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Chart 59: COVID-19 In New Mexico May 12

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, recoveries, and deaths in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Number of diagnoses by city in Northern New Mexico, defined here as the aggregate of Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Towns with zero diagnoses are not shown. Note: Entries in the NMDOH database may have inconsistencies. For example, there are 7 cases listed for zip code 87544 but only 6 for Los Alamos county. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Per capita diagnoses by city in Northern New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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County Council Hears Update On Local COVID-19 Efforts

County Manager Harry Burgess

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

Los Alamos County is following the governor’s phased approach to reopening the economy, County Manager Harry Burgess reported to County Council May 5.

He told Council during its regular meeting held virtually, that while the County golf course reopened and local businesses are working to reopen, other County programs and services are still on hold or expected to be drastically changed.

Regarding the golf course, which opened Friday, Burgess said while it is back in business, the pro shop remains


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,212 With 11 New Deaths And 1,434 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 11 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 25 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 14 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 43 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Quay

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ECECD, IAD Distribute Infant Items To Pueblos, Tribes, Nation 

Infant packages distributed by ECECD and IAD to Native communities across New Mexico. Courtesy/ECECD

STATE News:

  • Packages Customized to Individual Communities’ Needs

SANTA FE – The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) has partnered with the Indian Affairs Department (IAD) to distribute infant packages to Native communities across New Mexico.

Deliveries have been made to the Pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Jemez, Sandia, Isleta, Acoma, Laguna, Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, Santa Clara, Ohkay, Picuris, and Taos, as well as the Mescalero and


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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Online Friday

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Board will meet online at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15.

The agenda for this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and upon consultation with legal counsel, RCLC Chairman Henry Roybal has directed that the May 15, 2020 RCLC board meeting be conducted via the electronic media application Zoom.

In accordance with Open Meetings Act guidelines published by the New Mexico Attorney General, RCLC members of the public wishing to attend may view the meeting via Zoom, by linking to the following URL address, or listen


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New Mexico Counties Awards $236K In Wildfire Grant Funds

NMC News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Counties has awarded more than $236,000 to 12 grant recipients for community wildfire protection plan updates, fuel reduction treatments, and education efforts through the 2020-2021 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

Grant recipients include Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District, Curry County, Grant County, San Cristobal Neighborhood Association, San Juan County, Socorro County, South Central Mountain RC&D Council, Taos County and Wildfire Network.

New Mexico Counties Executive Director Steve Kopelman stated that “wildfire awareness


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New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On State Police Issuing Cease And Desist Order On Sierra County Church

Chairman Steve Pearce

GOP News:

New Mexico State Police served the pastor of New Hope Revival Church in Sierra County Mother’s Day with a Cease & Desist order for his House of Worship.

The following is a statement from State Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce about this “continued attack” on New Mexicans’ rights:

“The State Police C&D order against the church Sunday was just the latest example of how peoples’ rights are being trampled on. This goes beyond a small business being fined unfairly to save lives and livelihoods. The state’s position is now to ignore the notion that our


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Perdue: Amid A Pandemic, Deploying Rural Broadband In New Mexico Is More Important Than Ever

By SONNY PERDUE
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Access to high-speed broadband internet is not simply nice to have, it is a necessity in the 21st century.

Investing in the expansion of rural broadband is as vital as the rural electric and telephone networks were decades ago.

The Coronavirus pandemic has introduced new challenges to our way of life. Social distancing guidelines put in place to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus have caused millions to work from home and have caused widespread school closures nationwide.

If you have access to high-speed broadband internet, you can continue


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,069 With 8 More Deaths And 1,300 Have Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 207 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.

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

  • 14 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 24 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 63 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 9 new cases in Sandoval

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Letter To The Editor: Equally Important For Council Candidates – Record Of Leadership Skills; Good Judgement

By ED BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

The three qualifications for County Council candidates listed in Aaron Walker’s May 7th letter to the LA Daily Post, i.e., “Empathy, Integrity, and Listening”, (link) are indeed important, but equally important is having a record that demonstrates leadership skills and good judgement.

Whether the candidate has held a leadership position at LANL, or has had experience running a small business or managing an organization with multiple employees, individuals with these kind of backgrounds will have had to have made frequent personnel and budget decisions, as well


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Udall, Smith, Introduce Bill To Expand Health Care Resources For Urban Indian Health Organizations Amid Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to boost health resources for urban Indian health organizations (UIOs) as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The senators’ legislation comes as UIOs across the country face major funding and staff shortfalls, in addition to shortages in medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These hardships have forced three UIOs across the country to close their doors while pushing


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Balderas Files Lawsuit Against JUUL Labs For Illegal Marketing; Selling Of E-Cigarettes To New Mexican Youth

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that his office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people.

The lawsuit, filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, alleges that the company illegally advertised and sold nicotine products to underage youth and created an epidemic of nicotine addiction among young people.

The lawsuit demands that JUUL pay for the costs associated with combating this public health crisis affecting young


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Letter To The Editor: The Best Choice Valerie Plame 

By KENNETH And KARYL ANN ARMBRUSTER
Los Alamos

We wholeheartedly support Valerie Plame to represent us in CD3.

Our votes are for a woman who has given her time freely to non-profits both locally and nationally for nearly two decades. She has served as a pro-bono guest speaker, board member or volunteer with multiple family oriented non-profits since her arrival in Santa Fe nearly a decade and a half ago.

She has a BA from Penn State University, as well as an MS from the London School of Economics and The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Valerie’s educational and global experience means that


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Voices Of Los Alamos Features Marco Serna May 18

District Attorney Marco Serna

VOLA News:

The next Voices of Los Alamos meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, features Marco Serna, First Judicial District Attorney in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Serna will address what the role of District Attorney fulfills in the state’s capital and in the more rural communities. He will share stories from the fight against the opioid epidemic, the legislative challenges his office faces, and his recent trip to the Navajo Nation to bring relief supplies. 

Several candidates for CD3 asked Voices to host them and the VOLA leadership agreed


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 4,863; With 9 More Deaths And 1,285 Have Recovered

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a recurring technical delay that affects Sunday reporting totals, reporting results from some labs to the state Department of Health are delayed Sunday, May 10. As a result, the following data reflects only a partial total. The delayed results will be included in the state’s reporting Monday, May 11, or as soon as they are received and lab-confirmed.​ We are continuing to actively investigate cases that are reported to the state throughout the day.

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 87 additional positive tests for COVID-19.


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AFSCME Council 18 Endorses State Representative Christine Chandler’s Reelection Campaign

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union Council 18 endorses State Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

AFSCME News:

State Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Dist.43) has received the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) Council 18, representing New Mexico’s public employees, in her reelection campaign.

“I am so grateful for the support of AFSCME Council 18 and its members. I am also incredibly thankful for the work they do for our community and the entire state every day. Whether it’s helping


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All Together NM Fund Awarding $750K In Grants

ATNMF News:

SANTA FE — The All Together NM Fund will be awarding $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico’s smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer. 

“Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn’t get a fair shake,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “So thank you to the All


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BLM, BIA Host Virtual Public Meetings May 14-18

BLM News:

FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) invite the public to participate in one of five virtual meetings regarding the recently published Farmington Mancos-Gallup Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and associated Environmental Impact Statement (RMPA/EIS).

The virtual meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the Draft RMPA/EIS, discuss it with specialists, ask questions, and submit comments on the document.

“We are excited to be able to use technology to meet the requirements of federal


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