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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,776 With 8 More Deaths And 5,802 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 257 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 55 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 40 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 8 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new

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NM State Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel To Retire

New Mexico Secretary of Health Kathyleen Kunkel

STATE News:

…Kunkel will remain in place through crisis to assist state response

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of Health Kathyleen Kunkel announced on Friday her intention to retire, although she will remain in her position through the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

The Lujan Grisham administration will begin a nationwide search for a full-time replacement.

“Every single day of this public health crisis has been a physically and mentally exhausting ordeal – not just for the


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Letter To The Editor: Reject Partisan Council Candidate

By CHARLIE STRAUSS
Los Alamos

Before I read David Reagor’s opinion piece in the July 2 Los Alamos Daily Post (link), I would have supposed it unlikely that candidates in Los Alamos would be morally unfit to hold office. But Reagor’s “inciteful” appeal to national politics in order to prove Democrats, as a whole, are debased, officious Liberals, convinced me otherwise.

Indeed! I was immediately persuaded that, there is an irredeemably unqualified person running for the Los Alamos County Council this year: David Reagor.

But please don’t take my own judgement as your guide. I simply urge you to


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Governor Discusses Rise In COVID-19 Cases In NM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during a press conference Wednesday announces that she is extending the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 due to the rising COVID-19 case count. She also presented the following series of charts detailing the current health situation around the state. Screenshot/LADP

New Mexico Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase reiterates the importance of wearing masks and social distancing as a way to help curb the rise in COVID-19 cases around the state. Screenshot/LADP

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Gov. Lujan Grisham Makes Four Judicial Appointments

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today appointed four New Mexicans to fill new judicial positions created by the Legislature.

The governor signed legislation in March creating five new state District Court judgeships in the four judicial districts with the highest need. She has yet to fill the fifth new judgeship serving the 12th Judicial District, made up of Lincoln and Otero Counties.

Appointees:

  • Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood to the First Judicial District Court serving Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties;
  • Lucy Boyadjian Solimon to the Second

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,520 With 3 More Deaths And 5,627 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 248 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 97 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 42 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5

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Luján Applauds Passage Of Moving Forward Act

From the Office of U.S. Rep Ben Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded the passage Wednesday of the Moving Forward Act, which includes key provisions secured by the congressman to bolster broadband access, create economic opportunities, and safeguard the health and well being of New Mexicans. 

“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our economy as well as our health. Now is not the moment to take our foot off the gas when it comes to supporting struggling workers and families,” Luján said. “The Moving Forward Act makes strong investments to modernize America’s


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Rep. Christine Chandler Briefs Council On Special Session

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler

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

Despite having to reduce the state’s FY 2021 budget, Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos reported to Los Alamos County Council that she felt the work to get the New Mexico budget adopted was “relatively successful”.

Chandler updated the council on the recent special legislative session Tuesday night during its regular meeting.

“I feel pretty good to very good in terms of the substance of what we were able accomplish,” she said. “If you think in terms of how many days we had and how many bills


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UNM-LA Facing Challenges Yet Creating Opportunities

By Chancellor Cindy Rooney
UNM-Los Alamos

The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board held a special meeting via Zoom Monday, June 29, to review and approve a Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY21.

With the recent State Legislative special session where projected funding for higher education was reduced, the New Mexico Higher Education Department required all higher education institutions to create budget adjustments.

The BAR for UNM-LA includes a decrease in Instruction and General revenues of $417,477, based on decreased state funding, an anticipated reduction in tuition from


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White: Fact Vs. ‘Fact’ – No Room To Accuse

Police officers in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Courtesy/Greg White

By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

I am responding to David Reagor’s claims in a recent Letter to the Editor (link) that Democrats are being the real racists and not living up to Lincoln’s morals.

As a council candidate he should stop writing letters based on a hatred of Democrats and liberals and do some research! He should quote sources, for proof of fact and not his opinions, when the information is not widely known as fact.

Lincoln was a devout Christian and often spent most of the night walking the Rose


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New Mexico Officially Inaugurates Early Childhood Education And Care Department To Oversee Prenatal-To-Five Programs

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Wednesday, the State of New Mexico officially launched the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

The agency will oversee prenatal-to-five programs, including home visiting and early intervention, family nutrition, early childhood special education, early Head Start and Head Start, and early pre-K and pre-K.

“Today is a milestone — years of work from dedicated advocates brought us to this point, and now our work begins,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “With incredibly experienced and diverse leadership, with the unyielding support of


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New Mexico Emergency Public Health Order Extended

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham explaining today that she is extending the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 due to rising COVID-19 case count. She mentioned noticing today around Santa Fe that only about 30 percent of people are complying with the order to wear masks and social distance. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

Gov. issues severe warning about rising cases, transmission rate; New Mexico at risk of re-enacting public health restrictions

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,276 With 3 More Deaths And 5,514 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 130 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 38 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 17 new cases

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Chart 109: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 1

Change in the number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses between June 18 and July 1 as compared with the period starting June 4 and ending July 17. Counties with less than 50 diagnoses are not shown. Statewide, the number of diagnoses increased by 15 percent from to 2,211 during the past two weeks from 1,925 during the preceding two week period. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today spoke on the Senate Floor calling for the Senate-passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to reform the police system as Americans across the country demand an end to police violence disproportionately targeting Black Americans and communities of color in the United States.

VIDEO: Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act [DOWNLOAD HD LINK HERE]

The legislation would reform the current law of “qualified immunity” that often makes it difficult to hold police officers


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Hoffman: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Is Increasing Slowly In New Mexico And Colorado

The fraction (as a percentage) of daily tests that come back positive, for New Mexico and Colorado. The dots show the daily percentage, and the solid lines show the percentage over a 5-day period centered on the date plotted. Created by Nels Hoffman
By NELS HOFFMAN
Los Alamos
Recent news accounts describe an increasing daily number of new covid-19 cases around the US. But to judge how serious the situation is, it’s important to look not just at the number of new cases, but also at the number of new tests that are done every day.
That way, we avoid lulling ourselves into a false sense of security,

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RSF: Let’s Not Allow Beijing To Stifle Press Freedom

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RSF News:

Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists.

The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, which is today, July 1, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down


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Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Revised Budget, Vetoes Items

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday, but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts legislators approved during the special session.

“We must recalibrate our state’s budget to meet these challenging times,” Lujan Grisham wrote in a letter to the state House of Representatives upon signing House Bill 1. “However, we should not lose sight of the important work that is still needed to create lasting opportunities for


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CYFD Updates Nondiscrimination Policy For All Youth

CYFD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) announced a new directive to help better support LGBTQIA+ youth in care.

The nondiscrimination policy is the most inclusive and robust the Department has followed to date.

“We know LGBTQIA+ youth are underrepresented in the child welfare system, and unfortunately are still shunned by family members at an alarming rate just because of sexual orientation or other factors,” Secretary Brian Blalock said. “As an agency, we want to send the clear message that we support all of our youth. We are here with open arms.”


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