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New Mexico Counties Awards $236K In Wildfire Grant Funds

NMC News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Counties has awarded more than $236,000 to 12 grant recipients for community wildfire protection plan updates, fuel reduction treatments, and education efforts through the 2020-2021 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

Grant recipients include Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District, Curry County, Grant County, San Cristobal Neighborhood Association, San Juan County, Socorro County, South Central Mountain RC&D Council, Taos County and Wildfire Network.

New Mexico Counties Executive Director Steve Kopelman stated that “wildfire awareness


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Metzger’s Named The Best Of The Best In New Mexico!

BUSINESS News:

Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store in Los Alamos and White Rock has just received the prestigious SuperStar Hardware Store Award for the state of New Mexico.

“Thanks Los Alamos! Metzger’s Hardware is proud to announce that with your support we have been named New Mexico’s SuperStar hardware store!” Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly said. “Metzger’s is excited to be named the best of the best, and appreciate our customers in Los Alamos and White Rock for nominating and supporting us.”

The governor deemed Metzger’s an essential business at the beginning of the stay at home


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NMB&T Extends Consumer And Employee Relief Programs

NMB&T News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF) has announced the extension of relief and support programs for employees and consumers facing challenges due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“We stand with our employees and customers during this challenging time and are pleased to continue providing them with relief,” NMB&T President/CEO Greg Leyendecker said. “We understand that our customers may need access to funds to take care of unexpected expenses caused by the current situation. And they don’t need


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New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On State Police Issuing Cease And Desist Order On Sierra County Church

Chairman Steve Pearce

GOP News:

New Mexico State Police served the pastor of New Hope Revival Church in Sierra County Mother’s Day with a Cease & Desist order for his House of Worship.

The following is a statement from State Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce about this “continued attack” on New Mexicans’ rights:

“The State Police C&D order against the church Sunday was just the latest example of how peoples’ rights are being trampled on. This goes beyond a small business being fined unfairly to save lives and livelihoods. The state’s position is now to ignore the notion that our


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EDD Announces Quarterly Reports To Help Track COVID-19 Related Economic Data By County In New Mexico

Partial screenshot of most recent Quarterly Report for Bernalillo County. Courtesy/EDD

Partial screenshot of most recent Quarterly Report for Luna County. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

SANTA FE – In an effort to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 health emergency and analyze economic changes around the state, the Economic Development Department is now publishing quarterly data reports for all 33 New Mexico counties, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

The reports on each of the state’s 33 counties offer a unique perspective on sectors that are rising and falling. The


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Perdue: Amid A Pandemic, Deploying Rural Broadband In New Mexico Is More Important Than Ever

By SONNY PERDUE
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Access to high-speed broadband internet is not simply nice to have, it is a necessity in the 21st century.

Investing in the expansion of rural broadband is as vital as the rural electric and telephone networks were decades ago.

The Coronavirus pandemic has introduced new challenges to our way of life. Social distancing guidelines put in place to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus have caused millions to work from home and have caused widespread school closures nationwide.

If you have access to high-speed broadband internet, you can continue


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,069 With 8 More Deaths And 1,300 Have Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 207 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 14 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 24 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 63 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 9 new cases in Sandoval

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Udall, Smith, Introduce Bill To Expand Health Care Resources For Urban Indian Health Organizations Amid Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to boost health resources for urban Indian health organizations (UIOs) as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The senators’ legislation comes as UIOs across the country face major funding and staff shortfalls, in addition to shortages in medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These hardships have forced three UIOs across the country to close their doors while pushing


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