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Topper Boys Soccer Season Comes To An End

Topper goaltender Jaxson Martines receives a point-blank shot and makes the save. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Filippo Delzanno and Danny Ross battle for control of the ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Westley Parker heads the ball downfield over Case Manifold. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Topper Boys Soccer Team ended their season with a loss to Albuquerque Academy 1-2 in the Semifinal State Playoff Game Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque.

The Academy Chargers have a very strong program and have always been a challenge


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New Mexico Governor Enacts State Budget For FY2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday morning signed the New Mexico state budget for Fiscal Year 2022, a $7.4 billion package overwhelmingly approved by the state Legislature that sustains and enhances key state investments in public education, early childhood well-being, economic development and pandemic relief, behavioral health and infrastructure.

The budget for the year beginning July 1, 2021, maintains 24 percent of recurring expenditures in reserves, or $1.7 billion, and 1.5 percent raises for public school


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DNCU Breaks Ground On Second Branch In Española

Officials from DNCU break ground recently on a new building in Española, from left, CXO Deb Salazar, CEO/President Chuck Valenti, EVP David Weidauer, SVP Member Experience Yvette Romero, VP Member Experience – Northern Region Jessica Ortiz and AVP, Brand Marketing + Communications Diego Muñoz. Courtesy/DNCU

Rendering of DNCU’s new building at 1720 N. Riverside Dr. in Española.. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU News:

ESPAÑOLA — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative announced the official start of construction at the site of its second location


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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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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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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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Governor Authorizes Measure Strengthening Guardian Oversight To Protect Vulnerable Adults In New Mexico

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed into law extensive guardianship reform legislation, creating much-needed oversight of legal guardians and conservators that control medical, financial, residential and other major life decisions of more than 6,000 New Mexicans who are aging or living with disabilities.

Inadequate oversight of guardianship and conservatorship cases have left many of the most at-risk adults in this state susceptible to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Sponsored by Rep. Marian Matthews and co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary, Sen.


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Raul Bujanda Named SAC Of Albuquerque FBI Division

FBI News:

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Raul Bujanda as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Field Office.

Bujanda most recently served as a section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was first appointed to the Portland Field Office in Oregon, where he investigated violent crime, gang, and Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations.

Bujanda transferred to the El Paso Field Office in Texas in 2008 to work on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force strike force. He


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