Position: New Mexico reporter

Email: lweber@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (505) 592-0185

Navajo police officer who contracted coronavirus dies from illness

FARMINGTON – The Navajo Police Department reported its first officer line-of-duty death related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Lee, who served 29 years with the Navajo Police Department, died...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

N.M. law enforcement responds to nationwide calls for reform

FARMINGTON – Advocates across the state and country are demanding police reforms, including a ban on the use of chokeholds, with some pushing to defund police departments in favor of community...

DATE: June 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

New Mexico reopens breweries as COVID-19 cases trend upward

FARMINGTON – The state of New Mexico took a big step toward reopening recently when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced breweries could open with limited occupancy. But the data show COVID-19...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Paramedic receives state, local first-responder procession

FARMINGTON – A paramedic who died from COVID-19 received a first responder escort last weekend from Albuquerque to Farmington. First responders and members of the community lined streets Sunday in...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

After 35 years, regional classified paper says goodbye

FARMINGTON – When Robert Elmore moved to Farmington in the 1980s, the Thrifty Nickel was a local city classified paper, but when he bought it in 1989, he saw the potential to turn it into a paper...

DATE: June 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

AmeriCorps programs to hire 350 contact tracers

FARMINGTON – Local nonprofit and national service agencies are hiring for a new AmeriCorps contact-tracing program to assist public health officials in tracking the spread of the coronavirus....

DATE: June 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

With limited electricity, Navajo Nation students receive kits for distance learning

FARMINGTON – Completing his homework under a kerosene lamp or in front of a wood burning stove, Mylo Fowler graduated high school almost 20 years ago on the Navajo Nation near Steamboat, Arizona....

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Community helps raise money for Four Corners resident’s brain surgery

FARMINGTON – A Four Corners man known for his community spirit and penchant for volunteering underwent brain surgery earlier this week, and community members have started a GoFundMe to offset the...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Farmington Growers Market to kick off Saturday

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Growers Market, which started 29 years ago, will open Saturday with additional public safety measures as a result of the coronavirus. The market received approval from...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Suspect in Colorado killing arrested in New Mexico

FARMINGTON – A suspect in a killing in Colorado was arrested in Española, north of Santa Fe, after a car chase and foot pursuit, according to the New Mexico State Police. Richard Martinez of...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

10-acre wildfire reported on Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON – A wildfire was detected in the Chuska Mountains, northwest of the town of Tohatchi on the Navajo Nation over the weekend. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region Wildland Fire and...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan College plans to break ground on student housing in December

FARMINGTON – San Juan College is moving forward with plans to build student housing on campus, a talked-about project for more than 10 years. The college recently secured a loan of just over $14...

DATE: June 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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