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Traffic Alert: Road Work 15th At Myrtle Saturday & Monday

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities water crews will repair the west side of 15th Street at Myrtle after replacing a waterline a couple of weeks ago. 

For two days, Saturday May 30 and Monday June 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 15 St, will be reduced to one lane with a flagging operation to maintain north and southbound traffic. 

DPU officials advise motorists to expect delays and observe the speed limit and traffic control devices in the area. 

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.


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LAHS Parade Of Graduates Begins 10 A.M. Saturday

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will wrap up “Celebrate Our Seniors” month with a Parade of Graduates starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30.

The community is invited to celebrate the seniors’ accomplishments and show Topper Pride as members of the Class of 2020 proceed along Diamond Drive.

Social Distancing restrictions are in effect and public gatherings are still not allowed, so everyone participating is encouraged to stay in their vehicle and be especially mindful to wear masks and maintain a six-foot physical distance from any other non-household members.

The parade will begin at the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,493 With 9 More Deaths And 2,728 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 133 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 9 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
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 7 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 58 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases

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Bandelier Begins Increasing Access To Frijoles Canyon

The Narrows of Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Monday, June 8, Bandelier will


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Letter To The Editor: Clarification Of Endorsement

By WILLARD WADT
Los Alamos

I voted for and enthusiastically endorse Leo Jaramillo for NM Senate District #5 in the Democratic Primary. 

His campaign has highlighted my endorsement and indicated that I serve on the Board of Directors of the LANL Foundation. The latter information is accurate.

However, I want to clarify that neither the LANL Foundation nor its Board of Directors endorsed the candidacy of Leo Jaramillo, as we are a non-partisan 501(c)3 public charitable organization that does not endorse any candidates for political office in accord with IRS regulations.


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Traffic Alert: Water Line Break At 34th North Of Villa

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities water crews are responding to a water line break at 9:30 a.m. today on 34th Street north of Villa.

The road is closed at the repair site and traffic is detoured on to 33rd Street.

DPU customers on 34th Street may experience low water pressure. 

Depending on the severity of the break, water services to these customer may need to be terminated.  The estimated time of repairs is 4 p.m. today.

If water services are terminated, DPU offers the following considerations for customers when their water is restored:

  • At first water may appear murky

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Overuse; Abuse May Force Closure Of Rio En Medio Trail

Rio en Medio parking violations issued through May 27. Courtesy/SFNF

The scene of Rio en Medio Trail Head vehicle congestion. Courtesy/SFNF

Trail visitors disregarding trail parking prohibitions. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Like many other areas on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), the 6.7-mile Rio en Medio Trail #163 about 14 miles north of downtown Santa Fe has surged in popularity as people seek relief from quarantine by taking to the woods.

The problem is that access to the trailhead is a single-lane county road that crosses private property, and parking is very limited.

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Board Of Public Utilities Meeting And Quorum Notice

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities will meet in closed session via teleconference at 2 p.m. June 2.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss information pertaining to limited personnel matters – Utilities Manager performance review and planning.


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Cats Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Smaug

Smaug is about to turn 7 years old. He was adopted from the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter when he was a kitten. He is a Taoseño, first taken in by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. Smaug loves to lift spirits all over Los Alamos. He is a member of the Aimee Slaughter family. Photo by Aimee Slaughter


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Continued Court Oversight Of Yazzie/Martinez Needed

By BARBARA CALEF
Co-President LWVLA
Vice-President LWVNM

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM) urges Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Public Education Department (PED), and the Legislature to withdraw their motion to dismiss court oversight of the Yazzie/Martinez Compliance and to invest in priority funding for education in New Mexico. 

Strengthening educational systems and funding education at this time has the potential to support the economic recovery and development needed in the State.

In July, 2018 Judge Sarah Singleton issued a Decision and Order in the Yazzie/Martinez


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More Scenes From LAHS 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate Abby Hatch during 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 Abril Romero during her graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Abril Romero with her family following her graduation ceremony


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Letter To The Editor: The Problem Is The Perception…

By RICK NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is a response to my old friend Pete Sheehey’s recent article. While I don’t have an issue with anything that Pete says, I think that the message it conveys has some problems.

First of all, it is highly unlikely that closing “non-essential” businesses has prevented a single death or even a single infection in Los Alamos county. Why? Because the overwhelming number of workers in Los Alamos have been deemed “essential”. 

My understanding is that 95 percent of the GRT collected by the county comes from LANL. That would indicate that the number of employees at LANL outnumber


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Chamisa Elementary School Parade 6 P.M. Today!

CHAMISA News:

The Chamisa Elementary School community is invited to cheer and support the graduating 6th grade students, as they parade down the street in decorated cars. 

The parade begins at 6 p.m. today, May 29.

Spectators are reminded to wear face masks and observe 6 foot social distancing while lining the parade route.

Chamisa Elementary School 6th graders and their families will start at Chamisa and travel south on Meadow Lane toward Overlook Park:

  • Turn onto Bryce Avenue and travel the length of Bryce;
  • Turn onto Rover Boulevard toward Grand Canyon;
  • Turn onto Grand Canyon and travel toward

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Jury Trials In Criminal; Civil Cases To Resume In New Mexico

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — Jury trials can resume starting next month subject to approval by the New Mexico Supreme Court of plans by courts for protecting the public health and safety as courthouse operations expand.

An order issued today by the Supreme Court lifts the suspension on jury trials in criminal and civil cases that has been in place since March. Courts may resume jury trials between June 15 and July 15.    

 “As our state gradually reopens, courts can safely resume jury trials as local conditions permit,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico


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Goodie Bags Offered To LANL, Sandia, Uranium Retirees

NCP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Nuclear Care Partners is partnering with Visiting Angels, Mayberry Senior Services and Senior. One to give out free goodie bags to former Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and uranium workers.

The goodie bags contain toilet paper, masks, gloves and lots of other goodies.

To maintain the health and safety of participants and staff, a drive-thru pick-up event is being held Tuesday, June 9 to distribute the free goodie bags.

Participants can drive through anytime 9-11 a.m. and pick up their goodie bags at the Calvary Church parking lot.

The


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Heinrich, Rubio On USCIS Resuming Naturalization Ceremonies

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • The senators recently sent a letter to USCIS, urging the agency to ensure all eligible immigrants were able to complete citizenship process amid COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a letter U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resuming naturalization ceremonies under the guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Senators Heinrich and Rubio sent a letter


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Tales Of Our Times: Ideas Are The Victims Of Political Campaigns

Tales Of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Ideas Are The Victims Of Political Campaigns

Entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists treasure ideas and innovation as the lifeblood of prosperity. The best of music creators, designers, and football coaches poke everywhere to find a ray of new light to combine with the tried and true. Creative companies know that ideas are squelched or sparked by factors as humdrum as the work environment, so they work to create new and better work forums.  

Meanwhile the political system does its best to kill all ideas. We


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