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Oct 12, 2020
  • New Mexico homeless shelter reports more coronavirus cases

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are confirming more COVID-19 infections at the city's homeless shelter as cases statewide are on the rise. The city on Sunday reported an additional 72 cases at the shelter. Anyone at the shelter who's experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is isolated and tested. Officials have been able to use some hotels to house those who test positive in an effort to curb spread among the homeless population. New Mexico has had some of the most restrictive health orders in place since the pandemic began but has been reporting sharp increases in recent days. 

  • Navajo Nation reports 20 new coronavirus cases, no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials report 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths. The latest numbers released Sunday night bring the total number of cases to 10,696 with the death toll remaining at 565. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has said he is concerned about 85 news COVID-19 cases that were found late last week on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Nez says the resurgence in new coronavirus cases was "very troubling" and could very well lead to widespread infections as seen in the spring. A shelter-in-place order and other measures remain in effect on the Navajo Nation. 

  • Trump inks law addressing missing, murdered Native Americans

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill named for a Fargo murder victim to address cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. Savanna's Act, which is named for Savanna Greywind, passed the House last month after passing the Senate earlier this year. The bill was introduced by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, last Congress and was reintroduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, in the current Congress. The law is meant to help police track, solve and prevent crimes against Native Americans. It directs the Departments of Justice and Interior to consult with American Indian tribes while developing national law enforcement guidelines.

  • Remote schooling forces child welfare agencies to adapt

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Child welfare monitoring and enforcement have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers, the backbone of the abuse and neglect reporting system, are separated from their students by remote learning. In New Mexico, schools, state agencies, and law enforcement officials say the lack of in-person schooling has required more attention. Reports of "educational neglect" can lead investigators to a household where children are unfed, unkempt, and unschooled. But it can also mean a capable parent has had trouble with Wi-Fi. In Albuquerque, law enforcement officers are applying a light touch to truancy calls that don't result in arrest and regularly connect families to social services.

  • Forecasters: Hot, dry, windy weather on tap for New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say much of New Mexico will be hot, dry and windy this weekend, with wildfire smoke in some areas. The National Weather Service says there will be record and near-record temperatures ranging from 8 to 17 degrees above normal through Saturday and that winds will strengthen statewide on Sunday, creating concerns about wildfires. Forecasters also say chances for precipitation will be near zero across all of northern and central New Mexico. And the weather service says smoke from a wildfire in eastern Arizona will continue to impact the area around the New Mexico communities of Glenwood, Reserve and Socorro.

  • Former frat member sentenced for shooting student as hazing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico State University fraternity member who shot another student during a hazing ritual last year was given an 18-month suspended sentence on Friday. Miguel Altamirano pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated. Altamirano shot Jonathan Sillas in the leg at a campground in November 2019 during hazing for the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the university. The university revoked Kappa Sigma's charter and Altamirano was expelled. 

  • Virus infections set new one-day record in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo County, with the state's most populous urban area, accounted for 135 new cases, while Dona Ana had 81. Lea and Chaves counties together accounted for 77 new cases. The state's infection and positivity rates for the spread of the virus are climbing as the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham holds the line on emergency public health restrictions. 

  • Navajo Nation members eligible for $1,500 for virus relief

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation will be eligible for payments of up to $1,500 as part of the tribe's response to the coronavirus. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer on Friday approved the $49 million plan adopted by the tribal council. The funding comes from the tribe's share of federal coronavirus relief funding. Adults will be eligible for payments of $1,500 while minors are eligible for $500. Nez said in a statement that there isn't enough funding to cover payments for all enrolled members of the tribe, so the money should be directed to elders and those most in need.Latest New Mexico news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. MDT

  • New Mexico homeless shelter reports more coronavirus cases

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are confirming more COVID-19 infections at the city's homeless shelter as cases statewide are on the rise. The city on Sunday reported an additional 72 cases at the shelter. Anyone at the shelter who's experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is isolated and tested. Officials have been able to use some hotels to house those who test positive in an effort to curb spread among the homeless population. New Mexico has had some of the most restrictive health orders in place since the pandemic began but has been reporting sharp increases in recent days. 

  • Navajo Nation reports 20 new coronavirus cases, no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials report 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths. The latest numbers released Sunday night bring the total number of cases to 10,696 with the death toll remaining at 565. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has said he is concerned about 85 news COVID-19 cases that were found late last week on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Nez says the resurgence in new coronavirus cases was "very troubling" and could very well lead to widespread infections as seen in the spring. A shelter-in-place order and other measures remain in effect on the Navajo Nation.  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill named for a Fargo murder victim to address cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. Savanna's Act, which is named for Savanna Greywind, passed the House last month after passing the Senate earlier this year. The bill was introduced by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, last Congress and was reintroduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, in the current Congress. The law is meant to help police track, solve and prevent crimes against Native Americans. It directs the Departments of Justice and Interior to consult with American Indian tribes while developing national law enforcement guidelines.

  • Remote schooling forces child welfare agencies to adapt

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Child welfare monitoring and enforcement have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers, the backbone of the abuse and neglect reporting system, are separated from their students by remote learning. In New Mexico, schools, state agencies, and law enforcement officials say the lack of in-person schooling has required more attention. Reports of "educational neglect" can lead investigators to a household where children are unfed, unkempt, and unschooled. But it can also mean a capable parent has had trouble with Wi-Fi. In Albuquerque, law enforcement officers are applying a light touch to truancy calls that don't result in arrest and regularly connect families to social services.

  • Forecasters: Hot, dry, windy weather on tap for New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say much of New Mexico will be hot, dry and windy this weekend, with wildfire smoke in some areas. The National Weather Service says there will be record and near-record temperatures ranging from 8 to 17 degrees above normal through Saturday and that winds will strengthen statewide on Sunday, creating concerns about wildfires. Forecasters also say chances for precipitation will be near zero across all of northern and central New Mexico. And the weather service says smoke from a wildfire in eastern Arizona will continue to impact the area around the New Mexico communities of Glenwood, Reserve and Socorro.

  • Former frat member sentenced for shooting student as hazing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico State University fraternity member who shot another student during a hazing ritual last year was given an 18-month suspended sentence on Friday. Miguel Altamirano pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated. Altamirano shot Jonathan Sillas in the leg at a campground in November 2019 during hazing for the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the university. The university revoked Kappa Sigma's charter and Altamirano was expelled.  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo County, with the state's most populous urban area, accounted for 135 new cases, while Dona Ana had 81. Lea and Chaves counties together accounted for 77 new cases. The state's infection and positivity rates for the spread of the virus are climbing as the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham holds the line on emergency public health restrictions. 

  • Navajo Nation members eligible for $1,500 for virus relief

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation will be eligible for payments of up to $1,500 as part of the tribe's response to the coronavirus. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer on Friday approved the $49 million plan adopted by the tribal council. The funding comes from the tribe's share of federal coronavirus relief funding. Adults will be eligible for payments of $1,500 while minors are eligible for $500. Nez said in a statement that there isn't enough funding to cover payments for all enrolled members of the tribe, so the money should be directed to elders and those most in need.