Public Safety

Cease And Desist Notice Sent To LANL Director Calling For Halt To All Face Mask, COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Mandates

LANL News:

New Mexico Stands Up!, a public interest legal service in Santa Fe, has delivered a cease and desist notice to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Thom Mason calling for a halt to mandatory masks, COVID-19 testing and vaccine mandate.

To read the cease and desist notice, click here.


Floyd School Board Suspended For Refusing To Follow Health Orders; Superintendent Is Reinstated


SANTA FE – The five-member Floyd School Board (near Portales) was suspended today after twice voting to disregard the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) COVID-19 Safe Practices for school reentry and then placing on administrative leave the superintendent who refused to carry out the board’s wishes.

Following the order suspending board members Leon Nall, Jeff Essary, Vicki Banister, Charlsea Lee and Ryan Bollema, Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart reinstated Superintendent Damon Terry.

For now, Terry will report directly to Stewart, whose resignation,


New Mexico DOH Encouraging COVID-19 Testing


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is encouraging all individuals to get tested if they fall into various categories.

Get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • You don’t have symptoms but were in close contact or are a household member of someone who has tested positive and are in their infectious period. This is recommended regardless of vaccination


LAPD Offering $500 Reward In Stolen Motorcycle Case

2021 Kawasaki ER 650 H motorcycle stolen July 19 from the intersection of Diamond and Canyon. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is investigating the larceny of a 2021 Kawasaki ER 650 H motorcycle stolen July 19 from the intersection of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road (Los Alamos Lemon Lot).

The LAPD Investigations Section is offering a reward of $500 for information that leads to the identification and apprehension of the suspect(s) in the theft of this motorcycle.

Anyone with information may call L.A. Crime stoppers at 505.662.8282. 


Cease And Desist Letter Sent To SNL Director Calling For Halt To Mandatory Masks, COVID Testing, Vaccine Mandate

SNL News:

Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) employees through their lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to SNL Director James Peery calling for a halt to mandatory masks, COVID-19 testing and vaccine mandate.

To read the cease and desist letter, click here.


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 478 New Cases, Totaling 211,970 With 1 New Death And 197,142 Recovered


SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Tuesday announced 478 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains at 555 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.)

This update includes 1 new death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 132 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola


Masks Required Indoors At Senior Centers Starting Aug. 4

Both the Los Alamos and White Rock branches of the senior centers will once again require masks indoors beginning Wednesday, Aug. 4. The in-person lunch service that resumed Monday will continue but after lunch members asked either to not linger or to replace their masks. The community is asked to be patient as staff negotiates the new normal. Courtesy/LARSO


Attorney General Balderas Announces Felony Conviction Of Former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo

Barney Trujillo

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo was found guilty after trial for violating New Mexico’s procurement code.

A Santa Fe District Court Judge found that Trujillo failed to disclose in-kind campaign contributions he made to an Española Public School Board member’s campaign as required by a professional services agreement he subsequently entered into with that same board. 

“Political corruption cases are among the most difficult to prosecute in New Mexico, and we will continue to partner