Floyd School Board Suspended For Refusing To Follow Health Orders; Superintendent Is Reinstated


SANTA FE – The five-member Floyd School Board (near Portales) was suspended today after twice voting to disregard the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) COVID-19 Safe Practices for school reentry and then placing on administrative leave the superintendent who refused to carry out the board’s wishes.

Following the order suspending board members Leon Nall, Jeff Essary, Vicki Banister, Charlsea Lee and Ryan Bollema, Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart reinstated Superintendent Damon Terry.

For now, Terry will report directly to Stewart, whose resignation,


New Mexico DOH Encouraging COVID-19 Testing


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is encouraging all individuals to get tested if they fall into various categories.

Get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • You don’t have symptoms but were in close contact or are a household member of someone who has tested positive and are in their infectious period. This is recommended regardless of vaccination


Cease And Desist Letter Sent To SNL Director Calling For Halt To Mandatory Masks, COVID Testing, Vaccine Mandate

SNL News:

Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) employees through their lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to SNL Director James Peery calling for a halt to mandatory masks, COVID-19 testing and vaccine mandate.

To read the cease and desist letter, click here.


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 478 New Cases, Totaling 211,970 With 1 New Death And 197,142 Recovered


SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Tuesday announced 478 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains at 555 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.)

This update includes 1 new death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 132 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola


PED Initiative Provides Internships To Some 2,300 Students

High school student Alexander Wood fixes one of the tail lights on a fire operation trucks. Wood participated in a six-week internship with San Juan County’s Fire Operations team. Courtesy/NMPED

San Juan County high school students Nash Charley, left, and Evan Rice add sand mixture to divots at the Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington. Courtesy/NMPED

Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is wrapping up its inaugural summer internship initiative, which provided quality, paid internships and career


State Land Office Seeks Comment On Peloncillo Access

State Land Office News:

The New Mexico State Land Office is taking public comment on a proposal that would open public access to the northern end of the Coronado National Forest in the Peloncillo Range.

Rancher Seth Hadley, whose family owns the sprawling Diamond A Ranch, has applied to the SLO for an easement over a state land section in the area.

If State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard approves the application, Hadley is prepared to build a road across his ranch to provide public access to the national forest boundary.

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation has worked for years to try


Laura M. Montoya Running For New Mexico State Treasurer

Laura M. Montoya

From the Laura M. Montoya for State Treasurer Campaign:

SANDOVAL COUNTY – Rio Rancho resident Laura M. Montoya today announced her candidacy for New Mexico State Treasurer.

Montoya, a Democrat, was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012 and reelected in 2016 as one of the youngest elected officials in the state. She has served New Mexicans for more than 20 years, working with federal, state, tribal, and county governments.

Her career began as a constituent services representative for five counties in Northern New Mexico for former U.S, Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

In the capacity


Attorney General Balderas Announces Felony Conviction Of Former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo

Barney Trujillo

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo was found guilty after trial for violating New Mexico’s procurement code.

A Santa Fe District Court Judge found that Trujillo failed to disclose in-kind campaign contributions he made to an Española Public School Board member’s campaign as required by a professional services agreement he subsequently entered into with that same board. 

“Political corruption cases are among the most difficult to prosecute in New Mexico, and we will continue to partner


BLM Announces Lottery Fuelwood Harvest At Wild Rivers

BLM News:

TAOS — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Taos Field Office is hosting a lottery for an authorized fuelwood harvest at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Cerro, to minimize residual dead and down heavy fuels from a recent Federal highways project.

The lottery fuelwood sale will take place Sept. 17-19, 2021.

Available fuelwood is mostly piñon pine with some Rocky Mountain juniper (cedar). To be considered for the lottery, you must provide your contact information to the BLM Forester Elyssa Durán by phone at 575.751.4752 or email at Interested