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PMI Earns National DOE Award As Essential Business Providing Critical Function During COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Members of the Performance Maintenance Inc. (PMI) team. Courtesy/Española SBDC

BUSINESS News:

The Department of Energy has awarded Performance Maintenance, Inc. (PMI) the HUB Zone Small Business of the Year Award.

PMI cleaning and disinfection services at 835 N. Paseo de Onate in Española has become an essential business performing a critical function as the coronavirus has pushed commercial cleaning and janitorial services into the public eye.

“This pandemic has put cleaning and disinfecting in the forefront and it seems as if PMI has been preparing for this demand for years,” said Small


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Fleeing Suspects Open Fire On New Mexico State Police Officers During Pursuit In Albuquerque Thursday Night

Rochelle Lopez

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — At approximately 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, a New Mexico State Police Officer on patrol in Albuquerque initiated a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet pickup truck with two occupants driving with no taillights on Carlisle near I-40.

The truck failed to stop for the officer, and a pursuit ensued. 

The suspects took officers on a lengthy pursuit west on I-40 to Coors and onto Atrisco. Officers set up tire deflation devices near Central and Atrisco and were able to deflate the left front tire of the vehicle.

Cory Gabrielle

With one flat tire, the suspects tried


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Ingrid Goldsmith At Domino’s

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday at Domino’s Pizza is Ingrid Goldsmith preparing her car with the Domino’s sign before heading out to make deliveries. Goldsmith has worked at Domino’s  for just over a month. Domino’s Pizza at 751 Trinity Dr. Suite 206 in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center is open 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. To place an order, click here or call 505.662.3030. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Students, 4 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Friday eight new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours. 

Following rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts, the following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last in the school building Sept. 16, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Five cases at a public

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Daily Postcard: Buck Dines And Rests In Local Yard

Daily Postcard: A buck eats birdseed from a feeder Friday in the backyard of a local residence. Deer have visited this yard all summer, eating apples, birdseed and anything green, or just resting for hours. They either jump over the gate (only access) or walk in behind you. Photo by Donald Taylor


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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg March 15, 1933 – Sept. 18, 2020. Courtesy/biography.com

U.S. SUPREME COURT News:

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old.

Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels),


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Governor Releases Public Health Order Amending Guidance For Small Groups In Exercise Settings, Outdoor Activities

STATE News:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that the state will update its guidance within the emergency public health order to permit small groups in exercise settings and safe outdoor activities for New Mexicans.
This afternoon the governor released the amended emergency public health order, which is in effect through mid-October.
The amended emergency public health order will permit youth sports conditioning and skills development, with no more than 10 individuals in any one group, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Competitive contact play remains

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 154 New Cases, Total Now At 27,350 With 5 New Deaths And 15,256 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 154 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has 2 new cases today bringing the total to 31 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update also announces 5 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 30 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 13 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 7 new cases in Curry County
  • 17 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 15 new cases in Eddy County
  • 9 new cases in Grant County

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Amateur Naturalist: The Change Of Seasons

A lone hummingbird remains at a feeder. Perhaps it is still storing away food before its flies south. A week earlier several hummingbirds were at the feeder at the same time. The first snow of winter has fallen, as seen in the background. Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

The first distinct change of the seasons for this year occurred during the last week of August and first week of September.

The temperature had been reaching toward eighty degrees in August. It then dropped to freezing, bringing rain and snow at the start of September. A cold front from the north brought this all about.


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Los Alamos County Shares Frequently Asked Questions For CARES Small Business Continuity Of Operations Grants

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has released its “Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Small Business Continuity of Operations Grants” on its main CARES Funding webpage.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The application period to apply is open until 5 p.m. Sept. 25, 2020

Individual Emergency Grants:  

Download the fillable PDF form for the Individual Emergency Grant (temporary rental, mortgage, utilities, childcare assistance)

Attend a Zoom Community meeting about these individual grants at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 18:

Go to the Zoom Sign in Page: https://zoom.us/signin


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Emaciated Bear Cub Needs Community’s Assistance

Coco is the seventh bear to arrive recently at Cottonwood Rehab in the valley. Coco was brought in from Los Alamos weighing just 15 lbs. and must get to 65 lbs. for release. With its budget already strained, Cottonwood Rehab is appealing to the Los Alamos community to help through making financial donations to the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation at lewf.org. Courtesy/Cottonwood Rehab


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Businesses Invited To Apply Now For Los Alamos County CARES Act Funding … Deadline Is Sept. 25

Locally owned Crowfeather Cleaning offers a 30-minute fogging to disinfect commercial spaces. Courtesy/Chamber

CHAMBER News:

Los Alamos County has $1,065,000 to award to local businesses and organizations, so take advantage of this assistance and submit your application!
Please keep in mind that the deadline is a week from today, Due by 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Questions and applications for the Small Business Grants can be sent to CARESbusiness@lacnm.us or call 505.663.1967, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is advised to email instead of call, if at all possible, for a more thorough response.

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Four New Mexico Counties Meet School Reopening Requirement: McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana, Curry Counties

NMPED News:

…Health conditions improve in McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana and Curry counties

SANTA FE — Four additional New Mexico counties have now met the required health conditions for schools to reopen in a hybrid mode, according to the state’s updated COVID-19 map.

The Department of Health map released Thursday shows McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana and Curry counties have moved into the “green zone” — which indicates an acceptable rate of average daily cases and test positivity.

Those four counties were each yellow or red when the previous map was issued two weeks ago.

Schools


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The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click On Fraudulent Emails

A still image from the National Institute of Standards and Technology video on the Phish Scale. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method called the Phish Scale that could help organizations better train their employees to avoid a particularly dangerous form of cyber attack known as phishing.

By 2021, global cybercrime damages will cost $6 trillion annually, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to estimates from the 2020 Official Annual Cybercrime Report by Cybersecurity Ventures

One of the more prevalent


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NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon Hagerty To Represent US At International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon Hagerty

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security of the U.S. Department of Energy Lisa E. Gordon Hagerty will travel next week to Vienna, Austria to represent the United States at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Administrator and her team will engage with IAEA officials and international partners to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, including nuclear security and nonproliferation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 64th annual IAEA General


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17th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Nets More Than 18 Tons Of Trash … Thank You Community!

COUNTY News:

Environmental Services and the Environmental Sustainability Board would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in the 17th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday, Sept. 12.

Volunteers picked up litter from all over the county including school grounds, parks and trails. This year, 25 groups and 250 volunteers signed up to participate in Clean Up Los Alamos Day.

Some of the volunteer groups are Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of White Rock, Cub Scout Pack 22, Los Alamos High School Key Club, Los Alamos Historical Society, Campaign to Re-elect Christine Chandler, Los Alamos


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Century Bank On Trinity Drive

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday at Century Bank are Teller Lizette Erives, Universal Banker Tim Branch and Assistant Branch Manager Missy Smith ready to assist with the banking needs of their customers while practicing COVID-safe protocols. Century Bank Los Alamos Branch is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 751 Trinity Dr. Ste. 301 in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center. Visit mycenturybank.com or call 505.995.1200. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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BLM Adjusts Hours Of Operation At Santa Cruz Lake

BLM News:

TAOS — The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office has adjusted the hours of operation for the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area for the upcoming fall season.

The new hours of operation for day use are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

The area will remain closed Monday through Wednesday.  

BLM staff, volunteers and contractors have been working diligently to update and improve the recreation opportunities at Santa Cruz Lake. However, the North Shore Campground will remain closed until construction is complete. The Overlook Campground also is not available.

Due to low water levels,


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