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State Police Begin Traffic Safety Operations On Interstate 25 And I-40 In Bernalillo County Monday

on January 10, 2020 - 4:26pm

New Mexico State Police reminds motorist to buckle up, drive safely, avoid distractions and never drink and drive. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- In response to the Albuquerque Police Department’s request for assistance with traffic enforcement on the interstate, the New Mexico State Police will start conducting targeted operations on Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County.

Monday, Jan. 13, officers will be visible on the highways during peak traffic hours and will take proactive measures to reduce crashes, aggressive driving and driver inattention.

Increased

Los Alamos National Laboratory On Delayed Opening

on January 10, 2020 - 7:38am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to weather conditions.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2 Hour Delay

on January 10, 2020 - 7:07am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is on a 2-hour delay today.

LAPS encouraged the community to exercise extreme caution on the slick roads and walkways.

UNM-LA Campus On Two-Hour Delay Today

on January 10, 2020 - 6:13am
UNM-LA News:
 
Due to inclement weather, the UNM-LA campus will open at 10 a.m. today.

State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

on January 9, 2020 - 3:48pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.

Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

on January 9, 2020 - 2:10pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture

McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

on January 9, 2020 - 11:26am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 9, 2020 - 8:46am
Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!

Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

on January 9, 2020 - 7:13am

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,

New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Committee To Consider Changes In Pretrial Detention Rules

on January 8, 2020 - 3:24pm

SUPREME COURT News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the establishment of a 15-member committee to consider possible changes in procedures for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.

 

“The work of the committee can help strengthen the reforms approved by voters in the 2016 constitutional amendment and provide additional guidance to judges making the difficult decisions about pretrial detention and release,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said in a statement.

 

Retired Justice Edward Chávez will chair the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial Release and

Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

on January 8, 2020 - 10:40am

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

CIR: War With Iran? Risks And Implications Jan. 16

on January 8, 2020 - 7:37am
CIR News:
 
The community is invited to join Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo De Peralta to hear a panel discussion on the risks and implications of war with Iran.
 
The panel includes Middle East experts from UNM’s Global & National Security Policy Institute, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.
 
This discussion on today’s most urgent challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy:
  • Will there be war with Iran?
  • What are the implications and risks of assassinating foreign

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Joins War Powers Resolution To Prevent Unauthorized War With Iran

on January 7, 2020 - 2:28pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also calls for a vote on his bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, co-sponsored by 27 senators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) today to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from

Los Alamos Police Free Buck Tangled In Hammock

on January 6, 2020 - 9:09pm

An eyewitness at the scene of a buck tangled up in a hammock today commended Los Alamos police officers for their compassionate actions in freeing the trapped animal. ‘LAPD did a heroic job getting this thrashing buck untangled from a backyard hammock this afternoon in Los Alamos,’ he told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

State Police Capture Santa Fe Shooting Suspect

on January 6, 2020 - 4:55pm

Isaiah Ingram

NMSP News:

SANTA FE New Mexico State Police have captured Isaiah Ingram, 15, after asking for the public’s help with identifying a vehicle involved in a shooting in Santa Fe. 

State Police responded to the shooting incident at approximately noon Dec. 11, 2019 near 1 Mansion Dr.  

NMSP Investigations Bureau agents were called to investigate the shooting. State Police agents learned through surveillance video that a gray 4-door Nissan passenger car was traveling east at a high rate of speed on Mansion Drive and Governor Dempsey Drive.

NNSA Field Office Issues Floodplain Assessment For Starmer’s Gulch At LANL Technical Area-08

on January 6, 2020 - 2:52pm

Starmers Gulch at center left on map. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA FIELD OFFICE News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a Floodplain Statement of Findings, Los Alamos National Laboratory Starmer’s Gulch Floodplain Assessment for the Fencing Project at Technical Area-08.

NA-LA is proposing to take action within the Starmer’s Gulch 100-year floodplain at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area-08.

The action consists of the installation of approximately 4-5 T-posts by hand and strung with barbed 3-wire perimeter

SFNF Cuba District Plans Prescribed Pile Burns

on January 6, 2020 - 1:49pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the Ojitos and Poso/Sanchez prescribed pile burns sometime between Jan. 13 and March 31.

The timing will be dependent on favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts.

The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from fuels reduction project areas.

The Ojitos pile burn, located 1 mile east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, totals 379 acres, and the 90-acre Poso/Sanchez pile burn is

NMED Posts New Guidance On What Is Creditable For Potential Emission Rate Calculations

on January 5, 2020 - 8:08am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau has posted new guidance regarding what is creditable for potential emission rate calculations.
 
Visit the Permitting Section Procedures and Guidance website to read the new guidance: www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/permitting-section-procedures-and-guidance/. The link to this guidance can be found toward the middle of the page, at the top of the Guidance Documents table.
 
This guidance discusses creditable reductions using NSPS OOOOa, and is illustrated by an example of a heater treater at an NOI facility being

Catch Of The Week: Post-Holiday Phishing Scams

on January 4, 2020 - 5:01pm
By REBECCA RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
The holidays are over; you’ve probably put your tree away, taken down the lights, but ... scammers aren’t ready to call it quits just yet.
 
If you are anything like most American shoppers, you probably spent a lot of money on gifts over the holidays, and likely earned reward points through your retailer for shopping.
 
According to a warning issued from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) crooks are sending phony emails and texts that look similar to messages from big retailers urging you to redeem reward points accrued from all that holiday shopping.

LARSO: Driver Safety Training In White Rock Jan. 9

on January 4, 2020 - 6:23am

Driver safety training for those over 50 is 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the White Rock Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

Driver’s Safety should be a new learning tool for adults in 2020.

If “driver’s ed for adults” is in your cards, the local senior centers are here for you.

A cadre of local teachers offer many trainings throughout the year in both the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. This month, White Rock will play host to the training 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9. The 4-hour course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The course is open to those 50 years of age and over.

This month

Attorney General Office To Conduct School Safety Trainings At Española Public Schools Jan. 6

on January 4, 2020 - 5:41am
From the Office of the Attorney General News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools Monday, Jan. 6.
 
The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns.
 
Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020

on January 3, 2020 - 10:17am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

LORETTA B. STUBBS

Dec. 27 at 8:40 p.m. / Police arrested Loretta B. Stubbs, 59, of Los Alamos near Airport Road and Nambe Loop and charged her with DWI and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

 

STANLEE AVERY PLATERO

Jan. 1 at 4:39 a.m. / Police arrested Stanlee Avery Platero, 19, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr.

State Ethics Commission Begins Jurisdiction

on January 3, 2020 - 6:47am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE With the beginning of the New Year, the State Ethics Commission commences jurisdiction for administrative complaints alleging violations of New Mexico’s governmental conduct and disclosure laws.
 
The Commission has jurisdiction to investigate and adjudicate complaints filed by any person with the Commission against public officials and employees of the legislative and executive branches of state government and state instrumentalities; candidates and other participants in state elections; lobbyists and their employers; and governmental contractors and seekers

Supreme Court Affirms Use Of Seized Drug Evidence In Trial That Led To Conviction Of Curry County Man

on January 2, 2020 - 3:47pm

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today upheld the convictions of a Curry County man on drug trafficking and other offenses, ruling that police lawfully stopped the defendant’s car and seized evidence used to charge and later convict the man.

 

The Court’s unanimous decision reversed a 2017 ruling by the state Court of Appeals, which had overturned Mikel Martinez’s convictions on grounds that police obtained their evidence through an improper investigative stop.

 

The state’s highest court determined that State Police Officer Donald Garrison

RAPS Retreat For LAMS & LAHS Students Feb. 1

on January 2, 2020 - 3:03pm

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