Fanning: Family Strengths Network Funding In Jeopardy

By Carie Fanning
Executive Director

Family Strengths Network is in jeopardy of losing critical financial support from Los Alamos County.

Let your voice be heard! Remind Los Alamos County why FSN is important to you and to the community.

Quick ways you can encourage Los Alamos County to fund FSN:

• Share this event – don’t just share, but invite everyone you know in the area that needs to know about this … and that is everyone here now, or previously!
• Change your profile photo using the filter from computer:
– hover over your profile pictures
– click “update”

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The Family YMCA Is Reopening Monday June 8

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA we will reopen June 8 in compliance with state health orders.

The organization is taking a week before to prepare the facility and fully train staff in new protocols, especially around cleaning and sanitation.

“The safety of our members, participants and staff is our number one priority,” Y Chief Operations Officer Chris Daniels said. “Our staff created and our Board has approved a phased reopening plan that will be updated as regulations evolve.”

Daniels said the reopening plan has a phased approached

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New Mexico Environment Department Conducting Pool Inspections Statewide

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is beginning inspections at some public aquatic venues this week.

The public health order issued Monday, June 1, by the New Mexico Department of Health allows public swimming pools to reopen, but only for lap swimming and lessons.

In addition, public swimming pools may only operate at up to 50 percent of their maximum capacity and with social distancing. At this time, those facilities will be inspected by NMED.

NMED’s inspections ensure that pools are prepared to open in a safe and sanitary way, including that proper disinfectant levels

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Election Night Results Process Changes Due To Pandemic


After the Governor announced May 15 that the ban on mass gatherings would remain in place for the foreseeable future (which the Governor again affirmed June 1, 2020), the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office made the decision to forgo election night reporting in the Boards and Commission Room, to help mitigate the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than congregating and waiting for results to be posted, the Clerk’s office will email candidates, local party chairs and media, a PDF document of the results, as they become available from each of the Vote Centers.

The Clerk’s

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Traffic Alert: NM Gas Company Purging Gas On East Road

Traffic Alert:

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) has informed the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities that it will purge a natural gas line, weather permitting, today on East Road across from Camino Entrada near the water tank.

Work was to begin at noon and continue until 1 p.m. today.

NMGC is purging the line on East Road as a routine maintenance check of its border station. “Purging” is the act of releasing natural gas from an existing section of pipeline and will be done in accordance with federal regulatory requirements.

As part of the purging, customers near the area may smell natural gas and

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Los Alamos County Moves To Level II Fire Restrictions


Los Alamos Fire Department Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is proceeding to Level II Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective immediately.

Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire.

“While Los Alamos has enjoyed a few rain showers in the past week, there is still a significant threat from wildfire, coupled with ongoing drought conditions and an increase in dry lightning strikes in forested areas,” Servey said, noting that there are currently active fires burning

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Obituary: Dorotea Montoya Oct. 29, 1933 – May 24, 2020

DOROTEA MONTOYA Oct. 29, 1933 – May 24, 2020

Dorotea (Dottie) Montoya, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed over on May 24, 2020 in her home.

Her courage to face the futility of continuing in a body that she had exhausted, and her strength to overcome her greatest fear of not breathing, allowed her to meet the angels on her terms and her time. Surrounded by her family, she discarded all support and set about taking her last breath. After eleven hours, as the sun rose, her spirit left her body.

Her passing, like her life, was a celebration of deep wisdom and healing

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2020 Primary Election Day Is Here … Polls Open Until 7 P.M.

Today is 2020 Primary Election Day, local polls open until 7 p.m. at 3 locations. Courtesy/image


Today is 2020 Primary Election Day and local Vote Centers at open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in three locations:

Los Alamos County Municipal Building – Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.;
White Rock Town Hall – Conference Training Room at 139 Longview Dr.; and
Los Alamos County Golf Course Community Building – Multi-Purpose Room at 4250 Diamond Dr.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Ballots must physically be received by 7 p.m. today to count!

For more information on Elections, visit the Los Alamos County

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National Trails Day® Takes Place Saturday June 6

American Hiking Society News:

America’s Largest Trails Event Continues to Preserve Trails and Fight for Access to Green Spaces During Pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – This Saturday—June 6—people in every state will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.

During the pandemic, people across the country have been realizing and appreciating the powerful health benefits of spending even a few minutes outside every day. Yet, racism rears its head even in the outdoors, evident not only in the fact that people of color, especially Black folks, are often not safe outdoors but also,

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Los Alamos High School Graduate Laura Ambrosiano Is Senior Modeler On Emmy Nominated ‘The Dragon Prince’

LAHS graduate Laura Ambrosiano is a senior modeler on the Emmy nominated show ‘The Dragon Prince’.

Scene from the Emmy nominated show ‘The Dragon Prince’, on which LAHS graduate Laura Ambrosiano is a senior modeler. Courtesy/Bardel Entertainment



Popular Netflix animated series ‘The Dragon Prince’ has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Series.

Among the artists on the show is Los Alamos High School 2006 graduate Laura Ambrosiano.

Ambrosiano was a senior modeler on Dragon Prince, working at Bardel Entertainment, and since has shifted

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RTD Blue Bus Resuming Regular Routes Monday June 8

RTD News:

In an effort to begin to ease some of the modifications that were put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Central Regional Transit District’s (RTD) Blue Bus will resume regular route and schedule operations on its 100 Riverside and 110 Westside buses in Española and 340 Chile Line Red in Taos beginning Monday, June 8.

Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in order to board the bus. The State order restricting groups to five or less will continue to be adhered to on vehicles until further notice. As a result, multiple seats will remain closed off to provide appropriate

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The Last Graduate…

The last graduate of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School, Katie Herrmann, was given a special ceremony today after missing her graduation Friday while searching 3.5 hours before finding her missing dog. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Three days of individual graduations concluded Friday for all but one of the 279 members of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School.

Senior Katie Herrmann missed her graduation because as she opened the door to her car in the high school parking lot to head inside for the ceremony her beloved dog Simon jumped from her car and took off like a shot for parts unknown.

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FBI Seeks Information On Individuals Inciting Violence During First Amendment-Protected Peaceful Demonstrations

From The FBI National Press Office:

The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.

Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.

Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Nationwide Protests In Response To Police Violence Against Black Americans

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on nationwide protests, including in New Mexico, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minnesota: 

“The righteous demand for justice, equality, and an end to systemic racism and violence against Black Americans and other people of color is echoing across New Mexico and the nation today. Elected officials at every level of government owe it to those who have been killed – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black Americans

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,800 With 6 More Deaths And 2,888 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 113 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 10 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 35 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt

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