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NM Governor: K-12 school closings must continue to prevent potential spread of COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.​ The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis. The governor previously ordered all public schools closed for three weeks, March 16-April 3, but warned at the time that an extension could be needed. It came Friday with a new executive order that extends the closing through the end of the school year.

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House Aims To Send $2 Trillion Rescue Package To President To Stem Coronavirus Crisis

Updated at 12:31 p.m. ET Under the shadow of new, strict social distancing rules, House lawmakers began emotional debate on a historic $2 trillion rescue package on Friday to stem the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the floor proceedings live : "As the number of coronavirus cases in our country rises above 85,000 of our fellow citizens and continues to increase exponentially, we must take swift action," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. said on the floor....

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Las Cruces, NM – In a closed-door meeting, the Las Cruces City Council recommended keeping Jim Ericson as City Manager.

Las Cruces, NM – The debate continues over how to fund a convention center in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Hotel and motel owners in Las Cruces have turned in petitions protesting the $2.50 per-night surcharge to build a convention center in Las Cruces.

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Las Cruces, NM – Jim Ericson retains his post as Las Cruces City Manager, he does so with a boost in pay.

Las Cruces, NM – NMSU's interim president says he will continue to increase distance education opportunities.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's Secretary of State was recently on campus encouraging students to vote.

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Las Cruces, NM – A challenge grant from a Southwestern philanthropy will complete the First Step Women's Health Clinic $6 million capital campaign if the Memorial Medical Foundation can raise one million dollars before the first of the year.

Las Cruces – A replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. is travelling the country. It was spreading its message in July here in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – West Nile virus continues to spread in southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – A Las Cruces School Spokeswoman feels that higher standards may be to blame for low ratings.

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Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  Commentary: James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding upcoming lease sales for oil and gas extraction on federal lands in New Mexico:

 

“While New Mexico families are focused on making sure their loved ones are safe and healthy during this fast-moving crisis, other problems are brewing at the state level that may cause pain for years to come. Plummeting oil and gas prices are draining the state budget of funds needed for public safety, health care, education, and more. Actions by the Trump Administration will make this long-term revenue crisis worse.

 

  Commentary: In this time of fear, chaos and uncertainty, a choice must be made in the heart of every individual — to abandon one’s principles to fear, or to hold firm to them. The Libertarian Party seeks always to lead by example, and we choose to hold firm to ours.

One of the core principles of libertarianism is that governments should not pick winners and losers. Instead, the free market should make that determination. All efforts by the government to redistribute wealth inevitably result in favoritism towards the politically well-connected.

Commentary: While the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in our state has brought many successes, COVID-19 has exposed major holes in our health care system and social safety net. Bold action is needed to ensure that New Mexicans have the resources they need. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was a critical first step in this effort.

However, additional steps will be necessary. The State of New Mexico, local clinics, and the New Mexicans who are weathering this crisis need more resources to ensure an adequate response. To that end, Health Action New Mexico has developed a series of health-related recommendations to help individuals and families access care and feel more financially secure, bolster the state’s capacity to respond, and assist clinics who help vulnerable populations. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of the steps necessary to address this crisis, it represents a critically-needed response to health coverage and access issues facing New Mexico and the United States.

Commentary: If you have not read Max Boot’s column “The coronavirus shows how backward the United States has become” (Washington Post, 18 March), you need to.  It details the many ways in which the United States, instead of being the world’s leader as the world’s richest country, is middling among the world’s wealthiest countries (OECD).

One damning paragraph reads:

Our health-care failures are particularly important now. We spend more on health care than any other country in the world, but we are the only OECD country without universal medical coverage (27.9 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2018). Child mortality in the United States is the highest in the OECD, and life expectancy is below average. We have far fewer hospital beds per capita than other advanced democracies (2.4 compared to 12.2 in South Korea), which makes us particularly vulnerable to a pandemic.

Stuck At Home? Write A Letter (Yeah, On Paper)

Mar 24, 2020
Photo by: Nathan J. Fish

 

  Commentary: Sitting in my favorite downtown pub has become a fond memory as New Mexicans have been ordered to stay home and businesses close, to slow community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The pub was where I often wrote letters in a notebook with detachable pages, using my favorite pen. There is a cohort of people located around the world with whom I exchange letters in English and Italian, and I’ve never shied from zipping off comments or suggestions to businesses, journalists, politicians or whomever.

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