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The Latest: Cavern closed at Carlsbad Cavern National Parks

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:41:25 GMT

You can still visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico during the federal government's partial shutdown but don't expect to go underground to see the namesake cavern itself. Park officials say all park roads and trails remain open but that the cavern and the park's visitor center are closed to visitors.

Marchers prepare to take to Santa Fe streets

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:10:55 GMT

Five-year-old Aiyana Naranjo on Friday helps her mother, Nathana Bird, decorate a Women's March sign during Friday's poster-making party at Northern New Mexico College in Espa A ola. Nick Sanchez/For The New Mexican Northern New Mexico College students Britney Castillo and Karla Dominguez create Women's March signs during Friday's poster-making party at the school in EspaA ola.

Snow, rain, high wind and cold will return to New Mexico tonight

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:45:20 GMT

Spring-Like warmth is ahead today before a cold front brings rain, snow, dangerous wind and cold temperatures late tonight. New Mexico will see mostly to partly sunny skies this afternoon with warmer than average temperatures.

Panel awards contract for further study of Gila dam

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:00:02 GMT

Members of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voted Friday in Albuquerque to fund further engineering studies on the prospect of building a dam on the Gila River. From left, Commission Director John Longworth and commissioners Topper Thorpe and Mark Sanchez.

Republican lawmaker proposes tougher penalties for habitual offenders

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:36:45 GMT

Everybody is sick of crime in New Mexico. That is why Representative Greg Nibert is proposing a bill that would put away certain habitual offenders for longer.

The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:13:21 GMT

This image taken from video shows an investigator photographing the scene near Raton, N.M., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, where a helicopter crashed late Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Friends and family members confirmed Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett and his wife, Heather, were on the copter as they traveled to New Mexico to spend their holiday with friend and wealthy businessman Charles Burnett III at his ranch.

New Mexico aging entity to be audited

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:27:12 GMT

The audit announcement is the latest twist in a case that's prompted sniping between Gov. Martinez's administration and some Democratic lawmakers. State Auditor Wayne Johnson says his office will conduct a special audit into possible financial wrongdoing on the part of a regional management entity that provides various services for roughly 70,000 elderly New Mexicans and their caregivers.

The Latest: Francis wraps up Chile visit, heads to Peru

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:08:00 GMT

Francis is urging the Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause.Francis made th... . Police prepare for the arrival of Pope Francis at the Maquehue Air Base, where he will celebrate Mass, in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

New Mexico considers switch to redistricting commission

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:24:26 GMT

New Mexico lawmakers are considering a proposal to cede their direct authority over redrawing legislative districts and create an independent redistricting commission. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed a constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission in time to redraw congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Phoenix police: Double-killing suspect tied to 7 more deaths

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:39:31 GMT

The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.

Helicopter carrying Zimbabwe opposition leader crashes in New Mexico; 5 dead

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:07:02 GMT

In this Oct. 16, 2009, file photo, shows Senior Zimbabwean MDC opposition official Roy Bennett, left, and his wife Heather, relax at a friends home in Mutare about 200 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe, following his release from prison. A fiery helicopter crash killed Bennett and his wife, while on holiday in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico, authorities said Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

New Mexico governor won't pursue Medicaid work requirements

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:54:51 GMT

The second-term Republican told news reporters Thursday that she does not support tying work requirements to health care in general and noted that some Medicaid recipients already work or study. The Trump administration last week began allowing states to impose Medicaid work requirements.

New Mexico Democrats wrestle with questions of diversity

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:09:33 GMT

Senate majority leader Peter Wirth addresses the Senate chambers on the first day of the New Mexico Legislature at the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Senate majority leader Peter Wirth addresses the Senate chambers on the first day of the New Mexico Legislature at the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

New Mexico Democrats wrestle with questions of diversity

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:09:32 GMT

This undated file photo shows Sen. Mimi Stewart in the New Mexico State House in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, Senate Democrats chose Stewart as majority whip, replacing Sen. Michael Padilla who resigned following complaints about decade-old harassment allegations at a previous job. Stewart joins Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen to form the state's first Senate female-majority leadership team, according to the Legislative Council Service.

Amid grumblings, nurse compact nears approval

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:28:51 GMT

Nearly 400 students and nurses, representing more than 10 different nursing programs, stand together outside the Capitol on Wednesday before the Senate met to discuss a proposed compact that would allow would allow nurses licensed in certain other states to practice in New Mexico without getting a separate certificate. Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican Rep. Deborah Armstrong, a Democrat who chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee, speaks to members of the public and the media Wednesday following a meeting of the Senate approving a new nurse licensing compact.

Education investments will catalyze further student growth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:36:24 GMT

We should expect that in every district and school receiving a share of the approximately $3 Billion in state and federal funds distributed each year. New Mexico Public Education Department Appointee Christopher Ruszkowski speak to Carlsbad community members Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Gov. Martinez delivers address despite disruptions

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:32 GMT

Gov. Susana Martinez opened the 30-day New Mexico legislative session Tuesday with her last State of the State address before her second term comes to an end - but she was interrupted by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals activists who unrolled banners and chanted, "Undocumented, unafraid." New Mexican Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich recently voted against the congressional DREAM Act, despite both men previously speaking in support of the resolution.