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New Mexico Absentee Ballot Count By Party, Absentee Early Vote And Same Day Voter Registration Counts As Of 10-19-20

Data in this ‘Absentee Count by Party’ document represents the total number of absentee ballot requests received in New Mexico as of today. Note: Oct. 20 is the last day for voters to request an absentee ballot. Courtesy/New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office

Data in this ‘Absentee Early Vote Count’ document shows vote counts since Oct. 6 (the start of early in-person voting at clerks’ offices) broken down by party and county and method of voting. Wider early voting locations opened Oct. 17 and run through Oct. 31. Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Courtesy/New


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NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Visits Kansas City National Security Campus As Part Of National Tour Of Agency’s Eight Laboratories, Plants And Sites

NNSA Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visiting KCNSC Oct. 13 as part of her national tour of the agency’s eight laboratories, plants and sites. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration and U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security (DOE/NNSA), continued her tour of the Nuclear Security Enterprise Oct. 13 visiting the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC).

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of NNSA’s creation, the Administrator is making her way across the Nation visiting


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New Mexico Judiciary’s Chief Technology Officer Dick Wilkinson Honored By Albuquerque Business First’s ‘40 Under 40’

Dick Wilkinson

NMSC News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Judiciary’s Chief Technology Officer, Dick Wilkinson, was recently honored as one of Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under 40”, a yearly award given for professional achievement, contributions to the community and leadership skills.

“The Administrative Office of the Courts is so proud of Dick Wilkinson’s recognition by Albuquerque Business First as one of their “40 Under 40” this year,” Director Artie Pepin said. “Dick is highly professional and highly valued by the AOC.  He is respected and appreciated by judges and court


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Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 19, 2020

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Barranca Mesa 3 Subdivision Improvements Project

TLC Plumbing and Utility crews will be placing concrete on Camino Encantado. Residents are asked to use caution in the work zone.  

Mirador Subdivision in White Rock

Contractor will be placing curb and gutter and asphalt. Residents are asked to use caution in the work zone.

Pedestrian and ADA Accessibility Along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street

GM crews will be working in the area of 36th Street and 37th Street


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Musculoskeletal Specialists

On the job in Los Alamos manual therapy trainees work on clients recently at Musculoskeletal Specialists at 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste C5. Musculoskeletal Specialists offers trained, licensed providers and also operates as a training facility for future manual therapy and exercise practitioners. After nine months of classroom work, practice and testing, trainees work in the clinic in a supervised capacity. Manual therapy is pain free and includes soft tissue and muscle work, stretching and mobilization of joints into alignment. Treatment sessions are 75 minutes, $46 and self-pay. HSA cards


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Daily Postcard: Firewheel Flower Blooms In Water Canyon

Daily Postcard: A brilliant firewheel flower spotted peeking out of the shadows Wednesday during a hike in Water Canyon. Firewheel flowers (Gaillardia pulchella), bloom profusely from early spring to late fall. It is a native self-seeding annual, popular with pollinating insects. At times, a single flower can be seen with two or more honeybees foraging enthusiastically. Butterflies, bumblebees and native bees also spend much time among firewheel flowers, one of the most planted wildflowers in North America. Source: naturesseed.com. Photo by Marc Bailey


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Posts From The Road: Asheville Pinball Museum

Pinball Wizards: Patrons line up to play the pinball machines at the Asheville Pinball Museum. Those who are experts at pinball are known as pinball wizards, a term created in the 1960s rock opera Tommy. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Oldies: Machines in the museum from the 1930s and 40s are for display only and cannot be played. These beautiful vintage machines were all wood frames and legs and some were more ornate than current machines. Coin operated pinball machines were first developed in the 1930s. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer

Formerly of Los


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LAPS: Ready For Hybrid Learning On Monday

By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

I am so proud of everyone at LAPS for the incredible ways that they have been preparing for Hybrid Learning and for exceptional community support. Thank you.   

I am also proud of our Los Alamos Online Learning Academy and Topper Virtual Academy staff for providing remote learning all year long.

In every school, we have completed trainings and posted signs about the three W’s:

  1. Washing hands for more than 20 seconds and washing commonly touched surfaces
  2. Watching your distance of 6′ or more
  3. Wearing masks that fit snugly

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 448 New Cases, Total Now At 36,788 With 5 New Deaths And 19,894 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 448 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has 1 new case today bringing the total to 38 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 151 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 26 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 9 new cases in Curry County
  • 68 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 13 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 26 new cases

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SENG Model Support Group For Parents Of Gifted And Twice Exceptional Children Begins Oct. 27 Through Dec. 15

Local mothers Mary Bloser, left, and Sarah Beckstead, experienced in parenting gifted children, are offering a SENG Model Parent Support Group virtually 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct 27-Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

PARENTING News:

There is great news for Los Alamos-area parents of gifted and twice exceptional children! Mary Bloser and Sarah Beckstead, local mothers with experience in parenting gifted children, are offering a SENG Model Parent Support Group that will be held virtually 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

SENG stands for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. As is stated on the SENG website


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Chart 218: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 18

This chart shows the overall COVID-19 risk in New Mexico by county. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom and contacts traced. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. Map: mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org/us/nm/. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Rotary Club Of Los Alamos: Former Intelligence Analyst Bob Hull Discusses Russian Interference In US Elections

Bob Hull

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“An America divided is a Russia empowered.” –Bob Hull

Former intelligence analyst Bob Hull spoke during the Oct. 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Citing non-classified documents, Hull explained that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization housed in St. Petersburg, Russia has been using cyber-espionage to obtain adverse information about political adversaries for years.

Individuals known as “trolls” are hired at high wages to create “fake blogs and online


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U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates On Operation Legend At Roundtable In Albuquerque

From left, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and U.S. Attorney John Anderson. Courtesy/U.S. Attorney’s Office

FBI News:

At a roundtable with law enforcement Thursday in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, which was expanded July 22 to Albuquerque.

Since Operation Legend’s launch in July, more than 5,000 arrests – including approximately 247 for homicide – have been made; more than 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin,


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Fr. Glenn: Surrendering

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Likely you’ve noticed that there sure is a lot of surrendering these days … and so unnecessarily (not to mention insincerely), too. Even the comics often ridicule the tendency. One makes an innocent comment on social media or in a speech or even simply in daily conversation, and can be immediately excoriated across the chasm of electronic insulation. Before you know it, the initial commentator is backpedaling as fast as their little fingers can type, almost to apologize for existing.

Our human social makeup tends to make most people want to “get along” for the good of the community;


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Learn About A Molecule Named ‘Braveheart’ Oct. 19

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

What is the human heart truly made of? Why can it become diseased? With the right tools, could scientists actually grow healthy ones?

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a team leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, will answer these questions and more in the Science on Tap virtual talk, “Secrets of the heart: imaging the dark matter of the genome”,  5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Register here.

The lecture


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NNSA And Atomic Energy Of Canada Sign Memorandum Of Understanding On Safeguards And Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable more effective collaboration in the areas of nuclear safety and security.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) today signed an MOU for Cooperation and Exchange of Information in Nuclear Security, Safeguards, and Nonproliferation Matters.

“Accomplishments like these are important to celebrate, especially when travel and face-to-face engagements are not possible during the COVID-19


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Dr. Charles Lenz, DC

On the job in Los Alamos is Dr. Charles Lenz, DC, owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic at 2610 Trinity Dr #14. The chiropractic practice has been in business for 40 years. Lenz purchased the practice two years ago from Nancy Savoia who operated it for 26 years. Lenz and his wife, who works at Los Alamos National Laboratory, have been in Los Alamos for two and a half years. He said he serves patients who are ‘newborns to geriatrics’, adding that at Los Alamos Chiropractic, gentle and specific techniques are used to improve spinal function. Lenz earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at New Mexico State


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New Mexico Human Services Department Announces New Pandemic-EBT Hotline For Parents

HSD News:

SANTA FE — A new P-EBT hotline has been established for parents who have questions about eligibility or would like additional information about P-EBT benefits, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Thursday.

The new P-EBT hotline, 1.833.415.0569 will be manned 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist families who have flooded current phone lines with questions about P-EBT.

The P-EBT program provides nutrition assistance to New Mexico families to offset meals missed because schools were in a remote learning mode in August and September. New Mexico households


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