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New Mexico Ramps Up Vaccine Distribution, Awaits SuppliesAssociated Press

Top health officials in New Mexico say the state has boosted the number of vaccines given daily by more than 20% over the past two weeks.

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Gathering Of Nations Powwow Canceled For 2nd Year In A RowAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The world's largest powwow has been canceled for a second consecutive year because of the pandemic.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Gathering of Nations Powwow, typically held in Albuquerque, will be entirely online.

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Legislators Advance Bill Aimed At Allowing Recreational Pot - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Legislators have advanced a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis across New Mexico and lift the state's tight restrictions on production for its medical cannabis program.

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New Mexico Asks To Skip Student Testing Again This Year - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

State officials confirmed Friday they are seeking permission from federal officials to waive standardized reading, math and science testing for another year, citing difficulties stemming from the pandemic.

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Abortion-Rights Bill Approaches Decisive Vote In New Mexico - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

An effort to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico was poised Thursday for a decisive vote in the state Senate.

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New Mexico To End Quarantine Requirements For TravelersAssociated Press

New Mexico officials on Wednesday said they would be ending mandatory self-quarantine requirements for visitors and residents arriving in the state.

The state Health Department cited what it described as “a brighter pandemic outlook” for the change in policy.

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New Mexico Red-Flag Gun Law Seldom Used To Withdraw Firearms - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Records show a red-flag gun law aimed at removing firearms from people who pose a danger to themselves or others has been applied just four times across New Mexico since it went into effect in May.

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New Mexico Officials Hold Out Hope For More Vaccine Supply - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

Officials at some of New Mexico's largest hospitals said Monday they are holding out hope that vaccine supplies will catch up with demand as state health officials confirmed that some pharmacies would begin receiving shipments this week.

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New Mexico Legislature Considers College Tuition Funding By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

State Senators are considering a bill to provide $30 million in subsidies for attendees of two-year colleges and a pilot program to help college dropouts finish their degrees.

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New Mexico State Police Say Officer Shot, Killed On HighwayAssociated Press

Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer was killed in a shooting along a highway Thursday before a chase ended 30 miles away with a suspect dead and a Las Cruces police officer wounded.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Eye Curbing Governor's Power In Crisis - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press/Report For America

 

Some New Mexico lawmakers are fed up with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's 11-month string of emergency health orders. They would like to put limits on health orders during the coronavirus pandemic and in future emergencies.

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Lawsuit Decries Rodent Infestation At New Mexico Prison - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Two former inmates in New Mexico are suing state prison staff and a food-service contractor for cruelty and negligence after they failed to resolve a yearslong rat and mouse infestation at the kitchen in a women's lockup. They cited health risks including mouse-borne Hantavirus.

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New Mexico Vaccine Clinic Stops Giving Shots Temporarily - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

One of New Mexico's largest vaccination clinics is hitting the pause button and will temporarily stop giving vaccines after administering shots for more than a week.

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New Mexico Tribe Sues US Over Hospital Closure Amid Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A New Mexico Indigenous tribe is suing the U.S. government, claiming federal health officials have violated the law by ending emergency and in-patient medical care at a hospital on tribal lands.

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New Mexico Community Solar Proposal Clears First Hurdle - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

A proposal that would allow community solar programs to be established in New Mexico has cleared its first legislative hurdle despite questions from some lawmakers and concerns among investor-owned utilities.

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Officials Say Most New Mexico Counties See Virus ImprovementsAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials say almost all of the state's 33 counties have shown improvements over the last two weeks when it comes to reducing daily case totals and test positivity rates.

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New Mexico Governor Says Schools Will Reopen In February - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state will soon reopen schools to students of all ages. The vast majority of New Mexico students have been consigned to distance learning during the pandemic, which has led to learning loss and failing grades.

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New Mexico Officials Advocate For More Vaccine Doses - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Nearly one quarter of New Mexico's population has registered to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, but officials at some of the state's largest health care providers said Monday that inconsistencies with the supply chain are among the barriers to getting more shots in arms.

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Officials Say School Vaccine Clinics In New Mexico On HoldAssociated Press

Vaccination clinics scheduled for hundreds of public school employees throughout Albuquerque and surrounding communities won't happen after all.

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New Mexico Universities Feel Pinch Of Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Officials at New Mexico's two largest universities say freshman enrollment is holding steady if not increasing despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

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Official Says New Mexico Doesn't Expect To Run Out Of Vaccine - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say they don't expect to run out of coronavirus vaccine.

Health Department spokesman Matt Bieber said Wednesday that the state orders the maximum number of doses it can and its orders are typically filled.

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Officials Urge Precautions As Virus Hospitalizations Decline - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Officials with New Mexico's largest health care providers say a recent decrease in statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations is not enough to ease up on mask wearing or other measures aimed at curbing spread.

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Cowboys For Trump Leader Arrested Over US Capitol Riot - Associated Press, KUNM News

A New Mexico county official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump who had vowed to return to Washington after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk was arrested Sunday by the FBI.


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New Mexico Seeks Answers On Federal Rollout Of Vaccine Doses - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico officials said Friday that they were disappointed to learn that the state may not get as many vaccine doses as promised by the federal government just days ago.

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New Mexico Declares Security Emergency Ahead Of Inauguration - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a state of emergency in response to credible intelligence about threats of violence at statehouse buildings across the country and deployed members of the New Mexico National Guard to Washington for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

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COVID-19 Variant Appears In New Mexico, Health Officials SayAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials say they have detected the first known case of a more contagious variant of COVID-19.

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New Mexico Legislature Seeks Greater Spending Amid Pandemic - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Leading New Mexico legislators are proposing a 4% increase in state general fund spending that would devote new resources to health care and public education amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Mexico Governor Supports Tapping Endowment For Education - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

New Mexico Democrats say they're closer than ever to increasing withdrawals from one of the country's largest endowments to fund education initiatives.

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New Mexico Opens Vaccine Distribution To More People - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials have confirmed they're moving ahead with vaccination distribution.

On Friday, the latest group to become eligible included people 75 and older as well as residents with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk from COVID-19. The list also includes essential employees who can't work remotely.

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State GOP Says Election Tarnished Democracy, Faces Criticism - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce says democracy has been tarnished by unanswered questions about the 2020 vote count, which state officials called a false narrative.

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