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New Mexico Counties Have Long Way To Go Under Virus System - By Morgan Lee And Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press New Mexico is moving to a county-by-county system for responding to COVID-19 that allows local communities to shed some restrictions on mass gatherings, restaurant dining, attendance at religious services and some nonessential businesses — if the virus retreats.

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New Mexico Counties Have Long Way To Go Under Virus System - By Morgan Lee And Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico is moving to a county-by-county system for responding to COVID-19 that allows local communities to shed some restrictions on mass gatherings, restaurant dining, attendance at religious services and some nonessential businesses — if the virus retreats.


When Willow Belden goes holiday shopping she likes to support local businesses. This year, though, it's meant calling stores and asking, "Are you guys wearing masks? But are you really wearing masks? And, like, what else are you doing?"

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New Mexico Counties Have Long Way To Go Under Virus System – Associated Press

New Mexico is moving soon to a county-by-county system for responding to COVID-19 that allows local communities to shed restrictions if the virus retreats.

Nevada recently hosted its annual rural health conference, with a particular focus on infrastructure as COVID-19 continues to ravage rural America.

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‘Buy Local' Push Picks Up Steam In New Mexico Amid Shutdown - By Pilar Martinez Albuquerque Journal

Jenny Gonzales, owner of Los Ranchos' Culture Club Salon, said she has seen firsthand this year how local businesses are able to lift one another up — even during the current state-mandated shutdown of nonessential businesses.

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New Mexico Governor Says Holiday Plans Aren't Worth The Risk - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is making a last push to get people to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

She tweeted a new video from the state health department showing family members eating dinner at their own homes while talking via a livestream.

The governor says seeing family isn't worth the risk and that it's not too late to cancel plans.

The Mountain West is facing a hospitalization crisis, and even states that cracked down early are feeling the effects of those that didn't.

In Washington State, the frustration is palpable.


Amid America’s racial reckoning spurred by the killing of George Floyd, a number of controversial historical monuments were torn down by protesters or removed by authorities this year, including some in the Mountain West.

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New Mexico Looks Ahead To More Economic Relief Amid Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The flurry to pass a $330 million relief package aimed at helping out-of-work New Mexicans and certain businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic is done.

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New Mexico On Track To Pass $330 Million Virus Relief Bill - By Cedar Attanasio AP/Report For America

Republican lawmakers are voicing support for a coronavirus relief package proposed in the Democratic-controlled New Mexico legislature.

Bipartisan support emerging in the House signals that the $330 million bill will pass quickly.

If signed this week, the state could distribute $1,200 stimulus checks to people who are unemployed or who have run out of unemployment this year.

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