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Arizona man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter charge

Sep. 24, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a car crash in New Mexico and is facing up to eight years in federal prison, authorities said. Prosecutors said 28-year-old Maroquez Clah of Red Valley entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in...

Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Push to reopen private schools arrives in federal court

Sep. 23, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday weighed whether pandemic-related occupancy limits on private schools in New Mexico violate constitutional rights to equal protection and freedom of assembly, in a case closely watched by the Trump administration. The lawsuit by the father of a 7th-grader...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, a balloon is inflated at the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Organizers had to cancel this year's event due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Mayor Tim Keller said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, he wants to keep the tradition alive for residents. So local pilots are being invited to launch from city parks, golf courses and other open spaces from Oct. 3-11. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File )

Albuquerque aims to save spirit of annual balloon fiesta

Sep. 23, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fall in Albuquerque just isn’t fall without the annual international hot air balloon fiesta, with its massive morning ascensions filling the skies with colorful balloons from around the globe as spectators watch from the packed launch field below. Organizers had to cancel...

Enrollment drop could hurt funding for New Mexico schools

Sep. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the Legislative Education Study Committee heard pleas Wednesday to keep up school funding, even if enrollment is dropping because of the pandemic. School funding in New Mexico is determined by the number of students enrolled at the 40-day mark, known by some educators as...

Albuquerque police: Overall crime down 5% in all categories

Sep. 22, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overall crime in Albuquerque is down 5% across all categories in the first six months of 2020, compared with the first half of last year and 15% since 2018, according to police. The Albuquerque Journal obtained a copy of the police report and reported Tuesday that violent crime has...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas talks during a news conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Balderas says the state's natural resources are plentiful but there have been missed opportunities to create prosperity because minority communities haven't been involved. He announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, that he's establishing a council to look into bolstering inclusion of communities of color for decisions about environmental protection and access to natural resources. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

Sep. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections. The Democrat said in an interview the state has...

Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Justice Department sees bias in limits on private schools

Sep. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S....

Authorities: Missing hiker is found dead in Sandia Mountains

Sep. 20, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The body of a missing hiker has been found in the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque police said Sunday. They said the death of 40-year-old Gilbran Hernandez-Avila is being ruled as accidental. Police said the body was located Saturday. A missing person’s alert was issued for...

Albuquerque man accused of fatally running over girlfriend

Sep. 20, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is accused of vehicular homicide in the death of his girlfriend, according to police. They said 29-year-old Robert Mentz was arrested Saturday after allegedly running over 30-year-old Brandi Garcia with his car Friday night. According to a criminal complaint,...

Man accused of killings arrested in NM posing as brother

Sep. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A double-homicide suspect in New Mexico was posing as his brother when he was arrested at a Border Patrol checkpoint, police said. State court records allege that Dakota “Outlaw” Briscoe was driving his brother's 2004 van and using his brother's driver's license when...