Health Care

LANL: Notice Of Public Reading Room Closure In Pojoaque

LANL Hardcopy Public Reading Room at 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque is closed until further notice. Courtesy/DOE

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Hardcopy Public Reading Room at the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Office at 94 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque will be closed until further notice.

The Electronic Public Reading Room is available at:

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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Blue Window Bistro Offering Curbside Pickup On Central

The Blue Window Bistro at 1789 Central Ave. is offering curbside pickup during this time of social distancing. For more information, call 505.662.6305. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Blue Window Bistro at 1789 Central Ave. has three parking spaces marked for curbside pickup. For more information, call 505.662.6305. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Los Alamos Police Department Cautions Coronavirus Precautions Could Lead To Increased Domestic Violence

LAPD News:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the announcement Monday of a statewide stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Many people are staying inside their homes as COVID-19 spreads across the nation. Self-isolation and social distancing is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

When people are cooped up together for a long period of time, emotions are high, people are stressed, and there is a greater risk for domestic violence.

Some Examples of Domestic Violence Include:

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling;

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JMEC Limits Hours Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

JMEC News:

Española – Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) has issued the following in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency:

In keeping with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s measures recently introduced to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to limit the business hours of our cashier lobbies at all offices effective immediately.

We know there is growing concern as the outbreak and impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve. The health and safety of our customers and employees is a top priority.  We understand your connection

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pig + Fig Cafe

On the job in Los Alamos is longtime customer Eric Brosha, left, arriving Monday afternoon for his pick-up order at Pig + Fig Cafe, 11 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. Employees Dustin Lippiatt and Gabriela Vallejos assist with suggestions from a wide variety of sweet temptations. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Pig + Fig has been assisting residents with social distancing by moving all the tables aside creating plenty of room for customers to pick up their orders. To order online and for more information, call or text 505.709.5380, call 505.672.2742 or visit Photo

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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local COVID-19 Response Following State’s Stay At Home Order

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

By now most of you are aware of the new Stay at Home Instruction issued March 23 by the Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel, which states that New Mexicans “must stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety or welfare” and further prohibits most gatherings of five or more individuals indoors or outdoors.

It is essential that as a community we have and continue to take the responsibility and important steps needed to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and give our health care system the best chance possible

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CB FOX Deemed Nonessential Business … Closing 4:15 P.M. Today … Reopening To Sell Remaining Merchandise Soon

CB FOX Department Store on Central Avenue falls into the category of a nonessential business and will temporarily close at 4:15 p.m. today. Courtesy photo

CB FOX News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Stay at Home Order issued Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic lists retail stores as nonessential businesses in New Mexico.

CB FOX Department Store falls into that category and has announced that it will temporarily close at 4:15 p.m. today.

“We will re-open to sell off the remaining items as soon as we can. Watch for updates!”

“Stay safe Los Alamos!”

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NMDOT And Contractor Agree To Suspend Taos Road Project


TAOS — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and El Terrero Construction, LLC, reached an agreement to suspend reconstruction work on U.S. 68/N.M. 64 for a two-week duration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suspension began Monday and will expire April 3. Work will begin again Monday, April 6.

This suspension is granted due to specification 107.20 that includes documented national unavailability of construction material and epidemic quarantine restriction. This is not intended for the contractor to restructure phasing.

The $23.9 million project will improve the

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Metzger’s Stores Deemed Essential And Remaining Open

Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos and the store on N.M. 4 in White Rock are essential businesses and will remain open. Courtesy photo

Metzger’s Hardware Store News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Stay at Home Order issued Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic specifically lists hardware stores as an essential business in New Mexico.

“Metzger’s Hardware takes our responsibility to our community seriously, and will remain open during this crisis,” General Manager David Jolley posted on Metzger’s Facebook page. “We will continue to do our best to keep in

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Public Attendance Prohibited At Utilities Board Meeting


Public in-person attendance at the Wednesday, March 25 Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting will be prohibited in accordance with the Public Health Emergency Order Closing All Businesses and Non-Profit Entities Except for those Deemed Essential and Providing Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 issued March 23 from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email.

The BPU meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday

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Zia Credit Union Issues Over $233,000 In Emergency Loans

Zia Credit Union News:

With all the disheartening news lately, we’re all looking for stories of goodwill around the world.

To that end, Zia Credit Union has good news to share right here in our own community. In less than a week, since announcing that it would be offering emergency loans to its members, Zia Credit Union has helped nearly 60 families.

For many, the threat of being out of work and needing to make ends meet is a real concern.

“The recent pandemic of COVID-19 was something I didn’t think I needed to worry about or would even be affected by personally,” said a Zia Credit Union member who asked

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Update: SBDC UNM-LA Operations; Loan Programs Available

SBA News:

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

In its concerted efforts to help US small businesses in these difficult and challenging times, the SBA has introduced the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program with a deadline for the application of Dec. 17, 2020.

The following are the main points of the EIDL program:

  1. Loans are up to $2 million.
  2. Collateral is required for loan applications above $25k but loans will not be turned down for lack of collateral.
  3. These loans are extended by the SBA and do not go through commercial banks.
  4. Duration is up to 30 years and there is a one-year deferment that

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DVS Field Office Assisting Veterans Exclusively Via Telework

DVS News:

SANTA FE — Effective March 24, all field offices of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) will temporarily postpone in-person office visits by veterans–and will instead provide veterans’ benefits assistance via telephone, video conference, or e-mail.

All previously-scheduled in-office visits will be rescheduled.

The move is to comply with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s statewide directive this afternoon directing state agencies to further help minimize the spread of the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus. 

Veterans or widows of veterans can work with

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Early Childhood Education Department Offers Guidance To Child Care Providers Amidst ‘Stay At Home’ Order


SANTA FE — New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky commented Monday on Gov. Lujan Grisham’s “stay at home” order.

The order, which goes into effect at 8 a.m. today, March 24, requires all non-essential businesses to close and limit activities for New Mexicans outside of their homes. The goal of the order is to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The Governor understands that child care providers are front-line, essential workers. They are first responders. Without them, our public health workforce couldn’t contain the virus or care for the sick.

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New Mexico Courts Increase Restrictions And Public Health Precautions To Guard Against Spread Of COVID-19

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — Additional restrictions and public health precautions at New Mexico courthouses were ordered Monday by the State Supreme Court to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

“Courts recognize that extraordinary steps are necessary to protect public safety and the health of New Mexicans. Our courts must continue to provide essential services in the justice system,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said.

Under the Supreme Court’s order:

  • While limits on “mass gatherings” established by the state public health order do not apply to courthouses because courts provide essential

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Congressional Delegation Urges State Department To Quickly Repatriate New Mexicans Abroad Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Department of State to take immediate action to repatriate New Mexicans living, working, and traveling abroad and to provide these same New Mexicans with all necessary medical care while these plans are being executed.

“As the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to evolve, our offices have been contacted by numerous

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Heinrich Update: New Mexico Offices Go Fully Remote

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Monday announced that for the health and safety of both staff and visitors and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19, his New Mexico-based offices will operate on a remote-basis effective today, March 24.

This is in coordination with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s stay-at-home order for the state of New Mexico.

Heinrich will continue to keep New Mexicans informed of any changes to the operations of his offices and encourages residents to contact him for assistance

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Enterprise Bank Launches Multiple Loan Relief Programs

Enterprise Bank & Trust News:

Additional offerings focus on continuing virtual Enterprise University courses and best practices for business owners

ST. LOUIS To provide relief for customers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Enterprise Bank & Trust has launched programs to provide temporary relief for those hit hard by the pandemic.

The bank has moved some existing programs, such as Enterprise University and client networking, online to continue providing ongoing business education, while avoiding the risks associated with COVID-19. Additionally, in an effort

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IHM Parish Statement Of Response To Covid-19 Crisis

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 3700 Canyon Road. Courtesy/IHM

To Members of the Los Alamos Community:

Recently the New Mexico Department of Health issued “Stay at Home Orders” for all of us living in New Mexico, due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In this challenging time know that the Priest, Deacons and Staff of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish keep everyone in our prayers. We are providing through our website,

  • Sunday and Daily Mass;
  • Holy Hour;
  • Religious Educational opportunities;
  • Face Book;
  • Flock Notes (Parish Communication Program);
  • Covid-19 Crisis Prayer; and

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