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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, the Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season in Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Opera, balloon fest among businesses getting virus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera, the Meow Wolf art collaborative and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among thousands of New Mexico businesses that received loans from the U.S. government as part of the massive effort to support the...

FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn poses in his home in Santa Fe, N.M. People who’ve had to rescue imperiled treasure seekers in the Rocky Mountains say they're glad to hear that the legendary Fenn treasure is found. Retired Santa Fe art and antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn announced June 6 that a man who doesn't want to be named recently found the estimated $2 million chest containing coins, gold nuggets and other valuables. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

Announcement of found treasure doesn't stop speculation

Jul. 3, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure may have been discovered in early June, but that hasn’t stopped fortune hunters from speculating about where it was hidden. When Fenn, a former art dealer from Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced the discovery he did not say who found his...

Democratic Sensators Clemente Sanchez of Grants, left, and John Arthur Smith, of Deming, listen to a tribute from colleagues during a special session Saturday, June 20, 2020. The session may be their last after losing in the June 2 primary to more progressive contenders. The New Mexico Legislature met in a special session to address a gaping budget hole linked to the coronavirus and economic upheaval. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New minor party pushes for 'fusion voting' in New Mexico

Jul. 3, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political group that helped a slate of progressive-minded legislative candidates prevail in New Mexico's Democratic primary has registered as a political party. The New Mexico Working Families Party on Thursday announced its certification by state election regulators as a minor...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks about the uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state and her decision to hold off on opening more of the economy during a news conference at the state Capitol on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Home deliveries don't get food-tax exemption during pandemic

Jul. 2, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes are being levied on home-delivered groceries that are tax free when purchased at stores in New Mexico, undercutting incentives to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, tax policy experts warned Thursday. A panel of government income experts including Taxation Secretary...

In this June 25, 2020 photo, Cheyenne and Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre, an advisor to Camel Rock Studio, talks about Tesuque Pueblo's new film studio in Santa Fe, N.M. The Native American tribe in northern New Mexico has opened up the movie studio at the site of a former casino aimed at attracting big productions in what is believed to be a first by a Indigenous tribal government in the U.S. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

Jun. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A small northern New Mexico Native American tribe has opened a movie studio in a former casino that it hopes will lure big productions. The Tesuque Pueblo recently converted the building near Santa Fe into a movie studio campus called Camel Rock Studios with more than 25,000...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico judge rejects bid to dismiss education case

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Monday rejected a motion by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to dismiss a landmark education lawsuit that was filed against the state and cleared the way for groups behind the complaint to further scrutinize the state's efforts. First District Judge Matthew Wilson had...

This bronze statue of Don Juan de Onate leading a group of Spanish settlers from an area near what is now Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, to what was then the northern most province of New Spain in 1598 stands outside the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, June 12, 2020. The collection of statues, which includes an indigenous guide, a priest, women settlers and soldiers, is titled

Spanish colonial monuments fuel race strife in US Southwest

Jun. 27, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Statues of Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate are now in storage after demonstrators in New Mexico threatened to topple them. Protesters in California have pulled down sculptures of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, and now schools, parks and streets named after Spanish...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2010, file photo crowds enjoy the day at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. New Mexico officials say they are heartbroken but that the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to cancel this year's state fair. Dan Mourning, the fair’s general manager, confirmed in a video message released Friday, June 26, 2020, that the 11-day show wouldn't happen. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Virus concerns force cancellation of New Mexico State Fair

Jun. 26, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have forced officials Friday to cancel this year's New Mexico State Fair, making it the latest casualty in a string of other big-ticket events that have been indefinitely postponed or scrapped altogether. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

Victoria Haddox, 33, of Rio Rancho, looks at the shuttered entrance of New Mexico state capitol Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Haddox, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5890, was among a crowd of 20 members of private clubs and fraternal orders who gathered to urge the governor to lift their organizations from a COVID-19 closure order. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico cases near 11,000 as vets call for posts to open

Jun. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The statewide total of COVID-19 infections in New Mexico neared 11,000 on Wednesday as health officials reported an additional 156 positive tests and four more deaths. The latest cases come as the state eases restrictions on some segments of the economy, including allowing breweries,...

New Mexico urges visitors to use masks to stop virus spread

Jun. 23, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is under a state order for residents and travelers to wear masks in public places, but visitors to Santa Fe continue to stroll through downtown with uncovered faces. City officials plan to post signs by this weekend encouraging the use of masks to slow the spread of the...