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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only unsalaried legislature in New Mexico is considering whether to abandon its amateur status. A proposed constitutional amendment from Democratic Sens. Daniel Ivey-Soto of Albuquerque and Bobby Gonzales of Taos would enable the state's 112 legislators to collect salaries. The proposal was scheduled for its first vetting Monday in front of a Senate panel. Approval by the New Mexico Legislature would send the measure to a statewide vote. New Mexico's "citizen legislature" of volunteer politicians has long been a source of civic pride in the state.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2022. There are 341 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 24, 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair. 

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On Jan. 24, 1952, Carl Perkins married Valda Crider in Corinth, Mississippi.In 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song "Teddy Bear."In 1969, Jethro Tull played their first U.S. concert, in New York City. They were the opening act for Led Zeppelin.In 1970, James "Shep" Sheppard, the lead singer for The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York. He was 34.In 1990, actor Kim Basinger (BAY'-sing-ur) signed papers giving her title to most of Braselton, Georgia.

  • Some legislators in New Mexico tire of amateur status

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only unsalaried legislature in New Mexico is considering whether to abandon its amateur status. A proposed constitutional amendment from Democratic Sens. Daniel Ivey-Soto of Albuquerque and Bobby Gonzales of Taos would enable the state's 112 legislators to collect salaries. The proposal was scheduled for its first vetting Monday in front of a Senate panel. Approval by the New Mexico Legislature would send the measure to a statewide vote.

​LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Graham Ike had 29 points and 15 rebounds as Wyoming narrowly beat New Mexico 93-91. Hunter Maldonado added 25 points for the Cowboys. Jay Allen-Tovar led the Lobos on Saturday with a season-high 25 points.

 

Today in History

Jan 23, 2022

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Today is Sunday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2022. There are 342 days left in the year. 

  • Utility asks court to overturn rejection of power plant plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators and let the utility proceed with a plan to transfer its shares in a coal-fired power plant to a Navajo energy company. A filing Friday by Public Service Co.

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who's responsible for cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste. The spill in southwestern Colorado fouled rivers with a sickly yellow sheen in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The U.S.

  • AP-US-MINE-WASTE-SPILL-PROPOSED-SETTLEMENT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who's responsible for cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste. The spill in southwestern Colorado fouled rivers with a sickly yellow sheen in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The U.S.

On Jan. 22, 1938, Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Today in History

Jan 22, 2022

Today is Saturday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2022. There are 343 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to abortion. 

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New Mexico COVID-19 update

Jan 21, 2022

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 6,198 new cases, totaling 437,934

Thirty additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 29.0%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 6,198 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

1492 new cases in Bernalillo County

6 new cases in Catron County

281 new cases in Chaves County

104 new cases in Cibola County

28 new cases in Colfax County

201 new cases in Curry County

7 new cases in De Baca County

  • MINE WASTE SPILL-PROPOSED SETTLEMENT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who's responsible for cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste. The spill in southwestern Colorado fouled rivers with a sickly yellow sheen in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The proposed settlement announced Friday would direct $90 million to cleanup at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site, according to the U.S.

  • TAX CUTS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are introducing competing proposals to do away with New Mexico's tax on income from Social Security benefits as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham throws her political weight behind the concept in an election year. About a dozen states tax Social Security benefits in some fashion. In New Mexico, personal income taxes apply to Social Security benefits. Lujan Grisham on Thursday signaled her support for an immediate and full tax exemption for Social Security income, under a bill from Democratic Sen.

New Mexico may limit or scrap tax on Social Security income

Jan 21, 2022
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are introducing competing proposals to do away with New Mexico's tax on income from Social Security benefits as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham throws her political weight behind the concept in an election year. About a dozen states tax Social Security benefits in some fashion. In New Mexico, personal income taxes apply to Social Security benefits. Lujan Grisham on Thursday signaled her support for an immediate and full tax exemption for Social Security income, under a bill from Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla of Albuquerque.

  • COLORADO RIVER-TRIBAL WATER

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin. The agreement announced Thursday involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and The Nature Conservancy. Tribal water administrator Daryl Vigil highlighted the need for creative solutions as the drought-stricken basin faces more pressure. He described the agreement as a novel project that could serve as a model for other tribes.

Today in History

Jan 21, 2022

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Today is Friday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2022. There are 344 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 21, 2010, a bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, vastly increased the power of big business and labor unions to influence government decisions by freeing them to spend their millions directly to sway elections for president and Congress. 

Today in Entertainment History

Jan 21, 2022

On Jan. 21, 1942, Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded "One O'Clock Jump" in New York.In 1965, The Animals canceled a show in New York after U.S. immigration officials forced the band to leave the theater.In 1966, George Harrison married model Patti Boyd at a register office outside London. They had met during the filming of The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night."In 1982, bluesman B.B. King donated his entire record collection -- 7,000 records -- to the University of Mississippi.

  • Native American tribe has agreed to lease

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin. The agreement announced Thursday involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and The Nature Conservancy. Tribal water administrator Daryl Vigil highlighted the need for creative solutions as the drought-stricken basin faces more pressure. He described the agreement as a novel project that could serve as a model for other tribes.

New Mexico COVID-19 update

Jan 20, 2022

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 6,010 new cases, totaling 431,887

Twenty-four additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 28.7%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 6,010 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

1549 new cases in Bernalillo County

2 new cases in Catron County

218 new cases in Chaves County

58 new cases in Cibola County

24 new cases in Colfax County

68 new cases in Curry County

9 new cases in De Baca County

  • AP-US-COLORADO-RIVER-TRIBAL-WATER

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin. The agreement announced Thursday involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and The Nature Conservancy. Tribal water administrator Daryl Vigil highlighted the need for creative solutions as the drought-stricken basin faces more pressure. He described the agreement as a novel project that could serve as a model for other tribes.

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico's social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity beginning in kindergarten.

New Mexico asks Guard to sub for sick teachers amid omicron

Jan 20, 2022

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking National Guard troops and state bureaucrats to volunteer to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced an unprecedented effort to reopen classrooms in the capital city of Santa Fe and shore up staffing across the state. Her administration says school districts and preschools are seeking at least 800 substitute teachers and day care workers for shifts ranging from one classroom period to the entire day.

Today in History

Jan 20, 2022

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2022. There are 345 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Jan. 20, 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews. 

Today in Entertainment History

Jan 20, 2022

On Jan. 20, 1965, disc jockey Alan Freed died of kidney and liver disease in Palm Springs, California. He was 42. He's credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll."In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opry officials allowed him to perform as long as he didn't use profanities and played only country music. By the end of the set, Lewis broke both agreements.In 1982, singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico's social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity beginning in kindergarten.

New Mexico COVID-19 update

Jan 19, 2022

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 5,735 new cases, totaling 425,920

Twenty-eight additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 28.3%

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 5,735 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

1658 new cases in Bernalillo County

2 new cases in Catron County

285 new cases in Chaves County

108 new cases in Cibola County

17 new cases in Colfax County

New Mexico will send COVID tests to low-income neighborhoods

Jan 19, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sending free COVID-19 home tests to low-income and underserved neighborhoods. The state Health Department announced this week that more than 400,000 tests have been secured so far. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's goal is to procure 1 million rapid tests every two weeks to ensure residents have access to tests. A nationwide shortage of testing kits has put school districts in a bind as they look to meet state requirements to keep students and staff in the classroom amid high case counts.

  • TEACHER SHORTAGE-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico asks Guard to sub for sick teachers amid omicronSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking National Guard troops and state bureaucrats to volunteer to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced an unprecedented effort to reopen classrooms in the capital city of Santa Fe and shore up staffing across the state.

By MORGAN LEE Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking National Guard troops and state bureaucrats to volunteer to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced an unprecedented effort to reopen classrooms in the capital city of Santa Fe and shore up staffing across the state.

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