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  • Cyberattacks increasingly hobble pandemic-weary US schools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cybersecurity experts say that ransomware attacks on K-12 schools have increased during the pandemic. Cyberattacks have crippled schools in recent weeks as teachers become more reliant on computers to take attendance and deliver lessons. Before the pandemic, cyber hacks of schools rarely led to canceled classes. Snow days are less frequent because children can learn from home when there's bad weather. But this month at least two schools in New Mexico and Wisconsin took "cyber snow days," canceling classes to repair the damage from attacks by hackers. Disruptions of software used to record attendance and grades make teaching even more stressful on top of COVID-19 protocols and staffing shortages. 

  • Police investigate shooting in Albuquerque's southwest area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they are investigating a shooting in the southwest part of the city. They say the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in a neighborhood. One person was taken to a hospital for treatment, but police didn't immediately release the victim's name or condition or the circumstances that led to the shooting.

  • Albuquerque is distributing about 80K at-home COVID-19 tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some 80,000 at-home COVID-19 tests are beginning to be handed out by city officials in areas of Albuquerque determined to need them the most. The supplies are from the federal government and the distribution has started in areas of high social vulnerability. KOB-TV reports that the Barelas Senior Center was one of the first stops. Each person who wanted the at-home tests were getting four kits, which is eight COVID-19 tests total. Albuquerque has 25 locations designated for distribution, including community centers, libraries, and local organizations. City officials say that there eventually will be test instructions in 12 different languages. 

  • Bernalillo County on fast track to fill legislative vacancy

ALBUQUERQUE, N/M. (AP) — With the New Mexico Legislative in session, Bernalillo County commissioners are on a fast track to replace a Democratic lawmaker who resigned her House seat representing an Albuquerque district. A day after Rep. Brittney Barreras announced her resignation to focus on her mental health, the county announced Saturday that the County Commission will hold a special meeting Wednesday to appoint a replacement for Barreras. The county said the deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Barreras was halfway through her first term when she abruptly announced her resignation through a statement issued by the Democratic caucus. 

  • Last Afghan refugees depart Air Force base in New Mexico

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The last Afghan refugees have departed Holloman Air Force Base where they were temporarily housed while being resettled in the United States after being relocated following the U.S. military's withdrawal from their home country. Base officials said a tent city at Holloman sheltered a total of nearly 7,100 Afghans during the five months since the first arrived Aug. 31. The last refugees at departed Wednesday from Holloman where Aman Omid Village housed a rolling average of about 4,500 Afghan refugees. Holloman was one of eight U.S. military installations used for Operation Allies Welcome. Refugees remain at four of the bases.

  • Mexican gray wolf that tried to cross border shot in leg

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf that drew media attention late last year after it appeared to spend five days pacing along the border fence separating New Mexico from Mexico has been found with a serious gunshot wound. The Center for Biological Diversity announced Friday evening that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used a helicopter to track the injured wolf and used a tranquilizer dart to sedate it. The animal called "Mr. Goodbar" was then taken to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo and veterinarians planned to amputate part or all of its injured leg. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says the wolf will probably be released back to the wild after it recovers. 

  • Preproduction of Oppenheimer movie underway in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Preproduction is underway in northern New Mexico for a film directed by Christopher Nolan about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist called the father of the atomic bomb for his leading role in World War II's Manhattan Project. Casting calls were scheduled Saturday and Sunday in Santa Fe and Los Alamos for people to portray local residents, military personnel and scientists. According to Alessi Hartigan Casting, additional extras are needed for academics, college students, drivers, executives and military wives. Los Alamos was the site of the secret base where bomb components were assembled for the 1945 test code-named Trinity at a desert location in southern New Mexico.

  • Albuquerque mayor pleads with lawmakers to help with crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller made another plea to New Mexico lawmakers to help with the city's crime problem. He testified Friday before a House committee on legislation that would clear the way for the most violent defendants to be kept behind bars pending trial. Republican Rep. Greg Nibert said he has been working for years to fix what many have described as a broken system. He likened the current state of criminal justice to a slap on the wrist. But he said the state needs to ensure that any changes to its pretrial detention system are constitutional. Defense attorneys talked instead about improving pretrial supervision and other options.