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  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work on the state's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who once led the Department of Health, announced a nationwide search for a successor. Kunkel was appointed in January 2019.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work on the state's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who once led the Department of Health, announced a nationwide search for a successor. Kunkel was appointed in January 2019.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work at the forefront on the state's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who once led the Department of Health, announced a nationwide search for a successor. Kunkel was appointed in January 2019.

  • NEW POLITICAL PARTY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political group that helped a slate of progressive-minded legislative candidates prevail in New Mexico's Democratic primary has registered as a political party. The New Mexico Working Families Party on Thursday announced its certification by state election regulators as a minor political party. Leaders said they hope to establish fusion voting in which more than one political party can support a common candidate on the general election ballot.

(Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

  By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent letter to the U.S. Energy Department and the New Mexico Environment Department. Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico is in line for more federal funding to manufacture plutonium triggers for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 248 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total of confirmed infections to 12,520. Another three deaths also were reported Thursday, bringing that total to more than 500. The state's most populous county, Bernalillo, led all others with 97 additional cases reported for the day. In southern New Mexico, Doña Ana County reported an additional 42 confirmed cases.

  By MORGAN LEE Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes are being levied on home-delivered groceries that are tax free when purchased at stores in New Mexico, undercutting incentives to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of government income experts noted the problem Thursday as they delved into the financial consequences of COVID-19 and New Mexico's stay-at-home order to avoid infections. New Mexico lawmakers removed the gross receipts tax from sales of most food items in 2004, but the exemption covers only on-site sales.

Today in History

Jul 3, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, July 3, the 185th day of 2020. There are 181 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett's Charge. 

  • New Mexico cases total 12,520 heading into holiday weekend

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 248 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total of confirmed infections to 12,520. Another three deaths also were reported Thursday, bringing that total to more than 500. The state's most populous county, Bernalillo, led all others with 97 additional cases reported for the day. In southern New Mexico, Doña Ana County reported an additional 42 confirmed cases.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 248 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total of confirmed infections to 12,520. Another three deaths also were reported Thursday, bringing that total to more than 500. The state's most populous county, Bernalillo, led all others with 97 additional cases reported for the day. In southern New Mexico, Doña Ana County reported an additional 42 confirmed cases.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 248 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total of confirmed infections to 12,520. Another three deaths also were reported Thursday, bringing that total to more than 500. The state's most populous county, Bernalillo, led all others with 97 additional cases reported for the day. In southern New Mexico, Doña Ana County reported an additional 42 confirmed cases.

  • NUCLEAR WEAPONS-PUBLIC MEETINGS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent letter to the U.S. Energy Department and the New Mexico Environment Department. Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico is in line for more federal funding to manufacture plutonium triggers for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

  • VIRGIN GALACTIC-SPACESHIP

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is preparing to unveil the cabin interior of its spaceship as final testing of the craft nears completion in southern New Mexico. The space tourism company on Tuesday announced that the cabin's interior will be revealed during a virtual event planned for July 28 that will be streamed on YouTube.

  • COMMUNITY LIBRARIES-ALBUQUERQUE

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and a Wisconsin-based group have agreed on a new initiative to encourage residents to build "Little Free Libraries" throughout the region. The Little Free Library nonprofit organization announced this week that Albuquerque will help volunteers create small spaces where residents can trade books amid the pandemic. Under the agreement, the city's Office of Civic Engagement's​ ​One ABQ Volunteers​ program will work to expand the number of free libraries across the city.

  By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated PressRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and a Wisconsin-based group have agreed on a new initiative to encourage residents to build "Little Free Libraries" throughout the region. The Little Free Library nonprofit organization announced this week that Albuquerque will help volunteers create small spaces where residents can trade books amid the pandemic. Under the agreement, the city's Office of Civic Engagement's​ ​One ABQ Volunteers​ program will work to expand the number of free libraries across the city.

Today in History

Jul 2, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, July 2, the 184th day of 2020. There are 182 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On July 2, 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau (gee-TOH') at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.) 

  • Albuquerque to encourage 'Little Free Libraries' in city

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and a Wisconsin-based group have agreed on a new initiative to encourage residents to build "Little Free Libraries" throughout the region. The Little Free Library nonprofit organization announced this week that Albuquerque will help volunteers create small spaces where residents can trade books amid the pandemic.

  • POLICE BODY CAMERAS-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in New Mexico's most populous county have taken another step toward outfitting the sheriff's department with body cameras. The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday to appropriate $1 million that had been approved last year through an administrative resolution. The money can be used to purchase cameras, support services, subscriptions and infrastructure for the camera systems. The move comes as Gov.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime educator has been named the interim superintendent of the Albuquerque public school district. Scott Elder took the reins Wednesday, replacing Raquel Reedy, who retired June 30. The school board suspended its national search for a new superintendent when schools closed in March due to the spread of the coronavirus. In anticipation of related budget cuts, Elder said the district is looking at ways to save money. Elder started his career with the Albuquerque district teaching students whose native language wasn't English.

  • NEPHEW-UNCLE SHOOTING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man who claimed to shoot his uncle in self-defense is facing a murder charge.Albuquerque police upgraded charges against 25-year-old Joshua Martinez after the victim succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday.Authorities say Martinez called 911 Tuesday to report the shooting, saying 48-year-old Curtis Martinez tried to run him over with his car. Responding officers found Curtis Martinez slumped in his car with a gunshot wound to the head. He was immediately transported to a hospital.

(AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

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  • RACIAL INJUSTICE-CONQUISTADORS

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A Jemez Pueblo activist wants a New Mexico town to confront a conquistador image on a water tank. Roger Fragua, executive director of the nonprofit group Flower Hill Institute, recently sent a letter to the town of Bernalillo asking to the mayor to talk about the depiction. Fragua says the axe under the conquistador helmet is offensive to some Native Americans. Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres says he's open to beginning talks.

  By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated PressRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel "Bless Me, Ultima," has died. Anaya's niece, Belinda Henry, says the celebrated author died Sunday at his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home after a long illness. He was 82. Anaya came onto the scene with his breakthrough work, "Bless Me, Ultima," in 1972. The World War II-era novel about a young Mexican American boy's relationship with an older curandera, or healer, influenced a generation of Latino writers.

Today in History

Jul 1, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2020. There are 183 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On July 1, 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania. 

  • 'Conquistador' image on New Mexico water tank targeted

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A Jemez Pueblo activist wants a New Mexico town to confront a conquistador image on a water tank. Roger Fragua, executive director of the nonprofit group Flower Hill Institute, recently sent a letter to the town of Bernalillo asking to the mayor to talk about the depiction. Fragua says the axe under the conquistador helmet is offensive to some Native Americans. Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres says he's open to beginning talks.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — School districts in New Mexico are preparing their plans for resuming classes in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Las Cruces, district officials are reminding parents that all school-age children must be up to date on immunizations or have the proper exemption from the state Health Department. The Carlsbad school district is hopeful the overall lower number of COVID-19 positive cases in the community could mean a normal school year for students. There have been fewer than 80 cases in Eddy County.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico has passed the 12,000 mark. State health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 168 cases, raising the toll since the outbreak began to 12,147. They also reported four additional deaths, bringing the total of people in New Mexico who are known to have died from the coronavirus to 497. Department of Health officials say 36 of the 168 additional COVID-19 cases were reported in Bernalillo County, the state's most populous that includes the Albuquerque metro area.

  • BUDGET SOLVENCY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed a budget solvency plan seeking to mend a multibillion-dollar deficit by scaling back spending increases. But the Democrat vetoed Tuesday some cuts to public education and other areas. State government finances are reeling from the coronavirus epidemic's economic fallout and aggressive state emergency health restrictions designed to hold the virus at bay.

  • AP-US-TV-NATIVE-AMERICAN-MOVIE-STUDIO

TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico Native American tribe is opening a movie studio it hopes will attract big productions. Tesuque Pueblo recently converted its former casino near Santa Fe into a movie studio campus with more than 25,000 square feet of film shooting space. The tribe also dedicated more than 27 square miles on its land for outdoor movie scenes. Cheyenne and Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre is advising the studio and says the campus has many existing sets.

Pool The Albuquerque Journal

 

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