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Council Taps Racial Equity & Inclusivity Task Force Members

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
kirsten@ladailypost.com

With its charter approved and members selected, the Racial Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force can now get to work. 

Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the task force’s charter and appointed nine individuals to serve on the task force during its regular meeting March 30. 

Task force members include:

  • Lisabeth Lueninghoener;
  • Ashley Naughton;
  • James Hall;
  • Erin Green;
  • John Nash;
  • Oral Saulters;
  • James Hogue;
  • Kenneth Lee; and
  • David Holtkamp.

According to the staff report, the task force will operate for one year and report


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Sen. Luján Meets With U.S. Space Force Commander

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján meets recently with U.S. Space Command at Kirkland AFB. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen Ben Ray Luján meets with senior officials at Kirkland Air Force Base. Courtesy photo 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

NAMBÉ — During a recent tour of Kirkland Air Force Base, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) met with General Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations for United States Space Force, Major General James Sears, Commander of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, and other senior officials to discuss the key role that New Mexico plays in Space Force’s mission.


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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Military Disability Benefits Not Subject To Division In Divorces

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that New Mexico courts cannot order a veteran to reimburse a former spouse for a divorce agreement’s share of military retirement pay that ended when the veteran opted to receive disability benefits.

In a unanimous decision, New Mexico’s highest court held that federal law precludes state courts from enforcing provisions of a 2006 divorce agreement that called for Angela Russ to receive 50 percent of Jeffery Russ’ military retirement earned during their marriage. However, the Supreme Court observed that a trial


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 218 New Cases, Total 192,152 With 7 Deaths And 173,981 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 218 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 501 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

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

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

  • 70 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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Attorney General: Felony Charges For Individuals Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Hay

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Valencia County Magistrate Court Judge John R. Chavez found probable cause that Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt committed the felony crimes of embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Proffitt and Martinez, two commercial truck drivers, allegedly stole approximately $500,000 worth of bulk hay that they were supposed to have delivered to Pareo Farm, a family dairy farm in Valencia County.

Instead, the pair sold the hay to another Valencia County rancher and fraudulently billed Pareo


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Chart 384 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 2, 2021 … Los Alamos Ranks 7th Nationwide For At Least 1 Vaccine Doses!

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Only the top 15 counties in the United States are displayed, and the five New Mexico counties are highlighted. Los Alamos ranks 7th nationwide out of 3,224 counties. Leading the nation in vaccinations, New Mexico has 15 counties in the top 50. Thanks to Timothy Wallstrom for the chart suggestion. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico HB 98 Ends Taxation On Delivered Groceries

THINK NEW MEXICO News:

A year ago, as New Mexicans began staying at home to limit the spread of COVID-19, a disturbing fact came to light: some grocery stores, particularly large chains, were charging tax on the food they delivered to New Mexicans.

New Mexico was one of the last states to repeal its food tax, back in 2004. At that time, nine states still fully taxed the sale of groceries; today, the number has shrunk to just Mississippi and Alabama. States have moved away from food taxes because taxing food is bad policy. Food taxes are among the more regressive of taxes, since food is a necessity and


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New Mexico Health Department: Activations Surge With COVID-19 Exposure App ‘NM Notify’

NMDOH News:

…“NM Notify” nearing 15% adoption rate in first 10 days

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) launched “NM Notify”, a free, statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system 10 days ago. This safe, voluntary, anonymous service is available to all New Mexicans on iPhone and Android.

“NM Notify” does not collect, store or transmit any personal information, nor does it track movement. It uses your phone’s Bluetooth function to monitor proximity between phones and informs participants if they have been exposed to someone who has verified they are infected with


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 297 New Cases, Total 191,945 With 5 Deaths And 173,824 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 297 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 501 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 112 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 51 new cases

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Scott: Update On Vaccine, Housing, Business, Recreation

By SARA SCOTT
Councilor
Los Alamos County Council

I’d like to start this note with a shout out to all of the community members helping to move us forward through the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting vaccination efforts and by continuing to do the things that are important and easy for us to do every day – wearing our masks, distancing when in public, and minimizing trips and travel.

I am happy to report that as of March 30, more than 55 percent of folks eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose and almost 80 percent of eligible residents have registered with the New Mexico Department of Health


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New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Bill Heads To Governor

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

The New Mexico Legislature gave the green light to the legalization of marijuana Wednesday night.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives approved the controversial bill in a short but fiery special session, sending the legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has promised to sign it and start New Mexico on the road to a new industry that could provide tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue — and, opponents warned, still-unknown pitfalls that could trouble the state for years to come.

The Senate voted 22-15 late


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Governor On Passage Of Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement tonight on the breakthrough in the New Mexico Legislature that will make New Mexico the next U.S. state to legalize adult-use cannabis and comprehensively address past low-level convictions:

“This is a significant victory for New Mexico. Workers will benefit from the opportunity to build careers in this new economy. Entrepreneurs will benefit from the opportunity to create lucrative new enterprises. The state and local governments will benefit from the additional


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 277 New Cases, Total 191,652 With 5 Deaths And 173,701 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 277 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total to 501 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 125 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca

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New Mexico Senate Bill 2 Allowing Expungement Of Cannabis-Related Criminal Records Heads To Governor

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By Robert Nott
SFNM

A bill that would create a path for expunging criminal records tied to cases involving cannabis-related charges is on its way to the governor today after both chambers of the Legislature approved the

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 23-13, while the House of Representatives approved it 41-28. 

While Senate Bill 2 does not eliminate conviction records, it would set up a system for reviewing and expunging criminal records from websites and other sources that are accessible to the public. It also requires a review and possible dismissal


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Melanie Stansbury Wins Democratic Nomination In CD-1

Melanie Stansbury

DPNM News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) announced this evening that 201 Democratic State Central Committee (SCC) members in CD-1 cast their final votes today to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the first Congressional District seat recently vacated by Secretary Deb Haaland. 

State Central Committee members voted remotely, in accordance with Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) rules, and had the option to submit an electronic, paper, or phone ballot. The voting system was secured according to DPNM procedures, and the ballots are available


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New Mexico Lawmakers In Special Session Tuesday Move Toward Recreation Cannabis Approval

Rep. Javier Martinez

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

High noon is nearing for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Lawmakers spent the first day of a special session Tuesday getting two pieces of cannabis-related legislation moving toward the path to approval, and one of those bills was being discussed on the Senate floor late into the evening.

The centerpiece of the special session, a bill that would legalize the use of cannabis for adults 21 and over, likely will hit the floor of the House of Representatives for a debate and vote Wednesday morning.

The legislation, now known as House Bill 2, underwent


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