Politics

Closures Of County Facilities Continue Because Of COVID-19

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced today the following facilities will remain closed until April 30 due to the recent order issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Both public libraries;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • History Museum;
  • Teen Center;
  • Both Youth Activity Centers;
  • Nature Center;
  • Golf Course Pro Shop; and
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center.

All programs, classes and activities in those facilities are canceled. The two senior centers also will continue to be closed with all programs cancelled but home meal deliveries will continue. 

Additionally, the closure


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Udall, Heinrich Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having To File Tax Return

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments.

New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 41 senators in expressing alarm over this guidance


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Addresses Firing Of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2020) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump firing the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson:

“The president prioritizing retaliation against his perceived rivals during this global health and economic crisis is infuriating. His fixation on tearing down and politicizing the nation’s Intelligence Community is especially dangerous now, when our country most needs


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Wiemann: CARES ACT – Retirement Plans, Distributions And Contributions

By Shelly Wiemann, CFP®
Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC
Financial Advisor, Raymond James

Passed on March 27, 2020, the CARES Act provides an estimated $2 trillion in fiscal stimulus to combat the economic impact of COVID-19 and provides the healthcare industry the financial support, equipment and protection it needs to combat the virus.

Below, review some of the major provisions in the CARES Act related to retirement plans, distributions and contributions.

Penalty-free distributions

A coronavirus-related distribution of up to $100,000 can be made from IRAs, employer-sponsored


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Chart 21: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Statewide diagnoses. Shown is the number of new cases versus the total number of cases to date, using a double logarithmic plot (for an explanation, see https://youtu.be/54XLXg4fYsc). Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Skolnik: Leadership In The Age Of COVID-19

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

To deal effectively with the COVID-19 health crisis, the US needs exceptional leadership at all levels of government and society.

In the absence of such leadership, many more people will die then would otherwise be the case.

So, what kind of leadership do we so urgently need?

General Stanley McChrystal suggested in a webinar Friday (https://vimeo.com/403896265) that we must have leaders who:

  • Are honest and inspire
  • Understand the directions in which they have to move the country and the world
  • Surround themselves with experts to whom they listen
  • Drive action in

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New Mexico Congressional Delegation: More Than $133 Million In Grants For State Transportation Networks From Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced Friday that state and local governments in New Mexico will receive over $133 million in emergency transit grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week.


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Urges Eligible Local Governments To Apply For Emergency Supplemental Aid

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are urging eligible municipalities, counties, and tribes to seek federal assistance for coronavirus (COVID-19) response equipment, supplies, and practices through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program.

This funding was secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, emergency legislation the New Mexico delegation recently voted for.


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Website Connects Medical Needs To Local Suppliers … Manufacturers, Innovators May Upload Capabilities

By Holly Bradshaw-Eakes
Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE — A website dedicated to recruiting New Mexico suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, makers and testing-centers in the fight against COVID-19 has been launched by several of the state’s universities, research institutions and manufacturing support organizations.

The website at https://nmcovid19.org went live Friday and aims to quickly source, produce and test needed medical and other supplies that will bolster on-the-ground efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM


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Udall, Wyden, Merkley Urge Interior Department To Suspend Policy Actions Unrelated To COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to immediately suspend any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided.

The senators sent the letter as New Mexicans and Americans


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