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Governor Signs $330M Relief Package For New Mexicans

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signing House Bill 1 today at the state Capitol upon its arrival to her office. It takes immediate effect. Courtesy/Governor’s Office

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law today a significant relief package for New Mexicans that will deliver grants to small New Mexico businesses, supplemental payments to the unemployed and other emergency food and housing relief.

“I know this stimulus will mean so much to so many New Mexicans as we enter the holiday season,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “But our work isn’t done. The pandemic


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,873 New Cases, Total Now 88,102 With 23 New Deaths And 30,170 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 1,873 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today … the total is now 122 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 23 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 576 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 124 new cases in Chaves County
  • 21 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Colfax County
  • 36 new cases in Curry County
  • 223 new cases in Doña Ana County

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Local Officials Share Thanksgiving Wishes For Community

A Thanksgiving centerpiece by floral designer Gillian Sutton of Flowers by Gillian at 3801 Arkansas Ave. Flower bouquets are available for $50 each until 7 p.m. today or sold out. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST
kirsten@ladailypost.com

To say this has been a difficult year is an understatement. Even now with Thanksgiving approaching, it may be hard to feel thankful and see blessings during such a turbulent time.

But despite the pandemic, there are still things to celebrate and embrace. Officials across all areas of Los Alamos provided the Los


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Don’t Throw Away Thanksgiving Food Scraps … Compost!

Madeline Bolding, organizer of Los Alamos Food Scrap Swap, holds up  food scraps and the finished product after composting. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and take stock of the blessings in life. It also is time to enjoy an abundance of good food and this can be problematic.

A large holiday dinner can lead to food waste, which is a major contributor to global warming. Tossed in the landfill, food releases methane gas and unfortunately there is a lot of food waste in landfills.

According to data compiled by the Los Alamos


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State Auditor Brian Colón Addresses Actions Of Roswell City Councilor Jacob Roebuck Against Public Health Order

Roswell City Councilor Jacob Roebuck

From the Office of the State Auditor:

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Brian S. Colón addressed the recent actions of Roswell City Councilor Jacob Roebuck.

Roebuck was caught Nov. 20 on cell phone video removing a temporary fence from a basketball court at Cahoon Park in Roswell. He said he did it for the wellbeing of local children.

The City of Roswell installed the fencing to block entrance to the court in compliance with the current public health order under which all outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“As a


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LAPD Expresses Appreciation For Zia Credit Union Donation

Cmdr. Oliver Morris with local Special Olympics Athlete Addie Montoya who enjoys competing in golf. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to thank Zia Credit Union in Los Alamos for its generous donation to Special Olympics New Mexico!

Zia Credit Union donated $500 to Special Olympics to sponsor a month within the 2021 LETR Heroes Calendar, which features a different New Mexico police officer and a Special Olympic athlete for each month. 

LAPD will be featured within the calendar for the month of September. All proceeds from the calendar sales go toward Special


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Los Alamos County Places Two Parcels Up For Sale

Community Development Director Paul Andrus

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

They may only total less than half an acre, but two Los Alamos County-owned parcels off Trinity Drive offer a lot of potential to the community.

These two parcels at 3691 and 3689 Trinity Dr., off 35th St. and Trinity Drive near the future site of Hill Apartments, are up for sale.

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus said the County started advertising the sale of the parcels Oct. 15 and proposals for their solicitation were due Nov. 6. A walk-through of the site also was


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Creative District: WinterFest ‘Ugly Holiday Sweater’ Contest

Creative District News:

Los Alamos Creative District is hosting a WinterFest “Ugly Holiday Sweater” Face Mask Decorating Contest and giving away cloth face masks that serve as blank canvases for creativity.

 It is free to participate, and awards will be given out to the top three winners in three categories:

  • Adult (age 18+)
  • Teen (age 13-17)
  • Youth (12 & Under)

Prizes for each category:

  • Gift card to Village Arts
  • 1st – $30
  • 2nd – $20
  • 3rd – $10

Artists must use the mask provided, which may be picked up 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday (except Thanksgiving) through Dec. 6, while


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A Message From Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann: This Is Not Your Normal Small Business Saturday

By RYN HERRMANN
Director

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

As the holiday season approaches, I can’t help thinking about last year’s Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos and White Rock. The county was bustling with people doing their holiday shopping, taking advantage of the many special deals that Small Business Saturday always offers and getting their Blue Bucks raffle tickets, hoping to be the big winner.

This year, as the current two-week shutdown “reset” continues, some of those businesses we shopped at last year are closed, and many are now struggling to stay open. Small Business Saturday


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NMDOH Reports Decrease In New Mexico Suicides In 2019

Chart showing the number of suicides by mechanism during 2018 and 2019. Courtesy/NMDOH

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) this week made its annual report on suicides in the state, with 515 New Mexico residents dying by suicide in 2019, down from 535 in 2018.

There was a slight decrease in suicide deaths by women and among non-Hispanic whites from 2018 to 2019.

The number of suicide deaths by poisoning also went down but suicide deaths by firearms, hanging and falls remained consistent to the findings in 2018.

More than 48,000 men, women and children died by suicide


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State Of New Mexico Releases Spaceport Investigation

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today the state is already acting on key findings from an investigative report regarding Spaceport America by asking the Spaceport Authority to implement procedures that fix long-neglected transparency and oversight concerns.

The report was released today by the Office of the State Auditor Brian Colón. The review indicates “a severe breakdown of internal controls that resulted in possible waste and abuse of taxpayer funds,” according to the Auditor’s Government Accountability Office.

Former


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2020 Tribute To Local Small Businesses Appearing In Special Section Of Los Alamos Daily Post Print Edition Today

Community support for local businesses is critical this Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Courtesy/SBA

Staff Report

2020 Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a 6-page special section in today’s print edition, which includes business listings, maps, websites and more, to help shoppers make the most of this day, which due to the global pandemic is vitally important this year to our local businesses.

The Los Alamos Daily Post print edition is delivered every week to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Below is a tribute to Los Alamos small


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McQuiston: Don’t Be A Turkey … Holiday Deep Frying Tips

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Thanksgiving is upon us and as I write this column I am already imagining the deliciousness. My mouth is literally starting to water as I type this. Mmm.

There are many ways to cook your holiday turkey, such as roasting it, slow cooking it in a crockpot, smoking it, etc. Deep frying has been popular because if done right, the results are a bird with super crisp skin, moist meat, and a fabulous flavor.

However, if you want to deep fry your turkey, be very careful! For the safety of your home and family, only attempt this outside away from buildings or flammable material.


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Coaches Greg Jackson And Mike Winkeljohn Announce Monster Energy Sponsorship Of JacksonWink Academy

Coach Greg Jackson is a mixed martial arts trainer/co-owner of Jackson Wink Academy. Courtesy photo

Jackson Wink Academy co-owner Coach Mike Winkeljohn is a 5th Degree Black Belt. Courtesy photo

JACKSONWINK News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn announced a new sponsorship deal with Monster Energy for the interior of JacksonWink Academy in Albuquerque.

When entering JacksonWink Academy, fighters, media, visitors, and millions of viewers from around the world will be surrounded by Monster Energy equipment and logos. The first phase of the sponsorship implementation


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State Auditor Releases Report Concerning Alleged Financial Wrongdoing By Former Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks

Former Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — State Auditor Brian Colón has released a report regarding alleged financial wrongdoing at Spaceport America (Spaceport) by the former Executive Director and former Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The report, issued by an independent forensic accounting firm contracted by the Economic Development Department (EDD) as part of an agency-initiated engagement to investigate the allegations, details a severe breakdown of internal controls that resulted in possible waste and abuse of taxpayer funds.

Former


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Century Bank In Los Alamos Marks 1st Year Anniversary

Century Bank Vice President and Los Alamos Branch Manager Karen Easton cuts the ribbon as staff and friends shout for joy at the bank’s opening last year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

October marked Century Bank’s first anniversary of the opening of its Los Alamos branch. Century Bank is grateful to the community and citizens of Los Alamos for their warm welcome and providing the opportunity to serve their financial needs.

Century remains invested in its communities through support of local organizations and a focus on philanthropy that impacts health, education,


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Statewide Law Enforcement Agencies Are Out In Force Looking For Drunk Drivers Across New Mexico Roadways

Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — Law enforcement agencies will be out in force across New Mexico looking for drunk drivers as part of a holiday season safety campaign that also includes new radio and TV ads, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced Tuesday.

The law enforcement push runs through Jan. 4.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people die in drunk driving crashes every day in the United States. That’s one person every 48 minutes.

Drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year, according


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NOAA Strategy Targets Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

A diseased brain coral in Looe Key, Fla. The disease is leaving a white band of recently dead skeleton in contrast to the healthy, yellow/brown tissue. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

NOAA News:

NOAA unveiled a new strategy Tuesday for the response to stony coral tissue loss disease, a disease that is spreading throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean region and may pose a threat to the Indo-Pacific region.  

The high-level strategy provides a framework and focus for ongoing efforts to slow the spread and to prevent and prepare for potential spread into the Indo-Pacific


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