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New Mexico 2021 Legislative Session Begins At Noon Tuesday Against Bizarre Backdrop Never Seen Before

Roadblocks were up around the Capitol today, including at the corner of Don Gaspar Avenue and Paseo de Peralta. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

Damacio Otero, deputy sergeant-at-arms of the state Senate, organizes bill books at the desk of Sen. Leo Jaramillo, D-Los Alamos, today at the Roundhouse. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

By ROBERT NOTT
Santa Fe New Mexican

The 2021 legislative session begins Tuesday at noon, against a bizarre backdrop that’s never been contemplated, much less seen.

The Capitol building remains surrounded by fencing, concrete barriers and blocked roads.


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New Mexico Lawmakers May Have To Wait Until November Or December To Tackle Major State Redistricting Plan

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

New Mexico lawmakers hoping to tackle a major state redistricting plan in a September special session got some surprising news today. 

They may have to wait until November or December, due to census data delays.

Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, whose company Research & Polling Inc. plans to help compile data for the redistricting effort, told members of the Legislative Council the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the 2020 U.S. census, which will hinder New Mexico’s process of drawing new voting district boundaries based on population changes.

“We can’t do our work until


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 628 New Cases, Total Now 164,263 With 26 New Deaths And 87,502 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 628 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports no new cases today … the total remains at 393 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 26 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 161 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 30 new cases in Curry County
  • 48 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 23 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases

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New Mexico Confirms Second COVID-19 Case With B.1.1.7 Coronavirus Variant

DOH News:

…States encourages residents to redouble COVID-safe practices

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the state’s second COVID-19 case with the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.

This case is a close household contact of the first case, announced Jan. 13.

The female in her 30’s has experienced mild symptoms and has not required hospitalization. No additional close contacts outside of the household have been identified to date. 

The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first emerged in the UK in September 2020. There is no evidence that this variant causes more


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League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Thursday

LWV News:

At noon Thursday Jan. 21, the League of Women Voters community event, lunch with a Leader will feature Lonna Rae Atkeson.

Atkeson is a professor and Regents Lecturer in Political Science at the University of New Mexico where she also directs the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy and the Institute for Social Research.  

She will be talking about the upcoming 60-day Legislative Session.

Atkeson also is a member of the MIT Data and Election Science Board (MEDSL) and the American National Election Studies (ANES) Board of Overseers. Her research focuses on election


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One Los Alamos Celebrates MLK, Jr. With Diversity Week

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Today marks Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which is a federal holiday. Courtesy/history.com

By Madhavi Garimella
On behalf of One Los Alamos

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know


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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Demands Couy Griffin Resign From Otero County Commission

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Office of the Attorney General to Seek Removal if Griffin Fails to Resign

SANTA FE  – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that he has demanded that Couy Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission.

In a letter sent to Griffin Saturday, the Attorney General demanded his resignation on multiple grounds, including accusations that he has misused public office for personal gain, has neglected his duties as a county commissioner, and because of his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol.

The letter


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 751 New Cases, Total Now 163,637 With 22 New Deaths And 86,110 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 751 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 4 more cases today … the total is now 393 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 22 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 173 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 39 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Colfax County
  • 18 new cases in Curry County
  • 106 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 21 new cases

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New Mexico Department Of Finance And Administration Releases FY22 Executive Budget Recommendation

NMDFA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (NMDFA) Monday released the FY22 Executive Budget Recommendation from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, totaling $7.3 Billion in recurring spending with a 3.3 percent increase.

The executive recommendation will maintain reserves at 25 percent, while increasing key state investments in priority areas like pandemic response, public education, early childhood services, and youth, adolescent and young adult wellbeing.

“Amid great adversity, I recommend a fiscally responsible budget while


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Gov. Lujan Grisham On Passing Of Sen. James White

Former State Sen. James White

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Saturday upon news of the death Friday of former State Sen. James White:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jim White. He was an honorable public servant. He served his country as a member of the Air Force and his state as a representative and later senator.

“His district was well-served by his willingness to put his constituents before party interests. I offer my condolences to his family and friends, and my prayers are with those who loved him.”


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,092 New Cases, Total Now 162,893 With 36 New Deaths And 84,803 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,092 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 11 more cases today … the total is now 389 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 36 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 276 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 50 new cases in Chaves County
  • 21 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 21 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 173 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 51 new

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New Mexico Governor Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Update

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and shared details on the vaccine program underway across the state Friday during a virtual press conference..

“We’re on our way. We will beat COVID. It will take time, but our state is doing the work right,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “As additional vaccine doses are available, more New Mexicans will be alerted that they are able to schedule their appointment.”

Residents are encouraged to complete their registration today at www.vaccinenm.org.


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New Mexico Health Department Reiterates Vaccine Criteria

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health Friday reiterated the appropriate sequence of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

New Mexico is currently in the first portion of Phase 1B – people 75 years and older. Soon, the state will expand vaccinations to those with qualifying medical conditions. Health care professionals and other workers in Phase 1A remain eligible for vaccination. 

The state has issued clear requirements to providers about the specific conditions under which they may move from one subphase to the next. These include scenarios in which vaccine is about to expire,


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Governor’s ‘Moonshot’ Remains Key Priority As Education Makes Up Almost Half Executive Budget Recommendation

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Nearly half of state spending proposed in this week’s Executive Budget Recommendation would go to education, a clear sign that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s education “moonshot” remains a key priority amid this year’s economic and health crises.

The proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, released Monday by the Department of Finance and Administration, recommends spending $3.3 billion of the $7.3 billion recurring general fund total on public education.

That is a 4 percent increase from FY21 as the state moves aggressively to meet


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FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office Prepare For Potential Violence, Ask Public To Send information, Photos Or Videos

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the United States Capitol Building and assaulted federal law enforcement personnel Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or anyone who witnessed any unlawful violent actions at the Capitol or near the area, is asked to contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips. You may also submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant online at fbi.gov/USCapitol


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,266 New Cases, Total Now 161,805 With 38 New Deaths And 84,015 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,266 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 17 more cases today … the total is now 378 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes389 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 291 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 77 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 46 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 190 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 69 new

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