A City Council member in Santa Fe is proposing rules for an area of his city that would regulate alcohol sales and create a healthier food zone by banning new restaurant drive-thrus.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SngcJ0 ) that City Council member Carmichael Dominguez is trying to put strict rules in place governing certain types of businesses in the Airport Road area of southwest Santa Fe.
Dominguez says his proposal is an attempt to improve the area's quality of life.
The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver's license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can't provide proof of legal U.S. residency.
Washington and New Mexico remain the only two states in the country not to require proof of legal U.S. residency when applying for a driver's license.
An endangered Mexican gray wolf will be released into the wild from Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.
The Chicago Zoological Society runs Brookfield Zoo and says the female wolf will be moved Saturday to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge in New Mexico. They say the 4 1/2-year-old wolf, named Ernesta, will be paired with a mate for potential release. Wildlife biologists will put the pair through a "boot camp" to prepare them for the wild.
New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking President Obama to designate the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos and the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as national monuments.
The senators, who are sponsors of legislation that would elevate the sites to national conservation and wilderness areas, wrote a letter to Obama asking him to use his authority to establish the sites as National Monuments because a congressional logjam has made it difficult to pass their bill.
Months after the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women, advocates say they're still waiting. And in the meantime, Native women face a patchwork of policies at hospitals and clinics that don't always ensure timely access to the medication.
New Mexico has huge potential for developing aerospace and aviation industries because of its weather and wide open air space. But industry leaders say it also has many hurdles to overcome, including high taxes and a reputation as a poor state with crime and bad schools.
The American Red Cross has delivered 180 cases of drinking water to residents of the Navajo Nation Ramah Chapter House after a well pump outage in the small northwestern New Mexico village of Mountain View.
Officials say 150 families were affected Wednesday.
The water request came to the Red Cross from emergency management officials at the Chapter House and the Cibola County Emergency Manager.
Emergency vehicles from the Red Cross Regional headquarters in Albuquerque and from Farmington delivered the water Wednesday evening.
The city of Albuquerque is holding a number of events in honor of Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is hosting tomorrow's "Walk in the Bosque" to allow residents to learn about plants in the New Mexico-based novel. Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age story set in 1940s eastern New Mexico. The movie of the novel was released yesterday.
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race, but even that might make them a big deal.
Democratic President Barack Obama's campaign quietly has been keeping track of the two former Republican officeholders who could prove pivotal in key states where he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in a tight race.
Johnson is a former New Mexico governor running as the Libertarian Party nominee. Goode is a conservative ex-congressman from Virginia competing as the Constitution Party candidate.
The Federal Communications Commission has awarded about $18 million to telecommunications companies to expand access to high-speed cellular phone and wireless Internet service in central and southeastern New Mexico.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced on Wednesday that about $9.5 million will go to Plateau Telecommunications in Clovis, $6.7 million to Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative in Dexter and $1.8 million to T-Mobile West.
The companies were selected by the FCC after submitting bids for building new mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
Governor Susana Martinez is hosting a meeting of border governors in Albuquerque this week.
Martinez, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and governors from three Mexican states are expected at the gathering, which opened with a private reception Wednesday night. Texas Governor Rick Perry and governors from the other three Mexican border states were expected to send representatives for two days of private workshops.
Topics on the agenda include agriculture and livestock, competitiveness, education, border crossing, health, security and sustainable development.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled against a group of current and former Hobbs residents who sued an oil company because of illnesses and other damages allegedly from environmental contamination from oil and natural gas production in an area that became a housing subdivision in the southeastern New Mexico community.
The court on Tuesday upheld a Lea County district court decision not to grant a new trial in the case against Shell Oil Co. and Shell Western Exploration and Production Inc.
Some ranchers have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures amid an extreme drought that has caused a spike in hay prices.
Ranchers from Missouri to Texas and west into New Mexico have sold off huge portions of their herds this year because the worst drought in decades dried up their pastures and they couldn't afford to buy food for their animals.
Departing New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture will be paid nearly $454,000 when she leaves her post in January.
That's on top of the salary she'll earn while on paid administrative from now until she officially leaves at the end of the year. At an annual salary of $392,700, she'll earn about $100,000 for the next three months leave.
The state Board of Regents accepted Couture's resignation in what board Chairman Mike Cheney described as a mutually agreeable separation on Monday.