SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county that held an inmate struggling with drug addiction failed to properly monitor him before he took his own life, according to a wrongful death...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a former Silver City police officer in the killing of his estranged wife amid a contentious...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The national forest that covers much of mountainous southwestern New Mexico again faces a high fire danger, officials said.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a rare plant that was once found in the the American Southwest and Mexico as a threatened species.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University and Chino Mine’s parent company are co-hosting an expo next week to help mine employees put out of work by the coronavirus...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is throwing his political weight behind primary challengers to socially conservative Democrats in the New Mexico state...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Water from two rivers that span parts of New Mexico and Arizona would be diverted and stored under a project proposed by the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity....
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southwestern New Mexico man faces nine years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Las Cruces to crimes stemming from a 2019 attempt to arrange a...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University students are set to offer tax help to seniors and low-income families in the southwest corner of the state.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Some environmental groups are concerned that a proposed management plan for the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico falls short of protecting more than 3...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Economic Development Department will award up to $50,000 to business incubators that come up with the best programs to help outdoor recreation ventures that...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents has extended President Joseph Shepard's contract.
The board voted last week to extend Shepard's tenure until 2024...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Grant County Commission is joining the call to protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco rivers.
Commissioners voted Thursday in favor a resolution...
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University officials say freshman wide receiver Eddie Cruz has died in an apparent drowning.
Grant County Sheriff's officials say a New Mexico...
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal court records show a New Mexico accountant faces charges stemming from accusations he defrauded two clients of more than $1 million.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Gila National Forest say the first phase of a cleanup project at the Royal John Mine and Mill is nearly complete.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Gila National Forest say warmer temperatures and windy conditions are increasing fire danger across the southern New Mexico forest.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Activists in southwestern New Mexico hope to use Bob Dylan's birthday to raise money for Central American migrants seeking asylum.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Gila National Forest are investigating vandalism at prehistoric rock art sites within the boundaries of the southern New Mexico forest.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University is working with international mining company Freeport-McMoRan on a mission to prepare welders for work in Grant County's Chino and Tyrone mines.
The mining company's New Mexico operations donated $10,000 to the university's community and workforce development department to buy training equipment and supplies for the welding program.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The collection of preserved deep-sea fish at Western New Mexico University has expanded to include ones with long teeth and glowing organs.
The Silver City Sun-News reports the school's Department of Natural Sciences recently received 18 jars of rare specimens. The donation came from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two men are dead after a four-car crash between Hatch and Deming.
They say 75-year-old Roy Edwards of Silver City and 23-year-old Alexis Chavez of Deming both were pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday afternoon's crash.
State Police say a passenger car was traveling on State Road 26 following behind a van that was pulling a flatbed trailer with a vehicle on it.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a Silver City attorney to fill a state District Court vacancy in southwestern New Mexico.
Martinez's office on Friday announced her appointment of William Perkins as a Sixth Judicial District judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Timothy Aldrich.
The district includes Grant, Luna and Hildalgo counties.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a truck used by a Montana fugitive was seen Monday in the Silver City area of southwestern New Mexico.
A judge in Missoula on July 18 issued an arrest warrant for 45-year-old Marco Antonio Guzman after he failed to appear for hearings in felony cases, including one charging him with assaulting a woman,
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the case of District Attorney Francesca Martinez-Estevez (all times local):
The lawyer for a New Mexico district attorney who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2016 traffic stop is rebuffing calls by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas for his client to step down.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community agencies and the city of Farmington are looking for ways to boost the market for local food while revitalizing downtown.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Forest Service says investigators have determined that an abandoned illegal campfire caused a fire that has burned 34 square miles (88 sq. kilometers) of timber in the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico.
The fire burning east of Reserve, New Mexico, and near the Eagle Point Lookout is contained around about a third of its perimeter.
Approximately 520 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which started May 22.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man camping in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico was bitten by bear that was drawn to the area by food that was kept in his tent.
The bear ripped open the tent early Sunday morning in the southern portion of the forest.
The man was able to get to a vehicle and drive himself to an emergency room.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A national forest in southwestern New Mexico along the Arizona border has been placed on "high fire danger."
The Silver City Sun-News reports warmer temperatures and high spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila (HEE'-luh) National Forest as officials report an increase in abandoned campfires.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation advises drivers in southwestern New Mexico to be on the watch for cyclists and to expect intermittent road closures in the coming week due to a five-day cycling event.
The Annual Tour of the Gila begins Wednesday and runs through April 22 in and around Silver City.
Law enforcement officers will be stationed along the routes of events, some of which involve intermittent road closures.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University will not increase student tuition next year.
The Silver City Sun-News reports Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved this week a plan to keep student fees and tuition amounts the same.
CLIFF, N.M. (AP) — A southwestern New Mexico school principal has been placed on leave after authorities say a student made a threat against his school.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has dropped one of five charges in a case against a southwestern New Mexico district attorney involved in a suspected DWI traffic stop.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says a review of a New Mexico town's finances found a former employee fraudulently used a city-issued credit card.
State Auditor Wayne Johnson said in a statement Monday that he worked with Silver City officials and an independent accountant to launch the investigation into irregularities in the former employee's credit card purchases that were first noticed in 2016.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Anonymous donors are pledging more than $130,000 to the Western New Mexico University Foundation to establish scholarships for Native American students.
The Silver City Sun-News reports a couple recently established an endowment and created an immediate use fund to supplement its growth.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico have proposed consumer protection legislation in response to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules, urging the state's Republican governor on Tuesday to allow a vote on the measure.
Gov. Susana Martinez has discretion over whether non-budgetary bills can be heard during a 30-day legislative session and has not responded.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University has a new athletic director.
The school announced Monday that it has hired Scott Noble to run the Mustangs athletic program. His job at the school's Silver City campus begins Feb. 2.
For the last several years, Noble has been the athletic director at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he re-introduced the women's basketball program after a 30-year hiatus.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two men who were shot during a home invasion in Silver City had disguised themselves in camouflage and clothing resembling that of a police officer.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University's athletics director is stepping down.
Mark Coleman made his announcement late Friday, saying his last day at the helm of Mustang athletics will be Dec. 31.
He said his resignation comes with mixed emotions, as he has enjoyed his time at the university. He said it's time to move on to a new challenge that will benefit his family in the long run.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a teacher from southwestern New Mexico is facing a felony charge of voyeurism over allegations he used his cellphone to take inappropriate photos of students.
New Mexico State Police say 38-year-old Frank Ramos Arias of Bayard was arrested Friday and booked into the Grant County jail.
Arias, who teaches at Stout Elementary School in Silver City, denied the allegations in an interview with police. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mother is facing child abuse charges after her two children tested positive for methamphetamine.
Las Cruces police say 27-year-old Marissa Gomez was arrested last week in Silver City following an investigation that was spurred by a welfare check conducted on the two children in early October.
Gomez has addresses in both Las Cruces and Silver City. It's not clear if she has an attorney.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The town of Silver City and its police department failed to stop a police captain from stalking his ex-girlfriend despite a number of complaints, and his violent behavior eventually led to her death, according to a lawsuit in federal court.
Authorities say Mark Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University football coach Adam Clark has resigned after eight seasons.
School officials said Tuesday that offensive coordinator Chris Buckner and offensive line coach Andrew Faaumu will oversee the program during the transition period.
The Mustangs lost their first five games this season, but won three of their final four to finish with a 4-7 record.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents has renewed the contract for its president for three years.
The board recently voted President Joseph Shepard's new contract, extending his term of employment through June 2021. Under the terms of the contract, performance incentives for five annual objectives were added.
Three of the five outcomes are focused on increasing non-state revenue.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila National Forest officials say visitors to the Mogollon Box day-user area northwest of Silver City should be on the lookout for a mountain.
Forest officials say they're posting education and cautionary signs because they've received a report of a possible sighting.
According to forest officials, mountain lions tend to spend daytime hours in dense cover and be out more at dawn and susk.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Silver City police officer shot and wounded a man who struck the officer's police vehicle during a pursuit while driving an SUV stolen from the man's mother in Las Cruces.
The New Mexico State Police says 41-year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City was taken into custody after the collision early Thursday morning and is hospitalized for treatment of a neck wound not considered life-threatening.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila National Forest officials say they've received a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in the drainage near the Cherry Creek Campground on the Silver City Ranger District.
Cautionary signs will be posted at the campground.
Experts say human encounters with mountain lions are rare as most wild animals want to avoid humans.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Two Silver City residents died while attempting to cross a creek in the southwestern New Mexico city, authorities said.
James Morales (Chamo), 47, and Laura Ortega, 57, were found dead Saturday in an arroyo east of the crossing where they attempted to cross, Silver City officials said.
Police and firefighters found the bodies while investigating an abandoned white car stuck in the San Vicente Arroyo, the Silver City Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/2yVRyZd).
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Lowriders, the iconic cars popularized by Mexican Americans, will be the subject featured at an upcoming photo exhibit at Western New Mexico University.
The Frances McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art will host an opening reception Sept. 7 to jump-start an exhibit highlighting the classic cars over several decades.
The images will showcase New Mexican residents who have customized, detailed, painted, and upholstered symbols of Hispanic culture, creating mobile works of art.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is asking people not to fly drones over the Gila National Forest next week because the agency will be conducting aerial surveys for insect and disease outbreaks using low-flying planes and helicopters.
The annual survey work on the southwestern New Mexico forest will begin Monday.