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SFNF Issues Reminder Wildfire Preparedness Is Year-Round: Don’t Depend On Luck – Be Aware and Prepared

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SFNF News:

Santa Fe — March brings the first signs of spring to drought-stricken Northern New Mexico landscapes, including warmer temperatures, windy conditions and the potential onset of wildfires.

To prepare for the 2021 wildfire season, the Santa Fe National Forest is working with partners at other forests, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations on a year-round wildfire preparedness campaign.

With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, our message is: don’t depend on luck – be aware and prepared.

In the last 15 years, wildfire has


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New Mexico Bill Would Ban Protests At Private Homes

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

In a world where protests and counterprotests are becoming more common, a pair of House lawmakers want to keep demonstrators from getting too close for comfort.

House Bill 276, introduced by Rep. Daymon Ely, (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Jason Harper, (R-Rio Rancho), would make it a misdemeanor for anyone participating in “targeted residential picketing” — carrying signs, making noise, organizing protests — within 100 feet of someone’s home.

The bill would apply to every state resident. But lawmakers believe it’s more likely


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 318 New Cases, Total Now 182,050 With 19 New Deaths And 128,299 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 318 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today, bringing the total to 469 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 19 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 90 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 13 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new

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James Auchampaugh Has Passion For Craft And Community

Owner James Auchampaugh of ABC Fine Cabinetry with kitchen cabinets he recently installed. Courtesy/ABC

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

  • ‘We need to step up and see people through the pandemic … we can all make it if we work together…’ –James Auchampaugh

James Auchampaugh, owner of Casa Hermosa Builders LLC, a lifelong resident of Los Alamos and award-winning designer and builder has taken over ABC Fine Cabinetry LLC (formerly ADC Kitchen and Bath Design) from longtime owner Alec Caspersen who retired in January.

Auchampaugh and Casperson have known each


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New Mexico Real Estate Market Continues To Be Bright Spot In New Mexico’s COVID-19 Economy.

NMAR News:

During October 2020, the state’s real estate market continued to be a bright spot in New Mexico’s COVID-19 economy.

“2,431 October sales were reported to the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR). This brings the 2020 year-to-date total sales to 21,663, just over 250 sales ahead of 2019’s January through October total,” 2020 NMAR President James Russ said. “October sales numbers were down less than 20 sales from September confirming the traditionally robust summer sales season has continued into fall.”

NMAR CEO Steven Anaya said, “Median prices continued their climb in October,


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Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Over $300,000 In Federal Funding For Homeownership Assistance Programs

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep.  Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $318,694 in rural development grants for home construction and rehabilitation, and home repair preservation to three housing organizations in Las Cruces, Deming and Bernalillo. 

The Tierra Del Sol rural development investment will provide technical assistance to Mutual Self Help Applicants to assist 12 families in constructing their own homes; and 15 families in rehabilitating


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Schools, Council And Public Weigh In On Proposed North Mesa Housing Project During Special Joint Meeting

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The question of whether to pursue a housing project on approximately 30 acres of land on North Mesa remains under consideration.

Los Alamos County Council and the Los Alamos School Board discussed the potential project Oct. 29 during a special joint work session.

The school district owns the property but previously asked the County to collaborate on the project, which could possibly benefit both entities. For the school district, the objective is that the housing project would provide a stable, reoccurring revenue and for


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New Home Lowered Into Place On Arizona Avenue

Ryan Conner was fascinated by the huge crane and all the large trucks that it took to deliver a new home Tuesday on Arizona Avenue. He is with his Mom Christy and Grandma Laurel and staying a safe distance from the action. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

One half of the new home is in place waiting for the second half. The homes were constructed in Albuquerque by Clayton Mfg. and transported to Los Alamos by JR Therouxs Mobile Home Service from Tijeras. The crane was provided by Crane Services of Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The second half of the home is on its way to be installed


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LAPS, Council Holding Virtual Joint Session To Set Next Steps For North Mesa Housing Thursday Oct. 29 

COUNTY News:

The North Mesa Housing Study will move to the next step at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, when Los Alamos County Councilors meet on Zoom with the Los Alamos Public School Board in a joint session.

The County’s consultant, Dekker Perrich Sabatini (DPS), will join the CDD project team to present the North Mesa Housing Study, a document first drafted pre-COVID pandemic and after several public workshops or open house meetings to discuss draft concepts for building homes on land just east of Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa.

The purpose of the joint session is to gather feedback on the updated


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