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New Mexico asks Guard to sub for sick teachers amid omicron

Jan. 19, 2022 19:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is the first state in the nation to ask National Guard troops to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced...

Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman

Jan. 19, 2022 19:11 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was...

New Mexico will send COVID tests to low-income neighborhoods

Jan. 19, 2022 17:21 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sending free COVID-19 home tests to low-income and underserved neighborhoods, but some school officials say a nationwide shortage of tests is putting them in a bind as they work to meet state requirements aimed at keeping students and staff in the classroom....

Indigenous woman to lead Smithsonian American Indian museum

Jan. 19, 2022 12:48 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Indigenous New Mexico woman has been named to lead the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Cynthia Chavez Lamar will be the first Native American woman to serve as the museum’s director when she takes over on Feb. 14. She’s...

Albuquerque schools confirm ransomware attack, resume class

Jan. 18, 2022 21:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools officials said Tuesday a cyber threat that forced the district to cancel classes for two days last week was a ransomware extortion attack. Ransomware attacks hold institutional data hostage, such as by locking it away through...

Governor wants tax cuts, crackdown on crime in election year

Jan. 18, 2022 20:48 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are pushing to tap an unprecedented windfall of state income to shore up resources for public education, policing, health care and climate regulation at a 30-day legislative session that began on Tuesday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a...

Plant count increases ahead of New Mexico marijuana sales

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have doubled the number of marijuana plants that licensed growers can cultivate as the state prepares for recreational sales to start this spring, officials announced Tuesday. Increasing the plant count makes sense “to ensure that...

New Mexico sees most number of pedestrian deaths in decade

Jan. 18, 2022 10:56 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are renewing their pledge to prevent pedestrian deaths as New Mexico sees the highest number of them in a decade. KRQE-TV reports a new director will oversee Albuquerque's Vision Zero initiative Tuesday, working with a $4 million...

Man cycles through New Mexico on journey to see US capitols

Jan. 18, 2022 00:36 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Bob Barnes has spent the past handful of years shuttling other people where they need to go as an Uber driver in Syracuse, New York. On Aug. 1, he set off on a ride for himself. The scale of the ride is hard to fathom, and it’s an experience he’ll never...

Albuquerque school district to reopen after cyberattack

Jan. 17, 2022 15:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest school district will reopen Tuesday after a cyberattack that forced a two-day closure, officials said. The Albuquerque Public Schools district discovered problems last Wednesday with its student information system that tracks...