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  The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) have teamed together to help residents receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

The Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., will be one location where residents can go to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The intent of using the Convention Center was to establish an indoor space, if needed, for inclement weather. The Convention Center will be utilized for several months as Las Cruces and the state move through the phases to get our residents vaccinated.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $100 million burst of grants to small business across New Mexico illustrates the overwhelming breadth and depths of economic distress brought on by the coronavirus. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that successful applicants included businesses run by leading state legislators and a family amusement park that has sued the governor twice to reopen. Others include Catholic charities, local chambers of commerce and near-empty restaurants and hotels run by lone proprietors and once-mighty local business magnates. The money ran out too soon for thousands of applicants that were denied grants. State lawmakers are now devising new lifelines for local businesses crippled by the pandemic.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven Democratic senators have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Thousands had gathered that day as Congress voted to formally certify Joe Biden’s win over Trump, while Hawley and Cruz led objections in the Senate to Biden’s victory. The Democratic senators said Cruz and Hawley knew claims of election fraud were baseless and had led to threats of violence. The Democrats said those actions lent “credence to the insurrectionists’ cause and set the stage for future violence." Cruz and Hawley have condemned the violence.

Did Your Trash Day Change? If Yes, So Did Your Recycling Day

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  With 24 percent of the city residents getting used to a new trash pickup schedule since the start of January, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) suggests that customers also register, and re-register if they have previously, for the South Central Solid Waste Authority’s (SCSWA) free Recycling Coach to make sure their reminder notifications are set to the right day. Dates for recycling changed along with the trash pickup day.

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  SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a “pause” on all border wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders he issued on his first day in office. The move Wednesday leaves projects throughout the border unfinished but still under contract after his predecessor, Donald Trump, worked feverishly to successfully to build 450 miles. In Arizona, crews have been blasting dynamite in remote mountains to complete work. In Texas, construction equipment lay idle Thursday. In San Diego, work continued at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at New Mexico's two largest universities say freshman enrollment is holding steady if not increasing despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. However, University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes acknowledged that enrollment overall has decreased and officials are concerned about the negative trend. Stokes on Thursday delivered her annual state of the university address as colleges and universities across the country grapple with shrinking enrollments. At New Mexico State University, President John Floros expects spring enrollment to hold steady. He said the challenges going forward will be finding more ways to make higher education accessible to more people.

NMSU to host 2021 Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 11

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  National and state economists will present their economic forecasts for 2021 during New Mexico State University’s 10th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 11.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 997 additional COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths. As of today, there are 644 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.

 

This week, Newsmakers features one of the last in person Naturalization ceremonies before the COVID-19 pandemic and an interview with Johana Bencomo, the Executive Director of NM CAFé. 

Judiciary offers paid parental leave, enhances sick leave benefit

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  SANTA FE – Judicial employees can receive up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave and the state court system also is improving sick leave benefits, New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael E. Vigil announced today.

 

The personnel policy changes become effective March 1, 2021, and apply to about 1,900 classified and at-will employees working for the judicial branch of government. This is the first parental leave offered by the Judiciary beyond what is available under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

New Mexico To Pursue Enforcement Of Cowboys For Trump Arbitration Order

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Couy Griffin

  SANTA FE – Following a federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Cowboys for Trump against our Office, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today reiterated that she will continue to uphold the state’s campaign finance laws by pursuing enforcement of the arbitration order against Cowboys for Trump that was granted in July 2020. 

“No person or entity who seeks to influence our elections in New Mexico is exempted from following our state’s financial disclosure laws,” said Secretary Toulouse Oliver. “Though Cowboys for Trump has tried to sidestep our disclosure laws at every turn, they have already been found by an independent arbitrator to be in violation of the law and have been ordered to properly register with the state and pay the associated fines they have accrued. Cowboys for Trump, like any other political entity, cannot operate off the grid. Now that their lawsuit has been dismissed, we will pursue enforcement and accountability to ensure both public transparency and compliance with existing law.”

Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration has suspended new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on U.S. lands and waters for 60 days as part a review of programs at the U.S. Department of Interior. The move follows campaign pledges by President Joe Biden to halt new drilling on U.S. lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change. The suspension went into effect immediately under an order signed Wednesday by Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega and drew a quick backlash from the oil industry. The order also suspends the approval of new mining plans, land sales or exchanges and the hiring of senior-level staff.

 

Tribes in the Mountain West reached resolutions in two long standing environmental disputes this week. The victories for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Navajo Nation could signal a shift toward accountability for corporate polluters operating on tribal lands.

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One has received notice of Railroad crossing repairs.

BNSF (Owner) will be making repairs to the railroad crossing on US 70 “Picacho Ave.” starting Tuesday January 26th at 7:00 a.m. These repairs will require the closure of Picacho Avenue at the railroad tracks. A detour will be in place on surrounding roadways, please follow signage. This closure is expected to be completed by 5:30 p.m.

The Bulletin on the Radio

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Las Cruces Bulletin - Richard Coltharp

Bulletin Editor Jess Williams offers a preview of this week's issue with a look at the state legislative session, a creche collection tour on zoom, a lawsuit to move chimps from Holloman to a sanctuary and help navigating job loss during the pandemic. 

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Jan 21, 2021


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Jan 21, 2021


State lawmakers kicked off the 2021 New Mexico legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 19. KUNM’s Nash Jones spoke with James Barron, education reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican, to help get the lay of the land.

Barron says that education is likely to be a key issue in this year’s session as New Mexico works to meet mandates set out by the 2018 Yazzie/Martinez ruling, which determined the state had failed to provide a sufficient education to certain students, including those who are Native American, English Language Learners, or from families with low incomes. Barron says there are a number of resolutions up for discussion.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 884 additional COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths.

As of today, there are 605 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.

Munson Senior Center / Las Cruces

  Due to cold weather conditions, the City of Las Cruces Senior Programs is reducing the serving time by half an hour to the daily “Grab and Go” meals starting Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at all Senior Program locations.

“Grab and Go” meals currently scheduled to occur between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will now be offered from 11 a.m. until  12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at Munson, Eastside, Benavidez, and Frank O’Brien Papen centers as well as the Sage Café.

Nash Jones / KUNM

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico say up to 30% of medical staff in the state’s largest hospitals have declined the COVID-19 vaccine so far. A state Department of Health spokesman said in an email Tuesday that the agency wasn’t alarmed that more than a quarter of hospital workers were refusing the shots. The chief medical officer of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center said about 70% to 75% of health workers there have accepted a vaccine. He says some employees waited to see how the first group did, and when there were minimal side effects, others signed up. The state plans to keep distributing the vaccine in phases.

  

  

PHOENIX (AP) — Teams from the two largest New Mexico universities have finally gotten clearance to return home after starting their seasons on the road. An amendment to COVID-19 guidelines will allow teams from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State to start practicing in their home state again, though they still can't play home games. The basketball teams from the two universities started their seasons on the road due to strict coronavirus measures at home. New Mexico's football team played a seven-game season in Nevada.

Munoz to replace Smith as head of Senate Finance

Jan 20, 2021
Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup

LAS CRUCES - Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, has been named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, replacing longtime leader John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, who was defeated in the Democratic primary last year.

Munoz survived his own primary challenge last year, and went on to win re-election to his fourth term. He had been serving as the committee’s vice chairman.

New Mexico Governor has lengthy to-do list for session

Jan 20, 2021

LAS CRUCES - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham broke with tradition and dispensed with the annual state of the state address Tuesday, Jan. 19, on the opening day of the New Mexico Legislature’s 60-day session amid concerns for both COVID-19 and potential civil disruptions.

FACT SHEET: President Biden Sends Immigration Bill to Congress

Jan 20, 2021

President Biden is sending a bill to Congress on day one to restore humanity and American values to our immigration system. The bill provides hardworking people who enrich our communities every day and who have lived here for years, in some cases for decades, an opportunity to earn citizenship. The legislation modernizes our immigration system, and prioritizes keeping families together, growing our economy, responsibly managing the border with smart investments, addressing the root causes of migration from Central America, and ensuring that the United States remains a refuge for those fleeing persecution. The bill will stimulate our economy while ensuring that every worker is protected. The bill creates an earned path to citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones—including Dreamers and the essential workers who have risked their lives to serve and protect American communities.

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.

Silver City Report

Jan 20, 2021

The Grant County Commission votes to condemn Congresswoman Yvette Herrell's vote against certification of Joe Biden's election as President and tackles the quorum conundrum it faces. Silver City Daily Press Reporter Geoffrey Plant has this week's Silver City Report.

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Jan 20, 2021


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