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New Mexico food banks prepare to buy millions of meals

Nov. 26, 2020 12:05 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico food banks will be able to provide more meals for thousands of families with an infusion of $5 million in funding as part of an economic relief package approved by state lawmakers and signed by the governor. Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner Foodbank in...

In this photo provided by the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a $330 million economic relief package aimed at helping small businesses and out-of-work New Mexicans while at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Santa Fe, N.M. (New Mexico Office of the Governor via AP)

New Mexico looks ahead to more economic relief amid pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 8:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — The flurry to pass a $330 million relief package aimed at helping out-of-work New Mexicans and certain businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic is done, but Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican lawmakers say the hardest work is yet to come as they look for...

New Mexico governor says holiday plans aren't worth the risk

Nov. 25, 2020 6:54 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday made a last push to get people to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday. She tweeted a new video from the state health department showing family members eating dinner at their own homes while talking via video calls. She said...

New Mexico county signs contract for deputy body cameras

Nov. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Bernalillo County officials announced Wednesday that they have signed a $3.8 million deal with a Georgia company to provide body and vehicle cameras for the sheriff’s department. The agreement calls for Utility Inc. to supply 363 body cameras for deputies while 148 vehicles...

New Mexico Legislature passes $330 million virus relief bill

Nov. 24, 2020 9:35 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill that will deliver a one-time $1,200 check to all types of unemployed workers and up to $50,000 for certain businesses. The bill also provides smaller stimulus checks to immigrants without legal status in the...

New Mexico governor calls for $1,200 payment to unemployed

Nov. 23, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is calling for $1,200 cash payments to workers who have qualified for unemployment since the pandemic began. New Mexico lawmakers were drafting legislation Monday aimed at providing about $300 million in direct economic aid for the unemployed, small businesses...

FILE - IN this Thursday, July 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Grisham was an early adopter of aggressive pandemic restrictions that included a mask mandate, self-quarantine orders for travelers and a ban on public gatherings -- now capped at five people. And the state previously joined federal pilot project on testing and contact tracing. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico aims to boost virus testing with saliva samples

Nov. 23, 2020 6:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday started offering limited saliva testing as health officials look to boost the state's capacity for COVID-19 testing while spread of the virus remained unchecked and hospital administrators renewed their pleas for people to stay home for the holidays and refrain...

New Mexico reports 2,468 new COVID-19 cases, 33 more deaths

Nov. 22, 2020 6:04 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 2,468 new COVID-19 cases and 33 additional deaths. That increases the state’s totals to 81,896 cases and 1,383 known deaths since the pandemic began. The New Mexico Department of Health on Saturday reported 2,342 new coronavirus...

FILE - This Dec. 29, 2012, file photo ,shows the exterior of Spanish energy company Iberdrola is seen, in Madrid, Spain. The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger.  Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources and its assets in New Mexico and Texas. The merger will require approval from a number of state and federal regulators in a process that's expected to take the next 12 months. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Advocate worries over New Mexico utility's growing power

Nov. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a fight that was already lopsided, the Goliath could be getting steroids. At least that’s what Mariel Nanasi, executive director of the nonprofit New Energy Economy, fears is possible with major changes coming for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and the...

Some New Mexico essential business close due to virus spike

Nov. 21, 2020 8:15 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico essential businesses have been shut down because of a substantial increase in coronavirus cases. A new edict announced Thursday allows the New Mexico Department of Health to shut down workplaces for two weeks if they have four or more coronavirus cases in a 14-day...