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Raul Bujanda Named SAC Of Albuquerque FBI Division

FBI News:

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Raul Bujanda as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Field Office.

Bujanda most recently served as a section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was first appointed to the Portland Field Office in Oregon, where he investigated violent crime, gang, and Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations.

Bujanda transferred to the El Paso Field Office in Texas in 2008 to work on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force strike force. He


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 266 New Cases, Total 193,247 With 11 Deaths And 174,641 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 266 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 11 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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Governor Signs State Broadband ‘Connect New Mexico Act’

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STATE News:

SANTA FE — House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act, which institutes a centralized fund for the state to deliver broadband internet to communities statewide, was signed into law today by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act is sponsored by  Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming). 

The bill creates the Connect New Mexico fund and the Connect New Mexico council,


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New Mexico Students Offered Surveillance Testing For COVID … Goal To Test 1% Per Week On Voluntary Basis

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that New Mexico public school students will be offered school-based COVID-19 testing opportunities as a further tool to enhance safety amid the continuing pandemic.

Student testing is completely voluntary and at no cost to students. Districts and charter schools will implement student testing programs as soon as possible but no later than the week of April 26.

Students who show proof of being fully vaccinated and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days will not be asked to participate. 


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New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

“New Mexico courts sought


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NMDOH: Majority Of State Turquoise … Progress Sustained

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announced today the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning April 7.
Twenty New Mexico counties are now at the Turquoise Level and three at the Green Level.
The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.
Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.
Twelve counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Harding, Lincoln,

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 222 New Cases, Total 192,989 With 3 Deaths And 174,409 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 222 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total 505 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 60 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Legislation Protecting New Mexico Students From Sexual Abuse

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From New Mexico House Democrats:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed House Bill 128, legislation protecting students in New Mexico from sexual and ethical misconduct by teachers and school employees. 

Sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albq.), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albq.), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albq.) and Rep. Marian Matthews (D-Albq.), House Bill 128 enacts an extensive set of both preventative and responsive measures to address ethical and sexual misconduct in New Mexico’s


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