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2 New Mexico universities to require vaccines for some

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest public university will require students, faculty and other workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, while its second-largest university will implement the mandate only for staff.

Rural school board suspended over New Mexico’s mask mandate

ALBUQUERQUE – A rural New Mexico school board was suspended by the state Public Education Department on Wednesday for not going along with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s mask mandate for chil...

Lawmakers: Labor shortage could wreak havoc on chile harvest

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prides itself on having the best chile in the world, but a shortage of farmhands could leave a big portion of this year’s bumper crop rotting on the vine. “W...

New Mexico tries carrot-stick approach to boost vaccination

SANTA FE – 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. That $100...

Abundant rain brings mixed blessings to New Mexico

SANTA FE – Four months ago, Paul Skrak was among the New Mexico farmers who braced themselves for a bleak summer when acute drought conditions delayed the growing season by 30 days. But the ...

New Mexico education secretary replaced, new top cop named

SANTA FE – New Mexico Education Secretary Ryan Stewart is the latest Cabinet secretary to call it quits during the pandemic. The education post will be filled by former Los Alamos Superint...

New Mexico releases plans for masking, vaccines in schools

SANTA FE – New Mexico education officials released updated guidance on COVID-19 case reporting, masking requirements and vaccine considerations for K-12 schools this fall. The new rules roll...

Former state police officer convicted of drug charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A former New Mexico State Police officer has been convicted of distributing marijuana intended for a 16-year-old girl he pulled over and a separate drugs-for-sex scheme. U.S. ...

New Mexico governor closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and top health officials are closely monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases. But there was no indication Thursday of whether official...

New Mexico marks record year of spending by film industry

SANTA FE – Despite the coronavirus pandemic that led to a shutdown for months in film production, the show did go on in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office announced Monday that this fis...

New Mexico to get another $327M in federal recovery aid

SANTA FE – Federal education officials have approved New Mexico’s spending plan for recovery aid, clearing the way for another $327 million to be distributed to the state. The money is inte...

ABQ BioPark welcomes new baby hippo

ALBUQUERQUE – The ABQ BioPark has a new family member. Zoo officials announced this week that Karen, a 19-year-old Nile hippopotamus, gave birth to a healthy baby on Monday. The zoo did not...