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Forecasters hope storm will provide weather relief

Warm, dry weather has fueled multiple wildfires across New Mexico this week, but forecasters are hoping a midweek storm will provide some relief to the drought-stricken state. The best chance of rain in eastern New Mexico is today,... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

Cold, snow expected to sweep area

Low temperatures, snow and high winds will sweep across New Mexico today, including the Clovis-Portales area. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a “deeply cold air mass” will drop statewide... — Updated 3/23/2021

 

NM may receive $9 billion in stimulus

New Mexico could see about $9 billion as part of the virus relief package President Biden signed on Thursday. And more than $23 million is earmarked for government entities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Sen. Martin Heinrich,... — Updated 3/13/2021

 

$9 billion expected for NM in virus relief package

New Mexico could see about $9 billion as part of the virus relief package President Biden signed on Thursday. And more than $23 million is earmarked for government entities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Sen. Martin Heinrich,... — Updated 3/11/2021

 

Fire warnings issued

Warnings of fire danger were issued early this week and concerns will remain through Friday. But forecasters expect cooler temperatures and a good chance of rain this weekend. Wind gusts could top 50 mph today across New Mexico,... — Updated 3/9/2021

 

Governor signs bill repealing abortion law

SANTA FE – As expected, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed into law Senate Bill 10, repealing a 1969 state statute that criminalized abortion. “A woman has the right to make decisions about her own body,” the... — Updated 2/27/2021

 

State grieves loss of Las Cruces superintendent

New Mexico's education community was stunned Thursday to learn about the death of Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo. Trujillo, 50, died Thursday evening after... — Updated 2/27/2021

 

Clovis hospital changing visitor policies

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across New Mexico and the region, hospitals are relaxing some restrictions on visitors. That includes Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and other hospitals operated by Presbyterian... — Updated 2/23/2021

 

State asking for separation of lawsuits

New Mexico is asking a federal court to reverse a decision that combined its lawsuit against the Air Force over contamination at military bases with lawsuits filed in other districts. At issue is PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl... — Updated 2/2/2021

 

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... — Updated 1/9/2021 Full story

 

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 2... — Updated 12/29/2020

 

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... — Updated 12/29/2020

 

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... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

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... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

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... — Updated 12/1/2020

 

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 clo... — Updated 11/21/2020

 

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 sta... — Updated 11/7/2020

 

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... — Updated 11/3/2020

 

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... — Updated 10/27/2020

 

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... — Updated 9/26/2020

 

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... — Updated 8/8/2020

 

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... — Updated 8/1/2020

 

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... — Updated 7/28/2020

 

$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... — Updated 7/18/2020

 

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... — Updated 7/4/2020

 

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