HSD Promotes Kari Armijo To Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Kari Armijo

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the promotion of Kari Armijo as a new Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the department.

Armijo replaces Russell Toal who left the department to become the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. 

“We are pleased to welcome Kari into the deputy cabinet secretary role. In her 19 ½ years with HSD she has made innumerable contributions to our Medicaid program and to the people of New Mexico,” Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. said. “In the past 12 months she successfully served

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Serving Automotive Needs

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is Clint Miller and Chuck Builta ready to assist customers at Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts at 201 Knecht St. Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

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Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now


Los Alamos

This week both the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate and the DHS’s (Department of Homeland Security) Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released warnings to Windows 10 users to apply the latest software update released from Microsoft immediately. 

You might wonder what could be so horrible that both of these agencies would urge users to update with such urgency… the answer is a vulnerability called CVE-2020-0601, Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing vulnerability.

This vulnerability affects all systems running

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Registration Opens For Time Travelers Children’s Program From Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration now open for spring sessions of Time Travelers. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Registration is open now for spring sessions of Time Travelers, the after-school drop-off program for elementary school students from the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

Time Travelers will meet in February, March, April, and May. Sessions for 1st-3rd grade students meet second Wednesdays, and sessions for 4th–6th grade students

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County Monitoring Weather Conditions … No Changes For Facilities Or Services Yet


Update 6:15 a.m.: The Chamber of Commerce breakfast set for 7:30 this morning featuring County Manager Harry Burgess with a recap of 2019 has been canceled due to the UNM-LA delayed opening. LANL and Schools are on delayed opening.

No changes for County facilities or services at this point; however, the current forecast for snow indicates the storm that had been expected overnight may now begin moving in from the south to arrive in Los Alamos around 10 a.m. today.

Snow and Ice crews in the County Traffic Division are monitoring the situation to keep local roads safe today.

The County

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NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 90 percent chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 18 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitation around the state. Courtesy/NWS

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Daily Postcard: View Before And After Fires

Daily Postcard: View from Pajarito Mountain before the fires. Courtesy/Alene Bennett

View from Pajarito Mountain last week. Courtesy/Alene Bennett


Los Alamos

My daughter took a picture last week while skiing at Pajarito and texted it to me. She was at the top of “I Don’t Care”, I believe.

Later I realized that it was taken from the same point of view as the picture I have on my computer desktop from before the fires. (I don’t know where I got this picture from.)

Both show the Valle Grande in the background, and the slope edged with trees.

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LANL On Delayed Opening Thursday

LANL News:

Due to expected heavy snow, Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening Thursday, Jan. 16.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

Note: Conditions may deteriorate. Before leaving for work, employees should check for updates on the LANL hotline at 505.667.6622, via Lab email or LANL Alert text message.

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National Weather Service: Winter Storm Arriving Tonight



NWS News:

The National Weather Service forecasts a winter storm arriving later tonight, bringing a wide variety of precipitation.

Snow levels will be low during the morning hours, but rise by early afternoon.

The highest snow accumulations will be found above 7,500 feet, and areas of freezing rain remain possible across the eastern plains during the morning and again at night.

New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible during the day and after 11 p.m. another 1 to 3 inches.

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Los Alamos Historic Residence For Sale

Exterior view of primary residence of former Balagna Winery in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy photo

View of the veranda at the former Balagna Winery in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy photo

Community News:

The former location of the Balagna Winery at 223 Rio Bravo in Pajarito is for sale.

During its operation, locals and wine lovers from all over the region visited to enjoy the wine and spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rio Grande river.

Owners John and Jean Balagna both came to Los Alamos during the WWII Manhattan Project. John planted one of the first vinifera vineyards in Northern New

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Governor Announces Call For 2020 Legislative Session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Priorities are education, economy, public safety, health and the environment

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her agenda for the second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature. 

The governor’s call for the 30-day legislative session scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, encompasses the priority areas of education, the economy, public safety, health and the environment.

“Year One was a tremendous start, and I’m incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to keep building on that foundation over the

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Los Alamos Business Wins Statewide Award

Cliff Han, owner of Knoze Jr. Corp. Courtesy/NMSBDC


  • Breathe Easier with Knoze Jr.’s AllerPops
  • Innovative allergy relief now comes from a tasty lollipop 

Knoze Jr. Corp, the makers of AllerPops, is being recognized as a Star Business by the Small Business Development Center at UNM-Los Alamos.

Star Businesses are recognized annually by the NMSBDC Network at a special banquet at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and radio personality Kiki Garcia are slated to co-host the event sponsored by Century Bank and The Loan Fund.

Founder Cliff Han moved to Los Alamos and,

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UNM-LA Advisory Board Members Sworn In

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen, center, congratulates newly installed UNM-LA Advisory Board members Laura Burrows and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Dr. Sharon Hurley/UNM-LA

UNM-LA Advisory Board members from left, Laura Burrows, Secretary David Sutton, President Steve Boerigter, Michelle Hall and Sheila Schiferl. Photo by Dr. Sharon Hurley/UNM-LA


UNM-LA News:

Recently elected and re-elected UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board members Laura Burrows and Stephen Boerigter were sworn into their advisory board membership by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Elizabeth

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Obituary: Peggy Jo Kruse Jan. 8, 2020

PEGGY JO KRUSE Jan. 8, 2020

Peggy Jo Kruse passed away at the age of 85 in her home on January 8, 2020, at the end of a beautiful life.

Peggy Jo, or Peggy “Go” as she joked, was born to Marie (Felts) and Leo Randolph and raised in Portales, NM where she was described by her childhood friend, Ray Ann as being “a friend to all, a leader who had an eye out for those who might be left behind.” 

She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in elementary education and began teaching at age 19 in a “secret city on the hill,” where she would live for the next 7 decades.

Not long after moving to Los Alamos,

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith’s Marketplace

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is HR Specialist Cathy Balkey at Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr. She has worked for the Smith’s corporation for 30 years. The best thing about her job? “My customers … they are just amazing and uplifting in every way!” To learn more about employment opportunities at Smith’s, click here:'s-Food-&-Drug/588300/ #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Emotional Healing: Allowing Hope And Growth

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

Mental health is a conscious process and tends to be low on a person’s priority list.

This has led to more and more negative behaviors, disconnections, fear and an increase in isolation, suicide, addiction and other self-destructive actions.

My hope is that this article can help your readers know that they are not alone, emotional healing is possible, and there is help.

A large part of emotional healing is to understand

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Just 99 Days To 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day!



The countdown begins: Today marks 99 days to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, 2020.

This is a historic year that needs to be a turning point for the planet on everything from climate action to protections for land, water, air and wildlife.

2020 is already off to a tumultuous start, but it’s not too late to make this one the year where we turn it all around.

Ready to get to work? Earth Day Network is pleased to share its expert content to help inform and inspire action around the world. Check out the new website.

We can’t wait to see you—and your actions—

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