Former GOP governor says Trump can win her border state
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's direct appeal to Hispanic voters in New Mexico for support ahead of the 2020 election was greeted enthusiastically Tuesday by former Republican Gov....
University post draws interest from top political aides
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top political aides and a couple local government officials are among those interested in a new high-paying job at the University of New Mexico.
New Mexico posts online its settlement payouts
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Thursday posted online dozens of financial settlements that resolve claims against state government for alleged civil rights violations, malpractice,...
State paid $900,000 to settle claims against police chief
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico acknowledged Monday that it paid out $900,000 to three State Police officials who complained of workplace discrimination and retaliation by the...
New Mexico settles with 2 more behavioral health providers
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached settlements with two more providers whose Medicaid claims were frozen as part of a shake-up in the state's behavioral health care system.
Records: Ex-governor’s critics settle lawsuit for $145K
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Records show the state of New Mexico settled a lawsuit with two critics of Gov. Susana Martinez for $145,000 after the couple was forced from their jobs.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials in New Mexico reached settlements totaling $1 million with three former state employees within the New Mexico Department of Public Safety last year over...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state commission's decision may reopen New Mexico's private waterways to recreationists.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Game Commission last week...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says her administration inherited many challenges when she took over at the beginning of the year and her goal is to rebuild the...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached settlements with three providers whose Medicaid claims were frozen as part of a shake-up in the state's behavioral health care system.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico agency plans to begin regularly publishing legal and financial settlements of claims against the state for civil rights violations, medical malpractice,...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is joining an advisory board of a group working on a national memorial in Washington, D.C., for soldiers who fought in recent...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Office of the State Auditor will review a series of recent state financial settlements that resolved workplace complaints by state personnel including members of the...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Questions about $1.7 million in payouts by New Mexico to settle legal claims have prompted a review of policies and procedures regarding such agreements.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signaled a new and more holistic approach to evaluating requests for pardons and other forms of clemency in guidelines published...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's first female director of state parks will continue to lead the agency under Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham picked a veteran officer with the New Mexico State Police to lead the 650-officer force on Friday, saying he will work to boost recruitment of...
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on bills signed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (all times local):
New Mexico's governor has signed a bill to replace an A-F system...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday raising the state's minimum wage for the first time in a decade from $7.50 an hour to $12 by 2023. The first increase to...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Pressure mounted Friday on Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration to make medical marijuana available to people struggling with opioid addiction.
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.
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.