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Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales is making a pitch to be Albuquerque’s next mayor. Gonzales declared his candidacy in an official online campaign video Monday. The sheriff, who was born in Albuquerque, says Mayor Tim Keller has failed to improve the city. Gonzales says the violent crime rate has soared above the national average. He says he will release proposals in the coming weeks to address issues such as homelessness and help for small businesses. Gonzales, a Democrat like Keller, was re-elected to a four-year term as sheriff in 2018. Keller announced last month that he would run for mayor again. The mayoral election will take place in November.

Las Cruces Crash Involved Vehicle Street-Racing on West Mesa

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  A two-vehicle crash reported late Friday evening is believed to involve at least one car that was street-racing on the city’s West Mesa.
The crash – reported shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, near 301 Rea Blvd. – injured four occupants of the vehicles – two in a red Ford Mustang and two in a black Chevrolet Camaro. The 44-year-old driver of the Mustang received the most severe injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. His 17-year-old son, riding as a passenger in the Mustang, received relatively minor injuries.
The 18-year-old driver of the Camaro and his 21-year-old passenger, a woman, both received relatively minor injuries.

Four Injured in Las Cruces Shootings

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  Las Cruces police are investigating four separate shootings over the weekend, three of which resulted in injuries.
The first incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, on the 1000 block of south Almendra Street. Police learned neighbors got into a verbal altercation that resulted in shots being fired near the intersection of Almendra and Nevada Avenue. Officers learned two men were struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital. Both men received injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

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SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday announced that registrants who are 40 years and older can now schedule their own COVID-19 vaccine appointments. To do so, users simply log in to using their confirmation code and date of birth, choose their location, and then select from available appointments in their area. Event codes for New Mexicans 40+ are no longer required, though they are required for younger populations.

Zuni Mountains / Photo courtesy-Dan Ryerson, USFS

  SANTA FE, NM – Today, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Forestry Division released its 2020 Forest Health Conditions Report and newly developed Story Map revealing significant impacts to trees on state and private land due to exceptional drought and warming temperatures.

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 2020 was the second warmest and fourth driest on record in New Mexico. As a result, aerial surveys conducted last year by the Forestry Division and its partner, the USDA Forest Service, found a nine percent increase in insect and drought-stress damage since the year prior.

Ross Marks and Joe Bullock discuss the making of "Walking With Herb," a film shot in Las Cruces.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  — The Navajo Nation is finding no new COVID-19 related deaths for an eighth consecutive day. The tribe on Sunday afternoon reported seven new virus cases but no additional deaths on the vast reservation.

The latest numbers bring the Navajo Nation’s pandemic case total to 30,366 with the death toll remaining at 1,262. Tribal officials said 16,477 people have recovered from COVID-19 thus far.

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  In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic voters. Similar initiatives have been undertaken in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and elsewhere as many faith leaders perceive a threat to voting rights that warrants their intervention in a volatile political issue. A law already enacted in Georgia includes a provision banning the distribution of water bottles to people waiting in line to vote. That prompted some clergy to protest recently by leaving water bottles outside the Georgia Capitol.

  HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it is removing immigrant girls from a facility in Houston. HHS said that about 450 girls are being removed from the Emergency Intake Site for Unaccompanied Children operated by the National Association of Christian Churches where were housed since April 1. The agency says the site was intended as a temporary location and the girls will be paired with a sponsor or connected with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The director of an immigrant advocacy group says there was an unknown incident at the facility Friday. Houston police and HHS spokespersons did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Data from Johns Hopkins University shows the two-week rolling average of coronavirus cases in Texas is increasing. The Saturday data shows the average number of new cases per day in the state has risen from 3,286.4 on April 1 to 3,458.9 on April 15, an increase of 5.2%. The Texas health department on Saturday reported 2,430 newly confirmed or probable cases and 65 additional deaths and the state had an estimated 64,125 active cases with 2,929 people hospitalized due to the virus.

Dr. Jill Biden

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden’s office announced Saturday that she will visit the U.S. Southwest in the coming week, with stops planned in New Mexico’s most populous city and the Navajo Nation’s capitol in Arizona. The announcement said Biden will travel to Albuquerque on Wednesday and visit Window Rock, Arizona, on Thursday and Friday. The announcement did not elaborate on the scheduled visit but it said additional information will be forthcoming.

  Roswell, NM- On April 15, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Roswell Police Department (RPD) and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

At approximately 11:26 p.m., a sergeant with CCSO attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a white Ford pick-up truck on Matthews Street and South Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico. The vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. 

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  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — U.S. water officials are projecting the man-made lakes that store water used throughout the American West will fall to historically low levels and trigger an official shortage declaration for the first time. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released projections this week forecasting that less Colorado River water will fill Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which would force cuts to Arizona and Nevada. By November 2022, the agency projects Lake Mead could drop to levels that could threaten the ability to generate electricity at Hoover Dam. The April projections don't have binding impact because federal officials use the forecast released each August to make decisions about how to allocate river water.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a case that will determine who is eligible for more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes last year. More than a dozen Native American tribes sued the U.S. Treasury Department to limit the funding to tribes that have a political relationship with the U.S. The Treasury Department says corporations that provide services to Alaska Natives should be eligible, too. Lower courts have split on the question. The case could have broader impacts on who qualifies as a tribe for federal contracting and compacts.

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  ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico is restricting campfires and other potential starters of wildfires because of high fire danger tied to ongoing drought conditions. The Stage One restrictions implemented Friday include prohibitions on campfires or other fires except in a Forest Service-provided grill or other fire structure and smoking outside buildings, enclosed vehicles, developed recreation sites or cleared areas at least 3 feet in diameter. Fire Staff Officer David Bales says the criteria used to determine when to modify fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moistures, fire activity and available firefighting resources.

Police Shooting Involving State Police in Hobbs

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  Hobbs, NM- On Thursday, April 15, 2021 the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting near 537 East Navajo Drive in Hobbs, New Mexico. The NMSP officer was uninjured, and the suspect fled on foot.

Agents learned at approximately 8:20 p.m., a New Mexico State Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chrysler four-door passenger vehicle on East Navajo Drive in Hobbs. During the traffic stop, a male passenger fled on foot. The officer gave chase. At some point during the foot pursuit, the male suspect brandished a firearm and fired at the officer. The officer fired at least one round from his department issued sidearm towards the male suspect.

The suspect evaded the officer and fled the area. State Police agents do not believe the male suspect was struck by the officer’s gunfire. A female, who was the driver of the Chrysler, was detained and released by State Police. Agents are working to identify the male suspect.  


  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas handgun owners would no longer need a license or training to carry their weapon in public under a bill that has cleared a major vote in the GOP-controlled state Capitol. Democrats on Thursday railed against loosening gun laws after the 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart. Texas has more than 1.6 million licensed handgun owners, but scrapping that required permit has been a long-sought goal of conservative activists in gun-friendly Texas. The bill now goes to the Senate.  

  HATCH, New Mexico – El Paso Electric (EPE) will be making improvements this Saturday, April 17 to the Hatch Substation that serves a large portion for the Village of Hatch. These improvements will allow for the substation to manage additional demand and help improve service reliability for EPE customers in Hatch. In order to safely complete all necessary work, a three-hour scheduled power outage will go into effect beginning at 12:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 17 until 3:00 a.m. The scheduled power outage will temporarily impact approximately 1,950 customers.

There will be no road closures or other impacts to traffic to complete the infrastructure improvements.

Mayfield High School

  Las Cruces Public Schools continues to investigate allegations of unsafe student behavior following a complaint that a so-called secret prom took place over the weekend, violating New Mexico’s public health order against mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The situation forced a return to remote learning for Mayfield High School.

The New Mexico Administrative Code extends local school district authority to include “the discipline of students for out-of-school conduct having a direct and immediate effect on school discipline or the general safety and welfare of the school.”   

Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health and the Public Education Department joined LCPS to encourage parents and students to continue COVID-safe practices in order to protect traditional end-of-semester celebrations, like graduation ceremonies.  

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. As of today, there are 116 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

Senator Mark Moores

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores is a state senator from Albuquerque and the co-owner with his wife of a Roswell-based medical testing business that has been on the front lines tracing the spread of the coronavirus. The business received nearly $850,000 in federal aid to avoid layoffs. Moores is criticizing the state's gradual approach to reopening the economy and says that businesses don't want handouts. It's still unclear whether his company, Pathology Consultants, will repay the federal loan.

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Marc Levesque, Author and WNMU faculty advisor for Mustang Search and Rescue joins us to talk about the program and how to stay safe while exploring the outdoors. He also has a new book out titled "Gila Lost and Found: Search and Rescue in New Mexico."

Anthony Moreno discusses the legalization of adult-use cannabis in New Mexico with those involved in the cannabis industry in the state. We also hear what two state lawmakers think about the legislation that was passed in a special session.

McCamley Steps Down From Lujan Grisham Administration

Apr 16, 2021

SANTA FE – After more than a year of managing an unprecedented deluge of unemployment claims brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and overseeing the disbursement of more than $3.5 billion in funds to displaced workers throughout the state, New Mexico Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley will step down from his position.  Here is a statement from the Governor's office:

McCamley’s resignation is effective Friday, April 16. Ricky Serna, who had previously served as deputy secretary at the Department of Workforce Solutions, will serve as acting secretary until a full-time replacement is identified; the administration has begun searching for qualified candidates.