Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets $8M For New Mexico, Other States – Associated Press

Federal land managers say the latest oil and gas lease sale for parcels in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas netted more than $8.2 million. 

The Bureau of Land Management said nearly half of the revenues earned from last week’s sale will go to the states where the leases are located. 

The funds are often used for infrastructure projects, law enforcement and other government programs. 

In all, 113 parcels totaling more than 76 square miles were offered. 

The highest bid per acre topped $21,500 with the lease of 120 acres in southeastern New Mexico to Santa Fe-based Federal Abstract Company.

The Bureau of Land Management awards oil and gas leases for a 10-year term and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. If the leases result in producing oil or gas wells, revenue from royalties based on production is also shared with the state.

New Mexico Reports 107 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 More Death – Associated Press

Health officials in New Mexico reported 107 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Sunday. 

The latest numbers from the New Mexico Department of Health increase the state’s totals to 25,283 cases and 770 deaths. 

Officials say 28 of the new cases were reported in Chaves County, 22 in Bernalillo County, and 18 others in Lea County. The 12 other counties that confirmed new positive tests Sunday had new cases in the single digits. 

The newest COVID-related death in New Mexico was a Lea County resident in his 60s. 

As of Sunday, there were 66 individuals hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

Navajo Nation Reports 9 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 More Death – Associated Press

Navajo Nation health officials report nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one additional death. 

The latest numbers released Saturday night bring the total number of cases on the reservation to 9,789 with 501 known deaths. 

Tribal health officials say 94,287 people have been tested for COVID-19 and 7,054 have recovered. 

The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order on Aug. 16, but is asking residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities.  


Fans Hope Marvel Comic Book Improves Native RepresentationBy Terry Tang Associated Press

Native American comic book fans hope a new Marvel anthology by Indigenous artists and writers will jump-start authentic representation in mainstream superhero fare. 

“Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices #1” is expected in November during Native American History Month and will revisit some of its Native characters. 

Marvel says the project was planned long before the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice, which has prompted changes like the Washington NFL team changing its name and dropping its mascot. 

The lead artist for the comic book, Jeffrey Veregge, says the series is correcting a decades-old problem of Native American or Indigenous representation in the medium.

Lee Francis IV, owner of Red Planet Books & Comics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and an independent publisher of Native comics, helped find up-and-coming Native artists to join the Marvel anthology. 

An organizer of an annual Indigenous Comic Con who’s Laguna Pueblo, Francis said comic books aren’t far off from some tribes’ storytelling traditions.

Racist stereotypes found their way into the medium because comic book artists often relied on what they saw in movie and TV Westerns, Francis said. And before Westerns, political cartoons dating to the 1700s demonized or ridiculed Native people. 

1 Dead After A Big Rig Rolls Over Along I-40 In Albuquerque – Associated Press

Authorities say at least one person is dead after a rollover crash involving a big rig along Interstate 40 in Albuquerque. 

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials say the crash occurred late Saturday night four miles west of the Route 66 Casino. 

Authorities didn’t immediately release the name of the person who died or provide more information about the fatal crash.

New Mexico Governor Regrets Criticizing Española Over Masks – Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is apologizing for claiming residents of Española aren’t wearing masks during the pandemic. 

The governor said in a statement Friday that she regrets her words gave an inaccurate impression of the town of 10,000. 

Lujan Grisham said their efforts to fight COVID-19 are making an enormous difference. The governor singled out Española during a news conference Thursday, saying she didn’t see anyone wearing a mask when she recently drove through there.


Española Mayor Javier Sanchez slammed her comments, saying it felt like “getting punched in the gut.” He says it’s bad enough people already stereotype Española as high in poverty and crime.

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