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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 22,115 With 6 New Death And 9,262 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 21 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 6 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 34 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo

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Chart 147: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 8

Overall COVID-19 risk by state. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom, and contacts traced in each state. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. For New Mexico, the declining daily diagnoses and infection rates resulted in the downgrade from high risk to moderate risk. Map/mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org. Created by Eli Ben-Naim. 


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National Association Of Counties To Congress: A Deal Without Aid To State And Local Governments Is A Bad Deal

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, state and local governments and residents are feeling the devastating health and economic impacts.

With negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package nearing an end, counties continue to call for responsible federal relief, ensuring existing and any new federal resources reach county governments on the front lines of the public health pandemic and related economic fallout.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase released the following statement:

“As White House officials


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U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Leads Bipartisan Effort To Tear Down Health Data Barrier For Native Americans

CONGRESSIONAL News:

NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in introducing the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, legislation that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled access to public health data.

This bill comes after Politico reported earlier this summer that the federal government was withholding life-saving information from Tribal health authorities.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) sponsored the legislation, and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,965 With 6 New Death And 9,166 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 197 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 6 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 32 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 14 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 17 new cases in Curry County
  • 50 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 12 new cases in Lea County

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AFT New Mexico Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Gallup-McKinley County Schools

AFT President Randi Weingarten

 

AFT News:

…Petitioners Seek District Compliance with NM Public Education Department Order

ALBUQUERQUE– American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and McKinley County Federation of United School Employees (MCFUSE) President Patrice Carpenter and Executive Vice President Brian Bernard released the following statement:

“McKinley County Federation of United School Employees, Local #3313, AFT-NM (the “Union”), has filed an action today seeking injunctive


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New Mexico Governor, Officials Provide COVID-19 Update

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Dr. David Scrase along with Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez of the Department on Aging and Long-Term Services host a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response.


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Santa Fe Activist Shares Hiroshima Day Recollections

Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi

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By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb  on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,773 With 2 New Death And 8,950 Patients Recovered

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 212 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 42 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 36 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in

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Chart 145: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 6

Change in number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Aug. 5 compared with the two week period ending July 22. Counties with less than 40 diagnoses are not shown. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico State Quarantine Requirements Amended To Accommodate Medical And Family Needs

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a revised executive order this morning requiring quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs. 

As neighboring states and other parts of the country have not taken up adequate public health restrictions and guidelines, and in the absence of a coherent federal strategy to slowing the spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving in New Mexico from out of state, whether residents of New Mexico or not, must self-isolate for a period


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Multiple Changes Underway To Improve DP Road

The Bluffs senior affordable apartment complex is taking shape on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Workers are busy Wednesday pouring concrete for new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Another scene of work underway Wednesday at new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

DP Road is undergoing multiple changes. The Canyon Walk Apartments, an affordable housing project, is under development and this month kicked off the start of utility work on DP Road.

Los Alamos County Community Development Department Director Paul


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act To Boost School Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program.

IAIA provides competitive and formula grants for school infrastructure projects, including school construction and facilities


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,566 With 9 New Death And 8,828 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 229 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 9 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 45 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 12 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 44 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County

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Heinrich Lauds Signing Of Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement upon the Great American Outdoors Act being signed into law.

“I was so proud to lead the successful effort to pass the Great American Outdoors Act into law. This historic new law represents the greatest investment in outdoor opportunities in generations,” Sen. Heinrich said. It fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and finally puts real resources behind fixing long-running maintenance challenges


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Governor’s Awards For Excellence In Arts Moved To 2021

NMDCA News:

SANTA FE — The 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts has been suspended until next year, with a new deadline of March 5, 2021, for nomination submissions.

This decision was made with the ongoing interest of public health and safety top of mind. The event was scheduled to take place this September in Santa Fe.

Complete nominations submitted for the 2020 Awards will be rolled over to the 2021 Awards. To nominate an individual artist or a major contributor, visit http://nmarts.org/governors-arts-awards/.

“Although we are disappointed to miss the awards this year, public


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