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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.

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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.

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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.  

 

Country Club Estates / Las Cruces

  The City of Las Cruces is announcing the cancellation of this afternoon's 1 p.m. Special Work Session regarding the Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development District (TIDD). 

At a public Hearing at 9 a.m. this morning, it was announced that developer LC Nova, LLC, has withdrawn its application to the City for creation of a TIDD in the area formerly known as the Las Cruces Country Club.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

New Mexico U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich says Congress must approve legislation that will offer significant relief during the pandemic. 

He also talked about President Trump's executive actions related to pandemic relief, calling them inadequate.

In addition, Heinrich says Congress must take action to protect funding for the U.S. Post Office, especially considering that many more ballots will be mailed during the upcoming election.

Finally, some progress amid the gridlock.  Heinrich talked about how New Mexico will benefit from the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to adopting a set of rules focused on the wastewater that is produced during oil and gas operations.

The Oil Conservation Commission is expected during its meeting in early September to vote on the final language. State officials say the rules would require additional reporting to better track the types and volumes of water used within the industry. They would also clarify the jurisdictions of state agencies when it comes to produced water.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Ethics Commission is invoking its full investigatory powers for the first time with a request for court approval of a subpoena.

The commission declined to provide any details of the ethics complaint that inspired the investigation. Commission spokesman Sonny Haquani said that state statute requires a probable cause finding before the commission can disclose details of complaints.  

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say Albuquerque police fatally shot two men during separate incidents a few hours apart.

Deputy Police Chief Harold Medina said police fatally shot one man early Tuesday morning during an exchange of gunfire after a home invasion and that another man was fatally shot Monday evening when police responded to an altercation involving a dispute between neighbors.

 

Daniel Kim has had a singular focus since the start of the pandemic—creating sewing kits for the many volunteers of The Blue Mask Group.

“Good fitting masks that have excellent filtration abilities can mean the difference between health and sickness, or even life and death,” Daniel Kim said.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 22,444

Aug 10, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 132 additional COVID-19 cases and 5 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.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says three employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve.

The department says the group was surveying desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area near the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday when the helicopter went down.

The crash killed wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, technician Brandon White, and veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar. The private pilot survived and was taken to El Paso for treatment.  

Laser Leak Detection Keeps Gas Safe In Las Cruces

Aug 10, 2020

  While the nation deals with a looming invisible danger, another invisible service is managed by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) every day. Colorless and only recognizable by an added sulfur smell, natural gas is an everyday useful part of residents’ lives for heating and cooking. However, when leaks occur, natural gas can be dangerous.

 

Adam Valles, LCU gas leak surveyor, has a tool that allows him - crucially important nowadays - to keep his distance. The Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD) works from 30 to 100 feet away and lets Valles detect gas leaks from meters from the street or even from outside a fence; in case a gate is locked or guard dogs are present.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference made the decision to put the gathering online as cases of COVID-19 rise nationwide. The conference is still slated for the second week of November, but live performances and in-person classes have been canceled.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Health Care Association and New Mexico Center for Assisted Living say the state's new visitation guidance is a positive step for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Starting Monday, facilities in 21 counties can provide additional visitation options by arranging outdoor or open-window meetings. The association says visitations will help with patient wellbeing while still considering the health concerns associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man linked to a child pornography investigation that sparked a mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico has been indicted.

Court documents show that a grand jury last month indicted former janitor Joshua Lee Cope on three child pornography counts stemming from an investigation in 2018 at the Sunspot Solar Observatory.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Next month’s New Mexico State Fair is going all virtual.

Organizers plan to hold the fair entirely online to circumvent challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. They announced Monday that there will still be 4-H and Future Farmers of America virtual competitions. There also will be online contests in cake decorating, flower arranging, photography and designing a poster for next year’s fair. Musicians who would have performed live at the fair will do so digitally. 

Reward Offered For Information In Las Cruces Murder

Aug 10, 2020

Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate an incident that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man last Thursday.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, a Las Cruces police officer discovered a 2018 brown Kia Forte that crashed into a pole on east Farney Lane near west Park Drive. It appears the Kia was heading south on west Park Drive before it crossed Farney Lane and crashed into a light pole.

Police discovered the driver of the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Jacob Daniel Becerra, dead. The New Mexico medical investigator’s office determined Becerra’s death to be a homicide.



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Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 22,315

Aug 9, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 205 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths.

As of today, there are 121 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.

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