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New Mexico Governor Announces Limited Reopening For Dine-In Restaurants, Indoor Malls, Gyms, Salons And More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Amended emergency public health order effective June 1

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping


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Los Alamos County Absentee Ballot Deadline Nears

County Clerk Naomi Maestas

From the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office:

Important absentee by-mail deadline approaching! County Clerk Naomi Maestas would like to remind voters that ballots must physically be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2.

As of this afternoon, our records show there are 2,134 outstanding absentee by-mail ballots that need to be returned to our office.

Per NMSA 1-6-10, Receipt of mailed ballots by clerk.  C. Completed official mailing envelopes shall be accepted until 7 p.m. on election day. D. Any completed official mailing


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In And Around Town: May 28, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com

FRIDAY, May 29

Nebulae (Live-streamed Astronomy Talk)
Discover the origins of nebulae — and what makes them so stunning — in this live-streamed astronomy talk from Laura Marseglia. 7-8 p.m. Admission: Free. More information at peecnature.org.

SATURDAY, May 30 and SUNDAY May 31

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk

Los Alamos Arts Council and Fuller Lodge Art Center present the annual “Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk”


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Landscaping & Irrigation Supply Opens In Los Alamos

From left, Charly Landscape and Irrigation Supplies co-owner Carlos ‘Charly’ Lopez, co-owner and wife Socorro Rascon, Dubalin the dog, and crew members Ingrid Morales, Julio Leon and Gabriel Trujillo gather Saturday outside their new store at 110 East Gate. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Charly Landscaping and Irrigation Supplies offers numerous products, including garden decor. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

After operating his landscape and irrigation supply business in Santa Fe for 10 years,


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New Mexico ‘Mask Madness’ Competition Voting Opens

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this morning that the first round of voting has opened for New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Mexicans can cast a vote for their favorite masks once a day online here.

Seeding-round voting will be open through the end of Wednesday, June 3. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets and New Mexicans will be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned – and a prize


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Proud Home Of Topper Senior Emily Holmes

Topper Senior Emily Holmes in front of her Los Alamos home with her Class of 2020 yard sign and Scholarship Recipient sign. Every senior at Los Alamos High School was given a yard sign as part of a month long schedule of activities to honor them. The governor ordered all the schools in New Mexico closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so LAPS and the community are finding ways to honor the graduates. Holmes is heading to UC Berkeley in the fall to study anthropology. She is the daughter of  Rich and Nan Holmes. Courtesy photo

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CASA First: Eyes Of The Court And Voice Of The Child

A child in court with a CASA First volunteer. Courtesy/CASA

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Being placed in foster care isn’t easy for kids, but CASA First in Los Alamos is making things easier for foster children in New Mexico’s First District Court system. The non-profit organization provides a Court-Appointed Special Advocate or CASA to kids in New Mexico’s foster care system whose cases are overseen by the First District Court. CASA is a nationwide organization and there also are groups in other court districts in New Mexico.

“Our volunteers tell us that


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Traffic Alert: Road Work At Trinity & DP Road Begins Monday

Traffic Alert:

Star Paving announced today that flagging operations will occur Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive.

The operations are necessary for the removal of existing asphalt as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s N.M. 502 roundabout construction project.

Motorists should anticipate delays in this area.

In addition, Trinity Drive will be closed at DP Road beginning Wednesday, June 3, to allow for construction of portions of the roundabout.

This closure is anticipated to have a duration of 3-4 weeks. Eastbound motorists


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Teacher Rita Sanchez Retires This Week After 35 Years

Rita Sanchez surrounded by her team of wrestlers retires after 35 years in education. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Rita Sanchez with Chandler Lauritzen when he won the Bryan Sanchez award, named for her son. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA)

Rita Sanchez, retires at the end of this week, after 35 years in education.

The ironic thing is when an educator reflects on their experience as a whole, they find that they grew, as much as their students. Sanchez believes that if she helped one kid to stay safe, she did okay. I think the community would


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