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State requires fast reports from employers on COVID-19 cases

Aug. 8, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have ordered employers to promptly report coronavirus cases to the state. An emergency rule issued by the Environmental Department requires employers to report positive COIVD-19 cases to the department within four hours of being notified of the...

Colorado man sentenced threatening to kill official, lawyer

Aug. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to kill a New Mexico state official and an attorney with a law firm in connection with a fraud case. Federal prosecutors said Andrew Graham , 40, of Snowmass, Colorado, had pleaded guilty to sending...

DA won't prosecute New Mexico park ranger in fatal shooting

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Colorado man fatally shot by a U.S. National Park Service ranger in New Mexico said she was disappointed with a district attorney decision to not pursue criminal charges against the ranger. Civil rights lawyer Shannon Kennedy said Charles...

Agency reports first plague death in New Mexico since 2015

Aug. 8, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man has died of the plague in what the state Department of Health says is the first such death in New Mexico since 2015. The man was in his 20s and had been hospitalized, officials said Friday. Department officials had said in late July that a Santa Fe County man...

Chili Yazzie, the Navajo Nation's Shiprock Chapter president, holds a tomato he just picked from his garden on July 22, 2020 in Shiprock, N.M. Five years after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors breached a mine tunnel at the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, the Navajo Nation is still feeling the effects. (Anthony Jackson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Gold King mine spill left linger troubles on Navajo Nation

Aug. 8, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Duane “Chili” Yazzie wears a “Water is Life” shirt as he walks the rows of his farm. He speaks of the river and earth as sacred entities for the Navajo people. But the Shiprock Chapter president can’t forget when the river turned yellow. On Aug. 5,...

Man in child porn case that closed observatory indicted

Aug. 8, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man linked to a child pornography investigation that sparked a mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico two years ago has been indicted. Court documents show that a grand jury last month indicted former janitor Joshua Lee Cope on three child pornography counts...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Otero County Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Coy Griffin denounces gun control and pro-abortion rights bills in the New Mexico State Legislature at a protest outside the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The group said this week seek arbitration in a fight with the New Mexico Secretary of State over fines and required reports. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Cowboys for Trump resists reveal of financial contributors

Aug. 7, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The support group Cowboys for Trump and its founder Couy Griffin are resisting pressure to disclose financial contributors in what could be a test case of a 2019 New Mexico state law that requires greater disclosures of independent political spending. Griffin, an Otero County...

New Mexico insurance authority warns schools on virus rules

Aug. 7, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority board unanimously voted Thursday to send a letter warning schools and districts about the dangers of not complying with coronavirus guidelines. The letter to member districts and charter schools warns that if they do not comply with...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, green chile from Hatch, N. M., goes on sale at a roadside roasting stand in Santa Fe, N.M. Organizers of the annual Hatch Chile Festival said Monday, July 6, 2020, that COVID-19 had forced the cancellation of the event for the first time in its 49-year-old history. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee,File)

Green chile distributors to sell directly to public

Aug. 7, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico green chile distributors say health restrictions amid the pandemic are forcing them to sell chiles directly to the public. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports distributors have no choice but to sell directly because many restaurants are operating differently during the...

Colorado prison escapee caught after nearly 50 years on run

Aug. 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 was found living under an alias in a small town in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said. Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in...