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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...

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...

Joining forces to protect water

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Three New Mexico-based organizations have joined together to appeal the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Navigable Water Protection Rule also known as the 2020 Rule.

The 2020 Rule, which went into effect June 22, drastically shrinks the number of New Mexico waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act.

Amigos Bravos, the New Mexico Acequia Association and Gila Resources Information Project filed their appeal June 23 with the U. S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

“The Trump administration has opened the pollution floodgates,” Amigos Bravos Projects Director Rachel Conn said. “This 2020 Dirty Water Rule protects the...

Habitat protection for endangered mud turtle could come too late

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Remaining 150 turtles threatened by border wall



TUCSON, Ariz. —  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced final critical habitat protection June 22 for the endangered Sonoyta mud turtle. These highly aquatic turtles are found only in Pima County, Ariz. and Sonora, Mexico.

“These little turtles are hanging on by a thread and need all the protection they can get,” Randy Serraglio at the Center for Biological Diversity said. “This critical habitat designation is a welcome step, but the hard truth is that the lawless construction of the border wall could render the new protections meaningless.”

The critical habitat consists of 12.3 acres in the Rio Sonoyta watershed of...

Covid care site closes

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Local hospitals can handle current caseload

The Gallup Alternate Care Facility at the Miyamura High School gym closed down in a ceremony held by staff from Gallup Indian Medical Center and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services June 17.

The facility was established in April as an overflow site for patients recovering from COVID-19 at GIMC and RMCHCS. The reason for the closing is the need for hospital beds for COVID patients at the two hospitals has decreased to the point where they are able to provide the necessary care for patients.

Major General Jeffrey Clark of the U.S. Army Medical Command spoke about how the two hospitals collaborated to run the facility, along...

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