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FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office Prepare For Potential Violence, Ask Public To Send information, Photos Or Videos

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the United States Capitol Building and assaulted federal law enforcement personnel Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or anyone who witnessed any unlawful violent actions at the Capitol or near the area, is asked to contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips. You may also submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant online at fbi.gov/USCapitol


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,266 New Cases, Total Now 161,805 With 38 New Deaths And 84,015 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,266 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 17 more cases today … the total is now 378 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes389 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 291 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 77 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 46 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 190 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 69 new

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Council Discusses Priorities At Strategic Planning Session

Los Alamos County Council held its annual strategic planning session Tuesday, Jan. 12. Broadband access, succession planning and updating the County’s communication plan were among topics discussed. Many of Council’s priority areas remain unchanged, such as increasing the amount and diversity of housing options, protecting, maintaining and improving open space and recreation areas, enhancing support and opportunities for local businesses, improving utilization and aesthetics of vacant buildings, supporting social services, expanding transportation, parking and mobility


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Burgess Delivers 2020 State Of County Report

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess

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

COVID-19 took center stage in 2020 but, as Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess revealed during Thursday’s virtual Chamber Business meeting, the County still accomplished a lot last year.

Before Burgess presented his 2020 State of the County report, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann commented on Burgess’ recent announcement that he is retiring this year.

“I know I speak for everyone that you are going to be missed,” she said.

In his report, Burgess discussed the


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Los Alamos Community Broadband Internet Access Survey

COMMUNITY News:

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the quality of internet access in Los Alamos, and how to improve it.

A group of local citizens including David Izraelevitz (as citizen and not county councilor) put together a simple survey to collect information about access and quality of internet for further discussion.

“We are collecting information about the type and quality of Internet access served to residents of Los Alamos County,” Izraelevitz said. “Please complete this survey by Jan. 31, 2021 and direct questions about this survey to LosAlamosInfoTech@gmail.com


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Dr. Charles McMillan Joins LACF Board Of Directors

Dr. Charles McMillan

LACF News:

The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) is proud to welcome former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director, Dr. Charles McMillan, as its newest member.

“I continue to believe, as I have throughout my professional career, that a vibrant community is the base from which we serve the nation,” McMillan said. “I am pleased to be joining the Los Alamos Community Foundation in its mission to ensure the enduring philanthropic goals of our unique community in ways that strengthen that base.”

“Dr. McMillan brings unique and strategic strengths


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COVID-19 Testing Underway Tuesdays At Fuller Lodge Will Be Expanded To Include Thursdays Beginning Jan. 28 

Curative is helping communities across the country track COVID-19 and slow its spread. Courtesy/Curative

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health to hold COVID-19 “swab” testing clinics for anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus

The clinics are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

DOH, through the County Emergency Management Office, will be at Fuller Lodge 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to administer the COVID-19 “swab” for anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus.

The next clinic is Tuesday,


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DPU Electric Linemen Investigating Reported Power Outage

FINAL Update: Power is restored to all customers in the Trinity/Oppenheimer area.  

UPDATE: As of 1:20 p.m. today, DPU electric linemen have identified the source of the reported power problems in the Trinity/Oppenheimer area. Crews will terminate power to all customers in the area (including the Mary Deal building and the Ponderosa Apartments) so that they may complete repairs. Power should be fully restored to all affected customers by 2:30 PM. Department officials thank customers for their patience.

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is receiving reports


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PED: 10 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – Ten New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 15, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist:

ALBUQUERQUE:

  • James Monroe Middle

AZTEC

  • Aztec Maintenance

BAYARD

  • Cobre High

FRUITLAND

Ojo Amarillo Elementary

HOBBS

  • College Lane Elementary

LAS CRUCES

  • Las Cruces Public Schools physical plant

LOS ALAMOS

  • Los Alamos High

MONTEZUMA

  • United World College-USA

ROSWELL

  • Goddard High School
  • Roswell High School

During that same period, no schools were placed on the


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For Investigation Into White Supremacy And Extremism In Ranks Of The Military

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON (Jan. 15, 2021) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and 13 Democratic senators are calling for the Department of Defense to investigate and address white supremacy and extremist ideology in the ranks of the military following the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

Several of the insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol have been identified as active duty servicemembers, reservists, retirees, and veterans.

“The issue of white supremacy and extremist ideology within the ranks


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Highlights From First School Board Meeting Of 2021

Newly elected School Board President Melanie Colgan

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board gathered virtually Tuesday evening for its first meeting of the new year Tuesday.

The first order of business at the meeting was to elect board members into officer positions.

After reviewing roles and responsibilities and considering those interested in serving as an officer the board casts its votes.

The following positions were filled:

  • Board President Melanie Colgan;
  • Board Vice President Ellen Ben-Naim; and
  • Board Secretary, Dawn Jalbert.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected president


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Republican State Leadership Committee Calls For Peace And Healing Ahead Of Jan. 20, 2021 Presidential Inauguration

RSLC News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today released the following statement condemning violence and civil unrest:

“From the devastating riots in cities across the country last summer to the vile attacks on the U.S. Capitol last week, political violence has shaken America to her core.

“As we near next week’s peaceful transition of power – the pillar of any free democracy – the RSLC urges every American in Washington and in the states to take personal responsibility and act in a civilized manner.

“No degree of frustration or disappointment excuses violent


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FBI Searching For Teen Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release At Albuquerque Halfway House Dec. 24, 2020

Adrian Nieto, Jr. is on the lam.

FBI News:

A man charged federally with being a felon in possession of ammunition is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.

Adrian Nieto, Jr., 19, of Albuquerque, is accused of leaving an Albuquerque halfway house without permission Dec. 24, 2020, a day after he was placed on pre-trial conditions of release.

The FBI had arrested Nieto Dec. 17, 2020.

A federal warrant has been issued for Nieto’s arrest.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nieto is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300 or online at tips.fbi.gov.


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Vaccination Clinic For Phase 1A, 1B In Los Alamos Jan. 18

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The clinic will be limited to vaccinating remaining healthcare workers in phase 1A and beginning phase 1B, which includes teachers, frontline essential workers and citizens over age 75. This vaccine clinic is free. 

Vaccinations are limited. Individuals who meet the 1A and 1B criteria and have pre-registered on the NMDOH website


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 14

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are currently 84 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to


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First Round Of Vaccines For LAPS Staff Begins Monday

A survey of LAPS employees indicates that 93 percent of staff want to be vaccinated. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The first round of COVID-19 vaccinations for Los Alamos Public Schools staff begins Monday, Jan. 18.

Staff over age 50 who are working directly with students and are in close contact with students are eligible to be vaccinated in this first round. This includes, for example, elementary staff, middle and high school special education staff, bus drivers running routes, elementary school custodians and secondary coaches.

Just in case there is a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, EMTs and


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Obituary: John Eric Rundberg May 13, 1986 – Jan. 8, 2021

JOHN ERIC RUNDBERG – May 13, 1986-Jan. 8, 2021

John Eric Rundberg, a resident of Socorro, New Mexico, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8th in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 34.

He was born May 13, 1986 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the second of three children born to Bob and Ginger Rundberg. He grew up in Los Alamos, where he attended Los Alamos High School, played club rugby, and taught swimming lessons as a lifeguard at Canyon Vista Pool in White Rock.

He attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro, where he became involved with Pygmy Rugby, first as a player and later as the team’s unofficial photographer.


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