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Luján Leads Call To Increase National Laboratories Funding To Create Jobs And Jumpstart Economic Recovery

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

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

NAMBÉ – As America’s economy struggles from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a call for increased funding for infrastructure investments at America’s National Laboratories as a way to create good-paying jobs and jumpstart the nation’s economic recovery.

“Funding for maintenance, repairs, and the modernization of National Lab infrastructure will ensure our nation’s continued scientific and economic


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Roswell Police Department Patrol Vehicle Stolen

RPD News:

ROSWELL – At around 5 p.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police officers were called to assist the Roswell Police Department with an incident in which an individual, later identified as Luiz Gauna, 33, of Roswell, had assaulted a Roswell police officer and stolen the officer’s patrol vehicle. 

State Police officers learned that the incident began around east Albuquerque Street and south Virginia Avenue in Roswell when a Roswell Police officer stopped to speak with Gauna who was on a bicycle. 

Gauna took three tennis ball-sized river rocks from his pocket and began throwing them at the


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Nonperishable Collection At Pueblo Gymnasium June 11-14

One of seven truckloads of donated items being hauled away last month to support COVID-affected communities in Pueblo and Navajo Nation areas. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Operation Bandana New Mexico, a grassroots organization based in Santa Fe, will again be partnering with All Together Los Alamos to collect items for delivery to the Pueblos and the Navajo Nation during this COVID emergency.

The pick up is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 at the Pueblo Gymnasium at 1900 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Last month, Operation Bandana collected seven truckloads during


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Udall, Heinrich Urge DeVos To Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule And Focus On Student Safety

SENATE News:

  • Secretary DeVos’ new rule governing how schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault will weaken protections for survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 35 Democratic senators, are condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind


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Governor Announces More Summer Resources For Families

STATE News:

Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming.

Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources,


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SF Council On International Relations: Post-Pandemic World

SFCIR News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston will moderate a live stream panel discussion entitled Rule of Law Panel #3 – Can the American Body Politic Survive in a Post-Pandemic World?

Presented by Santa Fe Council on International Relations, this online discussion via Zoom is 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, with Q&A.

The cost is $10 and advance registration is required at www.sfcir.org or call 505.982.4931.

UPCOMING:

Ambassador Mary Ann Casey will discuss Radical Islam in Mediterranean North Africa: Can Democracy Flourish in Tunisia and Algeria?; 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11; online


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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Joins 18 Senate Democrats To Introduce Legislation To Uphold Congressional Power Of The Purse

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 18 Senate Democrats to introduce the Congressional Power of the Purse Act to reaffirm the role of Congress, directly elected by the American people, as the sole branch of government vested with the power in the Constitution to decide how taxpayer funds are spent.

The senators introduced the legislation to rein in the Executive Branch’s encroachment on federal spending decisions.

President Donald J. Trump has consistently disregarded the constitutional


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COVID-19 Recoveries Of Residents In Long Term Care Facilities Are Testament To Heroic Work Of Staff

AHCA/NCAL News:

For months, long term care workers have gone above and beyond as they battle this historic health crisis.

They’re working extra shifts, spending time away from their families and putting their lives on the line in order to protect our most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19.

Because of their dedication, long term care workers across the country have celebrated with residents as they make a complete recovery from the virus.  

While the vast majority of residents recover, one death from COVID-19 is one too many. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 40,000


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FBI: Navajo Nation Man Pleads Guilty To Abusive Contact

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Garrith Bitsilly, 33, of Newcomb, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque June 1 to a charge of abusive sexual contact in Indian Country.

According to Bitsilly’s plea agreement, he committed the offense between Feb. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2014 within the territory of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County. Bitsilly forced a child under the age of 12 to have sexual contact with him at a family member’s residence. Bitsilly is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

Bitsilly is in custody pending sentencing. He faces 63 months in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.


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