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ICAC Task Force Executes 13 Search Warrants

on April 2, 2012 - 10:12pm

FBI News:

New Mexico State Attorney General Gary K. King and U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced today that, during the last three weeks, federal, state and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed 13 search warrants as part of “Operation Artemis.”

Operation Artemis was aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs.

“At the heart of child pornography cases is our duty to protect our

Overall, Three Mile Island Operated Safely in 2011

on April 2, 2012 - 8:02am

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Penn., was the site of a March 28, 1979 power plant accident that brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. Courtesy Photo

 

U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION News:

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct an open house April 11 in Middletown, Penn., regarding the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance for the Three Mile Island 1 nuclear power plant.

$7 Million Available for Earthquake Research

on March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm

USGS News:

Scientists interested in earthquake research will be pleased to hear that the U.S. Geological Survey is awarding up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013.

Applications are due May 17 and researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G12AS20013.

There are four National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies that work in close coordination to improve the nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects.

U.S. Senate Confirms New Deputy Chief at DEA

on March 31, 2012 - 2:01pm

Thomas Harrigan

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart hailed Senate confirmation of Special Agent Thomas Harrigan as DEA’s Deputy Administrator.

“I cannot think of a better, more qualified, or more honorable person to have at my side than Special Agent Tom Harrigan as we lead the Drug Enforcement Administration through the many challenges we will face and the many successes we will have in the coming years,” Leonhart said. “Tom demonstrated strong leadership and dedication in the field, and his strategic vision as Chief of Operations has been second to none.

Regional Coalition Decries Funding Cuts, Calls on Congress to Restore Full Funding to Protect Jobs and the Environment

on March 23, 2012 - 2:15pm

County News:

Today, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held a press conference in which they called on Congress to provide full funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory to protect jobs and to remediate legacy waste at LANL.

The organization released the following statement:

“Adequate funding is needed to ensure environmental liabilities are addressed. Funding cuts are undermining DOE’s commitment to a safe and timely cleanup.

N.M. 4 Paving Falls Behind Due to Hot Mix Plant Problem

on March 23, 2012 - 10:03am
This is the back end of a machine called the "Shuttle Buggy" that has been parked at La Vista and N.M. 4. Bottom-dump semi trucks drop a line of the asphalt mix down the center of the road they are about to pave. The Shuttle Buggy comes along and scoops the asphalt up, mixes it, and deposits the prepared asphalt mix out the conveyor on the back end into the waiting maw of the paving (lay-down) machine. This way the delivery truck schedule is not dependent on the rate of paving lay-down. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Crews were scheduled to begin paving the south two lanes of N.M.

U.S. Senatorial Candidate Heather Wilson Wins New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention by a Landslide

on March 17, 2012 - 2:52pm

Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., at a Town Hall meeting this week in Los Alamos, today garnered 83 percent of the vote at the State Pre-Primary Convention in Albuqueruqe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, won the New Mexico Republican Pre-Primary Convention by a landslide today, garnering 83 percent of the vote and demonstrating strong grassroots support from the conservative wing of the party.

In failing to get 20 percent of the vote, Wilson's opponent Las Cruces businessman Greg Soward did not

Changing Signals at Rover and N.M. 4

on March 17, 2012 - 11:20am

Work crews recently changed out traffic signals at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Session Focused on Regional Issues

on March 17, 2012 - 10:13am

Rep. Nick Salazar and Rep. Jim Trujillo take a lunch break during Friday's Leadership Los Alamos regional issues meeting at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The 2012 class of Leadership Los Alamos participants met at Fire Station 3 in White Rock Friday to learn about issues impacting the region.

“The purpose of this session is to increase knowledge and understanding of our neighboring communities including their accomplishments and challenges,” said County Council Chair/Leadership Los Alamos cofounder Sharon Stover.

Heinrich and Lujan Score Big at Democratic Pre-Primary Convention

on March 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

Former New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan high fives son Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who won the Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention garnering 91.91 percent of the delegate's vote to Harry B. Montoya's 8.09 percent at the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Convention results:

U.S. Senate:
Martin Heinrich907 votes (54.77%), Hector Balderas 749 votes (45.32%)
 
U.S. House of Representatives:
Congressional District 1: Michelle Lujan Grisham 179 votes (25.94%), Eric G. Griego 281 votes (40.72%), Martin J. Chavez 230 votes (33.33%)
Congressional District 2:

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