New Mexico News

Homeowners of America Introduces Services in Montana

Homeowners of America, a property/casualty insurance provider and subsidiary of Porch Group Inc., launched service in Montana. With the addition of Montana, HOA now operates in 14 states. HOA launched its service in New Mexico earlier this month. Seattle, Washington-based …

New Mexico Should Brace For Worsening Drought, Forecasters Say

The last three months have been very dry in New Mexico and it’s only going to get worse. That’s the word from forecasters with the National Weather Service and other climate experts in the state. They said during a meeting …

New Mexico Sees Lower Costs Worker’s Comp Insurance

New Mexico insurance regulators are reducing a key component in rates for workers’ compensation coverage that should help employers spend less, starting next year. The Superintendent of Insurance Office announced a 5.5% reduction in “loss costs” for insurance policies that …

Man Who Fell From Sports Skybox in New Mexico, Son Get Payouts

A man who fell from a luxury suite at a university sports arena in Albuquerque onto concrete stairs below has been awarded $144,000 under a state-negotiated settlement, according to settlement documents obtained Monday. During a Lobos basketball game in December …

New Mexico Public Defender Agency Settles Gender Pay-Gap Suit

Several female attorneys and investigators at the state Law Offices of the Public Defender are getting raises to resolve a lawsuit that alleged unfair compensation in comparison with better-paid male colleagues. Five employees at the public defender’s offices are receiving …

Navajo Nation Reaches Settlements with Mining Companies

The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and …

New Mexico Cracking Down on Drunken Drivers

New Mexico authorities will be cracking down on drunken drivers throughout the month of December. State police issued the warning this week, saying sobriety checkpoints will be set up around the state. Officers also will be asking for driver’s licenses, …

New Mexico Disabled Woman Getting $300K Settlement

New Mexico State Police have reached a $300,000 settlement with a disabled woman who accused an officer of grabbing and handcuffing her after she refused to provide ID in 2016. Jessica Guttman claimed in her 2018 lawsuit that she and …

New Mexico Officials Say Teachers Are Safe from Legal Liability Amid Virus

New Mexico officials clarified this week that teachers won’t be on the hook for lawsuits that might stem from COVID-19 outbreaks as in-person classes began for some students. “In no way will teachers or school employees be held personally liable …

New Mexico Man Sues After Being Injured in Chase, Crash

A man has sued a New Mexico State Police officer who crashed into his vehicle in January 2019 while chasing a truck near Espanola. Rudy Vialpando, 62, said he suffered spinal fractures and injuries to his ribs and right knee …