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Hoffman: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Is Increasing Slowly In New Mexico And Colorado

The fraction (as a percentage) of daily tests that come back positive, for New Mexico and Colorado. The dots show the daily percentage, and the solid lines show the percentage over a 5-day period centered on the date plotted. Created by Nels Hoffman
By NELS HOFFMAN
Los Alamos
Recent news accounts describe an increasing daily number of new covid-19 cases around the US. But to judge how serious the situation is, it’s important to look not just at the number of new cases, but also at the number of new tests that are done every day.
That way, we avoid lulling ourselves into a false sense of security,

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RSF: Let’s Not Allow Beijing To Stifle Press Freedom

Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists.

The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, which is today, July 1, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down


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Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Revised Budget, Vetoes Items

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday, but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts legislators approved during the special session.

“We must recalibrate our state’s budget to meet these challenging times,” Lujan Grisham wrote in a letter to the state House of Representatives upon signing House Bill 1. “However, we should not lose sight of the important work that is still needed to create lasting opportunities for


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CYFD Updates Nondiscrimination Policy For All Youth

CYFD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) announced a new directive to help better support LGBTQIA+ youth in care.

The nondiscrimination policy is the most inclusive and robust the Department has followed to date.

“We know LGBTQIA+ youth are underrepresented in the child welfare system, and unfortunately are still shunned by family members at an alarming rate just because of sexual orientation or other factors,” Secretary Brian Blalock said. “As an agency, we want to send the clear message that we support all of our youth. We are here with open arms.”


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Letter To The Editor: Election 2020

By LUCILLE BONNER
Los Alamos

Happy Independence Day! Treasure it! Know that the only difference between independence and tyranny in America is: vigilant citizens. 

This country was founded by the states, giving the federal government limited powers. These powers were intended to protect us from enemies so that we could be free to make something of ourselves with the Lord God’s help.

Now some people want to take away citizens’ God-given liberties. Those of us who want to continue to trust in God, to honor human life as sacred, to respect marriage as God instituted it, and to have guns to defend our


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs House Bill 1 Creating Framework For Recovery And Budget Solvency

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances, and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

Sponsored by Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4 percent across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,147 With 4 More Deaths And 5,393 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 168 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1

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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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New Mexico Governor On Passing Of ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ Author Rudolfo Anaya In Albuquerque Sunday

New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya died Sunday at home in Albuquerque. He was 82 years old. Courtesy/NEH

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon learning of the passing of famed New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya:

“I am deeply saddened today to hear of the death of Rudolfo Anaya, one of New Mexico’s greatest artists, a seminal figure in our state’s rich literary history. Through his indelible stories, Rudolfo Anaya, perhaps better than any other author, truly captured what it means to be a New Mexican, what it means to be born here, grow


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