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V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
Workers Are Not Expendable
The New Mexico Restaurant Association needs to know
A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) hosted a virtual protest urging restaurants across the state to post pictures of their employees outside of their establishments with signs that read “Let Us Serve.” This action came after Governor Lujan Grisham announced reimposing the ban on indoor dining at eateries and breweries.
PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
A Discussion on Honesty and Reporting
COVID-19 testing exposes gaps in reporting and response
With a COVID-19 reporting system so comprehensive, where could anything go wrong?
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020
Food for Thought
New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth
The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.
Pranidchakan Boonrom / CC AS 2.0
Non-COVID-Related Treatments Pushed Aside
Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever
The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.
Brandon Stephenson / CC AS 2.0
COVID Fun in Burque
Don’t let a pandemic stop your summer
Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.
Local Organizer Evicted During Moratorium
Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords
Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News on the Green
Study: CBD Could Fight Cocaine Addiction
A meta-study, which analyzed data across multiple studies, suggests that CBD can treat cocaine misuse; Researchers at Augusta University say CBD could have a positive effect on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)—a severe autoimmune response in the lungs that afflicts some COVID-19 patients.
Get Thee Back
Cannabis may help slap back COVID-19
Studies and research being conducted on cannabis and its possible role in combating the deadly bronchial and lung inflammation associated with the coronavirus show the green weed just might give COVID-19 a much-needed slap in the face. That’s karmic.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
Fools On Parade
What happens when you rage against the wrong machine
Americans came out en masse to yell out against police brutality towards our BIPOC community members and have been met with even more brutality instead. Tear gas is being fired on our citizens by the very force that was supposed to protect them. Our soldiers had bounties placed on their heads, and the President did nothing to stop it. Yet here we are, watching a small group gather on a Saturday morning to say that we’re living in a dictatorship because someone told them they have to wear a piece of cloth on their face.
Grants Mayor Martin Hicks led the city's 4th of July parade last weekend, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order to forego celebrations; New Mexico State Police are issuing citations to individuals and businesses for failing to comply with the most recent public health order; the suicide rate in New Mexico reached record levels in 2018—the highest in the nation at the time.
Odds & Ends
Funny because COVID parties happen to someone else.
V.29 No.27 | 7/2/2020
Food for Thought
Service Industry Faces More Challenges During the Pandemic
It takes two to tango to make restaurant service function
With restaurants cautiously reopening throughout June, it’s become a weird trek back out into a world we once knew, with some of us hoping to sit down and eat something that isn’t burned and unseasoned by our inattention in the kitchen. For restaurant owners this has become a double-edged sword.
Councilors Cleaning House
One long Zoom call later, City Council tackles corona questions
Burque City Councilors earned their summer vacay after a nearly 6 1/2 hour Zoom meeting, clearing their government table of a myriad of items.