New Mexico News

New Mexico Workers’ Comp Costs May Drop in 2017

New Mexico employers could see a decrease in their insurance costs for on-the-job injuries and deaths. The state Office of Superintendent of Insurance says a key factor in calculating individual employers’ workers’ compensation costs will drop by an average of …

New Mexico Driver’s License Revamp Draws Fresh Criticism

New Mexico officials ran into fresh criticism Tuesday about revisions to the state’s immigrant driver’s license law at a public hearing on the proposed regulations. The Department of Taxation and Revenue has said its plan to implement a law approved …

New Mexico to go after $193M in Premium Taxes

New Mexico failed to collect at least $193 million in taxes on insurance premiums over the past five years, even as the state struggles this year to close a major budget shortfall, according to an independent review of collections. New …

Hailstorm Caused $4M in Damage to City in New Mexico

A small city in southeastern New Mexico is recovering after being hit with a strong hailstorm. The Hobbs News-Sun reported that Jal was struck this weekend with hailstones bigger than golf balls that caused an estimated $4 million in damage. …

Mining Company Settles with Feds for $143M Cleanup

The federal government and state officials have reached a settlement with Chevron Mining Inc. that calls for $143 million in cleanup work at a Superfund site in northern New Mexico. The company will conduct a pilot project on 275 acres …

New Mexico Village Gets $2.4M for Repairs from 2008 Storms

The village of Ruidoso in New Mexico will receive more than $2.4 million from the federal government to help with the cost of repairing sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding nearly eight years ago. Members of New Mexico’s congressional …

Former New Mexico County Manager Files Suit after Being Axed for 3rd DWI

A former top western New Mexico county official fired after her third drunken driving arrest just two days into her new job has filed a lawsuit. An attorney for former interim Cibola County manager Rheganne (RAY’-gun) Vaughn says in court …

New Mexico Governor Declares Emergency Amid Growing Wildfire

A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than three square miles late Wednesday, sending up a towering plume of smoke that swelled as afternoon temperatures soared and eventually blanketed the state’s largest city in a thick haze. …

New Mexico’s Budding Medical Marijuana Industry

The medical marijuana industry is growing in New Mexico. Several licensed growers are expected to open new facilities as well as dispensaries in the coming months, which would mean a boost in jobs and the economy, the Albuquerque Journal reported. …

New Mexico Immigrant Driver’s Licenses Jump Before Law Change

The number of immigrants seeking driver’s licenses in New Mexico surged during the first three months of the year as lawmakers debated changes to a long-contested policy that allowed for those living in the country illegally to obtain licenses, according …