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Marco Serna Distributing COVID-19 Safety Kits And Food

Democratic candidate for CD3 Marco Serna distributes COVID-19 Safety Kits with masks, gloves and nonperishable food item. Courtesy photo

Happy women with their donations of COVID-19 Safety Kits and nonperishable food items. Courtesy photo

SERNA News:

SANTA FE — Marco Serna announced today that he and his team of supporters will continue distributing COVID-19 Safety Kits with masks, gloves and nonperishable food items with one new location in Mora on the schedule and more to come.

Supplies are limited and open to the public. The kits will be handed out following social distancing standards.


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Governor Signs Modified, Extended Public Health Order Easing Some Restrictions; Requiring Face Coverings

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday urged New Mexicans to stay the course in the state’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 as a modified emergency public health order eases restrictions on retail operations and requires everyone to wear a cloth face covering in public, among other changes.

The new emergency health order, modified to acknowledge incremental progress against the novel coronavirus, takes effect Saturday as the previous order expires; it remains in effect through May 31, when further reopening could occur.

The new emergency


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NM Delegation Hails $5.5 Million In Housing Assistance Grants For Communities Across New Mexico

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted public housing authorities across the state more than $5.5 million for Community Development Block Grants to increase access to affordable housing in New Mexico as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES)


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New Mexico Governor Launches Mask Madness Competition

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference this afternoon the New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning today, New Mexicans can submit a photo of their submission, a face mask or face covering, at https://cv.nmhealth.org/mask-madness/. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 24.

The public will be able to vote on their favorite masks and face-coverings online, beginning Tuesday, May 26. The top vote-getters


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,662 With 11 More Deaths And 1,671 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 164 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 11 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 11 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 57 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 37 new cases in San Juan County

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Los Alamos Retail Stores Reopening With Limits Saturday!

BUSINESS News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

Other public health emergency changes include a requirement, beginning Saturday, that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising.

The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased plan for a safe and gradual reopening based on “gating criteria” that show a generally


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Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Posting Facebook Messages Threatening To Kill New Mexico Governor,  Law Enforcement Officers, Government Officials

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Logan Mock, 34, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty in federal court May 13 to two counts of transmission of threatening communications in interstate commerce.

In Mock’s plea agreement, he admitted committing these offenses March 2 and March 13 in Bernalillo County. He posted messages on Facebook threatening to kill Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, law enforcement officers and other government officials. 

Mock is in custody awaiting sentencing. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to five years in prison for each offense.

The FBI investigated this case. Assistant


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $77 Million For COVID-19 Testing And Contact Tracing

NEW MEXICO DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced Thursday that the state of New Mexico will receive more than $77 million for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funds are from the $25 billion for national testing and contact tracing, funding for national health care providers and hospitals and small business relief package that Congress passed


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,503 With 11 More Deaths And 1,576 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 11 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 25 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 52 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County

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Heinrich Endorses Leo Jaramillo For Senate District 5

Senate Dist. 5 Candidate Leo Jaramillo

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich announced additional endorsements of candidates running in Democratic primary elections across New Mexico – including Leo Jaramillo who is running against incumbent Sen. Richard Martinez in Senate District 5, which includes Los Alamos.

“It’s crucial to have strong state and local leaders representing our communities throughout New Mexico as we work through this pandemic and its social and economic impacts,” Heinrich said. “I believe together we can rebuild our economy and social safety nets with more


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County Enacts Strict Precautions For Voters Amid Pandemic

While submitting an absentee ballot is encouraged, residents are able to vote in person for the June 2, Primary Election. Voting is underway at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Social Distancing is in place as voters cast ballots Tuesday at the Municipal Building. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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

The effects of the coronavirus can be felt and seen everywhere. Locally, one of the more recent areas impacted by the effects of the pandemic is voting.

Numerous restrictions and


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues COVID-19 Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

As we enter a new phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope this note finds you, your families and friends well.

The County Council and Manager have very much appreciated all of the ideas coming from community members regarding how to take care of our most vulnerable citizens, how to support businesses adjusting to new operational requirements, and how we should consider potential future openings of facilities and programs in our community.

As we reflect on the anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire while the risk from the virus remains high,


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Laura Montoya And Operation Bandana New Mexico Partner To Help Native American Communities At Ground Zero

Navajo Chapter visit. Courtesy/OBNM

Lyanbito Chapter visit. Courtesy/OBNM

National Guard assists with distribution of needed items to pueblos. Courtesy/OBNM

OBNM News:

Laura M. Montoya and Operation Bandana New Mexico in collaboration with the National Guard, several Navajo Chapter leaders and Operating Engineers Local 953, traveled to seven Navajo Chapters and four hospitals in McKinley and San Juan Counties.

Chapters visited were Iyanbito, Pinedale, Church Rock, Tohatchi, Sheep Springs (distribution site for 10 chapters), and Newcomb. Shiprock, Upper Fruitland, Nenahnezad,


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AWF: BLM Delivers Death Sentence For Wild Horses

AWF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A surge in funding — $21 million of additional taxpayer dollars for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Management Program — will be used for the removal of 20,000-30,000 wild horses and burros from federal lands this year and each year for many years to come, and the painful mass surgical sterilization of thousands of wild mares, according to a report issued to Congress this week by the BLM.

The funding — and the consequent use of the money for roundups and surgical sterilization rather than humane fertility control such as the PZP vaccine — is the


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New Mexico Emergency Public Health Order Modified May 16

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced late this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

  • Retailers will soon be permitted to operate at limited capacity;
  • State continuing to move forward safely as virus risk remains high.

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials late this after announced New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15,


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Chart 60: COVID-19 In New Mexico May 13

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, recoveries, and deaths in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Change in the number of new diagnoses over a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses during April 29-May 12 as compared with April 15-April 28. Counties with less than 10 diagnoses are not shown. Statewide, the number of diagnoses increased by 68 percent to 2,389 over the past two weeks from 1,407 over the preceding two weeks. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 5,364 With 12 New Deaths And 1,515 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 12 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new case in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new case in Curry County
  • 4 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 53 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 3 new cases in Sandoval

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Technological Advances Assist Los Alamos County Finance Department In Working Remotely During COVID-19

County CFO Helen Perraglio

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Finance Division’s recent changes in the way that they conduct business have paid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing staff to work remotely from home while still keeping finance operations running smoothly.

“Like many other employees, we began working at home in mid-March,” said CFO Helen Perraglio, “however, thanks to Enterprise Bank & Trust and the efforts of our accounts payable and procurement team, we were able to quickly implement electronic payments to vendors, eliminating the need for paper checks to be mailed.


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation: $6.6 Million In Grants To 16 Community Health Centers For COVID-19 Relief, Testing

DELEGATION News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $6,626,899 to 16 New Mexico community health centers, Tribal health centers and Urban Indian Organizations to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and procure medical supplies.

The funding will be used to acquire additional personal protective equipment (PPE), train staff, purchase and administer coronavirus tests, and other


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LWV: Tips To Ensure Absentee Ballot Is Counted

LWV News:

Many voters have requested an absentee ballot for the primary election.

Here are some tips from the League of Women Voters to make sure your ballot is counted. (The County Clerk has included excellent instructions with the ballot, but this advice is to help avoid common errors.)

  • Use black or blue ink. Do not use pencil or any other color ink.
  • Fill in the oval opposite the name of your preferred candidate for each office. On the Democratic ballot, you can vote for up to three County Council candidates.
  • On the Libertarian and Republican ballots, there is an opportunity to vote for a write-in

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