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New Mexico lawmakers to consider prescribed fire measure

Jan. 20, 2021 12:07 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s energy and natural resources agency is putting its support behind legislation that it says would clear the way for more prescribed fires as the state deals with climate change. The measure would clarify liability for private landowners who conduct prescribed burns...

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...

Former New Mexico legislator known for wise, calm demeanor

Jan. 15, 2021 10:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator who was known for his advocacy in protecting people who are incapacitated and placed under legal guardianship has died, Senate Republicans announced Friday. Republican Jim White served one term in the Senate representing parts of Albuquerque, and Sandoval,...

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...

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New Mexico legislative priorities start with virus, economy

Jan. 14, 2021 7:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democratic legislators in the New Mexico House of Representatives say the coronavirus pandemic and recovery efforts will drive efforts as lawmakers meet next week to push forward legislation on the economy, education and health care. “Our House Democratic priorities are to...

Fencing blocks the entrance to an New Mexico State capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The barriers were erected following the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., after safety concerns for the upcoming legislative session. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico declares security emergency ahead of inauguration

Jan. 14, 2021 6:51 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to credible intelligence about threats of violence at statehouse buildings across the country and deployed members of the New Mexico National Guard to Washington for President-elect Joe Biden’s...

New Mexico utility regulators ready for big issues in 2021

Jan. 9, 2021 10:11 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Public Regulation Commission’s five elected members won’t waddle away like lame ducks, despite voter approval to replace them with three governor-appointed commissioners. Constitutional Amendment 1, approved by 56% of voters in November, will transform the...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, New Mexico state police officers screen cars for compliance with an emergency lockdown order that bans nonessential visitors and limits vehicle passengers to two people as they enter Gallup, N.M. From lockdowns in tribal communities to the economic and social fallout reverberating through every facet of life in New Mexico, the coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. COVID-19 infections were on track to top 140,000 by the end of the year, with the curve taking its steepest rise in November as part of what state health officials described as the third surge to hit New Mexico. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

High court weighs whether state should compensate businesses

Jan. 7, 2021 11:46 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In final written arguments published Thursday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration urged the state Supreme Court to reject demands that businesses be compensated for losses linked to pandemic-related public health orders. The high court is weighing whether...

Pandemic forces New Mexico legislative session to go virtual

Jan. 6, 2021 10:36 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Roundhouse will be off limits to the public and lobbyists as New Mexico’s upcoming legislative session will feature many virtual committee hearings and floor debates due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Leading state lawmakers met Wednesday to discuss safety precautions...

This Dec. 16, 2020 image provided by UNM Health shows the first round of health care workers getting COVID-19 vaccinations at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, N. M.(UNM Health via AP)

Official: New Mexico among top states in vaccine rollout

Jan. 6, 2021 6:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is among the top states in the U.S. when it comes to vaccine distribution. But state Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said Wednesday that more work is being done to ensure that providers can quickly and accurately report the number of doses that are being...