Politics

Preparing For COVID Vaccine: What You Need To Know

COUNTY News:

The following information was released by Los Alamos County’s Public Information Office today, working in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Management for the County, in an effort to better inform and educate residents about registering for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Many questions are coming up about the vaccine and there are still many aspects about future vaccine clinics that remain to be worked out. Given the pandemic emergency and frequent updates or changes from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), this information shown below may continue to change


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First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine Now Completed For All 309 Long-Term Care Facilities Throughout New Mexico

ALTSD News:

…Clinics will vaccinate those who may have missed their first dose and deliver second doses

NEW MEXICO – The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) announced that all of New Mexico’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including staff and residents, have had a vaccine clinic where the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was provided.

“In less than a month, New Mexico has reached every long-term care facility in the state,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “That’s something to celebrate. We know New Mexicans all want a faster process,


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Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Mostly Virtual Session

Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Albuquerque

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

Republicans on Monday tried to battle against changes to the way this year’s legislative session will run in the House of Representatives but were stymied by a Democratic majority.

Democrats hold a 45-25 advantage in the 70-member House of Representatives and voted to table or defeat several amendments proposed by Republicans during a three-hour-plus debate on the issue.

Democrats also led the charge Monday in a 48-22 vote to approve House Rules 1, legislation ensuring a mostly virtual session in the House against the backdrop of COVID-19


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Rep. Christine Chandler Introduces Economic Security Bill

Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos

EDD News:

SANTA FE — A major economic recovery initiative, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, that would pump another $200 million into New Mexico small businesses to create jobs and rehire workers, was introduced Monday in the Legislature by Rep. Christine Chandler, (D-Los Alamos).

House Bill 11 taps into the unused dollars set aside by the State Investment Council and the New Mexico Finance Authority for the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund, converting the funds into grants to assist business that have incurred steep revenue losses.

“Supporting


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SB 10 Bill To Repeal Abortion Criminalization In New Mexico Clears First Committee Hearing Monday In Santa Fe

A man protests Monday outside the Roundhouse against a proposal to repeal a 1969 law that criminalizes abortion in New Mexico. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
SFNM

A bill to repeal a half-century-old law that criminalizes abortion in New Mexico cleared its first committee hearing Monday after emotional and sometimes rousing testimony from people on opposite sides of the contentious issue.

On a 5-3 party-line vote, the state Senate’s Health and Public Affairs Committee endorsed the legislation following a three-hour virtual hearing that started about two hours


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Legislative Roundup: 53 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

Transparency bill moves forward: Members of the House State Government, Election and Indian Affairs Committee voted 8-0 to pass House Bill 55, which would require the Legislature to publish a searchable database identifying capital outlay projects sponsored by each lawmaker and how much money those lawmakers allocate to each one.

Funds for some public infrastructure are allocated to all 112 legislators and the governor, who have discretion on how to spend them. But they do not have to say how much they gave to each project. Previous efforts to push similar efforts


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Governor To Deliver Virtual State Of State Address Tuesday

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham 

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to deliver her State of the State address online Tuesday afternoon from her office in the Capitol, a week after COVID-19 concerns and tightened security surrounding the Roundhouse forced a postponement.

The address will be devoid of the usual pomp and circumstance that usually comes on the first day of the legislative session. In normal times, the governor’s speech is attended by political leaders, legislators, friends and others. 

Governor’s Office spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said the address


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 494 New Cases, Total Now 169,696 With 12 New Deaths And 95,848 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 494 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new cases today bringing the total to 425 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 12 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 143 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 14 new cases in Curry County
  • 68 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 11 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Rep. Deborah Armstrong Introduce Bill Establishing Health Care Affordability Fund

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Deborah Armstrong announced this morning the introduction of legislation that establishes a new fund to reduce the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for tens of thousands of working New Mexico families.

“Even before the pandemic, access to high-quality and affordable health care for every New Mexican was a non-negotiable priority of my administration,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 122 will expand coverage for up to 23,000 uninsured New Mexicans in its first year and drive down premiums for tens of thousands


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State Mental Health Monday Message: A Path to Wellness

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During these times we need to positively impact the health and well-being of the community.

Click here to watch supportive videos and learn more about the diverse health promotion and prevention education programs, and specialized public health services, available through the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc.


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