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Officials: Southeastern New Mexico roundup nets 100 arrests

Nov. 21, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers arrested 100 people in southeastern New Mexico as federal, state and local agencies conducted a roundup over several days, officials said. U.S. Marshal Sonya Chavez said Friday the arrests made in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties were part of a national effort to...

Bike shop keeps young BMX riders on track with sponsorships

Nov. 21, 2020 12:11 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Ryan Barker started riding BMX two months ago. It was hobby that would get Ryan out of the house and moving and not sitting at home during the pandemic. “He likes riding bikes so we allowed him to go (to the track) and he started doing good the very first week,”...

A waiter carriers a check to a patron seated in a tent in the parking lot of Clafoutis restaurant on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The tent was rented after indoor seating was banned due to COVID-19, leaving only a handful of patio tables available. Patrons still pick up to-go orders inside. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Governor calls on Legislature to approve pandemic relief

Nov. 19, 2020 8:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is calling a special legislative session next week in the hope of providing new economic relief to those who lost their jobs and small businesses that are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and aggressive health restrictions. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made...

Catholic bishop says he'll comply with Vatican inquiry

Nov. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California-based Roman Catholic bishop confirmed Wednesday that he is under investigation by the Vatican for his handling of abuse and misconduct cases in his former diocese in the Las Cruces area of southern New Mexico. In an online statement, Bishop Oscar Cantú confirmed a...

New Mexico State basketball temporarily moving to Phoenix

Nov. 17, 2020 8:52 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State's men's basketball team will temporarily move to Phoenix due to coronavirus restrictions in its home state. The Aggies are expecting to be in Arizona for five weeks, but could extend their stay depending on developments with the pandemic, deputy athletic director...

New Mexico reports 1,180 additional cases, 10 more deaths

Nov. 14, 2020 6:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico reported an additional 1,180 additional known COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths as preparations began for a two-week near-lockdown ordered by the governor to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The additional cases reported Saturday increased the statewide total to...

In this photo provided by Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital, Arthur Sanchez, left, speaks with Dr. Ashwini Arjuna during a follow-up appointment, post-transplant, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Seven months after he was first hospitalized in his hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico, with COVID-19, the 52-year-old utility worker has a brand new set of lungs. (Courtesy of Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital via AP)

Virus survivor: Double lung transplant 'a walking miracle'

Nov. 12, 2020 7:28 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arthur Sanchez's memories of his monthslong hospital stays are hazy but he hasn't forgotten how it felt when COVID-19 took away his ability to breathe. “I would probably compare it to being underwater too long and not being able to come up for air,” Sanchez said while standing...

New Mexico hospitals seeing strain as COVID-19 cases climb

Nov. 9, 2020 6:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top medical officers for some of New Mexico’s largest hospital systems said Monday they are now at or above normal capacity as the coronavirus pandemic surges across the state. In a briefing with reporters, they said they’re seeing the strain on staff and that the...

County elects New Mexico's first Black district attorney

Nov. 9, 2020 2:46 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Voters in Dona Ana County have elected the first Black district attorney in New Mexico after he ran unopposed, officials said. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that Gerald Byers, 62, said he believes people will be able to work together toward the elusive goal of total justice....

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 in New Mexico and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico governor warns of critical COVID-19 situation

Nov. 5, 2020 7:52 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday said the state has recorded its highest daily count for deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic in what has become a “dramatic, critical situation” that will likely result in tougher public health restrictions. She...