Hundreds Of New COVID-19 Cases And 7 Deaths In El Paso

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  The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rises to 16,936 with 215 new COVID-19 cases being reported this morning and 325 delayed positive test results being reported by the State. The results have been retroactively placed in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Seven additional deaths are also being reported bringing the total number of deaths to 307.


The deaths include 1 male in his 40s, 2 males in their 60s, 2 males in their 70s, 1 male in his 80s, and 1 female in her 90s. All 7 patients had underlying health conditions. As a reminder, the deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the last week of July and first week of August.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered the hospitalization for mental health treatment of a second member of an extended family confronting firearms, kidnapping and terrorism-related charges.

The case stems from a 2018 raid on a remote compound in New Mexico where a child’s decomposed body was discovered. Court records on Tuesday show 42-year-old Lucas Morton was found incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge and should be committed to a medical center for treatment.

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu announced a series of broad organizational changes today for NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants. While the mission of each campus will remain the same, the three community colleges will undergo administrative restructuring and other adjustments to transition into a more integrated system of branch campuses. The moves will allow NMSU to better serve each of these communities, with added programming from the NMSU main campus, but at a lower cost to taxpayers. At this time, the changes will not affect NMSU’s Doña Ana Community College.

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President/President Jonathan Nez

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a Navajo man convicted in the 2001 killing of a fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old granddaughter.

Nez cited the tribe’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31 letter to Trump that asks for Lezmond Mitchell’s sentence to be reduced to life in prison. Mitchell is the only Native American on federal death row. Tribal officials and even the victims’ family opposed his death penalty, despite the grisly nature of the killings.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says coronavirus testing in Texas could increase as schools reopen amid a sharp drop-off in the number of tests in recent weeks.

Texas has averaged more than 34,000 tests a day over the past week. That's down from a daily average of more than 60,000 in late July.

New cases and hospitalizations have stabilized and decreased, and coronavirus deaths in Texas have reached nearly 8,500.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel that oversees water quality and permitting issues across New Mexico has been forced to cancel another meeting.

The reason is the state Environment Department doesn’t have the staff needed to organize meetings for the boards and commissions under its umbrella. That means it could be September before the Water Quality Control Commission meets again, putting on hold decisions about everything from lower financing rates for rural water projects to enforcement actions against polluters.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 202 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 134 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.

  Las Cruces Public Schools has released its Red Plan for welcoming students back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. The plan outlines new protocols for instruction, technology and nutrition services while students are in a fully online, remote setting beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12.  

A decision was made last month to temporarily suspend the Yellow Hybrid model for the return of school, citing growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Doña Ana County. A hybrid model divides students into two cohorts for two days of in-person instruction at school, three days of remote learning, and one day of deep cleaning in between the two cohorts.  


Updated 6:32 p.m. ET

Two major college conferences — the Big Ten and Pac-12 — each announced Tuesday they were sidelining college football and other fall sports because of the coronavirus, just weeks before schools were scheduled to play their first games.

The Big Ten, which includes universities with powerhouse sports programs, such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State, said it will look at holding some competitions in the spring.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.


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An Incomplete Census Hurts all New Mexicans

16 hours ago

  Commentary: Right now, the 2020 Census, the data derived from it and the redistricting process that comes after, is under threat. And unless the U.S. Senate’s COVID-19 relief bill contains an extension of the deadline to complete the census, New Mexicans will pay the price—for the next 10 years.

The census is incredibly essential for the wellbeing and growth of New Mexico. Each year, census figures help direct billions in federal funding. An analysis of 55 census-directed programs found that in fiscal year 2016, New Mexico received $7.8 billion in funding based on census results. That includes:

  • $4.3 billion for Medicaid

  • $693 million for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • $386 million for highway planning and construction

  • $194 million in special education grants

  • $144 million for school breakfast and lunches

  • $83.5 million for Head Start programs

  Commentary: Can we have a recovery before we find a cure to the sickness?

Debbi Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, was recently selected for a national group formed by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

According to the press release announcing the new Fellowship for Economic Recovery, it will give chamber professionals “education and tools to improve the post-Covid-19 pandemic outcomes in the communities they serve.”


Making A List And Checking It Twice

Aug 10, 2020


    Commentary: Of all the things I haven't expected in my life, I didn't expect that I'd need to retake second grade. But, thanks to COVID-19, here we are. Here are many of us, back to thinking we escaped worksheets and algebra, only to be pulled back in like an old and tired Michael Corleone in his kitchen.

I remember my first go-around with the second grade, almost 30 years ago. I remember friends. I remember first crushes. I remember being exasperated with the amount of busy work that we did, culminating in a refusal to partake in making a hand-shaped cardboard turkey. The thought still peeves me.

Commentary: “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” I remember being fascinated by this proverb when I was in elementary school. It taught me that overlooking the smallest details can wreak havoc on a project. This ancient proverb lends itself well to the situation the United Kingdom (U.K.) is facing with Brexit, its exit from the European Union (E.U.). The focal points of Brexit have involved macro issues such as how to pull the U.K. out of the E.U., how tariffs on future trade will be handled, whether the U.K. will form its own free trade agreement with the U.S., and how E.U. standards on products entering E.U. countries will be applied to soon-to-be, ex-E.U. member, the U.K.  

Choosing A New District Judge In New Mexico

Aug 9, 2020


  Whom should the Democrats nominate to run in November for the new judicial position, with a half-criminal and half-civil docket?

The Judicial Nominating Commission considered nine strong candidates, sending four names up to Governor Lujan-Grisham. She, with General Counsel Matt Garcia, interviewed all four and nominated local lawyer Casey Fitch, who will serve at least until year’s end.

November’s election will decide who holds the position after that. The Governor selected Fitch; but former Magistrate Judge Richard Jacquez, whom she also interviewed, is contesting the Democratic nomination. Doña Ana County members of the State Central Committee will choose a nominee next week.


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