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Udall, Heinrich Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having To File Tax Return

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments.

New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 41 senators in expressing alarm over this guidance


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Addresses Firing Of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2020) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump firing the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson:

“The president prioritizing retaliation against his perceived rivals during this global health and economic crisis is infuriating. His fixation on tearing down and politicizing the nation’s Intelligence Community is especially dangerous now, when our country most needs


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Chart 21: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Statewide diagnoses. Shown is the number of new cases versus the total number of cases to date, using a double logarithmic plot (for an explanation, see https://youtu.be/54XLXg4fYsc). Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 624, One More Death

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 21 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 9 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 34 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

Today’s announced cases include additional


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For Public Safety, Game & Fish Dept. Is Closing Monastery Lake And Seven Springs Brood Pond At Sunset Today

Courtesy/NMGF

NMDGF News:

SANTA FE – To promote public safety, the New Mexico Department Of Game And Fish at sunset today, April 5, will close Monastery Lake Open Gate property near the Village of Pecos and Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Hatchery in the Jemez Mountains.

Social distancing is a challenge for everyone who enjoys being outdoors, but this is the time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all of our citizens and stay home.

These closures are necessary to protect our healthcare workers and our small communities.

“We must all do our part to flatten the


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Crosswalk Improvement Project On Alta Vista Between Cerrillos Road And St. Francis Begins Monday

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Transportation would like to inform the traveling public that construction will begin Monday, April 6, on Alta Vista, between Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Road in Santa Fe.

Improvements include new pedestrian flashing beacons at the upgraded crosswalks along with ADA improvements.

Work is expected to be complete by May 30.

Visit www.nmroads.com for updates and alerts. All work is weather permitted.


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Skolnik: Leadership In The Age Of COVID-19

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

To deal effectively with the COVID-19 health crisis, the US needs exceptional leadership at all levels of government and society.

In the absence of such leadership, many more people will die then would otherwise be the case.

So, what kind of leadership do we so urgently need?

General Stanley McChrystal suggested in a webinar Friday (https://vimeo.com/403896265) that we must have leaders who:

  • Are honest and inspire
  • Understand the directions in which they have to move the country and the world
  • Surround themselves with experts to whom they listen
  • Drive action in

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New Mexico Congressional Delegation: More Than $133 Million In Grants For State Transportation Networks From Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced Friday that state and local governments in New Mexico will receive over $133 million in emergency transit grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week.


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