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Letter To The Editor: Election 2020

By LUCILLE BONNER
Los Alamos

Happy Independence Day! Treasure it! Know that the only difference between independence and tyranny in America is: vigilant citizens. 

This country was founded by the states, giving the federal government limited powers. These powers were intended to protect us from enemies so that we could be free to make something of ourselves with the Lord God’s help.

Now some people want to take away citizens’ God-given liberties. Those of us who want to continue to trust in God, to honor human life as sacred, to respect marriage as God instituted it, and to have guns to defend our


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs House Bill 1 Creating Framework For Recovery And Budget Solvency

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances, and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

Sponsored by Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4 percent across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,147 With 4 More Deaths And 5,393 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 168 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1

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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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New Mexico Governor On Passing Of ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ Author Rudolfo Anaya In Albuquerque Sunday

New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya died Sunday at home in Albuquerque. He was 82 years old. Courtesy/NEH

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon learning of the passing of famed New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya:

“I am deeply saddened today to hear of the death of Rudolfo Anaya, one of New Mexico’s greatest artists, a seminal figure in our state’s rich literary history. Through his indelible stories, Rudolfo Anaya, perhaps better than any other author, truly captured what it means to be a New Mexican, what it means to be born here, grow


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Skolnik: Please Tell It Like It Is – Before It Is Much Too Late

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

Providing the public with regular, clear, evidence-based, and actionable messages has been key to successfully addressing every major public health problem. Successful messaging has also centered on creating a popular consensus around understanding outbreaks and taking the measures needed to deal with them. This has been true, for example, about messaging in the U.S. on tobacco and seat belts. It was also true for how governments dealt with HIV in Thailand and Uganda and with Ebola in West Africa. Messages in the above manner have also been at the core of the global


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New Mexico Elects Delegates To GOP National Convention 

State GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The 2020 Republican Quadrennial Convention was held last weekend via a virtual platform.

In all, 22 National Delegates will attend the Republican National Convention in late August.

The National Delegates include 10 statewide delegates, three from each of New Mexico’s three Congressional Districts, Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce, National Committeeman Harvey Yates and National Committeewoman Rosie Tripp.

Jim Townsend, New Mexico House Minority Leader, and Tina Dziuk, Roosevelt County Chairwoman, were elected to replace Yates


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New Mexico Governor Signs Bipartisan Tax Bill Co-sponsored By State Rep. Christine Chandler Of Los Alamos

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed into law a significant relief and support measure for individuals, businesses and local governments under financial strain during the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 6 includes three areas of relief.

First, the bill temporarily waives interest and penalties: on late tax payments so that individuals and businesses that have been unable to make timely payments will not fall further into tax debt. Taxpayers must still file their tax returns timely, but payment may follow at later date.

“The financial pain caused by COVID-19 is real. This bill


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,982 With 1 More Deaths And 5,296 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 173 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update announces 1 additional deaths 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
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 35 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 11 new cases

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Udall, Heinrich Join Push For $175 Billion Education Investment To Save 2021 School Year & U.S. Economy

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have joined a group of 41 Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), calling on Senate leadership to include at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future coronavirus relief package.

As health and education officials develop novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, precautions, and restrictions for safely reopening schools this fall, Udall and Heinrich are urging Congress and the Trump administration to act with the same sense of urgency


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Public Regulation Commission Hearing Examiners Recommend 100% Renewable Energy Replacement Power

From New Energy Economy:

SANTA FE — The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiners have issued their Recommended Decision on the issue of what power generation resources PNM should utilize when it shuts down its San Juan Generating Station in 2022.

In their Recommended Decision, the Hearing Examiners adopted NEE’s requested approach to replacement resources and rejected PNM’s.

PNM had requested PRC approve its Scenario 1, which consisted of PNM-owned 280 MW of new gas, 350 MW of solar and 60 MW of storage built, operated and owned by independent renewable energy companies, and


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New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales Joins DCA, State Libraries In Pushing Summer Reading Program To Kids

NMDCA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico State Library have enlisted the help of Lt. Gov. Howie Morales in promoting the importance of reading for children.

The Lieutenant Governor will read the children’s book “The Three Little Javelinas,” written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jim Harris, courtesy of the Silver City Public Library, during a Facebook Premiere event at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, as part of the statewide summer reading program that kicked off earlier this month.

To access the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/304021257445512/


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,809 With 1 More Deaths And 5,264 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 192 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update announces 1 additional deaths 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
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new case in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 27 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 6 new cases

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New Mexico Delegation Applauds HUD Grant To Help Alleviate Risk Of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance.

The funds are part of the $4 billion in grant funding for emergency housing solutions


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Tales Of Our Times: Regulation Provides Freedom To Trade Smartly, Far & Wide

Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water 

Regulation Provides Freedom To Trade Smartly, Far & Wide

The Fourth of July is a time to think about our country and how it grew.

A busy squawking these days says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a Trojan horse rolled out to snatch away property rights. Yet, our history, with its origins in England and further back, tells a very different story. The course of property rights was conceived, shaped, and secured in regulations needed for business to thrive.

Why are these pictures


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Senate Bill 4 To Ensure Safe And Accessible November Elections

NMHD News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new bill Friday meant to guarantee public health precautions will be in place for all New Mexico voters for the upcoming November elections.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), establishes clear guidelines for the Secretary of State and county clerks to conduct safe and efficient elections despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the hurdles of holding elections in an ongoing pandemic, Senate Bill 4 contains provisions that require Personal Protection


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