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Los Alamos County Places Two Parcels Up For Sale

Community Development Director Paul Andrus

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

They may only total less than half an acre, but two Los Alamos County-owned parcels off Trinity Drive offer a lot of potential to the community.

These two parcels at 3691 and 3689 Trinity Dr., off 35th St. and Trinity Drive near the future site of Hill Apartments, are up for sale.

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus said the County started advertising the sale of the parcels Oct. 15 and proposals for their solicitation were due Nov. 6. A walk-through of the site also was


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Creative District: WinterFest ‘Ugly Holiday Sweater’ Contest

Creative District News:

Los Alamos Creative District is hosting a WinterFest “Ugly Holiday Sweater” Face Mask Decorating Contest and giving away cloth face masks that serve as blank canvases for creativity.

 It is free to participate, and awards will be given out to the top three winners in three categories:

  • Adult (age 18+)
  • Teen (age 13-17)
  • Youth (12 & Under)

Prizes for each category:

  • Gift card to Village Arts
  • 1st – $30
  • 2nd – $20
  • 3rd – $10

Artists must use the mask provided, which may be picked up 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday (except Thanksgiving) through Dec. 6, while


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A Message From Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann: This Is Not Your Normal Small Business Saturday

By RYN HERRMANN
Director

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

As the holiday season approaches, I can’t help thinking about last year’s Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos and White Rock. The county was bustling with people doing their holiday shopping, taking advantage of the many special deals that Small Business Saturday always offers and getting their Blue Bucks raffle tickets, hoping to be the big winner.

This year, as the current two-week shutdown “reset” continues, some of those businesses we shopped at last year are closed, and many are now struggling to stay open. Small Business Saturday


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NMDOH Reports Decrease In New Mexico Suicides In 2019

Chart showing the number of suicides by mechanism during 2018 and 2019. Courtesy/NMDOH

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) this week made its annual report on suicides in the state, with 515 New Mexico residents dying by suicide in 2019, down from 535 in 2018.

There was a slight decrease in suicide deaths by women and among non-Hispanic whites from 2018 to 2019.

The number of suicide deaths by poisoning also went down but suicide deaths by firearms, hanging and falls remained consistent to the findings in 2018.

More than 48,000 men, women and children died by suicide


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State Of New Mexico Releases Spaceport Investigation

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today the state is already acting on key findings from an investigative report regarding Spaceport America by asking the Spaceport Authority to implement procedures that fix long-neglected transparency and oversight concerns.

The report was released today by the Office of the State Auditor Brian Colón. The review indicates “a severe breakdown of internal controls that resulted in possible waste and abuse of taxpayer funds,” according to the Auditor’s Government Accountability Office.

Former


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2020 Tribute To Local Small Businesses Appearing In Special Section Of Los Alamos Daily Post Print Edition Today

Community support for local businesses is critical this Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Courtesy/SBA

Staff Report

2020 Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a 6-page special section in today’s print edition, which includes business listings, maps, websites and more, to help shoppers make the most of this day, which due to the global pandemic is vitally important this year to our local businesses.

The Los Alamos Daily Post print edition is delivered every week to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Below is a tribute to Los Alamos small


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McQuiston: Don’t Be A Turkey … Holiday Deep Frying Tips

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Thanksgiving is upon us and as I write this column I am already imagining the deliciousness. My mouth is literally starting to water as I type this. Mmm.

There are many ways to cook your holiday turkey, such as roasting it, slow cooking it in a crockpot, smoking it, etc. Deep frying has been popular because if done right, the results are a bird with super crisp skin, moist meat, and a fabulous flavor.

However, if you want to deep fry your turkey, be very careful! For the safety of your home and family, only attempt this outside away from buildings or flammable material.


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Coaches Greg Jackson And Mike Winkeljohn Announce Monster Energy Sponsorship Of JacksonWink Academy

Coach Greg Jackson is a mixed martial arts trainer/co-owner of Jackson Wink Academy. Courtesy photo

Jackson Wink Academy co-owner Coach Mike Winkeljohn is a 5th Degree Black Belt. Courtesy photo

JACKSONWINK News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn announced a new sponsorship deal with Monster Energy for the interior of JacksonWink Academy in Albuquerque.

When entering JacksonWink Academy, fighters, media, visitors, and millions of viewers from around the world will be surrounded by Monster Energy equipment and logos. The first phase of the sponsorship implementation


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State Auditor Releases Report Concerning Alleged Financial Wrongdoing By Former Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks

Former Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — State Auditor Brian Colón has released a report regarding alleged financial wrongdoing at Spaceport America (Spaceport) by the former Executive Director and former Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The report, issued by an independent forensic accounting firm contracted by the Economic Development Department (EDD) as part of an agency-initiated engagement to investigate the allegations, details a severe breakdown of internal controls that resulted in possible waste and abuse of taxpayer funds.

Former


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Century Bank In Los Alamos Marks 1st Year Anniversary

Century Bank Vice President and Los Alamos Branch Manager Karen Easton cuts the ribbon as staff and friends shout for joy at the bank’s opening last year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

October marked Century Bank’s first anniversary of the opening of its Los Alamos branch. Century Bank is grateful to the community and citizens of Los Alamos for their warm welcome and providing the opportunity to serve their financial needs.

Century remains invested in its communities through support of local organizations and a focus on philanthropy that impacts health, education,


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Statewide Law Enforcement Agencies Are Out In Force Looking For Drunk Drivers Across New Mexico Roadways

Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — Law enforcement agencies will be out in force across New Mexico looking for drunk drivers as part of a holiday season safety campaign that also includes new radio and TV ads, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced Tuesday.

The law enforcement push runs through Jan. 4.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people die in drunk driving crashes every day in the United States. That’s one person every 48 minutes.

Drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year, according


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NOAA Strategy Targets Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

A diseased brain coral in Looe Key, Fla. The disease is leaving a white band of recently dead skeleton in contrast to the healthy, yellow/brown tissue. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

NOAA News:

NOAA unveiled a new strategy Tuesday for the response to stony coral tissue loss disease, a disease that is spreading throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean region and may pose a threat to the Indo-Pacific region.  

The high-level strategy provides a framework and focus for ongoing efforts to slow the spread and to prevent and prepare for potential spread into the Indo-Pacific


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Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 25, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With New Mexico’s State Parks closed for one more week due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, anglers have a somewhat limited choice of destinations where they can wet their lines.

Gov.r Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the closure, which is scheduled to end Nov. 30. The possibility exists of the closure being extended as case numbers remained high all of last week.

To check the status of any of New Mexico’s State Parks, visit enmrd.state.nm.us/SPD.

Clayton Lake, the Charette Lakes and Laguna del Campo are now closed to anglers. Many of the smaller


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Bill Passes In Special Session Today Providing Eligible Claimants With $1,200 One-Time New Mexico Worker Pandemic Benefit Payment

NMDWS Secretary Bill McCamley

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The state will re-allocate $194 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to a one-time supplemental unemployment compensation benefit to eligible claimants.

Payments will be administered by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) and received by claimants by mid-December.   

“New Mexicans need help, and they need help now,” NMDWS Secretary Bill McCamley said. “This money will help over 100,000 New Mexicans with the basics they need to get through this time, and Governor


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BLM New Mexico: Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Online

BLM offices begin online sales today of $5 personal Christmas tree permits. Courtesy/recreation.gov

BLM News:

SANTA FE – Beginning today, Bureau of Land Management offices will begin online personal Christmas tree permit sales to harvest piñon and juniper.

Permits are available through Dec. 23 and cost $5 per tree. To ensure the community’s safety, the BLM will only have the permits available online this year. Permits can be purchased by visiting forestproducts.blm.gov.

When purchasing online, you must have access to a printer for printing the permit and map. The public must attach the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 2,107 New Cases, Total Now 86,247 With 28 New Deaths, 29,568 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 2,107 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 7 new cases today … the total is now 120 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 28 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 541 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 108 new cases in Chaves County
  • 64 new cases in Cibola County
  • 14 new cases in Colfax County
  • 41 new cases in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in De Baca County
  • 202 new cases in Doña Ana County

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Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Thursday And Friday In Observance Of Thanksgiving … UI Tax & Claims System Available Online

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when extended business hours resume at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

The extended business hours


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The Horse Shelter Celebrates 20 Years Of Rescuing Abused And Abandoned Horses Throughout New Mexico

Polly was admitted to The Horse Shelter severely emaciated with medical issues and is now ready for adoption. The Horse Shelter is asking for the community’s support to help these horses in need. Courtesy/THS

By JENNIFER RIOS
President of the Board
The Horse Shelter

  • Support is needed to supplement pandemic revenue loss

SANTA FE — Twenty years ago, New Mexico’s first statewide horse rescue, The Horse Shelter (THS) kicked off an incredible ride to save neglected, abused and abandoned horses.

Founded in 2000 by Jan Bandler, THS is New Mexico’s largest non-profit rescue and is a no-kill shelter


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