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New Mexico reopens classrooms to some students after halt

Jan. 18, 2021 2:38 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Classrooms in some New Mexico schools were scheduled on Monday to allow in-person education for the first time this semester. In-person classes were temporarily suspended by the state for two weeks earlier this month to prevent a feared increase in COVID-19 cases, Albuquerque...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Cowboys for Trump leader and Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, center, talks with Republican New Mexico state Rep. Candy Ezzell of Roswell, N.M., at a protest against gun control and pro-abortion rights legislation outside the New Mexico State Capitol, in Santa Fe, N.M. A New Mexico county official who runs a group called

Cowboys for Trump leader arrested over US Capitol riot

Jan. 17, 2021 7:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump who had vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested Sunday by the FBI. Otero County Commissioner...

New Mexico reports 751 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths

Jan. 17, 2021 6:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 751 new COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths. The latest numbers increased the state’s totals to 163,637 cases and 2,932 deaths since the pandemic began. Of the 751 new cases, 173 were reported in Bernalillo County, the...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON SUNDAY, JAN. 17, AND THEREAFTER - This undated image shows a piece of Las Vegas' history, the Gordon's Jewelry electric clock, in its original location near the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Sixth Street in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The clock's restoration was started by Bob Miser before he died in 2020. The project was completed by the Las Vegas New Mexico Community Foundation. (Phil Scherer/The Daily Optic via AP)

Historic downtown fixture returned to Las Vegas, New Mexico

Jan. 17, 2021 11:01 AM EST

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Since the 1920s, an electric clock has adorned the sidewalk along Douglas Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. That is, until 2013, when strong winds broke the clock free from its base. Thanks to the hard work of many people in the community, the clock has now been restored and returned to...

Diong scores 20 to carry UNLV past New Mexico 77-54

Jan. 16, 2021 8:23 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mbacke Diong had a career-high 20 points as UNLV easily beat New Mexico 77-54 on Saturday. Diong hit 9 of 11 shots. The win came hours after UNLV announced that starting point guard Marvin Coleman (6.7 ppg, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds) was out for the remainder of the season with a stress...

New Mexico reports 1,092 additional virus cases, 36 deaths

Jan. 16, 2021 6:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday reported 1,092 additional known COVID-19 cases and 36 additional deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 162,893 cases and 2,910 deaths. Counties with triple-digit numbers of new cases included Bernalillo and Dona Ana while McKinley, San Juan and...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

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...

Albuquerque councilor accuses former lawmaker of advances

Jan. 15, 2021 7:25 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque City Councilor Lan Sena is accusing a former Democratic state lawmaker of abusing his position of power by making unwanted sexual advances toward her when she served as a campaign staffer in 2019. Sena this week issued an open letter through an attorney, saying Abbas...