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Artesia- Today, House Republican Floor Leader Jim Townsend issued a statement as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect.

"Today marks the start of a more balanced trade system with Canada and Mexico," said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend. "I give President Trump tremendous credit for ushering this complicated deal through. We are now in a position to protect not just American manufacturing jobs, but to protect all American consumers as the global free trade arena continues to change."

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. 

Sponsored by Representative and Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4% across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets while also utilizing record-high state reserves, House Bill 1 responsibly bridges the state’s roughly $2 billion budget shortfall.

“We’ve learned from previous downturns that we cannot kick the stool out from under New Mexicans and expect a strong recovery,” said Representative Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup). 

Measure stabilizes state finances amid revenue shortfall

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday authorized an amended Fiscal Year 2021 state budget, using her line-item veto authority to restore legislative cuts to public education and other areas while employing state reserves, spending reductions and federal monies to patch a revenue shortfall caused by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, in signing House Bill 1, vetoed more than $30 million in budget cuts, restoring funding that had been slated for reduction for public school support, culturally and linguistically relevant instructional materials, the Opportunity Scholarship and more. 

Silver City, NM – In light of the current situation with COVID-19, area wildfires and the upcoming holiday weekend Park Rangers at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are asking for your cooperation. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount.

Remember you can #RecreateResponsibly by following these easy tips:

  • If the trailhead is busy and people are waiting, choose an alternate hike.
  • Pack out all trash and take it home with you.
  • Stay on trail to preserve fragile ecosystems.If you are feeling sick, delay your trip.
  • Maintain at least 6 ft of distance between yourself and other hikers.
  • Plan ahead for limited visitor information services.

Attendees can find information to register for these events and others through the ScienceFest website

Los Alamos, NM – June 30, 2020 – Los Alamos ScienceFest 20/20: Eyes On The Future, is going virtual this year from July 7-12, with events highlighting topics such as the future of cybersecurity, energy, and new camera and drone technologies. Other special segments will include discussions on the future of agriculture and food production with local Los Alamos startup, UbiQD, as well as special guest Pat Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods. STEM Advocate Miss America 2020, Miss Camille Schrier, will also host a live demo and Q&A during this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day.

During the Los Alamos ScienceFest kickoff day, on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., Brown will lead an interactive discussion on the environmental impact of animal farming. Impossible Foods is a company at the forefront of making nutritious, delicious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers.

Report includes adjusted activities to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has released its latest overweight and obesity data for children in a report that highlights the need for more resources and increased collaborations across state and local agencies to reach the state’s at-risk populations. The state’s rate has stabilized over the nine years that the Department of Health has collected data.

For kindergarten students, 13.8 percent were overweight and 15.4 percent were obese. For third-grade students, 13.3 percent were overweight and 22.9 percent were obese, according to body mass index (BMI) collections of about 7,400 students across New Mexico in 2019. Both grades have experienced a slight rise in obesity rates since 2014, although the increase is not statistically significant. 

SANTA FE – New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of July, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced today.

During the past four months, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount. These increases were made to help ease circumstances for New Mexicans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“HSD is committed to helping New Mexicans keep food on the table during this unprecedented time when many are facing economic instability and food insecurity,” said Karmela Martinez, director of HSD’s Income Support Division which administers the SNAP program, formally known as food stamps. “This emergency assistance will help address the food needs in our communities.”

unnamed 55Members of the New Mexico State University Counseling and Educational Psychology faculty. The department is set to receive nearly $3.5 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to fund scholarships for economically disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities. The scholarships will benefit doctoral students studying counseling psychology, and master’s students studying clinical mental health counseling, over the next five years. (Courtesy photo)The College of Education at New Mexico State University is set to receive nearly $3.5 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to fund scholarships for economically disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities.

The scholarships will benefit doctoral students studying counseling psychology, and master’s students studying clinical mental health counseling, over the next five years.

Eve Adams, interim head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology department, is also the training director of the counseling psychology program at NMSU and will oversee the scholarships for counseling psychology doctoral students as project director. Andres Perez-Rojas, admissions coordinator for the counseling psychology program, is the project co-director.

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