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New Mexico Economic Development Department Releases Latest Economic Reports

Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes

EDD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Economic Development (EDD) has posted the latest round of its county economic reports, including data that includes March, the first month of the COVID-19 health and economic emergency, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

Prepared by EDD economists, the reports on the state and each of the 33 counties offer a unique perspective on industry sectors that are rising and falling.

The Quarterly Economic Summary reports show “Matched Taxable Gross Receipts” tracked over time, displayed as yearly trends, and by


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Cultural Affairs Department Continues To Offer Educational And Inspirational Programming For All Ages Online

The virtual exhibit Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe. Screenshot/ladp

DCA News:

SANTA FE — The museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) each week offer a series of online educational and inspirational programs designed for all ages to be enjoyed at home.

Listen to the newest installment of the podcast “La Hilacha: Words and Memories,” produced by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. In this episode, History and Literay Arts Director Valerie Martinez interviews six members of the Barelas Youth Art


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Obituary: David Lawrence Hill Jan. 17, 1954 – May 23, 2020

DAVID LAWRENCE HILL Jan. 17, 1954 – May 23, 2020

David Lawrence Hill, age 66, of Española, NM, passed away May 23, 2020.

David was born in Bangor, ME on January 17, 1954 to George and Donna Hill. The Hill family moved to Los Alamos in 1962, where David graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1971.

David worked as a machinist at several Northern New Mexico companies before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory.

David enjoyed the outdoors, camping, tinkering on motorcycles and his cats.

David is preceded in death by his parents, George and Donna Hill, and his sister, Kathryn Matzke.

He is survived


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Los Alamos High School Senior Katie Herrmann Rescues Simon Her Dog And In Doing So Misses Her Graduation

Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 senior Katie Herrmann reaches her little dog Simon and carries him to safety and in doing so she missed her graduation ceremony Friday at the high school. Courtesy photo

The elusive Simon, with LAHS graduating senior Katie Herrmann and her mother Ryn Herrmann. Katie missed her graduation ceremony but rescued Simon from an area cliff. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

As Los Alamos High School senior Katie Herrmann and her mom Ryn Herrmann were getting out of their car Friday in the high school parking lot for Katie to walk in her graduation ceremony, her little dog


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Udall Joins New Mexico Municipal League Mayoral Caucus For Discussion On Federal Support For Local Governments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the New Mexico Municipal League’s weekly caucus call Thursday with mayors to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities.

During the call with approximately 60 mayors from around the state, Udall outlined measures the U.S. Senate should take in its next COVID-19 relief bill to support local government and New Mexico communities.

“I realize your plates are full now,” Udall said. “You’re on the frontlines as your communities confront the dual health and economic crises we now face. Your


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Scenes From Chamisa 6th Grade Graduation Parade

Staff and families prepare for the Chamisa Elementary School 6th Grade Graduation Parade early Friday evening in White Rock. The group decorate their cars before caravanning through the streets near the school as a send-off to the 6th grade class, who will be moving up to Los Alamos Middle School in the fall. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Police Department leads the Chamisa Elementary School 6th Grade Graduation Parade heading down Meadow Lane early Friday evening in White Rock. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

The Chamisa Mascot participates in the parade together

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Derkacs: Asking For Your Vote

By DENISE DERKACS
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

My name is Denise Derkacs. I’m running for County Council because I want to help Los Alamos County plan for growth and embrace the future while preserving the past and the amenities that make Los Alamos a wonderful place to live.

As a 38-year resident of Los Alamos County and a retiree from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 20 years of employment, I have both the desire and the time to study and address the challenges currently facing the County. I hope to apply my personal experience raising a family in the County and my professional


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LAHS 2020 Graduate Talia Ben-Naim Celebrates At Pond

Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 graduate Talia Ben-Naim celebrates Friday at Ashley Pond following her graduation ceremony at the high school. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 graduate Talia Ben-Naim tosses her cap into the air Friday at Ashley Pond following her graduation ceremony at the high school. Courtesy photo


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LEDA Zero Interest Emergency Loan In Final Stage Of Approval For New Mexico Vibrant Corporation

EDD News:

The first no-interest emergency loan from the State of New Mexico’s Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Fund to help maintain jobs and business operations as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis is in the final stage of approval, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced.

The emergency assistance was one of the first initiatives approved by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in an effort to offer relief to businesses that had to close or curtail operations. The loan program was authorized by the governor March 12 as she moved quickly to mitigate economic


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Laura M. Montoya, Operation Bandana NM, Operating Engineers Local 953, National Guard Continue Serving Native Communities Impacted By Covid-19

Scene from Operation Bandana New Mexico product distribution in Cuba. Courtesy photo

Scene from Operation Bandana New Mexico product distribution at Smith Lake Chapter. Courtesy photo

Scene from Operation Bandana New Mexico product distribution at Sandia Pueblo. Courtesy photo

Operation Bandana New Mexico News:

Laura M. Montoya, Operation Bandana New Mexico and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 953, in collaboration with the National Guard traveled to two Pueblos and 20 Navajo Chapters to deliver donated supplies in Sandoval, McKinley and San Juan Counties during


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Letter To The Editor: White Rock Land Transfers

By AARON WALKER
County Council Candidate

White Rock

Even before I made my decision to run for county councilor, I have been vocal about the need for the county to improve their communication.

The LEDA grant for the Marriot hotel was the prime example of the county not disseminating enough information to the people with enough notice. What was the result of that? 20+ people showed up to a county council meeting to oppose the proposed grant. The council even admitted that they probably hadn’t gotten enough information to the public in advance.

Now comes the announcement that the county is pursuing


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Scenes From LAHS Class Of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate Coty Liechty celebrating her graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. All 279 seniors will graduate during three days of unprecedented ‘individual’ graduation ceremonies (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) that conclude today. Watch for more coverage of the ceremonies in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Jonathan Baca during his graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Isabella Delgado during her graduation ceremony Thursday


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Canceled: Annual July 4th Extravaganza Due To COVID-19

COUNTY News:

The annual 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park will not take place this year due to crowd considerations in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cancellation includes both the daytime festivities and the evening fireworks show.

The annual event is organized and run by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club under contract with Los Alamos County.

“The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will miss seeing all of the smiling faces and sharing in the family fun this 4th of July,” said Kiwanis 4th of July Event Chair Stephen Boerigter. “We trust you are all staying safe and that you will still take the time


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Repaving Project On NM 466 / St. Michael’s Drive June 1-9

NMDOT News:

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in a single direction

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation would like the traveling public to be aware of roadwork impacting traffic on N.M. 466 / St. Michael’s Drive beginning June 1 through June 9.

One lane will be closed in a single direction, starting at St. Francis Drive and continuing to Quail Run Drive.

As a lane is completed, it will be reopened and another will be closed for repaving.

Access to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and local business will be provided.

Information also is available at www.nmroads.com


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New Mexico Mayors Urge Residents To Wear Cloth Masks

Mayor Alan Webber of Santa Fe urges people to wear face masks in public. Screenshot/LADP

Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque urges people to wear face masks in public. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

  • Video messages say coverings can help fight COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico mayors, in coordination with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, have recorded video messages urging residents to wear simple cloth face masks in public to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Mayors Dan Barrone of Taos, Sam Cobb of Hobbs, Lynn Crawford of Ruidoso, Tim Keller of Albuquerque, Michael Morris of Clovis and Alan Webber


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