New Mexico News

$900K in Claims Paid to Settle Against Police Chief in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico acknowledged Monday that it paid out $900,000 to three State Police officials who complained of workplace discrimination and retaliation by the state’s former police chief. The payout is the latest revelation about settlements of lawsuits …

New Mexico Mayor’s Plan Would Bill Drivers for Emergency Costs

A New Mexico mayor has proposed billing drivers involved in car accidents resulting in hazardous material cleanup or victim extractions. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Mayor Tim Keller’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 includes a new “cost recovery” channel …

New Mexico Tornado Destroyed 10 Homes, Inured 5

A tornado that ripped roofs from buildings and injured five people in a tiny New Mexico town left a trail of debris, authorities reported. The tornado touched down outside of Dexter last week on Tuesday evening before quickly barreling into …

Bill Advancing to Make Recreational Marijuana Legal in New Mexico

A proposal to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana through state-run stores in New Mexico is advancing in the state Legislature. A Senate panel on Saturday endorsed the House-approved bill that would allow possession of up to 1 …

Navajo Nation President Extends Crop Insurance Amid New Mexico Drought

Outgoing Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has extended the tribe’s crop insurance amid ongoing extreme drought conditions. The Gallup Independent reports Begaye signed the insurance contract earlier this month. He says it will protect the tribe’s pastures, rangelands and forage …

Insurer: Not liable for Claims of Embezzlement in New Mexico Matter

Another insurance company has gone to federal court in New Mexico to avoid paying millions of dollars in claims from victims whose trust funds and savings were embezzled. The Albuquerque Journal reported the Cincinnati Insurance Co., based in Fairfield, Ohio, …

New Mexico Man Files Suit Against Store over Chile Pod Slip

A New Mexico man suing a supermarket chain after he says he slipped and fell on a green chile pod. The Albuquerque Journal reported a lawyer for Richard Berman filed a lawsuit last week in Santa Fe District Court two …

Spike in New Mexico Traffic Deaths in August

New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people. Preliminary data compiled by the state Transportation Department and the University of New Mexico shows more …

New Mexico Couple Wins $74M for Baby’s Brain Damage in Delivery

A jury has awarded a New Mexico couple $74 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a son left with brain damage. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported the jury this month ruled that a women’s health clinic in Hobbs, New Mexico, …

Heavy Rainstorm Damaged New Mexico Homes, Infrastructure

Raging waters from the Santa Fe River and arroyos have caused damage to Santa Fe, N.M. homes, city facilities and infrastructure following a heavy rainstorm. More than 3 inches of rainfall were reported in some areas of northern Santa Fe …