Jan 17, 2021

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Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

By By MEAD GRUVER Associated Press
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  • — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold.
  • This winter, 5-gallon propane tanks have proven a new necessity for urban businesses, too, especially in places like the Rocky Mountains, where the sun often takes the edge off the chill and people still enjoy gathering on patios when the heaters are roaring.
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Low-income, underserved business owners encouraged to apply for PPP loans

By By Teya Vitu tvitu@sfnewmexican.com
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  • Lessons learned from the federal Paycheck Protection Program in 2020 have led New Mexico financial institutions to try to get more of these forgivable loans to low-income, underserved business owners and simplify the application process.
  • “One of the things we were grateful for with this early access is it is less taxing for the IT infrastructure [to get applications processed online],” said Marisa Barrera, executive vice president at DreamSpring, which issues loans to small businesses in underserved neighborhoods throughout the state that aren’t able to get bank loans.
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Workers file wage complaints against shuttered Española restaurant

By By Dillon Mullan dmullan@sfnewmexican.com
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  • Five former employees of the long-popular Angelina's Restaurant in Española filed complaints Tuesday with the state Department of Workforce Solutions alleging they are owed $12,000 for work prior to the restaurant's closing in November.
  • A bill of sale shows Fidel Gutierrez, who opened the restaurant over 35 years ago, sold his 50 percent stake to his son, Zev Gutierrez, in December 2019.
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Ruling: City of Santa Fe liable for workers’ lost ages

By By Sean P. Thomas sthomas@sfnewmexican.com
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  • The board ruled in September the city had violated labor relations practices but didn't order financial damages to furloughed employees, prompting the union to appeal.
  • The New Mexico Public Employees Labor Relations Board said in a ruling earlier this month the city had engaged in unfair labor practices by failing to properly notify workers of the furloughs and must provide compensation.
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Trump takes no responsibility for riot, visits Texas

By By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller Associated Press
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  • Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to trumpet his campaign against illegal immigration in an attempt to burnish his legacy with eight days remaining in his term, as lawmakers in Congress appeared set to impeach him this week for the second time.
  • In Alamo, Texas, a city in the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexican border — the site of the 450th mile of the border wall his administration is building, Trump brushed off Democratic calls on his Cabinet to declare him unfit from office and remove him from power using the 25th Amendment.
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Santa Fe teachers find learning opportunities in Capitol riots

By By James Barron jbarron@sfnewmexican.com
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  • Brayden, a government, economics and geography teacher at Capital High School, said last week's assault on the Capitol, led by supporters of President Donald Trump, gave him an opportunity to tie some of the lessons he was teaching directly to a historic moment.
  • Martinez said the goal was to help students better understand what Wednesday’s events meant, adding it's important to educate them about how government works and arm them with the knowledge to discount some of the disinformation that he has seen.
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