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Scenes From Peaceful Protest At Ashley Pond Park

Some 100 people or so participate this afternoon in a ‘Black Lives Matter’ peaceful protest at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. The protest is among many protests (several erupting in violence) taking place across the nation in response to the recent death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Protest organizers Kristin Foree Tobias and Dan McCarn ride their horses Salmone, left, and Hennessy, right. Foree Tobias said of the protest, ‘You feel so much hope and unity’. McCarn pointed out that the


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Highlands University Receives COVID-19 Grant To Present Financial Literacy Seminars At No Charge

Program Coordinator Leon Bustos

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — New Mexico Highlands University will present free financial literacy seminars that aim to help people cope with COVID-19 impacts thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Regional Development Corporation.

Professors in the Highlands School of Business, Media and Technology will teach the financial literacy seminars along with business professionals in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The seminars will begin in late June and continue through July.

The dates and times for the seminars will be announced as this information is finalized. To register,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,689 With 5 More Deaths And 2,853 Patients Recovered

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a technical delay affecting Sunday reporting totals, reporting results from some private labs to the New Mexico Department of Health are delayed Sunday, May 31. As a result, the following data reflects only a partial total. This delay does not originate with the Department of Health. The delayed results will be included in the state’s reporting Monday, June 1, or as soon as they are received and lab-confirmed.​ We are continuing to actively investigate cases that are reported to the state throughout the day.

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,624 With 7 More Deaths And 2,835 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 7 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 58 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval

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New Mexico Economic Development Department Releases Latest Economic Reports

Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes

EDD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Economic Development (EDD) has posted the latest round of its county economic reports, including data that includes March, the first month of the COVID-19 health and economic emergency, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

Prepared by EDD economists, the reports on the state and each of the 33 counties offer a unique perspective on industry sectors that are rising and falling.

The Quarterly Economic Summary reports show “Matched Taxable Gross Receipts” tracked over time, displayed as yearly trends, and by


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Udall Joins New Mexico Municipal League Mayoral Caucus For Discussion On Federal Support For Local Governments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the New Mexico Municipal League’s weekly caucus call Thursday with mayors to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities.

During the call with approximately 60 mayors from around the state, Udall outlined measures the U.S. Senate should take in its next COVID-19 relief bill to support local government and New Mexico communities.

“I realize your plates are full now,” Udall said. “You’re on the frontlines as your communities confront the dual health and economic crises we now face. Your


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Derkacs: Asking For Your Vote

By DENISE DERKACS
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

My name is Denise Derkacs. I’m running for County Council because I want to help Los Alamos County plan for growth and embrace the future while preserving the past and the amenities that make Los Alamos a wonderful place to live.

As a 38-year resident of Los Alamos County and a retiree from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 20 years of employment, I have both the desire and the time to study and address the challenges currently facing the County. I hope to apply my personal experience raising a family in the County and my professional


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Letter To The Editor: White Rock Land Transfers

By AARON WALKER
County Council Candidate

White Rock

Even before I made my decision to run for county councilor, I have been vocal about the need for the county to improve their communication.

The LEDA grant for the Marriot hotel was the prime example of the county not disseminating enough information to the people with enough notice. What was the result of that? 20+ people showed up to a county council meeting to oppose the proposed grant. The council even admitted that they probably hadn’t gotten enough information to the public in advance.

Now comes the announcement that the county is pursuing


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New Mexico Mayors Urge Residents To Wear Cloth Masks

Mayor Alan Webber of Santa Fe urges people to wear face masks in public. Screenshot/LADP

Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque urges people to wear face masks in public. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

  • Video messages say coverings can help fight COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico mayors, in coordination with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, have recorded video messages urging residents to wear simple cloth face masks in public to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Mayors Dan Barrone of Taos, Sam Cobb of Hobbs, Lynn Crawford of Ruidoso, Tim Keller of Albuquerque, Michael Morris of Clovis and Alan Webber


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,493 With 9 More Deaths And 2,728 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 133 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 9 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 7 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 58 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases

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Letter To The Editor: Clarification Of Endorsement

By WILLARD WADT
Los Alamos

I voted for and enthusiastically endorse Leo Jaramillo for NM Senate District #5 in the Democratic Primary. 

His campaign has highlighted my endorsement and indicated that I serve on the Board of Directors of the LANL Foundation. The latter information is accurate.

However, I want to clarify that neither the LANL Foundation nor its Board of Directors endorsed the candidacy of Leo Jaramillo, as we are a non-partisan 501(c)3 public charitable organization that does not endorse any candidates for political office in accord with IRS regulations.


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Letter To The Editor: The Problem Is The Perception…

By RICK NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is a response to my old friend Pete Sheehey’s recent article. While I don’t have an issue with anything that Pete says, I think that the message it conveys has some problems.

First of all, it is highly unlikely that closing “non-essential” businesses has prevented a single death or even a single infection in Los Alamos county. Why? Because the overwhelming number of workers in Los Alamos have been deemed “essential”. 

My understanding is that 95 percent of the GRT collected by the county comes from LANL. That would indicate that the number of employees at LANL outnumber


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Heinrich, Rubio On USCIS Resuming Naturalization Ceremonies

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • The senators recently sent a letter to USCIS, urging the agency to ensure all eligible immigrants were able to complete citizenship process amid COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a letter U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resuming naturalization ceremonies under the guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Senators Heinrich and Rubio sent a letter


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Tales Of Our Times: Ideas Are The Victims Of Political Campaigns

Tales Of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Ideas Are The Victims Of Political Campaigns

Entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists treasure ideas and innovation as the lifeblood of prosperity. The best of music creators, designers, and football coaches poke everywhere to find a ray of new light to combine with the tried and true. Creative companies know that ideas are squelched or sparked by factors as humdrum as the work environment, so they work to create new and better work forums.  

Meanwhile the political system does its best to kill all ideas. We


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White: Why I’m A County Council Candidate

By GREG WHITE
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

My name is Greg White. I am running for County Council because I really love this community and I am really frustrated with the Council and top management of the County and the pervasive “Can’t Do” attitude.

The Council is suppose to Lead And Oversee. But there is no leadership from the Council, let alone oversight. They constantly fail to adequately question County staff. And a lot of the questions they do ask, they should have known the answer to before the meeting.

I’ve repeatedly emailed the Council and staff with measures they can


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New Mexico Governor Announces Limited Reopening For Dine-In Restaurants, Indoor Malls, Gyms, Salons And More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Amended emergency public health order effective June 1

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping


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Los Alamos County Absentee Ballot Deadline Nears

County Clerk Naomi Maestas

From the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office:

Important absentee by-mail deadline approaching! County Clerk Naomi Maestas would like to remind voters that ballots must physically be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2.

As of this afternoon, our records show there are 2,134 outstanding absentee by-mail ballots that need to be returned to our office.

Per NMSA 1-6-10, Receipt of mailed ballots by clerk.  C. Completed official mailing envelopes shall be accepted until 7 p.m. on election day. D. Any completed official mailing


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