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2020 State Spirit, Spring Sports & Activities Canceled

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Based on the recent directive from the New Mexico Public Education Department that schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the NMAA and its Board of Directors have canceled the 2020 State Spirit Championships, the 2020 Spring Sports Season, and all remaining activities for this academic school year.

This cancellation applies to practices and workouts in addition to contests and events. 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the Public Education Department has closed schools and additionally addressed interscholastic


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New Mexico Supreme Court Suspends In-Person CYFD Family Visits For 30 Days Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The Children, Youth & Families Department announced Friday that it will begin facilitating court-ordered family visits for children who are in foster care through video and telephone conferencing.

This is to comply with a directive from the New Mexico Supreme Court that suspends in-person visits for 30 days because of public health risks from COVID-19.

“Suspending in-person visitations is an incredibly difficult decision for the Department, as we know it will cause heartbreak for many children and families working towards reunification,” said” CYFD Secretary


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Cats Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Taurus

Taurus the black cat sizes up the threat and says, ‘That’s one BIG mouse, but I think I can take him!’ Taurus is a member of the Susan Kestell family and aside from taking on that giant mouse is doing everything he can to lift spirits around Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


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New Mexico Health Department Launches Online Tools For COVID-19 Test Results And Advising Who Needs Testing

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Saturday that the department has launched two online tools for the public regarding COVID-19:

A portal for receiving COVID-19 test results; and

A self-screening tool to aid in determining if one needs to be tested for COVID-19.

The test result portal can be found at https://cvresults.nmhealth.org/

A person in New Mexico who has been swabbed in order to be tested for COVID-19 will need to provide their name, date of birth and the date of sample collection. If test results are not yet available, the portal will indicate


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Hoffman: COVID-19 Data For New Mexico, Other States

Chart shows the growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in several states including New Mexico. Created by Nelson Hoffman

By NELSON HOFFMAN
Los Alamos

The figure above shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several states, using data through Saturday, March 28.

Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. The growth in New York has moderated to a 4-day doubling time; its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day doubling may have been an effect of rapid expansion in testing, rather than actual spread of the disease.

California


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New Mexico State Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Suspect In Fatal Hit & Run Near Santa Fe County Detention Center

NMSP News:

SANTA FE – At around 10 p.m. Friday, the New Mexico State Police responded to a hit and run crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 14, mile post 43 near the Santa Fe Detention Center.

Officers arrived to find Kevin Michael Poirier, 45, of San Diego, Calif., had been struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Poirier was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

The investigation indicates Poirier was walking south on Highway 14 and was struck by what investigators


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Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Covid-19 Update Video

Summer Concert Series News:

The 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and following the recommendations of county, state and federal authorities as they pertain to large gatherings. 

At this time there are no directives to postpone or cancel any of the 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series dates, which are still two months away. The concerts will take place each Friday May 22 through Aug 28. 

Sancre Productions has produced


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Fr. Glenn: Bursting Bubbles

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Was very sorry to see the news of Los Alamos yesterday with a number of shops having been “broken into”… rather an understatement when one looks at the photos. The poor shop owners—first they get hit with closures because of the coronavirus, and now this. “Who woulda’ thunk it” in quiet little Los Alamos? But … it happens once in a while. Los Alamosians will remember a several-night crime spree a few years ago. Such things certainly wake us up from easy complacency. 

That “double whammy” of the shop owners reminded of a much worse double hit in the early 20th century; you may have seen


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Posts From The Road: Splendor Of Desert Blooms

Poppies & Lupines: Poppies and Lupines were making their presence know at Picacho Peak State Park a few miles northwest of Tucson. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Green & Yellow: A blanket of yellow blooms covers the ground as green hillsides rise up and show off their spring green. This colorful scene was at the Pioneer Living History Museum in north Phoenix. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

We love to visit and explore Arizona in the spring. While much of the mountain west is still covered in snow, the desert is alive and showing


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Burglarized Businesses Shore Up Shattered Windows, Doors

Scene early this evening of how China Palace has shored up the damage caused by the break-in overnight in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Thieves broke into several other local businesses overnight including Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Gym, Subway, Viola’s Restaurant, Daniel’s Cafe and Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of the damage caused by the break-in overnight at China Palace in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene early this evening of how Top Nails & Spa has shored up the damage


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Dogs Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Yuna

When you are sick a warm doggie makes you better faster. It’s science. Look it up. This is little miss Yuna who always takes advantage of her owner’s illness to get in some snuggle time and extra blankets. Yuna, 10, is a rat terrier and while by all accounts is very spoiled, she is doing her best to lift spirits around Los Alamos. She is a member of the Jaime Kephart family. Courtesy photo


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New Mexico State Police Is Not Making Traffic Stops To Verify The Public Or Their Travel Is Essential

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) have been made aware of rumors going around the state that law enforcement is making traffic stops to determine if a person is an essential worker or if their travel is essential

This is FALSE. The NMSP is not making traffic stops to ensure the public or their travel is considered essential.

New Mexicans can leave their house while following the guidelines of the Emergency Public Health Order. The order prohibits mass gatherings and says that groups can be no larger than five people and each person must maintain a six foot distance between others.   

“Our


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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes Steps To Protect Nation’s Supply Of Gasoline During COVID-19 Pandemic

EPA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday several steps the Agency is taking to protect the Nation’s gasoline supply in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPA intends to provide additional flexibility to the marketplace to transition from winter-grade, high volatility gasoline to summer-grade low vapor pressure gasoline.

Due to the steep fall-off in gasoline demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gasoline storage capacity is limited and more time is needed to transition the distribution system in order to come into compliance


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Los Alamos Police Release Video Of Burglary Suspect

Scenes of the burglary suspect captured on surveillance video at one of the businesses he broke into overnight around Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD

The burglary suspect’s car spotted on surveillance video traveling west on Central Avenue together with the stolen van used in the overnight burglaries. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., Saturday, March 28, several Los Alamos businesses were targeted in a spree of burglaries.

The following businesses were burglarized:

  • China Palace Restaurant;
  • Daniel’s Cafe;
  • GRACIE BARRA Los Alamos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu;
  • Petree Garden Center

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NMGF: Hunt Season Closure On Social Media Hoax

NMGF News:

SANTA FE — Despite false rumors floating around on social media, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reassures New Mexico hunters the results of the 2020-2021 big-game draw will be released by April 29, 2020, if not earlier.

Over the past week, there have been prank posts on social media stating that the 2020-2021 hunting season in New Mexico has been canceled. This is false, and the Department recommends not clicking on the links provided in this or any other hoax.

Director Michael Sloane stated “the Department is working diligently to audit the draw and provide results as soon


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