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Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

Apr 15, 2021

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native American activists say the Biden administration's review of the federal oil and gas leasing program should result in more protections for an area of northwestern New Mexico that's considered sacred. The fight over drilling on federal land bordering Chaco Culture National Historical Park has spanned multiple presidencies, and an effort to update the area's management plan remains unfinished after years. The activists held a virtual gathering Wednesday as the comment period is about to close on the administration's leasing review.

Today in History

Apr 15, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, April 15, the 105th day of 2021. There are 260 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball's first Black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.) 

  • Pot producers eager to ramp up, as legalization approaches

SANTA FE, NM. (AP) — Several New Mexico medical marijuana providers are warning of a potential cannabis shortage in late June, when the first provisions of a new law go into effect to legalize recreational marijuana. Recreational cannabis sales don't commence until early 2022. But several medical marijuana businesses led by Ultra Health said Wednesday that there could be a run on medical marijuana supplies in late June of this year.

  • OIL AND GAS-CHACO CANYON

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native American activists say the Biden administration's review of the federal oil and gas leasing program should result in more protections for an area of northwestern New Mexico that's considered sacred. The fight over drilling on federal land bordering Chaco Culture National Historical Park has spanned multiple presidencies, and an effort to update the area's management plan remains unfinished after years.

  • CONGRESS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican congressional nominee and New Mexico state Sen. Mark Moores is staking out a campaign platform based on support for the oil and natural gas industry, robust police funding and taxation issues, ahead of a rapid-fire special election. The state Republican Party sees the election as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to recapture an Albuquerque-based congressional seat controlled by Democrats, including Deb Haaland before her confirmation as secretary of the Interior Department.

  • Energy, voting rights loom in congressional special election

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican congressional nominee and New Mexico state Sen. Mark Moores is staking out a campaign platform based on support for the oil and natural gas industry, robust police funding and taxation issues, ahead of a rapid-fire special election.

Records: New Mexico governor settles harassment allegation

Apr 14, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New campaign finance filings show that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's political committee has paid $62,500 to settle allegations by a former campaign employee that he was sexually harassed by the governor. Lujan Grisham's re-election campaign spokesman Jared Leopold on Tuesday confirmed the settlement involving payments to a law firm representing James Hallinan.

Today in History

Apr 14, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2021. There are 261 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship's time and began sinking. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives.) 

  • Energy, voting rights loom in congressional special election

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican congressional nominee and New Mexico state Sen. Mark Moores is staking out a campaign platform based on support for the oil and natural gas industry, robust police funding and taxation issues, ahead of a rapid-fire special election.

  • CAPITOL BREACH-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Farmington man arrested for his acknowledged presence inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot says he is surprised that he now faces criminal charges. Shawn Witzemann told KOB-TV that he looks forward to being exonerated and called the charges against him false. He said he has a defense for his presence in the Capitol, though he declined to explain. Authorities say Witzemann provided investigators with three videos he took while in the building.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is pausing administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in response to a federal recommendation stemming from reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said Tuesday the state and the federal government are "acting out of an abundance of caution." Collins said state officials will share more information as they learn it.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has the highest percentage of residents in the U.S. Southwest without adequate broadband internet infrastructure. The Biden administration on Monday released details about each state's infrastructure needs for everything from internet access to highways, affordable housing and drinking water projects. In New Mexico, the federal government estimates that 22% of residents live in areas where there's no broadband infrastructure that provides acceptable internet speeds.

Today in History

Apr 13, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2021. There are 262 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)

  • New Mexico leads US Southwest in broadband needs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has the highest percentage of residents in the U.S. Southwest without adequate broadband internet infrastructure. The Biden administration on Monday released details about each state's infrastructure needs for everything from internet access to highways, affordable housing and drinking water projects. In New Mexico, the federal government estimates that 22% of residents live in areas where there's no broadband infrastructure that provides acceptable internet speeds.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has the highest percentage of residents in the U.S. Southwest without adequate broadband internet infrastructure. The Biden administration on Monday released details about each state's infrastructure needs for everything from internet access to highways, affordable housing and drinking water projects. In New Mexico, the federal government estimates that 22% of residents live in areas where there's no broadband infrastructure that provides acceptable internet speeds.

  • AP-US-MARIJUANA-NEW-MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to sign legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use and sales in the state. The Democratic governor has scheduled a signing ceremony and a news conference for Monday. Her decision will make New Mexico the seventh state since last November to legalize adult possession and sales of cannabis for recreational use. Lujan Grisham has supported marijuana reform as way to create jobs and boost state revenue.

New Mexico governor set to sign recreational marijuana bill

Apr 12, 2021
AP Photo/File

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to sign legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use and sales in the state. The Democratic governor has scheduled a signing ceremony and a news conference for Monday. Her decision will make New Mexico the seventh state since last November to legalize adult possession and sales of cannabis for recreational use. Lujan Grisham has supported marijuana reform as way to create jobs and boost state revenue.

  • Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews are working to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque in Albuquerque that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff's officials say evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the wildfires were under investigation. The fires broke out Saturday afternoon. Authorities say one wildfire was burning in Abiquiu and at least one residence was charred. The second fire was burning two miles away to the north near U.S.

Today in History

Apr 12, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2021. There are 263 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman. 

  • Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews are working to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque in Albuquerque that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff's officials say evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the wildfires were under investigation. The fires broke out Saturday afternoon. Authorities say one wildfire was burning in Abiquiu and at least one residence was charred. The second fire was burning two miles away to the north near U.S.

Today in History

Apr 11, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Sunday, April 11, the 101st day of 2021. There are 264 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany. 

  • Officer killed during Feb. traffic stop had asked for rifle

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Newly released information on the killing of a New Mexico State Police Officer during a Feb. 4 traffic stop indicates he was caught by surprise when a man who'd agreed to temporarily surrender a rifle instead opened fire.

  • Hobbs 83, Silver 33
  • Las Cruces 69, Alamogordo 54
  • Mescalero Apache 59, NMMI 41

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  • Highland 75, Belen 36
  • Las Cruces 50, Alamogordo 38
  • Mescalero Apache 53, NMMI 29

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  • CLERY SEX ABUSE-BANKRUPTCY

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement is the dam to prevent devastation to parishes. A letter from the Rev. Glennon Jones is posted on the archdiocese's website, saying that progress is being made in collecting donations for a bankruptcy settlement involving hundreds of allegations of abuse perpetrated by priests and other clergy over the decades.

Today in History

Apr 10, 2021

Today in History 

  • Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2021. There are 265 days left in the year. 

Today's Highlight in History: 

  • On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. 

On this date: 

  • Demolition of Bernolillo County' s closed jail underway

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The months-long process of demolishing Bernolillo County's long-closed old jail has started in downtown Albuquerque. KRQE-TV reports that a construction company's crews are working inside the building to remove fixtures and other items for recycling or for safety reasons. Demolition and creation of the parking area is expected to take roughly 10 months at a cost of about $2.4 million. The building had not been used as a jail for about a decade.

  • LEGISLATION SIGNED-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vetoed a bill to overhaul oversight of police training and misconduct reviews. The governor said in a veto message Friday that the bill would have changed the composition of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board and eliminated two citizen members unaffiliated with law enforcement. She said the would have insulated the board from any civilian oversight and reduced accountability.

  • NAVAJO-GALLUP WATER PROJECT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Federal, tribal and state officials in New Mexico have signed an agreement clarifying the regulatory roles and responsibilities, including drinking water regulations, for a proposed project on the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reported Thursday that the Navajo Nation, New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed the 15-page memorandum of understanding on multiple dates in March and April.

  • Animas 39, Reserve 31
  • Bosque School 43, Menaul 31
  • Carlsbad 44, Silver 33
  • Centennial 70, Deming 41
  • Clayton 51, Raton 25
  • Cloudcroft 41, Hondo 25
  • Clovis 61, Artesia 33
  • Clovis Christian 51, Dora 32
  • Dexter 47, Tularosa 37
  • Espanola Valley 61, West Las Vegas 42
  • Evangel Christian 35, Monte del Sol 13
  • Fort Sumner/House 49, San Jon 7
  • Gateway Christian 46, NMMI 31
  • Los Lunas 95, Rio Grande 5
  • Mescalero Apache 53, Chaparral 37
  • Mountainair 44, Estancia 23
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