Local and State News

  • ALBUQUERQUE STORM-BODIES RECOVERED

Albuquerque official: 3 dead in flash flood was worst everALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flash flood warning was issued Friday in the south Albuquerque area, a day after a fire official called the apparent drownings of three men in rushing water following thunderstorms the deadliest such incident in the agency's history. Fire and Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz told the Albuquerque Journal the third body was found Thursday using a drone to scan a floodwater diversion channel not far from where would-be rescuers found two other bodies on Wednesday.

  • ALBUQUERQUE STORM-BODIES RECOVERED

Albuquerque official: 3 dead in flash flood was worst everALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flash flood warning was issued Friday in the south Albuquerque area, a day after a fire official called the apparent drownings of three men in rushing water following thunderstorms the deadliest such incident in the agency's history. Fire and Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz told the Albuquerque Journal the third body was found Thursday using a drone to scan a floodwater diversion channel not far from where would-be rescuers found two other bodies on Wednesday.

  • ATTORNEY GENERAL-INVESTIGATION

Lawmaker questions New Mexico AG's handling of solar caseALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas' handling of a now-settled case involving a large solar company is raising concerns. Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely is asking State Auditor Brian Colon, who is a friend of Balderas, to investigate why the attorney general agreed to seal all documents in the case against Vivint Solar Inc.

  • VIRUS RELIEF-SCHOOLS BUDGET

Fraction of schools' relief funds budgeted for learning lossSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools plan to spend the bulk of the federal coronavirus relief money they've received on technology and building upgrades rather than student learning loss. A report this week before the New Mexico Legislature's budget committee showed school districts and charters plan to spend 38% of the $490 million they received thus far on technology and HVAC systems.

  • VIRUS RELIEF-SCHOOLS BUDGET

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools plan to spend the bulk of the federal coronavirus relief money they've received on technology and building upgrades rather than student learning loss. A report this week before the New Mexico Legislature's budget committee showed school districts and charters plan to spend 38% of the $490 million they received thus far on technology and HVAC systems.

  • New Mexico governor closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state's top health officials are closely monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases. The state Health Department reported Thursday that another 273 cases have been confirmed, marking one of the highest daily totals in months. That topped the 271 cases reported the day before. The governor's office said the numbers aren't where anyone wants them to be. Many states are seeing similar upticks.

Chile harvest starts early for some New Mexico farmers

Jul 23, 2021

  HATCH, N.M. (AP) — The aroma of fresh roasted green chiles is already wafting through southern New Mexico as some farmers are getting a jumpstart on the harvest. They say the season is shaping up to be a good one, with transplanted fields in Hatch among those where workers are busy picking peppers. Farmers say the plants seem to be happy and the fruit is growing fast due to perfectly timed rains and cooler temperatures. Instead of starting from seed, more farmers are planting seedlings that have sprouted in a greenhouse to get their fields going faster.

Today in History

Jul 23, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, July 23, the 204th day of 2021. There are 161 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On July 23, 2003, Massachusetts' attorney general issued a report saying clergy members and others in the Boston Archdiocese probably had sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a period of six decades.

  • New Mexico governor closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state's top health officials are closely monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases. The state Health Department reported Thursday that another 273 cases have been confirmed, marking one of the highest daily totals in months. That topped the 271 cases reported the day before. The governor's office said the numbers aren't where anyone wants them to be. Many states are seeing similar upticks.

  • VETERANS HOME-OVERSIGHT

Report outlines problems at New Mexico veterans' homeSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A report says a lack of oversight within the New Mexico Department of Health likely was a factor in high COVID-19 infection and death rates among residents at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home. It's one of the findings outlined in a scathing review by legislative analysts. The report was discussed during a meeting Wednesday of the Legislative Finance Committee.

  • ALBUQUERQUE STORM-BODY RECOVERED

3rd body found in wake of storms, flooding in AlbuquerqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters believe they have located a third person who went missing after being swept into an arroyo as a result of storms in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Fire Department spokesman Tom Ruiz said Thursday that crews recovered a body in the washout area of a diversion channel. Authorities recovered the bodies of two men were in the area Wednesday. Their names and ages were not immediately released by authorities.

  • New Mexico seeks restoration ideas after 2015 mine spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are looking for ideas for restoration projects to repair damage caused by a 2015 spill that fouled rivers in three western states with arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. The state Office of the Natural Resources Trustee said Wednesday that the projects would be funded through a proposed $1 million settlement with Sunnyside Gold Corp. and its parent companies.

Today in History

Jul 22, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2021. There are 162 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • New Mexico seeks restoration ideas after 2015 mine spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are looking for ideas for restoration projects to repair damage caused by a 2015 spill that fouled rivers in three western states with arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. The state Office of the Natural Resources Trustee said Wednesday that the projects would be funded through a proposed $1 million settlement with Sunnyside Gold Corp. and its parent companies.

ALBUQUERQUE STORM2 bodies recovered, 1 person missing in Albuquerque floodingALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two bodies were recovered Wednesday and the search continued for one other person swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque, authorities said. Firefighters pulled a man's body from the end of a diversion channel on Wednesday morning and a second man's body in the afternoon. The names and ages of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities.

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — The return of fans and in-person meetings were a hot topic as Mountain West coaches kicked off the conference's media days looking ahead to a more typical season after a pandemic-plagued 2020 campaign. Nevada coach Jay Norvell remembers being overcome by heartbreak last season on senior night, when each honored player was introduced with nobody but teammates, opponents and game officials to hear their names. He says he's grateful many of those same players can play this year and have another opportunity for their senior year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two bodies were recovered Wednesday and the search continued for one other person swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque, authorities said. Firefighters pulled a man's body from the end of a diversion channel on Wednesday morning and a second man's body in the afternoon. The names and ages of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities. Crews initially responded Tuesday afternoon when three people were seen floating down the diversion channel in northeast Albuquerque after the area was hit with heavy rains.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

Navajo Nation: 21 new COVID cases, no deaths 4th day in rowWINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 21 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fourth consecutive day. The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related cases on the vast reservation to 31,239 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The number of known deaths remained at 1,366.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they are investigating the death of a volunteer firefighter who was fatally struck by a fire truck. They say 59-year-old Janet Tracy of Caballo was at a crash scene south of Truth or Consequences on Tuesday providing aid and support to a victim. State Police say a fire truck driven by a 52-year-old-male who's also a Caballo volunteer firefighter was being repositioned. The driver says he didn't see Tracy and backed over her. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

  • CHILE SEASON

Chile harvest starts early for some New Mexico farmersHATCH, N.M. (AP) — The aroma of fresh roasted green chiles is already wafting through southern New Mexico as some farmers are getting a jumpstart on the harvest. They say the season is shaping up to be a good one, with transplanted fields in Hatch among those where workers are busy picking peppers. Farmers say the plants seem to be happy and the fruit is growing fast due to perfectly timed rains and cooler temperatures.

  • ALBUQUERQUE STORM

Authorities search for 3 swept away after Albuquerque stormALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities were searching for three people who were swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque. AFR Lt. Tom Ruiz told KOAT-TV on Tuesday that the search was a recovery mission, not a rescue. He says the water was some of the fastest officials have seen. Authorities say a fourth person who was also swept away by the water pulled themselves out. 

  • Authorities search for 3 swept away after Albuquerque storm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities were searching for three people who were swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque. AFR Lt. Tom Ruiz told KOAT-TV on Tuesday that the search was a recovery mission, not a rescue. He says the water was some of the fastest officials have seen. Authorities say a fourth person who was also swept away by the water pulled themselves out.

Today in History

Jul 21, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Wednesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2021. There are 163 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese some three weeks later.

  • Authorities search for 3 swept away after Albuquerque storm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities were searching for three people who were swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque. AFR Lt. Tom Ruiz told KOAT-TV on Tuesday that the search was a recovery mission, not a rescue. He says the water was some of the fastest officials have seen. Authorities say a fourth person who was also swept away by the water pulled themselves out. 

  • TODDLER DEATH-TRIAL

Trial in Las Cruces girl's death put on hold by state courtLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court order has brought a trial in the death of a 2-year-old Las Cruces girl to an abrupt halt. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports opening statements were given Monday before the trial of 26-year-old Lalo Anthony Castrillo had to stop. The issue stems from prosecutors' appeal of the judge's decision to exclude exhibits involving Faviola Rodriguez's 2018 death.

  • TODDLER DEATH-TRIAL

Trial in Las Cruces girl's death put on hold by state courtLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court order has brought a trial in the death of a 2-year-old Las Cruces girl to an abrupt halt. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports opening statements were given Monday before the trial of 26-year-old Lalo Anthony Castrillo had to stop. The issue stems from prosecutors' appeal of the judge's decision to exclude exhibits involving Faviola Rodriguez's 2018 death.

  • CATHOLIC LAWMAKER-NO COMMUNION

Las Cruces lawmaker says politics led to denial of CommunionSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says he was denied Communion by his local Catholic priest because of his politics. Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes said Monday that he has been treated differently by the church since voting to repeal a state law banning abortion under most circumstances. Cervantes' statement came after he tweeted over the weekend about not getting Communion from the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

Navajo Nation reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, but no deathsWINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported six new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related cases on the vast reservation to 31,201 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The number of known deaths remained at 1,366 for the second consecutive day.

Today in History

Jul 20, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, July 20, the 201st day of 2021. There are 164 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.

  • Navajo Nation reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported six new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related cases on the vast reservation to 31,201 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The number of known deaths remained at 1,366 for the second consecutive day.

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