Public Safety

NMSP Issue Missing Endangered Person Advisory For Mary Ellen Emily Quintana In Rio Arriba County

Mary Ellen Emily Quintana

NMSP News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) seeks assistance from the public in locating Mary Ellen Emily Quintana, 73, of Radium Springs.

Quintana told family members she would be traveling to Española. It is unknown when she left Radium Springs, or when she arrived in Española.

Her 1994 green Ford Explorer was located by NMSP abandoned on State Road 76 around mile post 13 near Cordova.

Quintana is described as 5’01” tall, 140 pounds with brown eyes and black and white hair. It is unknown what she is wearing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts


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Weekend COVID Case Counts Now Released On Mondays

STATE News:

…Saturday and Sunday COVID case counts released each Monday

SANTA FE  – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Friday that it will no longer release a daily COVID-19 case count report on Saturdays and Sundays.

Instead, the state will provide a consolidated weekend report each Monday. Day-by-day breakdowns of case counts for Saturday and Sunday will no longer be available.

Note: NMDOH also has shifted the time frame covered by its daily Epidemiology and Response Division reports – which include the daily case count press release. Instead of reporting


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Update On Traffic Stop Where NMSP Officer Was Killed

Ofc. Darian Jarrott was laid to rest Feb. 12 during a private burial in Lordsburg.

NMSP News:

This update identifies the officers involved and gives additional details leading up to the shooting.

LUNA COUNTY – New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Ofc. Darian Jarrott initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup Feb. 4, on Interstate 10 eastbound, near mile marker 102 east of Deming.

During the traffic stop, Ofc. Jarrott asked the driver, identified as Omar Felix Cueva, 39, of Deming to exit the vehicle.

Cueva exited the driver’s side holding an AR-15 style rifle and fired at least one shot at Ofc.


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LAFD Knocks Out Fire In Canyon Beyond Sioux Street

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) crews knocked out a fire burning this afternoon in the very bottom of the canyon behind Sioux Street. Deputy Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire grew to about half an acre and firefighters had it controlled within about 15 minutes. Battalion Chief Ben Stone told the Post that the fire is now completely out and Sioux Street is open to traffic. He added that investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire so the trail will be closed this evening. County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in a news release this afternoon

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 126 New Cases, Total 193,368 With 2 Deaths And 174,849 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 126 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 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 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in

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Environmental Services: Which Batteries To Throw, Recycle

County Environmental Services News:

The recycling world can be confusing as the rules change often. One item that confuses a lot of people is which battery can be recycled and which battery can be tossed in the trash.

This article covers what can and cannot be thrown in the trash, a little background as to why, and where to take batteries that need to be recycled.

In the past, single-use batteries commonly found in households (AA, AAA, 9V, D-cell, Etc.) could not be thrown in the trash mainly because they were created with chemicals and metals that were hazardous.

Now, single-use alkaline batteries


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NMDOH: 1/3 Of New Mexico Adults Now Fully Vaccinated

NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE –  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today that one-third of New Mexicans 16 years and older are now fully vaccinated. This follows Thursday’s announcement that more than 50 percent of New Mexicans 16 years and older have received at least a first shot.

“These milestones matter,” NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said. “They show very clearly that our vaccination efforts are working, and that we’re moving faster than any state in the country toward herd immunity.” 

NMDOH encourages New Mexicans to register at vaccineNM.org


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Chart 391 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 9, 2021 (11 New Mexico Counties Rank In Top 25 Nationwide In Vaccinations)

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Shown are the 25 counties where at least 50 percent of the population are vaccinated. Los Alamos ranks 5th out of 3,224 counties nationwide. Remarkably, 11 New Mexico counties rank in the top 25 nationwide, including seven in north-central New Mexico: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. Source: covidactnow.org. Map: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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