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Right now, America faces greater economic pain than at any time since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of people have applied for unemployment - including tens of thousands here in New Mexico - and millions more face profound uncertainty about how they will support themselves and their families in the months ahead. more
Unemployment claims in New Mexico are expected to increase sharply this week after the state launched a new application system for a group that previously was ineligible for jobless benefits: small-business owners, contractors and gig economy workers.Sunday and Monday were the first days such workers in New Mexico could apply for aid under the federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. more
Taos County's clerk was among 27 New Mexico county clerks and the Secretary of State who filed a petition in the New Mexico Supreme Court to conduct the June primary election by mail-in ballot only. They hoped doing so would help protect poll workers and voters from the possibility of contracting a novel coronavirus that can cause a severe respiratory infection. more
For the foreseeable future, the Village of Taos Ski Valley has elected to hold its regular meetings via electronic format.  Due to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the village has decided to move its meetings to an online format with electronic participation from the public.  more
The regularly scheduled town of Taos council and workshop meetings have been canceled for this week. Monday’s (April 27) workshop and Tuesday’s (April 28) meeting will not take place.  more
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has come with a long set of rapidly changing instructions that has thrown normal human life into an unfamiliar state of disarray: Stay inside; close your business; lose your job; wear a mask in public places; wash your hands constantly; avoid other people; and, if you are around them, don't get closer than 6 feet. These are not to even mention the threat of exposure to the deadly virus itself. more
Going digital or giving up altogether are the choices facing art galleries and small businesses in Taos, and the world for that matter, while we all wait out the lockdowns caused by the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). more
A Santa Fe nursing home confirmed a third case of COVID-19 was contracted by a staff member, according to a statement from its parent company. A spokesman for Houston-based LifeWells Senior … more
For the second time in a month,  all residents at Taos Living Center nursing and rehabilitation center tested negative for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the facility's … more
As cases of COVID-19 mount in New Mexico's nursing homes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that the state will partner with Genesis Healthcare, a for-profit chain that has been denounced by the U.S. Department of Justice as an "unscrupulous provider" that routinely provides "grossly substandard nursing care." more
The Taos Regional Airport will receive $30,000 as part of federal funds to help airports during the COVID-19 emergency when many have had airlines and passengers cancel flights. The money is part of a $25.2 million grant to keep airports supported through a period where travel has significantly decreased across the country. more
Grady - who prefers not to publish his last name - is a preschool teacher and a full-time student who has had to move to online platforms since the stay-at-home mandate by the state four weeks ago. However, he lives off the grid and has to come into town to his preschool office every day in order to access the internet for school and unemployment benefits. more
During a regular Taos County Commission meeting Tuesday (April 21), Taos County manager Brent Jaramillo said county officials are hoping to reopen offices to the public soon. more
The New Mexico Supreme Court has extended a suspension on all new civil and criminal jury trials until May 29 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts. more
"If this COVID-19 thing has taught us anything, it's patience," said Taos resident Julie Greer. She'd been waiting 15 minutes - more or less patiently - for her order outside the front gate at Petree Nursery at 25 Petree Street off Blueberry Hill Road. If you want to make a purchase at Petree's these days, you have to call in your order, pay over the phone with a credit card, drive to the front gate, then call again to let them know you're there to pick up. Usually it's the last step where things bog down. more
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday (April 22) the state’s public health orders are helping to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus but the work is far from over in the state.  “We’re not out of this fight yet,” Lujan Grisham said.  more
Chuck Zobac describes how meeting with veterans groups eased the post-traumatic stress he suffered after his intense combat experiences in Vietnam. That's something today's war veterans currently don't have because of the social distancing imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, he said. more
In early April, all 80 Taos Living Center residents and 120 staff tested negative for COVID-19. But several days later that changed, when two of the nursing home's employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes the disease. "It all changes so fast," said Dave Armijo, the Taos Living Center administrator, by phone Tuesday afternoon (April 21). "It has from the beginning." more
The COVID-19 pandemic is choking New Mexico's dairy market, forcing many farmers to throw surplus milk into irrigation ponds. It's a cruel double whammy. The statewide shutdown of schools and restaurants, which are large buyers of dairy products, have contributed to a steep drop in demand for milk. Facing a glut, dairy farmers are dumping mass quantities of their product just as a growing number of jobless people struggle to feed their families. more
Most hospitals in the United States are under enormous financial pressure as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the many thousands of dollars being poured into personal protective equipment, devices designed to help infected patients to breathe, modifying facilities and cutting elective services that drive revenues, Holy Cross Medical Center joined other hospitals this week by offering additional pay to its employees, whose own health is at risk from the coronavirus as they test and treat patients. more
Self-employed workers in New Mexico might begin to see unemployment benefits soon.The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions expects to announce by the end of the week when a new website will … more
Expect a pleasant surprise from your auto insurance company, as refunds should be coming soon to compensate for decreased driving during the shelter-at-home era. Major insurers of auto policies have all announced refunds of at least 15 percent for at least April and May. more
In late January and early February, American public health experts warned about a possible COVID-19 epidemic, one that would almost certainly require a massive supply of hospital masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.  At the same time, at least two major New Mexico hospitals were throwing those very items into the trash.   more
The New Mexico Supreme Court has extended a suspension on all new civil and criminal jury trials until May 29 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts. more
Never before have so many people become unemployed all at once. Never before will so may people be looking for jobs when the economic starter's pistol is fired. more
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