Carol A. Clark

New Mexico 2021 Legislative Session Begins At Noon Tuesday Against Bizarre Backdrop Never Seen Before

Roadblocks were up around the Capitol today, including at the corner of Don Gaspar Avenue and Paseo de Peralta. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

Damacio Otero, deputy sergeant-at-arms of the state Senate, organizes bill books at the desk of Sen. Leo Jaramillo, D-Los Alamos, today at the Roundhouse. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

Santa Fe New Mexican

The 2021 legislative session begins Tuesday at noon, against a bizarre backdrop that’s never been contemplated, much less seen.

The Capitol building remains surrounded by fencing, concrete barriers and blocked roads.


New Mexico Lawmakers May Have To Wait Until November Or December To Tackle Major State Redistricting Plan


New Mexico lawmakers hoping to tackle a major state redistricting plan in a September special session got some surprising news today. 

They may have to wait until November or December, due to census data delays.

Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, whose company Research & Polling Inc. plans to help compile data for the redistricting effort, told members of the Legislative Council the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the 2020 U.S. census, which will hinder New Mexico’s process of drawing new voting district boundaries based on population changes.

“We can’t do our work until


Obituary: Helen Archuleta Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

HELEN ARCHULETA Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

Our beloved Helen Archuleta, 81 took her final breath on January 3, 2021, after a long battle with COVID-19. Surrounded by true heroes—the amazing health care workers and staff of Los Alamos Medical Center—who worked day in and day out risking their lives fighting to save hers.

Although it will be hard to fathom this earthly world without Helen physically here, she is now at eternal peace with God who led her spirit home to heaven and lives on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. 

Helen leaves behind the love of her life, Videlio “Phil” Archuleta


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 628 New Cases, Total Now 164,263 With 26 New Deaths And 87,502 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 628 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports no new cases today … the total remains at 393 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 26 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 161 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 30 new cases in Curry County
  • 48 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 23 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases


Scene From ‘A Light For Josh Miko’ Event At IHM

Gathered for the ‘A Light For Josh Miko’ event, team members are setting up luminarias this afternoon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road. From left, Troop 122 Eagle Scout Coen Noeninckx, Troop 22 Assistant Scoutmaster Celina Morgan, Troop 122  Star Scout Caleb and Scoutmaster Greg Noeninckx. The community dropped off luminaria bags with special messages to honor Troop 22 Scout Joshua Miko, 17, who died Jan. 9, 2021 in a tragic camping accident. The team will light the luminarias in front of IHM today at dusk. The Photo by Carol A. Clark/


New Mexico Confirms Second COVID-19 Case With B.1.1.7 Coronavirus Variant

DOH News:

…States encourages residents to redouble COVID-safe practices

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the state’s second COVID-19 case with the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.

This case is a close household contact of the first case, announced Jan. 13.

The female in her 30’s has experienced mild symptoms and has not required hospitalization. No additional close contacts outside of the household have been identified to date. 

The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first emerged in the UK in September 2020. There is no evidence that this variant causes more


Life After 50: The Gift Of 2020

From left, Bailey Martinez, Bernadette Lauritzen and Marie Vigil, from the Youth Activity Center delivering chocolates to senior center staff in December. Photo by Gabe Vigil

Executive Director

Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization

I’m sure the first thought is that 2020 was no gift at all, but I beg to differ.

You see, as the director of the local senior centers, we were often in a pickle, throughout the last 10 months, this Wednesday, the 13th. The gifts that kept giving, can never be repaid by myself or my staff.

It started with asking for toilet paper, when the


Chapter BC. P.E.O. Donates Compassion; Fruit To LA Cares

Los Alamos Chapter BC, P.E.O. officers Sue Bombardt, Beth Riker and Diana Little present fruit to LA Cares. P.E.O. International promotes post-high school education for women through grants and scholarships. Linda Burns has served for 23 years as secretary of LA Cares, the food pantry for needy residents of Los Alamos County. Burns also is a Los Alamos Living Treasure and an active member of Chapter BC. Years ago, this P.E.O. chapter made the compassionate decision not to exchange holiday gifts, but rather to contribute to LA Cares. Annually, chapter members brought bags of non-perishable


League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Thursday

LWV News:

At noon Thursday Jan. 21, the League of Women Voters community event, lunch with a Leader will feature Lonna Rae Atkeson.

Atkeson is a professor and Regents Lecturer in Political Science at the University of New Mexico where she also directs the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy and the Institute for Social Research.  

She will be talking about the upcoming 60-day Legislative Session.

Atkeson also is a member of the MIT Data and Election Science Board (MEDSL) and the American National Election Studies (ANES) Board of Overseers. Her research focuses on election