New Mexico News

New Mexico Launches Ad Campaign to Deter Drunken Driving

New Mexico drivers will hear a different kind of holiday advertisement on the radio in the coming weeks, as the state launches an ad campaign aimed at curbing drunken driving. Gov. Susana Martinez this week announced the $300,000 ad campaign …

New Mexico Jury Holds Utility Companies Partially Liable for Fire

A jury decided this week that two utility companies hold most of the liability in one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico’s recorded history. Jurors gave their verdict in Bernalillo following a weekslong trial that centered on whether Jemez …

New Mexico Immigrant Driver’s License Repeal Won’t Pass, Says Legislator

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says any GOP-sponsored bill aimed at repealing New Mexico’s immigrant driver’s license law won’t make it to the Senate floor next session. Again. One of state’s most powerful Democratic legislators told The Associated Press this …

New Mexico Residents Call Agents to Deal With Hail Damage

The unusually large hail that recently pounded Las Cruces, N.M. has residents scrambling to call insurance agents over damaged roofs and dented vehicles. Saturday’s storm dropped golf ball-sized hail left Sonoma Ranch Golf Course unplayable, reported Las Cruces Sun-News reported, …

Tropical Rains a Mixed Bag for Southwest Drought Relief

The tropical Pacific is sending a big dollop of rain into the U.S. Southwest. While it won’t help much in drought-ridden California, it’s another step in the right direction for Arizona and New Mexico. The annual monsoon can ease the …

New Mexico County Declares Disaster after Storm

The San Juan County Commission in New Mexico has declared a state of disaster following a violent storm that swept through Aztec and caused what officials estimate is more than $1 million in damage. The Daily Times reported the commission …

Cause of Deadly New Mexico Scaffold Collapse Sought

Six of the remaining seven construction workers injured in the collapse of a six-story scaffold outside a New Mexico medical center were released from hospitals last week as investigators began work on trying to determine the cause of the accident. One …

New Mexico Police Use Software to Stop Distracted Driving

Farmington police may be the first in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving. New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department’s vehicles in …

New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. The decision in …

New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In a ruling issued this week, the court declared unconstitutional a provision in state law that had excluded those workers …