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Reducing stress during the pandemic

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state behavioral health officials highlighted resources Oct. 27  to support New Mexicans during the ongoing health emergency.

“For many, the pandemic is a source of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty – but there is plenty we can do to take care of ourselves and our loved...

Governor announces new business regulations

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Schools continue to operate using hybrid models

SANTA FE — Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced changes to the current public health order in a news conference Oct. 20.

Among the changes, food and drink establishments will be able to offer indoor dining to a maximum of 25 percent occupancy.

The food and drink businesses will have to consent to spot testing of employees.

“If you don’t complete the New Mexico Safe Certification program … you cannot continue to offer indoor dining at 25 percent,” the governor said.

The businesses will have until the end of the month to complete the certification.

Additionally, to aid in contact tracing, food and drink establishments...

Opportunity for public comment

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Notice is hereby given that the FHWA will now accept comments on the proposed draft Section 106 PA through Nov. 21.

As an applicant for federal funding and permitting, the Federal Highway Administration, New Mexico Division, must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended).

Section 106 requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their actions upon historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places when planning projects.

Since the NHPA was passed, the FHWA, New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer have developed policies and procedures...

As expanded early voting starts, turnout flies past 265,000

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Over 80,000 voters cast ballots on Friday or Saturday [Oct. 16, 17], either through early in-person or absentee voting, bringing the total number of votes cast to 266,522, far outpacing voting at the same time in 2016 according to numbers released by the Secretary of State on Monday morning.

The numbers represent the first day of expanded early voting, where county clerks opened more voting locations. As of Monday morning, 124,910 voters have cast ballots with early in-person voting and 141,612 voters have returned absentee ballots.

The expansion of early voting on Saturday contributed to the rise in early in-person voting, with 43,643 voters casting ballots in-person since the...

Senator Tom Udall criticizes the president for cutting the 2020 Census count short

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SANTA FE — U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement of opposition Oct. 14 after the Supreme Court suspended a lower court order that extended the Census Count beyond Oct. 15, allowing the Trump administration to cut the 2020 Census count off one month short. The shortened timeline, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, risks an inaccurate count in Indian Country and in New Mexico, potentially cutting resources short for minority and rural communities. Just a one percent undercount in New Mexico would cost the state hundreds of millions in federal resources over the coming decade:

“The Trump administration’s...

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