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New Mexico TV stations to broadcast classes for K-5 students

Apr. 4, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin broadcasting class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5. The participating Public Broadcasting Service...

Closed stores are shown at a central plaza and shopping district amid a public health order that has closed down most retail stores and suspended dine-in restaurant service in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 27, 2020. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen Schroer says the state's tourism industry will continue to suffer amid COVID-19 restrictions and vowed the state will do what it can to help hotels, tourist spots, and businesses recover once restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Santa Fe's vacation rental market sees big decline

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As in many other tourist destinations in the United States, a large portion of Santa Fe’s housing market is short-term rentals, where guests can stay in family-sized homes for a few nights instead of a hotel. Oftentimes, owners rent properties through such websites as Airbnb...

New Mexico Land Office considers emergency oil and gas rule

Apr. 4, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Land managers in New Mexico are considering an emergency rule allowing oil and gas companies that lease state trust land to temporarily stop producing without penalty for at least 30 days, with a possible extension of up to 120 days. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed a new coronavirus infection that has no apparent link to travel on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, during a news conference on the floor of the state House of Representatives in Santa Fe, N.M. She also issued orders to limit the spread of the contagion by restricting restaurants to take-out service and closing down movie theaters, gyms, spas and shopping malls. New Mexico is bracing for the possible spread of coronavirus to some of America's most remote, impoverished communities, as hospitals across the state prepare to convert operating rooms into acute respiratory care units. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Albuquerque retirement facility has 18 coronavirus cases

Apr. 3, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Eighteen residents at a retirement facility in New Mexico's most populous city have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to nearly 500 cases, officials announced Friday. Mark DiMenna, deputy director of Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department,...

Police: Man tried to set wife on fire over stimulus check

Apr. 3, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he became enraged he didn’t qualify for a COVID-19-related stimulus check and tried to set his wife on fire. The Albuquerque Journal reports Joe Macias was arrested Wednesday shortly following an argument with his disabled...

FILE - In this March 1999 file photo, the first load of nuclear waste arrives at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, N.M., from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The U.S. government's efforts to clean up decades worth of Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has chugged along, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is resulting in more challenges as WIPP, the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste, finished ramping down operations Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to keep workers safe. (AP Photo/Thomas Herbert, File)

Cleanup of US nuclear waste takes back seat as virus spreads

Apr. 3, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government’s efforts to clean up Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has lumbered along for decades, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now,...

New Mexico city mayor sworn in after predecessor indicted

Apr. 3, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas has officially sworn in a new mayor whose predecessor resigned amid bribery charges. The Las Vegas Optic reports Louie Trujillo took the oath of office Wednesday during a special ceremony that was live-streamed to the public. The ceremony was...

Man faces prison sentence in attempt to arrange killing

Apr. 3, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southwestern New Mexico man faces nine years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Las Cruces to crimes stemming from a 2019 attempt to arrange a murder-for-hire. The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico announced Thursday that 30-year-old Jacob Grijalva of Silver...

An empty central plaza and shopping district is shown amid a public health order that has closed down most retail stores and suspended dine-in restaurant service in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 27, 2020. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen Schroer says the state's tourism industry will continue to suffer amid COVID-19 restrictions and vowed the state will do what it can to help hotels, tourist spots, and businesses recover once restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico sees another huge spike in unemployment claims

Apr. 2, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — More than 28,000 New Mexico residents have applied for unemployment benefits — more than 50% higher than the amount filed the previous week — amid the widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus, federal numbers showed Thursday. The continuing surge in...

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, announces a public health emergency in response to the state's first positive tests for COVID-19, at a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., also attended by Human Services Secretary David Scrase, left. Her administration has banned many gatherings of 100 or more people at spaces such as auditoriums and stadiums as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico has few medical masks to spare as virus spreads

Apr. 2, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As nationwide demand for health protection equipment surges, New Mexico's health care system has a limited statewide stock of about 44,000 snug-fitting N95 face masks that protect medical workers from the coronavirus by filtering out small airborne particles, state officials said. New...