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Obituary: Mary Dufour July 9, 1931 – Feb. 17, 2021

MARY DUFOUR July 9, 1931 – Feb. 17, 2021

Mary Dufour passed away on February 17, 2021, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, at the age of 89.

Mary was born on July 9, 1931 in Houtzdale, Pennsylvania, to George and Margaret Gallo. She attended Moshannon Mirror High School in Madera, Pennsylvania. She married Jules Dufour on September 18, 1947, in Houtzdale, Pennsylvania, and they were married for 63 beautiful years.

Mary and Jules moved to Los Alamos, NM, in 1950 and raised their family. Mary worked at a gift store for 20 years and was a manager for 15 of those years.

Jules and Mary were founding members of Bethlehem


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New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Issues Statement On His Motion To Dismiss Ethics Complaint Filed Against Him  

House Speaker Brian Egolf

From the Office of the Speaker:

SANTA FE – Today, Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives Brian Egolf submitted a motion to dismiss a recent ethics complaint.

“I have filed a motion to dismiss the complaint filed in the State Ethics Commission. The motion demonstrates that the complaint is frivolous, lacks a good faith basis, and fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. I look forward to the Commission’s decision in this matter.”

Retired Court of Appeals Judge Linda Vanzi and Andrew Schultz have entered their appearance on behalf of Speaker


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Op-ed: New Mexico Supreme Court Justice David K. Thomson On Judicial Program For Schools

Justice David K. Thomson outlines an educational program the Supreme Court is launching in March to help students learn about the justice system. Courtesy/NMSC

By Justice David K. Thomson
New Mexico Supreme Court

As I drive to work, past the barricades and the fencing surrounding the New Mexico Roundhouse, I think how it informs public perception about our democratic process and understanding of the “rule of law.” Equally important is how the “rule of law” is required to maintain a civil and democratic society.

The “rule of law” is an evasive notion, transformed into a purely aspirational concept.


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New Mexico House Of Representatives Approves Financial Relief Opportunities For Eligible Businesses

U.S. Rep. Marian Matthews

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

A bill extending financial relief opportunities to those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic is on its way to the governor’s desk for a signature.

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 51-17 to approve Senate Bill 3, which offers long-term, low-interest loans up to $150,000 to eligible New Mexico businesses and nonprofits.

The loans can be used for capital expenses, including making alterations to property to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, such as building an outdoor dining area at a restaurant.

The money will go to businesses


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 659 New Cases, Total Now 184,736 With 14 New Deaths And 141,833 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 659 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 3 new case today bringing the total to 480 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 14 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 209 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new

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PEEC’s March Naturalist Kits Available To Explore Animal Tracks & Signs Of Wildlife – Place Orders By 9 P.M. Sunday

Explore local animal tracks and signs of wildlife in PEEC’s March Naturalist Kit. Order by 9 p.m., Sunday at peecnature.org/events, pick up kits March 1 at the Nature Center or have it delivered. Courtesy/PEEC

Explore animal tracks and signs of wildlife in PEEC’s March Naturalist Kit. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Help your child learn about the natural world while playing outside. Sign up now to receive the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Nature Playtime Naturalist Kit for March.

The theme for March’s kit is animal tracks and signs of wildlife and registration closes at 9 p.m.


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DEA Wall Of Honor Recognizes Fallen Agents And Officers

DEA News:

The DEA Wall of Honor recognizes the agents and officers who have died in the line of duty, telling the stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In recognition of African American History Month, read more about the African American investigators and special agents honored on the Wall of Honor, like Federal Bureau of Narcotics Agent Mansel R. Burrell, Detective Marcellus Ward, and Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher.


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Chop Shop Felony Bill Unanimously Passes House

NM House Democrats News:

SANTA FE — Disrupting New Mexico’s black market for stolen vehicles by making illegally dismantling a vehicle or running a “chop shop” a third-degree felony, House Bill 145 unanimously passed the House of Representatives Thursday. 

House Bill 145, Crime of Illegally Dismantling a Vehicle, holds bipartisan sponsorship from Meredith A. Dixon (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), William “Bill” Rehm (R-Albuquerque) and Senator Martin Hickey (D-Albuquerque). 

“Law enforcement officers have


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Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

LADP News:

Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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Male Lyrebirds Create ‘Acoustic Illusion’ To Snare Mates

Male Superb Lyrebird. Photo by Alex Maisey

Cornell Lab of Ornithology News:

ITHACA, NY — Famous for their uncanny ability to imitate other birds and even mechanical devices, researchers find that Australia’s Superb Lyrebird also uses that skill in a totally unexpected way.

Lyrebirds imitate the panicked alarm calls of a mixed-species flock of birds while males are courting and even while mating with a female. These findings are published in the journal Current Biology.

“The male Superb Lyrebird creates a remarkable acoustic illusion,” said Anastasia Dalziell, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Fights For Revitalization Fund To Support Hard-Hit Restaurants Across New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) is fighting to support New Mexico restaurants by cosponsoring the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2021.

“New Mexico’s restaurant industry has been dealt too many unfair hands throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Heinrich said. “It’s not just business owners that are hurting, it’s also the servers, bussers, hosts, kitchen staff, and dishwashers that have seen their hours reduced and wages cut as result of decreased


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LANL: Floodplain Statement Of New Findings With Project At Technical Area 39 At Los Alamos National Laboratory

LANL News:

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Floodplain Statement of Findings for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Project at Technical Area 39 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County (Statement of Findings) based on the February 2021 Floodplain Assessment.

DOE/NNSA’s Proposed Action is the replacement of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit approximately 50 feet north of structure 39-0097 on a currently paved area at Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Supreme Court Rejects New Trial For Defendant Who Sought To Introduce Genetic Predisposition To Violence Evidence

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court (NMSC) Thursday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Anthony Blas Yepez for the death of an elderly Santa Fe man in 2012.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s highest court concluded that a trial court judge properly excluded evidence about Yepez’s alleged genetic predisposition to impulsive violence. The justices rejected the defendant’s request for a new trial.

Yepez was charged with first-degree murder, but a jury convicted him in 2015 of second-degree murder for the death of 75-year-old George Ortiz, evidence tampering and


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LANL: Beaufort Sea Freshwater Threatens Arctic, Climate

Dye tracer released from the Beaufort Gyre region of the western Artic Ocean indicates freshwater transport through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago into the western Labrador Sea, causing freshening there. Courtesy/Francesca Samsel and Greg Abram (University of Texas at Austin)

LANL News:

The Beaufort Sea, the Arctic Ocean’s largest freshwater reservoir, has increased its freshwater content by 40 percent over the last two decades, putting global climate patterns at risk.

A rapid release of this freshwater into the Atlantic Ocean could wreak havoc on the delicate climate balance that


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Los Alamos Historical Society Presents Lecture By Schön Levy On Local History Of Prohibition March 9

Schön Levy

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society online at 7 p.m., March 9 for a talk by Schön Levy on Prohibition in a Remote Place: Otowi (Los Alamos), New Mexico. Were there moonshiners in Los Alamos?

Historical Society lectures are free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register, visit www.losalamoshistory.org/lecture and follow the links to the EventBrite page.

Mention of American Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s may conjure images of gangsters and speakeasies, bathtub gin and poisoned alcohol. These are the tropes


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Scenes Of Vaccination Clinics At Senior Centers

Scene at the Betty Ehart Senior Center during administration of the first 300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna for seniors 75 and up. The second dose takes place this weekend. Courtesy/LARSO

Drs. Tom and Frances Lovett along with Dr. Katie Fry pose for a quick moment to capture history in the making of the first vaccine clinic in January at the White Rock Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO


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PED Secretary Addresses Passing Of Karen Trujillo

Superintendent Karen Trujillo

SANTA FE — New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart issued the following statement today upon news of the death of Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo in a car accident:

“We are all deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Karen Trujillo, the superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools and former secretary of the Public Education Department.

“Karen was a passionate and caring advocate for children and a genuinely warm and vibrant human being.

“We’ve lost a champion for children, and she will be missed


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