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Governor Issues Statement On Reports Of Law Enforcement Action At Home And Business Of State Rep. Stapleton

House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today following media reports of allegations (racketeering, money laundering, receiving illegal kickbacks) into a member of the state House of Representatives (House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton):

“I am deeply, deeply troubled by the reports this morning about a law enforcement investigation into Rep. Stapleton. People are innocent until proven otherwise, and I know investigators will follow the facts wherever they lead.


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County Council Hosts Business Town Hall Tuesday Aug. 3

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council invites the community to attend a business town hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The business town hall is focused on how planning and zoning revisions affect economic development in the County. 

The owner of the former CB Fox building will give an update on that project. There will be a discussion on how property zoning changes such as the downtown pedestrian retail overlay affects local businesses.

This discussion will include the perspective of both property owners and small business


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On The Record: How Media Keeps Government Honest

This essay is part of FOG’s ‘Transparency is the Key to Democracy’ project focused on transparency and accountability as the basis for democracy. Courtesy/FOG

By LUCAS PEERMAN
New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG)

The first sentence in New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance Guide states, “Access to public records is one of the fundamental rights afforded to people in a democracy.”

Citizens can hold public institutions in the state to account through IPRA, and the Open Meetings Act. These acts mandate transparency. Government watchdog reporters are often able


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update July 27: 242 New Cases, Totaling 209,356 With 2 New Deaths And 196,698 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 242 additional COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains at 548 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.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 69 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 9 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County

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NMPED: Latest COVID-19 Response Toolkit For Schools

NMPED News:

As students prepare to return to school, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) shares COVID-safe practices in effect and outlined in the updated NMPED Toolkit.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Everyone in elementary schools regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask while:

  • in a school building;
  • on school transportation; and
  • or at an indoor school-sponsored event.

Secondary school students, staff and volunteers who are fully vaccinated and provide documentation of full vaccination are not required to wear masks.

Secondary school students, staff


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update July 24-26: 632 New Cases, Totaling 209,118 With 3 New Deaths And 196,641 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 632 additional COVID-19 cases between Saturday and today.

Los Alamos County reports one new case bringing the total to 547 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.)

This update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 232 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 21 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1

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Chart 480 COVID-19 Update: New Mexico July 26

This scatter plot shows the average number of daily diagnoses per 100,000 people versus percentage of the population receiving at least one vaccine dose. Shown are all 50 states, with New Mexico highlighted in red. The line represents a linear fit to the data. Source covidactnow.org. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Sullivan: LEDA Is Important For Local Retail Businesses

By PATRICK SULLIVAN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation

LEDA is important for local retail businesses.

On Tuesday, July 27, the County Council will consider amending its existing Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) ordinance to come into compliance with changes that were approved at the State level last January. The changes are brief, but impactful and focus on allowing municipalities to utilize LEDA to incentivize retail businesses.

LEDA is a mechanism that allows either the State or a municipality to directly contribute resources to a private sector


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Senators Heinrich, Luján Welcome $150,000 In American Rescue Plan Relief For Three Rural Airports In New Mexico

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming an announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that a total of $150,000 in grant funding will head to three New Mexico airports in Artesia, Farmington and Moriarty.

The funds are made available through the American Rescue Plan that both Senators Heinrich and Luján championed to become law. These grants provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating


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