Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


Chart 221: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 21, 2020

Effective Oct. 21, the state of New Mexico revised the requirements for travelers incoming from out of state. Travelers from six low-risk states and the District of Columbia are exempt from the mandatory self quarantine requirement. For a state to be classified as a low risk, it must meet two criteria: (i) test positivity rate below 5% and (ii) seven-day average of daily diagnoses below 8 per 100,000 residents. Source: Created by Eli Ben-Naim


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 827 New Cases, Total Now At 38,715 With 8 New Deaths And 20,332 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 827 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 8 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 292 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 27 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Cibola County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 172 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 42 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 36 new cases


Vigilante Leader Sentenced In Las Cruces To 21 Months In Prison For Impersonating A Border Patrol Agent

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE James Christopher Benvie, 45, was sentenced Oct. 15 to 21 months in prison in Las Cruces on two counts of false personation of a Border Patrol agent.

A federal jury previously returned a guilty verdict March 3 toward Benvie. According to public court records and evidence at trial, Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who established a “camp” at the Southwest border in Doña Ana County.

Many members of the group wore badges, camouflage and other military-style clothing, often covered their faces with masks, and carried pistols and assault rifles.


New Mexico Updates High Risk States From Which Visitors And Arriving Residents Must Quarantine For 14 Days


SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico, pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order requiring quarantine for out-of-state visitors arriving from high-risk states, today amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine.

Per the executive order intended to protect New Mexicans by minimizing the risk of spread from out-of-state travel, Washington has been added to the list of high-risk states as of today, Oct. 21.

A reminder: Pursuant to the most recent executive order, the negative test quarantine exemption is no longer in effect.


Luna Fire Consumes Over 7,400 Acres Near Chacon

The Luna Fire viewed Tuesday afternoon from the Pajarito Ski Hill parking lot is burning in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest. Source: Photo by Marc Bailey
Wildfire News:
The Luna Fire began Oct. 17 and has burn some 7,412 acres about 2 miles northeast of Chacon in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.

Latest Details:

Cause: Unknown

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Mixed conifer and spruce tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations.

Current status: Fire suppression efforts continue as the Luna Fire remains active in steep terrain.


New Mexico Supreme Court Approves Pretrial Detention Rule Changes To Enhance Public Safety


SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court has approved changes in New Mexico’s pretrial justice system to enhance public safety.

The Court issued orders last week to revise procedural rules governing when a person charged with a felony can be held in jail before trial. The rule amendments take effect for cases pending or filed on or after Nov. 23.

“As confirmed by independent evaluations, New Mexicans are safer today because of pretrial justice reforms implemented by the state Supreme Court in the past four years. Newly approved rule changes strengthen the reforms and further protect


New Mexico Public Education Department Supported Workshops Designed To Help Parents


SANTA FE — The Public Education Department urges New Mexico parents to participate in a new series of virtual workshops designed to help them prioritize self-care and support their children in remote learning.

The workshop series was funded by PED and created by CNM Ingenuity, an outreach program of Central New Mexico Community College. The sessions, described in more detail here, are open to all New Mexicans at no cost and are available in English and Spanish. 

The series consists of three workshops:

  • “Survival 101 for Parents As Virtual School Partners” provides insights into the


Annual Statewide Prostate Cancer Conference Goes Virtual


This year’s Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico (PCSANM) free state-wide conference is going virtual.

Titled “Your Path”, the conference is 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14. Each day will feature a different agenda, which has been designed to simultaneously attract men and women who want to learn about the options for prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. But also, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants serving in remote practices throughout this large and very rural state.

Registration is easy. Simply to go and click “Register


New Mexico Governor, Officials Detail COVID Crackdown



From the Office of the Governor:

  • Hotspot businesses to be temporarily closed; retail hours limited; safety requirements for food and drink establishments enhanced
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and workplace safety officials today announced new enhanced mitigation efforts to crack down on COVID-19 throughout New Mexico, a targeted and moderated approach that is intended to break the chain of escalating statewide infections and prevent the virus from overwhelming state hospitals without enacting wholesale business closings.