Politics

Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Be Transparent About Agency Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with nine Democratic colleagues have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, asking detailed oversight questions about how the agency is adjusting its operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing its critical mission to protect human health and the environment.

While EPA has announced it will reduce enforcement of environmental laws during the pandemic emergency and is moving ahead with controversial rules that threaten


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 495, 3 More Deaths

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 92 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

The update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 39 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 8 new cases in McKinley County
  • 26 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 4 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases counties not yet identified

The Department of Health on Friday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.


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New Mexico Governor, Officials Hold COVID-19 Update

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this afternoon presenting the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response. She demonstrates various types of PPE including masks, respirators and gowns. The governor said she thinks the public wearing cloth masks could help slow the spread of the virus – not medical grad masks but simple cotton masks. She made it clear she is not requiring New Mexicans to wear do-it-yourself cotton masks. She went on to stress that citizens need to do more in terms of social distancing, staying at home and keeping nonessential businesses closed.


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New Mexico State Land Office Initiates Emergency Rulemaking To Allow Temporary Shut In Of Oil Wells

State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard initiates emergency rulemaking processes to allow oil lessees to temporarily stop producing without penalty. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today the New Mexico State Land Office announced that it would initiate emergency rulemaking processes to allow oil lessees to temporarily stop producing without penalty for at least 30 days, with a possible extension up to 120 days when Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard initiates a longer-term rule change process.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought home, almost


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NMDOT And Archdiocese Of Santa Fe Discourage Good Friday Pilgrimages: ‘This Holy Week, Home Is The Holy Place’

Scene of pilgrims gathering on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó … due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NMDOH and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are asking the faithful to stay home this year during Holy Week. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are asking the faithful to stay home during Holy Week.

While annual pilgrimages to El Santuario de Chimayo and Tome Hill are cherished, New Mexico traditions, the events have been cancelled due to the imposed health order to prohibit gatherings


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League Primary Election Voter Guide Scheduled April 30

LWVLA News:

This election season was already remarkable with so many candidates running for elective office in northern New Mexico.

Now, with public meetings such as candidate forums banned in the effort to reduce the impact of the coronavirus, information about the choices that voters will make at the polls is especially critical.

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is collecting information for a Voter Guide for the primary election. Election Day is June 2; early voting begins May 5.

The Voter Guide will be available online and a hard copy will be delivered probably April 30 in the Los Alamos


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Heinrich Update On COVID-19 Response In New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today held a teleconference with New Mexico-based reporters to answer questions and discuss the latest on efforts to assist New Mexicans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A recording of Sen. Heinrich’s remarks can be found HERE.

Sen. Heinrich’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Good morning.

Thank you all for joining me again for an update on our ongoing efforts to save lives during this pandemic and help New Mexico workers and families weather the economic fallout.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 403, Another Death

STATE News:

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 40 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 15 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health also reported today


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CD3 Candidate Marco Serna Releases COVID-19 Policy Paper Saying, ‘It’s A Matter Of National Defense’

Democratic Congressional Candidate Marco Serna

From the Marco Serna for CD3 Campaign:

SANTA FE — Marco Serna is the only candidate for the 3rd Congressional District who has issued detailed policy papers on the important issues facing Northern New Mexico residents.

There is no issue more important to our community, and Americans as a whole, than the COVID-19 outbreak.

In his policy paper, Marco has proposed a wide range of necessary steps to see America through this crisis, from bailing out the United States Postal Service to a reaffirmation of the importance of treating health care as a human


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Los Alamos County Prepares For COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Alamos County Emergency Operations Center is set up at the Los Alamos Police Department and currently operating virtually. Courtesy/LAC

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) have prepared for when the COVID-19 coronavirus makes its way into the community.

One case has been announced. N3B, a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) contractor that handles legacy waste cleanup, informed employees late Monday that one of its workers tested positive for COVID-19.


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