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Pajarito Mountain Opens To Public Sunday!

Scene today of season pass holders at Pajarito Mountain, which will open to the public Sunday, Jan. 24. It will be open Jan. 29-31; then open Wednesdays-Sundays. Lifts: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Retail: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rentals: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; The Cafe is open for breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on operational days. Tickets: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

Scene today at Pajarito Mountain … gotta stay fueled-up. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

Scene today at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

Scene today at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jim O’Donnell


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Rotary Features Talk By Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann

Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“The job has changed a lot,” mused Ryn Herrmann, as she reflected upon her three years as director of the Chamber of Commerce during a zoom meeting Jan. 19 with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Few could have foreseen the disruption caused by the pandemic in the personal and professional lives of those who own local businesses.

Herrmann explained that the Chamber is the membership program of the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation, a private, nonprofit entity that operates the Research Park across from


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One Los Alamos Diversity Week: Day 6 Reading List

One Los Alamos News:

One Los Alamos would like to thank Melissa Mackey at Mesa Public Library for her assistance with its 2021 Diversity Week project.

The project includes a daily international recipe and list of books, podcasts, movies or documentaries.

Click here to see the day 6 list of picture books for the young celebrating diversity, with clickable links to the books available in the Los Alamos Public Library System.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 859 New Cases, Total Now 168,579 With 38 New Deaths And 93,141 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 859 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total to 420 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 38 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 184 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 30 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 74 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 49 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case

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Chart 315: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 23, 2021

The bars in this chart show the percentage of the population that have received a COVID-19 vaccination in each state. New Mexico and its five surrounding states are highlighted. So far, 20.5 million doses have been administered nationwide, including 184,698 in New Mexico. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Lahiri-Gupta: A Public Plea Against HB-70

By Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta
Los Alamos
(Studying at American University Washington College of Law)

Remember back in July when Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales drew heavy criticism for cooperating with federal agents and allowing them to patrol the streets of Albuquerque in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests? HB-70 would formalize that cooperation statewide. 

House Bill 70, titled “Domestic Terrorism Definitions”, appears to be a reactionary Bill written in the aftermath of the Capitol Riots in the beginning of January.

The Bill amends three existing statutes:

  • Homeland

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21 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Twenty-one New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Jan. 22, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Those school buildings are:

ALBUQUERQUE:

  • Hope Christian Elementary
  • Menaul School

BAYARD

  • Cobre High

BLOOMFIELD

  • Bloomfield High

CARLSBAD

  • Hillcrest Preschool

CLOVIS

  • Mesa Elementary

DEMING

  • Deming Public Schools-Administration Office

FARMINGTON

  • Farmington Municipal Schools — Plant Op

HOBBS

  • College Lane Elementary
  • Houston Middle

JEMEZ PUEBLO

  • Jemez Valley Elementary

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Attorney General Hector Balderas And Wife Denise Balderas Give Back To New Mexico Highlands University

Hector and Denise Balderas

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — New Mexico Highlands University alumnus Hector Balderas, the New Mexico Attorney General, is giving back to his alma mater through working with students in the university’s Legislative Fellowship Program.

Denise Balderas, the attorney general’s wife, also is a Highlands alumna. She is working with the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work to develop a field practicum for a student at New Mexico ABLE, which she directs.

“I was raised in a vulnerable and impoverished small community in Northern New Mexico,” Hector Balderas


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Anti-Nuke Sign Removed From Entrance To Los Alamos

A plastic anti-nuke sign placed illegally Friday at the entrance to Los Alamos has been removed. The sign was placed on county property without the owner obtaining a permit. Section 16-417, subsection B of the County Municipal Code details penalties for signs placed illegally on public property. ‘Any sign installed or placed on public property, except in conformance with the requirements of this section … shall be forfeited to the public and subject to confiscation. In addition to other remedies under this article, the county shall have the right to recover from the person placing such a sign


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Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility Reaccredited

Warden Derek Williams

NMC News:

SANTA FE — The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a three-year Certificate of Reaccreditation to the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility during the 2021 New Mexico Counties Virtual Legislative Conference Jan. 21, 2021.

The detention facility was first accredited in January 2014. The Certificate of Reaccreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities that continue to meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC.

“I am thankful, blessed, and proud to have such an


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One Los Alamos Diversity Int’l. Week: Day 6 Turkey

Turkish Baklava. Courtesy/Neslihan Ceren

One Los Alamos News:

The recipe for day 6 of One Los Alamos Diversity Week is Turkish Baklava by Neslihan Ceren.

Ceren is from Turkey. She teaches different genres of dance to ages 3 and up (Ballet for children, Belly Dance and Bollywood Fusion). Ceren also works at Los Alamos Public Schools (Mountain Elementary School). She lives in Los Alamos with her husband, son Semih and daughter Sare Beste.

“Baklava has been the most popular dessert in the Turkish Empire including the Ottoman Empire,” Ceren said. “The recipe I am sharing with you originated in the


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AFRL Astronomer Observes New Asteroid Satellite

Dr. Jack Drummond on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea telescope site. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — “I was wrong,” said Air Force Research Laboratory researcher, Dr. Jack Drummond, when looking back to his early research on asteroids and their orbiting moons.

Drummond is an astronomer at AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate Starfire Optical Range (SOR) on Kirtland Air Force Base. First as a government civil servant, and now as a Leidos contractor supporting AFRL, he has spent decades studying the solar system, and his research has often focused on asteroid satellites.

Just what


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Secretary Of State To Pursue Enforcement Of Cowboys For Trump Arbitration Order Following Federal Lawsuit Dismissal

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – Following a federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Cowboys for Trump against the Office, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver reiterated Thursday that she will continue to uphold the state’s campaign finance laws by pursuing enforcement of the arbitration order against Cowboys for Trump that was granted in July 2020. 

“No person or entity who seeks to influence our elections in New Mexico is exempted from following our state’s financial disclosure laws,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver


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Albuquerque Journal Op-Ed Slams GOP For Blind Fealty

From the Democratic Party of New Mexico:

…Republicans are “Shooting Themselves in the Foot” by Clinging to “Indefensible” President

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board spoke out today against New Mexico Republicans’ failure to condemn President Trump’s actions in the last few months of his presidency, including his violent rhetoric which incited a mob of domestic terrorists to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election. 

The op-ed specifically pointed to GOP Chair Steve Pearce’s descent into becoming “a steadfast Trump supporter, to a fault.” It


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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve House Rule 1 Setting Up New Procedures For Working Virtually In Age Of COVID-19

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. File photo

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

It took members of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee about four hours Friday to lay out the rules for how the House of Representatives will run this year’s legislative session.

But it only took 90 minutes for Republicans and Democrats to accuse each other of launching attacks. 

The final 11-5 vote went along party lines, with Democrats voting to approve House Rule 1 and Republicans voting against it. The rules set up new procedures for working virtually in the age of COVID-19.

The conflict began when Rep. James Townsend, R-Artesia,


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FBI: Man Charged With Sending Threatening Messages To Albuquerque Family Faces Up To Five Years In Prison

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Stephen Yochim, 48, of Albuquerque, made his initial appearance Jan. 19 in federal court where he was charged with transmitting threatening interstate communications.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 26.

According to a criminal complaint, Yochim allegedly sent a series of messages from multiple Google email (gmail) accounts to an Albuquerque couple.

In highly graphic language, the messages, received between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15, threatened physical violence against one of the recipients and expressed morbid joy at the prospect of cancer afflicting


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Legislative Roundup: 56 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

Looking ahead: Monday starts week two of this year’s legislative session. Expect more committee hearings to debate more bills — all virtually, of course. The controversial Senate Bill 10, which would repeal a 51-year-old state law making it a crime to perform an abortion, will get its first hearing before the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee at 1 p.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 7, which would change penalties for suspending a driver’s license, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. And for those wanting to legally start a


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One Los Alamos Diversity Week Recipe: Day 5 Venezuela

Venezuelan Arroz con Coco (Coconut Rice Pudding) by Isolina Viloria. Courtesy/wikipedia

One Los Alamos News:

The recipe for day 5 of One Los Alamos Diversity Week is Venezuelan Arroz con Coco (Coconut Rice Pudding) by Isolina Viloria.

Viloria is from Valencia, Venezuela. She moved to Los Alamos 14 years ago. She enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, dancing, puzzles and board games. 

This is a very simple but delicious recipe commonly made in Venezuela especially in the coastal region where there are many coconut palm trees. It is traditionally served during  Easter.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Basmati

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Second COVID Vaccine Dose For Category 1A Individuals Vaccinated Jan. 2 Is Scheduled For Wednesday Jan. 27

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Health, is scheduling a clinic for the second COVID vaccine doses for those category 1A individuals (healthcare workers and first responders) vaccinated Jan. 2, 2021 in White Rock. 

The new clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27. According to Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson, those individuals who qualify should have already received information on how to schedule their appointment for the second dose. 

For those category 1A individuals who received the first dose Jan. 2 in White Rock,


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