The Bulletin on the Radio

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Las Cruces Bulletin Editor Jess Williams has a preview for this week's issue including Las Cruces City Fourth of July celebration plans, fireworks, a new feature that helps residents who want to report stray animals and more!

Las Cruces 2020 Virtual Music in the Park Concert Schedule

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  The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s popular Music in the Park Series kicks off the 2020 virtual concert schedule on July Fourth weekend with stellar performances by Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase and Kenny Arroyos.

At the request of community members, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of  Education will consider possibly renaming Oñate High School at a special meeting on July 14.  The name change was a topic of discussion at the Board’s June 25 meeting, where it was decided that further information was needed. Gathering public input was strongly encouraged, and a survey is now open to gather that information.  

Oñate High School is named after Don Juan de Oñate, a Spanish Conquistador. For more information on the history of Don Juan de Oñate please click on this link:              

The survey is open through Thursday, July 9 and can be accessed at


Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 12,276

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  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 130 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.


As of today, there are 127 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.

Governor: New Mexico at risk of re-enacting public health restrictions

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Albuquerque Journal / Pool photo

  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 and issued a severe warning about the risk of New Mexico being forced to re-enact more severe public health restrictions in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Reflecting the rising case count and COVID-19 transmission rate in all regions of the state, the state’s amended emergency public health order does not enact any additional easings of public health restrictions intended to mitigate the spread of the virus. The governor and state health officials signaled last week that “Phase Two” of the state’s reopening would be on hold until public health conditions warrant further relaxations of restrictions and the state’s gating criteria could once again be met. 

Governor issues new health order - requires masks

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SANTA FE, NM - Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a new public health order effective today, July 1st, requiring businesses to enforce mask compliance in their spaces. Business owners will face possible fines for not following the new order.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in New Mexico's most populous county have taken another step toward outfitting the sheriff's department with body cameras.

The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday to appropriate $1 million that had been approved last year through an administrative resolution. The money can be used to purchase cameras, support services, subscriptions and infrastructure for the camera systems.

Silver City Report

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  A new investigation from KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and The Associated Press examines the troubling state of the public health infrastructure the nation is relying on to navigate the health and economic threats presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The multipart investigation, which launched today, finds that the public health workforce in the United States is underfunded and under threat, lacking the basic tools to confront the worst pandemic in a century. The novel coronavirus has infected at least 2.6 million people in the U.S., killed more than 12,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money.

NMSU collaborates on new career-building contests for youth

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New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the New Mexico State Fair Commission, has developed two new contests for youth to showcase their public-speaking and scientific-reasoning skills.

The contests, Agricultural Public Speaking and Agricultural and Natural Resource Science Fair, will take place virtually, following the cancellation of this year’s New Mexico State Fair.

New Mexico youth ages 8 to 18 are eligible to enter each contest for a chance win cash prizes or scholarships to attend NMSU, with participants competing in either the junior (ages 8 to 13) or senior (ages 14 to 18) divisions. Entries are due Aug. 1.


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This Independence Day Is A Time For Reflection

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  Commentary: Independence Day approaches amidst tough news about the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico and across the U.S.


Meanwhile, there are continuing protests over white supremacy and its roots in our institutions; and some of these demonstrators – citizens, human beings - are still being answered with tear gas and pepper spray by officers sworn to protect them.

Luján, House Democrats Unveil Climate Action Plan to Create Green Jobs and Support National Labs

Jun 30, 2020

Commentary: Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to unveil a comprehensive Climate Crisis Action Plan to address climate change and put the nation on a path toward net-zero carbon pollution by 2050 or sooner. The climate action framework includes vital provisions to build a clean energy economy and a healthy, just America.

As a member of the Select Committee, Assistant Speaker Luján secured measures to support our National Laboratories that are on the front line of developing cutting-edge technologies and protecting our nation. Specifically, the framework empowers the Department of Energy to prioritize addressing climate change, maintaining America’s leadership in clean energy innovation, and engaging in environmental justice communities.

Commentary: On Tuesday, Latino Decisions released data from a statewide survey of Hispanic parents, including immigrants, demonstrating the economic vulnerability of families who experienced layoffs and reduction of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The data reveals just how hard COVID-19 has impacted Hispanic families in New Mexico and confirms what many of us have been seeing across our community,” said Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, a Principal at Latino Decisions and the lead researcher on the survey. “In addition to many families experiencing job loss, losing their health coverage, and not being able to access unemployment benefits, most families have no safety net to lean on right now. The most depressing data point in this survey in my view is that half of Hispanic families only have $1,000 in emergency funds to weather this storm.”

Russell Toal, New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance / Courtesy photo

Commentary: New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s efforts to advance a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act:

“Despite a once-in-a-generation pandemic and an economic collapse never experienced in our lifetime, the Trump administration has decided to press the Supreme Court of the United States to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. That would mean 24 million Americans losing their health insurance; people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage or charged exorbitant rates because of their illness; eliminating the federal and state health insurance exchanges; removing children up to age 26 from their parents’ health insurance policy; and eliminating critical federal health care funding for Medicaid expansion and premium assistance.

Trump Policies On Visas Causing Economic Damage

Jun 30, 2020

Commentary: On June 24, the Trump Administration implemented new restrictions on visas granted to foreigners that allow them to legally work in the U.S. The visas that will be affected are H-1B visas, which are used for workers in specialty occupations, such as high-tech; H-2B visas for what are referred to as temporary visas for non-agricultural workers (excluding those in the essential food industry); L-1 visas, which allow for intracompany transfers; J-1 visas for exchange visitors; and H-4 visas for spouses. Finally, most asylum seekers will be barred from seeking work permits. These policy changes will be in effect until at least the end of 2020.

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