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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,434 New Cases, Total Now 160,543 With 29 New Deaths And 82,809 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,434 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 9 more cases today … the total is now 361 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 29 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 344 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 73 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 38 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 166 new cases

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Luján Meets With Interior Secretary-designee Deb Haaland

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

NAMBÉ – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after meeting with Interior Secretary-designee, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico:

“I was honored to speak with Secretary-designee Deb Haaland this afternoon to discuss our shared priorities and how we can deliver results for New Mexicans. Together, we discussed protecting New Mexico’s sacred sites, bridging the digital divide across rural and Tribal communities, and overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Congresswoman Haaland’s historic nomination underscores


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Chart 306: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 14, 2021

Average daily cases by county. The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (30.3 average cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
Test positivity rate by county. The bars in this chart display test positivity rates, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (5.05 percent test positivity rate) and its three surrounding counties are

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League Of Women Voters Responds To GOP Chair McKerley

By REBECCA SHANKLAND and
BARBARA CALEF
Co-presidents
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters would like to comment on Republican Party Chair Bill McKerley’s implication that the vote results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona were fraudulent.

Mr. McKerley cites four claims of malfeasance during the election, but all of that evidence was scrutinized by judges in those states and found to be invalid.

Leading Republicans like Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and Representative Liz Cheney have urged Americans to accept


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New Mexico DFA Announces Executive Budget Recommendation Includes Key Climate Initiatives

EMNRD Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) has released the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, which emphasizes Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to bold climate action.

The Executive Budget Recommendation includes an additional $7.9 million for the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) climate priorities.

Priorities include forest and watershed restoration, modernizing New Mexico’s electric grid, environmental compliance and oversight of the oil and gas industry,


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Heinrich On Rushed Decision For U.S. Space Command

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Air Force’s announcement Wednesday to base the new U.S. Space Command headquarters in Huntsville, Ala.:

“To rush such a large and consequential basing decision, mere days before the end of the Trump administration, should rightly lead to serious questions of political impropriety. After postponing the original site visit to Albuquerque


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New Mexico Department Of Health County Map Update: One Reaches Green Level, One Yellow Level Jan. 13:

DOH News:

  • Virus metrics trending in wrong direction in more counties
  • Los Alamos among 20 counties with worsening per-capita case rates

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Jan. 13, with 30 counties at the Red Level.

Twenty counties saw a higher average daily per-capita rate of new cases in the last two weeks, and 17 counties saw a higher test positivity rate; 16 counties worsened in both metrics. Only 12 counties improved in both of the two health gating criteria metrics.

The state’s county-by-county


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Walker: …You Have Just Created A New Democrat

By AARON WALKER
White Rock

Several days ago, I asked the Republican Party of Los Alamos about their position on the insurrection attempt at the capitol. The fact that it took so long for them and that it took me asking their position for them to put anything out in the papers is deeply saddening.

At the time, I thanked Mr. McKerley for his response, and said it was good to hear that the party doesn’t condone the attack. However, after reading his letter it seems plainly obvious to me that this isn’t the case.

The letter begins with an offering of condolences for the lives lost, then follows it up with the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,151 New Cases, Total Now 159,119 With 13 New Deaths And 81,603 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,151 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 352 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 13 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 352 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 127 new cases in

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Chart 305: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 13, 2021

The state of New Mexico updated the COVID-19 county map with risk designations applicable for the two-week period Jan 13-26. New Mexico’s ‘Red to Green’ framework includes two gating criteria: (1) Average daily cases below 8 per 100,000 residents, and (2) test positivity rate below 5 percent. There are three risk designations: (a) RED, none of the gating criteria are met, (b) YELLOW, one gating criteria met, (c) GREEN, both gating criteria are met. Los Alamos County, with average daily cases of 30.3 per 100,000 people and test positivity of 5.05 percent remains in the RED. Catron County moved

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