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


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


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


  • 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


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


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


Bandelier Begins Increasing Access To Frijoles Canyon

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


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


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.



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


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