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2020 Primary Election Day Is Here … Polls Open Until 7 P.M.

Today is 2020 Primary Election Day, local polls open until 7 p.m. at 3 locations. Courtesy/image

ELECTION DAY News:

Today is 2020 Primary Election Day and local Vote Centers at open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in three locations:

Los Alamos County Municipal Building – Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.;
White Rock Town Hall – Conference Training Room at 139 Longview Dr.; and
Los Alamos County Golf Course Community Building – Multi-Purpose Room at 4250 Diamond Dr.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Ballots must physically be received by 7 p.m. today to count!

For more information on Elections, visit the Los Alamos County


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National Trails Day® Takes Place Saturday June 6

American Hiking Society News:

America’s Largest Trails Event Continues to Preserve Trails and Fight for Access to Green Spaces During Pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – This Saturday—June 6—people in every state will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.

During the pandemic, people across the country have been realizing and appreciating the powerful health benefits of spending even a few minutes outside every day. Yet, racism rears its head even in the outdoors, evident not only in the fact that people of color, especially Black folks, are often not safe outdoors but also,


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FBI Seeks Information On Individuals Inciting Violence During First Amendment-Protected Peaceful Demonstrations

From The FBI National Press Office:

The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.

Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.

Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected


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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Nationwide Protests In Response To Police Violence Against Black Americans

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on nationwide protests, including in New Mexico, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minnesota: 

“The righteous demand for justice, equality, and an end to systemic racism and violence against Black Americans and other people of color is echoing across New Mexico and the nation today. Elected officials at every level of government owe it to those who have been killed – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black Americans


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New Mexico Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million In CARES Act Funding For Skilled Nursing Facilities

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that 59 skilled nursing facilities in the State of New Mexico will receive $20,537,500 to help combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds come from the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement


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Posts From the Road: Caprock Canyon State Park

Badlands: A close view of the badlands within Caprock Canyon State Park show the beauty of this remote area of the Texas panhandle. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Texas Bison: Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the Texas state bison herd. Thirty two bison were introduced to the park in 1997 and the herd has grown to more than 150 bison today. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Caprock Canyon State Park is in a rural area of the Texas panhandle near the farming and ranching community of Quitaque. The nearest large city is Amarillo, which


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Udall Joins New Mexico Municipal League Mayoral Caucus For Discussion On Federal Support For Local Governments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the New Mexico Municipal League’s weekly caucus call Thursday with mayors to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities.

During the call with approximately 60 mayors from around the state, Udall outlined measures the U.S. Senate should take in its next COVID-19 relief bill to support local government and New Mexico communities.

“I realize your plates are full now,” Udall said. “You’re on the frontlines as your communities confront the dual health and economic crises we now face. Your


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Heinrich, Rubio On USCIS Resuming Naturalization Ceremonies

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • The senators recently sent a letter to USCIS, urging the agency to ensure all eligible immigrants were able to complete citizenship process amid COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a letter U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resuming naturalization ceremonies under the guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Senators Heinrich and Rubio sent a letter


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Sheehey: Physical Distancing, Social Cohesion

By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Rather than “social distancing” to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we mostly need physical distancing and social cohesion.

Physical distancing: if everyone covers their mouth and nose, and keeps six feet or more apart in public spaces, that minimizes breathing each other’s exhaled particles, the main path of contagion for the virus.

Social cohesion: only by all of us observing safe practices, as we help each other and do our business locally, can we buy time for medical research to develop effective treatments and vaccines, allowing a safe


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Former LANL Mathematician Mark B. Wells Receives Special Services Award From U.S. Chess Federation

Mark Wells playing a game of chess with a young opponent. Courtesy photo

An example of Mark Well’s hand-written algorithm for ‘Knight’ moves of his 6×6 chess game (1957). Well’s early computer chess algorithms, including the one shown here, are now housed in the Computer History Museum in Palo Alto, Calif. Courtesy photo

By MARCELLA WELLS
Fort Collins, Colo.

Mark Wells, long-time resident of Los Alamos will receive a posthumous award from the U.S. Chess Federation based on his pioneering efforts in computer chess (c.1950s) and his lifelong love of the game.

His surviving daughters were


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