Health Care

State Provides Los Alamos Retired And Senior Organization 400+ Free Boxes Of Food For Seniors; Disabled Residents

New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department has provided the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization with more than 400 free food boxes for seniors over 60 or those with disabilities. You do not need to be a member or live in Los Alamos. You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and birthday, and a staff member will load your box into the vehicle. Call 505.662.8920 to arrange a pick, and free delivery is available in Los Alamos and White Rock. Visit www.losalamosseniorcenter.com to learn more about the free membership and services available. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen/LARSO


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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Summer Operations Canceled

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area remains closed due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Courtesy/PMSA

PAJARITO News:

Pajarito will not be conducting operations this summer due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions and concerns about being able to cover costs due to these restrictions.

This includes the resorts’ chairlift operations for hiking and downhill mountain biking, as well as the Pajarito Mountain Cafe and retail store. 

“We are disappointed to not be able to offer mountain biking and our usual activities,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “However, even while our


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NMDOH, NMED Issue Smoke Advisory For Most Of State

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department today issue a smoke advisory for the Rio Grande Valley from Taos to Las Cruces and all surrounding communities from 9 p.m. through noon tomorrow, June 19 due to smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
Smoke from wildfires may cause people to have more severe reactions if they are infected with COVID-19.
If you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Learn more about how smoke affects those sick with

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New Mexico Flags Lowered To Commemorate Juneteenth, Anniversary Of Ultimate End To Slavery At Sundown Today

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags to half-staff in observance of Juneteenth.

State flags will be flown at half-staff beginning sundown Thursday through sundown Saturday.

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves Jan. 1, 1863, but it was almost 2.5 years later, June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read the federal orders in Galveston, Texas, informing enslaved people in Texas that they were free. Juneteenth marks that day.

“Juneteenth is a celebration of human dignity and freedom, but it’s also a reminder of the dark


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LAPS Parents Provide Feedback About 2020-21 School Year

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools sent a survey to all parents and families June 5 requesting feedback about options being considered for starting school safely in August 2020.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus explained that communicating with parents is essential and the data from this survey will be useful in planning for the upcoming school year.

“We greatly appreciate parent engagement and feedback on this important topic,” Steinhaus said. “We hope that CDC and state health guidelines will allow us to return to more normal times. Until then, we are planning to provide the best possible


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 10,153 With 4 More Deaths And 4,439 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 94 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

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

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

  • 13 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 12 new cases in Luna County
  • 20 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1

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Sen. Sedillo Lopez Self-isolating After COVID Exposure

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

State Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez was self-isolating at her hotel in Santa Fe Thursday after being exposed to a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said she received a call from the state Department of Health notifying her she had contact with someone who tested positive.

The senator said she was feeling fine and had no symptoms associated with the virus.

She was given permission to travel to Santa Fe for the special legislative session, but isolated in her office at the Capitol and then moved back to her hotel.

“I came to my hotel


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LAMC Enacts Strict Measures To Help Keep Community Safe

LAMC Screener Anita Vigil checks Geniece Courtright’s temperature as part of the screening process before entry into the hospital. LAMC Infection Preventionist Joyce Richins, RN, is in the background observing the process. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) began enacting strict measures in March in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

While other communities have seen high numbers of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and across the nation and world, Los Alamos has seen


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Los Alamos Small Businesses Need Community Support

Owner Catherine Richmond, right, and employee Sydney Turner are smiling behind their masks. They’re happy to be open again at Seeking Chameleon, 35 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

It’s been a tough road for local small businesses. Some, like Bliss and the Reel Deal didn’t make it. Others are struggling.

“So many businesses are barely getting by,” said Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann. “If we should see another closure, some may not be able to reopen. I’m urging everyone


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Governor Includes Business And Tax Relief, Public Safety Reform, Election Changes, More For 2020 Special Session

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will ask the New Mexico Legislature to consider tax relief for individuals, loans for small businesses and local governments, police reform and election improvements, among other topics, when it meets in a special session beginning Thursday.

Lawmakers will be asked to consider those bills in addition to modifying the state budget that takes effect July 1, the main purpose of the special session.

As a result of the global pandemic, projected state revenues declined steeply following the legislative session earlier this year, leaving a gap


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Udall Calls On White House To Withdraw Nancy Beck Nomination Following Opposition By Republican Senators

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today calling on the White House to withdraw the nomination of Nancy Beck to serve as the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), after two Republican senators indicated that they would oppose her nomination:

“Nancy Beck is the absolute wrong choice to be the nation’s top consumer watchdog, and that is now a bipartisan conclusion. It is becoming clear that Dr. Beck’s nomination faces a likely impossible path in the Senate because she is too extreme


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 10,065 With 5 More Deaths And 4,351 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 138 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 5 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
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 18 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 20 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Issues Special Session Agenda

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced the special session agenda, which begins Thursday. Courtesy photo

 

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the agenda for the Legislature’s special session, calling for lawmakers to tackle a wide array of initiatives, from economic relief to voting and police reform.

The agenda goes far beyond the main reason for calling the emergency session, which is to fix an estimated $2 billion hole in New Mexico’s budget caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The governor is asking lawmakers to take up proposals, sponsored


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Council Using Zoom For Public Comment At Meeting June 30

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council has a regular session scheduled at 6 p.m. June 30.

The format will be the same used for May meetings to comply with the New Mexico Department of Health’s public emergency order governing mass gathering because of COVID-19. 

Public in-person attendance will not be allowed. All Councilors and County Staff will participate using the Zoom conference platform.

Members of the public interested in watching the meeting can view the agenda and live stream the meeting using the link below and accessing the meeting for the respective dates listed above: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx


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Democratic Lawmakers Intend To Introduce Police ‘Use Of Force’ Reporting Requirements For Greater Transparency And More Accountability At 2020 Special Session

The 2020 Special Session begins Thursday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. LADP/file photo

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
SFNM

Four Democratic state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation during the special session, which begins Thursday, that they say would offer greater transparency and more accountability when it comes to police use of force.

Amid calls from protesters in New Mexico and nationwide to defund law enforcement agencies and stop insulating officers from possible consequences over excessive and lethal use of force, state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and others have asked Gov. Michelle


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Udall, Heinrich Press For Expanded Access To Affordable Health Care In Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 35 of their Senate colleagues Tuesday to urge House and Senate leaders to ensure that any upcoming COVID-19 relief bill includes strong provisions to expand access to quality and affordable health care coverage in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis.

In their letter, the senators called for a bipartisan effort to increase the federal government spending on Medicaid to reduce the burden on state budgets as well as reduce premiums for individuals who are eligible for coverage


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For Some, Hand-Shaking Is On Tap At 2020 Special Session

Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

A House Republican said Tuesday he would likely shake hands with or hug fellow legislators from Southeastern New Mexico during the special session — prompting criticism from House Speaker Brian Egolf, who said he was worried such a practice could jeopardize the health of others later this week.

Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, said lawmakers from his part of the state plan to wear masks and use hand sanitizer during the upcoming meeting in Santa Fe and would keep their distance from legislators from other areas of New Mexico.

But when it comes to interacting


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