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LAFD Prepares Six New Fire Units For Service

on February 23, 2017 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel prepare six new trucks for service. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighters train on new fire apparatus at the facility on DP Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is in the process of preparing six new fire apparatus for service. 

The six units include:

  • Two Pumper Trucks capable of 1,500/gpm capacity;
  • One Heavy Rescue Truck;
  • One Light Rescue Truck;
  • One Type Four Wildland Engine; and
  • One Type Five Wildland Engine.

The pumpers and rescue trucks are replacements

Governor Signs Emergency Funding For Courts

on February 23, 2017 - 5:05pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law House Bill 261 sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Rep. Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo).

The new law appropriates critical emergency funding for New Mexico’s judiciary system by providing $80,000 to the Supreme Court and $1.6 million to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Jury and Witness fund to prevent anticipated FY 2017 budget shortfalls in those entities.

“Justice Charles Daniels alerted us to the grave funding

Scam Alert: Calls Threatening IRS ‘Criminal Lawsuit’ Hit New Mexico

on February 23, 2017 - 4:48pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert Feb. 21, in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned.
 
The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats. Scams of this nature are meant to intimidate and trick New Mexicans into giving up their personal and financial information to the scammers.

NNSA: W88 ALT 370 Program Reaches Milestone

on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) officially authorized the start of the production engineering phase for the W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program Feb. 22.

The alteration of the W88 nuclear warhead is part of NNSA’s multi-faceted strategy to ensure the American nuclear arsenal continues to be safe, secure, and effective. 

“Thanks to a team of talented scientists and engineers, we reached this important milestone in the W88 Alt 370 program on schedule,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Letter To The Editor: Straight Scoop On HB50

on February 23, 2017 - 8:07am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is up to those old tired political tricks again. In order to bolster support for HB50, Ms. Garcia Richard jumped at the opportunity to have her picture taken with a shooting victim and then imply her bill will solve all the world’s ills regarding gun violence.

The fact of the matter is there is nothing in HB50 that would’ve had any bearing on the (Former U.S. Rep. Gabby) Giffords' shooting.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

on February 22, 2017 - 2:12pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances -- carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl -- will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
"Fentanyl-related compounds represent a significant and deadly component of the current opioid crisis.

Udall On Trump's Plans For Mass Deportation

on February 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump’s immigration orders:
 
"President Trump’s guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources.

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

‘No Border Wall’ Bill Passes House Committee

on February 22, 2017 - 1:23pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  House Bill 292, which would bar the federal government from using state lands to build a wall on New Mexico’s border with Mexico, has passed the House Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee (HGIVC) in a partisan 5-4 vote.
 
In an impassioned debate, the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), stated that a wall divides communities, destabilizes trade with Mexico, runs contrary to New Mexico’s core values, and hampers economic

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50

on February 22, 2017 - 1:21pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos
 
House Bill 50: Relating To Crime; Requiring Criminal Background Checks On Gun Transfers Between Certain Persons; Providing Exceptions; Providing Penalties Khal Spencer’s excellent OpEd on House Bill 50—the proposed background check for all gun sales including online sales and at gun shows—offered statistics and arguments about why we should support a background check bill.
His bottom line? Support a background-check bill—but not this one.
 
I completely agree with his argument that people murdering other people with guns are part of a culture of violence that

IRS Warns Deaf And Hard Of Hearing About Scam That Uses Video Relay Services

on February 22, 2017 - 1:19pm
IRS News:
 
Every day scammers come up with new ways to steal taxpayers’ identities and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS with one goal in mind: to steal money.
 
Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are.
 
Do not automatically trust calls just because they

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords Meets With Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Of Los Alamos On Gun Bill

on February 22, 2017 - 9:32am

Gathered together at the Roundhouse Tuesday to discuss House Bill 50 (gun bill), from left, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos and  New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met Tuesday afternoon with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford of Arizona and New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf at the state capitol in Santa Fe.

Garcia Richard and Gifford met to discuss House Bill 50, which seeks to require that all commercial firearm sales in gun shows and via the Internet

House Passes Legislation To Raise Awareness On Link Between Animal Abuse And Intra-family Violence

on February 22, 2017 - 7:12am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN COMMUNICATIONS News:

SANTA FE – Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 6 sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).

The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and intra-family violence.

Studies have identified a link between animal abuse and violence against family members.

Los Alamos Police Offer Reward For Bealls Break-In

on February 21, 2017 - 5:21pm

Bealls Manager Valerie De Mello shows damage to the front window from a break-in early Monday morning at the store. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Burglar shatters glass early Monday morning to gain access inside Bealls in Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigative Unit is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a break-in early Monday morning at Bealls Department Store in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Bealls Manager

Rescue Therapy Dogs, Animal Advocates To Assemble For Animal Protection Lobby Day At Roundhouse

on February 21, 2017 - 10:02am

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Santa Fe – Animal Protection Voters (APV) will host Animal Protection Lobby Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22, joined by a troupe of registered therapy dogs offering cuddles and photo opportunities for lawmakers, Roundhouse staff and lobbyists alike.  

More than 150 animal advocates are expected to take part in Animal Lobby Day, calling for the passage of legislation to help animals and people including:

  • Cracking down on horrific animal cruelty and neglect;
  • Securing much-needed funding for low-income spay/neuter services; and
  • Banning senseless coyote killing contests.

APV

Secure Online Access To Court Records By March 31

on February 20, 2017 - 4:32pm

COURT News:

SANTA FE – Attorneys and their staff, justice partners such as law enforcement agencies, and the press will have secure online case access to court records by March 31 under an order approved Monday by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

An application process begins immediately for potentially eligible users to obtain login credentials necessary for the Secured Odyssey Public Access (SOPA) system. Applications, the Supreme Court order and the new online case access policy can be found at:  http://www.nmcourts.gov/ public-access-help.aspx.

The new online system will restrict access

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Feb. 24 Or 25

on February 20, 2017 - 4:02pm

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JABB) has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Fake Charities On IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 20, 2017 - 8:14am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime,

Former Supervisor At Laguna Pueblo Superette Pleads Guilty To Federal Embezzlement Charge

on February 20, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The former supervisor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette, pled guilty Feb. 7 in federal court in Albuquerque to embezzling funds from the Pueblo of Laguna.
 
Marshall J. Cheromiah, 32, of Mesita was charged in an indictment filed Nov. 5, 2015, with embezzling approximately $48,953.47 from the Pueblo of Laguna. According to the indictment, Cheromiah was working as an employee or agent of an Indian Tribal Organization when he committed the crime between July 2013 and Oct. 2014, in Cibola County.
 
During court proceedings, Cheromiah pled guilty to the indictment and

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most

Ethics Commission Proposal Clears Committee

on February 19, 2017 - 7:11am
Rep. Jim Dines
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee has unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission.
 
The resolution is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana).
 
HJR 8 would empower the commission to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officials in the legislative and executive branches

NMED Strengthens Food Safety Rules

on February 19, 2017 - 6:56am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has strengthened food safety rules for restaurants and food establishments – with the first set of rules now in effect.
 
The stronger rules incorporate more state-of-the-art food preparation technologies and increase clarity for workers and customers with more comprehensive guidance.
 
“It is absolutely imperative that we have strong food safety rules to help prevent New Mexicans from getting sick,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said.
 
Improved food safety is associated with preventable death and

Bill Introduced To Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

on February 19, 2017 - 6:28am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) has introduced legislation to prevent financial elder abuse in New Mexico. Her legislation, House Bill 326, would enhance protections to shield seniors from fraud and financial exploitation. The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Nick Salazar (D-Rio Arriba). 
 
The legislation, also known as the Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act, clearly defines financially abusive acts, and it permits investment advisers to report suspected incidents of financial abuse to state agencies.

Residents Express Thanks For Super Bowl Buzz Bus

on February 18, 2017 - 7:54am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) provided safe ride services once again to Los Alamos residents. Although the ridership was not as high during this year's Super Bowl as in past events, those who did take advantage of the free ride expressed their appreciation. 

“The service worked like a charm; Armando at dispatch and Jonathan the driver were just wonderful,” Los Alamos resident Tina Sibbitt said. “I changed my return pick up time about three times due to having too much fun, and they were absolutely ok with that.

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