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In And Around Town: March 5, 2021

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Check with groups that meet regularly for schedule changes.

SUNDAY March 7

Los Alamos Co-op Market Celebrates its 10th anniversary
2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at the co-op.. The festivities can be followed on Facebook Live on the co-op market’s Facebook page. In addition to the activities March 7, the market will offer a 10 percent discount on the 10th day of every month throughout 2021.More information.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 306 New Cases, Total 186,460 With 18 New Deaths, 153,376 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 306 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new case today so the total remains at 485 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 18 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 102 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new

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Museum of Natural History & Science Launches ‘Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations’ Online Exhibition

‘Emergence’ by Sayaka Ganz. Courtesy/New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

NMMNH&S News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNH&S) new virtual exhibition, “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations,” shows how plastic and art can merge to create living expressions with a sense of movement and self-awareness.

On display at the museum in 2020, this exhibit has been digitally preserved and is now available for online viewing.

In “Reclaimed Creations,” Sayaka Ganz visually transforms common household items such as spatulas, spoons,


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Legislation To Prevent Sexual Misconduct In New Mexico Schools Unanimously Advances In State Senate

Rep. Liz Thomson

House Democrats News:

…Establishes ‘affirmative consent’ as standard for sexual activity, creates task force on sexual misconduct

SANTA FE – Legislation updating the policies in New Mexico schools to proactively prevent sexual assault and harassment and to establish a clear standard for affirmative consent passed its first Senate committee today with a unanimous 6-0 vote.

The legislation passed out of the House last week with a bipartisan 58-7 vote. 

House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque), creates a task force on sexual misconduct, and


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Enterprise Bank & Trust

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday at Enterprise Bank & Trust, 1200 Trinity Dr., are from left, Branch Manager Nadine Martinez, Financial Services Representative (FSR) Lisa Scott, Teller Dorothy Martinez, Asst. Branch Manager Samantha Norwood, FSR LeeAnne Montalvo, Teller Justin Blea, Teller Anthony Vigil and FSR Julie Ann Baca. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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NMDOH On Vaccination Update, J&J Fetal Tissue Issue

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced this morning that at this stage, nearly 25 percent of New Mexicans (16+) have received one or more shots, with nearly 14 percent fully vaccinated.

J&J and Vaccine Invitations

Thus far, New Mexico media have not focused heavily on purported distinctions between the vaccines, nor have members of the public.

Beginning in the next several days, New Mexicans will receive appointment invitations that specify the type of vaccine they are scheduled to receive.

  • If they choose not to confirm their invitation for any reason, they

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New Mexico DA Raises Office Minimum Wage To $15/Hr

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies

From the Office of the District Attorney:

SANTA FE — The First Judicial District Attorney’s office has raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective March 1, 2021.

“Upon entering the office, I was immediately concerned that some employees of the office of the District Attorney were earning far less than a living wage,” District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said. “All staff members in our office work incredibly hard and deserve to be paid at least $15 per hour.”

When Carmack-Altiwies learned of the pay discrepancy, her office quickly began working


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Scenes Of Multi-Generational Pool Construction On Canyon

Crew works on multi-generation pool project Thursday on Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Scene of multi-generation pool project underway Thursday on Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Scene of multi-generation pool project underway Thursday on Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Scene of multi-generation pool project underway Thursday on Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Bill Supporting Reentry Into Employment Passes House

Rep. Andrea Romero

STATE News:

Santa Fe — Legislation designed to assist people who are seeking gainful employment, but have a criminal record, has passed the House of Representatives Thursday. 

With bipartisan sponsorship from Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), House Bill 96 revises the list of criminal records that cannot be considered in an application for public employment, licensure, or other authority to practice a trade, business or profession.

Similar legislation has been shown to improve employment opportunities for people with criminal


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Sen. Luján Meets With New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, Discusses COVID Relief For Local Economies

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. ­— Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) met with the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association to discuss COVID-19 relief for local economies, support for workers and small businesses, and much-needed investments to bridge the digital divide.

More than 25 Chambers of Commerce were represented in the virtual meeting.

“It was a pleasure meeting with Chambers of Commerce from across New Mexico – including those representing our smallest communities,” Luján said. “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated


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Legislative Roundup: 15 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

What’s the beef?: Senate Republicans Thursday sent a letter to state Auditor Brian Colón, asking him to probe how Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham uses her contingency fund.

The governor came under scrutiny and critical fire last month after media organizations reported on expenditures that ranged from personal items and services to $6,500 on groceries that included Wagyu beef, tuna steaks and several purchases of bottles of tequila, vodka, gin, wine and beer.

At the time, one of the governor’s spokespeople said the goods were not for her, but for members of her


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New Mexico Supreme Court Reverses Conviction For Constitutional Violation Of Right To Counsel

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NM Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday invalidated a Hobbs man’s misdemeanor conviction because a magistrate court accepted a no contest plea without providing the defendant with a lawyer as required by the Constitution.

“This case serves as a reminder that fundamental constitutional rights cannot be jettisoned for the sake of judicial efficiency,” the Court unanimously concluded in an opinion written by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “At every level of our courts, the Constitution must stand as an immovable bulwark to secure the rights of individuals


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Governor Orders Flags To Half-Staff For Rep. Ed Sandoval

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STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday ordered state flags lowered half-staff in honor of long-serving former state lawmaker Ed Sandoval of Bernalillo County.

Flags are to be lowered to half-staff beginning today, March 5 through sundown Sunday, March 7. 

The governor issued the following statement:

“For more than 30 years, Ed Sandoval was a faithful public servant, representing his constituents with warmth, integrity and decency. He was an honorable man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was kind, fair and always had a piece of candy for my children when


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LADP News:

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All past letters are archived in that location as well.

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Once Bullied, Sen. Candelaria Standing Up To Everyone

Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, broke from Senate tradition and went on Twitter to write that a fellow Democrat, Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces, lied on the Senate floor. Courtesy/SFNM

By MILAN SIMONICH
SFNM

Across 109 years, the New Mexico State Senate has been populated by at least a few rogues, lawbreakers and drunks.

But it seemed to be a peaceful, polite place. Until this week, I had not seen one New Mexico senator publicly call another a liar. The button-down style of the Senate kept those sorts of charges in closed-door meetings.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, broke


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DPU Announces New Advanced Metering Infrastructure Installation Project To Begin In White Rock Week Of March 15

COUNTY News:

Utility Metering Solutions (UMS), under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for the County of Los Alamos starting the week of March 15.

AMI is a method of using radio communication technology to read meters remotely without having to physically access the meters on customers’ properties.

UMS crews, practicing COVID safety protocols, will begin by attaching smart points or communication modules onto the existing water meters in Pajarito Acres. From there, work will progress to La Senda


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