New Mexico News

New Mexico Traffic Deaths Up 20% This Year

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That’s up from …

Ban on Texting While Driving Among New State Laws in New Mexico

A new law is ready to take effect that will ban texting while driving in New Mexico. Starting today, the law will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, even while at a stop light. Drivers also …

In New Mexico, Arizona Fire Danger and Drought Spark Fireworks Concerns

The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions plaguing both states. New Mexico …

Quake Widely Felt In Arizona, New Mexico

A moderate earthquake struck in Arizona near the New Mexico line that was widely felt across the region, but no injuries or damages were immediately reported. County sheriffs’ offices on both sides of the state line reported receiving numerous phone …

Uber Faces Operational Setback in New Mexico

New Mexico regulators have denied a temporary operating permit for ridesharing company Uber. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to withhold the permit from Uber Technologies. Commissioners say they could not grant the …

New Mexico Immigrant Driver Licenses Plunge

Records show that newly issued driver’s licenses to immigrants in New Mexico have plunged by nearly a third in the past year despite no change in the state’s policy of granting driving privileges to foreign nationals living in the country …

New Mexico Wildfire Spreading Uncontained

An uncontained wildfire in New Mexico is approaching 5,000 acres is threatening several structures, ranches and campgrounds, and has forced some evacuations, according to fire officials. The Signal Fire 10 miles north of Silver City in the Gila National Forest …

Driving Privileges Revoked For Some Employees Of New Mexico

A new report out of New Mexico¬†says nearly 200 state employees have had their state vehicle driving privileges revoked. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the General Services Department says 191 state workers had their privileges suspended from July 1 …

Disaster Loans Made Available for New Mexico Small Businesses

Small businesses in eight New Mexico counties are eligible for federal disaster loans due to the drought. The U.S. Small Business Administration made the announcement Friday, saying the loans can help offset economic losses from reduced revenues caused by the …

Oversight Chair Questions Safety At New Mexico Nuke Dump

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were “near misses” at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency …