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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)

New Mexico restaurants bristle at rolling back indoor dining

Jul. 13, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s revamped public health order took effect Monday, and some restaurant owners aren’t happy that they have been ordered to roll back indoor dining. The owners say they have gone to great lengths to make their establishments safe and that the...

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office is Steven Ray Baca. New Mexico prosecutors on Monday, July 13, 2020, amended the complaint against a man who they say opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador, charging him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after one protester was shot and injured. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said he added the charge because he believed Baca had repeatedly provoked protesters before the shooting. He cited video and witness statements collected as part of an investigation by state police into the June 15 confrontation. (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

New Mexico man facing new charge related to protest melee

Jul. 13, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prosecutors on Monday amended a complaint against a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador, charging him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after one protester was shot and injured....

New Mexico reports 262 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Jul. 13, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico reported an additional 262 COVID-19 cases and two more confirmed deaths Sunday. That increased the statewide death toll to 545 and the confirmed cases total to 15,028. The New Mexico Department of Health said 111 of the additional cases were in...

Body found in northeast Albuquerque; looks like a homicide

Jul. 12, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A body has been found in northeast Albuquerque and it appears to be a homicide case, police said Sunday. They said officers responded to a call out to Thunderbird Little League about 9 a.m. . Police said a person who was out walking their dog found the body on the ground south of...

New Mexico Rep. Linda Trujillo resigns amid financial woes

Jul. 10, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state representative has resigned from the Legislature, citing financial burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Rep. Linda Trujillo submitted her resignation Thursday to the secretary of state’s office after having won election to the House in...

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...

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...

Funding approved for housing in 6 New Mexico communities

Jul. 8, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority has approved more than $74 million for eight housing developments in six communities around the state. The funding comes through the federal low-income housing tax credit program. The projects will result in more than 260 new apartments...

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...

Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M. A confrontation erupted between protesters and a group of armed men who were trying to protect the statue before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting: “Tear it down.” One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. Moments later a few gunshots could be heard down the street and people started yelling that someone had been shot. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico militia refusing to stand down amid protests

Jul. 6, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

WAGON WHEEL, N.M. (AP) — Bryce Provance scratches combat formations into the dry earth as four others — camouflaged in bulletproof helmets and vests — watch intently. Each man holds a high-powered rifle tight to his body with a pistol and several magazines often ready on his hip. You would...