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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...

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...

Governor updates list of high-risk states under quarantine order

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Michigan, Hawaii come off the list

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine Sept. 23 in connection with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order.

Based on the executive order intended to protect New Mexicans by minimizing the risk of spread from out-of-state travel, Colorado, Oregon and 
Rhode Island have been added to the list of high-risk states. Individuals arriving from those states must quarantine for a period of 14 days or for the duration of their stay in the state of New Mexico, whichever is shorter.

Michigan and Hawaii moved from high-risk to low-risk, according to the rolling...

Grants schools to continue online through October

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GRANTS — The Grants Cibola County Schools will continue instruction completely online through at least mid-October.

The GCCS school board voted Sept. 1 to continue instruction on an online platform. The district oversees schools in Bluewater, Casa Blanca, Cubero, Grants, Milan, San Rafael and Seboyeta.

“The crux of the plan is based on flexibility because in a crisis or a pandemic, we have to be ready, flexible, and adaptable to the unknown, which I think we have done. We’ve been methodical in not moving too fast, but at the same time, moving forward,” GCCS superintendent Max Perez told the Gallup Sun Sept. 8.

Administration from the district office, along with principals...

Free meals provided for New Mexico students through December

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USDA extends program due to COVID pandemic

SANTA FE — New Mexico school children will eat for free through December under a decision announced Aug. 31 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Schools may continue serving free meals to all children through the end of the year or until funding runs out, the federal agency said in a news release. This reverses an earlier decision to end the free summer feeding program when schools resumed in the fall.

“This is a huge relief for many New Mexico families who might not qualify for free meals, but are still facing hard times because of this pandemic,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said. “Now feeding their children is one...

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