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The Family YMCA Encourages Return To Routines In 2021

The Family YMCA spinning class aids in the physical and mental health of members. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA is encouraging members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021 and find routines that get them moving and keep them healthy. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring.

“As our community continues to recover from the various ways we have all been impacted by COVID-19, we are encouraging


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First And Second Round COVID-19 Vaccines Scheduled Only For Healthcare Workers Jan. 11 (Not For General Public)

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

The clinic will be limited to approximately 100 individuals in two shifts with defined criteria for prioritizing individuals. Please see below:

Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to noon: The morning shift will be reserved for those healthcare workers or first responders who received the first round of the Pfizer vaccine Saturday, Dec. 19. DOH has already contacted these individuals via


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DPU: Virtual Public Hearing On Replacement Facility For White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant Thursday Jan. 21

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced this morning that it will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 via the Zoom platform.

The hearing is to review and collect public comment on the proposed construction of a water resource recovery facility to replace the existing White Rock wastewater treatment plant. 

Department officials ask interested parties to visit the website and preregister at https://ladpu.com/WR-WRRF.

The existing White Rock wastewater treatment plant has been in service since the mid-1960s using older trickling filter technology


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Deepfakes: How They Deceive Us … How We Detect Them

Science on Tap: Can you tell if a photo or video is generated by artificial intelligence? The Bradbury Science Museum invites the community to join Juston Moore virtually at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 to learn about potential approaches to reduce the risks of AI-generated misinformation. To register, click here. Courtesy/BSM


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Los Alamos County Library System Continues Computer Appointments, Curbside Service, Virtual Programming

Shannon Ferrell and Effie Casciotta prepare books for curbside checkout at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM News:

Through computer appointments, curbside service, virtual programming, and electronic resources, public library service is ongoing at Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library:

  • Public access computers by appointment, curbside pick-up of library materials, and registration by phone for a new library card are all available 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library;

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LWVLA Legislative Preview: Chandler, Gonzales, Jaramillo

LWVLA News:

Happy New Year from the League of Women Voters Los Alamos (LWVLA) with hopes for a healthy, creative 2021 with opportunities for democratic engagement.

To kickstart education toward engagement, the LWVLA 2021 Legislative Preview is 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 on Zoom.

The three legislators who cover Los Alamos — re-elected Rep. Christine Chandler and newly elected Senators Leo Jaramillo and Roberto Gonzales—will explain how the 60-day session (Jan. 19 through March 20) will be conducted during the pandemic.

The legislators also will discuss their hopes and expectations for


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Del Norte Credit Union Expands Community Support With Launch Of Employee-Run LOV Foundation

DNCU News:

Northern New Mexico credit union and not-for-profit financial institution, Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) has launched the Del Norte LOV (Living Our Vision) Foundation, a nonprofit organization and extension of the financial institution.

The mission of the Del Norte LOV Foundation is to improve lives of youth and families in New Mexico with a focus on the communities that DNCU serves; Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

The foundation builds upon the credit union’s charitable giving over the 67 years.

The Del Norte LOV Foundation is employee-driven and motivated by DNCU’s


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DOH Unveils Enhanced Vaccine Registration Website

DOH News:

…State also will launch a vaccine call center in the coming days

…Site allows New Mexicans to complete personal profiles with health conditions, receive notice when vaccine is available

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today that New Mexico’s vaccination website – vaccinenm.org – now enables users to complete comprehensive personal profiles.

These profiles – which include personal medical conditions and employment information, along with other key data – allow the state to notify New Mexicans when


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New Mexico Mental Health Message: You Are Not Alone

Check out this video to hear from others sharing that you are not alone. Courtesy/DHS

New Mexico Human Services Dept. News:

Many people are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns during these times:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Stress;
  • Substance Use;
  • Loneliness…

There is a path to wellness. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to about these distresses, someone to listen, someone who makes you feel heard.

If you need to talk, professional counselors are here to hear you and offer real help on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For help,


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Chambers: Hope Prevails Despite Quarantine Fatigue

By PEGGY CHAMBERS
Resident

Aspen Ridge Lodge

 Dear Family and Friends:

I’m sorry I’m late. My heart has not been in this. It isn’t that I’m not thinking of you, because I am. So many of you have sent cards and pictures. There’s a stack of envelopes to the right of my keyboard and a basket full of your lovely cards next to that. From the first to the last, they have brightened my days, and I thank you.

It’s just that this past year has just been so grim and dismal. I watch the news and wonder what can happen next. I’ve just wanted it over with. Well, now at last it is. ​Happy New Year!

I started another letter. It was


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County Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meets Jan. 6

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Historic Preservation Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted remotely.

Among the topics for discussion:

  • Wayfinding;
  • Fuller Lodge Storage;
  • Fuller Lodge Maintenance Work;
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center;
  • WAC Building; and
  • JFK Memorial.

The meeting is open to the public. To attend and/or give public comment, the link to join the webinar is:

https://zoom.us/j/91695377215?pwd=eE8vbzg5UTU0SnYxMmdhd3NkR25Ddz09Any questions, please email: barbara.lai@lacnm.us

Direct questions about this meeting


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Shin: Annual New Years Update

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

2020 was the year that an invisible virus wrecked complete havoc on our lives and our country! Amid chaos, sickness, and death, we have seen the strength, kindness, and resilience of our own community. Due to nationwide and local lockdowns, there have been longer wait times than usual and significant delays in orders. I am grateful for your support, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, we were able to take care of many eye care needs this past year.

Being forced to slow down and operate with limited


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Skolnik: No, Mr. Rich – Low Cost Healthcare Does Not Lead To Lower Life Expectancy

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

I write in response to the Mick Rich article published Jan. 1, “Rich: New Mexico From Bottom 10 To Top 10 In 10 Years.” (link)

All of us share Mr. Rich’s desire to see New Mexico improve its standing in health, education, and the economy. However, Mr. Rich’s suggestions about healthcare are certainly not a path for moving forward. Mr. Rich’s article noted:

“New Mexicans who enjoy nearly free healthcare have the lowest life expectancy. Yet our leaders want to expand free healthcare, to lower life expectancy for more people.” 

Such comments reflect a profound ignorance


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Bloser: Why Are Support Groups For Parents Of Gifted Children Necessary?

Mary Beth Bloser is a SENG Model Parent Support Group trained facilitator. She is co-facilitating a virtual SENG Model Parent Support Group 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 26. Courtesy photo

By Mary Beth Bloser, MSSW, BCC, LLC
Life, Health, & Wellness Coaching 
Los Alamos

There are many myths about gifted children. Probably the most prevalent is that gifted children are at an advantage academically, are more likely to succeed in school and in life, and therefore are easier to parent.

Before I became the parent of a gifted child, I too believed this myth. I thought gifted people were motivated


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