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Luján Applauds Reopening Of Paycheck Protection Program

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

...Encourages Struggling Businesses To Apply For Remaining $130 Billion In Forgivable Loans

NAMBÉ – Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, applauded the reopening of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which had initially ended June 30. Last week, with Luján’s support, the program was extended through Aug. 8.

“The Paycheck Protection Program has served as a lifeline for thousands of small businesses in New Mexico. When the program ended last week, it still had $130 billion


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Udall Among Senators Raising Concerns About Tribes Being Denied Access To Critical Federal COVID-19 Data

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers


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American Hospital, Medical, Nurses Associations Issue Open Letter Urging Public To Wear Masks To Stop COVID-19 Spread

By American Hospital Association
American Medical Association

American Nurses Association

An Open Letter To The American Public:

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have urged the American people to protect themselves, their neighbors and their loved ones amidst the worst global health crisis in generations. After months of physical distancing and staying at home, infections and deaths began to decline.

But in the weeks since states began reopening, some of the steps that were critical to the progress we made were too quickly abandoned. And we are now watching in real-time


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 13,256, No New Deaths, 5,860 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 203 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces no additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 65 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 38 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County

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Emotional Healing: Denial – Detrimental And Survival

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is part of an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

For many months now, the world has found itself in challenging times and it has affected each person, family, organization and community.

There are many pandemics that have arisen from this time of upheaval: racism, sexism, law enforcement, judicial and political systems, power differentials, educational systems, physical and mental health, personal rights vs. community protection, and the list goes on and on


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 13,063 With 2 More Deaths And 5,845 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 291 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 79 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 10 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 56 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 10 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in Hidalgo County

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New Mexico State Police To Enforce Penalties On Citizens Non-Compliant With Emergency Public Health Order

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will continue to respond, investigate and potentially cite citizens or businesses that refuse to comply with the amended Emergency Public Health Order.

June 30, 2020 New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the Public Order to July 15, 2020, which requires all New Mexicans to wear personal protective face covering while in public.

New Mexico State Police will ensure the public and places of business adhere to this mandate.

Officers will issue a citation to individuals who intentionally disregard the Public Health Order face covering requirements


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Letter To The Editor: Why So Many Lawbreakers In Los Alamos?

By GEORGE KYRALA
White Rock

In the last week or so I have been visiting the pond area in Los Alamos to enjoy the area while eating a takeout from our wonderful restaurants.

During that time, I have noticed that more than 70 percent of the people are not wearing masks, not counting those who are eating or drinking food. 

Too many people, with too many running and screaming kids, occupy that space and do not even socially distance by the too short six feet! 

In a town with so many educated people why are so many breaking or ignoring the law with little consequence to them? We, educated people, do believe in


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,776 With 8 More Deaths And 5,802 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 257 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 55 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 40 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 8 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new

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NM State Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel To Retire

New Mexico Secretary of Health Kathyleen Kunkel

STATE News:

…Kunkel will remain in place through crisis to assist state response

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of Health Kathyleen Kunkel announced on Friday her intention to retire, although she will remain in her position through the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

The Lujan Grisham administration will begin a nationwide search for a full-time replacement.

“Every single day of this public health crisis has been a physically and mentally exhausting ordeal – not just for the


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Letter To The Editor: Just How Far Is 6 Feet, Anyway?

Bruce Warren
Los Alamos

The recent article in the Post regarding trail etiquette, (link), was timely, but could use some reinforcement.

I use the local trails most every day, and have seen a sizable increase in trail usage since the lock-down. Most of the hikers I meet on the trail try to observe social distancing. Many bicyclists and runners, not so much.

Just because you are moving faster than others does not mean you own the trail. Quite the contrary. To reiterate the trail right-of-way rules: bikers yield to everyone, hikers yield to equestrians.

Most bikers and some runners I’ve met on the trail


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Letter To The Editor: Comments On Richard Skolnik’s Op-Ed Concerning COVID-19 Pandemic

By THOMAS MCLAUGHLIN
Los Alamos

I agree completely with the title (Skolnik: Please Tell It Like It Is – Before It Is Much Too Late, June 30, 2020 Los Alamos Daily Post) (link), that we have not been routinely told, and updated on, the facts, as published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – and they will change as the weeks and months go by.

I also agree with Richard’s statement later in his article: “The words and actions of leaders matter.” What I find lacking in his article are important facts – that do exist. While not a health expert, I have had time to follow the facts as they have been reported


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Governor Discusses Rise In COVID-19 Cases In NM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during a press conference Wednesday announces that she is extending the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 due to the rising COVID-19 case count. She also presented the following series of charts detailing the current health situation around the state. Screenshot/LADP

New Mexico Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase reiterates the importance of wearing masks and social distancing as a way to help curb the rise in COVID-19 cases around the state. Screenshot/LADP

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,520 With 3 More Deaths And 5,627 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 248 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 97 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 42 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 5

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Silver Lining Emerges Despite Pandemic Canceling 75th Anniversary Season Of Los Alamos Concert Association

LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin in front of the Smith Auditorium Tuesday discussing how 75th anniversary plans were sadly dashed due to the pandemic and her appreciation for community support. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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

Plans for celebrating the 75th year of the Los Alamos Concert Association (LACA) were dashed with the outbreak of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.

But out of disappointment has emerged a sense of gratitude for the generous show of support from the community.

LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin


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Local Suicide Deaths Spike In 2020

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

caclark@ladailypost.com

With confirmation from the Office of the Medical Investigator pending on a couple of cases, suicide deaths have tripled in the last six months over annual numbers in the last decade.

“We have averaged two suicides per year for the last 10 years but this year we’ve responded to six suicide deaths between January and the beginning of June,” Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris said in an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. “Five of the six were male … the female died of self asphyxiation and each of the males died of self-inflicted


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