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  • BC-US-STUCK-ON-TRAM-RESCUE

Authorities in New Mexico say icing on a cable caused two tram cars to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, stranding 21 people overnight. A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said 20 people in one car were rescued early Saturday afternoon and that the one person in a second car was rescued several hours later.  The spokesperson said the people were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant.

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2022. There are 362 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 3, 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission. 

  • Crews rescue 21 people on stuck tram cars in New Mexico

Authorities in New Mexico say icing on a cable caused two tram cars to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, stranding 21 people overnight. A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said 20 people in one car were rescued early Saturday afternoon and that the one person in a second car was rescued several hours later.  The spokesperson said the people were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant.

  • Schools adapt for return from break as COVID-19 cases surge

Mask requirements are returning in some school districts that had dropped them. Some are planning to vastly ramp up virus testing among students and staff. And a small number of school system are switching to remote learning. Educators hope that's for just a short while, though.

  • Crews rescue 21 people on stuck tram cars in New Mexico

Authorities in New Mexico say icing on a cable caused two tram cars to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, stranding 21 people overnight. A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said 20 people in one car were rescued early Saturday afternoon and that the one person in a second car was rescued several hours later.  The spokesperson said the people were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say icing on a cable caused a tram car to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, stranding the 20 people aboard overnight. A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said all 20 people in the struck car were rescued as of Saturday afternoon as operations continued to extract another person who was in a second car nearby. The spokesman said those aboard the car when it got stuck at 10 p.m. Friday were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant.

  • LEGISLATOR RETIRES-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas is retiring from the New Mexico Legislature after a decade of advocacy for a district in central New Mexico and socially conservative causes. A spokesman for House Republicans announced Baldonado's departure Friday in a news release. The statement highlights efforts to fund a regional hospital and highway interchange in Valencia County.

On Jan. 1, 1950, Sam Phillips opened his first recording studio, the Memphis Recording Service.

Today in History

Jan 1, 2022

Today is Saturday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2022. There are 364 days left in the year.   

  •   Today's Highlight in History:  On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be "forever free." 

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  • LEGISLATOR RETIRES-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas is retiring from the New Mexico Legislature after a decade of advocacy for a district in central New Mexico and socially conservative causes. A spokesman for House Republicans announced Baldonado's departure Friday in a news release. The statement highlights efforts to fund a regional hospital and highway interchange in Valencia County.

  • LEGISLATOR RETIRES-NEW MEXICO

Hispanic Republican legislator retires in New Mexico HouseSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas is retiring from the New Mexico Legislature after a decade of advocacy for a district in central New Mexico and socially conservative causes. A spokesman for House Republicans announced Baldonado's departure Friday in a news release. The statement highlights efforts to fund a regional hospital and highway interchange in Valencia County.

  • LEGISLATOR RETIRES-NEW MEXICO

Hispanic Republican legislator retires in New Mexico HouseSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas is retiring from the New Mexico Legislature after a decade of advocacy for a district in central New Mexico and socially conservative causes. A spokesman for House Republicans announced Baldonado's departure Friday in a news release. The statement highlights efforts to fund a regional hospital and highway interchange in Valencia County.

  • Betty White, TV's Golden Girl, dies at 99

By FRAZIER MOORE  AP Television WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. White's death was confirmed by her longtime agent Jeff Witjas in a phone call Friday with publicist Pam Golum.

  • New Mexico sees test shortage as coronavirus cases top 2,000

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is running short of free at-home rapid tests to detect COVID-19 infections as the state struggles with the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The company that runs the state's program said Thursday that the state's supply of tests was overstretched. The announcement came hours after Democratic Gov.

  • REDISTRICTING-NEW MEXICO HOUSE

New Mexico governor signs state House redistricting measureSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to redraw election boundaries for seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat signed the measure Wednesday, calling it a "sound map that is representative and respectful of New Mexico's varied communities of interest." Republicans disagree. They have argued that the maps approved by the Democrat-led Legislature are partisan and far from fair representation.

  • Betty Fairfax High School, Ariz. 45, Piedra Vista 38
  • Cimarron 61, Mora 38
  • Goddard 53, Bloomfield 45
  • Grants 57, Canutillo, Texas 39
  • Hope Christian 51, Pecos 27
  • Laguna-Acoma 57, Dulce 31
  • Las Cruces 58, Valencia 31
  • Mayfield 60, Tucson, Ariz. 34
  • Santa Fe 35, Miyamura 30
  • Shiprock 61, Manzano 54

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  • Artesia 68, Pojoaque 47
  • Belen 57, Taos 51
  • Capital 65, Bernalillo 63
  • Carlsbad 65, Goddard 46
  • Deming 62, Manzano 57
  • Dulce 57, East Mountain 21
  • EP Montwood, Texas 63, Gallup 56
  • Hobbs 77, Cleveland 53
  • Mayfield 55, Piedra Vista 30
  • Portales 65, Tahoka, Texas 50
  • Robertson 57, Pecos 55
  • Santa Teresa 63, Valencia 60

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  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is reporting 74 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths. Wednesday's numbers pushed the cases on the vast reservation to 41,262, including 67 delayed reported cases. The death toll rose to 1,588. Tribal leaders continued to push for residents to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and washing hands.

  • Navijo Nation COVID-19

 Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is reporting 74 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths. Wednesday's numbers pushed the cases on the vast reservation to 41,262, including 67 delayed reported cases. The death toll rose to 1,588. Tribal leaders continued to push for residents to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and washing hands.

  • EDUCATION-NAVAJO INTERNET

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A school district in northwestern New Mexico is announcing a $1.2 million deal to provide hundreds of families with high-speed internet. Cuba schools superintendent Karen Sanchez-Griego says installations of SpaceX's Starlink receivers at students' homes started in November. She says her students can't wait any longer for quality internet access, which state and nearby tribal authorities never completely provided, even during the pandemic. The school district plans to install 450 units, which cost $500 each.

  • AP-US-NUCLEAR-WEAPONS-POWER-FIGHT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Indigenous leaders are concerned about a proposed multimillion-dollar transmission line that would cross what they consider sacred lands. The transmission line would bring more electricity to one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories as it looks to power ongoing operations and future missions that include manufacturing key components for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

  • NUCLEAR WEAPONS-POWER FIGHT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Indigenous leaders are concerned about a proposed multimillion-dollar transmission line that would cross what they consider sacred lands. The transmission line would bring more electricity to one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories as it looks to power ongoing operations and future missions that include manufacturing key components for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

  • New Mexico tribes concerned about plan to power nuclear lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Indigenous leaders are concerned about a proposed multimillion-dollar transmission line that would cross what they consider sacred lands. The transmission line would bring more electricity to one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories as it looks to power ongoing operations and future missions that include manufacturing key components for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

  • SLAIN SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman who was convicted of killing a Mennonite woman after kidnapping her in New Mexico and taking her to Arizona will be sentenced next month. An Arizona judge scheduled Mark Gooch's sentencing for Jan. 19. Prosecutors and the defense said during a meeting Tuesday that they were ready to proceed. Gooch was accused of kidnapping Sasha Krause in January 2020 at a church near Farmington, where she was gathering material for Sunday school.

  • MINIMUM WAGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's hourly minimum wage is set to increase by a dollar to $11.50 at the start of 2022. The Workforce Solutions Department on Monday issued a reminder to employers and workers of the pending increase. Reforms signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and adopted in 2019 gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 by 2023. President Joe Biden has proposed to raise the federal minimum wage requirement for most workers to $15 an hour from $7.25.

  • EP Burges, Texas 77, Deming 18
  • Farmington 75, Grants 33
  • Hobbs 66, EP Pebble Hills, Texas 41
  • Las Cruces 63, Shiprock 22
  • Mayfield 43, EP El Dorado, Texas 32
  • Portales 58, Springlake-Earth, Texas 42
  • Valencia 38, Artesia 36

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  • Belen 48, Bernalillo 45
  • Centennial 70, Santa Teresa 46
  • Cleveland 54, Mayfield 40
  • Coronado 52, Deming 50
  • EP Coronado, Texas 52, Deming 50
  • EP Montwood, Texas 75, Pojoaque 48
  • Gallup 65, Artesia 52
  • Hobbs 89, Piedra Vista 34
  • Silver 59, Manzano 52
  • Socorro 69, Robertson 66
  • Taos 72, Capital 69
  • Tulia, Texas 47, Portales 45
  • West Las Vegas 73, Pecos 65

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  • MINIMUM WAGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's hourly minimum wage is set to increase by a dollar to $11.50 at the start of 2022. The Workforce Solutions Department on Monday issued a reminder to employers and workers of the pending increase. Reforms signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and adopted in 2019 gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 by 2023. President Joe Biden has proposed to raise the federal minimum wage requirement for most workers to $15 an hour from $7.25.

  • New Mexico will raise minimum wage to $11.50 for 2022

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's hourly minimum wage is set to increase by a dollar to $11.50 at the start of 2022. The Workforce Solutions Department on Monday issued a reminder to employers and workers of the pending increase. Reforms signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and adopted in 2019 gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 by 2023. President Joe Biden has proposed to raise the federal minimum wage requirement for most workers to $15 an hour from $7.25.

  • REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With authorities logging more than a dozen DWI arrests in the Albuquerque area since Christmas Eve, there are more calls for New Mexico to crack down on repeat offenders. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that many of the cases over the past year involve first time offenses. But officers have seen some familiar faces, including a woman who marked her fifth DWI offense in May after she was stopped for driving 103 mph on Interstate 40.

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