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New Mexico Environment Department Settles With O’Reilly Auto Parts Store For Endangering Workers During Pandemic

NMED News:

…NMED also is investigating more than 200 workplace safety complaints related to COVID-19 and 14 workplace-related COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) entered into a settlement agreement with O’Reilly Auto Parts for alleged violations of the state’s public health order and the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in an unsafe workplace at a Santa Fe store.

Under the settlement agreement, O’Reilly Auto Parts will pay $79,200 in penalties.

NMED inspected the O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 4715 Airport Road in Santa Fe July 4,


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‘Trees For The Future’ Reaches 200 Million Planted Milestone

TREES News:

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sustainable agriculture nonprofit “Trees for the Future” (TREES) has planted more than 200 million trees around the world.

Tens of thousands of farmers planted the trees on their own land over the last three decades in conjunction with agroforestry training provided by TREES.

“We are ecstatic to reach this milestone, it’s a memorable step in our mission to create a more sustainable food system while planting trees,” Executive Director John Leary said. “We could not have done this without the hard work and determination of the farmers we serve, the talent and


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Del Norte Credit Union Expands Community Support With Launch Of Employee-Run LOV Foundation

DNCU News:

Northern New Mexico credit union and not-for-profit financial institution, Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) has launched the Del Norte LOV (Living Our Vision) Foundation, a nonprofit organization and extension of the financial institution.

The mission of the Del Norte LOV Foundation is to improve lives of youth and families in New Mexico with a focus on the communities that DNCU serves; Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

The foundation builds upon the credit union’s charitable giving over the 67 years.

The Del Norte LOV Foundation is employee-driven and motivated by DNCU’s


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 3

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 79 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


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Shin: Annual New Years Update

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

2020 was the year that an invisible virus wrecked complete havoc on our lives and our country! Amid chaos, sickness, and death, we have seen the strength, kindness, and resilience of our own community. Due to nationwide and local lockdowns, there have been longer wait times than usual and significant delays in orders. I am grateful for your support, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, we were able to take care of many eye care needs this past year.

Being forced to slow down and operate with limited


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Vigil Begins Term As President Of State Realtors Association

Danny Wm. Vigil

NMAR News:

Danny Wm. Vigil, broker with Coldwell Banker Legacy, Rio Rancho Office, began his term as 2021 President of the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) Friday Jan. 1.

Vigil has nearly 20 years of professional real estate service and experience. In 2002 he was selected as the Albuquerque Board’s Rookie of the Year and in 2016 was named their Salesperson of the Year. In 2018 he served as president of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS.

A fifth generation New Mexico Native son and U.S. Navy veteran, Vigil has served his community as a volunteer for the Young


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Dec. 31

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 67 establishments on the Watchlist.

The Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The Watchlist and other rapid response data is not updated online today, Jan. 1, as it is a holiday.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace.


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State Of New Mexico Expends Entire $100 Million In CARES Act Funds To Aid 6,642 New Mexico Small Businesses

NMFA News:

  • The New Mexico Legislature authorized the Small Business CARES Relief Grant during the November 2020 Special Session

SANTA FE – The the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) will be distributing grants to 6,642 small businesses in New Mexico, expending the entire $100 million in funds from the Small Business CARES Relief Grants.

With strong support from Gov. Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico Legislature authorized the Small Business CARES Relief Grants during the November 2020 Special Session. The $100 million fund originated from the Federal CARES Act stimulus and is part of a larger


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