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What to know about omicron, the new COVID variant

Updated November 27, 2021 at 9:19 AM ET The U.S. is putting travel restrictions in place in response to a new variant of the coronavirus circulating in southern Africa. The restrictions , which are set to take effect on Monday, are being implemented out of an abundance of caution, said a senior Biden administration official. The World Health Organization announced Friday that it deems this strain, B.1.1.529, a variant of concern , and has named it omicron. It's the first new variant of...

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three state watchdog offices have dismissed a nonprofit group’s complaints accusing New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas of ethics violations in connection with the proposed merger involving Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

The actions were taken  by the state Ethics Commission, the State Auditor’s Office and the New Mexico Supreme Court’s disciplinary board on complaints filed by New Energy Economy.

El Paso Matters

Nov 26, 2021
El Paso Matters CEO Robert Moore

El Paso Matters President and CEO Bob Moore discusses El Paso's latest COVID surge, UTEP's high percentage of Hispanic and LatinX faculty, and a 7-year-old boy who will melt your heart like butter on a baked sweet potato. 

National Park Service

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M.  — A stillness enveloped Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico as Native American leaders gathered under a warm sun. They made the trip to Chaco Culture National Historic Park on Monday to celebrate a recent decision by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to begin the process of withdrawing federal mineral interests from development around the park for 20 years.

NMSU's Noche de Luminarias Returns Dec. 5

Nov 24, 2021

LAS CRUCES, NM - The longtime tradition “Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of Lights,” is set to make its return to New Mexico State University after pressing pause last year due to the pandemic. 

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the event. The NMSU tradition was started in 1984 by Residence Hall volunteers who set up luminarias around their buildings. Corbett Center Programming Council later joined the Residence Halls and increased participation numbers. Since then, the event has grown to be one of the largest luminarias displays in New Mexico.

New Mexico Human Services Department

SANTA FE – This week more than 3,000 low-income New Mexico households will receive a one-time payment of $452 in emergency financial assistance under an initiative administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) in partnership with the Taxation and Revenue Department (Tax & Rev).

The funding for this effort was made possible through an initial $5 million appropriation from the New Mexico Legislature. The one-time payment is for low-income state residents who did not receive the federal pandemic stimulus payments. An initial round of payments was issued earlier this year in July 2021. / via

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an Albuquerque ordinance aimed at curbing panhandling in certain places wasn't sufficiently narrow to avoid violating First Amendment rights.

Dona Ana County Sheriff

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona County authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after being mauled by at least one dog at his grandparents’ home.

Silver City Report

Nov 24, 2021

Within Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, just south of Socorro, lies a special three-mile stretch of the Rio Grande. At first glance, it looks like any other section of the mid-Rio—but this portion has been readjusted through human intervention, courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pilot River Realignment Project. 

Proof of Vaccination Required for Next NM Legislative Session

Nov 23, 2021
New Mexico PBS

SANTA FE – Today, Raúl Burciaga, Director of New Mexico Legislative Council, announced Capitol building policy updates for the upcoming special session in early December and regular session commencing on January 18.


NPR News

A new strain of COVID-19 first discovered in South Africa was declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organization on Friday. Here's how the pharmaceutical industry plans to address the latest coronavirus curve ball.

Vaccine makers are already pivoting their efforts to combat the new variant: testing higher doses of booster shots, designing new boosters that anticipate strain mutations, and developing omicron-specific boosters.

A colorful cast of characters is on Sunday's ballot for the next president of Honduras.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Dave Grohl; Will Smith

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Commentary: Nearly any business owner in New Mexico will tell you that Michelle Lujan Grisham and her policies have been unfriendly to business. Setting aside the COVID lockdowns, since she took office in 2019, we’ve seen multiple tax hikes, numerous new regulations, and numerous policies that make it more costly and difficult to hire workers.

These policies aren’t just “anti-business,” taken as a whole they undermine economic freedom. A new study provides hard data that quantifies and highlights the negative impact of policies of Lujan Grisham and the Legislature (at least in 2019).


Commentary: The last decade has been difficult for New Mexico. While our neighboring states have been able to attract new industries paying higher wages, New Mexico has stagnated. But now, New Mexico enjoys a record surplus, thanks to the boom in the energy patch. Add to this the recently passed $1.2 trillion federal bi-partisan infrastructure bill, with funds for roads, bridges, and especially important for us, high-speed internet. 

All this can be a real game changer for New Mexico if our political leaders can take advantage of this once in a generation opportunity. But while have had an opportunity handed to us by oil and gas, there are obstacles. The Economic Development Department recently commissioned a study from the Center for Innovation Strategy & Policy to develop a strategy to move forward.  

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