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  • New Mexico reports 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths. The latest figures pushed the state's totals to 169,205 cases and 3,145 known deaths since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, health officials had reported 859 additional cases and 38 deaths. Bernalillo County had the most additional cases reported Sunday with 146. Most of the additional deaths involved older New Mexicans, but they also included several people in their 30s.

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

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U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients. These hospital units take care of the sickest of the sick. Some are running out of space and supplies, while scrambling to pay the soaring rates of temporary traveling nurses. Hundreds of ICUs are struggling at the same time, with many clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press analysis shows that since November, the share of U.S. hospitals nearing the breaking point has doubled. More than 40% of Americans live in areas running out of ICU beds.

Today in History

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  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2021. There are 340 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 25, 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. 

  • New Mexico reports 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths. The latest figures pushed the state's totals to 169,205 cases and 3,145 known deaths since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, health officials had reported 859 additional cases and 38 deaths. Bernalillo County had the most additional cases reported Sunday with 146. Most of the additional deaths involved older New Mexicans, but they also included several people in their 30s.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths. The latest figures pushed the state's totals to 169,205 cases and 3,145 known deaths since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, health officials had reported 859 additional cases and 38 deaths. Bernalillo County had the most additional cases reported Sunday with 146. Most of the additional deaths involved older New Mexicans, but they also included several people in their 30s.

Today in History

22 hours ago

  • Today in History 

Today is Sunday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2021. There are 341 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49. 

  • Police: 2 dead after shootings in northeast Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say two people are dead after a shooting in the city's northeast area. They say the shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday. Responding officers reported finding a man dead on the scene near an Interstate 40 overpass and another person wounded. The wounded person was taken to a hospital and later died. No information was immediately released about the two victims. Police say homicide detectives were conducting interviews Sunday and canvassing the area.

  • New Mexico reports nearly 860 new virus cases, 38 deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday reported 859 additional COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 168,579 cases and 3,115 deaths. Bernalillo County had the most additional cases with 184, followed by 83 in San Juan County, 74 in Dona Ana County and 53 in McKinley County. Most of the additional deaths involved older New Mexicans, but they also included several people in their 20s and 30s.

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Sebastian Mendoza, Jalen Dalcourt, Ralph Agee and Trey Smith scored 16 points apiece as San Jose State beat New Mexico 83-71. Valdir Manuel led the Lobos with a season-high 25 points. 

  • NEW MEXICO STATE-CARLSBAD

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad's school board is voicing support for a proposal to convert the New Mexico State University branch campus into an independent community college. The Carlsbad Current-Argues reports the board voted unanimously Tuesday for a pro-conversion resolution. Mayor Dale Janway last year created a city task force that studied several possible approaches and ultimately presented the state with a report recommending conversion.

Today in History

Jan 23, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2021. There are 342 days left in the year. 

  • Carlsbad eyes converting university branch into college

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad's school board is voicing support for a proposal to convert the New Mexico State University branch campus into an independent community college. The Carlsbad Current-Argues reports the board voted unanimously Tuesday for a pro-conversion resolution. Mayor Dale Janway last year created a city task force that studied several possible approaches and ultimately presented the state with a report recommending conversion.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vaccination clinics scheduled for hundreds of public school employees throughout Albuquerque and surrounding communities won't happen after all. New Mexico health officials say the state is focusing the current round of vaccinations on people age 75 and older and those who have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. But news of the scuttled clinics angered one state senator and left school administrators with two of the state's largest districts extremely disappointed. Republican Sen.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vaccination clinics scheduled for hundreds of public school employees throughout Albuquerque and surrounding communities won't happen after all. New Mexico health officials say the state is focusing the current round of vaccinations on people age 75 and older and those who have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. But news of the scuttled clinics angered one state senator and left school administrators with two of the state's largest districts extremely disappointed. Republican Sen.

  • New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $100 million burst of grants to small business across New Mexico illustrates the overwhelming breadth and depths of economic distress brought on by the coronavirus. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that successful applicants included businesses run by leading state legislators and a family amusement park that has sued the governor twice to reopen.

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

Jan 22, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $100 million burst of grants to small business across New Mexico illustrates the overwhelming breadth and depths of economic distress brought on by the coronavirus. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that successful applicants included businesses run by leading state legislators and a family amusement park that has sued the governor twice to reopen. Others include Catholic charities, local chambers of commerce and near-empty restaurants and hotels run by lone proprietors and local business magnates.

Today in History

Jan 22, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2021. There are 343 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlights in History: 

On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to abortion. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranch at age 64. 

  • New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $100 million burst of grants to small business across New Mexico illustrates the overwhelming breadth and depths of economic distress brought on by the coronavirus. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that successful applicants included businesses run by leading state legislators and a family amusement park that has sued the governor twice to reopen.

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Makuach Maluach had a season-high 25 points as New Mexico topped San Jose State 67-51. Ralph Agee led the Spartans with 14 points. 

  • CORONAVIRUS RELIEF-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $100 million burst of grants to small business across New Mexico illustrates the overwhelming breadth and depths of economic distress brought on by the coronavirus. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that successful applicants included businesses run by leading state legislators and a family amusement park that has sued the governor twice to reopen.

  • AP-US-BIDEN-OIL-MORATORIUM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration has suspended new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on U.S. lands and waters for 60 days as part a review of programs at the U.S. Department of Interior. The move follows campaign pledges by President Joe Biden to halt new drilling on U.S. lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change.

  • PAY EQUITY-PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and their joint water authority say they will promote gender pay equality by giving a 5% contract preference to businesses that pay men and women equitably. A statement released Thursday said the preference being offered by the city, the county and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority means that a company's bid amount will be considered 5% lower if equal pay is verified within the company.

  • New Mexico zoo sends endangered wolf pack to Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico zoo has sent a pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves and their seven pups to Mexico as part of conservation efforts in that country. Officials at the zoo in Albuquerque said Tuesday that the pack of predators was sent south last week and will eventually be released into the wild after they learn to hunt and survive on their own. The zoo has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for decades on Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts.

Today in History

Jan 21, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2021. There are 344 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 21, 2020, the U.S. reported its first known case of the new virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who had returned the previous week from the outbreak's epicenter was hospitalized near Seattle; U.S. officials stressed that they believed the overall risk of the virus to the American public remained low. 

  • New Mexico zoo sends endangered wolf pack to Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico zoo has sent a pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves and their seven pups to Mexico as part of conservation efforts in that country. Officials at the zoo in Albuquerque said Tuesday that the pack of predators was sent south last week and will eventually be released into the wild after they learn to hunt and survive on their own. The zoo has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for decades on Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts.

  • ENDANGERED WOLVES-MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico zoo has sent a pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves and their seven pups to Mexico as part of conservation efforts in that country. Officials at the zoo in Albuquerque said Tuesday that the pack of predators was sent south last week and will eventually be released into the wild after they learn to hunt and survive on their own. The zoo has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for decades on Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts.

  • ENDANGERED WOLVES-MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico zoo has sent a pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves and their seven pups to Mexico as part of conservation efforts in that country. Officials at the zoo in Albuquerque said Tuesday that the pack of predators was sent south last week and will eventually be released into the wild after they learn to hunt and survive on their own. The zoo has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for decades on Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts.

New Mexico college teams finally returning home

Jan 20, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) — Teams from the two largest New Mexico universities have finally gotten clearance to return home after starting their seasons on the road. An amendment to COVID-19 guidelines will allow teams from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State to start practicing in their home state again, though they still can't play home games. The basketball teams from the two universities started their seasons on the road due to strict coronavirus measures at home. New Mexico's football team played a seven-game season in Nevada. 

  • EDUCATION FUNDING-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Education accounts for about half of New Mexico's $7 billion general fund — the money that legislators can spend. This year the agenda ranges from emergency efforts to mitigate learning loss caused by the pandemic and reopen schools, to long-term funding changes that require a constitutional amendment. Most students have been learning remotely since March because of the pandemic. That has laid bare longstanding inequalities in education funding that have been dogging the state for years.

  • EDUCATION FUNDING-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Education accounts for about half of New Mexico's $7 billion general fund — the money that legislators can spend. This year the agenda ranges from emergency efforts to mitigate learning loss caused by the pandemic and reopen schools, to long-term funding changes that require a constitutional amendment. Most students have been learning remotely since March because of the pandemic. That has laid bare longstanding inequalities in education funding that have been dogging the state for years.

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