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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 22,816 With 2 New Deaths And 9,744 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 180 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 24 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 31 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 37 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 18 new cases in Eddy County
  • 35 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos

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AFRL Officer Jake Lutz Sees Space As His Future

AFRL Navigation Technology Satellite-3 Program Manager Arlen Biersgreen looks on as 1st Lt. Jacob Lutz briefs senior leaders at the 2019 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference. Photo by Jeanne Dailey/AFRL

Air Force Research Laboratory engineer lst Lt. Jacob Lutz examines the Navigation Technology Satellite-3 model he built using Legos. Photo by Tyrell Etsitty/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — First Lieutenant Jacob “Jake” Lutz will soon complete a successful assignment with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force


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New Mexico Department Of Health And Major Health Systems Outline Options For COVID-19 Testing Around State

NMDOH News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and its testing partners want to collaboratively assure the public that COVID-19 testing remains widely available to those who need it in the state of New Mexico, and that people who need to get tested are still able to do so.

Individuals who are unsure about whether they should be tested are encouraged to call the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 1.855.600.3453.

To date, more than 600,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed statewide thanks to consistent cooperation and proactive planning work between


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Teacher Of Year Mandi Torrez Urges New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Trustees To Divest From For-Profit Prisons

By MANDI TORREZ
2020 Teacher of the Year

I first heard the term “school-to-prison pipeline” during my first year in graduate school when I was switching careers and moving into education.

My professor gave us an article that included how one southern state was using third grade test scores to plan for the prison inmate capacity it would need heading into the future.

Let that sink in.

I am a third grade teacher and when I look at my bouncing, bubbly students, I see potential not profit, and I do not know of a teacher who feels differently. So as educators, it is time that we ask why our pension fund is being


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Udall, Heinrich Urge Reversal Of Federal Cuts To New Mexico National Guard COVID-19 Health Emergency Response

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Letter follows Trump administration order withdrawing full disaster relief reimbursement for National Guard COVID-19 response from all states, while Florida and Texas got exemptions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 senators in a letter to President Donald J. Trump, urging his administration to restore full funding to states like New Mexico in order to maintain critical National Guard unit services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the president reduced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement


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Scenes Of Affordable Rental Housing; Roundabout Projects

Scene of Canyon Walk Apartments (affordable rental housing) Monday with a worker on the peaked roof going up on the first two, three-story apartment sections on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Canyon Walk Apartments (affordable rental housing) under development Monday on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Northern side view Monday of the roundabout showing the inroads being made on the Canyon Complex parking lot to accommodate the roundabout, and the start of the connections to 4th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Lunch With A Leader: Establishing A Public Bank Aug. 18

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters presents its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.

This month’s speakers include: Angela Merkert, Melissa Pickett and Elaine Sullivan who have been working to extend knowledge about the establishment of a public bank.

Merkert worked as a university professor in education; leadership and organizational development in the corporate world; and executive director roles in nonprofit organizations for 15 years.

Pickett is a former banker, organizational development consultant and health and wellness advocate. 


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New Mexico Game & Fish: Fly Fishing Tips From Locals

Justin Moquino with one of 12 trout he caught and released using flies at Canjilon Lakes. Courtesy/NLG&F

NMG&F News:

In this week’s New Mexico fish stocking report, Dustin shares more fly fishing and other tips from local anglers.

Fly Fishing with Justin Moquino

I have known and fished with Justin and his family for several years. They are great people and avid anglers. Justin wanted to share some tips and tricks with his fellow anglers, and I felt obliged to share his story with you:

Hi, I am Justin Moquino. I am 8-years-old and from Albuquerque. I started fishing when I was 8-months-old,


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Heinrich Leads Democratic Caucus In Opposing Bureau Of Land Management Director Nominee William Perry Pendley

BLM director nominee William Perry Pendley

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led the entire Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Trump opposing Bureau of Land Management director nominee William Perry Pendley.

“We write to express opposition to Mr. Pendley’s nomination to the position of Director of the Bureau of Land Management,” the senators wrote. “Mr. Pendley’s public record, including his advocacy for reducing public lands and access to them, routine attempts to undermine


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