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The nation's fight against the coronavirus has focused a political spotlight on the power wielded by President Donald Trump and state governors. Yet Republicans and Democrats have been quietly preparing for a major election-year battle over the control of state legislatures, which in many states will determine how congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the census. The Republican State Leadership Committee is releasing a list this week of 115 targeted legislative districts in a dozen states currently held by Democrats but carried by Trump in 2016. National Democratic groups have set similar targets.

  DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials report 623 new cases of COVID-19 and say there have been another eight deaths linked to the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Monday that there have been 55,971 confirmed cases and 1,527 fatalities linked to the virus. The true numbers are likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The state estimates more than 35,000 Texans who were sickened by COVID-19 have now recovered. 

107 More COVID-19 Cases And 6 Additional Deaths In New Mexico

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  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and 5 more deaths. 

As of today, there are 211 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.

 

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  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.

Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.

Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy.

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Limited outdoor dining will be allowed at New Mexico restaurants beginning Wednesday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office said Tuesday she'll be amending the public health order, clearing the way for patio dining at restaurants as long as it's limited to 50% of an establishment's outdoor seating capacity.

Tables must be placed at least 6 feet apart, no more than six people may be seated at any single table and no bar or counter seating will be allowed.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says recent data indicates the coronavirus peak for hospitalizations on the vast reservation occurred from April 21-26, a month earlier than initial projections.

During a live online town hall on Tuesday, Nez said initial projections showed the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 surge peak would begin the week of May 24.

Nez says implementing stay-at-home orders and weekend curfews have helped flatten the curve in certain areas of the reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April. Another was found dead in the wild. That brings the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona.

Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. But ranchers say they face constant pressure from the wolves.

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the ocean off Southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well Monday until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet dubbed Cosmic Girl. The company tweeted it was a clean release but the “mission terminated shortly into flight." There's no immediate word on what went wrong. Virgin Orbit says the Boeing 747 and its crew are safe and returning to base. 

Now Over 7,000 New Mexico COVID-19 Cases

May 25, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 93 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and 3 more deaths.

 

As of today, there are 216 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.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger.

So it was this past week when he took very personally a scientific study that should give pause to anyone thinking of following Trump's lead and ingesting a potentially risky drug for the coronavirus. He branded the study's researchers, financed in part by his own administration, his “enemy.”

Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, Trump exaggerated some of his accomplishments for veterans' health care. Over the weekend, he also repeated a baseless allegation of rampant mail-in voting fraud and resurrected claims of unspecified conspiracies against him in 2016.

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (Las Vegas Optic) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has blocked the reopening of a popular northern New Mexico drive-in movie theater.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the governor's office halted a plan to reopen the Fort Union Drive-In Movie Theater amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

City leaders said they had the support of state leaders. But Lujan Grisham's office told the San Miguel County Emergency Management Department the day before the scheduled reopening and said they didn't have permission.

Alamogordo NOW

May 25, 2020

  Every Tuesday, KRWG News features journalists from the Almorgodo Daily News to get us up to speed on news in Alamogordo, Otero and Lincoln counties, and Ruidoso.

 

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials report 104 new cases of COVID-19 with four more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Navajo Nation has been hit hard from the outbreak and tribal officials said the latest figures raised the tribe’s total number of cases as of Saturday night to 4,633 with 153 known deaths.

Navajo Department of Health officials say preliminary reports from eight health care facilities indicate that 1,397 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 with more reports still pending.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is presenting 90 oral histories his office collected from New Mexico veterans to the Library of Congress.

The New Mexico Democrat joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Monday to virtually present the oral histories as part of the Veterans History Project. Udall and his staff worked with the veterans to ensure that the state’s diverse and multicultural experiences were reflected in the oral histories.

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9 More Deaths As New Mexico Approaches 7,000 COVID-19 Cases

May 24, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 149 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and 9 more deaths.

As of today, there are 213 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.

As of today, there are 2,464 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger.

So it was this past week when he took very personally a scientific study that should give pause to anyone thinking of following Trump's lead and ingesting a potentially risky drug for the coronavirus. He branded the study's researchers, financed in part by his own administration, his “enemy.”

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Trump then exaggerated some of his accomplishments for veterans' health care.

Las Cruces Utilities Staff Working During Pandemic

May 24, 2020

It's been a rough few Coronavirus weeks for everyone. However, every day Las Cruces residents have been able to count on their utilities and count on the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) workers who maintain the daily flow of safe natural gas, clean water, dependable wastewater (sewage) and weekly removal of trash.

While following stay-at-home orders and worrying about viral infections and economic repercussions, residents have spring cleaned houses, garages, and yards. And, although tensions may be running high, LCU wants to remind residents that staff is working hard to make sure your utility services stay on and that every customer’s situation is understood.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state official says gatherings of more than 100 people may not be possible for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, creating a prospect that sports stadiums, concert halls and conference centers in the state could remain empty for months. Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said it could be a year or 18 months before there's either a vaccine or herd immunity. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Schroer spoke Thursday during a webinar Thursday on reopening the state’s hospitality industry.  The state has nearly 6,800 cases with 308 deaths as of Saturday.

175 More COVID-19 Cases And 6 Additional Deaths In New Mexico

May 23, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 175 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and 6 more deaths.

As of today, there are 208 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.

 

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health will provide test-and-go screening of the COVID-19 virus on Memorial Day, Monday May 25th at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N Solano Dr. from 7 to 10 a.m.

Testing is available to New Mexico residents regardless if they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. Residents, however, should particularly consider being tested if they have any combination of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

  ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say they have arrested the man they say led police on a chase ending with an explosion at a gas station. Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington says 21-year-old Victor Barron of Roswell was arrested Thursday after deputies say he tried to use a stolen credit card. He had burns on his face and arms. Barron was charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle, concealing identity, credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. Chief Deputy Charles Yslas says additional charges related to the Monday police pursuit are pending. Online court records don’t  list a lawyer for Barron who could comment on the allegations.

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — As the coronavirus took hold in El Paso, government officials have tried to repurpose the phrase “El Paso Strong” to rally support for social distancing. But the slogan, popularized in the wake of the mass shooting here last August, hasn't been embraced by the public in the context of the virus. Meanwhile, the virus is challenging community ties in a region that normally transcends state and national borders. Now, officials are urging people not to visit friends and relatives in neighboring communities.

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  RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic-leaning super PAC is jumping into a New Mexico contested GOP U.S. House primary and running commercials in support of a President Donald Trump ally that Democrats believe they can defeat in November. Patriot Majority PAC began airing television commercials Saturday attacking oil executive Claire Chase for previous critical social media posts about Trump while praising former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell for supporting Trump's border wall. The ad urges Republican voters to “make a better choice.” Democrats have expressed fears that Chase would be a tougher candidate for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small to face. Herrell lost to Torres Small in 2018 by fewer than 3,000 votes.

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May 22, 2020


New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center is celebrating the success of Emerging Technology Ventures Inc. (ETV). The company, which has taken part in several Arrowhead Center programs, recently received a $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award.

  RoadRUNNER Transit will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day; normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, May 26.  

 

Memorial Day was recognized as a holiday by an act of Congress in 1971. The day was originally known as Decoration Day, a time to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. Today, the day is a time to remember all soldiers who have died during any act of military service.

Las Cruces Shooting Under Investigation

May 22, 2020

Las Cruces police are investigating an early-morning shooting on Mulberry Avenue.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, police were dispatched to the report of a shooting on the 500 block of Mulberry Avenue. Officers cordoned off the scene and are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at (575) 526-0795.

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