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FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the...

Remote learning fails many New Mexico students, report says

Oct. 28, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As many as four in five New Mexico public school students are failing at least one class in some of the state's school districts, according to data made public Wednesday by legislative analysts. They delivered their report as state lawmakers consider the impact of school closures,...

Navajo energy company in talks over coal-fired power plant

Oct. 28, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations between New Mexico’s largest electric utility and the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. could determine whether the tribe acquires a stake in one of the few remaining coal-fired power plants in the Southwest U.S. Officials with Public Service Co. of New Mexico, or...

Navajo Nation seeks more paper applications for virus funds

Oct. 28, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation said it is working to release more paper applications for a tribal hardship assistance program after application shortages caused challenges for chapters and tribal members. The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller made applications available Monday to enrolled...

New Mexico pueblo leadership council gets new chairman

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A leadership council that represents Native American pueblos across New Mexico has a new chairman. The All Pueblo Council of Governors announced Tuesday that Wilfred Herrera Jr. of Laguna Pueblo will serve as chairman after J. Michael Chavarria of Santa Clara Pueblo submitted his...

Sandy Martinez begins filling in the first in-person ballot of the day at an early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Early voting centers opened Saturday across the state. In-person early voting extends for two weeks through Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico high court rejects GOP suit on absentee ballots

Oct. 27, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Tuesday by the state Republican Party alleging that partisan poll challengers are being unfairly denied oversight of the initial absentee ballot verification process. Three justices including the court's lone Republican, Judith Nakamura,...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

Oct. 27, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on...

Medical personnel conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday afternoon May 4, 2020, at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, N.M. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico building infrastructure for vaccine distribution

Oct. 27, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could be well into next year before a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, but top health officials in New Mexico said Tuesday that they have submitted their plan to the federal government for building the infrastructure, tracking systems and partnerships that will be needed...

Carlsbad to consider future of its New Mexico State campus

Oct. 27, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — This city has assembled a task force to consider the future of its New Mexico State University Carlsbad campus, including the possibility of operating as an independent university. The university system removed the president position in August from its Carlsbad and other branch...

University of New Mexico regents choose new school seal

Oct. 27, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico’s largest university have decided on a new design for the school's official seal to replace one that had sparked protests. University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that the decision was made during a recent meeting, but it will likely take...