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New Mexico Department Of Health Advises General Public Against Using Facemasks To Prevent Novel Coronavirus

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NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China and around the world.

China has reported more than 40,000 confirmed cases that have been identified in twenty-four countries, including 15 cases in the US. There have been no cases of novel coronavirus diagnosed in New Mexico at this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and respirators. Currently, there is a decrease in


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PEEC: Leap Day Potluck And Night Sky Viewing

The community is invited to join astrophysicist Galen Gisler at the nature center Feb. 29 for a Leap Day potluck dinner and night sky viewing. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday, Feb. 29 for a fun Leap Day potluck dinner at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Attendees will enjoy good food and good company and then head outside to view the night sky with astrophysicist Galen Gisler. This event is 6-8:30 p.m. and free to attend, but registration is required at peecnature.org.

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County: Utility Work On Quartz Street Begins Monday

COUNTY News:

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will reroute and replace a failed section of sewer.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, new public sewer main pipelines between Pine Street and the existing main on the north side of Quartz Street will be installed.

Work will continue for 30 days with crews working 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. At times, traffic will be restricted to one lane at the very short construction zone in Quartz Street.

DPU’s contractor will maintain access to residents’ homes at all times. No sewer service interruption


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Officials Gather At NMB&T

On the job in Los Alamos at a meeting Thursday afternoon at New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T), 1475 Central Ave., from left, United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Cindy Padilla with NMB&T officials, Vice President Elizabeth Cavasos, Vice President/Banking Center Manager Lesley Harelson and Business Development Officer Pam Mayfield and UWNNM Board Vice President Carol A. Clark (taking the photo). Padilla is speaking to the officials at NMB&T about United Way’s Cornerstone Partner Program opportunity available to local businesses. To learn more about the


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Victim Assistance Now Available In Los Alamos

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Victim Assistance Program was established in 2015 through the funding of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and VOCA (Victims’ of Crime Act) Grants.

The victim assistant position was created as a contract and later integrated into the police department as a county employee.

The victim assistant program in Los Alamos County is different than other police based victim assistance programs in that victims here are not required to have a police report with law enforcement to get services from the victim assistant.

The victim assistant provides crisis

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LAVNS Kicks Off Annual Daffodil Fundraiser

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses is accepting pre-orders for its ‘Daffodils For Hospice’ sale. Courtesy photo

LAVNS News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) Hospice Program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Feb. 27. Proceeds from the sale support the LAVNS Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Individual bunches (10 stems) can be ordered for $5 each or buy three bunches for $15 and receive a free vase (while supplies last).

With a $10 minimum purchase, LAVNS is offering free delivery March 5-6 in Los


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2020 Legislative Session: Winner And Losers

By MILAN SIMONICH
The New Mexican

Winners:

Sen. Joe Cervantes, D-Las Cruces: From the start, he was leery of the bill to legalize recreational cannabis. Cervantes helped derail the measure after becoming convinced it was written for a favored few.

He said the 189-page proposal was really “about picking and eliminating who would make the hundreds of millions of dollars as the kingpins of a new drug industry”.

Cervantes did more than stop a high-profile measure. He was the primary sponsor of a bill to seize guns from people who might be a danger to themselves or others. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham,


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Nominations: Excellence In Student Achievement Award

Los Alamos Middle School student Finley Inglis receives a certificate during a Student of the Semester ceremony last month. The Excellence in Student Achievement Award is meant to highlight individuals who help LAPS students on their journey to success. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Is there someone in your life that you’d like to recognize for helping Los Alamos students succeed?

If so, you can nominate them for the Los Alamos School Board’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award using the form here.

This award acknowledges school leaders, staff and other individuals who have played an important


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FBI: Man Wearing Glasses, Windbreaker Robs Albq. Bank

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who wore black-rimmed glasses and a dark windbreaker when he robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, height approximately 5’6” to 5’7”.

He wore a two-tone baseball cap (gray on front, white on back), black-rimmed glasses, a dark windbreaker, and dark pants.

At approximately 1:07 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank, 8251 Golf Course Road NW.

He walked up to a teller and presented a note that demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed


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Nominations: Governors Awards For Excellence In The Arts

Nicolas Otero, 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts recipient. Courtesy/Nicolas Otero

NMA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations


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Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Progressive Discontent

By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE
Los Alamos

Over the past seven weeks I’ve been presenting some options for making some changes in life. Admittedly, change can be difficult and ignite a cascade of consequences, which look like resistance, but is actually a self-defense mechanism against moving too quickly. This is why gradual change is often more lasting. 

There’s a tension between change and comfort.

The comfort zone is where you feel safe and comfortably stagnant. However, there’s also some discontent lurking there. If you’re well within your comfort zone you will not be learning or growing. This


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Mountaineers Feature Greenland Adventure Feb. 25

Into the wilderness, Greenland style. Photo by Martin Staley

Greenland’s ‘Red Dot’ Trail: 100 times longer, 1,000 times more remote. Courtesy/Martin Staley, Tanja Pietrass

PEEC News:

At the Mountaineers meeting Tuesday Feb. 25, Martin Staley and Tanja Pietrass will tell the story of their July/August 2019 adventure to Iceland and Greenland, the main ingredient of which was a 10-day, 100-mile backpack on Greenland’s remote and beautiful Arctic Circle Trail, basically following the Arctic Circle westward from Kangerlussuaq, near the ice cap, to Sisimiut on the coast. 

Highlights


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New Mexico’s 54th Legislature Comes To A Close…

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

New Mexico’s 54th Legislature wrapped up Thursday amid congratulatory hugs and news conferences — a veneer of good cheer that masked a dose of sleep deprivation, early-morning procedural bickering, and finally, sighs of relief as key bills were passed just hours before the final gavel.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Democratic legislators touted the passage of a number of their priority proposals, including the creation of an early childhood trust fund, passing a high-profile firearms bill and shepherding through the state’s $7.6 billion budget for the 2021


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Los Alamos Low Crime Rate A Community-Wide Achievement

Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, speaks with Chief Dino Sgambellone Tuesday at the police station. LAPD recently reported the crime rate in Los Alamos is the lowest in LAPD history. Sgambellone said he appreciates the support LAPD receives from the community and appreciates his staff. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

A positive trend has been occurring in Los Alamos; it is a trend residents should be proud of because the majority of the town has contributed to moving in this good direction.

According


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LAPS And County Continue To Discuss North Mesa Housing

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

Ideas, concerns and questions regarding the North Mesa Housing Study were shared during a joint work session Feb. 11 between the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and Los Alamos County Council.

In addition to collecting public input about the housing study during the joint work session, the school board and County council planned out their next moves for the project.

The school board will host another community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 26, at the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus told


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EB&T Sponsorship Takes 144 Students To Bradbury Museum

BSM Educator Chelsea Redman assists students from Tony Quintana Elementary during field trip. Courtesy photo 

BSMA News:

The 2020 spring semester begins the 4th year that Enterprise Bank & Trust (EB&T), formerly Los Alamos National Bank, and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), have been in a partnership to provide bus transportation for many Title 1 schools in northern New Mexico to visit the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Most recently, EB&T provided the bus transportation for 144 students from Mora Elementary School in Mora, Tony Quintana Elementary


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New Mexico House Approves Increase In Contributions To Public Employees Retirement Association

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

A plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency is nearly on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.

The House approved the legislation in a 40-28 vote Monday after hours of debate.

Senate Bill 72 calls for a rise in contributions and a temporary suspension of cost-of-living increases for some retirees in an effort to ensure PERA can continue pension payouts well into the future, supporters say. It also calls for reduced cost-of-living


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