NM Tourism Dept. Prepares To Focus On Recovery Efforts

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — In response to the significant economic impact due to COVID-19, the New Mexico Tourism Department will review the first phase of the department’s planned recovery strategy for the tourism industry through a webcast scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2.

The webcast will feature NMTD leadership and staff, along with  representatives from the Department of Workforce Solutions, Department of Finance & Administration, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The panel will review immediate assistance offered through the CARES Act, grant funding


Scene: Shoppers Outside Smith’s Marketplace This Morning

A line forms at 7:15 a.m. today at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos with 25 people allowed in the store at a time. Within a couple of moments of this photo another 25 people were allowed in and at about 7:20 a.m. a third group of 25 people were permitted inside to shop. Smith’s Marketplace and Smith’s in White Rock set aside 7-8 a.m. daily for senior citizens 60 years of age and older to shop and the person who took this photo said only a few people in line this morning look less than 60 years old. Courtesy photo


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Postponed

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, is postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

DEA will reschedule Take Back Day for a date shortly after the health crisis recedes and national emergency guidelines are lifted.

The health and safety of our communities is a top priority for DEA. Given the overwhelming public response to past Take Back events and the anticipated large turnout for April’s event, DEA determined it would be prudent to suspend the event until safety concerns are mitigated.


Udall, Heinrich: Coronavirus Bill Includes Direct Payments, Major Unemployment Insurance Expansion For New Mexicans


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week.

The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.

The direct payments will


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 315, Additional Death


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 35 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and one case previously reported as positive in San Juan County but it was negative.

Today’s update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in San Juan County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health also reported today one additional


Walmart Initiates Temperature Checks, New Guidance

Walmart announces response to COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy/Walmart

By John Furner
President & CEO, Walmart U.S.; and
Kath McLay
President & CEO
Sam’s Club

As our company and country continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19, we remain focused on the health and safety of our associates.

We continue to follow and communicate the CDC’s recommended guidance on behaviors like washing hands, social distancing and the cleaning of surfaces.

And we have made significant operational changes in our stores, clubs, DCs and FCs this month – such as closing overnight for cleaning, starting to


Public Safety Department Closes Law Enforcement Academy

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

DPS News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that Basic Law Enforcement Academy Class No. 200 cadets and New Mexico State Police Recruit Class No. 96 recruits are being sent home.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe will be closed amidst the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The closure is effective at 5 p.m., Friday, March 27.

­“To continue with each of these training classes is placing the recruits, cadets, trainers, veteran police officers and staff at risk,” DPS Cabinet Secretary


LACF Establishes Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) has established the Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds, in partnership with a growing list of local businesses and foundations.

These funds will support and assist nonprofit organizations in northern New Mexico as they respond to the impact of COVID-19 within the local communities.

Initial partners who have committed to seeding the funds include:

  • Delle Foundation;
  • LACF;
  • LANL Foundation;
  • Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B);
  • Triad National Security LLC; and
  • United Way of Northern New Mexico.

These partners have committed an


Statewide Call To Action To Address Hunger, Food Insecurity

From New Mexico First:

The need for emergency food has hit a real crisis across New Mexico. Children are the hungriest in the nation pre-pandemic and the situation is getting desperate for families, food banks, food pantries and meal programs statewide.

The emergency food providers count on volunteers to achieve their missions. Most of those volunteers throughout the state are retirees and elders are at particularly high-risk of illness right now.

Emergency food programs throughout the state have pantries closing because of lack of volunteers. The food banks and pantries that have remained