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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...

 

New Mexico expands lawsuit centered on opioid crisis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeking a sweeping expansion of its ongoing lawsuit over the opioid crisis by targeting some of the United States' largest drugstore retailers and other companies that are part of the supply chain for the...

 

Neutrons used to examine priceless Harvard gold specimen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists at a premier U.S. laboratory have helped to unravel some of the mysteries about a rare gold specimen discovered at a Colorado mine more than 130 years ago. Officials at Harvard University's mineral museum were...

 

APNewsBreak: US oil lease near sacred park pushes forward

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and other areas sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes...

 

Company defends plans for nuclear waste storage facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Jersey-based company on Thursday defended plans to build a multibillion-dollar facility in the New Mexico desert to store spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States, citing long-standing yet unmet...

 

Past projects show border wall building is complex, costly

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis...

 

Bull's eye on US' Permian Basin as oil prices rise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation's richest and most prolific oil and natural gas...

 

Razor wire is most visible result of $210M deployment

The towering metal fence that divides the United States and Mexico at the edge of the Pacific Ocean has an imposing new feature: row upon row of razor wire. The wire that's typically used in battlefields and on prison barriers is the most visible res...

 

Judge: New Mexico's medical pot plant limit is arbitrary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a big win for medical marijuana producers in New Mexico, a district judge has ruled that a state-imposed limit on the number of plants they can grow as part of their licensed operations is arbitrary and not based on...

 

New Mexico concerned about contamination at US air base

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chemicals associated with firefighting foam once used at a U.S. Air Force base in eastern New Mexico have been detected in groundwater on and near the military installation, prompting requests by state officials for more...

 

Rio Grande ruling challenged as drought persists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways as it flows through New Mexico's most populated region. They say the...

 

Netflix to bring new US production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate...

 

Lawsuit renews focus on privacy policies for mobile apps

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers have warned that many popular free mobile apps aimed at children are potentially violating a U.S. law designed to protect the privacy of young users. Some brushed off the findings, but a federal lawsuit filed...

 

Officials shed little light on closure of solar observatory

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the sun has found itself at the center of a mystery that is creating a buzz here on earth. The Sunspot Solar...

 

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