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Interior secretary seeks to rid U.S. of derogatory place names

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove it from federal government use and to replace o...

Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide

SANTA FE – A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico is sowing uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American...

New Mexico governor: Full vaccination means boosters too

ALBUQUERQUE – Going a step beyond federal guidance, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday that she believes being fully vaccinated means three shots and she pushed for all ad...

New Mexico lawmakers pressed to make water a priority

ALBUQUERQUE – With a legal battle over management of the Rio Grande before the U.S. Supreme Court and more hot and dry weather in the forecast, New Mexico’s top water official said Wednesday...

Oil, gas leases on hold around New Mexico’s Chaco park, U.S. says

ALBUQUERQUE – New oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be prohibited for the next two years as officials consider a proposal to withdraw federal...

Eunice moves ahead with desalination project

EUNICE, N.M. – One southeastern New Mexico city is taking another step forward as it looks for an “unlimited” source of water. Eunice City Council recently voted to have a Hobbs-based engin...

New Mexico hospitals seek relief amid wave of patients

ALBUQUERQUE – Two of New Mexico’s largest hospitals on Thursday announced that they would be focusing on patients who need care the most, meaning non-medically necessary procedures will like...

New Mexico delegates push U.S. official on Chaco protections

ALBUQUERQUE – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are putting more pressure on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to take administrative action to prohibit oil and gas developm...

New Mexico hospitals struggle amid push to vaccinate youths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Hospitals in northwestern New Mexico were grappling Wednesday with a surge in coronavirus cases that has left only a handful of intensive care beds available and led to a rationing of care.

New Mexico officials tout strategy as economic springboard

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s top economic development officials said Wednesday they are ready to put into action a 20-year strategy for diversifying the economy, saying the state has no time t...

New Mexico considers hourly $15 minimum for state workers

SANTA FE – Momentum appears to be building behind proposals to lift minimum pay in New Mexico state government to $15 an hour for at least 1,200 public workers who make less than that, amid ...

Albuquerque marks 101st homicide in 2021, a record

ALBUQUERQUE – The city of Albuquerque has now surpassed 100 homicides since the start of the year. A man officers found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night near Mountain Road...