Daniel Salinas was arrested by state police and accused of trying to blackmail another mayoral candidate out of the race After getting out of jail, a judge ordered Salinas to stay away from city hall.
Martinez's immigrant background appeals to Latino voters in New Mexico- but some are confused about her support of legislation that could hurt immigrants who came to the U.S. for reasons similar to her grandparents. Still, polls show the governor is popular in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 3-1.
Stronger enforcement in other areas pushed more border crossers to New Mexico, where ranchers say crime has spiked. A new base aimed to quash the activity will not work, some say, because it's too far from the border.
The new substation, 20 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, will have a heliport, horse corrals and house up to 16 agents. It's expected to be completed within four to six months.
New Mexico is one of three states that still allow illegal immigrants to get a driver's license. A bill before the state legislature may soon end that practice. It is the third attempt.
American Shohn Huckabee said he saw corruption and abuse in a Mexican prison. Free and back in the U.S., he is sharing his story to call attention to problems in Mexico's judicial system.
The bill would correct a loophole in the law that prevents ultralight pilots who smuggle drugs from receiving the same penalties as other drug traffickers.
In southern New Mexico, scientists are studying a discovery made by student interns at White Sands National Monument. The students found 700 prehistoric footprints of Ice Age giants including mammoths, camels and saber tooth cats.
Polls indicate Hispanics, who tend to vote Democrat, are undecided about who they'll support in the next presidential election. That's certainly the case in New Mexico where White House officials recently visited to discuss issues important to the local Latino community.
The top Asian countries immigrants come from are Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But those of Chinese descent still make up the largest Asian ethnic group in the United States — nearly 4 million.