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 By Albuquerque Journal    News    July 12, 2020 

Explosion in virus cases cited in restrictions

SANTA FE — Citing an explosion in virus cases, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that New Mexico will reimpose a ban on indoor dining and call off high school football and other contact sports this fall. She also urged colleges and...

 

Q&A: Health officials respond to order

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that the state’s mask-wearing mandate would be enforced and that travelers entering the state — either by plane or car — must self-quarantine 14 days. Businesses must now require mask-wearing in t...

 

Albuquerque balloon fiesta postponed

ALBUQUERQUE — The coronavirus pandemic has officially claimed another victim. The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been postponed until Oct. 2-10, 2021, which means the 50th fiesta will now be pushed back to 2022. The fiesta is...

 

Legislators make call on police cameras, loans

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers concluded a historic special session Monday by granting final approval to legislation requiring police officers to wear body cameras and authorizing up to $400 million in low-interest loans to help small businesses...

 

Senate: Law officers should wear cameras

SANTA FE — The state Senate approved a proposal late Friday that would require law enforcement officers in New Mexico to wear cameras while on duty. The legislation, Senate Bill 8, would also direct the state to revoke the law enforcement...

 

Senate to consider civil rights commission

SANTA FE — A proposal to create a nine-member state commission to study civil rights issues and identify possible legal changes is headed to the state Senate. After nearly three hours of far-ranging debate, the House voted 57-13 late Friday...

 

Jury trials to resume in local counties

Four judicial districts in New Mexico — including the 9th in Clovis and Portales — have been given the green light to start holding jury trials again, but there are already concerns about the constitutionality of those trials in the age of...

 

Firm announces intent to file suit

ALBUQUERQUE — The law firm representing the man who was shot during a protest against the statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate in Old Town on Monday night has sent a letter to city and county agencies announcing its intention to file suit...

 

Former meteorologist wins primary race for U.S. Senate seat

SANTA FE — Former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti of Albuquerque won the three-way Republican primary race for an open U.S. Senate seat, based on unofficial results. Ronchetti received more than 60% of the votes cast by GOP voters, easily...

 

Governor sets legislative session start date

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday set the start date of a legislative special session, as her administration tries to juggle the pandemic’s financial impact with efforts to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The...

 

Programs rolled out to help ag producers

The federal government rolled out programs to help agricultural producers during the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will use about $16 billion from the CARES Act to directly support farmers. But navigating new rules is...

 

NM return to work will include masks

SANTA FE — The next stage of New Mexico’s battle to curb the COVID-19 outbreak will be waged with masks and expanded testing. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is imploring state residents to stay vigilant to avoid new spikes of confirmed cases. Specif...

 

Plan released for gradual state reopening

SANTA FE — A reopening plan released by the state offers a peek at how New Mexico might gradually relax its business closures and stay-at-home instruction throughout the summer. If disease transmission is low enough, for example, New Mexicans...

 

Economic downturn on tap for Legislature

SANTA FE — There are headaches and heartburn on tap at the Roundhouse, as a new report issued last week indicated New Mexico’s revenue outlook will be bleak for the foreseeable future. Specifically, a double whammy of collapsing oil prices and a...

 

District 2 political campaigns 'negative and nasty'

“Extremely negative and nasty.” That’s how political observer Brian Sanderoff describes the battle between former state Rep. Yvette Herrell and oil and gas executive Claire Chase in their bids to become the Republican challenger in the 2nd...

 

Kirtland commander stands behind restrictions

ALBUQUERQUE — Kirtland Air Force Base installation commander Col. David Miller is aware of complaints from retirees about being prevented from shopping at the commissary and base exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic. Miller said the restrictions...

 

Court rejects prisoner release petition

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition to release large numbers of inmates from state prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state Law Offices of the Public Defender, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico...

 

Grants business owner facing $60K fine

Diane Rowe was expecting to be fined $100 or face possible jail time for keeping her pawn and gun shop open in Grants in defiance of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, she says she has bee...

 

New Mexico jobless claims surge again

After several weeks of declines in the new unemployment claim totals in New Mexico, the number rose again last week following the rollout of a new program making benefits available to self-employed workers and others. The New Mexico Department of Wor...

 

Opinion: Unemployment fix is 'essential' to most of us

The state deemed you “nonessential” and told you to go home and stay there. You still have bills to pay but no work and no paycheck. OK, you say, it’s a public health emergency. But if the state is going to do this, surely that same government...

 

Number of patients hospitalized jumps 24 percent

SANTA FE — The number of New Mexico patients hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms jumped 24% on Friday — reaching 152 people, with 38 patients on ventilators to help them breathe. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in a press briefing, also said six...

 

Governor clarifies nursery rules

After confusion surrounding the operation of plant nurseries that prompted some temporary closures, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has made it clear: nurseries selling live plants are allowed to stay open, but only through curbside or...

 

State rejects primary by mail

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court — in an unprecedented hearing by video link — rejected an emergency petition Tuesday that would have shifted New Mexico’s June 2 primary to an election by mail. The decision came after more than two dozen...

 

Former Clovis attorney cleared to leave her house again

Immediately after being notified that she tested positive for COVID-19 last month, Jennifer Burrill began making a list of everywhere she’d been and everyone she’d come into contact with since March 3. That’s the date she first began...

 

Governor invokes 2003 law for first time

SANTA FE — When Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a public health emergency on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, she invoked a 2003 law that — until the current outbreak — had never been used. It’s one of several state laws the gover...

 

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