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Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine that will be marketed as “Comirnaty” (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. In addition, the vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization, including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. Comirnaty has the same formulation as the emergency use vaccine and is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart.

PNM has recently launched a field inspection team in parts of New Mexico to enhance maps which will help make key decisions on components in the electric grid that may require repairs or replacement. These inspections will be taking place in certain areas of Santa Fe, Silver City, Ruidoso, and Alamogordo, and will run over the next few months. According to a new release, the inspections managed by Burns & McDonnell working on behalf of PNM are working in the field in Silver City starting this week through the end of the month.  Burns & McDonnell inspectors will be easily identifiable, as they will be driving marked vehicles with PNM magnets, wearing PNM branded safety vests, will have PNM contractor ID badges, and a letter from PNM confirming they are working on behalf of the company. The inspectors will be working out in the field Mon through Saturday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. In addition, since many power poles are located within or near customer’s yards, the inspection team may need the ability to enter the customer’s property to view the equipment. PNM appreciates customers helping them gain access, if needed, and keeping their pets inside while contractors are working near or on their property.

The public is invited to participate in a free Night Sky Photography Session with Gila National Forest volunteer, Deborah Calkins on September 3rd from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M. at Fort Bayard. You don’t need a fancy camera to participate. There is a limited space to 15 participants ages 12 and up, and you must sign up in advance. For more information, visit the U.S Forest Service – Gila National Forest page on Facebook.

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