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Final Cajete Fire Update

on June 24, 2017 - 12:25pm

Aftermath of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

This will be the final update issued on the Cajete Fire winding down in the Jemez.

Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters today are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along N.M. 4.

Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents.

Community Invited To Amateur Radio Club Field Day

on June 24, 2017 - 11:15am

The community is invited to see a demonstration of amateur radios in action from noon to noon Sunday at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds off North Mesa Road. The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise. The radio operators will use generator, solar and battery power equipment to make radio contacts. They will demonstrate radio amateurs’ skills and readiness in providing self-supporting communications when infrastructure is not available.

Pearce, O’Rourke Reintroduce Border Accountability Bill

on June 24, 2017 - 7:46am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) along with U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) reintroduced the Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act.
 
“It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure the communities along the border region, and the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents assigned to protect it, have the resources they need to be safe and secure where they live and work.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Unveils Latest Powerful TV Ad To Fight DWI

on June 23, 2017 - 10:37am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled the latest powerful TV ad to fight DWI.
 
In addition, the Governor announced an increased law enforcement presence on New Mexico’s roads and highways to target DWI and other dangerous driving throughout the summer.
 
“The consequences of DWI are unmistakable – it costs lives and takes loved ones away from their families.” Martinez said. “I saw it all the time as a prosecutor. This new ad shows exactly what happens when people make the choice to get behind the wheel drunk.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary To Maintain LANL’s Plutonium Mission

on June 23, 2017 - 9:52am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday on the U.S. Department of Energy’s budget and priorities, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Secretary Rick Perry to maintain Los Alamos National Lab’s (LANL) plutonium mission into the future.

Sen. Heinrich also emphasized that safety must be the number one priority to ensure LANL’s central role in the nation’s stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security.

VIDEO: Heinrich Secures Commitment From Secretary

Is Video Surveillance Keeping Us Secure?

on June 23, 2017 - 7:45am
Yoni Levoritz
 
SECURITY News:
 
Americans are being spied on all the time – whether they think about it or not.
 
Pump gas? A camera is watching. Go to the ATM? The transaction is captured on video. Run a red light? A camera may record the violation and a ticket may follow.
 
Sometimes this video vigilance works nicely. When law enforcement agencies investigated the Boston Marathon bombing, surveillance cameras from businesses up and down the street helped them zero in on the perpetrators.
 
But that extra security comes with a tradeoff in privacy.
 
“It’s great for law

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