The national Republican Party is setting its sights and its money on New Mexico, hoping to return former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson to Washington as the state's next U.S. senator.
Even before Wilson easily won her primary over Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards on Tuesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee had set aside $3 million in advertising for the New Mexico race, which is among the group's top 10 targets heading into the general election.
A former scientist at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing research to share with China. Jianyu Huang was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports Huang faces five counts of federal program fraud and one count of false statements.
Authorities say he passed off nanotechnology research that belongs to the U.S. as his own. They say he went online to share the data with state-run schools in China.
The owner of a Los Lunas auction business is facing criminal charges for the treatment of four emaciated horses found struggling for life. KRQE-TV reports Dennis Chavez, owner of Southwest Livestock Auction, was charged Tuesday with 12 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
The Livestock Board began investigating the auction business in March after a graphic video was posted by a national livestock rights group. The group found sick and starving horses, and four downed animals were euthanized.
Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for Albuquerque's 1st Congressional District.
Grisham took 40% of the vote in what was a close three-way battle to replace Rep. Martin Heinrich, who won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat. With nearly all the vote counted, State Sen. Eric Griego came in second with 35%. Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez trailed with 25% of the vote.
Republican Governor Susana Martinez and her allies flexed their muscle in legislative races by reaching across party lines to help moderate Democrats survive challenges from liberals, but the governor's favored GOP candidate lost in a Senate contest in eastern New Mexico.
Martinez adviser Jay McCleskey said a political action committee established by the governor's supporters spent $100,000 on mailings and radio ads to influence the outcome in eight House and Senate Democratic primary races and succeeded in seven of those.
Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza and Bernalillo County Assessor Karen Montoya won the Democratic primaries Tuesday for seats on one of the state's most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued commissions.
Espinoza won the Democratic primary for the northern New Mexico District 3 seat on the Public Regulation Commission while Montoya won the District 1 seat.
By The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
The primary votes weren't even counted before the partisan barbs started flying.
In a preview of what promises to be a tough, expensive and closely watched race for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich are jumping immediately from quiet primaries into negative territory.
Shortly after her race was called early in the evening, Wilson went straight to blasting Heinrich, saying he has made things worse for New Mexicans since he replaced her in Washington as Albuquerque's congressman.
New Mexicans go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on the already decided Republican presidential primary and narrow the field of candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress.
Registered Republicans can cast ballots for presidential candidates Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, although Romney sewed up the nomination last week with a win in Texas.
Most eyes are on the Democrat primary, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state auditor Hector Balderas are competing in a gentlemanly race for the nomination to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
New Mexico's primary election is deciding whether two dozen legislators can hold on to their jobs. All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year, but there are contested primary races in only 43 House and Senate districts.
Democrats have controlled the House and Senate for decades, and the outcome of the primary will set the stage for what's expected to be an aggressive general election campaign led by Republican Governor Susana Martinez to chip away at the Democratic majorities.
While firefighters in southern New Mexico continue to battle the massive and still growing Gila wilderness fire, crews in northern New Mexico are working to contain an active wildfire in the Santa Fe National Forest.
Forest officials say the 30- to 40-acre Bear Springs Fire is burning about 6 miles southeast of Jemez Springs and has no containment. They say no structures are being threatened and no evacuations are planned.
Federal officials are planning to look out for any cases of voter discrimination in upcoming elections nationwide, including at polling sites in New Mexico.
The U.S. Justice Department announced it plans to send observers to Cibola and Sandoval counties to monitor elections Tuesday. Monitors are also being sent to counties in California, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
All this week we're considering the Endangered Species Act in New Mexico. Today, KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard brings you: The Case of the Disappearing Frogs...
The plight of the Chiricahua Leopard frog begins long ago, in a medical lab when researchers devise a way to use frogs as pregnancy tests. The African Clawed frogs used for this purpose were soon shipped all around the world, carrying with them a deadly fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd for short (at least, that's the current favorite theory).
So far in our series, we’ve looked at some of the difficulties in recovering a species. But one of the emerging strengths of the Endangered Species Act is in its ability to spark compromise before a species ever makes it onto the list. And in the case of the Lesser Prairie Chicken and Dunes Sagebrush lizard, just the threat of a listing has been enough to make for some unlikely allies in Southeastern New Mexico.
As part of our series on endangered species in New Mexico, Carrie and Sidsel took a field trip with WildEarth Guardians Executive Director, John Horning, to look for the elusive New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (you really should listen to this one...it's a radio geek's dream, but not so translate-able to print...).
By The Santa Fe New Mexican and The Associated Press
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss is calling for an investigation into a political association committee associated with Republican Governor Susana Martinez.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Mayor Coss, who is running for a state legislative seat, wants state officials to see whether a PAC supporting his Democratic primary opponent failed to register two major contributions on time.
Governor Susana Martinez's administration says payroll deposits for state workers may be delayed because of a processing error. The Department of Finance and Administration alerted workers to the problem in an email memo Thursday, saying paycheck deposits in employee bank accounts could be delayed up to 24 hours.
New Mexico's primary election is on Tuesday and recent scandals in southern parts of the state have refocused attention on the issue of voter fraud.
Is there rampant abuse of the right to vote in New Mexico? Are there barriers to voting that prevent voters from having their say and being counted? Just ahead this morning on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll take your calls and comments.
But first, we'll hear from Steve Robert Allen, the Policy Director at ACLU-New Mexico. Allen says there's no such thing as a flawless election.
A proposed raise to monthly premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in New Mexico has become official. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini approved the 6.9% increase Tuesday, which will take effect Friday.
Voters in Doña Ana County will be able to cast their ballots at special voting centers for the first time in the upcoming primary election. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports officials plan to debut voting "convenience" centers June 5.
Registered voters will be able to visit any one of 39 locations countywide to fill out a ballot that will be tailored to their own precinct. County Clerk Lynn Ellins says residents before would have to find the correct polling place that included their precinct or use a provisional ballot.
By The Associated Press and The Las Cruces Sun-News
Soldiers who have returned to New Mexico in recent years are struggling to find jobs, a trend that's been happening nationwide. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports state officials say younger veterans are facing higher jobless rates.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is set to announce that Albuquerque Sunport will be getting more solar panels to power elevators, lights and offices at the airport. Berry is scheduled Tuesday to unveil the final phase of a solar project for the Albuquerque Sunport and announce the amount of money already saved from solar panels atop the covered parking canopies.
Memorial Day is Monday. It's a time to reflect on the sacrifices of people in the military. Of course, here in the Southwest, one of the most enduring military stories is that of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War Two.
But the number of Code Talkers who are still alive is dwindling, and another one recently passed away. Samuel Tso died earlier this month at the age of 89. Reporter Ashley Gross has this remembrance.
The state has appointed a veteran municipal administrator to temporarily oversee the finances of the troubled border town of Sunland Park.
New Mexico Secretary of Finance and Administration Tom Clifford said Wednesday that Michael Steininger, who has worked in Belen and Ruidoso as well as Socorro and Valencia counties, will manage Sunland Park's finances until town officials are capable of resuming control.
In a newly released ranking of city park systems, Albuquerque came in 11th, just below major metropolises like Seattle and Philadelphia. Meanwhile, environmental advocates in Rio Rancho say its time their city starting trying to catch up.
In terms of developed parkland-- that is, space including amenities like basketball courts and swing sets-- Rio Rancho isn’t doing that badly. The city boasts 3.5 acres of developed parkland per thousand residents, compared to Albuquerque's 5.5.
A report has named New Mexico the riskiest state in the U.S. KRQE-TV reports Trust for America's Health released its annual survey Tuesday ranking the Land of Enchantment as the state with the highest death rate due to preventable injuries.
State numbers show that the overdose rate from highly controlled prescription painkillers is skyrocketing in New Mexico. The Alamogordo Daily News reports a recent New Mexico Department of Health report says the overdose rate increased statewide by 61.8 % between 2001 and 2010.
A key investigator in one of the most notorious hate crimes against a gay man is slated to speak in Albuquerque at a Federal Bureau of Investigation civil rights conference. Albany County Sheriff David O'Malley of Wyoming is scheduled Thursday to deliver the keynote address about his experience in the Matthew Shepard murder investigation.