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Sato, Rahal give Rahal Letterman Lanigan banner Indy 500
Source:  Artesia News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:28

The long, white beard cascading out from David Letterman's mask as he climbed onto the new-look winner's podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was evidence of just how long it's been since the longtime “Late Show" host joined team co-owner Bobby Rahal in celebrating an Indy 500 victory.

FDA Authorizes Convalescent Plasma As Emergency Treatment For COVID-19
Source:  KUNM
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:27

President Trump announced on Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorization to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from the virus. Joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn for what he called a "truly historic" announcement, Trump described the treatment as safe and effective. Convalescent plasma, Hahn explained, is the liquid portion of the blood that contains the antibodies an individual develops in response to an infection and can be given to patients currently fighting that virus. He said this treatment has long been a part of the infectious disease arsenal. It has already been in use for COVID-19 for a number of months: The Mayo Clinic has run an "expanded access program" for convalescent plasma since March, and more than 70,000 people have received the treatment. Hahn said there is a 35% improvement in survival for COVID-19 patients given

FDA Authorizes Convalescent Plasma As Emergency Treatment For COVID-19
Source:  KRWG
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:27

President Trump announced on Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorization to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from the virus. Joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn for what he called a "truly historic" announcement, Trump described the treatment as safe and effective. Convalescent plasma, Hahn explained, is the liquid portion of the blood that contains the antibodies an individual develops in response to an infection and can be given to patients currently fighting that virus. He said this treatment has long been a part of the infectious disease arsenal. It has already been in use for COVID-19 for a number of months: The Mayo Clinic has run an "expanded access program" for convalescent plasma since March, and more than 70,000 people have received the treatment. Hahn said there is a 35% improvement in survival for COVID-19 patients given

Local restaurants making the most of it despite hazy conditions
Source:  KRQE News 13
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:16

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The haze across the Albuquerque Metro area is hard not to notice. It’s due to the southwest wildfires. But local businesses say the combination of the haze and the heat doesn’t appear to be keeping customers away.

Of course, outdoor dining and curbside pickup are the only options for restaurants under the current state health order. Restaurants like Garcia’s and The Grove in Albuquerque say they haven’t had any complaints from customers about the heat or the haze, but that they can make accommodations like offering more shade, if needed. “We have a lot of loyal customers, no matter what’s going on, who come and support local and we’re really grateful for that,” said Garcia’s Kitchen General Manager.

“Despite the heat, people are just itching to get outside,” Mariah Martinez, Manager of the Grove said. Both restaurants also have the option for to-go oirders.


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Victim identified in westside shooting
Source:  KRQE News 13
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:15

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have identified the man killed in a shooting off West Central. Police say 29-year-old Mark Williams died near Central and Coors Wednesday night.

Another person was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. Police say there is still no update on a suspect or information about what led to the shooting.


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Santa Fe County leads state in new COVID cases
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:12

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

Santa Fe County had the most new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, which has not been the norm for the county that houses the state capital.

New Mexico reported 98 new cases of coronavirus statewide oSunday, according to an update from the state Department of Health, putting the state back on a downward trend.

Health officials also announced two more deaths attributed to the disease Sunday, bringing the total statewide death count to 745.

Santa Fe County reported 19 new cases, giving the county a total of 777.

Bernalillo County reported 17 new cases Sunday after recording 86 new cases Saturday.

Lea County reported 14 new cases Sunday, for a total of 1,036.

Ten counties, including McKinley, San Juan and Doña Ana, reported single-digit new cases on Sunday.

Those who died include a Bernalillo County man in his 30s who was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions and a woman in her 60s from McKinley County who had underlying conditions.

The state now has a total of 24,396 cases, with 11,539 recoveries. Bernalillo County, with a total of 5,601 cases, accounts for 23% of the state’s total.

There were 64 people hospitalized with the disease in New Mexico as of Sunday, according to the Department of Health.

State officials say there has been at least one COVID-19 case among residents and staff in 50 long-term care facilities across the state in the past 28 days.


Rio Rancho seeing a boost of new businesses opening despite pandemic woes
Source:  KRQE News 13
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:05

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s no secret many businesses are struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic, but one New Mexico city is celebrating a recent spike during this time. Rio Rancho’s mayor says the last two months have been very good for the city as they welcome new local and national businesses, even during the pandemic.

With the brand new opening of Dutch Brothers Coffee last month in Rio Rancho, it seemed to pave the way for more businesses to invest in the city. Mayor Gregg Hull says it’s no coincidence you’re seeing a lot more new businesses in the city.

“As we saw the pandemic take its course, we’ve been able to survive this pretty well and continuing to keep the economy on track here,” says Mayor Hull.

While it’s been no secret businesses have been closing since the start of the pandemic, Mayor Hull says it’s been a good two months for Rio Rancho. “This year has been very strong as we’ve seen a lot of business go ahead and come forward, despite the fact that we have the coronavirus,” he says.

Along with the existing Dutch Brothers on Unser, the coffee chain is also planning on opening another location near 528 and Barbara Loop. Then on Friday, Natural Grocers will open its doors on 528 near Southern.

However, it’s not only national chains showing their support for Rio Rancho. “I’d like to actually put something on the Rio Rancho side of the border, to try to keep some of that tax revenue into the city,” says Nico Ortiz.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company owner, Nico Ortiz, already has a location in the city, and has felt the negative effects of the pandemic. However, he believes right now is the best time to open up a new business and support his city. “At the end of the day, Rio Rancho is where I’ve been for 21 years, and there’s enough room in this town of 100,000 for another Turtle Mountain,” he says.

While Mayor Hull says Rio Rancho typically loses revenue from nearby Albuquerque, he believes these new openings is a step in the right direction. “Our vision is growth and we’re continuing in a way that adds quality of life,” he says.

Mayor Hull did acknowledge there were still a lot of places that closed in the city in the past few months. Right now, he’s encouraging existing businesses to contact the city to apply for small business grants to keep their doors open. The city says the extra revenue collected from these new businesses will eventually go toward the general fund that will help pay for road maintenance and public safety.


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PSG fans clash with Paris riot police after CL defeat
Source:  Artesia News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:01

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of disgruntled Paris Saint-Germain fans clashed with French riot police on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday after their team lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

Something to bark about: RR residents open dog bakery
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:00

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming owner Lucy Romero prepares a doggie bag of fresh-baked dog treats made at the store. Amy Byres photo.

ALBUQUERQUE —Dogs are given something to drool over in Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming’s opening weeks with fresh-baked treats.

Rio Ranchoans Lucy Romero and Doug Wood are here to serve four-legged friends at their new store at 9780 Coors Blvd NW, Suite F in Albuquerque. This store has been years in the making and began with a doggie food truck called Barkley’s Bistro.

The truck was named after the couple’s late pug, Barkley. He had many food allergies, so Romero became skilled in the art of doggie-baking.

After testing her recipes, the couple opened Barkley’s Bistro food truck with great success, she said.

“We just got so busy that I needed to grow and expand,� Romero said.

Albuquerque is No. 2 in the nation for dog-friendly cities, she said. The city is No. 10 for dog parks per capita and is in the top-20 for dog-friendly patios.

The couple has three dogs: a pug named Brady, a Boston terrier named Winston and an American bulldog named Rex.

“We have always been very cautious of what we feed our dogs,� Romero said. “So we wanted to open something where we were knowledgeable in dog food, in vitamins and minerals, and just give people a place to come to have fun with their dogs and get some yummy treats and great food and some chewies, and visit our dog spa.�

Woof Gang Bakery is a franchise that has 130 locations across the U.S. Romero and Wood’s location is the first in New Mexico.

“Woof Gang Bakery offers the very best in pet care by providing quality products and grooming with a service-oriented approach. Each location is a neighborhood store committed to the well-being, health and happiness of pets,� according to the Woof Gang Bakery website.

The couple is going to re-brand the food truck to Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.

“People love their dogs like they are their children. We have people of all ages; millennials who come in and are waiting till later in life to have children, so their dogs are their kids,� she said. “And empty-nesters, like myself and Doug, whose daughters are in their 20s and our dogs are our babies now. So you just have all ages coming in here and they just love it.�

Romero gets tails wagging with her gourmet treats baked fresh at the store’s kitchen. Woof Gang Bakery carries healthy pet foods, toys and supplies, and offers a kitty-corner and doggie spa.

The doggie spa has a cage-less waiting area, kennels, grooming stations and two bath stations.

“(Dogs) are not kept in kennels the entire time, and people absolutely love that. So we are very proud of the fact that we have one of the few cage-free waiting areas for our spa,� she said.

Romero and Wood not only have experience in the pet foods industry but also in owning a brick-and-mortar store.

“Lucy and Doug bring expertise and commitment to the well-being of their furry clientele. Both share a customer-focused business approach and enjoy meeting neighbors and their pets,� said Woof Gang Bakery spokeswoman Cara Allen.

The couple also owns the Anytime Fitness on McMahon and Unser Boulevard in northwest Albuquerque. Romero said they have owned the gym for four years and it is running like a fine-tuned machine, which allowed them to open up Woof Gang Bakery.

“So it gave us an opportunity to start a new adventure. And we have experience in business ownership and the pet industry, and brick-and-mortar, so this was just a natural next step for us,� Romero said.

Romero plans to combine fitness and pets in creating pet friendly-fitness classes like pup-palates, and doggie yoga, she said. The couple plans to expand the patio at the store to accommodate the classes.

Romero would also like to create a doggie wine and paint night, and hold specialty classes for holidays. For Mother’s Day, she would like to have dog-moms bring their furry-babies for paw stamp paintings.

“We want people to know that we encourage them to bring their dog here to sniff around, to play around and to get groomed. And this is a really fun environment,� Romero said.

Mariah Herrera, left, calls herself the paparazzi because she takes pictures of dogs that leave the store’s spa. Lucy Romero, right, is the owner of the store. Amy Byres photo.


UK leader urges parents to let kids to return to school
Source:  Artesia News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 15:43

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s prime minister is asking parents to set aside their fears and send their children back to school next month when schools in Britain fully reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut then down more than five months ago.

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