ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent federal agency is calling for an investigation into allegations that U.S. officials ignored a law requiring them to monitor, preserve and ultimately return human remains and relics to American Indian tribes.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has directed the Interior Department to investigate whether U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials in California and parts of Nevada and Oregon have violated the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 150-pound runaway tortoise brought traffic to a halt before being rescued in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe police say animal service officers responding to calls of traffic backing up on Old Santa Fe Trail Tuesday morning found the 15-year-old African spurred tortoise named Plato, which had escaped from a home on North Spur Road.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.
Johnson said Tuesday he was recently named CEO and president of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says an immigration detention center in town will be open for a year — and maybe longer.
Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so Central American immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says the average stay for immigrants there will be 30 days.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state regulator says officials investigating a radiation leak from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said Thursday that the Department of Energy's accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New Mexico for about three weeks.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces plans to seek a recount after official primary election returns showed her losing by 16 votes in a three-way contest. Garcia said Wednesday she would file for a hand recount.
The Dona Ana County Commission certified election results Tuesday, with Bealquin "Bill" Gomez of La Mesa winning with 410 votes, or 47.8 percent of the ballots cast. Garcia received 394 votes or 46 percent. Christian Lira finished with 53 votes.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protest outside of a hotel where Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden spoke got heated while Eden told business leaders he was committed to reforming his embattled department. Demonstrators say a Hotel Albuquerque staff member shoved one protester Wednesday and slapped down the cell phone from another during a picket.
Around two dozen demonstrators picketed to demand Eden resign and to call for immediate reforms within the Albuquerque police amid a pending U.S. Justice Department agreement over use of force.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.
King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.
Martinez has aired television campaign ads for weeks and has more than $4 million in the bank that she built up as a national political star. She's the nation's first female Hispanic governor.