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11 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

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Nine staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 8 announced 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified. The following new cases have been reported:

One case in McKinley...

State agencies champion good treatment in nursing homes

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State leaders from the attorney general’s office, the state auditor and state ombudsman are working together across the state to protect seniors and people who need specialized care.

The governor’s office announced the partnership between the agencies on Sept. 16 in a news release which focuses on poor treatment, abuse and fraud at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The state has over 370 long-term facilities with over 11,000 residents.

“The overarching goal is to make sure we elevate the care in long-term care facilities across the state of New Mexico, that we make sure residents are safe, that their rights are protected, that these facilities know that when it...

Positive COVID cases in New Mexico public schools

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Six new positive cases, five staff, one student

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours ending at 4 pm Sept. 24. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts. The following new cases were reported:

• Two staff members at two public schools in Eddy County were infected. They were last on campus Sept. 14 and 18.

• One case at a public school in Chaves County that is in the remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 18.

• One case at a public school in Doña Ana County in the remote...

NMSU Regents approve proposed amendment to Commercial Feeds rule

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Addresses new ‘Spay and Neuter Program Fee’ section of rule

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s  proposed Commercial Feeds rule amendment at its regular meeting Sept. 18.

During the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 57 Pet Food Fee for Neutering & Sheltering was signed into law. This amended the New Mexico Commercial Feed Act (Section 76-19A NMSA 1978) to add a new section titled Spay and Neuter Program Fee. The legislation mandates that NMDA shall impose an additional fee on pet food registration for dogs and cats to fund the dog and cat spay and neuter assistance program and the animal...

N.M. firefighters again headed to California to assist with wildfires

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ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management  announced Sept. 23 that New Mexico firefighters are en route to California to help crews battle wildfires. This is the second mobilization this year by New Mexico in response to California wildfires.

The New Mexico Task Force departed from Albuquerque Fire and Rescue’s Training Academy with six engines and crews. AFR’s Captain Brian Fox has been assigned as the leader of the task force, consisting of 20 total firefighting personnel.

Four departments from Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Los Alamos County and the village of Corrales are sending resources as part of the New Mexico Task Force...

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