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Heinrich Unveils Plan To Establish 21st Century Conservation Corps, Invest In Wildfire Resiliency

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the Senate and a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has unveiled legislation to expand national service programs to help address the historic COVID-19 joblessness crisis by establishing a 21st Century Conservation Corps.

“As a former natural resources AmeriCorps Member who worked primarily in rural New Mexico, I know firsthand the value of conservation work in rural communities,” Heinrich said. “National service members make a major difference by


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List Of Unaccounted-For Students Shrinks Under 3,000

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department and its partners have accounted for 78 percent of the 12,000-plus students who were enrolled in public schools last spring but not this fall and were therefore feared to be outside the educational system.

As of this week, all but 2,716 students have been accounted for and their status documented. A cross-agency team accomplished this by working with districts, cross-referencing databases, and making phone calls.

The PED and its partners – the Early Childhood Education and Care Department; the Indian Affairs Department; the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 427 New Cases, Total Now 182,475 With 11 New Deaths And 130,775 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 427 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 4 new cases today, bringing the total to 473 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.)

Today’s update includes 11 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 95 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 11 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 21

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Kidnapping Suspect Patrick Fernandez Arrested Near T Or C

U.S. Marshals Service News:

LAS CRUCES — The United States Marshals Service – District of New Mexico, Las Cruces Police Department, Truth or Consequences Police Department and New Mexico State Police collaborated to develop leads that ultimately led to the arrest of Patrick Fernandez, 36.

Late in the evening of Feb. 17, Truth or Consequences Police Department, New Mexico State Police and United States Marshals Service successfully arrested Fernandez, just north of Truth or Consequences when he was confronted by law enforcement.

Fernandez was identified Feb. 13 as the suspect in


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Film Office On Three Productions Completed In New Mexico

NMFO News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Film Office has just announced three feature films that were shot in New Mexico have completed production in recent months.

The three films include:

  • Vengeance;
  • Cop Shop; and
  • Intrusion.

The feature Vengeance, produced by Blumhouse, was filmed in Albuquerque in November 2020.

Vengeance employed more than 100 New Mexico crew members, more than 20 New Mexico principal actors and more than 50 background talent.

B.J. Novak (The Office, Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks) wrote and directed the film. The film’s logline is being kept under wraps. Jason Blum


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FBI: Man Faces Charges In Violent Albuquerque Carjacking

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge Thursday ordered that Gael Antonio Rodriguez, 18, of Mexico, will remain detained pending trial for carjacking.

According to a criminal complaint, Rodriguez allegedly approached an elderly victim Jan. 16 in northwest Albuquerque outside her apartment complex and asked her for a cigarette.

The victim responded that she had no cigarettes and Rodriguez then allegedly demanded her purse and the keys for her vehicle. When the victim resisted, Rodriguez allegedly slashed her hand with a knife, causing her to drop the keys. Rodriguez allegedly grabbed


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Human Services Dept. Publishes 2021 Data Book Volume 2

NMHSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department announces the publication of the department’s second Data Book Volume 2.

It is a summary of social, economic, and health statistics of our state. The Data Book presents, in one reference document, a diversity of information and is designed to facilitate comparisons of national, state, and county-level data.

“The 2021 Data Book contains an abundance of information that can be used to drive evidence‐based policy and legislation to positively transform the lives of New Mexicans,” said Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “Transparency


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U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján Named Chair Of Commerce Subcommittee On Communication, Media And Broadbands

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

SENATE News:

NAMBE ­— U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was named Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband Friday for the 117th Congress.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on longstanding inequities when it comes to Internet connectivity and telecommunications access, especially in rural and Tribal communities. Leading the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband will allow me, working with Chair Maria Cantwell, to set the agenda for how the Senate approaches these inequities, and it ensures


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New Mexico Department Of Health Reiterates Importance Of Wearing Masks Properly

NMDOH News:

Health Department encourages New Mexicans to double-mask where appropriate

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reiterated today the importance of wearing a properly-fitting facial covering while in public.

“A mask prevents water droplets from escaping, so it needs to fit snugly around your nose, mouth, and cheeks,” NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said. “If your mask doesn’t fit well, use a paper mask underneath your cloth mask.”

Wearing a second, paper mask may provide additional protection from COVID-19 and variants. Adding a fitter to your cloth mask—elastic


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State Senate Rules Committee Confirms Dr. Tracie Collins As NMDOH Cabinet Secretary

NMDOH Cabinet Secretary-Designate Tracie C. Collins, MD tours alternate care site today, providing information on its operations and functions. ScreenShot/LADP

STATE SENATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Senate Rules Committee voted 38-1 today to confirm Dr. Tracie Collins as Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). 

“I’m incredibly grateful for the work Dr. Collins has done in leading the department during this turbulent and critical time, particularly with regard to her efforts in organizing and launching the largest mass vaccination project in New


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