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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs House Bill 1 Creating Framework For Recovery And Budget Solvency

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances, and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

Sponsored by Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4 percent across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,147 With 4 More Deaths And 5,393 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 168 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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New Mexico Governor On Passing Of ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ Author Rudolfo Anaya In Albuquerque Sunday

New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya died Sunday at home in Albuquerque. He was 82 years old. Courtesy/NEH

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon learning of the passing of famed New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya:

“I am deeply saddened today to hear of the death of Rudolfo Anaya, one of New Mexico’s greatest artists, a seminal figure in our state’s rich literary history. Through his indelible stories, Rudolfo Anaya, perhaps better than any other author, truly captured what it means to be a New Mexican, what it means to be born here, grow


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Skolnik: Please Tell It Like It Is – Before It Is Much Too Late

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

Providing the public with regular, clear, evidence-based, and actionable messages has been key to successfully addressing every major public health problem. Successful messaging has also centered on creating a popular consensus around understanding outbreaks and taking the measures needed to deal with them. This has been true, for example, about messaging in the U.S. on tobacco and seat belts. It was also true for how governments dealt with HIV in Thailand and Uganda and with Ebola in West Africa. Messages in the above manner have also been at the core of the global


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Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


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New Mexico Bank & Trust Recognized As One Of America’s Best-In-State Banks 2020 For Second Year In A Row

NMB&T President/CEO Greg Leyendecker

NMB&T News:

New Mexico Bank & Trust, a member of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), announced today that it was recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Banks 2020 by Forbes Media and Statista Inc. for the second year in a row, and was ranked among the top U.S. commercial credit card issuers for purchase volume growth for the fifth year in a row.

Forbes and market research firm Statista identified New Mexico Bank & Trust as an America’s Best-In-State Bank 2020 based on an independent survey of over 25,000 consumers who ranked


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American Red Cross Offers Ways To Stay Safe During Fourth Of July Celebrations Due To Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Red Cross News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Fourth of July is just ahead, a time when people typically enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks or water fun.

But this year, celebrating Independence Day will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

“If your community is reopening, it’s important to know which safety measures to take as you venture out in public,” said American Red Cross Regional CEO Kurt Kroemer. “Follow these coronavirus precautions.”

  • Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others,

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FBI: Mariah Ferry Gets 30 Years On Charges Related To Stealing From And kidnapping And Beating Of Two Men

ALBUQUERQUE – Mariah Ferry, 22, of Albuquerque was sentenced today in federal court in Santa Fe, to 30 years in prison on charges related to the kidnappings and brutal assaults of two victims suspected of stealing drugs and money from the home of co-defendant Chase Smothermon, 32, of Albuquerque. 

Ferry pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap, resulting in the death of J.S. 

According to Ferry’s plea agreement and other public court records, Smothermon, Ferry and a third co-defendant, Jose Torrez, 48, of Albuquerque, and other co-conspirators took part in a scheme to


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