Public Safety

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


Los Alamos County Implements Mandatory Mask-Wearing Regardless Of Vaccination Status


Los Alamos County has implemented mandatory mask-wearing for employees and the public – vaccinated or unvaccinated – entering County facilities beginning today, Aug. 3.

The decision was made Monday afternoon out of an abundance of caution, based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance that all individuals – regardless of vaccination status – wear a mask when indoors.

Signs are being posted today at all County facilities regarding the need for a mask in order to enter.

Other services such as Atomic City Transit and both Senior Centers may have more stringent rules for use


As Pandemic Continues, Remainder Of Provider Relief Fund Must Be Released To Long Term Care Facilities


Long term care facilities have received approximately $14 billion of the $178 billion through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).

This funding has been a lifeline for nursing homes and assisted living communities, but there are still funds in the PRF that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not distributed. With the Delta variant spreading rapidly throughout the country, long term care providers need the resources now more than ever so they can continue their efforts to protect vulnerable residents.

Pandemic-related resources such as personal protective


New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds First-Degree Felony Murder Convictions Of Santa Fe County Teenager

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court  (NMSC) Monday upheld the first-degree felony murder convictions of a Santa Fe County man for killing three members of a northern New Mexico family when he was 16 years old.

In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court concluded that the constitutional rights of Nicholas Ortiz were not violated when he was sentenced as an adult without a special proceeding to determine whether he was amenable to treatment or rehabilitation as a juvenile.

State law requires such a proceeding – known as an “amenability hearing” – for juvenile offenders other


State Health Dept. Launches Round Two Of $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program ‘Stay Ahead New Mexico’


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Monday the launch of its second $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive program: “Stay Ahead New Mexico”.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, and for the duration of August, all New Mexicans 12+ are eligible for a $100 incentive for getting a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Any dose qualifies – a first or second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or a dose of the single-shot J&J vaccine. No more than one $100 incentive will be distributed per person.

The announcement follows Thursday’s White House press conference, at which President Biden


New Mexico COVID-19 Update July 31-Aug. 2: 1,076 New Cases, Totaling 211,492 With 4 Deaths, 197,079 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 1,076 additional COVID-19 cases Saturday, July 31 through today.

Los Alamos County reports 3 new cases bringing the total to 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 three-day update includes 4 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 340 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 44 new cases in


Luján Targets Social Media Health Misinformation In New Senate Bill

By Michael McDevitt
Las Cruces Sun
July 31, 2021

In response to falsehoods and hoaxes, which have flooded the internet during the pandemic, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján is cosponsoring legislation that would remove legal protections for social media companies, which refuse to alter their algorithms to stem or suppress the spread of health misinformation during public health emergencies.

The bill, called the Health Misinformation Act of 2021 and introduced July 22 by Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is meant to target the proliferation of public health misinformation on platforms like


New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Encourage Mortgage Servicers To Work With Borrowers To Prevent Foreclosures   

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court today adopted rules to help New Mexicans facing the potential loss of their homes after the end of a federal foreclosure moratorium.

Under civil case procedures established by the rules, a foreclosing creditor cannot obtain a judgment against a homeowner until certifying that loan modification and “loss mitigation” negotiations were attempted with the borrower. Before the filing of a foreclosure case, the rules require that homeowners be given information about their loan and possible ways to avoid losing their house.