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New Mexico Governor, Officials Provide COVID-19 Update

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Dr. David Scrase along with Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez of the Department on Aging and Long-Term Services host a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response.


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Take Guided ‘Tour’ Of SuperCam On New Mars Rover

Mars Technica podcast gives listeners a virtual peek inside the most versatile instrument aboard the Perseverance rover. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Mars Technica is a new, limited- series podcast where experts talk about the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission.
NASA’s new Perseverance rover, which just started its seven-month journey to Mars, carries on board what is likely the most versatile instrument ever created to understand the planet’s past habitability: SuperCam—and a new podcast will tell listeners all about it.
“SuperCam sits on the rover’s mast and has a laser that

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Santa Fe Activist Shares Hiroshima Day Recollections

Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi

Stephen Fox

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

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb  on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,773 With 2 New Death And 8,950 Patients Recovered

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 212 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 42 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 36 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in

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Chart 145: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 6

Change in number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Aug. 5 compared with the two week period ending July 22. Counties with less than 40 diagnoses are not shown. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Obituary: Kristen Mueller Adams Oct. 9, 1971 – Aug. 2, 2020

KRISTEN MUELLER ADAMS Oct. 9, 1971 – Aug. 2, 2020

Dr. Kristen Ann (Mueller) Adams, 48, loving wife and mother and respected educator, died peacefully at her Fort Worth home on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of Kristen’s life is planned for a later date.

Kristen served as Director and Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools at Texas Christian University, where her duties included leadership of Starpoint and KinderFrogs Schools—two nationally-recognized laboratory schools serving students with a range


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New Mexico State Quarantine Requirements Amended To Accommodate Medical And Family Needs

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a revised executive order this morning requiring quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs. 

As neighboring states and other parts of the country have not taken up adequate public health restrictions and guidelines, and in the absence of a coherent federal strategy to slowing the spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving in New Mexico from out of state, whether residents of New Mexico or not, must self-isolate for a period


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First United Methodist Church Of Los Alamos Helping Navajo Nation During COVID-19 Global Pandemic

First UMC of Los Alamos donates large water tanks to the Navajo Nation. Courtesy/FUMC

FUMC of Los Alamos News:

The people of First United Methodist Church having been putting God’s love into action by helping to provide water for the Navajo Nation.

It all started back in April, when the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church put a call out for fabric masks to help the Navajo Nation. First UMC of Los Alamos, who had many members who were already making masks for many community organizations, participated in the collection more than 100 masks. In a desire and concern to help further, they


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DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Approves Climate, Atmospheric Data Collection Project

DOE/NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a categorical exclusion for the Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER) Project.

The project is a collaboration between the DOE Office of Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility, and the University of Houston.

Temporary, mobile facilities will be deployed for one-year at three previously disturbed sites in Harris, Brazoria


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Multiple Changes Underway To Improve DP Road

The Bluffs senior affordable apartment complex is taking shape on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Workers are busy Wednesday pouring concrete for new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Another scene of work underway Wednesday at new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

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

DP Road is undergoing multiple changes. The Canyon Walk Apartments, an affordable housing project, is under development and this month kicked off the start of utility work on DP Road.

Los Alamos County Community Development Department Director Paul


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Lillian Petersen Of Los Alamos Wins First Place In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Lillian Petersen during the filming of her competition video. Courtesy/Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

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

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 2020 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won First Place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Petersen, 17, will receive the top prize of $250,000. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on the scientific rigor of their projects, their exceptional


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Council Hears Health Services Gap Analysis

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

To better understand health needs in Los Alamos County, Kulik Strategic Advisors was hired to conduct a Health Services Gap Analysis.

The analysis’ findings were presented during the Tuesday night regular County Council meeting.

Council Chair Sara Scott noted that discussion would focus on the gap analysis presentation; the social services contract that Family Strengths Network and Las Cumbres had applied for was not listed on the agenda and will be discussed at a future meeting. She added that County staff continue to work


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes: Squash Blossom Soup

Squash Blossom Soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez

A short video on making Squash Blossom Soup. Courtesy/Liddie Martinez
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Squash has been around for a very long time. Experts say that it is at least 10,000 years old and has been cultivated for more than 8,000 years with the earliest farmers traced back to Mexico.

It is no wonder given its quick germination, abundant and early blossoms, fast growing vines and easily stored seeds. It is why they were so abundant in indigenous diets and they are oh, so good for you! Rich in vitamin A, B and C it also is an excellent source of


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Virtual Town Hall On Obtaining Workforce Skills Through Higher Education Available On NMDWS YouTube Channel

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The virtual town hall held Wednesday on Up-skill, Re-Skill, or Re-enter the Workforce Through Higher Education: Re-Opening Safely for Students is now available on the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) YouTube channel https://youtu.be/aOlhuiqcDuw.

NMDWS Secretary Bill McCamley was joined by: Ricky Serna and Stephanie Rodriguez, interim agency authority of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED); Dr. Cynthia J. Rooney, Chancellor of University of New Mexico – Los Alamos; Dr. Becky Rowley, President of Santa Fe Community College


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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Reopens To Public Aug. 8

Santa Fe Botanical Garden reopens to the public Saturday at Museum Hill. Courtesy/SFBG

Santa Fe Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Botanical Garden received permission from the State of New Mexico to reopen the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill Saturday, Aug. 8.

This reopening comes after a four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill has never looked more beautiful, and the plants are ready to be seen.

The collection includes native plants and plants that thrive in Northern New Mexico’s semi-arid steppe climate. Take a stroll through the lavender


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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act To Boost School Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program.

IAIA provides competitive and formula grants for school infrastructure projects, including school construction and facilities


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Carson Cannon Memorial Scholarship Raffle Is Aug. 15

Shari Mills is raffling her afghan for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon. Courtesy photo

Carson Cannon

COMMUNITY News:

Tickets are still available for an afghan Shari Mills made and is raffling to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon.

Carson is Reed and Heidi Cannon’s 16-year-old son who died suddenly last December. He would have graduated May 2021 from Los Alamos High School.

Tickets are available at High Mesa Dental Arts offices, Los Alamos 555 Oppenheimer Suite 202 and White Rock behind Smiths, 106 A Longview Dr. and from Mills.

Contact Mills at shelliott50@hotmail.com


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