I lived in NM 1972-1986.
Remember, it is a Democrat state, but the Dems in NM like guns. They are avid hunters. Miners out west often live in very poor homes, but own scoped Weatherbys or 700 BDL’s. They don’t like gun grabbers like Derr Hildebeast.
(I was GOP county chairman for a time in a county in western NM. Traveled AZ & NM extensively on business.)
Hispanics are a major impact in the west, especially the southwest....and people seem to get along, isn't that amazing...