La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E. San Francisco St. Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE – In an effort to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of employees and guests, La Fonda on the Plaza is postponing its 100 Year Anniversary Celebration until March 26, 2022.
The 100 Year Anniversary Celebration, tabbed the “Party of the Century”, was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, 2022. The decision to postpone the event is intended to help alleviate further stress placed on New Mexico’s healthcare system by centering the health and safety of Read More
Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that the number of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students at Mountain Elementary School over the past 14 days is nearing the 5 percent threshold.
The decision has been made to transition to temporary remote learning beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 and extending through Monday, Jan. 24.
All in person classes, meetings or activities must be held remotely or rescheduled during this window, this includes after school clubs and YMCA.
Mountain Principal Brian Grass has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance Read More
Officials with the Los Alamos County Emergency Manager’s office announced today that a second COVID-19 testing site for the Los Alamos community will be available starting Monday, Jan. 17.
Located in White Rock at Overlook Park, Pathology Consultants of New Mexico (PCNM) will offer drive-through PCR-NAAT testing between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tests will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis (no appointments).
Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson explains that tests are at no cost to the individual. PCNM employees will ask for insurance Read More
Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit (ACT) Route 5 will be suspended starting at 11:35 a.m. today, Jan. 14 through the remainder of the day due to a staffing shortage.
Dial-A-Ride Service for the Barranca Mesa area will be provided on a space basis for the remainder of the day.
ACT apologizes for the inconvenience this staffing shortage issue may cause.
Direct questions to ACT at (505).661.RIDE (7433) for any additional information or use the ACTracker to locate bus routes in real-time.
State, Los Alamos And Sandia National Laboratories Execute Agreement On Development Of Zero-Carbon Hydrogen
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD), Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and Environment Department (EMNRD) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories to build a zero-carbon hydrogen economy not only in New Mexico but across the United States.
The MOU leverages their respective areas of expertise to deliver timely, material and efficient transformation of energy systems to achieve economic prosperity, reach net zero emissions by 2050 economy wide, Read More
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer alert warning New Mexicans about COVID-19 test scams.
With more and more people seeking tests, scammers may be exploiting this demand to steal personal, financial, or medical information.
New Mexicans should also be aware of reports that certain testing sites are issuing illegitimate “negative” test results without actual testing taking place.
Attorney General Balderas asks New Mexicans to remain vigilant when requesting a COVID-19 test—both Read More
Morning Glory Bakery at 1377 Diamond Dr., announced this morning that it will be closed today. ‘With Los Alamos High School students testing positive, we are testing all employees…’ owner Kevin Albright said, adding that Morning Glory Bakery hopes to reopen Saturday. Courtesy photo Read More
Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit Route 2M (Main Hill), Route 6 Peak & Dial-A-Ride Services Suspended Today
Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit Route 2M (Main Hill) and Dial-A-Rice Services will be suspended starting at 11:25 a.m. today through the remainder of the day due to a staffing shortage.
Route 2M passengers should utilize Route 2T for service to White Rock. Route 6 Peak service will end at 5:05 p.m. so riders should use the regular hourly Route 6 bus service.
ACT apologizes for the inconvenience this staffing shortage issue may cause.
Direct questions to ACT at (505).661.RIDE (7433) or use the ACTracker to locate bus routes in real-time. For specific route service schedules, Read More
Military Order Of The World Wars Features Presentation By Bob Hull On Havana Syndrome Tuesday Jan. 18
The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) will feature a talk by Bob Hull of Los Alamos on the Havana Syndrome – “Anomalous Health Incident” or Government Personnel Under Attack at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18.
In his talk, Hull will present background information on what the U.S. government initially referred to as “an anomalous health incident” in 2016 that has since become known as the “Havana Syndrome”.
Hull will discuss similar incidents reported by CIA, State Department and military personnel across six continents and the reported health symptoms, results Read More
New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Issues Statement On Updated COVID-19 Protocols For 2022 Legislative Session
House Speaker Brian Egolf
New Mexico House Democrats News:
SANTA FE — New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has released the following statement regarding COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2022 legislative session:
“All House committee meetings will be virtual during the 30-day session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 18.
“House floor sessions will continue to take place in person, but members who test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms of COVID-19, are under a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation order, are high risk, or live with someone who is high risk or not eligible Read More
New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 13, 2022: 5,547 New Cases, Totaling 393,736 With 36 Deaths & 321,858 Recovered
SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 5,547 new COVID-19 cases today.
Los Alamos County reported 15 new cases today, bringing the total to 1,439 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.)
This update includes 36 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 27.8 percent.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
- 1513 new cases in Bernalillo County
- 5 new cases in Catron County
This chart shows the percentage of the population (students + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 11 days for all Los Alamos Public Schools and for the entire school district (rightmost column). Schools are expected to transition to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population tests positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to reach the 5% threshold. Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School, and Los Alamos High School are temporarily transitioning to remote learning Read More
Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit Suspends Route 2M (Main Hill), Route 6 Peak, Dial-A-Ride Effective Immediately
Effective Immediately Atomic City Transit (ACT) Route 2M (Main Hill), Route 6 Peak and Dial-a-Ride services are suspended through the remainder of the day due to a staffing shortage.
Riders should plan to use Route 2T (Truck Route) and fixed Route 6, which will continue to operate on regular schedule 5:55 a.m. until 6:58 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ACT apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause.
Direct questions to ACT at (505) 661-RIDE (7433) or use the ACTracker to locate bus routes in real-time. For specific route service schedules, visit: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/atomic_city_transit Read More
Los Alamos Middle School will transition to temporary remote learning Friday through Jan. 23. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that the number of positive COVID cases among staff and students at Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) over the past 14 days today reached the 5 percent threshold.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 14, LAMS will transition to temporary remote learning. Students will remain in remote learning through Jan. 23.
LAMS Principal Suzanne Lynne has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance on remote learning for the next 10 Read More
Rep. Elizabeth Thomson
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
SANTA FE — Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque) has been chosen to serve as Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.
As vice chair, Rep. Thomson will help develop NCSL’s policy positions on key federal issues of interest to state legislatures, including Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
“I am honored and excited to expand my career in public service with this new role,” Rep. Thomson Read More
Build With Robots’ Breezy One™ provides robotic disinfection services and eliminates 99.99 percent of all pathogens. Courtesy/Build With Robots
ALBUQUERQUE — Build With Robots, an Albuquerque-based robotics company, has completed its Series A Funding Round of $5 million. The company is focused on deploying complete automated disinfection services to schools, airports, arenas, and anywhere that needs to focus on keeping people safe from infectious diseases.
“New Mexico is a great place to create a company,” Matthew Ennis said, Build With Robots Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Read More
Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office To Limit In-Person Services As COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Continues
Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas
From the Office of the County Clerk:
Due to growing COVID-19 concerns, and in continuing to align with directives from the Los Alamos County Manager’s Office, County Clerk Naomi Maestas will be taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of citizens and employees.
Beginning today, the County Clerk’s Office will suspend all in-person services and transactions, not made by appointment, for the next two weeks.
Additional updates will be issued dependent upon information that presents itself during the next two weeks.
At this time, the County Clerk Office Read More
The Los Alamos Teen Center at 475 20th St., is temporarily halting programs and reducing maximum attendance to 10 teens beginning today at the request of the County. Courtesy photo
At the request of Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Teen Center (LATC) is temporarily halting its programs and reducing its maximum attendance through Jan. 25 at which point the County will reassess the situation.
Beginning today, the maximum capacity allowed in the LATC is 10 teens at one time. This will continue through Jan. 22 when Los Alamos High School ends its temporary remote instruction period.
This chart shows as of late Wednesday night the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More
Public Education Secretary (Designate) Kurt Steinhaus
Updated toolkit now requires boosters for staff to avoid quarantine
SANTA FE – Balancing new medical guidance with the Omicron surge, the New New Mexico Public Education Department today announced shorter quarantine and self-isolation requirements for students and staff.
Quarantines are reduced from 10 days to five for students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, and self-isolation is reduced from 10 days to five for those who test positive for the virus.
Both changes align with guidance issued Dec. 27 by the federal Read More