Skolnik: Learning From COVID-19

Los Alamos

We must learn a number of lessons from COVID-19 to more effectively address the present outbreak and prevent a similar toll from future epidemics. Building on these lessons will also help make the US a fairer and more just society, strengthen our economy, and enhance our national well-being. Below are just a few of the most important things we must learn from

COVID-19 now.

First, we must understand that there is a strong connection between health, our economy, and our overall national well-being. Disease outbreaks have enormous economic consequences, vastly in

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Podcast Mars Technica Explains How Plutonium Powers Perseverance Rover

Mars Technica podcast series discusses the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

To have dependable power to explore the the frigid surface of Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is equipped with a type of power system called a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)—which is what the latest episode of Mars Technica will tell listeners all about.

“An RTG is essentially a nuclear battery that uses heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutomium-238 to generate electricity,” said Jackie Lopez-Barlow, the radioisotopes power system program manager

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Luján Joins Call For Postmaster General To Reverse Policies

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

NAMBÉ – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 191 other House Democrats in calling for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.

In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the Members wrote, “[T]he United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which

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Governor Discusses COVID-19 Spread; Mask Effectiveness

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and health officials discuss the status of the COVID-19 spread in New Mexico Thursday during her virtual press conference. She commended New Mexicans for helping to lower the spread as shown in this chart that she presented during the presser. Screenshot/LADP

The effectiveness of various types of masks in fighting the spread of  COVID-19 are discussed Thursday during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s virtual press conference. Screenshot/LADP

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Human-Generated Seismic Noise Quiets During Quarantine

AGU News:

Decrease of seismic noise level, after reduction of traffic due to the COVID‐19 pandemia, has been observed worldwide.

The possibility of using seismic noise as another proxy to estimate social isolation was tested with a station within Rio de Janeiro. Researchers used the isolation index measured from smart‐phone movement to calibrate the seismic noise levels and estimated an Isolation Seismic Index, ISI (% of the population at home), using the seismic noise energy.

Noise levels best correlate with isolation measures in the frequency range 4‐8Hz. Small differences between

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Cottonwood On The Greens

On the job in Los Alamos is Cottonwood on the Greens Manager Ed Leal serving Cristina Weber on the patio Monday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. The eatery is open daily, 8-11 a.m. for breakfast burritos and drinks and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for patio seating, curbside delivery and home and office delivery. Online ordering is available here or call 505.662.0404. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

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McQuiston: As Life Changes, So Should Insurance Policies

The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

One of the most exciting times in life is purchasing a new home, whether it’s your first starter home or your final retirement home. It’s an investment of money, but more importantly, it’s a commitment to family, life and love.

Purchasing the appropriate homeowners policy is the first step to protecting your investment, but continuing to update the policy as you make any substantial life changes is what will give you the peace of mind that your investment is fully protected.

Most of us know that at its core, a homeowners policy covers damage to your property

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Traffic Alert: Road Closure At Fairview In Española

Traffic Alert:
Los Alamos County was asked to alert motorists who may be leaving Los Alamos and traveling on N.M. 84/285 to or through Española this evening that a road closure is in place at Fairview.
The road is closed due to an accident earlier today. Allow time for delays and possible traffic back-ups.
Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route and avoid this area if at all possible.
There has been no news yet as to when the closure might be lifted.

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Superintendent Calls First Day Of School Great Success

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus thanks and congratulations everyone involved for helping to make ‘an outstanding first day of school’ today. ‘Everything I heard today was positive and supportive. I greatly appreciate you and everything you did to prepare for today,’ Steinhaus said. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus says, ‘Thank you custodians and facilities!’ Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus says, ‘Thank you nurses, teachers and front office staff!’ Courtesy/LAPS

Facebook post sent to Dr. Kurt Steinhaus today

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 22,987 With 2 New Deaths And 9,980 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 177 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 24 cases today that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional death 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
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 15 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 14 new cases in Lea County

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Galaxy Nail & Spa Re-opens For Business In Los Alamos With Enhanced Safety Procedures Including New Exhaust System

Galaxy Nail & Spa has re-opened in Smith’s Marketplace shopping area. Photo by John McHale/

Galaxy Nail & Spa Co-owners John Hiep Dinh, right‚ and Helen Huyen Nguyen have been busy during the state mandated shutdown of all salons due to the pandemic. They’ve enhanced safety in their business at 751 Trinity Dr., in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center by installing an elaborate exhaust system to pull air from around each workstation. They’ve also added plastic dividers and a misting system, which releases a fine mist of water into the air to aid in removing dust and particles.

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Attorney General Hector Balderas Issues Alert Warning New Mexico Businesses About Inspection Fraud Scams

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexico restaurants and other businesses not to become fraud victims.

According to new field reports, individuals impersonating an Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) inspector are visiting New Mexico restaurants and collecting $100 “fines” for alleged violations. Only after paying the “fine” do restaurants discover that the so-called inspector is a fraud. 

“No restaurant or other business should ever pay a government inspector without proof that the inspector

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COVID-19 Coloring Book Created For Tribal Communities

Indian Affairs Department partners to create a COVID-19 coloring book for tribal youth. Courtesy/NMIAD


SANTA FE – New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and New Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division – Office of Substance Abuse Prevention partnered with Local Collaboratives (LC): LC 15 – Navajo Nation, LC 16 – Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Kewa, Sandia, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia and LC 18 – Eight Northern Pueblos of Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos, Tesuque to create a COVID-19 coloring book for tribal youth.

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Chart 152: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 13

Change in number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Aug. 12 compared with the two week period ending July 29. Counties with less than 20 diagnoses are not shown. Los Alamos County and statewide figures are highlighted. The County of Los Alamos had 7 positive tests over the past two weeks, compared with 4 in the preceding two week period, and hence, the +75% change. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Photo by Eli Ben-Naim


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Governor Presents Keynote At 8th Kids Count Conference


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will give the keynote address at this year’s New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference.

The governor will appear in the first of three virtual events online Aug. 25, Oct. 13 and Dec. 3. The series will address anti-racist policy reforms to improve child well-being and the impacts of COVID-19 and the current recession on children and families in New Mexico.

First Session: titled “Status of Child Well-Being in New Mexico & KIDS COUNT Data Book Release,” is Aug. 25. Gov. Lujan Grisham will present “Improving Child Well-Being in New Mexico,”

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Los Alamos County Libraries Provide Curbside Pickup

Los Alamos residents Eve and Adele Poulson read new picture books from the Los Alamos County Library System. The family used the weekday curbside pickup service to get library materials. ‘To say the girls are stoked would be an understatement,’ mom Gretchen Poulson said. For more information about library services, visit or email

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Influential Native American Women To Lead Recovery Conversations At American Indian Tourism Conference


ALBUQUERQUE — The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has announced the keynote lineup for its annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) Sept. 14-18.

With the theme “One Country, Many Nations,” the conference will be conducted on a fully virtual platform for the first time in its 22-year history. Daily keynote presentations will feature such illustrious speakers as U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland; Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan; President of the National Congress of American Indians Fawn Sharp; Walker River Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Amber Torres and

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Sim Balkey Performs Summer Virtual Concert Series Friday

Sim Balkey performs 6 p.m. Friday on Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Facebook page. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert Series Presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is proud to present Sim Balkey performing 6 p.m. Friday on the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Facebook page.

Balkey, New Mexico’s rising star, is a musical genius when it comes to telling stories through melody and lyric. Drawing vocal inspiration from the likes of Justin Moore and Gary Allen, he’s created his own sound, putting a modern twist on traditional country music that he describes as “George

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County Seeks Community Vision For Los Alamos And White Rock Downtown Areas … Virtual Workshops Aug. 19-20

County seeks public input for Los Alamos and White Rock downtown master plans. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County wants to hear what the community envisions for the downtown areas in Los Alamos and White Rock.

The public is encouraged to share ideas and suggestions during two virtual visioning workshops:

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 (White Rock); and
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 (Los Alamos).

The meetings take place on GoToWebinar, a virtual conference platform, and participants must register in advance at

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