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Governor: New Mexico Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – New Mexico today became the 37th U.S. state to record 100,000 cases of COVID-19 and this record coincides with a record-shattering daily total of 40 more COVID-19 deaths.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

“Every single day I pray that New Mexicans infected with this virus will recover. Every single day I pray for the families whose loved ones are battling illness with all the strength they have. My thoughts are always with the doctors, nurses and health care providers who give everything they have


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Students Collect Donations For Los Alamos Animal Shelter

From left, Animal Shelter Manager Paul Sena, Los Alamos Online Learning Academy Teacher Kati Steinberg and 2nd grader Daisy McCullough with donations 2nd grade students collected for the Animal Shelter as their project to make the world a better place. Courtesy/LAPD

From left, Teacher Kati Steinberg, Sgt. Danny Robert and 2nd grader Daisy McCullough with donations students collected for the Animal Shelter as their project to make the world a better place. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter accepted a great deal of donations from the Los Alamos Online Learning


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,549 New Cases, Total Now 100,963 With 40 New Deaths And 34,411 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,549 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 4 more cases today … the total is now 158 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 40 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 448 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 130 new cases in Chaves County
  • 18 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Colfax County
  • 32 new cases in Curry County
  • 4 new cases in De Baca County
  • 113 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 70

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Chart 263: COVID-19 In New Mexico Dec. 2, 2020

The state of New Mexico announced today the COVID-19 map with county risk designations applicable for the two-week period Dec 2-15 (link). New Mexico’s ‘Red to Green’ system consists of two gating criteria: (1) Average daily cases below 8 per 100,000 residents, and (2) test positivity rate below 5 percent. The ‘Red to Green’ has three risk designations: (a) RED, none of the gating criteria are met, (b) YELLOW, one gating criteria met, (c) GREEN, both gating criteria are met. Los Alamos County, with average daily cases of 21 per 100,000 people and test positivity of 6 percent moved from YELLOW to

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Los Alamos County Facilities Re-Open Within Guidelines

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Community Services Department announced this afternoon a number of County facilities will re-open.

With the new public health order issued Nov. 30, 2020, starting today, Dec. 2, the following facilities will re-open within New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s guidelines and criteria of “Red Level”.

 

County Facilities Re-opening:

  • Larry Walkup Aquatic Center: Patrons can call to reserve a lane one day in advance. Lap Swim reservations will be taken for the 50-meter pool, and warm water exercises for the therapy pool. Walk-in reservations will

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New Mexico State Land Office Offering Low-Cost Christmas Tree Cutting And Sand Gathering Permits Now To Dec. 16

State Land Office News:

SANTA FE –The New Mexico State Land Office announced Tuesday low-cost Christmas tree cutting and sand gathering permits on state trust land in advance of the upcoming holiday.

Christmas tree cutting permits are available for $10, and the permitted area is east of Black Lake and South of Angel Fire. A limit of one tree, no taller than 15 feet, is allowed per permit.

Sand gathering permits, meant to allow individuals to gather sand to fill farolitos, are $5 and allow for the removal of up to 20 gallons of sand per permit, which is enough to fill approximately 100 farolito bags.


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New Mexico Department Of Health Map Update: Rising Positivity Rate Pushes Los Alamos County To Red Level

NMDOH News:
  • Department of Health County map ipdate: 32 counties operating at Red Level today
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday today the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Dec. 2, with 32 counties at the Red Level at one county at the Yellow Level.
No counties meet the criteria to operate at the Green Level at present.
The color-coding of the map, in accordance with the state’s amended emergency public health order, will be updated biweekly on Wednesdays.
The next update is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16. It and other associated demographic

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Santa Fe National Forest: Seasonal Road Closures

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors that forest roads susceptible to damage under severe weather conditions are closed for the winter to protect public health and safety, infrastructure and natural resources.

Seasonal closures generally occur between December and May, when snow, ice and frigid temperatures make winter travel treacherous.

The closures prohibit the use of motorized vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, on restricted roads when gates are closed, locked or posted with a closure sign.

Visitors traveling on open


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NMED COVID-19 Business Watchlist For Dec. 1, 2020

NMED News:

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist as of Tuesday, includes New Mexico places of employment with two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are now 206 establishments on the Watchlist.

The Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that are required to be closed, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. NMED or the state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments regarding testing,


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NIST: Software Shows Progress Recognizing Masked Faces

Some of the digitally applied face mask variations used in the NIST study, including the four different colors used (black, red, white and light blue) and some of the different shapes and amounts of face covering. Courtesy/B. Hayes, M. Ngan/NIST

NIST News:

A new study of face recognition technology created after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that some software developers have made demonstrable progress at recognizing masked faces.

The findings, produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are detailed in a new report called Ongoing Face Recognition


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Wiemann: November Market Review

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor / Branch Manager, Raymond James Financial Services
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC

As we know, there is nothing inherently unique about big number milestones, but nonetheless, seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average close over 30,000 for the first time certainly feels special – especially considering the year we’ve experienced. The difficulties facing the economy and the markets shouldn’t be understated, but through November the promise of normal was seemingly a powerful counter.

As COVID-19 cases continued


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 2, 2020

By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Parks have been closed for two weeks and will remain closed pending any announcements from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The closure is due to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Updated statewide health orders are expected to be announced today concerning the reopening of the state parks. For more information, visit the state parks website at: emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/SPD.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is planning on reopening today pending any new health orders. The lake is starting to freeze over, but the


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AGU: Roly Poly Bugs Threaten Fish Populations

California’s Big Creek meets the Pacific Ocean on the stretch of coast known as Big Sur. New research finds steelhead trout in Big Creek accumulate mercury when the fish eat roly polies. Courtesy/Dave Rundio

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roly poly bugs may be a source of fun for kids and adults but these little bugs that form into balls at the slightest touch are causing problems for some threatened fish.

New research finds steelhead trout in a stream on the California coast accumulate mercury in their bodies when the fish eat roly polies and similar terrestrial bugs that fall into local waterways.


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Obituary: Thurman Lamar Talley July 26, 1937 – Nov. 28, 2020

THURMAN LAMAR TALLEY July 26, 1937 – Nov. 28, 2020

Thurman Lamar Talley of Los Alamos, NM, departed peacefully from this world on November 28, 2020. He was 83.

He was a devoted and inspiring husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend with a profound and authentic generosity of spirit.

Thurman was born into a caring, working-class family in Portales, NM, where he was an accomplished athlete and student. He studied at Rice and Eastern New Mexico universities, ultimately earning a doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Florida State.

In 1966, he returned to his native New Mexico with a


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Daily Postcard: Scenes From Hike On Red Dot Trail

Daily Postcard: Rocks seen Tuesday during a hike on the Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Dave Lannen

Scene during a hike Tuesday on Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Dave Lannen

Scene during a hike Tuesday on Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Dave Lannen

Scene during a hike Tuesday on Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Dave Lannen


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SFNF May Implement Hyde Park, Thompson Ridge Burns

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking at a potential window this week to implement the previously announced Hyde Park and Thompson Ridge prescribed pile burns to reduce the risk of wildfire.

The 132-acre Hyde Park pile burn near Black Canyon Campground on the Española Ranger District is designed to remove woody debris from a previously thinned area within the footprint of the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed. 

The 1-acre Thompson Ridge slash pit prescribed burn is a collaborative effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted


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