New Mexico Environment Department Suspends Food Service Permits For Restaurants Operating Dine-In Service In Violation Of State Law And Endangering Public Health

NMED suspends food permit Tuesday from the Trinity Hotel in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) suspended food permits Tuesday from four restaurants that opened for dine-in service in violation of the current public health orders, endangering the health of their employees and customers.

All the establishments provided dine-in service to customers, which presents a public health risk to employees and customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last week, 15 percent of all rapid responses were at restaurants due to an employee testing positive

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Board Denies Appeal On Stop Work Order For UnQuarked

Today members of the Los Alamos County Board of Appeals Chair Terry Priestley, top left, Philo Shelton, top right, and Randall Ryti, bottom right, conduct the third and final hearing of Sirphey LLC v. County Building Official Michael Arellano. The appeal made by Sirphey LLC regarding a stop work order issued Nov. 22, 2019 was unanimously denied. Also participating in the hearing were County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Assistant County Attorney Kevin Powers, top center, and Sirphey LLC Owner Prashant Jain, bottom left. Jain was joined by Sirphey Communications Director

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New Mexico Re-enacts Certain Public Health Restrictions: Indoor Seating At Restaurants And Breweries Prohibited; State Parks Accessible Only To NM Residents

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced a new public health emergency order re-enacting emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The public health order declaring the state’s renewed public health protections is effective today, Monday, July 13 – a copy of the document is attached here.​

The order is effective through July 30.

New Mexico’s statewide cases of COVID-19 and rolling

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New Mexico Film Office Announces Recipients Of Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund Awards

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Michael Naranjo examines the monumental plaster sculpture, End of the Trail. A film crew captures the historical meeting as part of the documentary ‘Dream Touch Believe’. 2019. Courtesy/EDD

Economic Development Department News:

  • Native American Filmmakers receive grants to help open new doors into the film industry

Recipients of the newly created Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund (SJP) for Native filmmakers include members from several tribal affiliations, exploring topics including missing women, ancient healing, modern day culture clashes, and entrepreneurship,

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Shop Local This Summer And Earn Chamber Checks!


To help support our local businesses that have all been affected by the pandemic, shop local this summer and receive Chamber Checks! 

Shop, Snap, Submit and Shop Again!

Here’s how to participate and support local businesses: 

  • Shop at five Los Alamos/White Rock businesses between July 13 and Sept. 7, spending a minimum of $10 at each business.
  • Snap a legible photo of all five receipts, with date and amount visible, and submit your photo by email to, including your name and address. Feel free to black out your purchases for privacy.
  • Once your receipts have been

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Letter To The Editor: Order Take Out To Help Our Restaurants

Republican Candidate
District 43 State Representative

The governor’s new health order goes into effect today and will be hard on New Mexico businesses, especially restaurants.

Please consider ordering out today in show of support for your favorite restaurants. We’re getting breakfast from Pig + Fig! 

You can also contribute to the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s “Serving New Mexico Fund” that offers financial assistance to restaurant and other hospitality workers facing hardships. Here’s the link:

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Lovington MainStreet Local Innovators Institute Thrives

The Local Innovators Institute food truck. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

LOVINGTON — Lovington MainStreet welcomed five entrepreneurs to the first cohort of the Local Innovators Institute in February 2020.

After successfully completing seven weeks of educational and hands-on training, Lovington is getting to taste a variety of cuisines in downtown.

Since May, each entrepreneur is getting a chance to occupy the Local Innovators Institute’s food truck for two weeks in order to build their business and sell their product.

The main goal of this program is to position Lovington as a destination by

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New Mexico Environment Department Posts Notice Of Imminent Endangerment After Four Employees Test Positive For COVID-19 At Las Cruces Walmart

Walmart Supercenter at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

NMED News: 

LAS CRUCES — This morning, the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) posted a notice of imminent and substantial endangerment to employees and the public at the Walmart Supercenter at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. in Las Cruces.

The store, which employs more than 400 people, must close immediately after four employees tested positive for COVID-19 over the last three weeks.

Walmart stated they do not require employees who test positive to self-quarantine for 14 days,

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Environment Department Seeks Nearly 30 New Employees To Assist In New Mexico’s Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announces that the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) program is seeking nearly 30 new employees ready to assist in New Mexico’s fight against COVID-19.

The Environment Department’s OSHA program ensures all employers in New Mexico provide a safe and healthy place to work for their employees.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state, it is critical that every employer safeguards their employees from contracting or transmitting COVID in the

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