By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos County Council
My name is Greg White. I am running for County Council because I really love this community and I am really frustrated with the Council and top management of the County and the pervasive “Can’t Do” attitude.
The Council is suppose to Lead And Oversee. But there is no leadership from the Council, let alone oversight. They constantly fail to adequately question County staff. And a lot of the questions they do ask, they should have known the answer to before the meeting.
I’ve repeatedly emailed the Council and staff with measures they can
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The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS
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Daily Postcard; Purple clematis bloom Thursday on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills
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New Mexico Governor Announces Limited Reopening For Dine-In Restaurants, Indoor Malls, Gyms, Salons And More
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis. Screenshot/LADP
From the Office of the Governor:
- Amended emergency public health order effective June 1
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping
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County Clerk Naomi Maestas
From the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office:
Important absentee by-mail deadline approaching! County Clerk Naomi Maestas would like to remind voters that ballots must physically be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2.
As of this afternoon, our records show there are 2,134 outstanding absentee by-mail ballots that need to be returned to our office.
Per NMSA 1-6-10, Receipt of mailed ballots by clerk. C. Completed official mailing envelopes shall be accepted until 7 p.m. on election day. D. Any completed official mailing
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The sidewalk installation is underway today along Trinity Drive near DP Road and the N.M. 502 roundabout project. The Hilltop House Hotel is at left. Photo by Ed Birnbaum
Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Assigned To Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan’s Case
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A criminal complaint was filed May 21 against Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan and Lujan’s attorney Nathaniel Thompkins entered a not-guilty plea May 22 on his behalf to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.
Española police had arrested Lujan for refusing to comply with a search warrant in relation to an earlier charge of obstructing an investigation in March.
Lujan waived his appearance in court and Judge Casados released him on his own recognizance.
According to the Rio Arriba Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office, Lujan’s next court date
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VIDEO: Udall, Community Leaders Hold Virtual Roundtable On Restarting Census Collection In Southern New Mexico
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
- Las Cruces Area Office coordinates census count efforts in 15 southern New Mexico counties
- Udall has been highlighting census efforts with #CensusCounts social media campaign
- VIDEO LINK: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bGna4qjHcno
SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a virtual roundtable with the Las Cruces Area Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders in eastern and southern New Mexico to announce the restarting of census collection efforts temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Las Cruces-based field office
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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 108 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.
Today’s update includes 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:
- 51 new cases in Bernalillo County
- 2 new cases in Cibola County
- 1 new case in Curry County
- 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
- 2 new cases in Eddy County
- 18 new cases in McKinley County
- 1 new case in Otero County
- 3 new case in Rio Arriba County
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From left, Charly Landscape and Irrigation Supplies co-owner Carlos ‘Charly’ Lopez, co-owner and wife Socorro Rascon, Dubalin the dog, and crew members Ingrid Morales, Julio Leon and Gabriel Trujillo gather Saturday outside their new store at 110 East Gate. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Charly Landscaping and Irrigation Supplies offers numerous products, including garden decor. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
After operating his landscape and irrigation supply business in Santa Fe for 10 years,
SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this morning that the first round of voting has opened for New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Mexicans can cast a vote for their favorite masks once a day online here.
Seeding-round voting will be open through the end of Wednesday, June 3. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets and New Mexicans will be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned – and a prize
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By PAUL GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico, the Four Corners region of New Mexico faced serious economic challenges. The declining price of natural gas, which had been the basis of the area’s economy for decades was the most significant issue.
The price which exceeded $15 per million cubic feet (MCF) back in 2008 embarked on a rapid decline with the advent of the “fracking” revolution. The price is now below $2 per MCF and shows no sign of rising in the foreseeable future. That’s a decline of over 80 percent.
The next “shoe” to drop was the Gov.’s Energy Transition
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A child in court with a CASA First volunteer. Courtesy/CASA
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
Being placed in foster care isn’t easy for kids, but CASA First in Los Alamos is making things easier for foster children in New Mexico’s First District Court system. The non-profit organization provides a Court-Appointed Special Advocate or CASA to kids in New Mexico’s foster care system whose cases are overseen by the First District Court. CASA is a nationwide organization and there also are groups in other court districts in New Mexico.
“Our volunteers tell us that
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Star Paving announced today that flagging operations will occur Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive.
The operations are necessary for the removal of existing asphalt as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s N.M. 502 roundabout construction project.
Motorists should anticipate delays in this area.
In addition, Trinity Drive will be closed at DP Road beginning Wednesday, June 3, to allow for construction of portions of the roundabout.
This closure is anticipated to have a duration of 3-4 weeks. Eastbound motorists
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Rita Sanchez surrounded by her team of wrestlers retires after 35 years in education. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Rita Sanchez with Chandler Lauritzen when he won the Bryan Sanchez award, named for her son. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
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Rita Sanchez, retires at the end of this week, after 35 years in education.
The ironic thing is when an educator reflects on their experience as a whole, they find that they grew, as much as their students. Sanchez believes that if she helped one kid to stay safe, she did okay. I think the community would
Los Alamos County Community Services announced this morning that beginning Friday, May 29, a portion of the LA Mesa Trail near the eastern edge of Los Alamos will be reserved for use only by Aspen Ridge residents.
This restriction on the trail use will allow Aspen Ridge residents the opportunity to walk on this trail while still isolating from others. The reservation of the trail will occur 8-11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The reserved use of the trail for these residents during the COVID-19 pandemic came about as a result of a suggestion from a resident, and with the cooperation
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Class of 2020 graduate Trystan Osburn with LAHS Principal Carter Payne Wednesday during his graduation ceremony at the high school. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com
Class of 2020 graduate Jazmine Tuning with LAHS Principal Carter Payne Wednesday during her graduation ceremony at the high school. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com
Wednesday May 27, kicked off the unprecedented Los Alamos High School “individual” graduation ceremonies on the back lawn behind the high school.
School staff methodically planned out the series of events for each senior and their family.
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
Rather than “social distancing” to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we mostly need physical distancing and social cohesion.
Physical distancing: if everyone covers their mouth and nose, and keeps six feet or more apart in public spaces, that minimizes breathing each other’s exhaled particles, the main path of contagion for the virus.
Social cohesion: only by all of us observing safe practices, as we help each other and do our business locally, can we buy time for medical research to develop effective treatments and vaccines, allowing a safe
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