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No Memorial Day at Elephant Butte

(Albuquerque)-Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, it appears one of the most popular Memorial Day destinations in New Mexico will be closed this year. State Representative Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences says shutting down Elephant Butte Lake will have a major impact on the economy of not only Sierra County, but the…MORE

New Health Orders for New Mexico

(Albuquerque)-Governor Lujan Grisham is issuing new health orders as of this Saturday. Some restrictions will be loosened…while others will stay the same. That includes the stay-at-home order.  Lujan Grisham says the stay-at-home instructions are effective and will be renewed until there’s a vaccine for coronavirus. All retailers will now be allowed to operate at 25…MORE

More Cases of Coronavirus in New Mexico

(Albuquerque)-A dozen more New Mexicans have died from coronavirus, bringing the state’s death toll to 231.  More than 53-hundred people have now tested positive for the virus, with 155 new cases reported on Wednesday. A hundred-and-nine of those new cases are from McKinley and San Juan Counties. Two-hundred people are hospitalized…with 52 of them on ventilators. More than 115-thousand New…MORE

Santa Fe School Budget Expected to Shrink

(Albuquerque)-Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Veronica Garcia meets Thursday for a study session with the school board to present her budget plan for schools next year.  It’s a 265-million dollar plan that’s 5-million dollars over the current year’s budget.  The Santa Fe New Mexicans reports the plan includes raises for teachers … summer learning programs ……MORE

Citizen Survey Results In.

What do Albuquerque residents think about their city? The latest annual citizen satisfaction survey shows that just under half of those questioned say they’re hopeful about the direction the city is taking. That’s much lower than a year ago when the figure was 68-percent. Meanwhile, 47 percent say they’re concerned about Albuquerque’s future, compared to…MORE

Reward in Amber Case from Roswell

More than two weeks after an amber alert was issued for a missing Roswell boy, there is still no sign of the three year old Osciel Ernesto Rico. the FBI is now offering a reward of up to 10-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of the boy’s father, Jorge Rico Ruvira. It is…MORE

Watching for a Deadly Virus

The New Mexico Department of Health says it is alerting healthcare providers across the state to be on the lookout for the corona virus. Of particular concern are travelers returning home from abroad. The Health Department says no cases have been found in New Mexico. Only once case, so far, has been detected in Washington…MORE

Possibly New Fees at National Forests

It may get more expensive to enjoy the forest in New Mexico. The U-S Forest Service is considering increasing some fees and adding new ones, affecting campground and day-use sites on the State’s National Forests. Public meetings will be planned throughout the year to gather input on the idea. Officials say they need to cut…MORE

Legislative Session Underway

THE 2020 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATIVE SESSION HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN IN SANTA FE. IT’LL BE A 30 DAY SESSION…MOSTLY DEVOTED TO COMING UP WITH A BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. GOVERNOR MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM HAS PUT FORTH AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA…INCLUDING PROVIDING TUITION-FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION…LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA…AND SPENDING MORE MONEY ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. THE GOVERNOR…MORE

State Police Shooting in Albuquerque

A MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL BEING TREATED FOR INJURIES AFTER HE WAS SHOT BY A STATE POLICE OFFICER IN ALBUQUERQUE TUESDAY. THE OFFICER WAS CONDUCTING A WELFARE CHECK ON A JEEP CHEROKEE PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF I-25 NEAR SAN ANTONIO, WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED BY A MAN WITH A GUN IN HIS HAND.…MORE

PRC/PNM Hearing Underway

THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION HAS BEGUN A HEARING ON PNM’S PLAN TO REPLACE THE POWER THAT WILL BE LOST WHEN THE COAL-FIRED SAN JUAN GENERATING STATION CLOSES IN 2022. THE HEARING IS EXPECTED TO LAST INTO NEXT WEEK…BUT IT MAY BE MONTHS BEFORE A DECISION IS REACHED. PNM SAYS THE LEAST COSTLY OPTION…MORE

Two Die in Car Crash

A CRASH BETWEEN AN S-U-V AND A SEMI MONDAY IN SOCORRO COUNTY TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM COLORADO SPRINGS. STATE POLICE SAY 94 YEAR OLD HARLAN SWANSON AND 92 YEAR OLD ELINOR SWANSON WERE KILLED IN THE COLLISION THAT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 304 AND U-S 60. THE DRIVER…MORE

A Poor Showing for New Mexico Schools

DEAD LAST. THERE’S WHERE NEW MEXICO RANKS IN A NEW REPORT ON THE BEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY. THE STUDY WAS DONE BY THE FINANCIAL NEWS AND OPINION COMPANY 24-7 WALL STREET. FOR ONE THING, IT SHOWS THAT NEW MEXICO HAS THE LOWEST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE IN THE COUNTRY AT 71.1 PERCENT. OTHER…MORE

Session Gets Underway Tuesday

A PROPOSAL TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES NEW MEXICO LAWMAKERS FACE AS THE 2020 SESSION GETS UNDERWAY TUESDAY. POLITICAL ANALYST JOE MONAHAN TELLS NEWSRADIO KKOB HE’S NOT SURE THERE WILL BE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS IT. MONAHAN SAYS PASSING A BUDGET WILL BE THE LEGISLATURE’S TOP PRIORITY. GOVERNOR…MORE

Teen Killed in Santa Fe Crash

POLICE IN SANTA FE BELIEVE SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN A ONE-VEHICLE CRASH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE 16 YEAR OLD TEEN DRIVER. JESUS MONTIJO-TAVAREZ DIED AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH ON MUTT NELSON ROAD. THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS OFFICERS WERE SENT TO THE LOCATION JUST BEFORE 1AM. KOB-TV REPORTS…MORE

A Flu Update for New Mexico

MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM FLU AND PNEUMONIA RELATED ISSUES THIS FLU SEASON IN NEW MEXICO. THAT INCLUDES THE STATE’S FIRST PEDIATRIC DEATH…A ONE YEAR OLD FROM ROOSEVELT COUNTY. KOAT TV’S HEALTH EXPERT DR. BARRY RAMO SAYS FLU CASES ARE DOWN STATEWIDE FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW…BUT IT’S NOT A SIGNIFICANT…MORE

Arrest in Crash From Last October

A MAN WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY HIGH ON METH HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR A FATAL HEAD-ON CRASH THAT HAPPENED LAST OCTOBER IN RIO RANCHO. 55 YEAR OLD DWIGHT DAVID WEIR OF BOSQUE FARMS FACES CHARGES THAT INCLUDE VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. WEIR WAS DRIVING SOUTHBOUND ON UNSER NEAR…MORE

Womens March Draws Thousands

THE ANNUAL “WOMEN RISING” RALLY AT CIVIC PLAZA DREW THOUSANDS TO CIVIC PLAZA SUNDAY KOAT-TV REPORTS THAT THE ANNUAL RALLY AND MARCH PROMOTED WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND DREW ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES WOMEN FACE TODAY. IT WAS THE FOURTH OF THE WOMEN’S MARCHES THAT BEGAN THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INAUGURATION AND CONGRESSIONAL LAWMAKERS FROM NEW…MORE

Proposed NM Budget Contains Ambitious Measures

THE PROPOSED STATE BUDGET FOR THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT STARTS JANUARY 21ST IS SAID TO BE AMBITIOUS. IT INCLUDES PUBLIC SAFETY REFORMS TO ADDRESS TERRORISM AND MASS SHOOTINGS, LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND TUITION-FREE COLLEGE. THE BUDGET ALSO PROPOSES REINSTATING TAX CREDITS FOR ROOF TOP SOLAR PANELS AND MAKING PHARMACEUTICAL IMPORTS FROM CANADA A LOT…MORE

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