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AFRL Gives Warfighters New Weapon System

Air Force Research Laboratory Tactical High Power Operational Responder (THOR). Courtesy/AFRL Directed Energy Directorate

Raytheon’s High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS). Courtesy/Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation Office

AFRL News:

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory has set up the Air Force’s first high-energy laser weapon system overseas for a 12-month field assessment.

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Office located here is leading the project.

“The receiving


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Heinrich Launches ‘Hometown Heroes’ Initiative To Highlight New Mexicans Stepping Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced Monday the launch of the “Hometown Heroes” initiative to shine a spotlight on some of the local heroes stepping up to serve their fellow New Mexicans during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon some of the most challenging times many of us will ever face. But it has also shown us how dependent we are on one another for support. So many New Mexicans are showing up in moving ways to demonstrate our state’s trademark creative tenacity and incredible ingenuity


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Cumulative Number Of COVID-19 Positive Tests In NM, And Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe Counties Of April 6

The cumulative number of COVID-19 positive tests in New Mexico and Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties as of April 6. The Albuquerque Area has been separated into the individual counties because the daily growth rates have been quite different during the past week. Note that the Sandoval Data is plotted against the right hand axis. Created by Marv Alme

Number of new COVID-19 positive tests reported each day in New Mexico and Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties as of April 6. In an attempt to improve the clarity of the figure, the Santa Fe County reported data has been removed as has

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New Mexico Governor Officially Extends Emergency Order To April 30 … Essential Businesses Further Restricted To Limit Gatherings; New Mexicans Must Stay Home…

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday extended her public health emergency order and announced the extension of related public health orders to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers.

Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30. 

The amended public health order, which is attached to this news release, further restricts business operations as a means of combating continued congregating in spaces


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Chart 22: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Fraction of those recovered to date versus the complementary fraction of those who died from COVID-19. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

The time evolution of the doubling time. The doubling time was estimated by comparing the number of diagnoses on a given day with the corresponding number one week before. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 686

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remain at 2 confirmed case.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 25 new cases in San Juan County
  • 11 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County

Today’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where


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HU Student Morgan Apperson Of Los Alamos Headed To Chemistry Doctoral Program At New Mexico Tech

PhD chemistry bound 2020

Morgan Apperson

Highlands University News:

Las Vegas, N.M. – Morgan Apperson of Los Alamos is a chemistry graduate at New Mexico Highlands University and is headed to a chemistry doctoral program at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

Apperson, 22, graduates from Highlands in May with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, earning a 3.85 GPA to date. She begins her Ph.D. studies in August 2020, planning to focus upon environmental chemistry.

“Chemistry is the core foundation that makes up environmental outcomes and processes,” said Apperson, who grew up in Los Alamos. “I’m convinced


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FBI Continues Search For Anthonette Cayedito 34 Years After Her Disappearance In Gallup

Anthonette Cayedito

FBI News:

Today, April 6 marks the 34th anniversary of the disappearance of Anthonette Cayedito, last seen at her family’s residence, April 6, 1986 in Gallup, when she was only 9 years old.

Cayedito is of Navajo and Italian descent. At the time of her disappearance she wore glasses. She was known to wear a silver chain with a small turquoise cross pendent.

The FBI, Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and Gallup Police Department want to remind the public they are still looking for Cayedito.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the FBI (24 hours) at 505.889.1300,


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Governor Issues Rules For Vehicle Sales During Pandemic

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized automobile sales by small dealers on an appointment basis utilizing strict social distancing practices during the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order.

Additionally, online/Internet sales by all licensed New Mexico motor vehicle dealers are allowed.

“This is great news for New Mexicans,” said Marc Powell, CEO of the New Mexico Independent Automobile Dealers Association. “New Mexico’s transportation system is built around the automobile. There are more than 1,000 small independent car dealers in every city and


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