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Griffin: Day 'historic, amazing'

Wednesday was “an unbelievable day” and “one of the most historic and amazing things I have ever seen,” Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin said on a video after he attended the rally in support of the president in Washington, D.C. He...

 

Minimum wage set to increase

New Mexico's statewide minimum wage will increase by $1.50 on Friday, to $10.50 per hour. The tipped minimum wage will go up 20 cents to $2.55 per hour under legislation passed in 2019. The timing, in...

 

Area weather to take a cold and stormy turn

Much of New Mexico will close out 2020 with two storms and a week of cold wind gusts, snow and rain. The Clovis-Portales area is not expected to see significant moisture, but today’s high temperature is forecast at 39 degrees with sustained winds...

 

Man killed in apparent random shooting

Roel Munoz had been at Muleshoe's schools on Friday morning, visiting with the cafeteria staff he supervised. That afternoon he went to Lubbock to pick up some fruit and then to Walmart to purchase...

 

Muleshoe man killed in Lubbock Walmart

Roel Munoz had been at Muleshoe's schools on Friday morning, visiting with the cafeteria staff he supervised. That afternoon he went to Lubbock to pick up some fruit and then to Walmart to purchase...

 

Bitterly cold week ahead for our region

Eastern New Mexico can expect a bitter cold week ahead. The National Weather Service warns of temperatures in the low 20s, winds whipping 20-30 mph and a possibility of light snow today and tonight. “Gusts near 45 or 50 mph are likely behind the...

 

Baca replacing longtime Senate GOP floor leader Ingle

SANTA FE — Sen. Greg Baca will replace longtime New Mexico Senate GOP floor leader Stuart Ingle in the latest shakeup for a chamber that will have new faces in several key posts come January. Senate Republicans voted during a closed caucus meeting...

 

Biden 'honored and humbled' to be president

After nail-biting days of vote counting across battleground states, multiple media outlets reported Saturday that Joe Biden managed to pull together a winning electoral coalition to end Donald Trump's presidency. Biden issued a statement that said he...

 

Weather heading back toward warmth, sun

Much of the snow from last week’s record-breaking storm has melted in central and northern New Mexico. And eastern New Mexico’s record-breaking low temperatures have given way to more seasonal norms. Now, the state is gearing up for a return to...

 

State sets new record Monday for confirmed cases

New Mexico on Monday set another record for its seven-day average of confirmed coronavirus cases, and officials at Albuquerque hospitals said they are already in the throes of a surge. “If we continue the current trend we have in our state for...

 

Carlsbad man awaiting trial in child death

Samantha Rubino enjoyed coloring and reading books from the library. She also liked writing stories. And she had a vivid imagination. That information comes from her obituary. The 8-year-old girl died Aug. 1. Police say her father killed her, then...

 

NM coronavirus average number of cases drops

New Mexico’s average number of coronavirus cases has dropped dramatically in the past week — from 330 to about 200, records show. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham described the trend as strong progress toward reducing the prevalence of the disease,...

 

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...

 

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