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Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

Sep. 22, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public Wednesday. The drop in math and reading...

Penitentiary inmate found dead in cell in suspected suicide

Sep. 22, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 22-year-old inmate at the state penitentiary near Santa Fe has been found dead in his cell in a suspected suicide. Matthew Culley of Santa Fe was serving time for tampering with evidence and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon when he died...

New Mexico school districts to gain funds for mental health

Sep. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico school districts have been awarded funding to bolster mental health services over the next several years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state Public Education Department was bestowed earlier this month with a five-year,...

Judge's refusal to block vaccination requirement appealed

Sep. 18, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for two women who challenged New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for certain workers is appealing a judge's denial of their request for an injunction blocking the mandate. Attorney A. Blair Dunn...

Courthouse canine starts new job in Santa Fe

Sep. 18, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The new judge you may see in the First Judicial District courthouse downtown is about 2 feet tall, weighs less than 70 pounds and has expressive, loving eyes. He also has four legs and a tail, which he lightly wags in a manner that says, “I’m...

New Mexico deploys absentee ballot drop boxes statewide

Sep. 14, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who choose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local election for public offices including mayor of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. ...

3 candidates for Santa Fe mayor clash at public forum

Sep. 13, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe's incumbent entrepreneur-turned-mayor defended his handling of conflicts over historical monuments and stewardship of a COVID-battered economy at a candidate forum Monday amid stinging criticism from two Latina challengers. Mayor Alan...

S. Carolina, Georgia destinations top Travel + Leisure list

Sep. 12, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two of the South’s most picturesque destinations have topped a major travel magazine’s list of best U.S. cities. Readers of Travel + Leisure ranked Charleston, South Carolina, No. 1 on its list of the top 15 cities in the U.S. Coming in at...

Española superintendent resigns, investigation not released

Sep. 10, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of one of New Mexico’s larger school districts has resigned after spending months on paid leave during an investigation into his handling of sexual abuse allegations at a previous job. The Española school board accepted Fred...

Santa Fe mayor suffers setback in clash with fraternal group

Sep. 09, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe ethics board has dismissed efforts by Mayor Alan Webber to impose financial disclosure requirements on fraternal organizations that have criticized his handling of clashes over historical monuments and tributes. Webber is seeking a...