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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...

New Mexico touts sewage monitoring program in COVID-19 fight

Jan. 12, 2021 6:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A wastewater monitoring program launched last month has helped to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at a juvenile justice facility in southern New Mexico, according to state officials. The New Mexico Environment Department said the virus was detected in wastewater samples taken from the...

New Mexico cities prepare for vaccination distribution

Jan. 5, 2021 6:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces city officials will be creating a vaccination task force to help coordinate distribution when doses become more widely available, while nearly 300 first responders with Albuquerque's fire and rescue department have received their first shots. Cities around the state are...

New Mexico school district prepares for safe reopening

Jan. 1, 2021 10:11 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Visitors to public schools are familiar with routine procedures like signing in and getting a visitor’s badge. These days, the rare visitor or staff member allowed at Hermosa Heights Elementary School has a few additional steps to follow. At the school’s main entrance...

Stretch of I-25 closed in Las Cruces, HAZMAT tanker spill

Dec. 31, 2020 10:45 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police shut down a stretch of Interstate 25 in Las Cruces for several hours Thursday as a hazardous materials team responded to a rollover crash involving a commercial motor vehicle hauling fuel. The driver sustained unknown injuries and was transported to an area...

Audit reveals mishandled city funds in Las Cruces

Dec. 29, 2020 7:02 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An audit released Tuesday by the Office of the New Mexico State Auditor has revealed more than $1.8 million in mishandled or misused city funds related to the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau and various city-sponsored events over a four-year period. The audit identified...

Teen pilots airlift pets from crowding New Mexico shelters

Dec. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Teenage pilots are airlifting animals from shelters in New Mexico to places out of state where they have a better chance of being adopted. The program is a collaboration between the Barkhouse animal shelter in Las Cruces and the SAMS Academy Aviation in Albuquerque, local TV...

Roberto Mata gives his wife Mary Alice a kiss on the forehead by their Christmas tree Wednesday, Dec. 16, at their home in Chaparral, N.M. Roberto survived COVID-19 after spending 47 days at the Hospital of Providence Memorial Campus earlier this year. The Mata family says they are grateful for their health and for Roberto's recovery. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

New Mexico COVID-19 survivor calls recovery a miracle

Dec. 24, 2020 3:52 PM EST

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — Roberto and Mary Alice Mata, married for nearly 50 years, share smiles and hold onto each other’s hands inside their home. A Christmas tree is decorated with the names of family members, and photos of children and grandchildren cover an entire wall, with crosses scattered...

Police: Man says he killed neighbor to avenge son's death

Dec. 22, 2020 4:06 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico police said a 71-year-old man acknowledged killing his son's neighbor as the victim sat in a vehicle outside his house, claiming he was avenging his son's death. Edgar Segovia, 29, was found shot to death in his Las Cruces driveway Saturday, and Santiago Rascon was later...

New Mexico State University grows brand with official coffee

Dec. 22, 2020 12:20 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is growing its brand with a new coffee. Named after the desert peak that looms over the Las Cruces campus, “A” Mountain Roast adds to the school’s collection of collegiate-licensed products. NMSU already has official beer, wine and...