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Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


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Letter To The Editor: Issues Under Discussion

By AARON WALKER
Independent Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I must start this off by giving a very sincere thank you to all the residents that supported me in various ways to ensure I made it on the ballot. Without the help of people sharing my posts, gathering signatures, emailing me to sign my petition, and voicing their encouragement I wouldn’t have qualified for the ballot. Every single one of your signatures, comments, and emails made a difference. Now the real hard work begins.

I recently had the opportunity to discuss two issues with members of the community not as a candidate, but as a


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New Mexico Emergency Public Health Order Extended

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham explaining today that she is extending the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 due to rising COVID-19 case count. She mentioned noticing today around Santa Fe that only about 30 percent of people are complying with the order to wear masks and social distance. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

Gov. issues severe warning about rising cases, transmission rate; New Mexico at risk of re-enacting public health restrictions

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15


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FBI: Roswell Teen Charged Federally For Online Threats

FBI News:

Matthew Lee Herbert, 18, of Roswell has been charged federally in connection with online threats that prompted the lockdown of Roswell High School last November.

Herbert is charged with interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another (18 U.S. Code § 875).

Herbert is accused of posting a message on Snapchat with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon and the caption, “b ready rhs I ain’t playin nomo”.

Another message containing the original post had the caption, “Oof, y’all watch out”.

The high school went into lockdown Nov. 12, 2019, when


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,276 With 3 More Deaths And 5,514 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 130 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 38 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 17 new cases

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Chart 109: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 1

Change in the number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses between June 18 and July 1 as compared with the period starting June 4 and ending July 17. Counties with less than 50 diagnoses are not shown. Statewide, the number of diagnoses increased by 15 percent from to 2,211 during the past two weeks from 1,925 during the preceding two week period. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


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VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today spoke on the Senate Floor calling for the Senate-passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to reform the police system as Americans across the country demand an end to police violence disproportionately targeting Black Americans and communities of color in the United States.

VIDEO: Heinrich Demands Senate-Passage Of Justice In Policing Act [DOWNLOAD HD LINK HERE]

The legislation would reform the current law of “qualified immunity” that often makes it difficult to hold police officers


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Canceled: 2020 County Fair & Rodeo Due To COVID-19

COUNTY News:

The Annual County Fair and Rodeo celebration in Los Alamos will not take place this year due to crowd considerations in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to comply with the New Mexico Department of Health’s public emergency order governing mass gatherings.

The cancellation includes the exhibits at Mesa Public Library Friday through Sunday, the parade downtown Saturday morning, the festivities at Ashley Pond Park and the Arts & Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge during the day on Saturday, the Rodeo at Brewer Arena on Saturday and Sunday, and the Cowboy Dinner & Dance Saturday


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LANL: Seven Los Alamos Students Complete Fourth Annual, Virtual Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

Seven Los Alamos students complete virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Madison Morris, Nina Johnson, Sofia Parra, and Rebeca Rocha excel at two-week intensive By attending on-line presentations and doing hands-on experiments at home, 25 students completed the first virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos students just completed the fourth-annual, two-week intensive, Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, June 8-19.

Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Nina


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LAPS Announces Fully Remote Learning Option For Students

Local student Campbell Washnok. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is excited to announce the opportunity for students to participate in fully remote learning in grades K-12 starting in August 2020.

LAPS Online Learning includes students:

…Participating in high quality instruction with individualized assignments and feedback;

…Working on projects and participating in online teams; and

…Engaging in self-directed work and active learning based upon best practices from the learning sciences.

LAPS has had limited online options available for students


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Hoffman: Percentage Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Is Increasing Slowly In New Mexico And Colorado

The fraction (as a percentage) of daily tests that come back positive, for New Mexico and Colorado. The dots show the daily percentage, and the solid lines show the percentage over a 5-day period centered on the date plotted. Created by Nels Hoffman
By NELS HOFFMAN
Los Alamos
Recent news accounts describe an increasing daily number of new covid-19 cases around the US. But to judge how serious the situation is, it’s important to look not just at the number of new cases, but also at the number of new tests that are done every day.
That way, we avoid lulling ourselves into a false sense of security,

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HU Alumna Receives UK Scholarship For Film Study

Shanea Strachan

NMHU News:

Las Vegas, N.M. – Shanea Strachan, a New Mexico Highlands University media arts and technology alumna, received a United Kingdom Chevening Scholarship to enroll at Bournemouth University in Dorset, England to pursue a master’s degree in producing film and television.

The British High Commission Nassau awarded Strachan, a Freeport, Grand Bahama native, the scholarship. She is the only Bahamian to receive the honor this year.

“My passion is to focus on original content creation of television shows and movies,” Strachan said. “The stories that are most important


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2020 Century Bank City Golf Championship Results

Los Alamos County Golf Course at 4244 Diamond Dr. Courtesy/LAC

By ANDRE TROTTIER
Los Alamos Golf Association

The 73rd Los Alamos City Championship was held June 27 and 28.

Introduced for the first time in a Los Alamos competition was the World Golf Scoring System. The system factored in slope and course rating with handicaps to yield a World Golf handicap for all players.

There was a lot of exciting play for the two days. Scoring was very tight among the participants. Following the completion of the event the Los Alamos City Championship shootout took place.

The shoot-out takes the winners of each


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Letter To The Editor: Suggestion For The Post

By NATE PRATT
11 Years Old
Los Alamos

My name is Nate Pratt. I am a Boy Scout. I am working on the Communications Merit Badge.

One of the requirements is to send a letter to the editor of a newspaper.

My suggestion is to put a set of crossword puzzles in the newspaper, so that there is something to make the quarantine more exciting.

Thank you.


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RSF: Let’s Not Allow Beijing To Stifle Press Freedom

Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists.

The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, which is today, July 1, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down


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2020 Irene Boone Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Kaley Muller

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) and Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation have announced that Kaley Muller and Justin Pena are the winners of the 2020 Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a two or four-year degree at a college, university or technical-vocational program. It is made possible through the generosity of long-time resident and pediatrician, Dr. Irene Boone and her husband, Zanas “Slim” Boone.

Kaley Muller is the daughter of Amanda Leibee. She will attend New Mexico Highlands University in the fall where


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Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Revised Budget, Vetoes Items

By JENS GOULD
SFNM

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday, but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts legislators approved during the special session.

“We must recalibrate our state’s budget to meet these challenging times,” Lujan Grisham wrote in a letter to the state House of Representatives upon signing House Bill 1. “However, we should not lose sight of the important work that is still needed to create lasting opportunities for


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