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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 22,115 With 6 New Death And 9,262 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 21 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 6 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 34 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo

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New Mexico Game Commission Meets Virtually Aug. 13

NMGF News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet virtually at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

The full agenda and other information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website before the meeting.

To participate and provide comments, pre-register to attend the meeting on the Zoom Webinar platform. More information, including how to join the meeting by phone, is available on the Department’s website.

The New Mexico State Game Commission meeting also will be available to view via a live webcast on the Department’s website. Webcast participants can listen to the


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Chart 147: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 8

Overall COVID-19 risk by state. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom, and contacts traced in each state. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. For New Mexico, the declining daily diagnoses and infection rates resulted in the downgrade from high risk to moderate risk. Map/mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org. Created by Eli Ben-Naim. 


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New Mexico Game & Fish: Learning OHV Safety With Robots

NMG&F utilize Safety Sam and Safety Sara for large group public outreach. Courtesy/NMG&F

NMG&F News:

For the first decade of the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Program’s operations, the main method of public outreach has been its All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) simulator.

The simulator works for small groups as a one-on-one introduction to ATV safety. However, trying to reach larger audiences with the simulator requires a lot of labor and time.

The OHV Program has two new tools for large group public outreach: the ATV-riding robots Safety Sam and


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National Association Of Counties To Congress: A Deal Without Aid To State And Local Governments Is A Bad Deal

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, state and local governments and residents are feeling the devastating health and economic impacts.

With negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package nearing an end, counties continue to call for responsible federal relief, ensuring existing and any new federal resources reach county governments on the front lines of the public health pandemic and related economic fallout.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase released the following statement:

“As White House officials


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U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Leads Bipartisan Effort To Tear Down Health Data Barrier For Native Americans

CONGRESSIONAL News:

NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in introducing the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, legislation that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled access to public health data.

This bill comes after Politico reported earlier this summer that the federal government was withholding life-saving information from Tribal health authorities.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) sponsored the legislation, and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),


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What’s A Prescribed Burn … How Does It Help Wildlife?

Professional wildlife fire specialists at work. Photo by Cody Johnston/NMG&F

NMG&F News:

Fire as a management tool, when planned and controlled by professional wildland fire specialists, can be an extremely efficient and practical way for habitat biologists and land managers to promote positive change in a habitat and yield numerous benefits on the landscape.

Before human intervention fires helped shape landscapes and habitats and it has only been through modern land use practices that we have deprived landscapes of fire.

However, with the use of prescribed fire as a management


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Tourism Department Helps Boost New Mexico Businesses Through #StayHome, Shop Local Online Campaign

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — Through its #StayHome Shop Local Online campaign, the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD helped boost the products of New Mexico True Certified merchants, artists and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign helped amplify the visibility for New Mexico businesses by reaching more than 4 million people to date.

“Early on in the pandemic, we quickly identified the #StayHome Shop Local Online catalog as a helpful strategy to boost visibility and sales of our local businesses in a time of crisis,” Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said.

NMTD launched


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FBI: Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Girlfriend In Indian Country

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Troy Livingston, 20, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Bread Springs, N.M., pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque to second degree murder in Indian Country.

According to his plea agreement and other court records, Livingston beat Jane Doe, his girlfriend and the mother of his young child, with his hands, feet, and a metal flashlight, which inflicted severe injuries to her head, face and body.

Livingston admitted that he killed Jane Doe with malice aforethought and that he acted with callous and wanton disregard for human life. The


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