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Udall Pushes For Additional Tribal & Urban Indian Health Facilities Funding In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), joined 10 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue.

“I/T/U facilities provide critical access to health care for 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska


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Izraelevitz: I support Leo Jaramillo For State Senate

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos County Councilor

I will be proud to vote for Rio Arriba Commissioner Leo Jaramillo to represent me in Senate District 5, which includes the Los Alamos townsite. He is a hard-working, thoughtful, and warm person, deeply interested in the well-being of his community, beginning with his proud roots in northern New Mexico, but extending to Los Alamos County and the greater surrounding area, drawing on his employment and relationships at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

I first got to meet with Leo in his capacity working for LANL Community Programs, which is the organization


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 4,778 With 10 More Deaths And 1,268 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 105 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 10 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 20 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 48 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Sandoval County
  • 26 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel

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New Mexico Auditor Colón Earns CFE Credential Joining Distinguished Association Of Certified Fraud Examiners

Auditor Brian Colón

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón successfully obtained the distinguished Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.

Auditor Colón was awarded the CFE credential by completing international requirements and passing a rigorous four-part exam.

The exam covered a body of knowledge that includes:

  • Financial transactions and fraud schemes;
  • Law;
  • Investigation; and
  • Fraud prevention and deterrence. 

“In obtaining this credential I am upholding my promise to New Mexicans to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to work every toward accountability,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 4,673 With 9 More Deaths And 1,189 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 181 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.

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

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 8 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 58 new cases in McKinley County
  • 6 new cases in Otero County

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Non-Essential Dental Services May Resume Business

NMDOH News:

…State health officials say Phase 1 reopening guidelines will be in effect

SANTA FE – State health officials said today that New Mexico dentists in all but three counties may resume providing non-essential dental care provided they agree to comply with guidelines developed to protect the supply of personal protective equipment.

The Phase I Reopening Guidelines for dentists were developed by the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team in collaboration with the New Mexico Dental Association. They include a personal protective equipment burn rate calculator dental providers


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LWV Primary Candidate Forums Now Posted Online


Democratic candidates for Los Alamos County Council participating Monday, May 4 in a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum. From top left, LWV member Lynn Jones, League Moderator Barbara Calef, and candidates Denise Derkacs, Greg White, Sean Williams and Rodney Roberson. Courtesy/LWV

Republican candidates for CD3 participating April, 30 in a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum. From top left, LWV member Lynn Jones, League Moderator Ellen Mills, and candidates Alexis Johnson, Harry Montoya and Angela Morales. Courtesy/LWV

LWV News:

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters recently


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Udall, Murkowski On Senate Passage Of Resolution To Celebrate And Honor Successes Of Indigenous Women

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

  • Resolution celebrates achievements in civil rights, business, law, medicine, science, language revitalization, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced the Senate passed the resolution he led with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to celebrate and honor the successes of Indigenous women across the country.

The resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States,


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Heinrich Introduces Coronavirus Community Relief Act To Provide Federal Assistance For Localities Under 500,000

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) on Wednesday introduced the Coronavirus Community Relief Act.

This legislation would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds geared towards localities with populations under 500,000 that are struggling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities across the United States, such as smaller counties, cities, and towns, are currently dealing with COVID-19-related costs that include deploying emergency operations, public service announcements, and telework services.

Each


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Letter To The Editor: What Qualifies A Person For Council?

By AARON WALKER
White Rock

After listening to the Democratic council candidates speak during the League of Women Voters forum, I was left with a glaring question: What makes someone a competent and decent public official?

The candidates touted their accomplishments at the lab, the military, and small business ownership as some of the things that “qualify” them to be county councilors. Do these things qualify someone to be an elected official?

Working at the lab does not provide any real benefit or qualification towards being a county councilor. Being in a leadership position at the lab and being


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 4,493 With 3 More Deaths; 1,125 Recoveries

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 204 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

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

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 32 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 17 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 65 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 77 new cases in San Juan County

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Governor Extends Modified Gallup Emergency Order

Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today will extend a modified emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup through noon on Sunday, May 10, as that city continues to work to contain the COVID-19 virus.

The extended order means businesses will continue to be closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.; only two people may travel together in a car; and Gallup residents should remain at home except for emergency outings through noon Sunday, May 10.

Roads into Gallup will remain closed for non-residents until 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Per the mayor’s request, the order


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Herrera: I Am Endorsing Leo Jaramillo For State Senate

By Rep. Susan Herrera
New Mexico House District 41

As a first term legislator, I have decided to endorse Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo over incumbent Senator Richard Martinez for Senate Seat 5 in the upcoming Democratic primary.

This is not a decision I have made lightly. I have consulted with my precinct chairs in 20 out of 25 precincts in my district and with major supporters in my first campaign.

I ran because I thought we needed new leadership in the New Mexico House of Representatives, and I challenged a 25-year incumbent because I thought that change was needed. As I approach


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State Agencies Work With Long-Term Care Facilities To Contain COVID-19 Spread; Protect Vulnerable New Mexicans

STATE News:

The continued spread of COVID-19 throughout New Mexico has brought unprecedented challenges to all agencies and providers who care, assist and advocate for seniors.

Under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s direction, all state agencies are working together, forging new collaborations, and programs, to support and assist New Mexico’s most vulnerable.

Much of the proactive and responsive measures taken to aggressively stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, have been led by the State’s Department of Health [DOH] in partnership with the State Aging and Long-Term Services


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Maestas: Public Regulation Commission Needs An Independent, Experienced And Fresh Perspective

By JOSEPH MAESTAS
Democratic Candidate For Dist. 3
Public Regulation Commission

As an experienced, licensed engineer, I trust the science that tells us climate change is a real threat to us now and in the future. Our State is poised to be a national leader in fighting climate change with a quicker transition to a clean energy future through the enactment of the Energy Transition Act (ETA) of 2019. The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) will be at the epicenter of that transition. Will factional in-fighting continue among PRC commissioners? Will the battles continue between the PRC and the Executive


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Candidates Express Views At LWV Virtual Forum

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

The online Candidate Forum for various offices was hosted by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters Monday evening.

Barbara Calef chaired the forum, with assistance from Lynn Jones. This forum included the remaining offices where the candidates face primary opposition. All of the candidates are Democrats because candidates in the other parties do not face opposition.

Los Alamos is divided between two state senate districts. Two Democrats are running for the District 5 seat. Incumbent Richard C. Martinez is challenged by


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Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On COVID-19; Seeks Input On Reopening Community

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Thursday April 30, the Governor announced her phased plan for reopening the economy; I’ve posted the slides regarding what each of these phases will include and the criteria that will be used to evaluate readiness for progression along this path forward (see losalamosnm.us, COVID-19 button).

Phase 1 is currently anticipated to begin mid-May, but all proposed timelines are contingent on continued social distancing. The planned reopening will occur in the context of the continuing pandemic. It has not gone away, the virus can and will continue


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Chart 53: COVID-19 In New Mexico May 6

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

Fraction of people diagnosed with COVID-19 to date who are hospitalized, deceased or recovered. The complementary fraction is labeled as infected. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Breakdown of diagnoses by ethnicity. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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