New Mexico health officials today announced 105 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 2,073. The state also reported the deaths of seven people related to the disease. Five lived in congregate living facilities already identified by the state as having positive COVID-19 cases. Four of them were in La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque. There have now been a total of 65 deaths. McKinley County again accounted for the highest number of new cases: 45, followed by 21 in San Juan County and 20 in Bernalillo County. As of today, over 119 people have been hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19; to date, there have been 291 hospitalizations. The health department has designated 529 COVID-19 cases as recovered. According to the health department’s online data site, it has performed a total of 40,877 tests.
New Mexico celebrates 108 years of being a State today. On January 6, 1912, President William H. Taft, signed a proclamation making New Mexico the 47th state of the American Union. New Mexico is known for it’s diversity and culture, military instalations, and the wild west history. Today the State of New Mexico offers a lot of outdoor and indoor activities for it’s visitors.
This Thanksgiving weekend will be cold, snowy and windy across New Mexico. At least three separate storm systems will blast the state. The first storm moves in Tuesday with powerful and gusty winds. In Albuquerque, afternoon winds will be around 35 mph, and it will continua though the weekend. However, winds could gust at more than 60 mph in the northern part of the State. Wednesday afternoon the weather conditions will get worse to some part of the state will get up to two feet of snow, according to National Weather Service.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico is celebrating Indigenous People’s Day officially for the very first time. The holiday is, for some, replacing Columbus Day and honoring the contributions of Native Americans in this continent. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosted a celebration this Monday morning with traditional native dances from several New Mexico tribes. The federal government still recognizes today as Columbus Day. New Mexico is one of several states that have replaced it with Indigenous People’s Day.
ALBUQUERQUE: Launch directors, coordinated the launch and were given green light, so balloons started to leave the field in a safe and coordinated manner. Early sunday weather permited to fly, so balloons begin to launch at about 7:00 AM. The mass ascension was led by a balloon flying the American flag to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner.
The first day of Balloon Fiesta looked promising, but mass ascension was canceled due to fog and low cloud coverage. At 6:45 a.m., Balloon Fiesta tweeted: “Flag is green, opening day is a go! Let’s do this!” But shortly after, fog became an issue and halted balloon launches until futher notice. Most balloons still got the chance to inflate but stayed on the ground. However, Fiesta officials said on Twitter that balloons that had already been inflated in anticipation of taking off would remain so. A race known as America’s Challenge in which the team that travels the longest distance wins was also postponed on Saturday. Pilots were scheduled to meet on Sunday morning to discuss other options. There were long lines of traffic starting at 4:00 a.m. causing delays leading into Balloon Fiesta Park.
New Mexico State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham says her administration inherited many challenges and she wants to rebuild the capacity of state government so it will be in a better position to solve problems. Flanked by her cabinet members, the Democratic governor on Tuesday provided a progress report on her first six months in office. She acknowledged there’s work to be done to restore the public’s faith in government. She also vowed repeatedly to be truthful and transparent. Like previous administrations, Lujan Grisham is grappling with the persistent challenge of jump-starting the economy and attracting revenue-generating enterprises beyond the oil and gas industry. The governor says economic diversity will be the key to ensuring state government can serve the people, whether it’s having the staff to quickly process business licenses or ensuring access to mental health care.
Colorful T-shirts, music, dancing and rainbow flags filled the streets of Albuquerque this morning Pride-Fest parade. Even Mayor Tim Keller was there. Meanwhile, groups like the New Mexico Dream Team said they were marching to remember the immigrants that are part of the LGBT community including those that have died while in federal custody. “You know, it’s the intersection of being queer and an immigrant,” said Flaviano Graciano with the NM Deam Team. “It’s a large community and sometimes we’re left out of the conversation and that’s why we’re here — to bring us back into that conversation.” Even though Saturday’s event was about celebrating diversity, there was some controversy heading into the parade. Previously reported a group of bikers defaced a crosswalk that had been decorated to celebrate PrideFest. “To me that’s hate”. Said Thomas Johnson “It’s judging for who we are.” Overall, attendees said that Pridefest is an event that brings people together
The Central American caravan of migrants decided to depart Mexico City on Friday and head toward the city of Tijuana in the State of Baja California, choosing the longer but likely safer route to The United States border, caravan organizers said.
The decision was made late Thursday in a Mexico City stadium where approximately 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days and nights resting, receiving medical attention and debating how to proceed to their next stop. It came right after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. However, caravan coordinator Milton Benitez told the migrants that they were still waiting for a response. Later on he said to local Press the officials had offered them buses for women and children, but organizers demanded that they be for everyone. United Nations representatives couldn’t be reached.
Roberto Valdovinos, who is working as a liaison between migrants and the press, said Friday morning that a 750 member contingent had left the stadium to continue their journey to Tijuana.
A few migrants from Cortes, Honduras, said they couldn’t take staying at the sports complex any longer because they are sick from the cold and humidity.
Later on Hector Wilfredo Rosales, a 46-year-old electrician from Olancho, Honduras, who was traveling with his 16-year-old son in law said: “There will be no buses” “They have lied to us a few times, but we will walk like we have done until today.”
Mexico City is over 600 miles from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas, and a previous caravan in the spring opted for the longer route to Tijuana in the far northwest, across from San Diego. That caravan steadily diminishes to about 200 people by the time it reached the border.