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PEEC, Historical Society, County Library: Growing Together

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The Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are teaming up to bring programs about gardening to the community. There will be a series of five workshops, lectures, and events in April and May. 

Gardening and farming have always been part of life on the Pajarito Plateau, from Ancestral Puebloans to Homesteading Farms to Victory Gardens of WWII and the Master Gardeners and hobbyists of today.

In 1944, the community created a space for victory gardens east of the Fuller Lodge lawn. These


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Scenes From Family Softball Game In White Rock

Sys Hansana and daughter Vivien Hansana keep a close eye on the action as Ryker Black stands ready to hit an incoming pitch during a rousing family softball game outside a residence Wednesday on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Ryker Black, left, and Sys Hansana watch Vivien Hansana smack the ball during a family softball game Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Lara Black throws the ball for son Ryker Black during a family softball game Wednesday at a residence on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Governor Authorizes Measure Strengthening Guardian Oversight To Protect Vulnerable Adults In New Mexico

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed into law extensive guardianship reform legislation, creating much-needed oversight of legal guardians and conservators that control medical, financial, residential and other major life decisions of more than 6,000 New Mexicans who are aging or living with disabilities.

Inadequate oversight of guardianship and conservatorship cases have left many of the most at-risk adults in this state susceptible to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Sponsored by Rep. Marian Matthews and co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary, Sen.


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Raul Bujanda Named SAC Of Albuquerque FBI Division

FBI News:

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Raul Bujanda as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Field Office.

Bujanda most recently served as a section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was first appointed to the Portland Field Office in Oregon, where he investigated violent crime, gang, and Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations.

Bujanda transferred to the El Paso Field Office in Texas in 2008 to work on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force strike force. He


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 266 New Cases, Total 193,247 With 11 Deaths And 174,641 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 266 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 11 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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Governor Signs State Broadband ‘Connect New Mexico Act’

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE — House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act, which institutes a centralized fund for the state to deliver broadband internet to communities statewide, was signed into law today by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act is sponsored by  Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming). 

The bill creates the Connect New Mexico fund and the Connect New Mexico council,


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New Mexico Students Offered Surveillance Testing For COVID … Goal To Test 1% Per Week On Voluntary Basis

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that New Mexico public school students will be offered school-based COVID-19 testing opportunities as a further tool to enhance safety amid the continuing pandemic.

Student testing is completely voluntary and at no cost to students. Districts and charter schools will implement student testing programs as soon as possible but no later than the week of April 26.

Students who show proof of being fully vaccinated and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days will not be asked to participate. 


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Mason Updates Community Leaders On LANL Initiatives

LANL Director Thom Mason updates over 140 attendees from seven counties Wednesday on the Lab’s budget, infrastructure, recent scientific discoveries, and initiatives in education, economic development and more. Courtesy /LANL

At LANL’s Community Conversation Wednesday, Nina Lanza, team lead for Space and Planetary Exploration, spoke about her work on SuperCam, a key component of the Mars rover Perseverance developed at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

At the quarterly Community Conversation breakfast held remotely Wednesday,


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County Council Considers High-speed Broadband

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

High-speed broadband service is under consideration in Los Alamos and, as the Council learned Tuesday night, now might be the best time to act.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Rep. Christine Chandler presented an overview of the 2021 legislative session and said that she, along with seven other women lawmakers, successfully sponsored a bill that focuses on broadband and ensuring it is cohesive across the state.  

New Mexico is ranked at the bottom of the states in terms of connectivity, Chandler said. This really became visible when


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Anna Merlan Speaks On The Power Of Conspiracy Theories

Journalist Anna Merlan spoke recently on her book on the power of conspiracy theories. Courtesy photo

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Journalist Anna Merlan, author of the 2019 book “Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Amazing Rise to Power”, spoke in Santa Fe recently at the School of Advanced Research as part of its ongoing lecture series.

Merlan is a journalist specializing in conspiracy theories, subcultures, new religious movements, crime, politics and women’s lives. She is a reporter at the Features Desk at Vice News. She


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Williams: Focusing Downtown On Retail

By SEAN WILLIAMS
Los Alamos County Councilor

Since taking office—and as I promised on the campaign trail—I’ve been working on policy to bring us the kind of downtowns we all want. This has culminated in a draft ordinance for a new Pedestrian Retail zone that limits downtown ground-floor spaces to customer-oriented businesses.

Specifically, it would limit the downtown areas to “pedestrian-oriented ground floor mixed use retail sales, entertainment, restaurants, including food and beverage, and personal and medical services with upper floor residential and professional offices.”

Zoning


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Scenes From Topper Girls Varsity Soccer Vs. Goddard

Meredith Brown intercepts a pass from a Goddard defender. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Robin Chartrand in a foot race against a Goddard offensive player. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Jenna Harris shows impressive ball control mid-field. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team played in Roswell Tuesday afternoon against Goddard in the quarterfinals match of the State tournament.

Goddard started the game with aggressive play, scoring early in the first half and continued their attack, beating the Toppers


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New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

“New Mexico courts sought


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Topper Boys Soccer Wins At Taos – Heads To Semifinals

The Topper Boys Soccer Team crosses the field to share their 2-1 victory over the Tigers with the fans on the very windy and dusty day Tuesday in Taos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jaime Terrazas was the hero of the day by scoring both goals. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jaxson Martines makes a save. He showed outstanding goaltending and many critical saves to hold the Tigers to one goal. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Topper Boys Soccer Team traveled to Taos Tuesday afternoon to play the Taos Tigers in a post season game on the journey


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Catch Of The Week: Facebook Data Breach

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

In the news lately, Facebook is dealing with yet another data breach. Oof, so who hasn’t been breached recently? It’s easy to brush this off as just another data breach (so many lately, it’s hard to keep track of), but it’s not that simple, according to cybersecurity experts.

First off, this breach is massive at about half a billion Facebook users, from 106 different countries. What sort of data was breached? Full names, birthdays, phone numbers, location, and your Facebook Passwords were not affected by this breach, which is always a plus, but it’s still pretty bad.


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Spring Colors Bloom On Barranca Mesa

Yellow Oregon grape flowers begin to open recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A  purple vinca major blooms recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A dandelion pushes through rocks into the sun recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan


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All past letters are archived in that location as well.

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