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Los Alamos Historical Society Publishes New Book ‘Resilience And Renewal’ By Local Author Teralene Foxx

By TERALENE FOXX
Los Alamos

Mid-June the book Resilience and Renewal was published and is now on the Historical Society Website.

The May anniversary date of the Cerro Grande Fire has passed. Twenty years ago the Cerro Grande fire changed the community, many lives, and the ecosystem.

The book, Resilience and Renewal is a continuation of a series previously written on the Cerro Grande Fire: Lest We Forget (2001) and Touched by Fire (2010).

The present book represents a perspective of people interviewed 20 years past the event.

The book includes interviews of people who had lost homes, those evacuated,


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Udall, Heinrich Join Legislation Requiring Airlines Return Billions To Consumers During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined legislation Thursday that would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all cancelled tickets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020, which was introduced by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), would require refunds be provided regardless of whether the airline cancelled


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State Partners With OpenBeds To Launch New Mexico Behavioral Health Referral Network

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Services Division has announced that it has partnered with OpenBeds, a provider of a technology platform that identifies, unifies, and tracks behavioral health and social services resources to facilitate rapid digital referrals, to launch the New Mexico Behavioral Health Referral Network.

The New Mexico Behavioral Health Referral Network allows New Mexico’s treatment community to rapidly and effectively assess the needs of their patients, locate an appropriate facility, and digitally refer them


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Governor Puts Phase Two Economic Reopening On Hold

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announcing that phase 2 economic reopening is on hold. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

During a press conference this afternoon, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the phase 2 economic reopening scheduled for July 1 is on hold.

The decision comes after recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in surrounding states in the region.

The state will continue to evaluate transmission rates and the rise in national cases for an additional week before making decisions about:

  • Raising the mass gatherings limit; and
  • Additional limited, COVID-safe reopenings.

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,192 With 5 More Deaths And 5,047 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 207 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 60 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 46 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new

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Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Distributing 3,000 Masks

CHAMBER News:

The state of New Mexico is partnering with various business organizations to give 171,000 cloth face coverings to small businesses around the state for free distribution to workers and customers who don’t have their own.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce received 3,000 of these masks and will distribute these to local businesses.

The masks, manufactured by the apparel company Hanes, were donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with distribution coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with


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Swab Squad Deployed In Los Alamos And Globally

Los Alamos ‘Swab Squad’ technician Andrew Warson takes a sample of a keypad on a gas pump at the Smith Fuel Center Wednesday morning on Trinity Dr., assisted by technician Amanda MacDonald, left, and Dr. Prisca Tiassé. Smith’s Fuel Center Supervisor Adelia Bowers, center, watches the procedure and explained that she and her crew wipe down the contact areas of the pumps every hour that the Center is open to promote a healthy shopping experience. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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

A squad of volunteers was deployed Monday


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USDA Extends Foreclosure And Eviction Relief On Single Family Housing Direct Loans

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand has announced USDA extended foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans through Aug. 31, 2020.

The moratorium applies to:

  • Initiation of foreclosures or completion of foreclosures in process, excluding vacant and abandoned properties; and
  • Evictions of borrowers from properties bought with a USDA direct home loan.  

For more information on USDA Rural Development’s actions to support customers directly impacted by COVID-19


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Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local Projects And Initiatives Around Community

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

In this note I’m providing an update on the status of current projects and initiatives in our community – as noted in my May update regarding development efforts, even during these challenging times there is a lot going on. These projects will have an important longer-term impact on infrastructure and quality of life.

However, I’d like to start by recognizing that, as many of you know by now, we’ve had another positive COVID-19 test. This is an important reminder that we are, and will continue to be, living with the virus among us. It will spread given


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Wildfires, Air Quality, COVID-19: How They Relate And What To Expect In 2020

Firefighters and the U.S. Fire Service preemptively work to maintain forests and help prevent larger spreads of fires during the spring season. Courtesy/AFD

AFD News:

As we approach summer, most of the Western U.S. has faced a pretty dry winter and the country is preparing for yet another volatile fire season.

Even though COVID-19 has improved air quality, many parts of our infrastructure and economy have faced huge disruptions.

Wildfires could quickly change pollution levels and cause air quality to plummet, affecting those with predisposed conditions and creating challenges to our respiratory


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Los Alamos Visiting Nurses And Home Instead Host Appreciation Luncheon For Staff

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and Home Instead show their appreciation to their staff during a luncheon June 16 outside of Los Alamos Visiting Nurses,109 Central Park Square. ‘It was a thank you lunch to both our staff at LAVNS and Home Instead,’ LAVNS Office Manager Jade Lovato said. ‘We wanted to show them we truly appreciate them and all their hard work.’ Courtesy photo


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 10,990 With 4 More Deaths And 4,984 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 156 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 34 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 24

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 10,838 With 7 More Deaths And 4,874 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 147 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 7 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 Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 50 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new

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Los Alamos Commerce And Development Corporation Supports Consideration Of Stoplight Model For Upcoming School Year

LACDC News:

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation shares its support for consideration of the Stoplight Model for the upcoming school year.

LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan today sent the following letter reflecting that support to Cabinet Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart of the New Mexico Public Education Department:

June 23, 2020

Dr. Ryan Stewart Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Public Education Department

Dear Dr. Stewart,

As the director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), a private not-for-profit economic development firm in Los Alamos, NM,


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New Mexico Small Businesses To Share In 171,000 Cloth Face Coverings For Employees And Customers

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is partnering with various business organizations to give 171,000 cloth face coverings to small businesses around the state for free distribution to workers and customers who don’t have their own.

The masks, manufactured by the apparel company Hanes, were donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with distribution coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with the Association of Commerce and Industry and local chambers of commerce.

The department received 171,000 cloth


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Neeper: What Is Science?

By DON NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos

In the news media, both national and local politicians say the COVID virus will be managed “according to science”. I presume they mean that the virus is transmitted mainly by exhaled droplets, and therefore that officials may claim scientific reasoning to impose social distancing and face coverings.

We don’t know the extent to which a person acquires immunity or becomes noninfectious after surviving the disease. COVID-19 has been confirmed in pet cats and dogs, but transmission from pet to human is rare. That’s the current extent of the politically relevant


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