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Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, having defeated Donald Trump in an acrimonious, divisive election last November. Biden will be sworn in alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in an unusual inauguration ceremony , conducted amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and heightened physical security risks. Watch special coverage live. Events for the day include: Noon ET: Swearing-in ceremonies followed by Biden's inaugural address. ( Follow live...

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A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University have published a study that tests the effectiveness of face masks in close human interactions.


The study, “Can face masks offer protection from airborne sneeze and cough droplets in close-up, face-to-face human interactions? – A quantitative study,” was published in Physics of Fluids, an American Institute of Physics journal. Engineering graduate students Javed Akhtar, Abner Luna Garcia and Leonardo Saenz, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professors Sarada Kuravi, Fangjun Shu and Krishna Kota authored the study.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Education accounts for about half of New Mexico's $7 billion general fund — the money that legislators can spend. This year the agenda ranges from emergency efforts to mitigate learning loss caused by the pandemic and reopen schools, to long-term funding changes that require a constitutional amendment. Most students have been learning remotely since March because of the pandemic. That has laid bare longstanding inequalities in education funding that have been dogging the state for years. Lawsuits are attacking existing funding, and lack of internet access is making legislators rethink in-person learning and the state's antiquated rural internet infrastructure.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's energy and natural resources agency is putting its support behind legislation that it says would clear the way for more prescribed fires as the state deals with climate change. The measure would clarify liability for private landowners who conduct prescribed burns. Officials with the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department say that would make it easier and more affordable for landowners to get insurance. They say similar legislation in other states has resulted in increased prescribed burning. The bill's sponsor says the intensity of recent fire seasons underscores the need for action.

The Las Cruces City Council approved additional legislative priorities Tuesday, including supporting the legalization of cannabis and the need for additional early childhood education funding.

In a 6-1 vote, the Las Cruces City Council approved a resolution advocating for the legalization of cannabis in New Mexico. The resolution of support will be sent to the state legislature, where City Policy Analyst Christopher Dunn says legislation is expected to be introduced.   

“I reached out to many of the senators and representatives that have previously sponsored legislation in New Mexico, to try to understand what 2021 legislation might look like,” Dunn said. “And with that, I found out that Representative Javier Martínez and Senator Ivey-Soto are both expected to introduce bills in this legislative session.”

Las Cruces Crashes Leave Two Pedestrians Hospitalized

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Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate a pair of motor vehicle crashes that critically injured pedestrians during the holiday weekend.

In both cases, the pedestrians were transported to University Medical Center of El Paso where they remain hospitalized on Tuesday.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 691 additional COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths. As of today, there are 643 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.

Dr. Karen Trujillo

 

  Parents and guardians of students in Las Cruces Public Schools are invited to a live question-and-answer webinar on Thursday, Jan. 21 to address the current status of the 2020-2021 school year.  

The session, hosted by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom, https://lcps.zoom.us/j/85898129875.  Trujillo plans to address topics such as remote learning, equitable grading, ongoing preparations for returning students to the classroom and other questions parents have, time permitting.  

  Small pods of Special Education classes and Athletics training resumed Tuesday for students in Las Cruces Public Schools, while staff members lined up to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Las Vegas, NM - On Monday, January 18, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting on Independence Avenue and River Road in Las Vegas, NM, involving a New Mexico State Police officer.  Officers were uninjured and the suspect fled on foot.

Investigators learned that on January 18, 2021, at around 9:30 p.m., a New Mexico State Police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a gray 1993 Honda passenger car.  The vehicle fled and a short pursuit was initiated.

  ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county official who runs the group Cowboys for Trump and was arrested in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol is facing calls to resign.Otero County Commissioners Gerald Matherly and Vickie Marquardt demanded in a statement Tuesday that fellow district commissioner Couy Griffin step down immediately. They say his arrest Sunday by the FBI is a culmination of an endless series of investigations and lawsuits stemming from his promotion of Cowboys for Trump. Griffin faces charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol. According to court documents, Griffin told investigators he never entered the building. Video, however, shows him in a restricted area.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are about to receive an Indian-style welcome to Washington, D.C.

A group of volunteers are putting together a kolam, a traditional South Indian art form used as a sign of welcome, in the nation's capital in honor of the incoming president and vice president. Using 1,800 pieces submitted from the public, they volunteers are assembling a kolam of over 2,500 square feet.

Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet from Los Angeles, is following in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou as she takes the stage for President Biden's inauguration.

But she's also taking her cues from orators like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. — people who knew a thing or two about calling for hope and unity in times of despair and division.

Andrea Hall, a career firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance during the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

Hall recited the familiar words of the pledge out loud, while also leading the pledge in American Sign Language.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden became President Biden at noon Eastern time, after he took the oath of office to become the nation's 46th commander in chief.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Biden placed his hand on a family Bible.

Kamala Harris has been sworn in as vice president of the United States, becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to hold the office. She is also the first graduate of a historically Black college and the first member of a Black sorority to do so.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath. Sotomayor, the first woman of color to serve on the Supreme Court, previously administered the vice presidential oath to Biden in 2013.

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Common Cause Announces Priorities For 2021 Legislative Session

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  Commentary: Common Cause has two major priorities for the 2021 legislative session. First, the good government group is supporting a bill to be carried by Senators Katy Duhigg and Peter Wirth to expand public financing to district court campaigns. Currently, this voluntary system covers only the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.  

“Expanding the Voter Action Act, which established this system, is the best way to ensure our judges are protected from potential conflicts of interest,” said Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico. “It allows them to focus their time on their court’s case dockets, not on raising large campaign funds from lawyers and special interests.”

A legislative session without all the hoopla

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  Commentary: If they get the technology right, this could be one of the most productive 60-day sessions in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. It will undoubtedly be the least ceremonious.

 

Most years, a legislative session is much more than just updated budgets and new laws. It is a celebration of our culture, an educational eye-opener for students and a gathering spot for local leaders from throughout the state.

A Call for a More Connected World

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  Commentary: I've been working from home since 2017. In March 2020, my internet speed slowed to a grind. The new demand on the infrastructure was immediately evident, and I started having childhood flashbacks of waiting for images to load, line by pixelated line.

The Post-Trump Republican Party...What Will It Be?

Jan 17, 2021

 

  

  Commentary: How might people of good will regard Republicans who are abandoning Trump?

Many Republicans believed deeply in Donald Trump, and still do, even after the insurrection.

In 2016, Trump made many Republicans uneasy. He was untrustworthy and amoral, and lacked political convictions or qualifications. Republican leaders said so. When they underestimated the danger, and failed to unite against him, he became their nominee. A few Republicans chose to retain their independence; but most Republican leaders fell silent about Trump’s defects, held their noses, and supported him.

Western wolf coalition challenges nationwide wolf delisting

Jan 16, 2021

Commentary: A coalition of Western wolf advocates has challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to prematurely strip wolves of federal protections in the contiguous 48 states, in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

 

The most recent data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its state partners show an estimated 4,400 wolves inhabit the western Great Lakes states, but only 108 wolves in Washington state (with only 20 outside of eastern Washington), 158 in Oregon (with only 16 outside of northeastern Oregon), and a scant 15 exist in California. Nevada, Utah, and Colorado have had a few wolf sightings over the past three years, but wolves remain functionally absent from their historical habitat in these states.

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