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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Ensure All Students Have Access To Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 44 of their Democratic Senate colleagues, have introduced the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill is the Senate companion to legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), but makes one important change: increasing the appropriation from $2 billion to $4 billion. Education groups had originally identified the $2 billion figure


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 6,096 With 5 More Deaths And 1,796 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 165               additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 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:

  • 10 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 15 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 67 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba

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LANL: ‘Green’ Quantum-Dot Solar Cells Exploit Defects

Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots, left, and the corresponding distributions of copper, indium, zinc, and selenium across the film thickness. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Quantum-dot approach shows promise for a new type of toxic-element-free, inexpensive, defect-tolerant solar cells

Novel quantum dot solar cells developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on. 

“This quantum-dot approach shows great


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EDD: Applications Open For Outdoor Equity Fund

SANTA FE – Applications for the Outdoor Equity Fund to support New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy opened and available online, Director of the Outdoor Recreation Division Axie Navas announced today.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2020.

The first-of-its-kind Outdoor Equity Fund was created to allow all youth equitable access to the outdoors.

The grant will support transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for New Mexico’s land, water, and cultural heritage.

Spending time outside is now more important than ever for mental and physical well-being, and


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Air Force Reviews Preliminary Design For Future ICBM

AFNWC News:

HILL AFB, Utah — The Air Force reviewed Northrop Grumman’s preliminary design for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late April, advancing the program toward its next milestone and acquisition phase.

The GBSD intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will modernize or replace the current Minuteman III ICBM’s systems for command and control, launch and flight.

Under the Defense Acquisition System, a PDR assesses the maturity of the preliminary design, as supported by requirement trades, prototyping, system reviews, etc.

“The PDR ensured Northrop Grumman’s design


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New Mexico Activities Association Board Meets Via Zoom

NMAA News:

The New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors met in special session Friday via a Zoom.

Executive Director Sally Marquez presented three discussion items, which included information regarding upcoming rules and officials’ clinics, pre-participation physical evaluations for 2020-2021, and a request from NMPSIA to require a new coaches education course.

The Board of Directors took action on the following items:

  • Voted in favor of a proposal to adopt special scholastic eligibility guidelines for the 2020 fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact

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Public Invited To Comment On Future STIP Projects

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is required under federal legislation and contains projects located on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or N.M. designations).

The STIP is a collaborative state, local, regional and tribal transportation planning effort, developed by NMDOT.

Projects included in the STIP are funded with a combination of federal, state and/or local funds.

NMDOT strives to keep the public informed and cares about their opinions. The STIP is amended quarterly and always open for viewing on the NMDOT website. The public


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