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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Addresses Memorial Day 2020

‘A nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but by the people it remembers’. –President John F. Kennedy

From the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement to honor fallen service members in New Mexico and across the nation this Memorial Day:

“Today, and every day, we honor the service and sacrifices of the women and men in New Mexico and across the nation whose lives were lost in defense of our country and to protect our way of life. We remember that they gave their own lives for the values that unite us all – freedom, democracy,


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Heinrich, Rubio Urge USCIS To Ensure Eligible Immigrants Are Able To Complete Citizenship Process

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) – both sons of U.S. immigrants, naturalized citizens – sent a bipartisan letter Friday to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli, requesting that the agency increase small in-person ceremonies and seek out alternative methods for eligible immigrants with approved naturalization applications to safely participate in U.S. Citizenship Oath of Allegiance Ceremonies.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19,


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Letter To The Editor: Even A Pandemic Can’t Seem To Bring Us Together … We Have To Find A Way To Do Better

By JARED BARLIANT
Santa Fe

We are paying an incredibly high price for the degradation of our politics, democratic institutions, and civil discourse.

For the first three years of this presidency, it seemed like the attacks on minorities, immigrants, the rule of law, a free press, the environment, truth, and common decency were as bad as it could get.

Now, unfortunately, we have seen how much more damage can be done by the divisiveness and immorality coming from the top. It is costing lives, livelihoods, and futures. Even a pandemic can’t seem to bring us together. Somehow, we have to find a way to


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 6,943 With 9 Additional Deaths And 2,464 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 149            additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 17 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 64 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba

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New Mexico Delegation Calls On FEMA To Waive State’s Cost-Share Requirements For COVID-19 Response Efforts

New Mexico Delegation News:

The lawmakers are writing in support of Governor Lujan Grisham’s request to the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small are calling on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor to waive all cost-sharing requirements for assistance under President Trump’s Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Mexico, 4529-DR, for the state’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“As detailed in


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Dr. Jo Jorgensen Wins Libertarian Presidential Nomination

Dr. Jo Jorgensen

Libertarian Party News:

In a historic virtual presidential nominating convention Libertarian Party delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia nominated Dr. Jo Jorgensen for President of the United States Saturday evening.

The party, which achieved 50-state ballot access in 2016, is working diligently to do so again in 2020. With the nomination, Americans will have an opportunity to elect the first female president. Her ground-breaking run will give voters a chance to elect a candidate committed to freedom and liberty. Jorgensen’s campaign will give Americans


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 6,795 With 6 Additional Deaths And 2,357 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 175 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 22 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 44 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 5 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 42 new

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Walker: Why I’m Running As An Independent For Council

By AARON WALKER
Independent Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

Hello Los Alamos,

First of all, a huge thank you to all of those that have reached out to me over the past two days. You have all kept me very busy gathering signatures and answering questions. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the community during this unique time dealing with COVID-19 and trying to secure a

A big question I have been asked is “Why are you running?” The answer to that question is not an easy one to answer, as there are many diverse reasons why I am running. I have always felt the urge to serve, even after my time in


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Hargraves: Stand Against Campaign Attack Ads

By BILL HARGRAVES
Los Alamos

Over the past 35 years I have lived in Santa Fe, Alcalde, Los Alamos and Velarde. The 3rd Congressional District is my home. I’ve raised my family here, had the good fortune to work at LANL and been elected to the Los Alamos School Board.

As a parent, an engineer, now a small farmer growing grapes, and a parciante on Acequia del Ancon, I have a deep interest for strong representation in Congress. My concerns focus on acequias, local community support, education, healthy environment and healthcare.

Northern New Mexico is a beautiful tri cultural mix of Pueblo, Spanish


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Heinrich Issues Statement Commemorating Memorial Day

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:

“As we continue to grapple with one of the most challenging periods many of us have faced in our lifetimes, we should pause on this Memorial Day to reflect on how previous generations of Americans confronted levels of sacrifice and loss that are difficult for us to even comprehend.

“Over the course of our nation’s history, Americans have gone to battle and sacrificed their lives for causes


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Chart 69: COVID-19 In New Mexico May 22

The total number of COVID-19 diagnoses reported by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) for each county in the state of New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths reported by NMDOH for each county in the state of New Mexico. Counties with zero deaths are not displayed. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 6,625 With 8 More Deaths And 2,149 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 160 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths 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 Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 11 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 44 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 5 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 1 new

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Aaron Walker Intends To Run For Los Alamos County Council As Independent; Seeks Signatures On Nominating Petition

AARON WALKER
Independent Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

Hello Los Alamos,

My name is Aaron Walker and I intend to run for county council as an independent.

Unlike Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, this requires me to obtain a specific number of signatures (roughly 205) on a nominating petition form in order to qualify for the ballot in November.

This is not an easy task in normal times, and in the age of COVID-19 it has become much harder.

I asked the state government if there were any plans to adjust this number due to COVID-19 and the governors “stay at home” order. The short version


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Animal Protection Voters Laws & Paws Event Goes Online

APV News:

What does a nonprofit organization do when a global pandemic prevents them from hosting their annual fundraiser in-person?

New Mexico’s only statewide legislative advocacy group dedicated to animal protection issues, Animal Protection Voters (APV), decided to pivot and host their second annual Laws & Paws event online. 

Rather than the two-hour event held previously at APV’s Santa Fe office, the event now spans several weeks, culminating Friday, June 12, and anyone across the state can attend.

The event schedule includes highlights such as:

  • Unveiling of a DIY signature

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Letter To The Editor: Support John Blair For CD3

By JEAN DEWART
Los Alamos

I support John Blair as the best qualified candidate in the June Democratic Primary for New Mexico Congressional District 3 (CD3) Representative.

Many of the CD3 candidates share similar policy positions – expanding health care for all New Mexicans, addressing gun violence, getting big money out of politics, and aggressively addressing climate change. 

Where John Blair stands out, is in his experience working at the state and federal levels: working for New Mexico congressmen (Bingaman and Heinrich), working for the Interior Department in the Obama administration,


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New Mexico SNAP Households Can Purchase Online

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The Human Services Department has announced that New Mexico families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are now able to use an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to purchase eligible foods online starting Thursday.

In early May, The USDA approved New Mexico’s application for the online program, Amazon and Walmart are the authorized online SNAP retailers for all states. 

To get started with online purchasing, SNAP participants just need to connect directly with the online retailer. It is important to note SNAP benefits can be used


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The Importance Of Voting Valerie Plame Into Congress

Drs. Tom Csanadi and Marvel Harrison earlier this year working on the medical team of the Semester At Sea World Odyssey. Courtesy photo

By Tom Csanadi, MD and
Marvel Harrison, PhD

For nearly four decades we served the health needs of Northern New Mexico through Public Health, Indian Health Service and private practice, supporting patient families throughout Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Santa Fe Counties with pediatric and behavioral healthcare.

We raised our children in New Mexico and regardless of where on the globe we work and roam at this stage of our career and lives we care deeply for the people


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