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Navajo Nation identifies 21 communities with uncontrolled COVID-19 spread

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Twenty-one more communities were added to the Navajo Department of Health’s list of places with “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 from Feb. 5 to Feb. 18.

The communities added included Baca/Prewitt, Birdsprings, Bodaway/Gap, Chichiltah, Churchrock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Dennehotso, Iyanbito, Leupp, Lukachukai...

Introducing the Turquoise Level

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SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico’s Red-Yellow-Green framework for aligning county-level requirements and guidelines with local virus risk has been modified to permit more day-to-day and commercial activities, reflecting the improving COVID-19 outlook across the state as New Mexicans help drive down transmission and vaccine distribution contributes to decreased community spread.

The framework includes a new least restrictive level where all categories of business can operate indoors with minimal occupancy limitations, depending on the risk level of the activity. A county will reach this least restrictive level, the...

Haaland likely headed for confirmation as Interior Secretary after hearing

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The most significant news for U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland’s, D-District 1 Rep., Interior Secretary nomination didn’t come during the second day of her confirmation hearing, but afterwards. That’s because U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., a conservative Democrat announced he would vote in favor of her nomination. With an evenly split 50-50 chamber between those who caucus with Democrats and Republicans, Manchin has an outsized influence on nominations. Manchin is also the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which held the confirmation hearing for Haaland this week (week of Feb. 22).

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Statement by Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

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“President Trump incited this assault on democracy and the rule of law, but he will not succeed. That is not how we do things in America.

“As soon as order is restored, we are going to go back and do our jobs and certify the election. In two weeks, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office—reflecting the will of the American people.

“I urge all Americans—regardless of who they voted for—to reject and condemn the violence we’ve witnessed today [Jan. 6] and this brazen attempt to trample on our American values.”

Statement by Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.

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“America’s democracy has prevailed. Despite the efforts of insurrectionists who sought to destroy our democracy and attack our republic, Congress fulfilled its constitutional duty to count the Electoral College votes and defend the will of the American people. On January 20th, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will become the next President and Vice President of the United States.

“Today [Jan. 6], we witnessed the deadly consequences of President Trump’s lies and the furthering of those lies by congressional Republicans who objected to the count. The erosion of American democracy must be stopped and never allowed to happen again.”

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