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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Identifies Potential Safety Hazards In Transuranic Waste Processing At LANL

A crew prepares a waste shipment at LANL for transport to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/DOE

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

In a letter dated Sept. 24 to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Acting Chairman Thomas A. Summers updated the Secretary on potential safety hazards in transuranic waste storage, handling and processing across Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities.

The Board has found that safety bases for both National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management


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Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 26, 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 continue 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


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Cheryl Vigil Is New Branch Manager Of Enterprise Bank & Trust In White Rock

New Branch Manager Cheryl Vigil of Enterprise Bank in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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By CAROL A. CLARK

Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Cheryl Vigil is the new branch manager of Enterprise Bank & Trust in White Rock.

Vigil was born and raised in New Mexico and is an enrolled tribal member from Nambe Pueblo.

“I have also raised my beautiful and wonderful daughter here on the Nambe Pueblo,” Vigil said.

Vigil has been employed with Enterprise Bank & Trust for nearly a year. She was first hired as an assistant manager at the


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Emerge Launches ‘Women Like Me’ Ahead Of Election Day

EMERGE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office, launched on Wednesday “Women Like Me” – a campaign to draw attention to the diverse women that are running for local, state, and federal offices this election cycle.

There are more than 640 Emerge alumnae on the ballot Nov. 3.

“All across the country and at all levels of government, women are taking their activism and community involvement to a new level by running for office,” Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar said. “‘Women Like Me’ celebrates the Black, Indigenous,


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Scenes From Visit This Week To Abiquiu Dam

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. The dam is on the Rio Chama, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe in Rio Arriba County. Built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abiquiu Dam is an earth embankment structure 354 feet high and 1,800 feet long, containing 11.8 million cubic yards of fill. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 13 Staff Members And 8 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department Oct. 21 announced 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case in Curry County. The infected individual is

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Delicious Freshness On Tap At Farmers Market Today

Jose Gonzales with his fresh produce and decorations. Courtesy/LAFM

Los Alamos Farmers Market News:

Taste the difference 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Farmers Market at Ashley Pond Park.

There are only two more outdoor markets left in the 2020 season.

Fresh items at this week at market include:

Breakfast burritos, scones, cookies, pound cake, breads, croissants, muffin, quiche, pumpkin bread, gluten free baked goods, honey, honey sticks, allergy pops, jujubes, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, beets, radish, salad mix, arugula, spicy mix, pork, lamb,


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Con Alma Health Foundation Seeks Hero Nominations

CAHF News:

SANTA FE — Con Alma Health Foundation seeks nominations for people who make significant contributions to the health of New Mexico.

The statewide private foundation invites you to nominate a health hero by filling out a nomination form at http://conalma.org/hero-of-health/.

Heroes can work in any field, including health-care providers, policy makers, advocates, clinicians, administrators and volunteers who improve the health of their communities. Con Alma will accept nominations until 5 p.m., Nov. 10. 

“We always look forward to hearing about individuals in our state who


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Valles Caldera National Preserve Partners With Community In Lighting Retrofit Project To Protect Night Skies

A before and after example of retrofitted lighting at the Village of Jemez Springs. A two pronged floodlight was replaced by a single fully shielded black light fixture pointing downward. Photo by Roger Sweet

The before and after photos of the exterior of Hidden Valley Sporting Goods, showing two out of four replaced light fixtures. On the left showing the light coming directly from a light bulb, on the right showing the light clearly pointing downward. Photo by Nanci Lambert

NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve, in collaboration with its friends group, Los Amigos de Valles


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Center Lane Drop On Trinity At 15th Thursday And Friday

COUNTY News:

Parker Construction, under contract with Natural Grocers and in cooperation with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will drop the center, left turn lane on Trinity Drive at 15th Street.

Work to cap a water line will continue after unforeseen circumstances Tuesday delayed this effort.

The lane will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. today, Oct. 22 and is anticipated to conclude by 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 23. No interruption of utility services is planned.

Crews indicated that work on the south side of Trinity at 15th would finish up later Wednesday and both eastbound lanes on Trinity


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


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Chart 221: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 21, 2020

Effective Oct. 21, the state of New Mexico revised the requirements for travelers incoming from out of state. Travelers from six low-risk states and the District of Columbia are exempt from the mandatory self quarantine requirement. For a state to be classified as a low risk, it must meet two criteria: (i) test positivity rate below 5% and (ii) seven-day average of daily diagnoses below 8 per 100,000 residents. Source: https://www.newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information/. Map:mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 827 New Cases, Total Now At 38,715 With 8 New Deaths And 20,332 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 827 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 40 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 8 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 292 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 27 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Cibola County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 172 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 42 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 36 new cases

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Centerra-Los Alamos Supports Community Through Annual Donation To United Way Of Northern New Mexico

Centerra-Los Alamos continues its longtime annual support of United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) with a $10,000 contribution during a check presentation Tuesday in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper in downtown Los Alamos. Centerra officials presenting the check to UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla, from left, Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance Director Rick Gandenberger, Business Management Director Graig Newell and General Manager Lennie Upshaw. This generous donation from Centerra helps support UWNNM in its mission to improve the lives of children


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Vigilante Leader Sentenced In Las Cruces To 21 Months In Prison For Impersonating A Border Patrol Agent

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE James Christopher Benvie, 45, was sentenced Oct. 15 to 21 months in prison in Las Cruces on two counts of false personation of a Border Patrol agent.

A federal jury previously returned a guilty verdict March 3 toward Benvie. According to public court records and evidence at trial, Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who established a “camp” at the Southwest border in Doña Ana County.

Many members of the group wore badges, camouflage and other military-style clothing, often covered their faces with masks, and carried pistols and assault rifles.


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New Mexico Updates High Risk States From Which Visitors And Arriving Residents Must Quarantine For 14 Days

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico, pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order requiring quarantine for out-of-state visitors arriving from high-risk states, today amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine.

Per the executive order intended to protect New Mexicans by minimizing the risk of spread from out-of-state travel, Washington has been added to the list of high-risk states as of today, Oct. 21.

A reminder: Pursuant to the most recent executive order, the negative test quarantine exemption is no longer in effect.


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New Home Lowered Into Place On Arizona Avenue

Ryan Conner was fascinated by the huge crane and all the large trucks that it took to deliver a new home Tuesday on Arizona Avenue. He is with his Mom Christy and Grandma Laurel and staying a safe distance from the action. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

One half of the new home is in place waiting for the second half. The homes were constructed in Albuquerque by Clayton Mfg. and transported to Los Alamos by JR Therouxs Mobile Home Service from Tijeras. The crane was provided by Crane Services of Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The second half of the home is on its way to be installed


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Annual Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch Canceled

Scene from a previous Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch. Courtesy photo

Scene from a previous Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch. Courtesy photo

Calvary News:

Calvary Los Alamos has hosted a Pumpkin Patch each October for more than 10 years but do to the second wave of COVID-19 have decided that it is not feasible to host it this year.

Calvary had thought of doing a “drive-thru” event but felt that even had too high of a risk. 

The congregation is very saddened by this turn of events and hopes that all of the precious families that have come yearly will understand this decision.

There was much hope and planning


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Luna Fire Consumes Over 7,400 Acres Near Chacon

The Luna Fire viewed Tuesday afternoon from the Pajarito Ski Hill parking lot is burning in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest. Source: inciweb.nwcg.gov. Photo by Marc Bailey
Wildfire News:
The Luna Fire began Oct. 17 and has burn some 7,412 acres about 2 miles northeast of Chacon in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.

Latest Details:

Cause: Unknown

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Mixed conifer and spruce tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations.

Current status: Fire suppression efforts continue as the Luna Fire remains active in steep terrain.


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