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Cumbres and Toltec Railroad to Reopen

(Albuquerque)-A popular summer tourist attraction in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is planning to be back in 2020…with some modifications. Chama Mayor Billy Elbrock tells Newsradio KKOB the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is vital to the area’s economy.  He says from Memorial Day to mid-October they put 42-thousand people on the train.  He says it’s vital…MORE

More Coronavirus Testing for Free

(Albuquerque)-All workers in New Mexico can now be tested for coronavirus…whether they have symptoms or not. The State Department of Health says, starting Tuesday, Lovelace Hospital in downtown Albuquerque will be open to anyone who wants a test. The drive-up clinic will operate from nine am to three pm, and the testing is free. Health Department Cabinet Secretary Kathy…MORE

Shipping Food to the Navajos

(Albuquerque)-Over the next week or so, tens of thousands of pounds of food will be distributed to the Navajo Nation, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Those non-perishable items, donated by wholesaler “United Natural Foods,” are arriving this week at Albuquerque’s Roadrunner Food Bank.  Spokeswoman Sonya Warwick says the food will then be boxed…MORE

Begging to Reopen Elephant Butte Lake

(Albuquerque)-Sierra County residents are pleading with Governor Lujan Grisham to open up Elephant Butte Lake…one of New Mexico’s most popular destinations during the spring and summer. State Representative Rebecca Dow tells KOAT-TV she’s been meeting with state leaders, trying to convince them to open the lake.  She says we could open the area to reservations only,…MORE

Albuquerque Residents Waiting to Sell Homes

(Albuquerque)-Albuquerque’s housing market is taking a big hit due to covid-19. The Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors says new listings fell by more than 29 percent in April. C-E-O Kent Cravens tells Newsradio KKOB that’s a startling number, indicating that people are holding off on selling their homes…for a variety of reasons.  He says it could…MORE

Heinrich Reaching out to Progressives

(Albuquerque)-Senator Martin Heinrich is backing progressive candidates challenging candidates who are socially conservative Democrats for the state legislature.  He has invited the candidates to attend an online campaign fundraiser this week for school psychologist Siah Correa Hemphill from Silver City and Pamela Cordova of Belen. Hemphill is battling Senator Gabriel Ramos, who voted against a 2019 bill that would have…MORE

Petroglyphs Vandalized

(Albuquerque)-The Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque is dealing with a surge of vandalism.  It’s said to be caused by more visitors at the monument lately.  Park Superintendent Nancy Hendricks said last week that the park has now reported three incidents.  Vandals spray painted the rocks at Boca Negra Canyon over the last couple of months.  They also carved…MORE

Coronavirus and New Mexico’s Housing Market

(Albuquerque)-Albuquerque’s housing market is taking a big hit due to covid-19. The Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors says new listings fell by more than 29 percent in April. C-E-O Kent Cravens tells Newsradio KKOB that’s a startling number, indicating that people are holding off on selling their homes for a variety of reasons: he says it…MORE

Help for the Navajo Nation

(Albuquerque)-With the number of covid-19 cases on the rise, the Navajo Nation is getting help dealing with coronavirus from Doctors Without Borders.  KOAT-TV reports that a team of nine, consisting of physicians, nurses, and a health promoter, arrived in New Mexico last week. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said this type of action will help flatten…MORE

Some Lottery Sales Increase in NM … Others Don’t

(Albuquerque)-Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the New Mexico Lottery says sales of scratcher tickets were up four percent in April compared to a year ago. But the Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexicans are actually spending less on lottery games because there haven’t been any big payoffs in national games like Powerball and Mega Millions. And that means…MORE

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