To Support Vaccination Efforts, Luján Announces His Staff Now Trained To Help New Mexicans Register For Shots

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján announced that caseworkers in his state offices have been trained by the New Mexico Department of Health to help New Mexicans register to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Dozens of New Mexicans have already received vaccination casework assistance through Sen. Luján’s office, but this new training will allow constituents struggling to sign up to do so by contacting Sen. Luján’s office through his website or by calling 202.224.6621.

Sen. Luján’s caseworkers also have received Health Insurance


Luján Highlights New Mexico’s National Laboratories In Meeting With Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) met with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to discuss the American Jobs Plan.

During the meeting, Senator Luján highlighted the need to drive investments for New Mexico’s National Laboratories and champion a Clean Energy Standard to address the climate crisis.

Sen. Luján secured key investments in the American Jobs Plan to upgrade research infrastructure at National Laboratories across the nation and establish an Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 570 New Cases, Total 199,901 With 8 New Deaths And 185,033 Recovered

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Health officials announced today 570 new COVID-19 cases in total for Saturday, May 8, Sunday, May 9 and Monday, May 10.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case bringing the total to 525 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 8 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports the most recent cases:

  • 157 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron


New Mexico Historic Preservation Division Seeks Survey Responses From Public To Help Plan 10-Year Roadmap

State Historic Preservation Officer and Director Jeff Pappas


SANTA FE — Historic preservation is vital for all New Mexicans. It protects our connection to the past and teaches us about our roots. It provides a sense of place and character for our communities.

It drives economic development and tourism, and it shapes our present and can be used to define the future in a way that is most beneficial for all New Mexicans.

May 10 through June 10, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (NMHPD), a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA), will conduct an online


How A Drunk Driver Inspired U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján To Back Research And Development Of Anti-DWI Technology

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Sen. Ben Ray Luján said he was about 20 years old when a pair of headlights altered the trajectory of his life.

It was 1992. Luján, D-N.M., recalls he was staying with his parents during a summer break from the University of New Mexico. He said he was about a half-mile from home, coming back from a basketball tournament in his Toyota Celica when he rounded a bend and was hit head-on by a drunk driver who had veered far into his lane.

He said he remembers opening his eyes after the collision, the smoky car, adrenaline pumping through his veins, the disconcerting


Environment Dept. Releases Proposed Rule To Improve Air Quality In New Mexico’s Most Ozone-Polluted Regions

NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has released a proposed rule that will improve air quality for all New Mexicans by establishing innovative and actionable regulations to curb the formation of ground-level ozone in the state’s most affected regions.

The rule also will result in reduced emissions of dangerous greenhouse gases. The proposed rule is more protective of public health and the environment than current federal requirements — and will enable New Mexico to lead the nation as a model in smart regulation.   

“Today, New Mexicans


Heinrich, Luján, Wyden Introduce Bill To End Paycheck Protection Program Abuse By Predatory Debt Collectors


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Wis.) introduced legislation to prevent predatory debt collectors from accessing funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The Ceasing Underserved Relief Benefits for Debt Collectors Act – or CURB Debt Collectors Act–would prevent debt collectors that have committed violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act from accessing PPP forgivable loans. Debt collectors, including firms that are known to have violated consumers’ rights, have


Governor On President’s ‘America The Beautiful’ Initiative

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday issued the following statement on the release of the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful” initiative:

“I commend the Biden-Harris administration for establishing a new vision to protect and preserve our nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife. As governor, I am proud to have implemented landmark initiatives in New Mexico to fight climate change, protect our environment, and improve public health, priorities I am glad to see reflected in the federal administration. Beyond the essential


ECECD Highlights Programs Supporting Early Childhood Educators For Teachers Appreciation Week

ECECD  Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky and Sen. Leo Jaramillo on May 5 visiting Family Learning Center in Española. Courtesy/ECECD


ESPAÑOLA — The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) celebrated Teachers Appreciation Week Wednesday with senior staff visits to day care and pre-school centers in central and northern New Mexico.

ECECD Secretary Groginsky and Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Education and Care Jovanna Archuleta joined Sen. Leo Jaramillo to visit Family Learning Center in Española, and deliver supplies and donuts to facility