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Governor’s office announces new interim leadership

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SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Sept. 9  that Courtney Kerster will serve as interim chief of staff as Matthew L. Garcia, who has served in the position since November of 2020, leaves the administration at the end of the month to continue the confirmation process for a position on...

Lujan Grisham announces first-ever tribal LEDA deal for Taos Pueblo Economic Development Center

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$2.5 million LEDA investment will create 233 jobs at Taos Pueblo gateway development

TAOS PUEBLO, N.M. - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Sept. 7 that the state is pledging assistance from its Local Economic Development Act infrastructure fund to the Taos Pueblo Heritage Center, an innovative partnership that will create jobs and expand economic security in Taos County.

The commitment of nearly $2.5 million from LEDA to support new infrastructure improvements is the first such partnership with a Pueblo government under a new governor-led initiative to help communities make strategic investments in infrastructure.

The tribal-led development project is expected to create 233...

New Omicron COVID-19 boosters offer enhanced protection

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The New Mexico Department of Health recommends the use of the first booster vaccine designed specifically to protect against the original COVID-19 and the most common form of COVID-19 in New Mexico, the BA.5 Omicron subvariant. Doses were expected to begin shipping and arriving at health care providers across New Mexico during the week of Sept. 5

“We’ve added another tool to help safeguard us against severe illness against COVID-19,” David R. Scrase, M.D., acting DOH secretary, said. “The new booster was specifically designed to address Omicron subvariants.”

According to DOH data, the BA.5 subvariant accounts for an estimated 80% of the COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. The U.S...

Youth suicide rates decline in N.M.

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) Epidemiology and Response Division report provisional data show a small decline in the 2021 rate of suicide among youth, ages 5 to 18 years, compared to the year before.

It is a beginning in a what is expected to be a long-term collaborative effort with the New Mexico Human Services Department and community partners to address a nationwide problem of suicide death rates, which exceed national averages.

“Suicide prevention works. It requires concerted effort of people properly equipped with training and resources. We need to maintain focus on our ongoing efforts to fix New Mexico’s broken mental healthcare system,”...

Nez joins Biden for the ceremonial signing of the Inflation Reduction Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13 as he joined the U.S. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, key cabinet members, and Congressional members for the ceremonial signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, which received final passage by Congress on Aug. 12.

The Act authorizes over $700 billion and addresses policies related to climate change, energy, taxes, and health care costs aimed at improving the country’s economy. For tribal nations, the new law provided funding to plan for and adapt to climate change, mitigate drought, support fisheries, and support for clean energy production and...

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