New Mexico governor says no to high-level nuclear waste

U.S. 06/07/19, 17:03

New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the interim storage ...

Group raises concerns over New Mexico’s landmark energy law

Enviroment 05/17/19, 18:14

Proponents of New Mexico's energy industry say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals.In one email, state energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst asked a ...

Planes, buses moving migrants from crowded border shelters

U.S. 05/13/19, 16:58

U.S. authorities have begun using aircraft to move migrants to less-crowded areas for processing, while asylum-seeking families were being bused north to Colorado to alleviate the strain on overwhelmed shelters along the border in Texas and New Mexico.Several dozen migrants arrived by bus early Monday in Denver as part of ...

New commissioners weigh New Mexico racino question

Business 05/03/19, 14:55

New Mexico's newly minted panel of horse racing regulators are meeting for the first time and a top order of business is the state's sixth and final license for a track and casino.The racing commission convened Friday in Albuquerque. Beverly Bourguet was named chair and David "Hossie" Sanchez was chosen ...

New Mexico lays regulatory groundwork for hemp production

Health 04/01/19, 23:45

Legislation that clears the way for the industrial production of hemp and related products in New Mexico has been signed into law.Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed a bill that establishes a state regulatory framework for an emerging hemp industry.State oversight responsibilities are spread across the New Mexico ...

New Mexico governor signs landmark clean energy bill

Enviroment 03/22/19, 19:59

Making good on a campaign promise, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals.The Democratic governor, environmentalists and others gathered at the state capitol for a signing ceremony.The measure ...

Speaker: Plan to bring back UNM soccer ‘not dead yet’

Sports 03/14/19, 14:08

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf says a plan to bring back men's soccer and other recently cut sports at the University of New Mexico is "not dead yet."Egolf said Thursday that lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham remain committed to reinstate the sports at the state's largest university despite ...

Trapping-ban bill signals shift in attitudes toward animals

U.S. 02/27/19, 19:19

New Mexico could become the latest state in the American West to place major restrictions on wildlife trapping as frontier ethics and suburban attitudes toward animal suffering collide over the use of steel foot traps and wire snares that many ranchers still swear by. A Democrat-backed bill that bans traps, snares ...

New Mexico reverses course on Medicaid charges for patients

Health 02/13/19, 14:25

New Mexico is reversing course on its plans to charge some patients covered by Medicaid a monthly insurance premium of $10 and co-payments of $8 on certain brand-name drugs and visits to the emergency room for routine medical care.Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the decision Wednesday to seek a ...

New Mexico lawmakers seek compromise on coal, clean power

Enviroment 02/07/19, 20:10

Democratic lawmakers sought to speed up the transition to cleaner sources of electricity across New Mexico and phase out a major coal-fired power plant under legislation introduced Thursday.The initiative, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a coalition of environmental organizations, would help ensure the retirement of the San Juan ...

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border

Politics 02/05/19, 21:09

The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump's State of the ...

New Mexico recruits top prison official from Florida

U.S. 01/31/19, 19:40

The former leader of Florida's corrections agency was appointed Thursday to oversee a New Mexico public-private state prison system and parole division that is struggling with rising recidivism rates and overworked guards.Julie Jones was chosen by new Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to oversee a corrections system with a prison population ...

New Mexico governor joins alliance against climate change

U.S. 01/29/19, 19:47

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday committed her fledgling Democratic administration to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a boom in oil and natural gas production in the state, while endorsing goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming. Flanked by newly appointed energy ...

Update: Republicans eye details from Lujan Grisham plans

U.S. 01/15/19, 18:19

The Latest on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's first State of the State address (all times local):4:15 p.m.GOP New Mexico Rep. Alonzo Baldonado says Republicans are taking a "wait and see" approach to the education proposals outlined by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.Baldonado said Tuesday he and many other ...

New Mexico governor to deliver first address to lawmakers

Business 01/15/19, 12:03

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be giving her first State of the State address as New Mexico lawmakers convene for a 60-day legislative session.The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday in Santa Fe, and one of the first orders of business will be for lawmakers from both chambers to gather together ...

Update: New Mexico suspends increase in gas-well density

U.S. 01/08/19, 13:34

The Latest on efforts to relax restrictions on natural gas well locations in northwestern New Mexico (all times local):11:30 a.m.New Mexico oilfield regulators have suspended an order that relaxed restrictions on natural gas well locations in a major production basin over the objections of a Texas-based company.The New Mexico Oil ...

New Mexico child-protection agency gets new leader

Enviroment 01/07/19, 12:57

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is making appointments to agencies that oversee childhood wellbeing, environmental protection, state police and state personnel decisions.The director of a San Francisco-based anti-poverty group was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.Brian Blalock will move to the agency from ...

New Mexico may reconsider decision on more natural gas wells

U.S. 01/04/19, 20:11

New Mexico oilfield regulators announced Friday that they may revisit a decision to ease restrictions on natural gas well locations for a Texas-based company operating in the northwest corner of the state.The announcement came as state oversight of wells shifts to the Democratic administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.The state's ...

New governor picks son of former senator as chief of staff

Business 12/31/18, 16:54

New Mexico's incoming Democratic governor appointed the private-sector investment manager and son of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman as her chief of staff on Monday.In her final hours as governor-elect, Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the appointment of John Bingaman, a 39-year-old managing principal at the Santa Fe-based software-sector investment firm ...

Colorado official tapped to oversee New Mexico agency

U.S. 12/21/18, 18:33

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 ...

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