Health Care

COVID-19 Emergency Laws Spell Disaster For Press Freedom

Since COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic, attacks on press freedom have proliferated. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11, since then it has been used as a pretext by governments to put constitutional guarantees on hold.

Now that relative calm appears to be in prospect, it is imperative that these exceptional measures be lifted.

Faced with the unprecedented epidemic, many governments have targeted those whose job is to inform the public. Emboldened by the emergency, the spread of repression has been translated


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New Mexico Supreme Court Establishes Plea Deadline Before Start Of Trials And Jury Selection

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court Tuesday issued an order requiring plea and settlement agreements no later than five days before the selection of a jury or the start of a non-jury trial before a judge in a criminal or civil case.

 “As our courts are resuming jury trials, this deadline will help protect the health and safety of New Mexicans by eliminating last-minute pleas and settlements after prospective jurors, witnesses, court personnel and other people have gathered in a courthouse anticipating the start of a trial,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. 

The plea and settlement


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 9,933 With 7 More Deaths And 4,217 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 88 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 7 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 27 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 5 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Luna County
  • 13 new cases

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Chart 94: COVID-19 In New Mexico June 16

Percentages of people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are recovered or deceased by county. The complementary percentage is labeled as infected. Statewide, the percentages of recovered and deceased are 42 percent and 5 percent respectively. Mora and De Baca counties have zero diagnoses. In Los Alamos, five of the seven diagnosed have now recovered. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office Open For Business

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office is now open for in-person business as part of taking the next steps in exiting the pandemic emergency. 

This is in alignment with the directives issued from the Governor’s Office and Los Alamos County. 

The Assessor’s Office will continue to adhere to COVID Safe Practices (CSP) and will require the use of face masks, six feet or more of social distancing, plexiglass at public facing counters, and limiting the number of people in the lobby area.

Residents are highly encouraged to stay safe by conducting business remotely via computer or phone


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New Mexico Governor Urges Local Restrictions On Fireworks 

The governor urges New Mexico cities and counties to consider banning retail sales of fireworks. Courtesy photo

State News:

  • Executive order cites heightened fire danger due to drought conditions

SANTA FE – Due to worsening drought conditions across New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order urging New Mexico cities and counties to consider banning the retail sale of fireworks in the state through the summer or until drought conditions improve.

Approximately 75 percent of New Mexico is abnormally dry; more than half the state is experiencing at least moderate


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New Mexico Supreme Court Oral Argument In Legislative Special Session Case About Public Access 1:30 P.M. Today

New Mexico Supreme Court hears oral argument at 1:30 p.m. today in a case concerning public access to the Capitol during this week’s legislative special session. Courtesy/NMSC

From the Administrative Office of the Courts:

SANTA FE – A live stream is available today of the New Mexico Supreme Court oral argument in a case concerning public access to the Capitol during this week’s legislative special session.

The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. and can be viewed on the YouTube channel of New Mexico PBS. Click here.

The case is Pirtle v. Legislative Council, No. S-1-SC-38356.


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New Mexico Superintendent Of Insurance Commits To Protecting Civil Rights In Health Care

OSI News:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued revised regulations Friday rolling back historic health care protections for transgender persons linked to Affordable Care Act.

Section 1557 of the ACA enshrined essential nondiscrimination protections for people who are discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health care programs that receive federal funds.

Rules issued under the Obama administration interpreted Section 1557 to prohibit health care practitioners and insurers from discriminating against transgender


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Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Opens To Public With COVID Safe Practices (CSP) And Limited Hours

COUNTY News:

In continuing to align with directives from the Governor’s Office and Los Alamos County, County Clerk Naomi Maestas is taking the next step to exit the pandemic emergency.

Beginning today, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office opened for in-person transactions 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with CSP in place – including the mandatory use of face masks, plexiglass at public facing counters, limits on the number of people in the lobby area, regular cleaning of public spaces and surfaces, and social distancing of six feet or more.

Residents are highly encouraged to continue to stay


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Los Alamos County Moves Toward 50% Repopulating Of Facilities; Additional Signage, COVID Safe Practices In Place

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced today that County employees began re-populating facilities today, with additional signage and COVID Safe Practices in place.

“In continuing to align with directives from the Governor’s office, we are taking the next step to exit the pandemic emergency,” Burgess said, “Beginning Monday, June 15, we will begin re-populating our offices and facilities up to 50 percent capacity. In some situations, we may be implementing different work schedules – such as a staggered work shift or certain work days – to accommodate needs and facility


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 9,845 With 5 More Deaths And 4,160 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 132 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 13 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 17 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 25 new cases

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Bacon: Now More Than Ever, Justice For All

By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court

Here in New Mexico, as across the nation, the economic effects of COVID-19 are making a significant impact on the people of our state, and the results could be particularly damaging for vulnerable New Mexicans.

As the economic downturn continues to haunt us, people are suffering.

History tells us that when people feel the effects of a downturn, it leads to legal problems, such as evictions, foreclosures, debt collections, loss of benefits, and a rise in domestic violence.

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating high unemployment and a slow comeback


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Little: Myasthenia Gravis Awareness

By JAMES LITTLE
Los Alamos

I am enclosing an informational note concerning myasthenia gravis.

There are several Los Alamos and surrounding area residents  who have this disease. It is my hope that this information may help an undiagnosed reader who is suffering the disease or someone who  knows a person who is suffering the disease to contact me. I want to help them. No one needs to  suffer this disease without community support.

June is Myasthenia Gravis awareness month.

When I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, or MG, 2 1/2 years ago, I had never heard of the disease. That’s not surprising


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State Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

STATE News:

…COVID-19 isolation raises risk of investment fraud targeting seniors 

SANTA FE — In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, today, the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department reminds financial professionals and the public that heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect storm for senior financial exploitation.

“Social isolation has long been one of the leading factors contributing to the financial exploitation of older investors, and the unprecedented quarantines to protect


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 9,723 With 4 More Deaths And 4,114 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 104 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County now at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 4 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
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 13 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in

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Can New Mexico Lawmakers Get In, Get Out For Special Session Scheduled To Begin Thursday?

Senate Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said of the special session set to begin Thursday that he will be ‘disappointed if we can’t finish up in a day’. Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

By JENS GOULD
Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Senate’s conservative-leaning Democrats long have been the gatekeepers — the ones who ultimately decide if legislation backed by the governor and the House of Representatives can become law.

Of course, the control they wield has an expiration date after a number of their most influential members lost primary elections this month to more progressive


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U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Joins New Mexico Mayors In Discussion On Federal Funding For Local Governments During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, accepted an invitation by Mayors Caucus Co-chair Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull to join the New Mexico Municipal League’s Mayors Caucus recently for a discussion about the need to pass additional federal assistance for local governments struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was important for me to hear directly from New Mexico’s mayors and local leaders about the impact that COVID-19 is having on their ability to administer programs, provide services,


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New Mexico Social Justice And Housing Organizations Ask Governor For Rent Relief Fund To Prevent Homelessness

NMCLP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — To prevent a dramatic spike in homelessness as New Mexico navigates the COVID-19 crisis and its economic aftermath, social justice and housing organizations asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week to prioritize legislation creating a rent relief fund at the upcoming special session.

Their letter also asks the governor to support a legislative moratorium on evictions and expanded protections for low-income homeowners.  

“If we don’t get some help with rent soon, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me and my family,” said Allyssa Garcia who lives in Albuquerque.


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