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FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico mandates police body cameras in wake of protests

Jul. 8, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will require that all state and local police officers wear body cameras in response to concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The reforms apply to local and state law enforcement officers with...

Funding approved for housing in 6 New Mexico communities

Jul. 8, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority has approved more than $74 million for eight housing developments in six communities around the state. The funding comes through the federal low-income housing tax credit program. The projects will result in more than 260 new apartments...

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, the Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season in Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Opera, balloon fest among businesses getting virus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera, the Meow Wolf art collaborative and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among thousands of New Mexico businesses that received loans from the U.S. government as part of the massive effort to support the...

Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M. A confrontation erupted between protesters and a group of armed men who were trying to protect the statue before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting: “Tear it down.” One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. Moments later a few gunshots could be heard down the street and people started yelling that someone had been shot. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico militia refusing to stand down amid protests

Jul. 6, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

WAGON WHEEL, N.M. (AP) — Bryce Provance scratches combat formations into the dry earth as four others — camouflaged in bulletproof helmets and vests — watch intently. Each man holds a high-powered rifle tight to his body with a pistol and several magazines often ready on his hip. You would...

National Gallery of Art acquires painting by Native American

Jul. 5, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A painting by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is joining works by the legendary pop artists Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol at the National Gallery of Art. Smith’s “I See Red: Target” is the first painting on canvas by a Native American artist to enter the...

Police arrest woman suspected of killing ex-boyfriend

Jul. 3, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they’ve arrested a 19-year-old woman suspected of killing her ex-boyfriend after a failed drug exchange last week. Police say Erlynda Lucero is suspected in the fatal shooting of Daniel Guardado on June 24. They say Guardado had been following...

In this April 21, 2020, photo, a full little free library sits outside of a grocery store in Placitas, N.M. Across the United States, volunteers are reporting a jump in usages of official and unofficial tiny popups known as little free libraries as readers look to pass the time amid COVID-19 health restriction. From the American Southwest to New England, little free libraries made of wood or brick, placed in front of parks or in the trunk of a car, have seen their small spaces overwhelmed with books. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Albuquerque to encourage 'Little Free Libraries' in city

Jul. 2, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and a Wisconsin-based group have agreed on a new initiative to encourage residents to build “Little Free Libraries” throughout the region as public libraries and bookstores remain under restrictions due to the pandemic. The Little Free Library...

Pandemic forces shuffling of New Mexico horse racing meet

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With the New Mexico State Fair being called off, the horse races that usually coincide with the annual event are being cancelled too. State regulators during a special meeting Wednesday approved a motion to nix the state fair race meet. They also approved changes to the race dates...

Albuquerque school district gets interim superintendent

Jul. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime educator and third-generation New Mexican has been named the interim superintendent of the Albuquerque public school district. Scott Elder took the reins Wednesday, replacing Raquel Reedy, who retired June 30. The school board suspended its national search for a new...

New Mexico county moves to spend money on police cameras

Jul. 1, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in New Mexico’s most populous county have taken another step toward outfitting the sheriff’s department with body cameras as Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham considers signing legislation that would mandate the equipment for nearly all local law...