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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... Full story

 

Hospitals prepping for virus surge

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s hospitals are modifying medical equipment to make more ventilators, confronting price gouging and freeing up bed space as they prepare for a surge in new virus cases, according to an online panel discussion moderated by th... Full story

 

Residents encouraged to cover up

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham isn’t mandating the use of masks when New Mexicans go out in public. But the Governor’s Office said Thursday that top state health officials are now strongly encouraging state residents to cover up — by... Full story

 

Downs plan to start racing May 22

RUIDOSO DOWNS — May 1 is the earliest horses and horseman can arrive at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. But for now, the plan is to start racing as scheduled on May 22. A statement from All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership that operates the t...

 

Governor announces business closures

SANTA FE — With the coronavirus spreading across New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the closure of all “non-essential” businesses statewide and delivered a blunt message to state residents. The message: Stay home and... Full story

 

NM governor: Watch state-tourney basketball online

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham suggested fans and families follow New Mexico's high school basketball tournament online — rather than in person — as the state tries to limit a virus outbreak. She said it was simply her advice, not a... Full story

 

Governor signs pension changes into law

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Monday sweeping changes to New Mexico’s retirement system for police officers, firefighters and public employees — a move intended to strengthen the financial health of the state’s...

 

Bill to provide free breakfast, lunch to students

A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will provide free breakfast and lunch to thousands of low-income public school students who have been required to pay a reduced fee for meals through a federal program. House Bill 10,...

 

Out-of-court transparency encouraging step

The state Senate’s unanimous support last week of legislation that would make the state’s out-of-court settlements more transparent is an encouraging step forward for New Mexicans who want to know how their tax dollars are being spent. The state...

 

Pension system overhaul advances

SANTA FE — Legislation to overhaul New Mexico’s pension system for firefighters, police and other public employees is headed to the full Senate for consideration following a tense public hearing. Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted...

 

Poll shows slim support for red-flag law

SANTA FE — A slim majority of adults in New Mexico support a red-flag law that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others, according to an Albuquerque Journal Poll. The Extreme Risk...

 

Company donates to ENMU

PORTALES — NBCUniversal continues to give back to New Mexico, and Eastern New Mexico University is the latest beneficiary. The company purchased a studio in Albuquerque in 2019 and got involved in the state's Give Back program, a workforce...

 

Accomplished physician laid to rest in Portales

PORTALES — She will long be known as the woman who cared for “the boy in the bubble.” But history will also remember her as an accomplished medical school professor and physician who experienced major breakthroughs in the treatment of...

 

Governor endorses pension system overhaul

SANTA FE — A complex proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s chronically underfunded pension system for public employees won endorsement Tuesday from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a host of Democratic legislative leaders. The proposal — set for a...

 

EPA fund in place to research PFAS cleanup

Clovis dairy farmer Art Schaap still can't sell the milk or meat from his cows. It's been more than a year since the animals tested positive for toxic chemicals that leaked into the dairy's water...

 

NM college costs among nation's lowest

ALBUQUERQUE - It is no secret that when it comes to lists about education, New Mexico is usually ranked near the bottom. But a recent report by move.org shows there is at least one list where the...

 

State officials file motion for water cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico attorney general and the Environment Department have filed a motion asking that the U.S. Air Force be required to quickly clean up contamination from toxic firefighting foam that leaked into the ground on and near...

 

Control of public square by social media troubling

Most rational people could quickly stipulate Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut, Milo Yianopolous is a provocateur who solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures for feedback and story ideas and Louis Farrakhan has a history of anti-Semitism as a...

 

NMAA within rights to shut down contest

Any parent whose child competes at anything knows the feeling: the stomach-clenching anxiety, the blood-boiling righteous indignation when you feel your kid was robbed — likely outstripping the level of emotion of the actual competitor. They might...

 

Enforcement major issue with gun law

An informed observer could have spotted this showdown a mile away. Democrats took the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Governor’s Office, bolstering the majority they already had in the state Senate. As one mass shooting after another do...

 

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