La Tienda Covid Update 4-15-2020

To be honest, we haven’t been sleeping that well. We wake up too early. We consume so much news. Like most of you, we’re worried for the future. La Tienda has lost some beloved tenants. Just Cuts, The Coffee Wheel, and The Wag have closed permanently. The uncertainty of our collective future can be demoralizing and dis-empowering.
Still, while working at the hardware store, hidden behind our masks, we talk with you. Ultimately, we understand that if everyone does what they can, we’ll get through this and maybe create something better.
At home a few nights ago, we were talking about people doing what they can and realized how hard it is to step up when fear rules and social distancing keeps so many unemployed and locked up.
In an effort to quell that fear for a bit, we reached out to our friend, Luisa Kolker. Luisa is an Eldorado resident currently trapped in Spain. She is also a Shaman and a psychotherapist. We asked her to create a meditation for our community to help calm our nerves. She did one immediately. We listened to it that night and, for the first time in a long while, slept deeply. Here it is for you.
Meditation for Eldorado
Meditation for Eldorado
Listening to Luisa, feeling our bodies, hearts, and minds relax, we calmed, rested, and dreamed. Then we begin to put the finishing touches on the next thing we can do. However, for us to do it well, we need your input. Please read on to learn about the new dry goods store and email us your recommendations.
You’re in our hearts and minds.
Destiny and Steve
PS: If you want to do something good, inexpensive, and easy, support the US Postal Service and buy $10 worth of stamps online at
The Postal Service is in dire straights and believes it will be forced to close in September if it doesn’t get a large cash infusion. The federal government is not inclined to give it that infusion, but if millions of Americans buy stamps now, it will go a long way toward avoiding this catastrophe.
PPS: The resources section at the bottom of the newsletter gets longer every week. We will put the most recent resources available at the top of this section so you don’t have to read all the way through, but we’re keeping all of them here because we get new subscribers daily.

The New Dry Goods Store
Because things are going to get worse before they’ll get better, Eldorado Hardware is expanding. Nationwide (and globally) the supply chain disruption is already causing major shortages in stores everywhere. You’ve seen it first hand. First toilet paper and disinfectant wipe. Then hamburger meat and hair dye. While some of the disruption is caused by hoarding, much of it is not. Instead, shortages have to do with borders and port closures, crippled airlines, closed manufacturing and processing plants, and real-time stocking and storage issues designed to maximize profitability.  What this means is that our current shortages in everything from spray bottles to electronics to food are only going to get worse before it gets better.
In the food industry, additional shortages are occurring because of how the United States has traditionally spent its food budget. More than 50% of meals eaten in the US have been at restaurants for a good while now. That means that food previously sold to restaurants is now being demanded at grocery stores which have limited space and typically stock about a thirty day supply of less than 50% per person consumption. Additionally, the food that was sold to restaurants is not packaged for retail consumers. The labeling and proportions aren’t right. The time and expense necessary to remedy this problem is significant.
We’re worried about this. So is the Eldorado Supermarket. So we’re taking some steps to ensure food redundancy in the Eldorado/285 community. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be opening a new section of the hardware store. It will be directly across from the existing hardware store in Just Cuts old space. This section will sell dry goods like rice and beans, canned goods, bread, and other durable goods. Eldorado Supermarket is loaning us its bulk grain bins and we will be packaging that product (masked and gloved) for people. Additionally, we’ll be using one of our existing e commerce sites so you can order online and have curbside pickup. Guy, at Eldorado Supermarket, will be letting us know about products he can only order in limited quantities and about products he didn’t receive on his weekly order and we will work with him to ensure there’s enough in the community. Beyond dry goods, we’re thinking about meat and produce. There will be a mechanism for you to purchase meats and produce not readily available in grocery store via this website. Finally we reached out to the New Mexico Farmers Market and they will send farmers with excess product normally sold to restaurants so they can sell it at mini markets at La Tienda as necessary. This in no way will compete with our own beloved Farmers Market, but it can certainly augment what’s available through the growing season.
Here’s how you can help us do this well. In addition to food products, there will shortages in many industries. We need to know what you can’t live without on a daily basis and which products are not currently available in Eldorado that you drive to town for. Please reply to this email with your heart’s desires and we’ll do our best to bring them in before shortages occur. Please do not ask for items that are already in short supply. We’re on that.
Also, for those of you who don’t know, the hardware store will have quart bottles of hand sanitizer available by the end of the month. You can reserve your supply by emailing

Because We Need to Feel Good Too
We saw these messages on a recent bike ride and hike. They warmed us completely. Enjoy.

Eldorado Family Health
We are Here. Call us at 505-216-7772
During this stressful and uncertain time, we at Eldorado Family Health wanted to reach out and let you know that we are here for you. We are open, working our regular hours in the office, and available to talk.
If you are not an established patient with Eldorado Family Health and need a primary care provider call us to establish care. If you already have a primary care provider, please call them and ask them how they are operating during this crisis.
We have made adjustments to keep everyone safe so we are limiting in-person visits and performing Telehealth phone visits when possible. Call Kirsten and she will set-up a time for you and Warren to discuss your health concern.
Visits at Eldorado Family Health
Warren will still see you at the office for visits requiring visual/hands on examination and Anette will draw labs for you. Before you come in please be prepared to answer questions related to possible exposure to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or you are experiencing any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to stay at home but CALL US. Anette will speak to you and make appropriate recommendations about next steps.
Information is developing as scientists get to know more about the virus but current symptoms are:
  • Fever
  • Sore throat with dry unproductive cough
  • Chest congestion
  • Shortness of breath
Here is where we get our information

Free Virtual Gym 
One of the best ways to handle stress is staying active. Eldorado Fitness Studio’s Heather Little is posting workout videos you can do from home using virtual gym software, SugarWOD.
The SugarWOD app can be downloaded from the App Store for I-Phone and I-Pad users and from Google Play for android users.
Joining SugarWOD is free. Simply follow the instructions to set up a free SugarWOD account.  Once you have joined, search for and select El Dorado Fitness Studio as your gym.  Check the calendar for the workout of the day.  You can scroll back through the calendar to view previous workouts.
You can do the follow along with the suggested workout or do your own.  Either way comment!  Let us know you thoughts.  Let us know how you are keeping healthy.  Encourage others with online fistbumps and comments!  Be active!

La Plancha Reopens for Take Out and Curbside Delivery 
La Plancha will reopen on Thursday, April 16 during regular business hours. Please support them. The Eldorado/285 corridor needs to preserve as many local businesses as possible.

The Thai Bistro Shortens Hours 
In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the bistro is now open Monday through Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm. You can call them for curbside delivery at 466-6760

La Alencia Food Pantry 
We are in desperate need of canned/packaged protein, packaged meals and hearty soups. We also need rice, pasta and breakfast foods. Please bring items to the pantry (located in the hallway outside the hardware store) between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm, Monday – Saturday.

Compost Pick Up in Eldorado
Reunity Resources, the intown commercial composting folks, have initiated a compost pickup operation in Eldorado. If they get enough customers, it will be feasible for them to pickup food waste at El Dorado Community School, which the school district folks have been hoping would happen.
To learn about the program, click here.

News from Eldorado Family Health
We are Here! Call us at 505-216-7772During this stressful and uncertain time, we at Eldorado Family Health wanted to reach out and let you know that we are here for you. We are open, working our regular hours in the office, and available to talk at any time.
TeleHealthWe have made adjustments to keep everyone safe so we are limiting in-person visits and performing Telehealth phone visits when possible. Call Kirsten and she will set-up a time for you and Warren to discuss your health concern.
Visits at Eldorado Family HealthWarren will still see you at the office for visits requiring visual/hands on examination and Anette will draw labs for you. Before you come in please be prepared to answer questions related to possible exposure to COVID-19.
COVID-19If you have any questions or you are experiencing any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to stay at home but CALL US. Anette will screen you and make appropriate recommendations about next steps.

Information is developing as scientists get to know more about the virus but current symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat with dry unproductive cough
  • Chest congestion
  • Shortness of breath

Here is where we get our information:

Thank you for allowing us to be your healthcare provider

A Message from Ben Ray Lujan

Help Native Americans
The Covid-19 virus is starting to rampage through the Native American reservations at an alarming rate. Unlike the vast majority of us, the truth is that most of these wonderful people live in squalid, third-world conditions and abject poverty. Most of them are living large distances from any major city or urban centers. This results in it being very difficult to make it to major shopping centers to get supplies. Diseases like heart disease, diabetes and many more are already rampant on the reservations and this Covid-19 virus is a true disaster for them.
Wings of Faith Ministries (an all-volunteer organization) is working to make a distribution of much needed supplies to help them combat this terrible virus and we need your help to do it. The cost of the distribution will be at least $1500 and we really need your help to be able to make this happen. You don’t have to donate a large amount (unless you feel so led) but every little bit will help to be able to make this distribution happen. You can go to, click on the Covid-19 Distribution button and make a donation of any size to help us do this.

Squash Blossom Local Food here in Santa Fe has indicated they are interested in offering delivery to us for the first time here in Eldorado if they can get at least ten subscribers.
The Blossom Bag with fresh vegetables is available for the subscription price of $25.20. You choose how frequently you want the bag to be delivered.  Every week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks.  They also offer add ons like fresh eggs and coffee.  The delivery charge will be $18 which is the same delivery fee for in town. For home delivery, you do have to order on a one-time only basis, the insulated container which costs $40. Currently their website only indicates delivery in Santa Fe city limits so hopefully enough people will be interested in subscribing to extend delivery to us in Eldorado. You can also stop delivery for travel and stop your subscription at any time.
If you are interested, please contact Nina at the following email and let her know you are in Eldorado and how frequently you would like to order delivery.

Help and Resources
Santa Fe County and City of Santa Fe Partner to CONNECT Local Residents to Services During COVID-19 Crisis
Today Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe join forces for the public kick-off of CONNECT, a program developed to assist Santa Fe County and City residents in meeting their basic needs.   CONNECT is a network of over 90 navigators at clinics, City and County programs, and community organizations that links people to services and resources in our community.  Based on an Accountable Health Community model, CONNECT addresses the unmet, non-medical social needs of people by forging a stronger link between clinical care and community services.   The program is funded by a combination of both County and City dollars, and includes flexible funding that may be used to assist individuals during the COVID-19 crisis.
The CONNECT program allows people to access crucial services relative to their current wellbeing from either a smartphone or computer. Through this program, City and County residents will be able to be linked with community-based navigators who can assist them with social needs such as housing, utilities, reliable transportation, and nutritious food.  “CONNECT is the perfect service to assist Santa Fe County residents in accessing basic non-medical needs so crucial during the COVID-19 crisis,” states Rachel O’Connor, Community Services Director for Santa Fe County.
“New Mexicans have always known how to take care of each other, especially in difficult times,” says Kyra Ochoa, Director of Community Services for the City of Santa Fe.  “CONNECT is a way for the City and County to support the agencies doing such good work in our communities, and to respect and champion the expertise of those people who help the people.”
To access CONNECT services visit either the Santa Fe County website at or the City of Santa Fe at
For more information, please contact Rachel O’Connor, Santa Fe County at 992-9842 or Kyra Ochoa, City of Santa Fe, at 955-6603.
Help for 1099 Contractors and Sole Proprietors without employees:
Help for Small Businesses:
The state has compiled a resource guide for small businesses. You can find details here. Additionally, the state has partnered with non-profits and the public to create a grant program.

The All Together NM Fund will provide a phased response to the pandemic. First, it will address immediate needs in New Mexico communities, including:
  • Procurement of food and medical and cleaning supplies for at-risk communities
  • Support for childcare workers who are supporting our front-line employees
  • Grants to address income insecurity among smaller businesses and employees affected by COVID-19 disruptions

To donate to the fund, click here.

Compliance and Employee Help:
If you work for a non-essential business and are asked to work by an employer, please visit or call 1-833-551-0518, to get answers to any of your questions or to report non-compliance to the state.
The Department of Workforce Solutions has also provided an updated summary of resources available to New Mexico’s business owners and workers impacted by COVID-19.
Information For Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of public health emergency in New Mexico as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19). In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support. Click here for resources.
Information for employers whose business and employees have been affected as a result of COVID-19
President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law Wednesday night
Which expands access to emergency paid sick leave to workers. Qualifications for eligibility are employees that work at a company with fewer than 500 employees; local, state, and federal government employees; employees who work under a multiemployer collective agreement and whose employers pay into a multiemployer plan.
The act provides sick leave for full and part time employees. Employers will initially pay the cost of the emergency paid sick leave but will be fully reimbursed by the federal government within three months.  Emergency Paid Family Leave Fact Sheet.
Santa Fe COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form
Times seem really wild and unpredictable right now and we can isolate and hoard or possibly find a way to stay in community and help each other out. Safe distancing is important, but so is solidarity.

Here’s the idea: pair those in need in Santa Fe with those able to help by filling out this form. We’ll do our best to match offers with requests.

This effort is being coordinated by Raashan Ahmad/Beth Gutelius and organizers with Earth Care YUCCA/Red Nation/Santa Fe DSA/Fathers NM. EC YUCCA has shifted its climate organizing campaign to focus on mutual aid and is helping to staff this effort.

If you have questions or suggestions contact us at


The Community Services Department:
This county department has implemented Santa Fe County Connect, with the goal of addressing the needs of our residents by connecting them with resources to stay healthy. Stable housing and utilities, access to food, reliable transportation, and feeling safe all lead to better health and well-being.

Through our Connect network, navigators across the City and the County link residents to services and resources in the community. Navigators use a web-based platform to screen for and make referrals to address needs. If you would like to speak with a navigator, please contact Jennifer Romero at (505) 995-9525 or email:
Our website describes Santa Fe County Connect and how it helps people. The Resource Directory provides information about local resources.
La Alencia Food Pantry:
Is now located in Building A across from the hardware store. It is fully stocked by people vested in making a difference. The motto is give what you can, take what you need. If you, or someone you know, has food insecurity during this crisis, please. Take what you need. The pantry is open to the public during hardware store hours: Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. You don’t need to register for anything to take food, but please be considerate. Take only what you need. If you’d like to contribute to the pantry, that too is self-serve, but if it happens to be fully stocked, put your contributions behind the pantry and we will help ensure the pantry is restocked.
50% Off Store:
Because this store is part of the mall, it is technically closed. However, our pets matter so we’ve moved pet food into the hallway outside the hardware store. We just received a very large shipment of Taste of the Wild for dogs if you need to stock up.

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