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Wildlife managers use pup fostering to boost wolf genetics

May. 29, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record number of captive-born wolf pups has been placed into the wild as part of an effort by federal and state wildlife managers to boost the genetic diversity among Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern United States. The interagency team announced the results of this...

Open space patrols begin around Albuquerque amid fire danger

May. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters have started patrolling open space areas around New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area as dry conditions intensify and fire danger increases. The patrols being done by crews with Albuquerque Fire Rescue cover more than 53 square miles (137 square kilometers)...

This February 2019 photo released by Erica Sauder shows Sasha Krause, who authorities say disappeared from a Mennonite community near Farmington, N.M, in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in the forest outside Flagstaff, Ariz. (Erica Sauder via AP)

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

May. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct tape. Her...

New Mexico will lift many business restrictions on June 1

May. 28, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will allow restaurants, shopping malls and salons to reopen at limited capacity starting on Monday, June 1, as state health regulators relax restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes under a new...

New Mexico horse track eases into racing amid restrictions

May. 28, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Live horse racing has resumed in New Mexico, but there are no spectators in the stands and only online and drive-thru wagering is allowed under an ongoing public health order aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Some state racing regulators expressed concerns during a...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP contest for US House seat in New Mexico limps to end

May. 28, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The race for a swing U.S. House seat in southern New Mexico has seen a commercial using a cheerleader voice to mock one candidate. One hopeful has accused another of spreading false infidelity rumors. Ads say a candidate attended a San Diego pinata party on the taxpayers’...

New Mexico residents fear late mail ballot delivery

May. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico residents have raised concerns about receiving or returning their ballots in time to participate in the June 2 primary election. “I was expecting mine today, and I have not received it,” University of New Mexico employee Gary Bush said Wednesday....

Former New Mexico air base becomes home for grounded planes

May. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The downturn in the commercial air travel industry has turned into a boon for a former military base in New Mexico. The Roswell International Air Center has emerged as a major storage facility for planes that have been grounded by airlines due to age and lack of demand. The air center...

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 governor slammed for buying jewelry amid closures

May. 27, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing criticism for a jewelry purchase from a store in Albuquerque after she ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. The governor’s office said the transaction was done remotely and didn’t violate the order. But...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Congressman urges New Mexico to extend mail-in vote deadline

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Wednesday urged New Mexico´s top election regulator to provide more time for people to submit absentee ballots by mail in the state's June 2 primary even though state law may not allow it. Lujan requested Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...