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Jain: Insist On Change With Aaron Walker

By PRASHANT JAIN
Los Alamos

I think we all understand what a privileged life we live in Los Alamos County – a beautiful setting, active community, resources similar-sized counties could never hope for.

And yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a resident of this community that isn’t dissatisfied with the local government. Even before my own personal experiences, horror stories about the county were well known to me.

So, do we give up and insist “that’s just the way things are done, here” or do we continue pushing and hoping for better from those who represent us? Voting has already begun in Los Alamos


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 24 Staff And 18 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 96 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department today 42 new positive cases of COVID-19 (24 staff members, 18 students) in the last 96 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Six cases in Bernalillo County. Four of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Two other infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 355 New Cases, Total Now At 33,713 With 3 New Deaths And 18,960 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 355 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

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

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

  • 121 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 24 new cases in Curry County
  • 50 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln

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New Mexico Fails To Meet Reopening Gating Criteria … Governor Announces Renewed Public Health Regulations, Reiterates ‘More Will Come If Alarming Rise Of COVID-19 Is Not Slowed’

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this afternoon that the state of New Mexico will implement, and in some cases re-implement, several public health regulations later in the week to stem the alarming rise of COVID-19 illnesses statewide

The governor also reiterated her stark warnings from recent weeks – as COVID-19 infections have spread rapidly throughout all regions of the state, including an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations – that New Mexico may in the near future be compelled to re-enact even more stringent public health controls


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Virtual Town Hall Discussion On Work Search Requirements To Receive UI Benefits & Resources Wednesday Oct. 14

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) is hosting a virtual town hall discussion, Wednesday, Oct. 14, in regard to work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in New Mexico.

This requirement, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, will be reinstated for New Mexicans receiving regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Extended Benefits Oct. 18.

Work search is a federal requirement to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Individuals will continue to receive


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JPEC: Your Vote Shapes Our Judiciary

By DENISE TORRES
and JAMES HALL
New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), may have said it best: “Democracy is not a spectator sport”.

This fall, you can have a voice in shaping New Mexico’s judiciary by voting whether or not to retain one New Mexico Court of Appeals judge and seven district court judges in the First Judicial District, which includes Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

In New Mexico, judges must first run in and win a partisan election, whether they have been


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Sheehey: No On Constitutional Amendment 1

By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1 is a proposal to take away our right to vote for one of five District Public Regulation Commission (PRC) members and replace them with three members appointed by the Governor from a list provided by a nominating committee. 

The PRC is responsible for insuring that the availability and cost of utilities services is fair and reasonable to the rate paying public.

Dark money special interests can more easily exert their influence behind the scenes, if the commission is filled in a nomination and appointment process,


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Leger Fernandez Calls For Community Dialogue, Shared Respect After Protesters Dismantle Obelisk In Santa Fe

Protesters today tore down the Soldier’s Monument, shown here in 2012 in Santa Fe Plaza. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

From the Teresa Leger Fernandez  Campaign:

SANTA FE – Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District and former Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Teresa Leger Fernandez issued the following statement on the obelisk in the Santa Fe Plaza being torn down today:

“My campaign has always been about love and building a New Mexico for all. I know there is pain, but violence is never the answer,” Leger Fernandez said. “We must come together as a community


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 389 New Cases, Total Now At 33,362 With 4 New Deaths And 18,791 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 389 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 4 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 130 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 83 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 21 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 13 new cases in Lea County
  • 16 new cases in Luna County
  • 11 new cases in

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Governor Commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement this morning in commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day: 

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an important opportunity to honor the culture and traditions of New Mexico’s first citizens, our tribal brothers and sisters who make up such an important part of our state’s beautiful multicultural identity.

“Tribal nations and their peoples have made incredible and unique contributions to not only our state but this country we all love. This year, the tribal nations of New Mexico have suffered and persevered


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Reagor: Lockdowns Create Poverty

By DAVID REAGOR
Republican Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

On Oct. 8, 2020 the UK envoy to the World Health Organization, Dr. David Nabarro, said that all Coronavirus lockdowns should end. In an interview with The Spectator magazine he said, “Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

In 9 months, political leaders have erased decades of progress reducing worldwide poverty. In the USA the disease


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New Mexico Delegation Hails Over $2.6 Million To Boost Online Education/Career Training For High School Students

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded over $2.6 million in federal funding awarded to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to help provide online career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for high school students.

In New Mexico, more than two-thirds of all students take a CTE course in high school, with roughly 20 percent concentrating on this college and career pathway. During


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 269 New Cases, Total Now At 32,983 With 4 New Deaths And 18,680 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 269 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 4 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 100 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 27 new cases in Chaves County
  • 6 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 12 new cases in Curry County
  • 40 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Hidalgo

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Local Democrats Host Secretary Of State Monday

DPLAC News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County (DPLAC) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 via Zoom.

The meeting will feature New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The meeting is open to the public. To attend the meeting, click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83349927705?pwd=V1VpbE80SWppbWVmVmdjSW5QY3QvZz09.

The meeting ID is 833 4992 7705 and the password is dplac.


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Chart 211: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 11

This chart shows the cumulative number of diagnoses in New Mexico public schools, for both staff and students, versus date. New Mexico public schools are required to report COVID-19 diagnoses to the New Mexico Department of Public education within 72 hours. Source: New Mexico Public Education Department, Los Alamos Daily Post. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Rickman: An Opportunity To Change The Tone

By JAMES E. RICKMAN
Libertarian Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I have long believed that local government exists to serve the citizens of our community. Our citizens should be the County’s most important customers, but these days, some are starting to question whether this is the case.

The UnQuarked debacle and the Family Strengths Network contract fiasco were but a couple of the more obvious boils blemishing the idea that Los Alamos County always works in the best interests of the community.

In the former case—regardless of which party you might personally think was in the right or in the


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League Of Women Voters Shares Political Forum Videos

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos County has released two videos of the candidate forums it hosted Oct. 1 and Oct. 5.

These videos can be found on the League of Women Voters (LWV) website at: lwvlosalamos.org or directly here: https://my.lwv.org/new-mexico/los-alamos/article/view-candidates-forums

During the forums, every candidate answered specific questions about their positions on pertinent local and state-wide issues.

The Oct. 1 candidate forum included the candidates for the Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) District 3, Libertarian Christopher B. Luchini,


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Scenes From Ridin’ For Biden Car Rally In NNM

Scene from the Ridin’ For Biden Democratic event today that traveled through Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Española and other Northern New Mexico communities. Candidates participating in the Ridin’ For Biden car rally include Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler and Los Alamos County Council candidate Denise Derkacs along with an  enthusiastic crowd of Democrats. Courtesy photo

43 Rep. Christine Chandler and her husband Los Alamos attorney George Chandler participate in today’s Ridin’ For Biden car rally that traveled through Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Española and other Northern New Mexico


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