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Community Invited To Join Bethlehem Church In SAFE Palm Sunday Procession Through Los Alamos 11 A.M. April 5

Courtesy/BELC  

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church News:

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church will conduct a Palm Sunday Procession (SAFE in vehicles!!!) Sunday, April 5 through Los Alamos. 

The procession begins promptly at 11 a.m. in front of the church at 2390 North Road (near Mountain School), proceeding through town and ending at Sombrillo. The plan is to include signs and sounds of this Holy Season.

The body of Christ is still one, though scattered. To find out more about Bethlehem’s creative adaptations for worship, resources and contact info, visit www.bethluth.com


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LAPS Superintendent Issues Different COVID-19 Update

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear LAPS Parents, Staff and Families,

This Update is a little different. I begin with three important reminders followed by a graphics-filled attachment about our transition to increased learning from home. 

This allows you to quickly skim and find useful or interesting information. Hope you enjoy this new format. Any comments are welcomed – click here

Reminders:

  • Let’s all follow the Governor’s Stay-at-home Order – please help get the word out to students that COVID-19 is serious business. We need

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New Mexico Small Businesses Urged To Apply Quickly For Federal Stimulus Loans

Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes
STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico small businesses in financial distress due to the coronavirus crisis are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for loans made available under the federal stimulus bill.
The stimulus bill, or Cares Act, allocates $349 billion for loans to small businesses. But businesses have until only June 30 to access the money, and loans will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“This money will go quickly, and New Mexico small businesses must act as soon as possible to obtain loans,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia

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Chart 20: COVID-19 Statewide Counts In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
Statewide diagnoses. Shown is the number of new cases versus the total number of cases to date, using a double logarithmic plot. Absent an abrupt drop in the number of new cases, the linear trend indicates New Mexico is still experiencing exponential growth in the number of cases (I thank Randy Roberts, who brought this illumining tutorial to my attention: https://youtu.be/54XLXg4fYsc). Created by Eli Ben-Naim
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Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott Announces First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Of A Resident

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

The County has just received notice from the Governor’s office that Los Alamos has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

The information I have is that the patient is a male in his 40’s, and that he is currently isolating (not in the hospital). As usual, the Department of Health is conducting an investigation to determine exposure history. 

This news underscores the need to continue to protect each other through taking the Stay at Home Instruction, social distancing, frequent hand washing and other important measures seriously. I’d also like to reinforce


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LARC Board Awards Special Payments To Employees Performing Essential Work During Covid-19 Health Crisis

Aspen Ridge Lodge at 1010 Sombrillo Court. Courtesy/LARC

Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 1011 Sombrillo Court. Courtesy/LARC

By JOHN ARROWSMITH
LARC Board President

On April 2, the Board of Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) held a special meeting to address hardships faced by the staff serving residents at our Sombrillo skilled nursing, and Aspen Ridge Lodge assisted living facilities.

The Board voted unanimously to award special payments of $300 to each of our approximately 130 employees. Donations to LARC by our members made this possible.

These employees are


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Website Connects Medical Needs To Local Suppliers … Manufacturers, Innovators May Upload Capabilities

By Holly Bradshaw-Eakes
Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE — A website dedicated to recruiting New Mexico suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, makers and testing-centers in the fight against COVID-19 has been launched by several of the state’s universities, research institutions and manufacturing support organizations.

The website at https://nmcovid19.org went live Friday and aims to quickly source, produce and test needed medical and other supplies that will bolster on-the-ground efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM


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MRM: Message From Executive Director Greta Brunschwyler

By GRETA BRUNSCHWYLER
Executive Director
Millicent Rogers Museum

Like all of you, we at Millicent Rogers Museum have been continuously monitoring the news regarding the pandemic and paying attention to directions for best practices.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, partners and community are at the forefront of our thoughts.

We feel that at this time we are unable to predict when we might welcome you back into the Museum. Please visit us online, where we are increasing our presence as fast as possible.

As we navigate these uncertain times, your patience, support and generosity


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Cats Lifting Spirits In Los Alamos: Meet Poppy And Pagoda

Poppy (short for Poplar, after the local tree) is helping out in the home office set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poppy, 3, spends much of her time at work pondering the bigger picture of how she and her sister Pagoda might lift spirits around Los Alamos. Poppy is a member of the Maureen Lunn family. Photo by Maureen Lunn

Poppy once again with her sister, Pagoda. The two litter mates are rescues from Felines & Friends based in Santa Fe and together definitely lift spirits around Los Alamos. Photo by Maureen Lunn


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Volunteer Group ‘All Together Los Alamos’ Steps Up To Help During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Omega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

A volunteer group of Los Alamos County residents called “All Together Los Alamos” is stepping up to provide information on resources and services to individuals and families who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This group will supplement services already being provided by local senior centers and other non-profits.

All Together Los Alamos hopes to promote and enhance existing neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and networks as well as recently established social media sites to maximize communication


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Catch Of The Week: Security Tips For Using Zoom

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

The COVID-19 pandemic has most of the world working, socializing, and going to school from home. This means a significant rise in the usage of video teleconferencing services (VTC), especially Zoom.

Zoom usage went from 10 million in December 2019 to 200 million in March 2020. It can be a great tool to bring people together in the virtual world, but it is already being abused via an attack known as “Zoom-bombing”. In this attack, uninvited guests hijack VTC meetings by disrupting them with pornographic/hate images and threatening language.

The problem has gotten


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Inside Arts Features Musician And Engineer Tony Tomei

Musician and engineer Tony Tomei will be featured on Inside Arts, which airs on Sunday PAC 8. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Museum of Art continues its series, Inside Arts, with an interview of local engineer and musician, Tony Tomei, airing 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday on PAC 8.

Tomei and accordions go way back. As a mechanical engineering student at New Mexico Tech., Tomei became interested in international folk dancing. That’s when he realized that much of the music was played on accordions and resolved to learn to play the instrument. He embarked on parallel


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UNM-LA Advisory Board Holds Meeting Via Zoom April 8

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, using Zoom technology.

This is the annual special meeting related to the UNM-LA budget.

Specific agenda items will include an overview of the UNM-LA response to the COVIS-19 Pandemic, approval of the Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY20 and approval of the FY21 Operating Budget.

Those interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at ltaylor06@unm.edu for information.


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NCRTD To Temporarily Modify 11 Blue Bus Routes To Provide Essential Trips Only; Red River Route Suspended

RTD News:

While continuing to provide an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD Blue Bus) has identified 11 of its 29 routes that will be modified beginning Wednesday, April 8 and one that will be suspended.

The changes are in addition to eight routes that were suspended or modified on March 25. All changes are temporary and will be in effect until further notice. Full details can be found at: www.RidetheBlueBus.com or by calling 866.206.0754, Ext. 2.

The 310 Red River route will be suspended until further notice.

These measures are being


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