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Court weighs tribes’ aboriginal water claims for Jemez River

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –A decades-long battle over a northern New Mexico river has taken another turn, as a panel of federal appellate judges has reversed a lower court ruling by determining that the aboriginal rights of Indigenous communities were not extinguished by Spain when it took control centuries ago of what is now the American…MORE

Hewlett Packard gets $105M contract for new supercomputer

Los Alamos, NM (AP) –A $105 million contract has been awarded to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to build a next-generation supercomputer that will be used by the federal government for its nuclear stewardship programs. The Crossroads supercomputer will be based as Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico. Scientists at Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national…MORE

Department of Commerce investing $1.5 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to create a NM coronavirus economic recovery strategy

Washington, DC (KKOB) –U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD), Santa Fe, New Mexico, to develop a statewide coronavirus economic recovery plan. “President Trump is working diligently every day to support…MORE

SFNF may implement La Presa prescribed burn on Coyote Ranger District

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking at a potential window to implement the previously announced La Presa prescribed burn on Mesa los Indios near Forest Road 473. If conditions are favorable, crews could treat the 1,200-acre unit as early as the last week of October. A…MORE

Public health job seekers targeted in online scam

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –The New Mexico Department of Health warns residents of a scam targeting job seekers that leads people to believe they are being interviewed for a Department of Health job when the real purpose is to try to gain access to their personal identification and financial information instead. The Department of Health…MORE

ABQ’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency invests over $521 million

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The City of Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) released its annual report this week, including details on more than $116 million invested in 2020. The report also takes a look back at 20 years of significant economic impact in Albuquerque’s urban core, in addition to highlights from last fiscal year and priorities…MORE

New Mexico city explores options for commercial air service

Las Cruces, NM (AP) –The Las Cruces City Council is pushing ahead with efforts aimed at determining what it would take to reestablish commercial air service for the southern New Mexico community. Consultants told councilors during a recent work session that research indicates the Las Cruces airport could sustain two to four daily flights to…MORE

Tax relief aimed at New Mexico’s drought-stricken ranchers

Farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are eligible for an additional year to defer tax on any gains from the forced sale of livestock due to continued drought. The Internal Revenue Service says drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in certain regions spanning 46 states are eligible for the relief. Under the program, they’ll also have four…MORE

Grant to help pay for work along Southwest Chief rail route

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Amtrak a $5.6 million grant for track improvements and other work in New Mexico and Colorado along the Southwest Chief passenger train route between Chicago and Los Angeles. The grant will help pay for upgrading 12.4 miles of rail near Lamy, New Mexico, replacing thousands…MORE

New Mexico judge retires amid allegations of misconduct

Gallup, NM (AP) –New Mexico officials allowed a judge to retire while facing 10 allegations of misconduct in office. McKinley County Magistrate Judge April J. Silversmith retired Aug. 31, The Gallup Independent reported Tuesday. Silversmith faced accusations of excessive absences from work, failing to attend court for the required 40 hours per week, failing to recuse or…MORE

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