Sunday across the street from El Vado Motel when a car over-corrected into a left lane and hit the...