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Luján Leads Call To Increase National Laboratories Funding To Create Jobs And Jumpstart Economic Recovery

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

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

NAMBÉ – As America’s economy struggles from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a call for increased funding for infrastructure investments at America’s National Laboratories as a way to create good-paying jobs and jumpstart the nation’s economic recovery.

“Funding for maintenance, repairs, and the modernization of National Lab infrastructure will ensure our nation’s continued scientific and economic


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Nonperishable Collection At Pueblo Gymnasium June 11-14

One of seven truckloads of donated items being hauled away last month to support COVID-affected communities in Pueblo and Navajo Nation areas. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Operation Bandana New Mexico, a grassroots organization based in Santa Fe, will again be partnering with All Together Los Alamos to collect items for delivery to the Pueblos and the Navajo Nation during this COVID emergency.

The pick up is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 at the Pueblo Gymnasium at 1900 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Last month, Operation Bandana collected seven truckloads during


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Los Alamos County Library System Begins Curbside Service

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos County Library System announces plans for the phased reopening of library services.

A primary consideration for all phases is the safety of staff and the public. Public libraries are considered medium exposure risk institutions, where staff have frequent or close contact with people.

The Library will implement Phase One of reopening with curbside pickup of library materials that are on hold beginning June 15.

Library patrons can help staff prepare to launch the curbside service by returning library items in the drive-through drops at both Mesa Public Library


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Governor Announces More Summer Resources For Families

STATE News:

Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming.

Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources,


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SF Council On International Relations: Post-Pandemic World

SFCIR News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston will moderate a live stream panel discussion entitled Rule of Law Panel #3 – Can the American Body Politic Survive in a Post-Pandemic World?

Presented by Santa Fe Council on International Relations, this online discussion via Zoom is 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, with Q&A.

The cost is $10 and advance registration is required at www.sfcir.org or call 505.982.4931.

UPCOMING:

Ambassador Mary Ann Casey will discuss Radical Islam in Mediterranean North Africa: Can Democracy Flourish in Tunisia and Algeria?; 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11; online


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COVID-19 Recoveries Of Residents In Long Term Care Facilities Are Testament To Heroic Work Of Staff

AHCA/NCAL News:

For months, long term care workers have gone above and beyond as they battle this historic health crisis.

They’re working extra shifts, spending time away from their families and putting their lives on the line in order to protect our most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19.

Because of their dedication, long term care workers across the country have celebrated with residents as they make a complete recovery from the virus.  

While the vast majority of residents recover, one death from COVID-19 is one too many. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 40,000


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 8,353 With 8 More Deaths And 3,115 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 218 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 20 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 30 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 1 new

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Heinrich, Tonko Lead Call For Inclusion Of Clean Energy Workforce Support In COVID-19 Economic Packages

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are urging congressional leaders to prioritize a clean energy recovery plan in upcoming economic relief and recovery packages to deal with the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sen. Heinrich and Rep. Tonko led a bicameral letter signed by 57 members calling on Congress to take action to support the clean energy industry to both address the climate crisis and revitalize the American job market and economy.

The lawmakers’ call for urgency comes as nearly 600,000 clean energy


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Los Alamos Community Foundation, Partners, Donors, Announce Final Round Of COVID-19 Grant Recipients

LACF News:

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant, a collaborative effort between the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF), community partners and generous donors, announced today the final grant recipients.

Nearly $31,000 will be distributed to 20 organizations to aid in emergency response and assistance.

The nonprofits receiving funding in this final round include:

3HO Foundation of NM, American Red Cross, Cancer Foundation NM, Dream Tree Project, El Rito Art Association, Embudo Valley Library and Community Center, Española Humane Society, Española Pathways Shelter, Family


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Bandelier Increases Recreational Access To Frijoles Canyon

Bandelier is increasing recreational access beginning Monday to Frijoles Canyon. Frijoles Canyon.

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

During this first phase,


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Los Alamos Community Foundation And Partners Create Emergency Response Funds Supporting Area Nonprofits

LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz

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

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term impacts on individuals and communities, the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LAFC) has partnered with several local organizations to create two nonprofit emergency response funds.

LACF and its partners raised more than $60,000 for these funds, and awarded grants of up to $1,500 each to 37 non-profit organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County, LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz said, adding that individual


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State Announces Online Health Insurance Screening Tool

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Every New Mexican should have health care during the COVID-19 emergency – to help expedite that process there is a new online screening tool to help New Mexicans determine what health insurance coverage they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions, the state announced Thursday. It is available at New Mexico Health Coverage Connector here.

The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance partnered with the New Mexico Human Services Department, beWellnm, and the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool to make the tool.

“Our top priority is to make sure people have


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Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott On Completing Transition To Phase 1 Reopening

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

I hope this note finds you and your families and friends well. (And if you read all the way through this note, you win a special good news item at the end!)

What a change June will bring to our community and state. With the opening of in-door dining, gyms, salons, pools and other businesses (all at limited capacities), we are completing the transition to Phase 1 reopening that started mid-May.

Mass gatherings of five or more individuals continue to be prohibited.

Throughout the next few weeks, the Governor and her team will continue to closely monitor the


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LAPS School Board Work Session Recap

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board met Thursday evening, May 28 for a work session.

Board President Ellen Ben-Naim and members Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert joined the virtual meeting via Google Meet.

The meeting started with recognitions by the board. Ben-Naim acknowledged the contributions of senior student liaisons Ogden Berry, Zoe Butler and Justin Pena for their contributions to the School Board over the past two years.

Kimberly Clayton was honored as the school district’s nomination as New Mexico Teacher of the Year, and Susan Fellows was recognized


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NMSP Officers Save Woman From Jumping Off Bridge

NMSP News:

VALENCIA COUNTY – At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officers responded to the scene of a woman sitting on the ledge of a ramp overpass on Interstate 25 near Belen. 

Officers arrived to find the woman in obvious mental distress sitting on the ledge of the overpass flyover that crossed Interstate 25. As officers attempted to speak with her and coax her off the ledge of the overpass, she prepared to jump. 

New Mexico State Police Ofc. Sergio Corral saw her positioning herself to jump off the ledge and he was able to quickly pull the woman to safety before she could


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 8,140 With 8 More Deaths And 3,013 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 28 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 8 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 37 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

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