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  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico governor warns of family, Labor Day gatheringsALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says family gatherings and long holiday weekends have been a source of infection for many New Mexicans who have contracted COVID-19. She warned during a briefing Thursday that gatherings in a COVID-19 world make for the worst possible situation. She asked everyone to buckle down and stick to the five-person limit mandated by the state's public health order.

  • COLORADO RIVER FUTURE

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Projections for water levels in two massive lakes in the U.S. West are expected to remain high enough to avert severe cuts in states that rely on the Colorado River. Despite the optimistic forecast, water officials say there's no time to waste to prepare for a drier future as climate change and prolonged drought shrink the amount of water available for cities and farms.

  • COLORADO RIVER FUTURE

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Projections for water levels in two massive lakes in the U.S. West are expected to remain high enough to avert severe cuts in states that rely on the Colorado River. Despite the optimistic forecast, water officials say there's no time to waste to prepare for a drier future as climate change and prolonged drought shrink the amount of water available for cities and farms.

Today in History

11 hours ago

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2020. There are 139 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On August 14, 1997, an unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. (McVeigh was executed by lethal injection in 2001.) 

  • US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Projections for water levels in two massive lakes in the U.S. West are expected to remain high enough to avert severe cuts in states that rely on the Colorado River. Despite the optimistic forecast, water officials say there's no time to waste to prepare for a drier future as climate change and prolonged drought shrink the amount of water available for cities and farms.

New Mexico governor warns of family, Labor Day gatherings

22 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says family gatherings and long holiday weekends have been a source of infection for many New Mexicans who have contracted COVID-19. She warned during a briefing Thursday that gatherings in a COVID-19 world make for the worst possible situation. She asked everyone to buckle down and stick to the five-person limit mandated by the state's public health order. Her plea comes as state officials monitor the rate of spread as a deadline approaches for determining whether public schools can resume limited in-person classes after Labor Day.

  • RACIAL INJUSTICE-LAS CRUCES

A New Mexico city will seek to adopt racial bias training for police and may require officers to intervene in possible excessive force episodes following the choking death of a Latino man. An agreement announced Thursday between the city of Las Cruces and a lawyer for the family of Antonio Valenzuela was part of the relatives' push to reform the city's police. Police say then-Las Cruces Officer Christopher Smelser applied the chokehold after Valenzuela fled during a traffic stop in February. Valenzuela died at the scene.

  • RACIAL INJUSTICE-LAS CRUCES

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city will seek to adopt racial bias training for police and may require officers to intervene in possible excessive force episodes following the choking death of a Latino man. An agreement between the city of Las Cruces and a lawyer for the family of Antonio Valenzuela announced Thursday was part of the relatives' push to reform the city's police. Police say then-Las Cruces Officer Christopher Smelser applied the chokehold after Valenzuela fled during a traffic stop in February. Valenzuela died at the scene.

  • RACIAL INJUSTICE-SPANISH LEGACY

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A statue honoring a Hispanic priest and World War II veteran has been vandalized, as have the New Mexico History Museum walls. Police say the vandalism took place Monday on the 340th anniversary of the Pueblo Revolt and appears to be connected to protests targeting Spanish colonial monuments in New Mexico. The bronze statue of Fray Angélico Chávez was hit with red paint. The walls of the museum were painted to say "1680 Land Back" in red.

  • New Mexico History Museum, monument vandalized in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A statue honoring a Hispanic priest and World War II veteran has been vandalized, as have the New Mexico History Museum walls. Police say the vandalism took place Monday on the 340th anniversary of the Pueblo Revolt and appears to be connected to protests targeting Spanish colonial monuments in New Mexico. The bronze statue of Fray Angélico Chávez was hit with red paint. The walls of the museum were painted to say "1680 Land Back" in red.

Today in History

Aug 13, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, Aug. 13, the 226th day of 2020. There are 140 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On August 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin's eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the city for the next 28 years. 

  • New Mexico History Museum, monument vandalized in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A statue honoring a Hispanic priest and World War II veteran has been vandalized, as have the New Mexico History Museum walls. Police say the vandalism took place Monday on the 340th anniversary of the Pueblo Revolt and appears to be connected to protests targeting Spanish colonial monuments in New Mexico. The bronze statue of Fray Angélico Chávez was hit with red paint. The walls of the museum were painted to say "1680 Land Back" in red.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The school year is underway at some of New Mexico's largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools started Wednesday as schools in the district have been distributing technology to students, making virtual home visits, and providing guidance to staff, students and families. The Las Cruces district outlined its protocols for instruction, technology and nutrition services for an all-online start Wednesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading legislators moved forward Wednesday with an examination of at least $30 million in emergency spending authorized by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham without legislative approval in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of lawmakers authorized contract attorneys to continue efforts to confirm details about sources and destinations of the emergency spending, as lawmakers openly clashed about whether the governor had overstepped her authority and acted appropriately.

  • MISSING INDIGENOUS-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people. The office in Albuquerque  is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives, particularly women and girls. The office is the fourth of seven that are being established across the country as part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force created via executive order by President Donald Trump in November.

  • HEALTH EXCHANGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A cooperative health insurance provider to 14,000 customers on New Mexico's subsidized marketplace will cease operations at the start of 2021. State insurance regulators announced Tuesday that New Mexico Health Connections will not be an option during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 1.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The school year is getting underway at some of New Mexico's largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools is starting Wednesday as schools in the district have been distributing technology to students, making virtual home visits, and providing guidance to staff, students and families.

Today in History

Aug 12, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2020. There are 141 days left in the year. 

  • School year begins for some New Mexico districts

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The school year is getting underway at some of New Mexico's largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools is starting Wednesday as schools in the district have been distributing technology to students, making virtual home visits, and providing guidance to staff, students and families.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting another 202 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to more than 22,640 since the coronavirus pandemic began. Another three deaths were also reported Tuesday, bringing that tally to 693. The additional deaths include men in their 40s from San Juan and McKinley counties, one of whom had underlying conditions. The state Health Department's latest modeling report indicates that the highest percentage of cases _ about 19% _ are among people between 25 and 34 years old.

  • ETHICS COMPLAINT-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Ethics Commission is invoking its full investigatory powers for the first time with a request for court approval of a subpoena. The commission declined to provide any details of the ethics complaint that inspired the investigation.

Today in History

Aug 11, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, the 224th day of 2020. There are 142 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the veto as unconstitutional.) 

  • New Mexico close to adopting oil and gas water rules

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to adopting a set of rules focused on the wastewater that is produced during oil and gas operations. The Oil Conservation Commission is expected during its meeting in early September to vote on the final language. State officials say the rules would require additional reporting to better track the types and volumes of water used within the industry. They would also clarify the jurisdictions of state agencies when it comes to produced water.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 132 coronavirus cases and five more deaths. The latest numbers come as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in some parts of the state begin providing additional visitation options for residents and their families.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are reporting an additional 132 coronavirus cases and five more deaths. The latest numbers come as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in some parts of the state begin providing additional visitation options for residents and their families. The New Mexico Health Care Association and New Mexico Center for Assisted Living say the state's new visitation guidance is a positive step and will help with patient wellbeing while still considering the health concerns associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Health Care Association and New Mexico Center for Assisted Living say the state's new visitation guidance is a positive step for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Starting Monday, facilities in 21 counties can provide additional visitation options by arranging outdoor or open-window meetings. The association says visitations will help with patient wellbeing while still considering the health concerns associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-MARIACHI CONFERENCE

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference made the decision to put the gathering online as cases of COVID-19 rise nationwide. The conference is still slated for the second week of November, but live performances and in-person classes have been canceled. The Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference began in 1994.

  • International Mariachi Conference to go virtual amid virus

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference made the decision to put the gathering online as cases of COVID-19 rise nationwide. The conference is still slated for the second week of November, but live performances and in-person classes have been canceled.

Today in History

Aug 10, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, Aug. 10, the 223rd day of 2020. There are 143 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On August 10, 1944, during World War II, American forces overcame remaining Japanese resistance on Guam. 

  • International Mariachi Conference to go virtual amid virus

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference made the decision to put the gathering online as cases of COVID-19 rise nationwide. The conference is still slated for the second week of November, but live performances and in-person classes have been canceled.

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