Monday's meeting of the New Mexico Board of Regents may end a week of speculation as to why the president of one of the state's major universities is on leave.
New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture has been on leave since early last week. Couture's unexpected absence and the silence it has brought from the Regents stoked speculation on the Las Cruces campus and criticism about an apparent lack of transparency.
Board members have told the media that they will discuss Couture at a public meeting on Monday.
The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities are bankrolling a general election campaign for voter approval of bond financing for $120 million in higher education construction projects.
Campaign finance reports show a political committee backing the bonds has raised about $283,000. Most of the money comes from foundations for the colleges, universities and other schools with projects to be funded by the general obligation bonds.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent about $425 million on designs for its proposed new plutonium facility without reaching the level of confidence needed to prepare a reliable budget or begin building.
The proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear has been delayed at least five years under President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Monday. The budget cut funding for the program.
A group of Rio Grande valley farmers who say the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District illegally cut their water supplies during dry years are suing the district.
The group says the district is failing to follow the state Constitution's mandate that water rights are allocated from oldest to newest in lean times. They argue that means during dry years those with the earliest rights gets first crack at the water.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says New Mexico is making some history.
He made two stops in the state Thursday to dedicate a pair of new national wildlife refuges, including the first urban refuge in the Southwest. Salazar says this marks the first time two refuges have been dedicated in one state on the same day.
The public helped choose the name of the urban refuge — Valle de Oro, which is Spanish for Valley of Gold. It's located along the Rio Grande on the southern edge of Albuquerque.
A former top New Mexico environmental official has been appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes some of the nation's biggest oil- and gas-producing states.
Ron Curry will assume his post Monday. He succeeds Al Armendariz, who resigned in April after Republicans lambasted him for using the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies that violated environmental laws.
Three areas of the Navajo Nation that are contaminated with uranium mining waste are being cleaned up.
The work starts in Cove, where uranium ore was stockpiled before trucks took it to a nearby mill for processing. The so-called transfer stations still contain some waste, which will be consolidated and sealed until a permanent disposal site is found.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will put up fencing and monitor air quality to make sure residents in the area are protected from dust.
Federal wildlife managers are stepping into uncharted territory and are asking social media users for help in naming what will be one of the nation's newest urban wildlife refuges.
The refuge in New Mexico has yet to be formally established, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwest Region is getting a jump on things by asking people to suggest names on its Facebook page.
Voting started Friday and the list of suggestions has grown.
The favorites include Valle de Oro — Spanish for Valley of Gold — National Wildlife Refuge.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a prescribed burn in the Pecos Wilderness near Santa Fe to reduce the possibility that a wildfire could severely damage the city's watershed.
The Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has scheduled a meeting Sept. 20 to gather public comments and provide more information about the proposal to burn 2,900 acres in the wilderness area upstream from McClure Reservoir, which is east of Santa Fe and stores water for the city.
Animal conservationists are worried that hundreds of Gunnison's prairie dogs relocated from the city of Santa Fe to the El Malpais National Conservation Area in west-central New Mexico could become targets for shooters.
The nonprofit environmental group WildEarth Guardians is asking the Bureau of Land Management to consider restrictions on recreational shooting in the prairie dog relocation spot.
University of New Mexico professors and researchers have been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to implement a science enrichment program for several middle schools in rural New Mexico.
The funding will be doled out over five years and will target both tribal and predominantly Hispanic schools.
The university says there's a steady decline in the number of American Indian and Hispanic students graduating with science and engineering degrees.
Soil issues have caused a delay in construction of a new 65,000-square-foot casino for the Downs of Albuquerque.
General manager Darren White says the building now will open about a month later than planned, early in the second quarter next year. He says engineers had found some areas where soil was not compacted deeply enough to meet specifications.
The construction also is expected to impact parking at the upcoming New Mexico State Fair.
A state Livestock Board official says an inspector took appropriate action when he was told about four dying horses at a Las Lunas auction. But the inspector has been reprimanded for how he dealt with animal rescue group members.
Livestock Board Executive Director Myles Culbertson tells the Albuquerque Journal that inspector B.J. Winchester is back on the job.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.