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Virus hits second city nursing home

New Mexico’s business restrictions and face-covering mandate are set to remain in place until Aug. 28, as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday it’s still not safe to downshift amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Also Thursday, a second...

 

Cases soar in NM, Curry

An outbreak of cases at a privately run detention center near Grants spurred New Mexico’s number of reported coronavirus cases to a new single-day high on Monday. In all, Department of Health officials announced 467 new COVID-19 cases, with 170 of...

 

$150 million in coronavirus aid available soon

Cities and counties in New Mexico soon will be able to apply for $150 million in federal coronavirus relief funding. Debbie Romero, acting Cabinet secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration, told the Legislative Finance Committee on...

 

Residents divided on mask mandate

SANTA FE — Immediately after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced New Mexico would begin giving $100 fines to those who violate its face covering mandate for public settings, at least two things were clear: Enforcement of the more aggressive...

 

Rain chances in weekend forecast

It looks hot and dry out there. Eastern New Mexico was under a “red flag” warning on Tuesday, meaning “critical fire weather conditions” persisted, according to the National Weather Service. But there is hope for moisture on the horizon. As...

 

Official: At least two more weeks before greater reopening

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s top medical official said Friday state officials are putting off for at least two weeks a plan for greater reopening of businesses and other activities. In recent days, state officials have re-evaluated...

 

One shot in Albuquerque protest

ALBUQUERQUE — One man was shot in Old Town as a protest over the “La Jornada” sculpture in front of the Albuquerque Museum erupted into violence Monday evening. The shooting occurred during a clash following a peaceful protest to remove the...

 

Detention officer tests positive

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Detention Center officials on Friday reported an officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer, who was not named, was tested on Tuesday and is quarantined at home. The positive test is the first confirmed by the...

 

COVID-19 death toll hits 400

New Mexico’s coronavirus death toll has hit 400, after four additional deaths were reported Monday. The four deceased all lived in the state’s northwestern region, which has a high Native American population and has been hit hard by the COVID-19...

 

Lawsuit challenges daily fines

SANTA FE — A Clovis business owner is one of about a dozen challenging the authority of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to issue daily fines for health order violations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 9th Judicial...

 

Two regional festivals canceled

Two regional summer entertainment staples have fallen victim to coronavirus. Heritage Days in Portales and the UFO Festival in Roswell won’t happen in 2020, organizers announced last week. “After a consecutive run of 35 years, we are going to...

 

Governor: Eateries may open by June 1

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state expects to allow dine-in restaurants, salons, gyms, malls and other businesses to reopen by June 1 as COVID-19 numbers continue to improve. New Mexico is now meeting the majority of its...

 

Texas reopening - except Amarillo area

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continued this week to reopen businesses that had closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Phase 2, as he calls it, will allow tattoo parlors, bars and daycare centers to begin reopening. But the dates vary by each...

 

Local numbers still low

Staff and wire reports Curry and Roosevelt counties have had just 26 positive cases of COVID-19 reported between them as of Saturday morning, with no deaths. That's the good news. The bad news comes f...

 

More than 90,000 New Mexicans file unemployment

More than 90,000 New Mexicans have filed initial unemployment claims over the past four weeks. According to unofficial numbers released Friday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, 20,085 more New Mexico residents filed for...

 

NM sets coronavirus records

New Mexico on Friday set unwelcome single-day records for positive tests of COVID-19 and for deaths from the disease. State officials also projected the virus will kill between 2,100 and 4,700 New Mexicans over the next 12 months — a prediction... Full story

 

Positive cases in NM get near 300

The number of positive coronavirus cases in New Mexico neared 300 and the virus’ death total reached four in the state, health officials said on Monday. The most recent deaths were a woman in her 90s and a woman in her 70s. Both died Monday in... Full story

 

COVID-19 numbers up across New Mexico

The numbers have a story to tell. First, New Mexico’s number of residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 was up to 191 on Saturday morning. Friday saw the most positive tests in a single day — 55, including a Cannon Air Force Base airman... Full story

 

Tucumcari DA held in contempt

Tucumcari’s district attorney said he was held in contempt of court after “heeding the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency” and failing to attend a hearing in Carlsbad earlier this month. Timothy Rose is asking the New Mexico... Full story

 

Ex-Clovis attorney tests positive for COVID-19

A former Clovis attorney, now a public defender in Santa Fe, says she has tested positive for COVID-19. Jennifer Burrill, who moved to Santa Fe from Clovis in 2016, told The Santa Fe New Mexican that... Full story

 

Chains announce closures, changes

Several New Mexico businesses and local branches of national chains have announced temporary closures or changes to their hours in response to efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Among those who’ve made announcements: • Bath & Body Works...

 

Governor vetoes road fund legislation

SANTA FE — Amid fears of declining oil prices, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday vetoed legislation that appropriated $50 million to various transportation projects throughout the state. Senate Bill 232 included $1.635 million for Curry and...

 

Lobbyists, clients report $151,000 in spending on dinners, receptions

SANTA FE — Lobbyists and their clients reported about $151,000 in spending this session — more than $5,000 a day on dinners, receptions and other goodies for New Mexico lawmakers. And that’s just part of the spending. More-detailed reports are...

 

A look at the waste materials vaping leaves behind

In her office at the high school in Boulder, Colorado, the assistant principal has a large cardboard box where she can toss the spoils of her ongoing battle with the newest student addiction. “This is what I call the box of death,” said Kristen L...

 

Incoming front to bring cold temperatures

A strong cold front is expected to bring snow to northern New Mexico and send temperatures plunging throughout the state over the next few days. Eastern New Mexico can expect its first hard freeze Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the...

 

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