NM Leaders Support IATSE As Strike Vote Begins |


COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 1,009 new cases of COVID-19, an increase of nearly 60% from the previous day, a deviation from the general downward trend in cases and number the highest by a day since late January (and could also be a random hiccup result and the result of late test results). The new cases so far bring the statewide total to 253,024. The DOH has designated 223,201 of these cases as recovered.

Bernalillo County recorded 303 new cases, followed by San Juan County with 140 and McKinley County with 55. Santa Fe County recorded 34 new cases.

The state also announced 13 more deaths, including 11 recent; there are now 4,801 deaths. Yesterday, 336 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 49 more than the day before.

Currently, 79.9% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 70.5% are fully immunized. In the 12-17 age group, 63.8% of people have received at least one dose and 54.3% are fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, of those 18 and older, 90.9% have received at least one dose and 80.9% are fully immunized.

The Department of Health has added a tool to its immunization website that allows recipients of the Pfizer vaccine to determine if they are eligible for a booster.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.

NM Lawmakers Support IATSE

All of the Democrats in the New Mexico congressional delegation signed a letter to the Alliance of Film and Television Producers asking them to negotiate a fair contract with the International Alliance of Theater Workers, IATSE. Union members are expected to start voting today on whether to allow a strike, having failed to negotiate a deal on issues such as unsafe working hours; unlivable wages; and failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, among other claims. “These workers have risked their health and safety over the past year, working during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the film and television production industry is left intact,” the letter said, signed by over 100 members of Congress. “Production has now returned to pre-pandemic levels, in large part due to the critical role these workers play in the creative process. The entertainment that you jointly produce helps heal our nation. “

In New Mexico, as SFR reported recently, the cinema hit its highest level of spending ever in New Mexico with around $ 624 million pumped into the economy so far in 2021, according to the State. Film Office – and the highest level of days worked per crew, a total of 520,000 days this year, up from nearly 320,000 in 2019. IATSE Local 480 is said to have around 1,600 members. Local leaders also issued statements of support, with New Mexico Senate Pro Tempore President Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, issuing a statement noting that “The legislature has worked hard to encourage people to bring work to New Mexico and we are proud of the incredible productions made here” and that “the members of IATSE 480 are the backbone of this industry…[who have] have risked their health and safety over the past year, working during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the film and television industry remains intact. Local AFL-CIO leaders also issued a letter of support, as did House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, and House Majority Leader Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, and Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos, D-Las Cruces.

PED updates social studies curriculum

For the first time in 20 years, the state’s Department of Public Education is updating its social studies curriculum and accepting public comment on revisions. “It is out of time for this update,” Public Education Secretary-designate Kurt Steinhaus said in a statement. “To keep the curriculum relevant, we regularly review what we teach in each subject and incorporate new developments. In social studies, this includes a more complete understanding of the many cultures that together make New Mexico unique. To that end, the state said the new social studies standards would align with a court order in the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit, which demanded that the state “provide students with culturally relevant education for the New. -Mexico, where 46% of the population is Hispanic, 9% are Native American, and 34% of households speak a language other than English at home. According to a press release, work to revise the social studies standards began in July 2020, nearly a year before a report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that qualified New Mexico’s current civic education standards. mediocre and inadequate standards of US history. The Social Studies Standards Writing Teams of educators from New Mexico completed their work in July. Written comments can be submitted until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 12, when there will also be a public hearing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mabry Hall of the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe.

Let’s talk about STDs

The state health department yesterday issued a public health order that requires all medical providers serving pregnant women to follow best practices by repeatedly testing all pregnant women for syphilis. According to the Ministry of Health, congenital syphilis – when syphilis is transmitted from mother to child – poses a “significant threat to public health because it can lead to serious birth defects, miscarriages and infant death. “. As they have done elsewhere, rates of primary and secondary syphilis in New Mexico have increased steadily over the past 20 years, and New Mexico ranked second in the United States for having the most syphilis in 2019. In other STD news, state health lawmakers and the Social Services Committee heard an update on the topic yesterday. Note: New Mexico also has relatively high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea. STDs disproportionately impact certain regions, ethnic / racial groups, and ages, according to a DOH presentation, and the state has used targeted disease awareness and intervention specialists to provide testing, counseling and other services to these populations. The state has received $ 1.4 million per year in US federal rescue funds for 2021 to 2025 to expand its disease response staff and plans to add 12 positions.


In the most recent episode of the Resilient New Mexico podcast – which explores climate-related stories, issues and ideas – Professor Clifford Villa of the University of New Mexico School of Law discusses environmental justice; Villa spent 22 years as an attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency. While New Mexico and the United States both have executive orders related to environmental justice, there are no laws that connect what Villa describes as the confluence of civil rights and environmental laws. While environmental justice initially placed a “strong and significant” emphasis on racial and ethnic diversity, says Villa, “in an age of climate change,” the list of vulnerable groups has expanded to include the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.

The smell of art

Last year the New York Times explored restaurant critic Tejal Rao’s “personal museum of smells” and invited readers to submit “which scents are so alive to them that they are now a part of it”. Tonight, the SITE Santa Fe presents the new show by artist Oswaldo Maciá, New maps of odor migration—One of the three exhibitions available during a vernissage from 5 pm to 7 pm – “a multisensory sculptural installation” which celebrates movement and migration through sound, smell and sight. As described, an “olfactory-acoustic sculpture diffuses the scent of tree resins from the forests of El Salvador and Honduras” and is “located among hand-painted maps annotated with notes on cultural history and role. biological sense of smell “. The other two shows opening at SITE tonight are artist Joanna Keane Lopez’s show Land craft theater and the museum’s second Creative Residencies installation featuring the work of Johnny Ortiz, which includes video and ceramic works documenting Ortiz’s culinary celebrations. Maciá’s installation is one of SFR’s favorites of the week, where you will also find suggestions for all the senses: apple picking, theater and multimedia.

The modernity of Santa Fe

In his next book Santa Fe Modern, author Helen Thompson “reveals the high desert landscape as an ideal setting for the bold and abstract forms of modernist houses”. The architects featured in the book use “large sections of glass, deep portals, long porches and courtyards” to allow “views, color and light to become integral parts of one’s very being. a home, encouraging a way to have a personal experience. connection with the desert landscape. Thompson recently spoke to Artistic space about the book, the third in a trilogy she created with photographer Casey Dunn. “For all three books,” explains Thompson, “we made the decision to create photographs of the houses that were somewhat different from the formal, stylized photos that are standard in interior design and architecture books. We wanted our photographs to be more accessible to the reader and easier to relate. We wanted to make every room look lived in and as if the owner was going to come back as part of the shot at any time. Artspace notes that all Santa Fe homes have great art, and asks Thompson to identify his own choices for a home art collection, many of which naturally also have a Santa Fe / New Mexico connection or influence. .

Autumn weather is here

It may have rained overnight (too dark to tell by now) and it could rain a bit more today, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts a 70% chance of precipitation with showers and possibly rain. thunderstorms in the afternoon. Otherwise, it will be cloudy with a high near 55 degrees and an easterly wind of 5-10 mph turning to westerly in the afternoon. As for the weekend, Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be sunny with peaks in the mid-60s. Welcome to October!

Thanks for reading! The Word listens to the birdsong while playing with this Bird forecast card (you can read more about it in Vox).

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