Public Safety

New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

“New Mexico courts sought


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Catch Of The Week: Facebook Data Breach

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

In the news lately, Facebook is dealing with yet another data breach. Oof, so who hasn’t been breached recently? It’s easy to brush this off as just another data breach (so many lately, it’s hard to keep track of), but it’s not that simple, according to cybersecurity experts.

First off, this breach is massive at about half a billion Facebook users, from 106 different countries. What sort of data was breached? Full names, birthdays, phone numbers, location, and your Facebook Passwords were not affected by this breach, which is always a plus, but it’s still pretty bad.


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NMDOH: Majority Of State Turquoise … Progress Sustained

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announced today the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning April 7.
Twenty New Mexico counties are now at the Turquoise Level and three at the Green Level.
The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.
Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.
Twelve counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Harding, Lincoln,

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Chart 389 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 7, 2021

The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows the gating criterion under New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ framework. Los Alamos (3.4 average daily cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. Source: NMDOH. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 222 New Cases, Total 192,989 With 3 Deaths And 174,409 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 222 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total 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 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 60 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Legislation Protecting New Mexico Students From Sexual Abuse

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

From New Mexico House Democrats:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed House Bill 128, legislation protecting students in New Mexico from sexual and ethical misconduct by teachers and school employees. 

Sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albq.), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albq.), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albq.) and Rep. Marian Matthews (D-Albq.), House Bill 128 enacts an extensive set of both preventative and responsive measures to address ethical and sexual misconduct in New Mexico’s


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Traffic Alert: Pavement Preservation Work On Canyon Road

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division crews begin today, April 7, to conduct pavement preservation work along Canyon Road, from 15th Street to Diamond Drive, and Central Avenue from Oppenheimer to Canyon Road.  

This work is scheduled to continue through April  21. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the weather and temperature are favorable.

A flagging operation will be used and pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic are urged to use caution while traveling through this work zone.

Direct questions County Streets Superintendent Scott Halder at 505.662.8113


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Heinrich Thanks New Mexico National Guard And Health Care Workers For Ramping Up Vaccine Distributions

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with members of New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with members of the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo

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

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) visited Tuesday with the New Mexico National Guard and health care workers assisting with efforts to help more New Mexicans receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We secured provisions in the American Rescue Plan to ramp up vaccine distribution and help communities and businesses recover. They mark the beginning of the end of the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 181 New Cases, Total 192,773 With 8 Deaths And 174,338 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 181 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new case today so the total remains 503 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 8 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 81 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry

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