Rating Change: Open Seat Gives Democrats Takeover Opportunity in New Mexico

Rating Change: Open Seat Gives Democrats Takeover Opportunity in New Mexico

New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce’s run for governor gives Democrats an opening in his 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) With re-election rates often hovering above 90 percent, open seats represent a critical factor in the Democrats’ quest for a House majority. New Mexico’s 2nd District has been an elusive target for years, as long as Rep. Steve Pearce has been on the ballot. But the Republican congressman’s decision to run for governor…

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Pearce to run for governor of New Mexico

Pearce to run for governor of New Mexico

Rep. Steve Pearce, left, greets constituents who attended his town hall at the Ruidoso Convention Center in March. (Lauren Villagran/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal WASHINGTON – Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican who has represented New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District for over 12 years, will announce his campaign for governor today. Pearce, 69, will become the second member of New Mexico’s five-member congressional delegation to shift political ambitions from Washington to Santa Fe. Rep….

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Why Living In New Mexico Is Awesome

Why Living In New Mexico Is Awesome

Living in New Mexico isn’t something that most people think of when they think of living in the best place in the USA, but they really should. The state has so much to offer to anyone willing to spend the time to look, and it can be really enjoyable just to hang out in your city or town as well. The state has a bit of everything, from shopping and theme parks to mysticism, traditional…

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New Mexico death of Canadian teacher, husband ruled a murdersuicide

New Mexico death of Canadian teacher, husband ruled a murdersuicide

The deaths of a Canadian teacher and her husband have been ruled a murder-suicide by New Mexico State Police. Ursula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, 32, and Jacob Kokotkiewicz, 31, were found dead in a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a highway on Thursday morning. The couple, who lived in Flowermound, Texas, both had gunshot wounds to the head, while Jacob had a .9mm caliber handgun between his legs. READ MORE: Canadian teacher and her husband found…

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2 new cases of human plague in New Mexico

2 new cases of human plague in New Mexico

Rats carrying fleas infected with Y. pestis bacteria spread the plague throughout medieval Europe, killing millions of people. The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting two confirmed cases of the plague in Santa Fe County, CBS affiliate KRQE reports. Officials say both recent cases were in women, one age 52 and the other 62. Plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis. This makes it a total of three cases reported in the area in 2017. The Department…

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A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

Weekend escape to Quarai, New Mexico “You must see Quarai,” said the friend we were visiting in Albuquerque. “It’s a mystical place.” Eager for a spiritual fix, my husband, Paul, and I drove southeast from the city to this Spanish mission ruin [122 Manzano Quarai Road, Mountainair, N.M.; (505) 847-2585, www.nps.gov/sapu], one of three sites of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. We spotted Quarai’s jagged red sandstone walls rising above a grove of cottonwood…

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Coroner’s 1908 report unveiled for famed New Mexico lawman

Coroner’s 1908 report unveiled for famed New Mexico lawman

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southern New Mexico’s Dona Ana County have publicly unveiled the coroner’s report for the Old West lawman who fatally shot Billy the Kid. The February 1908 document written in cursive script and signed by six men laid out the few findings of a coroner’s jury investigation into the shooting death of famed sheriff Pat Garrett. The previously unknown document was discovered by a county clerk’s office employee last…

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New Mexico makes it easier for women to obtain birth control

New Mexico makes it easier for women to obtain birth control

New Mexico instituted a new policy on Friday allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control directly to women, part of a wave of state efforts to make it easier for women to get contraceptives. State health officials said the decision was based on a desire to make it more convenient for women to get medications for preventing pregnancy. Because New Mexico is predominantly rural, people often have to drive long distances to get medical care, said…

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Alabama organization raises flag for New Mexico war hero

Alabama organization raises flag for New Mexico war hero

Neighbors can now recognize the house of a local American hero by new flag pole put up in front of his house. An Alabama organization travelled to Gallup, New Mexico last month to raise the flag in recognition of Korean War Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, the Gallup Independent reported ( http://bit.ly/2qQrazF ). The 91-year-old veteran said he has always wanted to fly an American flag in front of his…

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Legendary New Mexico: A Brief History of our military bases

Legendary New Mexico: A Brief History of our military bases

Please install the latest Adobe Flash Player Plugin to watch this content. For more than 70 years, New Mexico has been a major military crossroads for the United States. At the dawn of the second World War, the Albuquerque Army Air Field was training thousands of military personnel on the B-17 “Flying Fortress”. The privately-owned Portair Field in Clovis became the Clovis Army Air Field and, just east of the White Sands Proving Grounds, the…

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