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Violent confrontation over mask wearing

Store clerk says he was threatened by customer with gun → Read More

Safety concerns justified as fires break out

4th of July almost always busiest night of year for firefighters → Read More

Some staying home; others not for July 4th fireworks

Some will social distance and wear masks while others will not → Read More

State seeing spike in youngest age group

New cases involving people under 19 up 27% this week → Read More

Tips for a safe fireworks show at home

Firefighters expecting more people to shoot fireworks from home this year → Read More

Governor says health of state rides on safety of holiday weekend

State officials urge everyone to not celebrate same way as usual → Read More

Are concerts done for 2020?

The question is, like International Balloon Fiesta, are concerts done in 2020?Also, will certain kinds of interactive entertainment be the same as before.?Electric Playhouse drew big crowds the first six weeks it was open.Now, with the exception of the occasional 5-kid camp, the restaurant is all that's available, and staff spend most of their time focused on cleaning.“That's pretty much… → Read More

Major event cancellations hurt Duke City tax revenue

2020 Balloon Fiesta, State Fair and Pow-Wow all canceled → Read More

New Mexico school districts eye rising costs, less federal funding

Due to budget needs, the state is keeping some CARES Act money → Read More

Re-open plan stalls as new cases rise

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham believes the state is not ready to enter phase two of the re-opening plan.Essentially it means she is not lifting any restrictions, but she's not adding any either.“What we're seeing around us and what we're seeing right here in our own state is a clear indication that we are not quite ready to go to phase two,” she said.Right now, things would not change July 1.Face… → Read More

State rallies behind vandalized restaurant

New Mexicans rallied Wednesday days after a Santa Fe restaurant suffered $100,000 worth of damage.It happened over the weekend at India Palace and the FBI is now investigating it as a hate crime.On Wednesday, the store owner, members of the Sikh community and elected officials gathered outside the restaurant to show their support.“What's good about these awful events is the way that everybody… → Read More

School districts must adjust to new fall guidelines

APS, Rio Rancho officials say it's still too early to estimate impact → Read More

Five bills ready for governor as House meets Monday

The pandemic set the state back a projected $2 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1.Lawmakers now believe two budget bills awaiting the governor’s signature will fill that gap.House Bill 1 cuts state agency funding by 4%, with the goal of taking less from public education and health care.However, it reduces the governor’s new opportunity scholarship to focus only on two-year community… → Read More

Special Session adjourned, for now

The Senate is sine die, meaning they are adjourned indefinitely.The House resumes Monday at 11 a.m.And there is still a lot on the docket.Right now, the House and Senate budget bills on solvency have passed both chambers.A House bill creating a civil rights commission and and House bill on tax relief also passed both chambers, as well as a Senate bill on election changes.In light of recent… → Read More

Health risk elevated with wildfires, coronavirus

People who have or have had COVId-19 impacted more → Read More

Special session starts fast and furious

From budget adjustments to revamping law enforcement to potentially changing the way you vote this November, this special session is starting fast and furious.“There's no hard and fast date that's been set but it clearly seems to be the intention of the governor and the legislative leadership to get in there, do what needs to be done and get out,” KOAT political expert Brian Sanderoff said.But… → Read More

Budget, police reform top items at special session

Lawmakers also expected to consider bills on election reform, tax relief → Read More

Sunday events focus on family, future

Demonstrators say changes need to happen for the sake of kids. → Read More

Show of unity at Civic Plaza

Hundreds of people converged on Civic Plaza in Albuquerque on Saturday to call for an end to racism and police brutality.There have been a handful of protests in Albuquerque over the last week and a half, but this was the first one where police were actually part of the demonstration.Like other recent demonstrations in the Duke City, there was chanting and there were prayers and calls for… → Read More

State sees its biggest single-day jump in new cases

331 new COVID-19 cases are the most in New Mexico so far → Read More