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At Least 1 Dead After A 12-Story Building Partially Collapses Near Miami

Updated June 24, 2021 at 10:54 AM ET A massive search-and-rescue operation was underway just north of Miami Beach on Thursday morning, after a 12-story residential building partially collapsed in the middle of the night. The collapse brought scores of first responders racing to the beachfront property in the city of Surfside. Police in Miami-Dade County have confirmed that at least one person has died, with many more lives feared in danger. Fire and rescue officials said approximately 55...

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is among those calling on the U.S. government to list so-called “forever chemicals" as hazardous waste under federal law.

The governor filed her petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. It follows recent congressional testimony given by New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney in which he made the same request.

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SANTA FE, N.M.  — A $1.7 billion wave of federal pandemic relief money has arrived at New Mexico’s state treasury amid a power struggle between a Democratic governor running for reelection and leading Democratic lawmakers who draft the state budget.

State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg confirmed the deposit from the federal government. The money is linked to the American Rescue Plan Act that comes with broad discretion on shoring up state finances and the local economy.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative analysts say New Mexico is the only top oil-producing state to have recovered to pre-pandemic levels of production. But they warned a panel of state lawmakers during a meeting Wednesday that the market remains volatile and they should take care not to grow the state's budget based on forecasts that suggest more favorable revenues in the short term. The panel also heard from industry analysts about the effects of the Biden administration's actions on permitting and leasing. They said only a fraction of the inventory of federal land in New Mexico's share of the Permian Basin would be at risk since most of the area already is in production.

Santa Fe Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting

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On June 23, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD).

Investigators learned that on June 23, 2021, at approximately 10:07 a.m., SFPD responded to a fight and shooting incident at DeVargas Park (302 West DeVargas Street) in Santa Fe, NM. SFPD officers searched the area and located a male suspect who was armed with a handgun. A foot pursuit ensued which led down Old Santa Fe Trail and Alameda Street. The male suspect ran north on Old Santa Fe Trail and into a crowded tourist area. At that point, the male suspect turned towards the SFPD officers and pointed the handgun at them.  A SFPD officer discharged his department issued firearm towards the male suspect at least once, striking him.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 76 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 76 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

El Paso Electric is appealing a rate case order by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

Kelly A. Tomblin, El Paso Electric President and CEO, issues a statement regarding the 2020 Rate Case Order issued today:

“We are very disappointed with the order issued today by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regarding our rate case proceeding filed in 2020 that was supposed to review New Mexico’s responsibility for $1.2 billion in total investments made by EPE since 2015. After a proceeding extending over more than a year, the PRC issued a decision which is not in the best interests of our customers.

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  CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the Border Patrol says he has been forced out after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. An official says Rodney Scott told top agency officials during a call Wednesday that he had 60 days to decide whether to be reassigned or retire. Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned. The career agent was appointed chief in January 2020 and enthusiastically embraced then-President Donald Trump’s policies, particularly on building a border wall. President Joe Biden has canceled wall construction. The Department of Homeland Security didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported two new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials say the reservation has seen 30,974 known cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll still stands at 1,347.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative analysts say many New Mexico communities are behind the curve when it comes to investing in drinking water infrastructure as drought threatens supplies across the arid state.

New Mexico provided roughly $876 million for water projects over a five-year period. But analysts told lawmakers Wednesday that communities aren’t doing enough to leverage federal and local dollars. They also said the state's system for financing projects is fragmented and tracking outcomes is difficult, leaving it unclear what taxpayers are getting for their money.

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Nearly a month after Senate Republicans blocked a move to vote on an outside commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she'll move forward with plans to launch a select committee to take over the probe.

Pelosi shared the news in a press conference on Thursday, blasting Republicans for rejecting a bipartisan commission to move forward.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a moratorium on evictions until the end of July. The ban had been set to expire next week, raising concerns that there could be a flood of evictions with some seven million tenants currently behind on their rent.

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Jonathan Caballero made a startling discovery last year. At 27, his hair was thinning. The software developer realized that life was passing by too quickly as he was hunkered down at home in Hyattsville, Md.

There was so much to do, so many places to see. Caballero envisioned a life in which he might end a workday with a swim instead of a long drive home. So when his employer began calling people back to the office part time, he balked at the 45-minute commute. He started looking for a job with better remote work options and quickly landed multiple offers.

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Commentary: All of us take great pride in living in New Mexico, and we can all agree that we want our state to be a place where families choose to raise their children. But we face serious challenges in reaching that goal. After spending the last three years ranked 50th in child well-being, New Mexico has moved up to 49th in the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book, recently released by the Annie E Casey Foundation. This improvement does not yet reflect the smart investments made by our policymakers over the last two years, or the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. These significant investments in our kids and families will likely be reflected in data in the coming years, but they are not yet adequate to reach the level of progress our families and children need. Incremental improvements show us both that progress is possible and also that creating the nurturing environments our kids deserve and need to thrive will require bold and sustained actions and investments.  

Beadwork is genius

Jun 22, 2021

  Commentary: Indigenous communities have had systems and ways of proliferating knowledge, skills and understanding since time immemorial. For decades, community members have been asking for, planning toward, and contemplating a more relevant education system that aligns to the identities and priorities of the community.

Recent alleged comments from a state education leader, which disregard the impact of cultural practices like beading, reflect how racism against Indigenous people poisons government institutions. These comments directly conflict with how communities and schools are articulating Indigenous education in response to decades of abysmal academic achievement.

Say No to the Dumb Husband Advertising

Jun 22, 2021

Commentary: With my dad gone for nearly 14 years, Father's Day stings slightly less than it did the first few. Now, I watch the role of a father through the lens of a wife, seeing how the experience unfolds a person through time, much like my similar but separate journey as a mother. But just as my experience as a mom is overlaid with tired tropes in advertising, so is the experience of a father and husband.

Perhaps to alleviate my guilt for my increased online shopping during the pandemic, my husband became obsessed with a specific shirt brand. Its slick website advertises shirts for the modern, active man, shirts that are comfortable and unobtrusive; the shirt enables masculinity to shine.

The Economic Impact of Oil Field Remediation in New Mexico

Jun 22, 2021

  Commentary: Plugging abandoned oil and gas wells and cleaning up sites and related infrastructure on State Trust and private fee lands in New Mexico could generate $4 billion in wages, 65,337 jobs and $541 million in revenue for the state, according to a new report from O’Donnell Economics, a New Mexico-based firm specializing in economic impact analyses.

“A concerted effort to clean up unplugged oil and gas wells, tanks and pipelines on state and private land in New Mexico offers the state tremendous job and economic benefits in addition to addressing an environmental and public health problem,” said Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, Principal of O’Donnell Economics and research professor at the University of New Mexico School of Public Administration. “But the benefits accrue only if oil and gas companies fund the clean-up of their sites.”

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  Commentary: I wish Couy Griffin would do us all a favor the next time he goes on national television and tells them he's from Texas.

 

Griffin was one of a handful of Jan. 6 insurrections featured Sunday night on a two-hour CNN special about the riot that day at the U.S. Capital. He was later arrested by FBI agents on federal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

 

Among the pearls of wisdom he dispensed were the belief that Capital Police Officer Brian Sicknick and protester Ashli Babbitt are still alive; and that Donald Trump was “annointed by God.”

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Las Cruces Extends Availability of Cooling Stations

The National Weather Service has once again forecasted triple-digit temperatures for Las Cruces through Friday, June 25, 2021. The City of Las Cruces has therefore extended the availability of designated facilities as cooling stations until at least that date. Temperatures will continued to be monitored to determine whether these facilities will continue to remain active as a Cooling Stations.

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