New Mexico State Auditor Fraud Alert: ‘Smishing’ Scam


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has issued a Risk Advisory warning New Mexicans to be aware of fraudsters using cellphone text messaging technology to scam recipients.

The Motor Vehicle Division is reporting the text messages appear to be an attempt to steal social security numbers and other personal identifying information.

For full details of the Risk Advisory following this link: RISK ADVISORY | Fraud Alert: “Smishing”: Scam.

New Mexicans concerned about potential instances of governmental waste, fraud, and abuse should contact the

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Power Restored To Homes And Businesses In White Rock

Los Alamos County Public Utilities crews on the job early this evening behind Del Norte Credit Union near the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, working to repair a power outage that affected homes and businesses in White Rock. At about 7:30 p.m. the crews restored power to the area. Photo by Katy Korkos 

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In And Around Town: July 30, 2021

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas.

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FRIDAY July 30

Free Movie Night at BELC: Princess Bride
Free movies on alternate Friday nights are being offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos (near Mountain Elementary School). The movies will be shown outside in the church courtyard starting at 8:20 p.m., as darkness descends. Seating will be outside under the stars, in a safe, socially distanced

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PEEC Seeks Help Testing Updated Los Alamos Trails App

PEEC is seeking help from the public to give feedback on the updated Los Alamos Trails App. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) needs the community’s help to test out the updated Los Alamos Trails App.

PEEC has been working with students in New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts and Technology Department to update the app, and it is almost ready for release.

PEEC’s Los Alamos Trails App allows people to search for nearby trails that fit their hiking criteria, gives hiking directions and allows them to track their location while hiking.

The updated

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County: Power Outage Underway In White Rock


Portions of the White Rock community are experiencing an unplanned power outage. 

Electrical crews are working on restoring power.

There may be a short outage in the entire community beginning at about 6 p.m. which should last no longer than 5 minutes.

Power is expected to be fully restored by 6:30 p.m. in White Rock.

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New Mexico In Depth: Latest Corruption Scandal Points To Need For Greater Transparency And Spending Oversight

A chart New Mexico In Depth put together in 2018 detailing scandals involving public officials since 2005. Courtesy/New Mexico In Depth

New Mexico In Depth 

Regardless of the outcome, the investigation into Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton points to a need for greater spending oversight when it comes to public money.

We are digesting the news this week that investigators at the Attorney General’s Office suspect Democratic House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton of Albuquerque funneled almost $1 million of public money out of Albuquerque Public Schools, her

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Amid Criminal Allegations Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton Resigns From New Mexico House Of Representatives

Sheryl Williams Stapleton 


SANTA FE – Today, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton resigned from the New Mexico House of Representatives, including from her position as House Majority Leader.

In response, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos, and House Majority Caucus Chair D. Wonda Johnson issued the following statement:

“Given the weight of the allegations against Rep. Stapleton and the ongoing investigation, her resignation from the House is appropriate and in the best interest of the Legislature and the state. There is important work to be done

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Scenes From BCSO Air Support Team Training With LAFD

Members of the BCSO Air Support Team and Los Alamos Firefighters training together Thursday at Station 3 in White Rock gather for a group photo. Photo by Jim Bergauer

Refitted hoist for rescue operations. Photo by Jim Bergauer

LAFD members moving away from rotating blades after flight. Photo by Jim Bergauer

Los Alamos Daily Post

Team members from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Metropolitan Air Support Unit were in town Thursday to train with Los Alamos firefighters at Station 3 on N.M. 4 in White Rock.

BCSO Air Support Unit team members

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Laboratory Retiree Group First Tuesday Breakfast Aug. 3


Fully vaccinated Lab retirees (and potential retirees) are invited to drop in at the LRG monthly breakfast, Tuesday Aug. 3, between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School.

Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries.

Retirees buy their breakfast, LRG will pay for coffee or tea.

Contact Sheila Girard, or 505.672.3497 for more information.

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Next 4 Winners Of Vax 2 The Max Sweepstakes Announced


SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico confirmed the next four prize winners in the Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a $10 million cash sweepstakes funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations.

Four vaccinated New Mexicans — one from each public health region of the state — are each confirmed winners of $250,000, as drawn at random by the New Mexico Lottery.

The confirmed winners of the Friday, July 23 drawing are: 

  • Northeast Region: Trinnie Martinez, Espanola, Rio Arriba County
  • Northwest Region: Roslyn Pursley, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County

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New Mexico United To Host Meow Wolf Nite Saturday Aug. 14

Scene from Meow Wolf Nite at New Mexico United game in 2019. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico United professional soccer team and arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf announced today they will hold the second “Meow Wolf Night” Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, when United takes on the El Paso Locomotive.

As witnessed at the inaugural Meow Wolf night in 2019, an unforgettable experience for all ages is to be expected when these two celebrated, community-focused organizations join forces. New Mexicans are invited to take part in the amazing collective energy of art and sport

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Tracy Trujillo Running For New Mexico Secretary Of State

Secretary of State Candidate 

Questa — As a proud New Mexico resident, I understand the importance of having an election process that is run with integrity and transparency that will deliver results in a trustworthy and timely manner.

Although 2020 produced an environment that was completely unexpected, I feel that the state was ill-prepared to handle an election while maintaining a sense of confidence among many of the state’s voters on all sides of the political arena.

This great state deserves to have a Secretary of State that will run an election that can be 100 percent

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Chart 481 COVID-19 Update: New Mexico July 30

This scatter plot shows the average number of daily diagnoses per 100,000 people versus the percentage of the population receiving at least one vaccine dose. Shown are all New Mexico counties except Hidalgo (diagnoses @ 75, vaccinations @ 47 percent). The line represents a linear fit to the data. Source: Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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MOIFA Presents: Folk Art Museum Nite At Railyard July 31


Join the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) for a free screening of the iconic film “The Milagro Beanfield War” at the Santa Fe Railyard in collaboration with AMP Concerts. 

Due to inclement weather last Saturday, the Folk Art Museum Nite at Railyard Park has been rescheduled to 8-10 p.m. this Saturday, July 31.

New Mexico music legend and NEA Heritage Fellow Cipriano Vigil will perform a few songs before the screening. Vigil is an extra in the movie and is featured on the soundtrack. This movie is presented in conjunction with the MOIFA exhibit “Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music

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Lensic To Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative COVID Test For All Patrons And Performers Starting Aug. 24

The Lensic News:

SANTA FE — Starting Aug. 24, The Lensic Performing Arts Center will require that all persons attending events at the theater—including patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and backstage crew—provide proof of full vaccination or the results of a negative COVID test taken within the previous 72 hours to gain admittance.                                                                

Lensic staff is finalizing the policies and procedures and will announce a full set of guidelines in early August. This change has the full support of the Lensic’s Board of Directors as well as its consortium partners and key renters.  


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Scenes From Los Alamos Young Filmmakers Premiere

Student filmmakers and organizers from left, Instructor David Daniels, Y Teen Center Director George Marsden, and at right PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau-Davison, take a bow after premiering their films Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The students participated in a program July 12-23 to learn film basics, editing, acting and short film production. The program was a collaboration of Fuller Lodge Art Center, PAC 8, the Youth Activity Center and Los Alamos Teen Center. The films will be shown during the Arts and Crafts Fair Aug. 14 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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Luján Introduces Xochitl Torres Small For Consideration As Under Secretary For Rural Development At USDA

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, before the full Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for consideration to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Following President Biden’s nomination of Rep. Torres Small, Luján applauded her nomination, noting that America’s rural communities are gaining a champion who has a deep understanding of the issues facing rural residents and businesses.

VIDEO: Luján

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Rotary Hosts ‘Brews, Band And BBQ’ At The Tub Saturday

Latin/Worldbeat band MANZANARES will entertain during the ‘Brews, Band and BBQ’  fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Saturday evening at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (the tub) in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to attend the Rotary Club of Los Alamos summer fundraiser “Brews, Band and BBQ” featuring the music of MANZANARES, 5 p.m. Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square.

A $50 ticket purchased online will buy a BBQ dinner of brisket, pork, chicken, sausage and sides provided by BR Brand Catering of Santa Fe, and a pint

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Think New Mexico: Walmart Stops Taxing Delivered Food


It has been less than a week since we called out Walmart for continuing to tax the sale of delivered groceries after our reform law took effect repealing that tax, and Walmart has apologized and committed to stop taxing delivered food – as well as to work on reimbursing customers for the food tax they paid.

We wish we got results on all of our initiatives this quickly!

Here is an excerpt from the Las Cruces Sun News article describing Walmart’s change of heart:

“William Turner, a Las Cruces resident, noticed a $6.50 tax on his $96.30 Walmart order receipt on July 14 [two weeks after

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