Politics

New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 997 New Cases, Total Now 166,823 With 35 New Deaths And 91,096 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 997 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 5 new cases today bringing the total to 406 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 35 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 232 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 59 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 125 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 50 new

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Legislators Look At Safely Reopening New Mexico Schools

Sen. William Soules
Chair Senate Education Committee

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

As state education officials continue to look for ways to safely reopen schools to students, Republican legislators want that power to be put in the hands of local school boards.

“The goal is to try to get as many kids back into in-house schooling as soon as possible — safely,” said Sen. David Gallegos, R-Eunice, who said he plans to file legislation giving school boards, rather than the state, the authority to do that. 

He said the bill will include an emergency clause making it law as soon as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


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Lynam: Why New Mexico Needs A Public Bank

By DOUGLAS LYNAM
Santa Fe

New Mexico is No. 1.

In payday lenders per capita, that is.

According to a study by California State University, Northridge, we have almost 10 times more payday lenders than we do McDonald’s restaurants.

Payday lenders are one of the worst forms of predatory capitalism, charging exorbitant interest rates on loans to desperate people.

Meanwhile, we are near the very bottom in U.S. News & World Report state rankings for education, economy, opportunity, fiscal stability and crime. And we are dead last in overall childhood well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey


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Legislative Roundup: 58 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

Quote of the day: “One of my concerns is that we’re instituting all this security, and I have not heard of really a credible threat. I’ve heard what’s described as chatter – not real clear what that means – but we’re going through quite a bit of [an] extensive security operation there at the Capitol to combat this, and I just sometimes wonder if it’s all warranted or not.” –Senate Minority Leader Greg Baca, R-Belen, during Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce’s weekly statewide radio broadcast on Network New Mexico.

No parking, no money: Emergency street


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Scenes Of Security Around New Mexico State Capitol Today

Security is evident in the state capitol today in Santa Fe due to threats of upheaval throughout the nation during the presidential inauguration, however all is quiet. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
All roads to the state capitol are closed today and the roundhouse and grounds completely fenced off and surrounded by National Guard members, state police and local law enforcement. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
NMSP, National Guard and local law enforcement on alert today in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Spectator or undercover security dude … either way there’s nothing to see here. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

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New Mexico Lawmakers Begin Abortion Debate Monday

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
SFNM

Less than a week after the New Mexico Legislature’s opening day, lawmakers will begin debating what could be one of the most controversial measures of the 60-day session: the proposed repeal of a 1969 law that makes it a crime to perform an abortion in the state.

The statute has been unenforceable since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. But women’s rights advocates and others worry the high court could overturn or weaken that decision — in which justices found overly restrictive state government regulations of abortion unconstitutional


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 884 New Cases, Total Now 165,835 With 34 New Deaths And 89,756 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 884 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 8 new cases today bringing the total to 401 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 34 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 213 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 31 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 144 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 53 new cases

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Chart 312: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 20, 2021

The two lines in this chart show: (i) the percentage of New Mexicans who were diagnosed with COVID-19 versus date, and (ii) COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New Mexico, as percentage of the state’s population, versus date. In New Mexico, about 5 percent of the population received at least one dose, and about 1 percent of the population received two doses. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Governor: Peaceful Transfer Of Power On Inauguration Day

Joe Biden addressing the nation this morning during his inauguration as the 46th president. Screenshot/LADP 

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon the inauguration of President Joe Biden:

“The peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of American democracy. And the change in leadership enacted today is one of the most meaningful in the recent history of our nation. Better days are ahead for all of us. I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris, and I am praying for them and their families. Their success


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Skolnik: Global Health Challenges In The Age Of COVID

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

(Based on remarks given to the Honors Program of the Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Global Health Challenges in the Age of COVID

The Key Issues

The present pandemic is the quintessential global health problem. Yet, it is not the only global health challenge that we face. I comment below both on the pandemic and on other critical issues in global health.

Getting COVID under Control

“The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere”. COVID highlights the importance of this, since no country can be safe, as long as the virus


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