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The Fort Union Drive-In in Las Vegas, N.M, is shown as an audience watches the movie

Drive-in in New Mexico offering vintage feel amid COVID-19

Jul. 11, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Judy Gonzales and Kathy Ortiz first pulled into the Fort Union Drive-In back in the early 1990s — and then made a habit of it. These days, they head to the outdoor movie theater with Ortiz’s grandson, Seth Gomez. On a recent Friday night, the three of them curled up in...

In this photo provided by the Billy The Kid Museum, a sign stands outside the museum in Fort Sumner, N.M., in De Baca county, Thursday, July 9, 2020. De Baca is one of two counties in the state where no coronavirus cases have been confirmed. “Most everybody tries to respect each other’s space,” says Tim Sweet, who runs the museum. (Tim Sweet/Billy The Kid Museum via AP)

No COVID-19 around these parts, for 1 New Mexico county

Jul. 10, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases increase across the Southwest, and New Mexico adds new restrictions to a public health order, there are still communities where not a single resident has tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two rural New Mexico counties had not had a single...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

New Mexico halts school sports, indoor dining, filmaking

Jul. 9, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections within its boundaries and neighboring Texas and Arizona, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday. Grisham...

North Dakota man told to pay $74K for poaching mule deer

Jul. 9, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. The state Department of Game and Fish reported Wednesday that Cody Davis also was ordered to make a $3,000 donation to the Operation Game Thief program....

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State's effort to limit the impact of the disease on residents, during a news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday May 27, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico marks 2nd highest daily new COVID-19 case count

Jul. 8, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide what authority the state has to enforce certain provisions of the public health orders that have stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic. Arguments will be presented during an Aug. 4 remote hearing. About a dozen business...

Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding

Jul. 8, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. Lujan...

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 mandates police body cameras in wake of protests

Jul. 8, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will require that all state and local police officers wear body cameras in response to concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The reforms apply to local and state law enforcement officers with...

New Mexico fines Denver-based firm $5.3M for air pollution

Jul. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has fined an oil and gas company more than $5.3 million for repeated violations of state air pollution standards. DCP Midstream was issued a compliance order Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Denver-based company said DCP received the order and plans...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, hot air balloons prepare to lift off as part of a mass ascension during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. There will be no hot air balloons lifting off this fall as part of an international fiesta that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and ballooning teams from around the world to the heart of New Mexico. This would have marked the 49th year for the event, a colorful spectacle that is responsible for infusing millions of dollars into the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico offers $400 million in small-business loans

Jul. 7, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will offer small businesses up to $400 million in low-interest loans to help them withstand economic turmoil linked to the coronavirus pandemic under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The legislation also makes a smaller pool of loans available to local...