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Rotary Club Of Los Alamos: Former Intelligence Analyst Bob Hull Discusses Russian Interference In US Elections

Bob Hull

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“An America divided is a Russia empowered.” –Bob Hull

Former intelligence analyst Bob Hull spoke during the Oct. 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Citing non-classified documents, Hull explained that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization housed in St. Petersburg, Russia has been using cyber-espionage to obtain adverse information about political adversaries for years.

Individuals known as “trolls” are hired at high wages to create “fake blogs and online


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U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates On Operation Legend At Roundtable In Albuquerque

From left, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and U.S. Attorney John Anderson. Courtesy/U.S. Attorney’s Office

FBI News:

At a roundtable with law enforcement Thursday in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, which was expanded July 22 to Albuquerque.

Since Operation Legend’s launch in July, more than 5,000 arrests – including approximately 247 for homicide – have been made; more than 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 577 New Cases, Total Now At 36,343 With 1 New Death And 19,853 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 577 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 37 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 1 new death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 191 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 24 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 35 new cases in Curry County
  • 98 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 36 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 15 new cases in Lea County
  • 9 new cases in Lincoln

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Rickman: Boots On The Ground

By JAMES E. RICKMAN
Libertarian Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

Politicking has its ups and downs. But one thing I always look forward to during a campaign is talking to people.

I enjoy talking to people even if they don’t necessarily like me or agree with me. Listening to what people have to say gives me an appreciation for other people’s priorities, points of views, biases, fears, aspirations, and overall mood. I find that by talking to people, I can usually find some common ground, even if we hold wildly different opinions about a lot of different things.

I famously remember


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 819 New Cases, Total Now At 35,770 With 6 New Deaths And 19,613 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 819 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 37 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 6 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 178 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 26 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 76 new cases in Curry County
  • 146 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 36 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 54 new cases in Lea County
  • 16 new cases in

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Tightened Emergency Public Health Order In New Mexico Following Record-Breaking Daily COVID-19 Infection Rates

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announcing during a press conference Thursday an amended emergency public health order will go into effect today following successive days of record-breaking daily COVID-19 infection rates. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from the governor’s Thursday press conference. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico’s amended emergency public health order came into effect today after successive days of record-breaking daily COVID-19 infection rates.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials earlier in the week announced the tightened


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NNSA Administrator Visits Naval Nuclear Laboratory Sites

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, visited two sites Thursday within the Naval Nuclear Laboratory Enterprise. 

One of NNSA’s three mission pillars is to provide the U.S. Navy with safe, militarily-effective naval nuclear propulsion plants, supporting both submarines and aircraft carriers.

This mission is executed through the Naval Reactors program, which has joint leadership from


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Scenes Of Early Voting Underway In Los Alamos County

Early voting is underway for the 2020 General Election and Los Alamos County is providing voters two options: in-person voting inside the Municipal Building or a drive thru ballot drop off outside in the parking lot. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Voters cast their ballot Thursday inside the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. COVID-safe practices are visible at each stop in the voting process including mask wearing and social distancing by voters, staff and volunteers. Upon entering, voters sign in on an electronic pad using popsicle sticks to avoid touching screens. Also, hand


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Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Attorney General Hector Balderas Issue Voter Protection Advisory

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an advisory today to all New Mexicans, reminding them of their right to participate in a free and fair election and providing critical information about the upcoming general election.  

“New Mexican voters should be informed, and they should be confident that their elections are safe, secure, and free from intimidation,” Attorney General Balderas said. “Secretary Toulouse Oliver and I will ensure that the electoral process is conducted openly and securely, and my office will hold


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 672 New Cases, Total Now At 34,958 With 1 New Death And 19,457 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 672 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 37 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 1 new death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 303 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 37 new cases in Chaves County
  • 6 new cases in Cibola County
  • 17 new cases in Curry County
  • 89 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 26 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 28 new cases in

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Chart 215: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 15

This chart shows the change in number of diagnoses over a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Oct. 15 compared with the two week period ending Oct.1. The number of new COVID-19 cases statewide more than doubled, from 2,462 to 5,297 in what was the worst two week period since June. The number of cases more than tripled in New Mexico’s largest county, Bernalillo. In Los Alamos County, the number of cases remained the same: four cases over a two week period. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Nathan: Please Vote ‘No’ On Amendment 1

By FRED NATHAN JR.
Founder and Executive Director
Think New Mexico

Toward the bottom of your ballot you will find Constitutional Amendment 1.

There are at least three good reasons to vote no:

-The problem it seeks to fix has already been addressed;

-The amendment is being presented in a misleading manner; and

-A mysterious political action committee (PAC) is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the amendment without disclosing the source of that dark money.

Let’s start with that final point. In recent weeks, a PAC called the “Committee to Protect New Mexico Consumers” has sent


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Scott: COVID, Voting, Halloween, CARES Act, Vaccine Prep

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

I hope this note finds you and your families well. In this note I’ll provide some information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, voting, Halloween, and the status of the local CARES Act funds distribution.

In addition, I’ll note the preparations underway to ready the County for the availability of a vaccine.

In the face of the pandemic, we have continued to come together and show how much we care for each other, our businesses, and doing what we can to make it possible for our kids to get back to school, as appropriate.

But the most recent news in New Mexico


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 577 New Cases, Total Now At 34,290 With 3 New Deaths And 19,127 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 577 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 37 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 199 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 66 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 108 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 18 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 16

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Common Cause: Voter Hotline And Election FAQs

CCNM News:

With an unprecedented number of absentee ballots already issued, and new procedures planned for polling places statewide, Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) is fielding many specific questions this election season

To answer these questions and resolve any problems during the voting period, Common Cause is teaming up with the ACLU of NM to operate a non-partisan hotline for the public. Voters can call 1-866-OUR VOTE (866-687-8683) or for Spanish speakers 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA for answers to these questions or assistance.

Here are the most common questions and answers:

Absentee Voting


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Los Alamos County Drive Thru, Drop Off Ballot Service

The scene Monday of the County’s drive thru, drop off ballot service for absentee ballots cast in the 2020 General Election. Motorists are encouraged to use Iris Street for easy access to turn into the Municipal Building Parking Lot, at 1000 Central Ave., where election poll workers are accepting ballots through vehicle driver-side windows to deposit into a secured ballot box, monitored by Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas and her staff. The new drive thru, drop off option is available during voting hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Oct 16., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday Oct.


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