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Zuhn Describes JJAB’s Efforts During COVID-19 Pandemic

JJAB Executive Director Lisa Zuhn

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Lisa Zuhn, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, spoke at Kiwanis (via Zoom) Oct. 20, describing JJAB’s successful adjustment to a major societal problem—the coronavirus pandemic.

Zuhn Joined a Vital Organization

Zuhn became executive director of JJAB about 18 months ago after serving as the organization’s “court administrator.” She is a native New Mexican (“born in Albuquerque and raised in the Jemez Mountains”), with a degree in hospitality and tourism services from New Mexico State


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 828 New Cases, Total Now At 41,863 With 2 New Deaths And 20,837 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 828 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing the total to 43 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 156 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 42 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 32 new cases in Curry County
  • 206 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 39 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5 new cases

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New Mexico Awarded $9.6M In Behavioral Health Grants

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded two federal grants: $6 million from the Department of Justice to support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants and other drugs of abuse, and $3.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the growing behavioral health needs of the homeless and justice-involved population impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Friday.

“These two grants will help the state and local providers respond to the pressing behavioral health needs of so many New Mexicans who are facing difficult


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New Mexico NMED COVID-19 Watchlist Update Oct. 24

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 78 establishments on the Watchlist.

A rapid response is initiated when the state learns of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. NMED or the state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments regarding testing, quarantining and isolating, disinfecting, and COVID-Safe Practices.

This week, the Watchlist only includes organizations


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 875 New Cases, Total Now At 41,040 With 5 New Deaths And 20,765 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 875 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County now has a total of 42 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 251 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 47 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 20 new cases in Curry County
  • 125 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 20 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case

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Environment Department: COVID-19 Watchlist Oct. 23

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

As of Friday there are 75 establishments on the Watchlist.

A rapid response is initiated when the state learns of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. NMED or the state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to organizations regarding testing, quarantining and isolating, disinfecting, and COVID-Safe Practices.

This week, the Watchlist only includes organizations


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 21 Staff Members And 9 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department today announced 30 new positive cases of COVID-19 – 21 staff members and nine students – in the last 24 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:

  • Eight cases in Bernalillo County. Seven of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 15, 16 and 20. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 797 New Cases, Total Now At 40,168 With 7 New Deaths And 20,655 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 797 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 40 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 197 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 28 new cases in Chaves County
  • 6 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 54 new cases in Curry County
  • 130 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 37 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe

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Los Alamos Police Hold DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is conducting its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in the north parking lot (off Central Avenue) of the police station.

Due to COVID-19, additional precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone participating in the event.

LAPD asks the community to follow these guidelines:

  • Use the entry into the parking lot from Central Avenue;
  • Traffic cones will be in place to guide drivers and officers will assist drivers to drive by a drop off box;
  • People are encouraged to remain in their vehicles as no one

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Environment Department: COVID-19 Watchlist Oct. 22

NMED News:

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are currently 65 establishments on the watchlist.

A rapid response is initiated when the state learns of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. NMED or the state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to organizations regarding testing, quarantining and isolating, disinfecting, and COVID-Safe Practices.    

Thursday’s watchlist contains a smaller number


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 669 New Cases, Total Now At 39,377 With 3 New Deaths And 20,562 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 669 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 40 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:

  • 185 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 31 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 30 new cases in Curry County
  • 97 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 46 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe

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New Mexico State Run Museums, Historic Sites Close Oct. 23

DCA News:

In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will close its museums and historic sites to the public Friday, Oct. 23, until further notice.

The safety and well-being of employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. DCA appreciates the ongoing support and understanding of the public.

Visit www.newmexicoculture.org for virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.

“The fight against COVID-19 has become our state’s top priority,” DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego said. “We are closing


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Dr. Brenda Pereda Opens Los Alamos Women’s Health

Dr. Brenda Pereda

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Dr. Brenda Pereda opened her new practice, Los Alamos Women’s Health, last week offering a full scope of OB/GYN services at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC).

She specializes in reproductive health and wellness using culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed care for women of all ages.

“I love it here and look forward to learning more about the community,” Dr. Pereda said.

LAMC CEO John Whiteside spoke about how fortunate LAMC is to have Dr. Pereda opening her practice inside the medical center.

“We are excited


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 13 Staff Members And 8 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department Oct. 21 announced 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 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:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case in Curry County. The infected individual is

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Con Alma Health Foundation Seeks Hero Nominations

CAHF News:

SANTA FE — Con Alma Health Foundation seeks nominations for people who make significant contributions to the health of New Mexico.

The statewide private foundation invites you to nominate a health hero by filling out a nomination form at http://conalma.org/hero-of-health/.

Heroes can work in any field, including health-care providers, policy makers, advocates, clinicians, administrators and volunteers who improve the health of their communities. Con Alma will accept nominations until 5 p.m., Nov. 10. 

“We always look forward to hearing about individuals in our state who


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


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