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Carlsbad eyes converting university branch into college

Jan. 23, 2021 12:00 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad's school board is voicing support for a proposal to convert the New Mexico State University branch campus in the southeastern New Mexico city into an independent community college. The board voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting the proposed...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil and gas development infused $2.8 billion into New Mexico coffers during the 2020 fiscal year and marked its second-highest total revenue ever reported despite a global price war and plummeting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Biden's pause on oil cause for big concern in New Mexico

Jan. 22, 2021 7:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits is prompting widespread concerns in New Mexico, where spending on education and other public programs hinges on the industry’s success. Top Republicans in the state as well...

In this image provided by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, pharmacy staff members unpack the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines at the hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The medical center was the first in New Mexico to receive doses as hospitals elsewhere around the state prepared for deliveries later this week. (Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center via AP)

New Mexico leads nation in Medicaid health care enrollment

Jan. 22, 2021 7:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has surpassed all other states in its reliance on Medicaid health care as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc and shifts the way people receive health care, the state's Medicaid director told a panel of lawmakers on Friday. Residents have flocked to the federal- and...

This Dec. 16, 2020 image provided by UNM Health shows a bin of COVID-19 vaccines for the first round of health care workers to be vaccinated at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, N.M. (UNM Health via AP)

Officials: School vaccine clinics in New Mexico on hold

Jan. 22, 2021 6:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vaccination clinics scheduled for hundreds of public school employees throughout Albuquerque and surrounding communities won’t happen after all, prompting criticism from a state lawmaker and disappointment from top administrators at two of the state's largest school...

Suit blames Albuquerque sanctuary policy in shooting death

Jan. 22, 2021 12:37 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a politically explosive lawsuit, the husband of a woman gunned down in her driveway contends her “senseless” death would never have happened but for Albuquerque's “sanctuary policy,” which bars city police coordination with federal immigration...

Officials: 1 of 3 inmates who escaped Missouri jail captured

Jan. 22, 2021 8:03 AM EST

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — One of three inmates who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail last weekend has been captured in New Mexico, federal authorities said. Tracy Brown, 57, and his girlfriend were arrested late Wednesday night at a gas station in Carrizozo, New Mexico, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

From left, Senate Minority Leader Gregory Baca, R-Belen, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, talk on the Senate Floor before the start of the 2021 legislative session in the State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

Jan. 21, 2021 7:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are a hallmark of New Mexico's coronavirus relief effort have been awarded to several state legislators as well as enterprises that have sued the state over Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's aggressive public health...

An armored state police vehicle sits outside the state capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. State lawmakers convened for the opening day of a two-month legislative session. Capitol buildings are closed to the public due to the pandemic, and under strict security lockdowns due to the Jan. 6 attack against federal lawmakers in Washington. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico governor signs bill to fund legislature, security

Jan. 21, 2021 7:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed the first bill of the 2021 legislative session, which funds legislative operations in the state capitol, including an unprecedented amount of security spending in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington D.C. House Bill 1...

Prison inmates among latest confirmed cases in New Mexico

Jan. 21, 2021 6:36 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ten inmates at a state prison and one inmate at a federal lockup in central New Mexico were among the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday by state health officials. New Mexico reported an additional 997 cases for the day, pushing the statewide total since the pandemic...

Maluach carries New Mexico over San Jose St. 67-51

Jan. 21, 2021 6:26 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Makuach Maluach had a season-high 25 points as New Mexico defeated San Jose State 67-51 on Thursday. The game was played at the home of Dixie State due to COVID-19 concerns in New Mexico. The lobos have been based in St. George, Utah, since playing the Thunderbirds on Jan. 13. So...