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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they're searching for two teenage girls who reportedly were abducted in the Albuquerque area. New Mexico State Police say an Amber Alert was issued late Saturday night after a man allegedly abducted the girls at a gas station in Santo Domingo Pueblo. They have identified as 14-year-old Zuriah Castillo and 16-year-old Jaylynn Miller. State Police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs say a 37-year-old Albuquerque man is wanted in the case. Authorities say witnesses have provided a description of the suspect's vehicle and his license plate numbers.

Today in History

Mar 28, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2021. There are 278 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 28, 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.

  • Marijuana takes center stage in New Mexico special session

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that focuses on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Efforts at legalizing the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older faltered during the regular annual session that ended March 20, amid divergent views about government oversight among supporters of legalization. Gov.

  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that focuses on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Efforts at legalizing the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older faltered during the regular annual session that ended March 20, amid divergent views about government oversight among supporters of legalization. Gov.

  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that focuses on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Efforts at legalizing the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older faltered during the regular annual session that ended March 20, amid divergent views about government oversight among supporters of legalization. Gov.

Marijuana takes center stage in New Mexico special session

Mar 27, 2021
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that focuses on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Efforts at legalizing the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older faltered during the regular annual session that ended March 20, amid divergent views about government oversight among supporters of legalization. Gov.

GOP eyes Albuquerque congressional seat held by Haaland

Mar 27, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A cadre of 130 New Mexico state Republican Party leaders is deciding on a nominee to run for the Albuquerque-based congressional seat held by Deb Haaland before she was confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Members of the GOP central committee who reside in the 1st Congressional District were scheduled to vote on a nominee Saturday in a videoconference meeting. At least seven candidates have sought the nomination. Prominent candidates include conservative radio talk show host Eddy Aragon and three-term state Sen.

Today in History

Mar 27, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Saturday, March 27, the 86th day of 2021. There are 279 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives.

  • GOP eyes Albuquerque congressional seat held by Haaland

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A cadre of 130 New Mexico state Republican Party leaders is deciding on a nominee to run for the Albuquerque-based congressional seat held by Deb Haaland before she was confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Members of the GOP central committee who reside in the 1st Congressional District were scheduled to vote on a nominee Saturday in a videoconference meeting. At least seven candidates have sought the nomination.

  • AIRPORT BODIES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused in the beating death of a New Jersey resident he claimed sexually abused him as a child has been charged with killing his ex-wife and two others in New Mexico in what investigators call a complicated case spanning multiple states. The charges Friday come after investigators searched a house where Sean Lannon, his ex-wife and their children lived in the city of Grants along with storage units and other locations.

  • CRIMINAL COMMITMENT-RULING

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a district court decision to extend the criminal commitment of a Las Vegas, New Mexico man placed in a mental institution after he was accused of killing his roommate in 2003. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Thursday that psychiatrists have told different judges over the years that Ricky Quintana, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, could not to stand trial because of his mental illness. He was committed to the state Behavioral Health Institute.

  • AIRPORT BODIES-VICTIMS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jennifer Lannon loved her children, though she lost custody of them because of her struggle with prescription drug use. Matthew Miller was especially fond of his pets and had run-ins with police as he faced an opioid addiction. Their decomposing bodies were found along with that of their equally troubled friend Jesten Mata and another man inside a truck at a New Mexico airport parking garage.

Today in History

Mar 26, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, March 26, the 85th day of 2021. There are 280 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 26, 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

  • Loved ones struggle with why New Mexico friends were killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jennifer Lannon loved her children, though she lost custody of them because of her struggle with prescription drug use. Matthew Miller was especially fond of his pets and had run-ins with police as he faced an opioid addiction. Their decomposing bodies were found along with that of their equally troubled friend Jesten Mata and another man inside a truck at a New Mexico airport parking garage.

  • METHANE FIGHT-NEW MEXICO

Associated Press (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas regulators have adopted new rules to limit most venting and flaring in the oilfield as a way to reduce methane emissions. The Oil Conservation Commission took the final vote Thursday, following a two-year process that involved testimony from environmental advocates and technical experts from the oil and gas industry. The first phase of implementation will include data collection and reporting to identify natural gas losses at every stage of the process.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is preparing to relax restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the spread of COVID-19 wanes and more people get vaccinated. Aging and Long Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced the new guidelines Wednesday. Starting on Friday, the outdoors is still preferred for visiting residents of long-term care facilities. Indoor visits will be allowed with rules on room size and capacity.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is preparing to relax restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the spread of COVID-19 wanes and more people get vaccinated. Aging and Long Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced the new guidelines Wednesday. Starting on Friday, the outdoors is still preferred for visiting residents of long-term care facilities. Indoor visits will be allowed with rules on room size and capacity.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is preparing to relax restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the spread of COVID-19 wanes and more people get vaccinated. Aging and Long Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced the new guidelines Wednesday. Starting on Friday, the outdoors is still preferred for visiting residents of long-term care facilities. Indoor visits will be allowed with rules on room size and capacity.

Today in History

Mar 25, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, March 25, the 84th day of 2021. There are 281 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 25, 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. 

  • New Mexico relaxing rules on nursing home visits in pandemic

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is preparing to relax restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the spread of COVID-19 wanes and more people get vaccinated. Aging and Long Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced the new guidelines Wednesday. Starting on Friday, the outdoors is still preferred for visiting residents of long-term care facilities. Indoor visits will be allowed with rules on room size and capacity.

  • RADIATION EXPOSURE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico residents who live downwind from the site of the world's first atomic blast are among those seeking recognition and compensation from the U.S. government following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. A congressional subcommittee was taking testimony Wednesday about who should be eligible under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

Today in History

Mar 24, 2021

  • Navajo Nation reports no COVID-related deaths 3rd day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. It was the third consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death. The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,010 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. It was the third consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death. The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,010 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Colorado shooting victims: Store staffers, cop, photographer

Mar 24, 2021

  Three of the victims of a shooting at a Colorado supermarket were gunned down while putting in a day's work. Another was a police officer who raced in to try to rescue them and others from the attack Monday that left 10 dead. A picture of the victims began to emerge Tuesday, when the suspect in the killings was booked into jail on murder charges after being treated at a hospital. They included a magazine photographer, a Medicare agent with a passion for theater and others going about their days at a busy shopping plaza. 

Today in History

Mar 24, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2021. There are 282 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 24, 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country's military. 

  • Navajo Nation reports no COVID-related deaths 3rd day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. It was the third consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death. The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,010 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

  • PANDEMIC RELIEF-STATES

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature is asserting its budgetary authority over $1.6 billion in new federal aid that dwarfs year-to-year spending adjustments, setting an agenda for economic recovery that Gov. Lujan Grisham can challenge only with her veto pen. Legislators want to replenish the state's unemployment fund, bail out public museums and historic sites and endow the state's lottery scholarship with $100 million. Some states are only beginning to sort out spending priorities for federal funds.

  • AP-US-EXPLAINER-BIDEN-VS-OIL

EXPLAINER: Why is Biden halting federal oil and gas sales?BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas sales from the nation's vast public reserves over worries about climate change. Now the administration has to figure out what do with that multi-billion dollar program without crushing a significant sector of the U.S. economy. On the campaign trail, Biden pledged to end leasing and new drilling permits for public lands and waters. The leasing ban announced Jan.

  • Albuquerque mayor seeks reelection; Could face 3 contenders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has formally declared his candidacy for reelection. The 43-year-old Albuquerque native made the announcement Monday. There are at least three possible contenders hoping to unseat Keller. Among those candidates is Nicholas Bevins, a 25-year-old grassroots activist. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III has submitted a candidate registration form for the race.

Today in History

Mar 23, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2021. There are 283 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

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