BELEN—For a quarter of a century, Nathan Godfrey has protected his community while giving his all to the city he has lived in his entire life. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, July 9, announced the state of New Mexico will re-enact emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state.

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Late summer and early fall is usually the time for the community to come together at local fairs and fiestas, but this year, most of those events have been revamped, canceled or rescheduled.

Valencia County historian Richard Melzer documents signs posted around the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOSQUE FARMS — On a 3-0 vote, the Bosque Farms village council discharged the chief of police from his position during a special meeting Tuesday night.

LOS LUNAS — The New Mexico Department of Health took the unusual step of naming the specific location of a COVID-19 exposure last week after a department spokesman says the patient was being “uncooperative.”

LOS LUNAS — Los Lunas boasts two finalists in the 2020 New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards, also known as the STEMYS. The Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office held the annual event via virtual ceremony on June 30.

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Editor's note: This article was updated on July 2 to include reopening plans for St. Mary's Catholic School in Belen. The information was provided after the News-Bulletin's press deadline.

Car seat inspections are still possible by way of virtual instruction. The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division and Safer New Mexico Now will host virtual car seat education sessions through Zoom.