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Russell Contreras

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Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Recent articles by Russell:

New Mexico cancels national tourism campaign amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N. M (AP) — The Santa Fe Plaza is empty. So are the narrow streets of the adobe-laden historic district in the heart of Albuquerque. The ski lifts are idle, the galleries are shuttered, and the fate of the summer art market season is uncertain. → Read More

New Mexico sees major jump in unemployment claims amid coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor reports New Mexico saw 17,187 people apply for unemployment benefits last week compared to 869 people the week before. → Read More

New Mexico cancels national tourism campaign amid COVID-19

RIO RANCHO, N. M (AP) — The Santa Fe Plaza is empty. So are the narrow streets of the adobe-laden historic district in the heart of Albuquerque. The ski lifts are idle, the galleries are shuttered, and the fate of the summer art market season is uncertain. → Read More

New Mexico rep faces heat for plugging Texas cafe amid virus

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. (AP) — State Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, one of the most liberal lawmakers in New Mexico and who has been dogged by allegations that she doesn't live in the state, is facing criticism for promoting a Texas cafe during coronavirus restrictions. On her personal Facebook page, the Albuquerque Democrat has plugged in recent days the El Paso-based Desert Moon Cafe and its menu… → Read More

Coronavirus: Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, known as “Bloody Sunday,” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress.It was one of the most significant… → Read More

Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, → Read More

Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N. M. (AP) — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, known as “Bloody Sunday,” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress. It was one of the most… → Read More

Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, known as “Bloody Sunday,” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act […] → Read More

Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

A new online project seeks to bring the lessons of the U.S. civil rights movement to students → Read More

New Mexico jails suspend visitations amid coronavirus concerns

County jails across New Mexico have suspended visitations and officials say they are testing inmates. → Read More

New Mexico GOP hopefuls launch early ads in challenge against Rep. Xochitl Torres Small

US House candidates Claire Chase, Yvette Herrell and Chris Mathys are spending on radio and television ads months before the GOP primary. → Read More

Netflix series explores the assassination of Malcolm X

A new Netflix series is tackling questions around the 1965 assassination of civil rights icon Malcolm X → Read More

Netflix series explores the assassination of Malcolm X – Lowell Sun

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new Netflix series is tackling questions around the 1965 assassination of civil rights icon Malcolm X. → Read More

'Black in Space' Documentary Looks at Final Frontier of Civil Rights

The show examines the race to get black astronauts into the heavens while fighting for human rights on Earth. → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel to space, overcoming segregation, poverty, and stereotypes in an… → Read More

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn’t leave. McNair was black. Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel […] → Read More

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call… → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

A new documentary looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid segregation, discrimination and the Cold War → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to... → Read More