Chart 391 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 9, 2021 (11 New Mexico Counties Rank In Top 25 Nationwide In Vaccinations)

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Shown are the 25 counties where at least 50 percent of the population are vaccinated. Los Alamos ranks 5th out of 3,224 counties nationwide. Remarkably, 11 New Mexico counties rank in the top 25 nationwide, including seven in north-central New Mexico: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. Source: covidactnow.org. Map: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


Governor Authorizes Measure Strengthening Guardian Oversight To Protect Vulnerable Adults In New Mexico


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed into law extensive guardianship reform legislation, creating much-needed oversight of legal guardians and conservators that control medical, financial, residential and other major life decisions of more than 6,000 New Mexicans who are aging or living with disabilities.

Inadequate oversight of guardianship and conservatorship cases have left many of the most at-risk adults in this state susceptible to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Sponsored by Rep. Marian Matthews and co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary, Sen.


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 266 New Cases, Total 193,247 With 11 Deaths And 174,641 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 266 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 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.)

Today’s update includes 11 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases


Governor Signs State Broadband ‘Connect New Mexico Act’

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo


SANTA FE — House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act, which institutes a centralized fund for the state to deliver broadband internet to communities statewide, was signed into law today by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act is sponsored by  Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming). 

The bill creates the Connect New Mexico fund and the Connect New Mexico council,


County Council Considers High-speed Broadband

Los Alamos Daily Post

High-speed broadband service is under consideration in Los Alamos and, as the Council learned Tuesday night, now might be the best time to act.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Rep. Christine Chandler presented an overview of the 2021 legislative session and said that she, along with seven other women lawmakers, successfully sponsored a bill that focuses on broadband and ensuring it is cohesive across the state.  

New Mexico is ranked at the bottom of the states in terms of connectivity, Chandler said. This really became visible when


Anna Merlan Speaks On The Power Of Conspiracy Theories

Journalist Anna Merlan spoke recently on her book on the power of conspiracy theories. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

Journalist Anna Merlan, author of the 2019 book “Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Amazing Rise to Power”, spoke in Santa Fe recently at the School of Advanced Research as part of its ongoing lecture series.

Merlan is a journalist specializing in conspiracy theories, subcultures, new religious movements, crime, politics and women’s lives. She is a reporter at the Features Desk at Vice News. She


Williams: Focusing Downtown On Retail

Los Alamos County Councilor

Since taking office—and as I promised on the campaign trail—I’ve been working on policy to bring us the kind of downtowns we all want. This has culminated in a draft ordinance for a new Pedestrian Retail zone that limits downtown ground-floor spaces to customer-oriented businesses.

Specifically, it would limit the downtown areas to “pedestrian-oriented ground floor mixed use retail sales, entertainment, restaurants, including food and beverage, and personal and medical services with upper floor residential and professional offices.”



New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

“New Mexico courts sought


NMDOH: Majority Of State Turquoise … Progress Sustained

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announced today the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning April 7.
Twenty New Mexico counties are now at the Turquoise Level and three at the Green Level.
The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.
Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.
Twelve counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Harding, Lincoln,