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Transparency bill moves forward: Members of the House State Government, Election and Indian Affairs Committee voted 8-0 to pass House Bill 55, which would require the Legislature to publish a searchable database identifying capital outlay projects sponsored by each lawmaker and how much money those lawmakers allocate to each one.

Funds for some public infrastructure are allocated to all 112 legislators and the governor, who have discretion on how to spend them. But they do not have to say how much they gave to each project. Previous efforts to push similar efforts


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Governor To Deliver Virtual State Of State Address Tuesday

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham 

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to deliver her State of the State address online Tuesday afternoon from her office in the Capitol, a week after COVID-19 concerns and tightened security surrounding the Roundhouse forced a postponement.

The address will be devoid of the usual pomp and circumstance that usually comes on the first day of the legislative session. In normal times, the governor’s speech is attended by political leaders, legislators, friends and others. 

Governor’s Office spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said the address


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A Letter Of Gratitude From The Family Of Joshua Miko

Thank you from the family of Joshua Miko:

Our family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support following our son’s fatal accident on January 9th. While we hope to be able to thank many of you in person, we do not want to delay expressing our deep appreciation for the friends, neighbors and even strangers who demonstrated their caring and love in so many ways that helped us get through these first difficult days.

In addition to the much-appreciated thoughts, prayers, hugs, cards, flowers, visits, food deliveries, generous memorial donations, and more, it was especially heartwarming to hear


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 494 New Cases, Total Now 169,696 With 12 New Deaths And 95,848 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 494 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new cases today bringing the total to 425 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 12 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 143 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 14 new cases in Curry County
  • 68 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 11 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases

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Construction On New Waste Water Treatment Plant In White Rock Expected To Get Underway This Year

Aerial view of the wastewater treatment plant that has run its course in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) worked to keep it operational, but the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant has outlived its usefulness.

Residents learned about the treatment plant’s replacement during a virtual public hearing Thursday night.

“The current White Rock wastewater plant was built in 1960s,” DPU Engineering Project Manager Clay Moseley said. “It’s served its functional life. I think we gotten everything


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Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

LADP News:

Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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Kick Off Great Kindness Week With Happy Heart Hunt

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) invites the community to kick off the Great Kindness Week with the Los Alamos Happy Heart Hunt.

There is no better time to remember the importance of small acts of kindness and finding the positive moments. Make a Happy Heart and put it in your window for the Happy Heart Hunt! 

Cut out a heart of any size from any material (craft paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, newspaper, fabric or other.). Decorate your heart with a positive message or just leave it blank, and then tape your heart to a street-facing window to show your love to all.

Then, as you’re driving


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Bandelier Switching To Charge Card Only Payments Feb. 1

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will join many other national park sites in the modernization of their fee collection programs by transitioning to charge card only payments.

The modernization collection program begins Monday Feb. 1, 2021 and includes for park entrance fees and campground fees as well as Interagency Pass purchases.

Best ways to pay entrance fees at Bandelier:

  • Online prior to visiting through Recreation.gov;
  • By credit card at the automated fee machines at the park entrance station or inside the shelter at Tsankawi;
  • In-person at the Visitor Center with credit

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Enterprise Bank Provides Holiday Meals To Local Seniors

Annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon for seniors … a Grab & Go due to COVID. Courtesy/LARSO

Loree Lynch greeting seniors at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO

Aliki Benjamin at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

A portion of the Enterprise Bank & Trust philosophy is that its role in the community isn’t just about banking.

This was on full display when Enterprise employees not only honored a tradition of serving lunch to seniors but allowed it to take place even though it would take place like never


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Change In International Travel Takes Effect Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County residents should be aware of a recent change in international travel that takes effect Tuesday, Jan. 26.

A COVID-19 test will be required no more than three days ahead of a departing international flight back into the United States, in order to show negative test results to the airline prior to boarding.

Anyone with coming up international travel should review the information on the CDC website here.


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Los Alamos Police Now Cross Commissioned As Special Deputies For Santa Fe County … Authorized To Assist/Enforce Traffic/Criminal Laws In Surrounding Area

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department officers have been cross commissioned as Special Deputies for Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza.

LAPD officers now have authority to assist and enforce traffic and criminal laws outside the County of Los Alamos.

LAPD encourages commuters to drive at a safe speed dependent upon the weather in the upcoming months as officers will be enforcing traffic offenses in Los Alamos and neighboring Santa Fe County.  

 

 


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Los Alamos Newcomers Virtual Monday Mixer Feb. 1

CHAMBER News:

New to Los Alamos? Looking for local resources and information on your new community? Well look no further: Join the Los Alamos Newcomers Virtual Monday Mixers.

projectY cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to create this event to share what they know and answer questions for those who have recently relocated to Los Alamos.

This event will be held virtually, until it is safe to gather in person, the first Mondays of the month 4-5 p.m. starting Feb. 1.

After participating in the event, attendees can pick up a welcome packet from projectY at


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Rep. Deborah Armstrong Introduce Bill Establishing Health Care Affordability Fund

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Deborah Armstrong announced this morning the introduction of legislation that establishes a new fund to reduce the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for tens of thousands of working New Mexico families.

“Even before the pandemic, access to high-quality and affordable health care for every New Mexican was a non-negotiable priority of my administration,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 122 will expand coverage for up to 23,000 uninsured New Mexicans in its first year and drive down premiums for tens of thousands


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NNSA: Aerial Radiation Assessment Ahead Of Super Bowl

A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, equipped with sensitive, state-of-the-art passive radiation sensing technology will conduct measurements Feb. 1-3 over Tampa. Courtesy DOE/NNSA

Measuring naturally occurring background radiation. Courtesy DOE/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Residents may see low-altitude aircraft near Super Bowl LV activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) will conduct low-altitude helicopter flights over downtown Tampa and its surrounding areas Monday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 3, to measure


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Community Development Advisory Board Meets Tonight

COUNTY News:

The  Los Alamos County Community Development Advisory Board meets 5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 25.

Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted remotely and is open to the public.

To access the agenda packet for the Community Development Advisory Board meeting, click here.

To access the Zoom link, click here.


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