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Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,


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Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living


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Gessing: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Budget Highlights Contrast Between New Mexico And Colorado

By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30 day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.
 
After a 12 percent boost in General Fund spending last year, the Gov. is requesting yet another big increase. This year she’s asking for 8.4 percent.
 
According to news reports, the nearly $7.7 billion spending plan includes a proposed 4 percent salary increase for New Mexico teachers and more money for

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Obituary: Ronald Eugene Randolph Feb. 12, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2020

RONALD EUGENE RANDOLPH Feb. 12, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2020
 
Ronald Eugene Randolph, was born on February 12, 1949. He passed away at home on January 5, 2020 in Chandler, AZ.
 
He was born in Elkhart, KS to Eugene “Randy” and Georgina Randolph. They moved to Los Alamos when he was six years old. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1967. He was especially proud of his contribution to the 1966 Toppers Football State Championship.
 
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
 
Ron served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the

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New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Committee To Consider Changes In Pretrial Detention Rules

SUPREME COURT News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the establishment of a 15-member committee to consider possible changes in procedures for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.

 

“The work of the committee can help strengthen the reforms approved by voters in the 2016 constitutional amendment and provide additional guidance to judges making the difficult decisions about pretrial detention and release,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said in a statement.

 

Retired Justice Edward Chávez will chair the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial


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United Church Memorial Service: Jan Sander Jan. 18

MEMORIAL SERVICE News:

The Memorial Service for Jan Sander is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to one’s favorite charity or to the Compass Housing Alliance, which was Jan’s favorite charity.


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Master Gardener Classes Start Tuesday Feb. 4

Basket of Gold (Alyssum montanum). Courtesy/LAMG

GARDENING News:

For anyone desiring inspiration for this year’s garden or landscaping, now is the time to register for the Master Gardener course offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through April 25, 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday in Fuller Lodge, and are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening.

Each of the 13 classes will be taught by specialists from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos County Agent – Carlos Valdez. A few of the numerous


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Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Providing Land Office Employees 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

NMSLO News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 Jan. 3 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office.

 

This order follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order signed Dec. 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.

 

“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting this


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Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph


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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 8, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

New in 2020, anglers can participate in the New Mexico Trout Challenge.

Participating anglers can earn awards and recognition by catching five trout of different species within New Mexico lakes and river during a calendar year.

The five species of trout are:

  • Rio Grande cutthroat trout;
  • Rainbow trout;
  • Brown trout;
  • Brook trout; and
  • Gila trout.

Rainbow trout will likely be the easiest trout to catch, as they are the species raised in the state fish hatcheries and stocked in water all across the state. Under its winter trout program, the State


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Speaker Brian Egolf Launches Jobs Listening Tour

STATE News:

  • Hosting leaders, Egolf discusses local needs to grow and develop economically for continued job growth and economic diversification

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) begins his travels today to Los Lunas, Socorro, Ruidoso, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Mescalero, Alamogordo and Portales to host a Jobs Listening Tour.

Focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural communities, the tour is part of an ongoing effort to meet with community, business and economic development leaders to get ideas for local and statewide economic development,


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On The Job In Los Alamos: On Pajarito Mountain

On the job in Los Alamos early this morning are workers preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of ski patrol members on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job as the sun comes up this morning preparing


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OBITUARY: Katherine Ann Lawrence Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019

KATHERINE ANN LAWRENCE Oct. 27, 1947 Nov. 25, 2019

Katherine Ann Lawrence, wife of George Lawrence, daughter of Stephanie Sydoriak, passed out of this world at her home on Nov. 25, 2019, following a stroke.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.


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SFCC, SF Higher Education Center Closed Jan. 20

Santa Fe Community College campus. Courtesy/SFCC
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 21, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.
 
The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30

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CIR: War With Iran? Risks And Implications Jan. 16

CIR News:
 
The community is invited to join Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo De Peralta to hear a panel discussion on the risks and implications of war with Iran.
 
The panel includes Middle East experts from UNM’s Global & National Security Policy Institute, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.
 
This discussion on today’s most urgent challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy:
  • Will there be war with Iran?
  • What are the implications and risks of assassinating

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National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum Grows Permanent Collection By 258 Artworks In 2019

BFF Dream (2013), Valerie Roybal, mixed media and collage on Masonite. Estate of Valerie Roybal. Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE During 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum permanent collection grew by 258 artworks.
 
While some artworks were purchased with the help of the museum’s small acquisitions fund, the majority were generous donations from collectors and artists alike.
 
The mission of the NHCC Art Museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret Hispanic works of art from throughout the world that

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LAFRW Hosts CD3 Candidate Karen Bedonie Thursday

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hols its January meeting Thursday, Jan. 9.

The business meeting begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., and all registered Republican women are invited to attend.

Congressional District 3 candidate Karen Bedonie will speak at noon and all county Republicans are invited to attend to hear about and meet this candidate.

Call Cathy Walters at 505.690.2309 for the meeting address. Call Shona Neff at 505.470.3177 for further information.


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