ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Final numbers show the rate of New Mexico high school students who earned diplomas last year was the highest it has ever been, the New Mexico Public Education Department...
New gun control bill advances to governor in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a gun control bill aimed at ensuring that people under protective orders for domestic violence relinquish their firearms.
The Latest: Ban-the-box bill sent to New Mexico governor
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
A bill that would remove criminal history questions from initial job...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some former New Mexico lawmakers and public officials are lobbying the Legislature even though they've been out of office less than a few months.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has announced former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is joining the board of his education reform organization.
New Mexico may ban conviction question on job applications
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate has approved a bill that would remove criminal history questions from initial job applications in the private sector.
New Mexico Senate confirms appointments of 5 new UNM regents
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's appointments of five new members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
The Senate's action Friday came just under a week after Lujan Grisham announced Feb. 9 her appointments of businesswoman Kimberly Sanchez Rael and UNM law Professor Emeritus Robert Schwartz for two-year terms, former Regents Sandra K. Begay and Douglas M. Brown for four-year terms and student Melissa C. Henry to a two-year term.
Appeal targets permit change for US nuclear repository
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdog groups are appealing a recent permit change approval by New Mexico regulators that could ultimately allow for more waste to be placed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
The approval by the state Environment Department came in the final days of former Gov. Susana Martinez's administration. The change was requested earlier by the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Lawmakers divided on bills that were previously vetoed
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's Democrat-led Legislature on Wednesday placed bills that previously were vetoed by the state's former Republican governor on a track for reconsideration and approval.
The revived initiatives include bills to create breastfeeding and lactation policies for jails and prisons; help ensure cave explorers have access to caverns under private property, and to keep secret the names of people who report sexual assault-related crimes as victims or witnesses.
Former New Mexico Gov. Martinez defends Trump’s border wall
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez defended President Donald Trump's call for a border wall as part of a deal to end the government shutdown and said Thursday "it's disgusting" not to call the situation on the U.S. Mexico-border a crisis.
New Mexico governor plans border visit, criticizes Trump
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she will visit her state's southern border with Mexico amid a standoff between Donald Trump and Congress over the president's promises for a border wall.
New Mexico’s public safety chief wants more coordination
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's pick to lead the state Public Safety Department is a state law enforcement veteran who said Monday that he'll prioritize coordination and data sharing with local police and sheriff's agencies.
Valencia County Undersheriff Mark Shea, who has a background in school safety and police recruitment, was one of a half dozen appointments Lujan Grisham announced Monday.
The Latest: New Mexico governor names state employment chief
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Cabinet appointments by New Mexico's Democratic governor (all times local):
The newly inaugurated governor of New Mexico has appointed a veteran of the administration of President Barack Obama to lead the State Personnel Office.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday that Pam Coleman will lead the agency that oversees state employment as the New Mexico seeks to fill a long list of vacancies amid a surge in state government income.
New Mexico governor suspends student testing system
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday set in motion the replacement of the current statewide standardized testing system with a pair of executive orders that also calls for removing those exam results from teacher evaluations.
New Mexico inaugural group pledges financial transparency
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A committee that organized the inauguration of Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and related gala celebrations will publish details about its spending and contributions by mid-January, a committee spokeswoman said following the New Year's Day inaugural.
Democrat Lujan Grisham takes oath as New Mexico governor
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The top job in New Mexico passed from one Latina governor to another Tuesday as Michelle Lujan Grisham took the oath of office, announcing it was time to spend more money on education and address climate change through the regulation of a booming oil industry and promotion of renewable energy.
The Latest: Governor seeks change for New Mexico education
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of a newly elected Democratic governor in New Mexico (all times local):
Newly inaugurated New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging greater state spending on education, higher pay for low-income workers and a shift toward renewable energy production in here first public speech as governor.
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New Mexico prepares for newly elected Democratic governor
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials made final preparations on New Year's Eve to celebrate the transition to a new governor with a public inauguration and ballroom galas in the state's capital city.
New Mexico approves permit change for nuclear repository
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have approved a permit change that could ultimately allow for more waste to be placed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
The state Environment Department approved the change Dec. 21. It had been requested months ago by the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that operates the southern New Mexico facility.
New Mexico woman to lead mothers’ advocacy group
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of mothers across the U.S. has tapped New Mexico's tourism secretary to be its next leader.
American Mothers Inc. announced Friday that Rebecca Latham will assume the role of chief executive officer on Jan. 1. Latham served as the state's tourism boss under outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez.
Latham has been a member of American Mothers' board of directors since April 2017.
Distribution company to invest $16.5M in New Mexico
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A regional distribution company has plans to invest another $16.5 million to expand its operations in southern New Mexico.
Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced Friday that Valley Cold Storage and Transportation plans to increase its presence in the border community of Santa Teresa and will add 10 jobs.
The expansion is being supported by up to $150,000 in local economic development funds.
New Mexico reports highest graduation rate in 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials say the rate of high school students who are earning diplomas is the highest it has ever been.
Gov. Susana Martinez, who is wrapping up her second and final term, announced Friday that the 2018 class marked the highest graduation rate in the state's history at 73 percent.
While that's still below the national average, state officials say this year's numbers mark a 10 percent increase since 2011.
New Mexico governor’s social spending gets greater scrutiny
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A previously unaudited account used by New Mexico's governors to pay for social obligations will be more tightly monitored as a Democratic governor takes office in the new year.
A law signed by termed-out Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this year increases oversight of the so-called contingency fund that has been used for decades by governors to pay for dinners, gifts for protocol meetings or spending on gestures of congratulations or condolences.
New Mexico politics, immigration make headlines in 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats solidified their power over state government during the midterm elections as a long-held GOP congressional seat in a key border district was flipped by a political newcomer and voters sent one of the nation's first Native American congresswomen to Washington.
Colorado official tapped to oversee New Mexico agency
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham named new leaders Friday to three agencies that oversee state procurement, economic development incentives, and professional licensing and consumer protection regulations.
Lujan Grisham succeeds termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Jan. 1. Newly appointed Cabinet secretaries begin work at the same time, prior to confirmation by a Democrat-led state Senate.
Estados de México y EEUU enviarían gas a Asia
PHOENIX (AP) — Los gobernadores de tres estados fronterizos de México y Estados Unidos firmaron el miércoles un acuerdo para estudiar un plan para exportar gas natural a Asia mediante la interconexión de gasoductos existentes a fin de llevar el combustible hasta el Golfo de California.
Governors agree to study sending gas to Asia through Mexico
PHOENIX (AP) — The governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico's Sonora state signed an agreement Wednesday to study a plan to export natural gas to Asia by connecting existing pipelines to move the fuel south to the Gulf of California.
The non-binding agreement calls for the states to collaborate on promoting investment, research and innovation to eventually export natural gas from New Mexico's abundant supply to Asian nations, which are leading importers of liquefied gas.
Departing governor says state must justify any new rules
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering state agencies, boards and commissions to provide additional justification for any proposed new rules.
Martinez announced the executive order Tuesday in a news release as she prepares to leave office. For each future proposed rule or rule change, state government entities must fill out a regulatory impact form that includes questions about the costs to affected industries and impact on public health and safety.
PESCO adding 180 jobs to Farmington plant and $75M expansion
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A company that designs and builds production equipment for the oil and gas industry is adding 180 jobs to its Farmington plant with plans for a $7.5 million expansion.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that PESCO is expanding because of a new assignment to build reactor units for BayoTech of Albuquerque.
The additional jobs will bring PESCO's workforce to 500.
Incoming New Mexico governor to name first cabinet picks
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to name the first of her appointees as she builds her executive cabinet in preparation for taking over the state's top post in January.
The Democrat has scheduled a news conference Friday at the State Capitol.
Lujan Grisham in November selected a panel of experts to help identify potential cabinet leaders and to make recommendations. She said at the time that the goal was to set the state on a new path.
Taiwanese-backed manufacturer to expand in New Mexico
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A manufacturing company backed by a group of Taiwanese investors has plans to bring some of its business to southern New Mexico.
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that Admiral Cable has selected Santa Teresa as the newest site for manufacturing operations. The incentive package included nearly $4 million in local economic development funds.
Oil sector boosts state government fortunes in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state economists on Monday affirmed forecasts for a major financial windfall to state government linked to a booming oil sector despite recent fluctuations in energy prices, as the governor's office passes from Republican to Democratic control.
New Mexico Republican Party selects Pearce as next chairman
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party's next chairman will be U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who didn't run for re-election in order to make what proved to be an unsuccessful try for governor.
Current GOP Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi announced that the party's state central committee selected Pearce "by an overwhelming margin" while meeting Saturday in Albuquerque.
Businessman John Rockwell also sought the party's top leadership post.
Termed-out New Mexico governor is picky with pardons
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With less than a month left in office, termed-out Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has pardoned a total of just three people in a state with a robust history of forgiveness by governors.
The governor's office confirmed that Martinez issued three pardons in 2012 and no others. She did not respond to a request for comment on her approach to pardon applications.
Governor revamps website to tout anticipated accomplishments
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The website for the governor's office in New Mexico has undergone a makeover to highlight anticipated economic accomplishments during the eight-year tenure of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
As a Democrat prepares to succeed Martinez, her office is citing a $2 billion budget surplus by combining two years of estimated state government income that hasn't materialized yet.
New Mexico certifies election sweep by Democrats
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's State Canvassing Board certified midterm election results Tuesday that consolidate Democratic control over all statewide elected offices and the state's five-member delegation to Capitol Hill.
The Latest: New Mexico governor questions ballot procedures
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico mid-term election results (all times local):
Most midterm election results in New Mexico have been certified by the State Canvassing Board with recounts pending in a handful of state legislative races.
New Mexico to mark tax-free day on ‘Small Business Saturday’
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will mark its first "Small Business Saturday" tax holiday this weekend.
Gov. Susana Martinez made the announcement Wednesday, encouraging New Mexicans to support the state's small businesses and use the tax-free day as an opportunity to save some money during the holidays.
Under a law passed this year and signed by the governor, businesses with 10 employees or fewer can sell goods on the Saturday following Thanksgiving without charging gross receipts tax.
‘New Mexico True’ brand may expand under new governor
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The "New Mexico True" tourism brand developed by outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez may be expanded under Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The expansion may come amid pressure for New Mexico to join other western states in creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation.
As a candidate, Lujan Grisham promised to seek efforts to attract more visitors to the Southwestern state and strengthen the "New Mexico True" brand.
Immigration divides Latina governor and governor-elect
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor-elect signaled a new approach to border security and immigration that emphasizes humanitarian concerns and skepticism of the White House, as the reins of state government pass from one Latina governor to another.
The Latest: Border governor-elect worries about caravan kids
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's Democratic governor-elect (all times local):
The Democratic governor-elect of New Mexico says she is worried about the wellbeing of women and children in migrant caravans approaching the U.S. from Mexico and may reconsider the state's decision to deploy local National Guard troops to the border.
New Mexico Democrats solidify control with midterm elections
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats ran roughshod over Republican candidates in New Mexico's midterm election, taking control of the governor's office, flipping a key congressional seat along the U.S.-Mexico border, sweeping major statewide races and ensuring Democratic control of the state's top two courts.
New Mexico set to have all-minority US House delegation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is set to have a U.S. House delegation made up of all people of color after a historic win Tuesday by a Native American candidate, a victory by a five-term Hispanic incumbent and a too-close-to-call contest between two other minority candidates.
It's believed to be a first for any state with at least three House seats.
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.
Governor, Congress races top New Mexico election ticket
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will pick the state's next governor to replace a termed-out Republican in Tuesday's election and fill a long list of statewide offices.
The state House is up for election as Democrats defend their majority.
In federal races, voters are deciding a three-way Senate race and filling three congressional seats, including two with no incumbent. Ballot issues include a constitutional amendment to create an independent state ethics commission.
Embezzlement case moves forward against ex-NM tax official
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An embezzlement case against New Mexico's former top-ranked taxation official is headed toward trial after a judge ruled on Friday that there was sufficient evidence to proceed.
Felony charges of embezzlement and using a position in government for personal gain were upheld against former Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla, according to David Carl, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office.
Embezzlement case against former top tax official in court
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday began presenting evidence tied to embezzlement charges against the former top-ranked taxation official for New Mexico as a judge decides whether to move forward to trial.
Governor dedicates new veterans’ cemetery in Angel Fire
ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dedicated a new $3.2 million veterans' cemetery in Angel Fire.
The dedication Friday makes it the third cemetery constructed under the Martinez administration for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.
The Angel Fire cemetery will serve veterans and their families in northern New Mexico who live too far from the state's two Veterans Affairs national cemeteries.