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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 638 New Cases April 17-19, Total 195,47 With 6 New Deaths And 176,762 Recovered

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Health officials announced today 638 new COVID-19 cases for the period of April 17-19.

Los Alamos County reported 3 new cases bringing the total to 511 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 6 new deaths over the 3-day period in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports the most recent cases:

  • 199 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County

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Los Alamos Police Ask Help Of Public In Hit And Run Case

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) needs the assistance of the public in locating a white GM smaller style pickup with a single amber construction light affixed to the roof of the cab.

This vehicle will have damage to the front hood.

LAPD responded to a cyclist struck by this suspected truck today at around noon today on N.M. 4 near mile marker 54. The cyclist and an accompanying cyclist were injured.

LAPD recommends that the driver of the suspected truck reports to the police department as soon as possible.

L.A. Crime-stoppers is offering up to a $500 reward for information that leads


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Updated Schedule For Pavement Preservation Work At Mesa Library Overflow And North Justice Center Parking Lots

COUNTY News:

Crews will be repairing asphalt in the Mesa Public Library Overflow parking lot (where the Farmers Market used to be held) as well as at the North Justice Center parking lot.  

Work hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

Work is scheduled to commence at the Library Overflow Parking lot starting Tuesday,  April 20.  

Work at the Justice Center North Parking lot is anticipated to commence Wednesday,  April 21. 

Both parking lots will be closed. Crews will be crack sealing, patching, re-coating and restriping. Due to cure times of these processes, this project is anticipated to continue


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EDD Announces Shani Harvie As New JEDI Coordinator

Shani Harvie

EDD News:

SANTA FE — The Economic Development Department (EDD) announced today that Shani Harvie will be stepping into a newly created position as Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion coordinator (JEDI Coordinator), EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. 

Harvie will be responsible for connecting minority-owned businesses and community organizations in underserved communities with economic development programs, resources, and opportunities. The position, approved through Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office, will work to address systemic inequities


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State Department Of Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Scheduling For New Mexicans 40 Years And Older

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Monday announced that vaccineNM.org registrants who are 40 years and older can now schedule their own COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

To do so, users simply log in to vaccineNM.org using their confirmation code and date of birth, choose their location, and then select from available appointments in their area. Event codes for New Mexicans 40+ are no longer required, though they are required for younger populations.

“This has always been the goal – to provide New Mexicans as much flexibility as possible in scheduling


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NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Announces Public Scoping Period For LANL Electrical Upgrade Project

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Public Notice regarding its intent to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The purpose is to upgrade the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) electrical power capacity by constructing and operating a new 115 Kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and by upgrading LANL’s existing electrical infrastructure.

With this notice, DOE/NNSA and the United States Forest Service Santa Fe National


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McQuiston: Distracted Driving Awareness Month #JustDrive

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
Jemez Agency

It seems like every day we hear about a new accident caused by distracted driving. Whether it was caused by someone texting, scrolling on their phone, or just not paying attention to the road, distracted driving accidents are all too frequent and often fatal.

In fact, according to NHTSA, distracted driving killed 3,142 people in 2019. That was a 10 percent increase from 2018. At what percentage are we as drivers going to start paying attention? Even more alarming is that drivers ages 16 to 24 seem to be the most distracted, as they tend to constantly use their cell phones


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Catch Of The Week: COVID-19 Survey Scams

An example of some of the COVID-19 vaccine ‘survey’ scams being sent through email or text. If you get an email or text that asks for your personal information and you think it could be a scam, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Courtesy/Becky Rutherford 

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

COVID-19 continues to be a hot topic for phishing emails/text messages. The latest scam emails and text messages masquerade as a COVID-19 vaccine “survey”, themed to Pfizer, Moderna, J+J, or Astra Zeneca. 

If you use an email provider with good spam protection, like Gmail, you might never see this email. In my


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