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Nakamura retirement gets postponed

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SANTA FE — Set for that long-awaited retirement, Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura of the New Mexico Supreme Court will have to wait a little longer.

Nakamura announced plans in mid-June to retire effective Aug. 1.

“While representatives from the Public Employees Retirement Association  and I worked closely together...

Special Session ends

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Numerous timely issues addressed

Navigating the global financial uncertainty brought about by the novel coronavirus was one of the goals of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in calling the first special session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature, which began on June 18 and ended June 22.

Lujan Grisham said she received what she was seeking, a bipartisan roadmap that can be used to move forward in the coming months.

“My administration has from day one emphasized the importance of expanding the state’s reserves; I am glad to have done that work on the front end, which has ensured our state will have needed flexibility as we move forward. In our fiscal approach, a...

Planning public school re-entry

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From Zoom to CLASSROOM

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department announced the state plan to return students safely to classes this fall.

Acknowledging that the pandemic is still with us, on June 23, Education Secretary Ryan Stewart spoke about what the future holds for the next school year.

“We’re not through this pandemic by a long shot, but as we learn to live safely in a COVID-positive world, this collective effort has flattened the curve to the point where we can engage in the process of reentering our school buildings,” he said.

In May, Stewart convened a re-entry task force including educators, parents, administrators, public health officials, and many...

Racial justice is more than a single issue

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When Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced plans for a Council for Racial Justice on June 4, one of the first people she named to the council was State Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Bernalillo.

In a conversation with Stapleton June 16, she described the council as one made up of diverse individuals from around the state.

Stapleton told the Gallup Sun, “I would like to draw attention to issues that affect the living conditions of all New Mexicans, regardless of whether they are white, Asian, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, immigrants.

“There are issues in our state right now that cause neglect to all individuals in our state,” she said.

She specified...

Letter to governor asking for rent relief

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They predict a wave of homelessness without help

ALBUQUERQUE—In order to prevent a dramatic spike in homelessness as New Mexico navigates the COVID-19 crisis and its economic aftermath, social justice and housing organizations asked Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this week to prioritize legislation creating a rent relief fund at the upcoming special session. Their letter also asks her to support a legislative moratorium on evictions and expanded protections for low-income homeowners.

“If we don’t get some help with rent soon, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me and my family,” said Allyssa Garcia, who lives in Albuquerque. “I’ve worked hard my whole life, but I...

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