Collins, Heinrich eye improvements to solar permitting
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two U.S. senators from opposing parties are working on a proposal to streamline the permitting process for energy technologies such as rooftop solar and battery...
Xcel to move forward with $900M wind farm in New Mexico
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says construction on a $900 million wind farm will begin later this year in eastern New Mexico.
The utility announced its plans to go forward with the...
Republican businessman to run for US Senate in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican construction contractor Mick Rich is making a second run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.
The Mick Rich 2020 campaign committee filed paperwork August 1...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris,...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a Senate hearing on legislation that would withdraw federal holdings from oil and gas development around...
New Mexico delegates want postal problems addressed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation want the U.S. Postal Service to implement recommendations prompted by an independent audit of postal facilities serving...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's airports will get millions of dollars in federal aid for maintenance and other projects.
The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Federal...
CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park on...
US Census Bureau director to visit New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in New Mexico this week.
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say Steven Dillingham will be in the state for a series...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local spending on humanitarian relief to asylum seekers in New Mexico would be reimbursed by the federal government under a proposal from the state's delegation to...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There will be an open federal judgeship in New Mexico, and it will be up to the state's two U.S. senators to recommend to President Donald Trump a short list of qualified...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test are planning another protest outside the annual opening of the site to...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 race for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local):
Republican construction contractor Mick Rich says he is contemplating...
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense issued a list of military construction project funds that may be diverted, under President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, for...
Lawmakers: US budget measure includes $50M for Amtrak route
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers say a federal budget compromise approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump provides $50 million of additional federal funding to maintain Amtrak rail passenger service through New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.
US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three U.S. senators want federal officials to publicly release information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Honduran transgender migrant who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
VoteCast: New Mexico voters say nation headed wrong way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in New Mexico said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 41 percent of New Mexico voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 59 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
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Democrats dominate New Mexico midterm election
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham seized the New Mexico governor's office away from Republican control as Democratic candidates swept a long list of statewide races.
Sentiments against President Donald Trump were running high across much of the state as Lujan Grisham defeated GOP Congressman Steve Pearce by a wide margin in Tuesday's election.
New Mexico re-elects Democratic US Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich won re-election to a second term Tuesday in a three-way race against a Republican political newcomer and a Libertarian former governor.
The 47-year-old engineer and former congressman finished ahead of construction contractor Mick Rich and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
New Mexico elects Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham governor
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday won election as New Mexico governor to succeed a two-term Republican amid simmering conflicts over struggling public schools and high poverty rates.
New Mexico election spurs rise in early voter participation
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico candidates for governor, a lone Senate seat and two open congressional districts barnstormed through major cities Monday to rally supporters in the wake of record-breaking early voter turnout.
3 Senate candidates clash in rambunctious New Mexico debate
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Senate from New Mexico, who opposes recreational marijuana, acknowledged during a rambunctious debate Friday that he had smoked it.
A Libertarian candidate warned that young people are "getting screwed" by federal debt, and the Democratic incumbent said some tax cuts by President Donald Trump should be reversed.
Other topics at the debate ran the gamut from gun control to Trump's response to a migrant caravan headed north through Mexico.
New Mexico candidates clash over Trump caravan criticism
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republicans and Democratic candidates trying to win over voters as November's midterm elections draw closer ratcheted up their rhetoric Thursday in support and against President Donald Trump's scathing criticism about the migrant caravan of Central Americans heading through Mexico toward the U.S.
New Mexico provisions included in federal water bill
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water projects in New Mexico would get a boost as part of a massive bill passed by Congress that seeks to improve the nation's dams and protect against floods and drought.
The bill, if signed by President Donald Trump, would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide. It also sets up a framework to increase local input and improve transparency for large projects run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Debate highlights three-way Senate race in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a feisty three-way U.S. Senate debate in New Mexico, incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich on Friday cast himself as a crucial line of defense for federal retirement and health care benefits, as Libertarian and Republican challengers painted a picture of runaway federal spending and a lawless southern border with Mexico.
The Latest: New Mexico Democrat defends role in Senate
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a three-way Senate candidate debate in New Mexico (all times local):
Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich is defending his job performance and policies in a three-way debate from attacks by Libertarian and Republican rivals.
Republican candidate Mick Rich accused Heinrich at the Friday night debate of neglecting security along the U.S. border with Mexico and not doing enough for the state of New Mexico.
Libertarian says Trump, Democrats need a swing-vote senator
TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — The nation rejected him in 2016 as an offbeat alternative to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The rest is not yet history as Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, seeks a seat in the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian and political wild card.
Kavanaugh vote reverberates in New Mexico Senate race
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Libertarian and Republican challengers in New Mexico's three-way U.S. Senate race voiced support Friday for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as the Senate closed in on a final vote.
Spoiler alert? Johnson Senate bid ups tension in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former presidential candidate Gary Johnson is setting his sights on a U.S. Senate seat from New Mexico as a Libertarian candidate, arguing that he can act as an influential swing vote and a voice of reason in bitterly divided Washington. The former governor wants to downsize federal spending to offset President Donald Trump's tax cuts and push let-live policies on cannabis and education. Democrats warn that he would work to torpedo social spending.
Navajo Tech gets $1M for new workforce training center
CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — More than $1 million is being awarded to Navajo Technical University to build a training center to help displaced workers from the energy sector develop new skills.
The Metrology and Materials Center at the Crownpoint campus will specialize in industries that include 3D metal printing, machining, robotics and advanced manufacturing.
Correction: Veterans’ Cemetery story
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a story Sept. 21 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously the value of a grant to build a veterans' cemetery in northern New Mexico. The grant is worth $3.2 million, not $3.2 billion.
A corrected version of the story is below:
New veterans' cemetery slated for northern New Mexico
A $3.2 million federal grant has been awarded to construct a state veterans' cemetery in the northern New Mexico town of Angel Fire
Libertarian Senate candidate discloses cannabis investments
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson of New Mexico has disclosed personal financial interests in the cannabis sector that include stock holdings, a profit sharing agreement and recent capital gains on investment sales, according to filings reviewed by The Associated Press.
New Mexico senators seeks briefing on nuclear safety policy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from New Mexico are trying to thwart efforts to downsize and reorganize an independent safety panel that provides oversight of some of the nation's highest risk nuclear facilities.
Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say they secured language in a spending bill to prohibit the use of any appropriated funds to carry out the proposed reorganization of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, unless changes are vetted and authorized by Congress.
US Senate hopefuls vow to help Trinity Test descendants
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's three senatorial candidates are promising to help descendants of families who lived through the Trinity Test — a change that descendants say comes after they've worked to get their stories out.
Democratic U.S. Senate Martin Heinrich, his Republican challenger Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson all say they would advocate for descendants to be included in a federal law that compensated families near nuclear test sites.
Sen. Rand Paul backs Libertarian candidate in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson picked up the endorsement of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday in his effort to unseat an incumbent Democrat.
Paul shunned Republican nominee Mick Rich, an Albuquerque construction contractor and newcomer to politics, in favor of Johnson, who was elected governor of New Mexico twice as a Republican before running for president in 2012 and 2016 on the Libertarian ticket.
Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news about President Donald Trump.
But he can't promise he won't smoke an occasional joint.
The Latest: Gary Johnson: I’d ‘probably’ confirm Kavanaugh
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local):
Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he likely would vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he was in the U.S. Senate now.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is inching closer to a possible run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico as his consultant formed an independent political committee.
Ron Nielson said Thursday that the Elect Liberty PAC has begun raising money in support of a likely campaign for Senate by Johnson. Johnson has relied on Nielson as a consultant since his first successful campaign for governor of New Mexico in 1994.
Libertarian Party courts Gary Johnson for Senate run
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate Gary Johnson received a formal invitation Saturday to run for the U.S. Senate under the Libertarian Party banner.
The central committee of New Mexico's Libertarian Party offered Johnson the party's nomination as a replacement to State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, who abandoned his Senate bid earlier in the week.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.4 million federal grant for a New Mexico research project will provide funding for work looking at how climate change affects arid land ecosystems.
The five-year National Science Foundation grant to the Sevilleta (she-vee-YEH'-ta) Long-Term Ecological Research site located in central New Mexico was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators learned Friday that a holding facility for immigrant children on the Texas border near El Paso appears to be occupied by about 250 teenage boys mostly from Central America.
The lawmakers made the discovery as they pushed for more information about the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy for immigrants crossing the border illegally.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a visit by US Senators to an immigrant holding facility in Texas (all times local):
Three U.S. senators say a holding facility for immigrant children on the Texas border near El Paso is occupied by about 250 teenage boys mostly from Central America.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.
Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted Tuesday that he will travel to the border later this week with Sen. Tom Udall to visit the site of temporary detention facility for children in Tornillo, Texas.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (all times local):
Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say their first concern for the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory is assuring the stability of the workforce and the safety of employees and the public while the lab meets its national security mission.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from western states joined the legislative fight Thursday to repeal President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels, saying the higher taxes on foreign producers are jeopardizing jobs in the U.S.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to protect area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park (all times local):
Two U.S. senators say the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park represents the "cultural heart" of Native American tribes from around the Southwest and should be protected from encroaching oil and gas development.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The southern New Mexico county that includes most of White Sands National Monument opposes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's proposal to elevate the vast expanse of shift sand dunes to national park status.
The Otero County Commission said in a May 10 letter to the Democrat lawmaker that making White Sands a park wouldn't necessarily increase visitation, that his bill is unnecessary and that significant questions about the proposal remain unanswered.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Laguna Pueblo has received funding from the Bureau of Indian Education to rebuild its elementary school campus that serves about 220 students.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Friday confirmed approval of $26 million to replace worn-down classrooms at the elementary school serving the Laguna tribal community about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Albuquerque.