Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says New Mexico is on track to establish a health insurance exchange this year now that the federal government has given the green light to the state's plan for a clearinghouse to help small businesses and individuals buy affordable health coverage.
New Mexico received conditional approval from the federal government on Thursday for its plan for a state-run exchange.
Governors of five states that are home to the lesser prairie chicken, including Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, say they're disappointed the federal government has proposed listing the bird as threatened.
However they said they're encouraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service isn't proposing listing the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. A final decision on a listing is expected this fall.
Some ranchers, wind farms and others have worried that listing the bird as threatened could hurt their operations by leading to more regulations on the bird's habitat.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she will ask the Legislature to lower New Mexico's corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.
Martinez proposes to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years. The governor says New Mexico's tax rate is higher than neighboring states and needs to be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive.
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A woman who was jailed at the Valencia County Detention Center has filed a lawsuit claiming she was mistreated and denied medical and mental health treatment during her incarceration.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the federal lawsuit was filed by Jan Green who was never convicted. The suit alleges civil rights violations and inhumane treatment and names the jail's warden Joe Chavez, a contract nurse, and two other employees.
Nationally, Native American women are more likely to be killed, raped, assaulted and stalked than any other women in the country, according to federal crime and health data. What’s more, the offenders are both native and non-native. There’s been a breakdown in traditional practices, lack of funding for services and when it comes to non-natives, tribes don’t have the authority to arrest them on their own lands. A controversial law offered solutions but never made it through Congress in 2012.
The tragic shooting in Connecticut has set me thinking about our own state’s gun laws, and what the legislature has done to expand gun ownership-- even though New Mexico ranks 6th in gun deaths, and even higher in youth suicide. Thanks to Santa Fe’s total abdication to everything NRA—you can openly carry any kind of loaded gun here as long as you’re not a felon, and over 19 years old.
New Mexico's congressional delegation voted along party lines Tuesday on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
NMTelegram.com reports Senate Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall approved the Senate bill early on New Year's Day... House Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan voted for the measure late last night. Republican Steve Pearce was the only New Mexico congressional delegate to vote against it, saying in a statement that President Obama wanted to raise taxes and spend more.
New Mexico officials say they reviewed and processed thousands of requests last year for tax credits and other funding aimed at boosting renewable energy development in the state.
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department outlined some of the accomplishments in its new annual report.
The agency says it received more than a dozen applications for the state's renewable energy production tax credit. It awarded nine certificates for solar generators and one for a wind farm over a 12-month period through October 2012.
Difficult driving conditions are reported Monday on numerous highways in northern New Mexico due to snow and ice.
Crews are plowing, salting and cindering Interstate 40 in the Tucumcari area where several inches of snow has accumulated.
Workers are also clearing snow on Interstate 25 between Watrous and Colmor.
Other highways with difficult conditions reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation include U.S. 64 near Taos Pass, New Mexico 38 from Bobcat Pass to Eagle Nest and New Mexico 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari.
Two officials in Albuquerque want the city's police union to turn over documents from a recent survey of officers that found that the agency was suffering from low morale and that an overwhelming majority of officers disapproved of the police chief's performance.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Police Chief Ray Schultz and Mayor Richard Berry insist the union should turn over the documents if it wants the perceived problems fixed.
Fri. 12/28 10a: Shkeme Garcia, from Santa Ana and Jemez Pueblos, leads the all-ages storytelling program, "Pueblo Winter Stories," December 29 and 30 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The storyteller, musician and children's book author joins Spencer Beckwith for a discussion about the program's traditional Native American stories.
The Albuquerque zoo has three new red kangaroo babies, or joeys, on display.
Two joeys are still in their mothers' pouches, but can be seen poking their heads out. And zoo officials say the larger joey, which is about six weeks older than the other two, likes to hop around in the mornings and explore.
Visitors will be able to see the joeys hop in and out of their mom's pouches for about eight months before they get too big.
Thurs. 12/27 10a: Former Santa Fe Desert Chorale Music Director Linda Mack Berven returns to lead eight members of the Desert Chorale in the post-Christmas Day program, "A Toast to the New Year." Concerts take place in both the Loretto Chapel and the Church of the Holy Faith, December 28, 29, 30 and 31. Linda Mack Berven joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the program.
Wed. 12/26 10a: Albuquerque impresario Neal Copperman founded the non-profit presenting organization AMP Concerts in 2004. Spencer Beckwith talks with Neal about his organization and about some of the musical events he has planned for 2013.
Plans to shore up New Mexico's struggling public employees retirement fund could include cuts to benefits.
The Albuquerque Journal reports some legal analysts say the state constitution would prevent things like cuts to annual cost of living increases, but other legal experts say the funds can be changed in order to maintain solvency.
Water managers are scrambling to find a way to maintain wild populations of the Rio Grande silvery minnow after the annual fall census failed to locate any of the small fish for the first time in 20 years.
Maintaining enough flow in the Rio Grande to support the fish during drought years while still providing water to cities and farmers is a big problem. A third year of drought-level flows on the river next year could send the population of the endangered species even lower.
State officials have awarded a contract to begin safeguarding more than two dozen abandoned mines near Deming.
The Mining and Minerals Division says the $475,000 contract with Duran Bokich Enterprises represents the first of a multiple-phase project involving old mines in the Florida and Little Florida Mountains. The mines are on private property and land managed by the federal government.
Before 1918, the ores recovered from mines in the area were mostly lead, zinc, silver, copper and some gold. After that, manganese and fluorite were produced in large quantities.
Gun dealers near Farmington are reporting a sharp rise in sales.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that the most popular weapons being sold are military-style rifles similar to the AR-15 variant used by a gunman who killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14.
The shooting has brought calls from some people for tighter restrictions on guns.