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Albuquerque Mayor Faces Ethics Complaint In Reelection 

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Critics of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller have filed a new ethics complaint alleging that the Democrat violated the city's election laws by using a city employee for campaign purposes.

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New Mexico Sets Rules To Launch Pandemic Debt Collection -- Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico’s state court system is taking steps to ease financial pain as consumer debt comes due along with consequences for mortgages that went unpaid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Administrative Office of the Courts on Monday announced staggered deadlines for a return to debt collection orders that can be used to garnish wages or seize property to pay off consumer debt.

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New Mexico Tries Carrot-Stick Approach To Boost Vaccination - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

The state of New Mexico moved forward Monday with a carrot-and-stick approach to immunizations against COVID-19 with a renewed $100 payout to newly vaccinated residents.

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  Carson National Forest Cleans Up After Rainbow Family Event – Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service has conducted extensive cleanup activities following a large, informal gathering attended by thousands of people in a remote area of the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico, officials said.

Officials estimate that 5,000 people attended the dispersed camping and recreational event staged in late June and early July by a group known as the Rainbow Family of Living Light.

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New Mexico Mandates Vaccination Or Testing For State Workers - Associated Press

New Mexico will require that all state government employees get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing, moving in sync Thursday with federal authorities to shore up rates of immunization.

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New Mexico Education Secretary Replaced, New Top Cop Named- By Cedar Attanasio and Morgan Lee Associated Press

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has named two new cabinet secretaries. The top jobs oversee the departments of safety and education. Former Los Alamos Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus will become the new education secretary next month. Deputy Chief of the Rio Rancho Police Department Jason Bowie will become the next secretary of public safety, which oversees the New Mexico State Police. The governor has seen a wave of retirements among department heads, with some citing the pressures of the pandemic. The governor is still looking to fill top positions at agencies such as the Department of Workforce Solutions. 

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Longtime New Mexico Lawmaker Focus Of Criminal Investigation - Felicia Fonseca, Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

Authorities are investigating longtime New Mexico legislator Sheryl Williams Stapleton's possibly illegal connections to a company that received more than $5 million in contracts to do business with the school district where she works.

Authorities executed search warrants at the Albuquerque Public Schools offices and Stapleton's home this week as part of a criminal investigation into alleged racketeering, money laundering, illegal kickbacks and possible violations of a law governing the conduct of state lawmakers.

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US Vows To Improve Protections For Wild Horse AdoptionsBy Scott Sonner Associated Press

U.S. officials who are trying to adopt out wild horses captured on public land say they are tightening protections to guard against the illegal resale of the animals for slaughter, but advocates say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for   adoptions.

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Police Identify 2 Men Who Died In Albuquerque Flooding – Associated Press

Albuquerque police have identified two people who were swept through flood channels during a monsoon storm and died.

They are Steven Camp, 32, and Alexander Corrie, 31. Officials with the police department and Albuquerque Fire Rescue weren't sure Monday whether the two knew each other or had permanent residences in Albuquerque.

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Fraction Of Schools' Relief Funds Budgeted For Learning Loss – Associated Press

New Mexico schools plan to spend the bulk of the federal coronavirus relief money they've received on technology and building upgrades rather than student learning loss.

A report this week before the New Mexico Legislature's budget committee showed school districts and charters plan to spend 38% of the $490 million they received thus far on technology and HVAC systems.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that schools plan to spend 9% of the funds on learning loss programs and 8% on interventions for at-risk students.

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1 Body Recovered, 2 People Missing After Albuquerque Storm - Associated Press

One body was recovered Wednesday and the search continued for two other people swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque, authorities said.

Firefighters pulled a man’s body from the end of a diversion channel on Wednesday morning.

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New Mexico Is 2nd State To Make Gas Stations Liable For DUI - Associated Press

Gas stations have a legal obligation not to sell fuel to drivers who are believed to be intoxicated, the New Mexico Supreme Court said Monday in a decision that could have far-reaching effects on businesses and that only one other state applies so strictly.

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Biden Picks Former Sen. Tom Udall for New Zealand Ambassador - By Michael Balsamo and Aamer Madhani Associated Press

President Joe Biden is nominating former New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall to serve as his ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

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Ousted Albuquerque Police Chief Files Whistleblower Lawsuit - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Albuquerque's former police chief is accusing top city officials of violating open record laws and a state statute meant to protect whistleblowers.

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New Mexico Officials Say Pandemic Is Not Over, Vaccine Is Key Associated Press

While many businesses have reopened and restrictions have been lifted, New Mexico's top public health officials said Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is not over.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Warned About Shrinking Water Supplies - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Some of New Mexico top climate and water experts warned state lawmakers Tuesday that the effects of the current drought on water supplies have been worsened by climate change, specifically an ongoing, long-term warming trend.

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US Drilling Approvals Increase Despite Biden Climate Pledge - By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president, underscoring President Joe Biden's reluctance to more forcefully curb petroleum production in the face of industry and Republican resistance.

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University Of New Mexico Won't Require COVID-19 VaccinationsAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico will continue to encourage that students, faculty and staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August for the fall semester but no longer plans to require it.

Associated Press, Patrick Semansky, Mark J. Terrill

Billionaire Blastoff: Rich Riding Own Rockets Into Space - By Marcia Dunn AP, Aerospace Writer

Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space.

It's intended to be a flashy confidence boost for customers seeking their own short joyrides.

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Republican Lawmaker Enters Race For New Mexico Governor Associated Press

State Rep. Rebecca Dow announced Wednesday that she will seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico in next year's election, becoming the fifth GOP candidate looking to unseat Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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Navajo Nation Lifts Some COVID Restrictions On ReservationAssociated Press

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed legislation Tuesday to rescind an order that closed the reservation to outside visitors.

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New Mexico Police Shoot Suspect During Chase In Santa Fe – Associated Press

Authorities are investigating the third shooting by law enforcement officers in Santa Fe in the past two weeks.

In the latest case, New Mexico State Police officers shot and wounded a suspect Sunday morning during a foot chase in a neighborhood on the city's south side.

Associated Press, Andres Leighton

New Mexico Opens Door To New Era Of Civil Rights Lawsuits - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Efforts among a handful of states to hold police accountable for brutality and misconduct are expanding Thursday as New Mexico opens the door to civil rights lawsuits against government agencies in state court.

Associated Press, Morgan Lee

Supreme Court Allows Recall Effort Against Trump BoosterAssociated Press

An effort to recall the founder of Cowboys for Trump from his public office as a county commissioner can move forward under an order of the New Mexico state Supreme Court.

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New Mexico, Albuquerque To Adopt 'Clean Car Rules' By 2022Associated Press

New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque will begin taking steps to ensure more climate-friendly cars take to the road.

Associated Press, Morgan Lee

Child Welfare Workers File Whistleblower Suit In New Mexico - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

Two former officials with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department are suing the state under whistleblower protection laws.

Associated Press, Cedar Attanasio

Officer-Involved Shooting In Santa Fe Leaves 1 Dead - By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

One person was shot to death by city police officers in downtown Santa Fe on Wednesday after authorities responded to reports of a fight and gunfire at a public park, the Santa Fe Police Department said.

Associated Press, Evan Vucci

4 People Win $250K Apiece In New Mexico Vaccine SweepstakesAssociated Press

State health officials announced Tuesday that four people have each won $250,000 prizes as part of the New Mexico vaccine sweepstakes.

They were the first four winners of Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes.

Associated Press, Cedar Attanasio

  

New Mexico Ranks 49th In Child Wellbeing, An Improvement - By Cedar Attanasio, Report For America / Associated Press

New Mexico ranked 49th in a report released Monday measuring child wellbeing based on data gathered before the pandemic.

That's an improvement over last year when the state ranked 50th among U.S. states.

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  New Mexico Governor Says Opening Day Will Be July 1 - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that all remaining pandemic-related public health restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activity in the state will be lifted July 1, clearing the way for restaurants and other venues to operate without any capacity limits and for cities to plan in-person Fourth of July celebrations and other summer festivals.

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