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Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday....

 

Virus concerns force cancellation of New Mexico State Fair

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have forced officials Friday to cancel this year's New Mexico State Fair, making it the latest casualty in a string of other big-ticket events that have been indefinitely...

 

Panel to consider petition seeking Pecos River protections

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 200 miles of the Pecos River, its tributaries and other parts of the upper reaches of the northern New Mexico watershed would be protected from future degradation under a petition being considered by state regulat...

 

Official: US must move ahead with nuclear weapons work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top nuclear security official says the U.S. must move ahead with plans to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus. Federal officials have...

 

Virtual meetings set for drilling plan near national park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers plan to hold a series of virtual meetings on a contested plan that will guide for at least the next decade oil and gas development around a national park and other areas in northwestern New Mexico...

 

Historic sign to be part of planned Route 66 visitor center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The weathered old sign that once served as a beacon to travelers along a stretch of Route 66 just outside of New Mexico's largest city has been taken down and will be preserved as part of an initiative to build a visitor ce...

 

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers proposed Thursday to set aside a vast area across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding...

 

US lawmakers from New Mexico hold out on review of nuke plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation find themselves in an awkward position as watchdogs claim the U.S. government is skirting key environmental laws by refusing to closely examine the consequences of...

 

Netflix executive touts 'golden era' of streaming service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An executive with Netflix says the streaming giant has boosted its original content exponentially over the last several years and that will mean more action for its production hub in New Mexico, where state officials have b...

 

Inspectors wanted: New Mexico sets sights on public health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From taco stands to toxic waste, environmental regulators in New Mexico are tasked with inspecting tens of thousands of businesses, restaurants and industrial sites every year, but some officials are concerned that demand...

 

Report: New Mexico lacks tools to track government spending

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico likely isn't getting the best bang for its buck since it lacks the personnel and technology needed to adequately track nearly $2 billion in government spending. Legislative analysts have found that some state...

 

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip...

 

Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants around the U.S. The All Pueblo Council of Governors in a resolution...

 

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facilit...

 

New Mexico governor seeks changes in utility regulation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is questioning recent decisions by a powerful regulatory commission as it weighs the pending closure of a major coal-fired power plant in a case that will test the state's new energy...

 

New Mexico AG 'frustrated' with response to contamination

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico officials want the U.S. Air Force to immediately begin defining the boundaries of plumes of contamination at two bases in the state and provide alternate water supplies to affected residents. Attorney...

 

New Mexico launches STEM challenge for high school students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking its high school students to take up the gauntlet as part of a statewide academic challenge that aims to answer one question: How will you use science and technology to help with national security? Los...

 

Pup fostering gives genetic boost to wild Mexican wolves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation...

 

US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that Native Americans consider sacred surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The...

 

Group raises concerns over New Mexico's landmark energy law

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Natural gas and coal proponents say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark...

 

Tribes urge US to put off oil, gas leases near sacred sites

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's home to a national park and other sites of cultural...

 

New Mexico governor signs landmark clean energy bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — 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. T...

 

Wet winter bodes well for water supplies along Rio Grande

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some ski areas touted an "endless winter" as forecasters on Tuesday called the snow that has been falling along the New Mexico-Colorado border a good sign for cities and farmers who depend on one of North America's longest...

 

New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting...

 

Sweeping tax overhaul clears New Mexico House

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's billed by Democrats as New Mexico's best chance to save thousands of children from a life of poverty by investing more money than ever before in public education and other government programs. For Republicans, it's a...

 

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