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New Mexico official in video blames 'Asians' for virus

Mar. 31, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county official is under fire for posting a social media video casting blame for the novel coronavirus pandemic on “Asians.” Luna County Safety and Risk Coordinator Tyler Massey posted an expletive-laden video on Snapchat earlier this month, where he...

State ethics commission considers merits of four complaints

Mar. 31, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's newly founded State Ethic Commission plans to meet by online video conference later this week to review the first four complaints it has received. The complaints will be reviewed by the seven-member panel Friday in an executive session without public access to...

New Mexico to tap satellite tracking during wildfire season

Mar. 31, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a new tool that could help crews get an early jump on any wildfires that might break out. The State Forestry Division will be getting real-time alerts via a satellite tracking system designed by the Santa Fe-based startup Descartes Labs. The program can detect...

Navajo poet Jake Skeets wins Whiting Award

Mar. 31, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Navajo poet Jake Skeets has been named one of the winners of this year's Whiting Award. The Gallup Independent reports the Giles Whiting Foundation recently announced Skeets as one of the 10 writers to receive the honor. Last year, he was named the winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston...

New Mexico election regulators want mail-in-only primary

Mar. 30, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local elections officials petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court for permission to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail, asserting that the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible to conduct traditional election-day balloting. Nearly all of the state's 33 county clerks signed...

Plans for Navajo Medicaid entity stall in leadership dispute

Mar. 30, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Plans for a Navajo Nation entity to manage Medicaid on the New Mexico portion of the reservation have stalled over disagreements between the tribal president and lawmakers. The Naat'aanii Development Corp. has been touting a plan that would incorporate traditional healing, customer...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Groups: More time needed to weigh New Mexico drilling plan

Mar. 30, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico's congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in asking federal land managers to grant more time for the public to comment on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas development near...

Hobbs News-Sun to end Saturday edition amid oil price drop

Mar. 30, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The Hobbs News-Sun is ending its Saturday edition and shrinking the size of the paper amid falling oil prices and the downtown caused by COVID-19. Hobbs News-Sun Publisher Daniel Russell announced Saturday that the moves were in response to economic pressures the newspaper faces in the...

Santa Fe police lieutenant faces domestic violence charge

Mar. 30, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe police lieutenant has been placed on alternative duty after he was arrested for domestic violence. Court records show Christopher McCord faces an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a household member charge stemming from arrest early this month in Albuquerque....

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, James Lujan is sworn in by the Rio Arriba County Commissioners as the new Rio Arriba County Sheriff in Espanola, N.M. Espanola Police said Lujan on Saturday, March 21, 2020, showed up drunk to a SWAT standoff, tried to order officers away, then ignored commands to leave the

Office probes claims sheriff showed up at standoff drunk

Mar. 30, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is reviewing a case involving a sheriff who police said showed up drunk to a SWAT standoff and tried to order officers away. Attorney General spokesman Matt Baca told The Associated Press late Friday a complaint naming Rio Arriba County...