LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in southern New Mexico for a hike through a rugged stretch of desert.
She's also here to discuss federal legislation that aims to protect the Organ Mountains along with other scenic areas near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jewell, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico's two U.S. senators are hosting a public hearing on the proposal Friday afternoon in Las Cruces. Several hundred people are expected to attend.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have an opportunity for a long weekend before the pace of work quickens in the 30-day legislative session.
The House and Senate aren't holding floor sessions until Monday, although some committees will meet.
The House Appropriations and Finance Committee plans to continue budget hearings on Friday, and the House Education Committee is scheduled to meet Saturday to listen to testimony from teachers and other educational workers.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are being inundated with requests for state funding to help pay for water infrastructure improvements.
From contaminated wells to a lack of storage for drinking water in Las Vegas, members of the Senate Finance Committee heard Thursday from state and local water officials and fellow lawmakers about the growing needs around the state.
The problem now is prioritizing which projects should be tackled first.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House and Senate Democratic leaders are proposing an economic development package to help create jobs in the state.
House Speaker W. Ken Martinez said Wednesday the legislation is a product of a bipartisan Jobs Council that was formed last year.
Among the provisions is $10 million for a "closing fund" to attract companies to the state by providing them with needed infrastructure. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has made a similar proposal in her budget recommendations to the Legislature.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The identities of three Holloman Air Force Base airmen killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident are now being released.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that police say killed in the early Tuesday morning accident were 26-year-old Ryan Nicholas Loehr, 21-year-old Deshon Maurice Wartley and 19-year-old Lamont Keith Cullars.
Police Capt. Israel Trujillo says the preliminary investigation shows the vehicle went off the road and into the desert when it failed to negotiate a curve while traveling at high speed.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials have confirmed three more flu deaths.
The New Mexico Department of Health said Thursday a 79-year-old man and a 73-year -old man, both from Bernalillo County, recently died from the illness. In addition, the department says a 45-year-old man from Rio Arriba County also died from influenza.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
A 76 year-old Santa Fe woman who died earlier this month was the first reported flu death this season.
CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Corrales police office has been injured in a crash involving a suspected stolen vehicle.
Corrales Detective Sgt. Frank Tomlinson said yesterday that Corrales officer Jeremy Romero was scheduled to go into surgery and is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
Officials say Romero was injured early yesterday during a car chase with a suspect. Authorities say the suspect crashed into a wall while the officer's car flipped over.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are moving ahead quickly with a bill to pay for expenses of the Legislature's 30-day session.
A few hours after lawmakers convened yesterday, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee approved the measure to provide nearly $5.4 million for session costs, which include salaries for staff as well as the printing of bills.
Legislators aren't paid a yearly salary, but they receive $159 a day to reimburse them for expenses.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to focus on economic development, including expanding programs that train health care professionals.
In her State of the State speech to the Legislature yesterday, Martinez recommended increased spending on a program that repays student loans of nurses, dentists and physicians who agree to practice in medically underserved areas.
The governor said the measure will help create jobs and reduce the state's shortage of health care professionals.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review a recent court decision narrowing who must report suspected cases of abuse and neglect.
State law requires "every person" to contact authorities about suspected abuse and neglect.
However, the state Court of Appeals ruled last November in an Albuquerque case that the law's wording means the requirement only applies to 10 categories of people, including physicians, teachers and nurses,
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As the New Mexico Legislature gets underway, advocates are going to be pushing to improve the well-being of the state's children through education initiatives and other efforts aimed at pulling families out of poverty.
New Mexico Voices for Children is releasing its annual Kids Count in New Mexico report at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group wants to get the attention of lawmakers.
The report places New Mexico dead last among states when it comes to child well-being.