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COVID-19 in numbers
New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 879 new cases of COVID-19, so far bringing the statewide total to 262,954; The DOH has designated 233,065 of these cases as recovered.
Bernalillo County registered 189 new cases, followed by 117 in San Juan County and Doña Ana County with 75. Santa Fe County registered 44 new cases.
The state also announced 20 more deaths, including 17 recent; there have now been 4,899 deaths in total. Yesterday, 369 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 59 more than the day before.
Currently, 81% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 71.5% are fully immunized. In this same age group, 5% received a booster injection. In the 12-17 age group, 62% of people have received at least one dose and 53.4% are fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, of those 18 and older, 91.8% have received at least one dose and 81.7% are fully immunized.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee met yesterday and unanimously recommended booster shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people over 65 years, as well as for other people most vulnerable to the disease. If adopted by the FDA, the guidelines would be comparable to those for the Pfizer vaccine. The committee’s decision is not binding, but the FDA is expected to rule soon, possibly in a few days.
Unvaccinated employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory face a deadline today to be vaccinated or to be fired; 114 employees filed a complaint against the laboratory for the mandate. A hearing to decide whether to grant them an injunction began yesterday and a decision is expected today.
You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.
Candidates snip during debate
In what could be their last public performance before the municipal elections on November 2, the mayoral candidates made their arguments during a debate held last night in the south lodge of the Fraternal Order of the Police. The acrimony between incumbent Mayor Alan Webber and City Councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler, which has been exposed throughout the campaign, has again erupted in a return to one of the campaign’s most controversial topics: destruction last year of the obelisk in the Plaza. During last night’s debate, Vigil Coppler asked why Webber failed to alert the police to potential problems after receiving an intimidating letter from a member of the Three Sisters Collective as such. “What kind of criminal intelligence history do you have to make this decision when there are credible threats to our community? Said Vigil Coppler. “I would like to know what your qualifications are for not sharing this and allowing this to happen.” The mayor said the letter did not pose a “credible threat” and in turn asked Vigil Coppler if she would “disown” the inflammatory rhetoric aimed at his administration. In addition to the attacks on each other, Webber and Vigil Coppler discussed the overnight topic of public safety, as did candidate Alexis Martinez Johnson, who was applauded for many of her responses.
Lawmakers reject cannabis micro-loan proposal
Lawmakers on the New Mexico Financial Authority’s Oversight Committee yesterday rejected by 6-5 a proposal to allow up to $ 5 million dedicated to lending to cannabis micro-businesses, with individual loans ranging up to $ 250,000. The proposal concerns a piece of the state’s cannabis regulation law, which requires communities that were disproportionately affected by the previous criminalization of cannabis to now benefit from its economic incentives. According to the proposal, a “significant portion of licensed cannabis micro-businesses owned by minorities or located in rural or economically disadvantaged communities will face disproportionate barriers to accessing the funding they would need to participate in the emerging industry.” cannabis ”. The proposal, therefore, “would remove these barriers” by providing “affordable loans to cannabis establishments that demonstrate the technical and managerial capacity to operate but are unable to finance start-up costs due to their size, socio-economic or demographic characteristics ”. New Mexico Financial Authority CEO Marquita Russel told lawmakers these companies “… have very few options. If you’re a start-up cannabis micro-business, you can’t go to a bank, you can’t go to the Small Business Administration. There is no place for a small business to get a loan like this. Lawmakers, however, said more questions needed to be answered about the proposal. “There are still so many questions here that cannot be answered,” said Senator Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. “We may have to slow things down.”
Climb the mountain for free
During the pandemic, cyclists could take the 255 Mountain Trail “Blue Bus” free of charge to Ski Basin Road to Ten Thousand Waves, Ski Santa Fe, and one of the amazing trails in the Santa Fe National Forest. is because the North Central Regional Transit District waived the $ 5 fare (one way). The NCRTD is now on the verge of voting on whether to permanently remove the tariff. If you have any comments to share with NCRTD ahead of the vote, you can submit them at www.ncrtd.org/services/feedback or through the NCRTD social media pages (@ridethebluebus, @NCRTD) by October 28. The board of directors will meet virtually at 9 a.m. on November 5, 2021, to vote on this and other matter. The public is invited to attend and express their comments during the public hearing before the vote. The Zoom link and the agenda will be available here.
The City of Santa Fe chose a group of residents to work on their CHART initiative (see below) and they now have a reading list to accompany their work taking into account culture, history, art and reconciliation. The songs, apparently, were “chosen by the members of the project team” and inspired by the goals of CHART. We rarely turn down a playlist, and this one seems solid, and includes: “Take Me to the River” by Talking Heads; Shantel’s “Citizen of Planet Paprika”; “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding” by Elvis Costello and The Imosters; and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” (to name a few).
The 17 members of the newly formed Santa Fe Committee to Address Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation and Truth Initiative (CHART), choosing 17 people, including four high school interns, were selected from the 150 candidates. These interns include a teenage boy from Santa Fe from Upper Fruitland, a small community on the Navajo reservation near Farmington; two adolescents of Mexican origin; and a student from Pojoaque High School and a member of the Pueblo de Tesuque. Among adults, new members vary by age, ethnicity and background, with careers as artists, activists, educators and lawyers. The group also includes the co-directors of Artful Life, which drives the CHART process: Jenice Gharib and Valerie Martinez. CHART, according to its website, “will take place over 12 months of community engagement that will include smaller and larger community gatherings, interviews, polls, a cultural history series, artistic activations and an evaluation process. and recommendation “. The first survey is online and will remain available until December 19; answer in English here and in Spanish here.
Eat, drink, be delighted
Thrillist Turns its attention to Santa Fe again this week, this time with recommendations for food and drink because, the magazine notes, “dining in Santa Fe is like eating art.” Sense? “Just as its famous galleries and resident artisans have calcified the city into a full-fledged cultural mecca, so do its restaurants, bars and bakeries with popular vittles like green chili and blue corn, but also quite a rainbow. Rainbow of red flavors from chili donuts to glittering purple mocha. I got you. ThrillistS recipes include Whoo’s Donuts (natch), specifically its Santa Fe “new stuff” such as blue corn-blueberry-lavender, apple fritter with green chili, and red chili-bacon-toffee. For cocktails, La Reina makes the list, with cries for her Ranch Water with tequila, Topo Chico and lime; and La Ultima Palabra, made with Génépy, maraschino liqueur, mezcal and lime juice. This sparkling purple mocha can be found at Meow Wolf’s Float Cafe & Bar, and it’s actually a “purple hot chocolate topped with [Lucky Charms] marshmallows and ‘shimmering unicorns’, aka edible sprinkles. (We would not advise eating and drinking all of these things in one day BTW). These are just a few of the recs; Thrillist also sends people to Tia Sophia’s, Counter Culture Cafe, Paloma, Dolina Cafe & Bakery and many other beloved local places (although we find it quite odd to describe Tia’s as a restaurant that has “moved and grown over the years. “, given that it has been in the same location since 1982).
Sunny and windy
The weekend could be a bit warmer than the week it was. According to the National Weather Service, today will be sunny with a high of nearly 50 degrees and a northwesterly wind of 5 to 10 mph. Expect a high of 56 degrees tomorrow and 62 degrees on Sunday, with sunny skies and roughly the same level of wind on both days.
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