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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...

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...

New Mexico universities feel pinch of pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 4:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are more freshman enrolled at the University of New Mexico than the previous two years and enrollment for first-time students at New Mexico State University is holding steady, but officials acknowledged Thursday that they're concerned about overall enrollment declines amid...

New Mexico quarterback Isaiah Chavez (13) runs by Fresno State defensive back Reggie Strong (7) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

New Mexico college teams finally returning home

Jan. 20, 2021 4:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — New Mexico State relocated to Arizona in an attempt to play a basketball season. Restrictions in the Aggies' home state made it impossible for them to even practice there, so they packed up and moved into a Phoenix resort. The pandemic had other plans. Hamstrung by COVID-19 issues inside and...

How education funding could change in New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2021 12:10 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is expected to increase near-term education funding and pursue long-term reforms that will change how schools are funded. Education accounts for about half of the approximately $7 billion in general funds that lawmakers will haggle over during the 60-day...

New Mexico state Sens. Shannon Pinto, D-Tohatchi, left;Katy Duhigg, D-Albuquerque, top; Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, bottom; and Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, right, stand for the opening of a 60-day legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fences, roadblocks, police and troops encircled the building as a precaution against federal warnings about the potential for violence. Plexiglass partitions have been installed on the floor of the House and Senate to protect legislators from coronavirus infection, and the Capitol is closed to the public to blunt the contagion. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers confronted daunting challenges as they began a 60-day session Tuesday amid an unrelenting coronavirus pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving...

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)

Officials urge precautions as virus hospitalizations decline

Jan. 19, 2021 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A recent decrease in statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations is not enough to ease up on mask wearing, social distancing or other measures aimed at curbing spread, top officials with New Mexico’s largest health care providers said Tuesday. The number of people hospitalized in...

People protesting the health orders of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stand outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Capitol, which houses the offices of the governor and the legislature, was closed to the public at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators are meeting Tuesday to pass an economic relief bill. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico governor postpones annual address to Legislature

Jan. 18, 2021 7:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has delayed indefinitely her annual State of the State address amid the dangers and logistical challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett says the speech will not take place at the opening of the...

Gov. Lujan Grisham not planning to attend Biden inauguration

Jan. 18, 2021 5:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington on Wednesday. Lujan Grisham's office told KOB-TV i n Albuquerque that the Democratic governor does not plan to attend the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Washington,...

This Jan. 14, 2021, screenshot shows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, upper left, and other state officials discussing the coronavirus pandemic during a remote online briefing. State officials touted New Mexico's novel system for getting people registered for vaccinations, saying the state has among the top vaccination rates in the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico seeks answers on federal rollout of vaccine doses

Jan. 15, 2021 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials said Friday that they were disappointed to learn that the state may not get as many vaccine doses as promised by the federal government just days ago. New Mexico is not alone as uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments has triggering...