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This Jan. 14, 2021, screenshot shows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, upper left, and other state officials discussing the coronavirus pandemic during a remote online briefing. State officials touted New Mexico's novel system for getting people registered for vaccinations, saying the state has among the top vaccination rates in the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico seeks answers on federal rollout of vaccine doses

Jan. 15, 2021 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials said Friday that they were disappointed to learn that the state may not get as many vaccine doses as promised by the federal government just days ago. New Mexico is not alone as uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments has triggering...

Members of the Washington National Guard stand at a sundial near the Legislative Building, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

Jan. 15, 2021 5:55 PM EST

Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are...

New Mexico governor sees light at the end of pandemic tunnel

Jan. 14, 2021 8:32 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and top public health officials pointed Thursday to a recent bump in COVID-19 cases and stressed that more people need to get tested so the state can quickly identify where outbreaks are happening as they try to curb the spread of the virus. However,...

Fencing blocks the entrance to an New Mexico State capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The barriers were erected following the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., after safety concerns for the upcoming legislative session. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico declares security emergency ahead of inauguration

Jan. 14, 2021 6:51 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to credible intelligence about threats of violence at statehouse buildings across the country and deployed members of the New Mexico National Guard to Washington for President-elect Joe Biden’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo provided by the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a $330 million economic relief package aimed at helping small businesses and out-of-work New Mexicans while at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. From lockdowns in tribal communities to the economic and social fallout that has reverberated throughout New Mexico, the coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. New Mexico had among the toughest public health restriction in the nation early on as Grisham called for the closure of gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential. Public gatherings were banned, sports were cancelled, curbside became the norm, funerals were frowned upon and schools were forced to go virtual. (New Mexico Office of the Governor via AP, File)

High court weighs compensation for business restrictions

Jan. 13, 2021 6:49 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday as it weighs whether the state must compensate businesses for losses due to temporary closures and other pandemic-related restrictions. An attorney for the governor and state health officials urged justices to intervene and...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo provided by the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a $330 million economic relief package aimed at helping small businesses and out-of-work New Mexicans while at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. From lockdowns in tribal communities to the economic and social fallout that has reverberated throughout New Mexico, the coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. New Mexico had among the toughest public health restriction in the nation early on as Grisham called for the closure of gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential. Public gatherings were banned, sports were cancelled, curbside became the norm, funerals were frowned upon and schools were forced to go virtual. (New Mexico Office of the Governor via AP, File)

New Mexico governor announces priorities for legislation

Jan. 13, 2021 4:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enthusiastically backed recreational marijuana and a crackdown on predatory lending as she outlined her list of top priorities for 2021 legislative session on Wednesday. The endorsements include major initiatives that have been championed by the...

Leaves turn red outside the New Mexico State Capitol building, known as the Roundhouse, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico Legislature seeks greater spending amid pandemic

Jan. 12, 2021 5:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state government would increase general fund spending by 4% and devote new resources to health care and public education amid the coronavirus pandemic, under a detailed budget proposal announced by leading state legislators on Tuesday. The spending plan for the fiscal...

FILE - IN this Thursday, July 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Grisham was an early adopter of aggressive pandemic restrictions that included a mask mandate, self-quarantine orders for travelers and a ban on public gatherings -- now capped at five people. And the state previously joined federal pilot project on testing and contact tracing. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico governor seeks new spending on health, education

Jan. 11, 2021 8:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is recommending a 3.3% increase in state general fund spending in the coming fiscal year to devote more to public education and health and workplace safety programs, as authorities grapple with the economic hardships and mounting death toll of...

New Mexico Democratic Party chair won't seek another term

Jan. 11, 2021 6:53 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party of New Mexico said Monday she will not run for another term when her current tenure ends in April. Marg Elliston has served as chair for three years and led the party through two election cycles, including campaigning amid the...

New Mexico governor supports tapping endowment for education

Jan. 11, 2021 5:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With the Legislature shifting to the left and the pandemic exacerbating educational inequities, New Mexico Democrats say they're on the cusp of finishing a decades-long fight to withdraw more money from the state's largest and oldest endowment to fund early learning initiatives. ...