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US sets aside habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

Apr. 21, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers have set aside vast areas across several states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to breeding grounds in Mexico and the United States. The U.S....

Judge rules for news organizations in public records lawsuit

Apr. 20, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered the Albuquerque school district to pay over $400,000 to the Albuquerque Journal and KOB-TV for violating state law by not turning over public records in a timely manner and not meeting deadlines on responding to requests for documents. ...

New Mexico utility seeks to recover spike in gas costs

Apr. 20, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gas Co. has filed an application with state regulators to recover costs associated with dramatic spikes in natural gas prices that were prompted by a deep freeze earlier this year, utility officials announced. The proposal calls for...

First lady Jill Biden to visit Albuquerque, Navajo Nation

Apr. 20, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden plans to visit an Albuquerque health care facility as part of a three-day, two-state visit to the U.S. Southwest this week. The White House announced that Biden will be accompanied by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

New Mexico high schoolers will return after 'secret prom'

Apr. 20, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High school students who attended “secret proms” in a southern New Mexico school district won’t face disciplinary actions, and their schools will resume in-person classes sooner than previously thought, school officials said Monday. The...

New Mexico labor agency defends tax rates for unemployment

Apr. 20, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials are responding with reassurances to an onslaught of complaints about increased tax rates on businesses to support unemployment insurance. In addition, the state intends to extend the time employers can file appeals if they suspect...

Agency reports Navajo Nation's first Hantavirus case of 2021

Apr. 20, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Health officials on Tuesday reported the Navajo Nation's first case this year of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings. The case was confirmed in McKinley County in northwestern...

US lab looks to boost power supply ahead of nuclear mission

Apr. 20, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government plans to build a new transmission line and make other upgrades costing hundreds of million dollars to ensure its laboratory in northern New Mexico has enough electricity for ongoing operations and future missions that include manufacturing key...

Proposed New Mexico utility merger spurs numerous concerns

Apr. 19, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Consumer advocacy groups, environmentalists and the New Mexico attorney general’s office are concerned about a proposed multibillion-dollar merger of the state’s largest electric utility with a U.S. subsidiary of global renewable energy giant Iberdrola. ...

Cowboys for Trump founder appeals recall bid to high court

Apr. 19, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court as he seeks to fend off an effort to recall him from office as a county commissioner in southern New Mexico. Griffin filed a notice of appeal Monday with the...