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  • Hispanic Catholics asked to skip healing sites amid outbreak

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — El Santuario de Chimayó is one of many historic Hispanic Catholic healing sites limiting access — or outright closing — to pilgrims as the novel coronavirus spreads. From Colorado to France, Catholic officials are discouraging big gatherings and halting traditional excursions to sites devotees visit to seek miracles or healing. Public Masses have been canceled and Holy Week events likely won't occur.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico in line for small business loan help amid virusALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the state has qualified for a federal disaster loan assistance program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday the Small Business Administration's loan program is one of several tools that can help businesses, many of which have seen rapid declines in customer traffic and sales.

  • New Mexico in line for small business loan help amid virus

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the state has qualified for a federal disaster loan assistance program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday the Small Business Administration's loan program is one of several tools that can help businesses, many of which have seen rapid declines in customer traffic and sales.

Today in History

Mar 18, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Wednesday, March 18, the 78th day of 2020. There are 288 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 18, 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany's war against France and Britain.

  • New Mexico in line for small business loan help amid virus

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the state has qualified for a federal disaster loan assistance program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday the Small Business Administration's loan program is one of several tools that can help businesses, many of which have seen rapid declines in customer traffic and sales.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say two more people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus. A man in Taos County in his 50s and man in Santa Fe County in his 40s both recently tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total number in New Mexico to 23. It's the first positive test in Taos County. The National Guard is helping deliver food to some school districts scrambling to feed children on the first day of a statewide school shutdown.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard is helping to deliver food to some school districts as they scrambled to feed children on the first day of the statewide closure. Nine districts from Santa Fe and Estancia to Bloomfield, Silver City and Texico were without supplies as students there were supposed to be on spring break. The Albuquerque Journal reports the National Guard delivered the food Sunday night and Monday morning.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KOB-TV) — The New Mexico National Guard is helping to deliver food to some school districts as they scrambled to feed children on the first day of the statewide closure. Nine districts from Santa Fe and Estancia to Bloomfield, Silver City and Texico were without supplies as students there were supposed to be on spring break. The Albuquerque Journal reports the National Guard delivered the food Sunday night and Monday morning.

  • WATER PLANNING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico organizations will be sharing nearly $300,000 for projects aimed at improving watersheds. The Bureau of Reclamation says the money will go toward work being done by the Jornada Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Santa Fe Watershed Association and New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. The alliance will work with experts from the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Geological Survey to assess water quality and ecological resiliency in the Rio Chama.

Today in History

Mar 17, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, March 17, the 77th day of 2020. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 17, 1988, Avianca Flight 410, a Boeing 727, crashed after takeoff into a mountain in Colombia, killing all 143 people on board.

  • New Mexico groups share federal funding for water planning

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico organizations will be sharing nearly $300,000 for projects aimed at improving watersheds. The Bureau of Reclamation says the money will go toward work being done by the Jornada Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Santa Fe Watershed Association and New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. The alliance will work with experts from the University of New Mexico and the U.S.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Corrections Department isn't allowing any contact visits at the state's prisons and county jails have suspended visitations to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center and lockups in Santa Fe and San Miguel counties are among those temporarily discontinuing visits. New Mexico has reported 17 infections as testing ramps up around the state. Gov.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico ups social-distancing recommendations amid virusALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Corrections Department isn't allowing any contact visits at the state's prisons and county jails have suspended visitations to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center and lockups in Santa Fe and San Miguel counties are among those temporarily discontinuing visits. New Mexico has reported 17 infections as testing ramps up around the state. Gov.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Corrections Department isn't allowing any contact visits at the state's prisons and county jails have suspended visitations to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center and lockups in Santa Fe and San Miguel counties are among those temporarily discontinuing visits. New Mexico has reported 17 infections as testing ramps up around the state. Gov.

  • New Mexico jails suspend in-person visitations, test inmates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — County jails across New Mexico have suspended in-person visitations and are rapidly testing inmates to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials at Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center — the state's most populous county jail — announced last week it will temporarily discontinue all in-person visits to the secure area of the facility. Santa Fe County Department of Public Safety also has suspended visitation for residents at the jail facility.

Today in History

Mar 16, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Monday, March 16, the 76th day of 2020. There are 290 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlights in History:

On March 16, 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt Effie's farm in Auburn, Massachusetts.

  • New Mexico jails suspend in-person visitations, test inmates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — County jails across New Mexico have suspended in-person visitations and are rapidly testing inmates to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials at Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center — the state's most populous county jail — announced last week it will temporarily discontinue all in-person visits to the secure area of the facility. Santa Fe County Department of Public Safety also has suspended visitation for residents at the jail facility.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Albuquerque Journal) — New Mexico health officials say drive-up COVID-19 testing is now available at Lovelace Medical Center. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that the downtown medical center has announced plans to offer drive-up services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. It is unclear when those services are expected to stop. Chief medical officer Vesta Sandoval says mobile testing can reduce emergency room crowding and give better data to public health officials.

  • CATHOLIC CHURCH-EL FUTURO

PHOENIX (AP) — A booming Hispanic population is seen by many U.S. Roman Catholics as a key to the church's future. In large parts of the United States, recent years have been difficult for the church. Hundreds of schools and parishes have closed, and bankruptcy stemming from sexual abuse has hit hard in the Northeast. There's a different mood in the Southwest. Hispanics now account for 40% of all U.S. Catholics and a solid majority of school-age Catholics. But there are also some big challenges.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government says a new rule disqualifying more people from green cards if they use government benefits will not apply to immigrants who seek care for symptoms of the illness caused by coronavirus. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said late Friday that seeking treatment or preventive services won't affect someone's immigration status under the new public charge rule, which took effect last month.

Today in History

Mar 14, 2020

Today in History 

  • Today is Saturday, March 14, the 74th day of 2020. There are 292 days left in the year.

 Today's Highlight in History:

  • On March 14, 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America's cotton industry.

 On this date:

  • PUBLIC WATERS-ACCESS FIGHT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of outdoor groups is asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to weigh in on a long-running dispute over public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and others filed their petition Friday. They are seeking to invalidate a rule adopted previously by the state Game Commission that gives landowners the ability to petition wildlife managers to certify waters on private property as "non-navigable" and prohibit public access.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say 10 people in the state have now tested positive for the new coronavirus, with the new cases including household members of those who had previously tested positive. The new cases in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties come as students pick up laptops and books from school to settle into life at home without public gatherings for at least three weeks. Schools statewide were ordered to close as New Mexico authorities try to isolate known infections from the coronavirus.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say 10 people in the state have now tested positive for the new coronavirus, with the new cases including household members of those who had previously tested positive. The new cases in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties come as students pick up laptops and books from school to settle into life at home without public gatherings for at least three weeks. Schools statewide were ordered to close as New Mexico authorities try to isolate known infections from the coronavirus.

The Roman Catholic archdiocese for Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other parts of central and northern New Mexico has announced the immediate closings of its churches and schools "until further notice" to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.  A statement issued Thursday by the Santa Fe archdiocese said church officials were "particularly concerned about the safety and health of our elderly, children and our chronically ill population." New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that K-12 public schools will close for three weeks because of the outbreak.

  • DROUGHT-NEW MEXICO

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — A mountain village in central New Mexico has been awarded nearly $750,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that will be used to help the community bolster its resiliency to drought. The grant for Tijeras is part of an overall announcement made Thursday where 12 projects were selected to receive $7.5 million to increase the reliability of water supplies as well as improve water management and the environment.

Today in History

Mar 13, 2020

Today in History 

  • Today is Friday, March 13, the 73rd day of 2020. There are 293 days left in the year.

 Today's Highlight in History: 

  • On March 13, 2013, Jorge Bergoglio (HOHR'-hay behr-GOHG'-lee-oh) of Argentina was elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he was the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

On this date: 

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are temporarily banning many mass gatherings that involve 100 or more people in spaces such as stadiums or auditoriums to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. A nonprofit lab on Thursday increased the state's capacity to test for the virus by an additional 5,000 people. The state announced a fifth person had tested positive for the virus.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are temporarily banning many mass gatherings that involve 100 or more people in a space such as a stadium or auditorium in an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The move came as the state announced a fifth person had tested positive for the virus.. The public health order Thursday on gatherings provides exemptions for airports, mass transit, shopping malls, homeless shelters, courthouses, health care facilities, places of worship, weddings and funerals.  Gov.

  • New Mexico finds 5th virus infection, bans big gatherings

By MORGAN LEE Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are temporarily banning many mass gatherings that involve 100 or more people in a space such as a stadium or auditorium in an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The move came as the state announced a fifth person had tested positive for the virus..

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