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Trial Set To Begin For Former Las Vegas Mayor - Santa Fe New Mexican, Las Vegas Optic, Associated Press, KUNM News

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the jury trial of Tonita Gurulé-Girón, the former mayor of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is set to begin today. 

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New Mexico Relaxes Mask Rules For The Fully VaccinatedAssociated Press

New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases, under a revised public health order issued on Friday.

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Health Officials Say Half Of New Mexicans Now Fully VaccinatedAssociated Press

New Mexico is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to children ages 12 to 15, as state health officials pushed Thursday for more people to get vaccinated.

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Rare Plants To Be Reviewed Amid New Mexico Oil And Gas Fight - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a closer look at two rare plants found only in northwestern New Mexico to see if they warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act as environmentalists push to stop oil and gas development in the region.

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Firm's Record Spurs Concerns About New Mexico Utility Merger - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The track record of global energy giant Iberdrola's U.S. subsidiary Avangrid has sparked concerns among utility regulators and others as the company seeks approval for a multibillion-dollar merger with New Mexico's largest electric provider.

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One of Ted Turner's ranches in southern New Mexico will be the new home for a pair of Mexican gray wolves and their pups as federal wildlife managers look at more options for boosting the genetic diversity of the endangered species.

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High Court Upholds No-Bail Release In Serial Burglary Case - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision allowing the no-bail pretrial release of an 18-year-old with no prior criminal history who is accused of a string of residential burglaries in Albuquerque.

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New Mexico Proposes More Rules To Curb Oil And Gas Emissions - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Oilfield equipment that emits smog-causing pollution would be targeted by New Mexico environmental regulators under a proposed rule made public Thursday by the state Environment Department.

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Virus Restrictions Ease Across Much Of New MexicoAlbuquerque Journal, KUNM

A new statewide map released Wednesday from the New Mexico Department of Health shows that most of New Mexico is now at the turquoise level, the least restrictive under state guidelines.

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New Mexico Urges Registration Of Younger Teens For VaccineAssociated Press

The New Mexico Department of Health is urging parents to register children ages 12 to 15 for eventual access to coronavirus vaccines when shots are approved for lower age groups.

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Intel Says $3.5B Investment Is Critical To Microchip Future - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Intel will be investing $3.5 billion in its New Mexico plant to manufacture what executives said Monday will fuel "a new era of innovation" and advanced computing as demands increase for the tiny microchips used in nearly all modern devices.

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New Mexico Shifts Metrics, Some Virus Restrictions Relaxed – Associated Press

Friday marked the start of New Mexico's updated color-coded framework for determining COVID-19 risks in each of the state's 33 counties, with state officials saying the changes are aimed at providing a more accurate picture of risk given increasing vaccination rates.

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Study Says Future Of New Mexico May Include Fewer People - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Flanked by booming economies and community growth, New Mexico is likely to watch its population count plateau in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and then slowly decline with a pronounced drop in school- and working-aged residents and a drain on rural areas, authors of a report on demographic trends announced Thursday.

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Governor Vaccine Progress Means New Mexico Can Open Soon - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday said she expects New Mexico to reopen completely by the end of June if the state reaches its goal of having at least 60% of residents fully vaccinated by then.

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Advocates Detail 'Shadow Pandemic' Of Violence Against Women - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Cases of domestic violence against Indigenous women and children and instances of sexual assault increased over the past year as nonprofit groups and social workers scrambled to meet the added challenges that stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic, advocates said Tuesday.

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Census Finds New Mexico Among Slowest Growing Western States - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's population grew by 2.8% over the last decade, making it one of the slowest growing states in the West, according to the first numbers released Monday from the 2020 census.

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At Least Half Of New Mexico Students Take In-Person Classes – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

State education officials said at least half of New Mexico’s K-12 students ventured into a classroom for at least one day last week, as vaccinations become easier to get for people 16 and older.

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New Mexico To Consider Changes To County Virus FrameworkAssociated Press

Health officials in New Mexico are considering changes to the familiar color-coded dial system that determines county responses to the coronavirus pandemic, including public health restrictions.

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Jill Biden Visits Southwest US Amid Vaccine Push - By Susan Montoya Bryan and Morgan Lee, Associated Press

First lady Jill Biden has kicked off a three-day visit to the U.S. Southwest on Wednesday with a tour of a vaccination clinic in New Mexico, where early efforts to get people registered for shots helped to propel the state's standing as a national leader in vaccine distribution.

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Proposed New Mexico Utility Merger Spurs Numerous Concerns - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Consumer advocacy groups, environmentalists and the New Mexico attorney general's office are raising concerns about a proposed multibillion-dollar merger of the state's largest electric utility with a U.S. subsidiary of global energy giant Iberdrola.

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New Mexico Labor Leader Steps Down As Jobless Claims Persist - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

The head of New Mexico's labor agency says he's stepping down. Bill McCamley's last day as secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions is Friday.

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New Mexico Health Secretary, Experts Push Vaccine Message - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins says the state has tapped into a network of community health providers, faith leaders and other local organizers to share information as officials look to boost the number of people who are vaccinated.

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New Mexico School District Wants 20,000 Youth Vaccinated - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

Albuquerque Public Schools is ramping up its efforts to get vaccines to students.

Operations chief Gabriella Duran Blakey says 50 students were included in a vaccine clinic Wednesday as part of a partnership between the school district and city health workers.

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New Mexico Pauses Administration Of J&J VaccineAssociated Press

New Mexico will pause administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in response to a federal recommendation stemming from reports of potentially dangerous blood clots, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday.

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New Mexico Governor Signs $7.4B State Budget, Vetoes Relief - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Friday a $7.4 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year that boosts state funding for public education, early childhood services and more — while using her veto pen to assert sole authority over $1.6 billion in new federal pandemic relief funding.

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New Mexico Makes Vaccine Appointments Easier For Seniors - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press/Report For America

New Mexico is making it easier for senior citizens to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Department of Health announced Thursday that people 60 and up can schedule a vaccine appointment without first being offered one by health officials.

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New Mexico Leads Vaccine Rollout With 50% Getting 1st Shot - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials on Wednesday reported more progress in getting residents vaccinated as the state continues to lead the U.S. in the vaccine rollout.

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Tribes Talk Priorities With 'Formidable Guardian' Haaland - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders told U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland they see her as a "formidable guardian" and steward of their interests Tuesday during the pueblo woman's first official trip to her home state, an emotional visit that focused on pandemic relief and underscored the significance of her confirmation.

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All New Mexico Schools Move To In-Person Learning This Week - By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

All New Mexico public school districts are expected to be open for in-person learning this week, with the largest district welcoming students back Monday with some hiccups due to a shortage of bus drivers.

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Western Rivers Face Pinch As Another Dry Year Takes Shape - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

As several states in the American West face intense drought, it's shaping up to be a very difficult year for New Mexico farmers because of limited irrigation supplies, with some saying conditions haven't been this dire since the 1950s.

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