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New Mexico Officially Inaugurates Early Childhood Education And Care Department To Oversee Prenatal-To-Five Programs

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Wednesday, the State of New Mexico officially launched the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

The agency will oversee prenatal-to-five programs, including home visiting and early intervention, family nutrition, early childhood special education, early Head Start and Head Start, and early pre-K and pre-K.

“Today is a milestone — years of work from dedicated advocates brought us to this point, and now our work begins,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “With incredibly experienced and diverse leadership, with the unyielding support of


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Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


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New Mexico Emergency Public Health Order Extended

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham explaining today that she is extending the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 due to rising COVID-19 case count. She mentioned noticing today around Santa Fe that only about 30 percent of people are complying with the order to wear masks and social distance. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

Gov. issues severe warning about rising cases, transmission rate; New Mexico at risk of re-enacting public health restrictions

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15


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FBI: Roswell Teen Charged Federally For Online Threats

FBI News:

Matthew Lee Herbert, 18, of Roswell has been charged federally in connection with online threats that prompted the lockdown of Roswell High School last November.

Herbert is charged with interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another (18 U.S. Code § 875).

Herbert is accused of posting a message on Snapchat with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon and the caption, “b ready rhs I ain’t playin nomo”.

Another message containing the original post had the caption, “Oof, y’all watch out”.

The high school went into lockdown Nov. 12, 2019, when


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,276 With 3 More Deaths And 5,514 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 130 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 38 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 17 new cases

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Chart 109: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 1

Change in the number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses between June 18 and July 1 as compared with the period starting June 4 and ending July 17. Counties with less than 50 diagnoses are not shown. Statewide, the number of diagnoses increased by 15 percent from to 2,211 during the past two weeks from 1,925 during the preceding two week period. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


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VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today spoke on the Senate Floor calling for the Senate-passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to reform the police system as Americans across the country demand an end to police violence disproportionately targeting Black Americans and communities of color in the United States.

VIDEO: Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act [DOWNLOAD HD LINK HERE]

The legislation would reform the current law of “qualified immunity” that often makes it difficult to hold police officers


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LANL: Seven Los Alamos Students Complete Fourth Annual, Virtual Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

Seven Los Alamos students complete virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Madison Morris, Nina Johnson, Sofia Parra, and Rebeca Rocha excel at two-week intensive By attending on-line presentations and doing hands-on experiments at home, 25 students completed the first virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos students just completed the fourth-annual, two-week intensive, Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, June 8-19.

Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Nina


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Hoffman: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Is Increasing Slowly In New Mexico And Colorado

The fraction (as a percentage) of daily tests that come back positive, for New Mexico and Colorado. The dots show the daily percentage, and the solid lines show the percentage over a 5-day period centered on the date plotted. Created by Nels Hoffman
By NELS HOFFMAN
Los Alamos
Recent news accounts describe an increasing daily number of new covid-19 cases around the US. But to judge how serious the situation is, it’s important to look not just at the number of new cases, but also at the number of new tests that are done every day.
That way, we avoid lulling ourselves into a false sense of security,

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