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Coronavirus cases headed back down

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–Following an alarming increase in coronavirus cases last week, New Mexico has now seen a decline for three days in a row. The State Department of Health reported 143 cases on Monday, bringing the total to just under 29,000. 47 of the new cases were from Bernalillo County. There were also three…MORE

Response to business loan program underwhelming

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–The New Mexico Small Business Recovery Loan Fund was established in August, intended to help businesses survive during the pandemic. But not many businesses have been helped to this point. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that only $20 million in loans have been approved, out of $400 million set aside for…MORE

New Mexico loses fight with Google

Albuquerque, NM (AP)–A federal judge has dismissed New Mexico’s privacy claims against Google. According to the Associated Press, the judge concluded that federal laws and regulations do not require direct consent from parents when schools participate in Google’s education platforms. New Mexico can amend its complaint, and Attorney General Hector Balderas said Monday he will…MORE

Santa Fe school district could lose millions

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–The Santa Fe School District could lose millions of dollars due to an enrollment drop this year. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, there were about 500 fewer students enrolled on the 26th day of the school year. That’s a nearly four percent decline from the 40-day enrollment number last year.…MORE

Mayor considers hiking trash fees

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB)–Your trash bill may be going up. The Albuquerque Journal reports that in his budget now before the city council, mayor Tim Keller is proposing a five and-a-half percent rate hike on residential customers. That would raise almost two million dollars in revenue for the city’s Solid Waste Department. The fee hike would…MORE

Bernalillo County reworks its budget

The Bernalillo County Commission is making changes to the budget in light of what is now a projected $24 million shortfall, brought on by a covid-related drop in revenue. But even with adjustment, the Albuquerque Journal reports that the county doesn’t plan to lay off or furlough any employees. And deputy county manager for finance,…MORE

Groundbreaking for new solid waste department facility

(News Release) New Solid Waste Admin Building and Vehicle Maintenance Facility Improving Infrastructure, Service for Residents New facilities replace dated buildings, improve maintenance capabilities and efficiency ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mayor Tim Keller is putting Solid Waste revenues to work for residents of Albuquerque, joining Solid Waste administrative leaders to break ground today on a new…MORE

County commission passes workforce ordinance

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB)–The Bernalillo County Commission has passed a controversial Community Workforce Ordinance that will impact public works projects in excess of seven million dollars. But opponents say it will require contractors and subcontractors to join a union for the duration of the job. And Paul Gessing with the Rio Grande Foundation says that’s not a good idea. He…MORE

Double murder suspect to stay locked up

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB)–A man accused of committing multiple crimes in Albuquerque on Labor Day, including two murders, will remain in jail. KOAT TV reports that a judge ruled Dakota Don Briscoe would be a danger to public safety if he were to be released. Investigators believe Briscoe killed two men, Eric Carbajal and Nathan Garcia,…MORE

Spike in Covid-19 cases in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–A jump in coronavirus cases in New Mexico. The State Department of Health reported 200 new cases on Wednesday, the highest single day total in about a month. Dona Ana County had the most cases with 33, while Bernalillo County had 28. There were also 11 new cases at the Lea County…MORE

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