Legislative Roundup: 25 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup

Singing Serrato: For years the House of Representatives has had a policy of making freshman lawmakers sing a tune when they introduce their first piece of legislation on the floor.

Rep. Miguel P. García, D-Albuquerque, has been a long-time proponent of this tradition, and he told Rep. Linda Serrato, D-Santa Fe, it was her turn as she introduced House Bill 82. In the past, some freshmen have balked at the idea, while others have belted out opera arias, country western tunes, ranchera songs and other ditties.

Serrato gamely took up the challenge, singing a bar from rapper


World’s Largest Folk Art Market Auction Preview March 21

La Conga de Canete by Luis Tellez. Courtesy/IFAM

IFAM News:

SANTA FE – The world-renowned International Folk Art Market (IFAM) is scheduled to be live July 7-18 in Santa Fe.

Kicking off this year’s event is a virtual Spring Preview Auction that showcases pieces from 2021 Market artists, including first-time Market participants.

The auction preview (no bidding), will open on Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. (MST). Auction bidding will open on Wednesday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. (MST) and will remain open until Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. (MST).

Auction attendees will have the opportunity to view


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 314 New Cases, Total Now 183,335 With 9 New Deaths And 135,608 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 314 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 475 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 9 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 111 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases


Daren Jones Of Los Alamos Middle School Recognized By NIAAA As Certified Master Athletic Administrator

LAMS Athletic Coordinator Daren Jones

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School Athletic Coordinator Daren Jones has been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Jones has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process includes a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses


Los Alamos Public Schools Seeking Nominations For Excellence In Student Achievement Awards

LAPS News:

There is still time to submit nominations to the Los Alamos School Board for the 2021 Excellence in Student Achievement Award.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 1.

The Excellence in Student Achievement Award program seeks to promote student achievement in school districts and assist local school boards in recognizing school leaders, staff and other individuals who have played an important role in improving student achievement at the local level.

Any LAPS staff member, parent or community member may submit a nomination. This award acknowledges people who have played


Letter To The Editor: Urging Council To Reject Reopening Resolution

White Rock

The resolution proposed by Councilor Reagor for the County Council meeting tonight is high on rhetoric, but low on reality. (Resolution calling on governor and state health officials to end school and business lockdown… link).

A vast majority of council business is non-partisan, and the goal is the common good of the residents of the county. Dragging partisan politics and attacks on the Governor into County Council meetings is not productive in any way and only serves to harm the reputation of the Council further.

Let’s examine the bullet points of the resolution:


Longtime Northern New Mexico Credit Union DNCU Announces Southward Expansion Into Rio Rancho

DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

SANTA FE – Committed to both organizational growth and the extension of financial services that empower individuals and families in New Mexico, Del Norte Credit Union has announced the acquisition of the former Century Bank space at 3634 Rio Rancho Boulevard in Rio Rancho.

Representing the credit union’s first brick-and-mortar location outside of northern New Mexico since its inception in 1954, the southward expansion follows a series of growth initiatives by the institution. The move also precedes an anticipated opening of an additional branch


New Mexico Administers Over 500,000 COVID Vaccines


  • New Mexico among country’s fastest for vaccine administration

SANTA FE –  The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that the state had administered more than 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

New Mexico consistently ranks among the three fastest states in the country for vaccine administration, according to the CDC.

“New Mexicans can be proud: thanks to a first-in-the-nation registration system and a dedicated network of health care providers and volunteers across our state, we are vaccinating our population extraordinarily quickly,” DOH Secretary Dr. Tracie