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Shin: Concerned About Well-being; Eye Health Of Our Kids 

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

With the news of Los Alamos Public Schools planning for a hybrid model and remote learning this coming fall, as a mom, I am very concerned about the well being of our kids!

While some families, such as homeschoolers, are well-positioned and equipped for this change, others are simply not. Without proper supervision, parental involvement, and social interaction, some will fall behind.

What about single, working parents who cannot afford to work part-time? What happens to small business owners who have school age children and cannot afford paid family


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs House Bill 1 Creating Framework For Recovery And Budget Solvency

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances, and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

Sponsored by Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4 percent across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets


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JJAB Community Gift Card Program Has Impact During COVID-19

JJAB News:

At the start of the pandemic, Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) developed the Community Gift Card Program to assist community members in need, recognize helpers in the community, and support local eating establishments. 

Since starting, the program has received and delivered 72 gift cards, impacting 202 adults/youth in Los Alamos and White Rock. The goal was to provide each recipient with funds for a meal for the entire family.

The gift cards were purchased by community members or with donations received, directly from local restaurants.  Secret City Kitchen,


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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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New Mexico Bank & Trust Recognized As One Of America’s Best-In-State Banks 2020 For Second Year In A Row

NMB&T President/CEO Greg Leyendecker

NMB&T News:

New Mexico Bank & Trust, a member of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), announced today that it was recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Banks 2020 by Forbes Media and Statista Inc. for the second year in a row, and was ranked among the top U.S. commercial credit card issuers for purchase volume growth for the fifth year in a row.

Forbes and market research firm Statista identified New Mexico Bank & Trust as an America’s Best-In-State Bank 2020 based on an independent survey of over 25,000 consumers who ranked


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The Appeals Process Continues For UnQuarked

Los Alamos County Board of Appeals Chair Terry Priestley listens this evening to testimony during the continued hearing of the case, Sirphey LLC vs. County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano. Despite starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., and hearing lengthy arguments from both sides, a decision is still not rendered for this case. The hearing is continued and tentatively scheduled to begin again at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. During today’s hearing, Arellano was presented as the County’s witness and cross-examined by Shirphey, LLC Owner Pershant Jain. Jain is seeking to appeal


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Impossible Foods CEO And Stem Advocate/Miss America 2020 Join Event Line-up For Virtual Los Alamos ScienceFest

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier will host a live demo and Q&A during this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier doing science as a child. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Los Alamos ScienceFest 20/20: Eyes On The Future, is going virtual this year, July 7-12, with events highlighting topics such as the future of cybersecurity, energy, and new camera and drone technologies.

Other special segments include discussions on the future of agriculture


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North Central Regional Transit District Blue Buses Holiday Closure July 3; RTD 255 Mountain Trail To Operate

The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD Blue Bus. Courtesy/NCRTD

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD Blue Buses will not be in service Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The exception will be the 255 Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest, which will be in operation that day.

Saturday, July 4, the 255 Mountain Trail and the weekend 305 Taos Express will be in service.

Both routes are operating on a reservation-only system beginning June 29. Masks are required to ride, and seating is limited to four passengers due to social


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DNCU Presents $12,500 Grant To Ponderosa Montessori

Del Norte Credit Union and Ponderosa Montessori representatives gather Thursday for a check presentation at the DNCU White Rock branch at 40 Rover Blvd. From left, Matthew Weldschmidt of DNCU, Ponderosa Director Bernadette Shanaberger, John Paul Maleres and Rita Zamora of DNCU, Steve Masier of Ponderosa and Kristi Salazar of DNCU. DNCU, a member of FHLB Dallas, selected Ponderosa as a recipient of a $2,500 donation in April as part of ‘Giving Tuesday Now’, a worldwide giving event for non-profit organizations for Covid-19 relief. During the same time frame, FHLB announced their intentions


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Udall, Heinrich Join Legislation Requiring Airlines Return Billions To Consumers During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined legislation Thursday that would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all cancelled tickets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020, which was introduced by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), would require refunds be provided regardless of whether the airline cancelled


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