2020 AFRL Fellow Advances Nation’s Space Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory senior engineer Dr. Michael Starks standing in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that carried AFRL’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite into orbit on Jun. 25, 2019. DSX was designed and built at AFRL, and is successfully conducting new research to advance understanding of the Van Allen radiation belts and their effect on spacecraft components. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News: 

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) commander, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, recently announced the sought-after annual AFRL Fellow


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 669 New Cases, Total Now At 39,377 With 3 New Deaths And 20,562 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 669 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 40 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 185 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 31 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 30 new cases in Curry County
  • 97 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 46 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe


New Mexico Absentee Ballot Count By Party, Absentee Early Vote And Same Day Voter Registration Counts As Of 10-22-20

Data in this ‘Absentee Count by Party’ document represents the total number of absentee ballot requests received in New Mexico as of today. Note: Oct. 20 was the last day for voters to request an absentee ballot. Courtesy/New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.

Data in this ‘Absentee Early Vote Count’ document shows vote counts since Oct. 6 (the start of early in-person voting at clerks’ offices) broken down by party and county and method of voting. Wider early voting locations opened Oct. 17 and run through Oct. 31. Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Courtesy/New


New Mexico Game And Fish On Mountain Lion Activity Near North Mesa Stables … Residents Urged To Avoid Area Trails

The mountain lion—also known as the cougar, puma, panther or catamount—is a large cat species native to the Americas. They are stealthy predators, hunting at night and often lying in wait for prey or silently stalking it before pouncing from behind and delivering a lethal bite to the spinal cord. Source: Courtesy/National Wildlife Federation


Los Alamos County officials are aware of reports of recent mountain lion activity near the North Mesa Stables.
Because this is a wildlife issue, New Mexico Game and Fish is on site today. They are evaluating the situation and will


New Mexico State Run Museums, Historic Sites Close Oct. 23

DCA News:

In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will close its museums and historic sites to the public Friday, Oct. 23, until further notice.

The safety and well-being of employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. DCA appreciates the ongoing support and understanding of the public.

Visit for virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.

“The fight against COVID-19 has become our state’s top priority,” DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego said. “We are closing


Emerge Launches ‘Women Like Me’ Ahead Of Election Day


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office, launched on Wednesday “Women Like Me” – a campaign to draw attention to the diverse women that are running for local, state, and federal offices this election cycle.

There are more than 640 Emerge alumnae on the ballot Nov. 3.

“All across the country and at all levels of government, women are taking their activism and community involvement to a new level by running for office,” Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar said. “‘Women Like Me’ celebrates the Black, Indigenous,


NMPED COVID-19 Update: 13 Staff Members And 8 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours


SANTA FE — The Public Education Department Oct. 21 announced 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case in Curry County. The infected individual is


Con Alma Health Foundation Seeks Hero Nominations

CAHF News:

SANTA FE — Con Alma Health Foundation seeks nominations for people who make significant contributions to the health of New Mexico.

The statewide private foundation invites you to nominate a health hero by filling out a nomination form at

Heroes can work in any field, including health-care providers, policy makers, advocates, clinicians, administrators and volunteers who improve the health of their communities. Con Alma will accept nominations until 5 p.m., Nov. 10. 

“We always look forward to hearing about individuals in our state who


Valles Caldera National Preserve Partners With Community In Lighting Retrofit Project To Protect Night Skies

A before and after example of retrofitted lighting at the Village of Jemez Springs. A two pronged floodlight was replaced by a single fully shielded black light fixture pointing downward. Photo by Roger Sweet

The before and after photos of the exterior of Hidden Valley Sporting Goods, showing two out of four replaced light fixtures. On the left showing the light coming directly from a light bulb, on the right showing the light clearly pointing downward. Photo by Nanci Lambert

NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve, in collaboration with its friends group, Los Amigos de Valles