COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 882 new cases of COVID-19 (192 more than the day before), bringing the total number of cases to 243,962. The DOH has designated 211,892 of them as recovered. Bernalillo County had 231 new cases, followed by Doña Ana County with 77 and Lea County with 63. Santa Fe County had 24.

The state also announced 13 more deaths, 10 recent and two more in Santa Fe County: a woman in her 60s hospitalized with underlying conditions, and a woman in her 80s who suffered from conditions under -jacent. There have now been 162 deaths in Santa Fe County and 4,649 statewide. Yesterday, 388 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 13 more than the day before. Currently, 79.1% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 69.3% are fully immunized. In the 12-17 age group, 62.7% of people have received at least one dose and 52% are fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, of those 18 and older, 90.1% have received at least one dose and 79.7% are fully immunized.

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First overview of the redistribution proposals

The New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee yesterday released a variety of proposed redistricting maps and will now take comments on those concepts as it continues to hold public meetings. The committee is about a month away from an Oct. 15 meeting where it plans to adopt district plan concepts for recommendation to the state legislature. State lawmakers will then have the option of either approving one of the proposals or crafting their own plan (if you’re interested in learning more about redistribution in general and why it’s important, here’s an introduction to the ACLU; you can find new resources specific to Mexico here). The concepts presented by the Citizen Redistricting Committee yesterday were “built largely on the testimony we have received,” said committee chairman Edward Chávez, a former state Supreme Court justice. “The audience is always going to have the opportunity to comment on each of these concepts, to actually take one of these concepts and modify it.” These proposals include seven maps for the state’s congressional districts, including one (Concept D) that reconfigures the 1st Congressional District based in Albuquerque to further include Santa Fe County (currently the heart of the 3rd Congressional District). The proposals so far also include three maps re-imagining the state Senate seats, four for the state chamber seats and three for the districts of the Public Education Commission. The commission is still accepting online map proposals and is awaiting the next recommendations from a coalition of Native American communities.

Dismissed anti-vaccine lawsuit heads to Court of Appeal

A lawsuit challenging state vaccine mandates has been filed in the U.S. 10th Court of Appeals, following its claims being dismissed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Martha Vázquez released a ruling on September 13 that rebutted arguments in a lawsuit challenging various vaccination warrants under New Mexico’s current health order. The plaintiffs include Jennifer Blackford, a nurse at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, and Talisha Valdez, a Union County resident, who respectively challenged restrictions that came into effect in August requiring vaccination of hospital staff as well as participants. at this year’s state fair. The United States district court refused to issue them a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction in August. Vázquez also spoke out against them last week, writing: “To obtain a preliminary injunction, the plaintiffs are required to prove that they have a high chance of success on the merits of their claims, that they will suffer irreparable harm. if the court rejects the requested injunction, that the balance of damages weigh in their favor and that the injunction would not be contrary to the public interest. As noted above, applicants fail to meet their onus on one, let alone all, of these factors. For example, Vázquez notes that the plaintiffs’ claims that the health order violates their contractual agreements of employment at Presbyterian for Blackford and participation in the State Fair cattle show for Valdez fail on the merits because ‘they have not provided proof of these contracts; Presbyterian had his own vaccine mandate that would have impacted Blackford anyway; and the State Fair canceled its junior cattle contest and issued refunds. Nonetheless, attorney for Albuquerque A. Blair Dunn, who has filed a variety of lawsuits in the past challenging state health orders, filed an appeal with the 10th Circuit on September 15 and told the Albuquerque Journal he thinks the case, or a similar case, could end up in the United States Supreme Court.

To weigh

The much-discussed City of Santa Fe CHART Project launched an online questionnaire (here in English and here in Spanish) for residents of Santa Fe (city and county) to provide feedback to Artful Life, the managing entrepreneur. Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation and Truth Initiative. The survey, which will remain open until December 19, includes three questions, each limited to 300 words: 1. How can we come to a better understanding of the history of Santa Fe? 2. How can we build healthier relationships while recognizing our differences? ; and 3. How can we become good ancestors for our children, their children and future generations? Project co-directors Valerie Martinez and Jenice Gharib said they plan to complete the review of facilitator applications by tomorrow and finalize a team of eight to 12 core members by September 30. at which training will begin. “Please share the link to the survey with your family members, circles of friends and colleagues, and others who live in the city or county,” Martinez and Gharib said in a statement announcing the ‘investigation. “The more people who respond, the better able we are to understand and learn from the community as a whole. “


New FX TV show “Reservation Dogs” received critical acclaim for its portrayal of Indigenous youth, with the Washington Post describing it as “an unforgettable (and caper-filled) portrait of a modern-day Native American community” and the Guardian noting that the show “pulls out of the humor of mundane dysfunctions and all-too-human sendings from Hollywood’s most consistent Native American tropes.” In the last episode of the weekly Cinema debate podcast, hosts Jacques Paisner and Gary Farmer, as well as producer Liesette Paisner Bailey, chat with the executive producer, presenter and writer of the series Sterlin Harjo (Seminole and Muscogee) about the genesis of the series and working with Indigenous writers, directors, and actors (including Farmer and Wes Studio from Santa Fe, both of whom are on the show). “You can tell… it was created by natives,” Harjo says, “just the way it feels. “

Hello indeed

Yet another traditional event returns this weekend after a pandemic hiatus: the 13th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair at El Rancho de las Golondrinas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19. “We have a little adjustment for COVID, because of budgets and numbers, but the spirit of the festival is the same,” explains Victor Macias, responsible for special events and site rentals, at SFR, who puts highlight the show in this edition of the SFR Picks week. “The jousters, the armored fighting league, the fairy village and the royal court, so all the major players keep coming out. The event takes place outdoors with 200 acres to keep social distance on, and the museum has implemented additional COVID security practices, including requiring all volunteers, staff and vendors to wear clothing. masks. The museum also only sells advance tickets (free for children 12 and under; $ 12 for adults and $ 10 for teens and seniors) and does not sell them at the door. “We want to control the numbers for security reasons this year, limiting it to around 3,000 a day,” said Daniel Goodman, director of the museum. “Tickets will be scanned, we will have increased cleaning schedules, disinfection stations, and normal security precautions.” Look for plenty of food, family activities, and, we’re guessing, at least one unicorn.

Sky travel

“The forecasts were not promising. The expansive New Mexico sky appeared clear, and ribbons of cerulean, purple, and indigo created a shaded horizon as the sun receded behind the West Mesa and Rio Grande. But the clouds would soon fall. Thus begins the epic tale of Leslie Pariseau, “A road trip through the American Southwest” for Condé Nast Traveler. These clouds initially crush his plan for a “road trip based entirely on seeing the darkest skies I could find, an increasingly rare phenomenon in an era chained to the glow of artificial light.” . Pariseau traces his route with the help of the International Dark-Sky Association and finds “the densest concentration of IDA certified locations” around the Four Corners States. As the opening story notes, stargazing in New Mexico turns out to be a bit of a failure. Instead, she and her partner content themselves with having dinner al fresco at Los Poblanos in Albuquerque one night and spending the following night at the Five Graces Inn in Santa Fe, sitting by the fire “alternately watching a rain.” swinging and holding my phone up to the sky, its screen locating where Sagittarius, Cassiopeia, Orion and Pisces might be if they weren’t obscured by a thick haze. Things improve when it hits Arizona and Utah, despite the snow (we couldn’t discern when this road trip took place), with the writer’s appreciation for the night sky intact. : The visible celestial plane exists almost exactly as it did when dinosaurs munched on treetops and at each other. Right now. Regardless, history also recommends the Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Cosmic Campground in the Gila National Forest for those seeking a sky-centric road trip.

We’re, like, totally in the 80s

If you like sunny days with temperatures in the 80s, you will love it today. And tomorrow. And the Sunday. Yes, that’s what is forecast for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, which forecasts a high of 86 degrees today with a northwesterly wind of 5-10 mph turning south in the aftermath. -midday.

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