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NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work Lane Closures Begin 9 a.m. Today

on September 20, 2017 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Today: N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Starting Oct. 10: N.M.

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
 
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

FBI: Man Wearing Wig Robs LANB In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2017 - 6:16am

Suspect in Tuesday bank robbery in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are searching for a young man who wore a goofy looking wig when he robbed a bank Tuesday. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 20 years old, approximately 5'5" to 5'9" tall, with wide shoulders. He wore a blue hat with a flat bill, aviator sunglasses with dark lenses, a gray or light-blue short wig, a dark hooded jacket with a zipper, and dark pants and dark shoes. 

The suspect entered Los Alamos National Bank at approximately 4:57 p.m. at 301 Griffin St., in Santa Fe.

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

COUNTY News:

Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

NMDOT Announces Child Safety Seat Clinics In Coordination With Child Passenger Safety Week

on September 19, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the sponsorship of annual statewide child safety seat clinics.
 
The clinics will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23. The clinics will take place in eight cities and nine different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
“We are pleased to be able to offer these clinics to the parents and caregivers of New Mexico.

DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

on September 19, 2017 - 5:02am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.
 
“This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administration's commitment to improving infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

NMSP Officer Makes 100th DWI Arrest This Year

on September 19, 2017 - 4:59am
NMSP Ofc. Toby LaFave makes 100th DWI arrest Sept. 8. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police Ofc. Toby LaFave reached a milestone Sept. 8 very few can say, he made his 100th DWI arrest of the year.

For those who know and work with Ofc. LaFave this appeared to be business as usual, given his previous accolades and work ethic. He has been with the New Mexico State Police for six years, with eight years' experience prior, and in that relatively short time frame has amassed numerous awards and recognitions.

He was the NMSP "Officer of the Year" in 2012, along with District 5

Udall, Heinrich Join Effort To Protect Consumers From Equifax's Forced Arbitration Clauses

on September 19, 2017 - 4:38am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators Also Ask Equifax to Clarify if It Supports New Consumer Financial Protection Rule That Would Limit Forced Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a broad Democratic effort led by Sens.

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work ... Totavi Gas Station To Cities Of Gold Casino Begins Wednesday

on September 18, 2017 - 4:46pm

NMDOT News:

Lane Closures To Begin Sept. 20

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50, from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 20, N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks.

Motorists can expect delays Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Oct.

Lane Closure, Flagging Operation At 33rd & Walnut

on September 18, 2017 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County street crews will be repairing a section of asphalt at 33rd and Walnut Street 9 am. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 and ending Sept. 21.

The lane closure will include a flagging operation to allow for continual traffic flow during this project.

This repair is due to a water main leak repaired earlier this month.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System & Morningside Users Cooperative

on September 18, 2017 - 9:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming the required “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative.
 
More details about precautions in English and Spanish can be found on the DWB’s webpage at: https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/boil-water-advisories/
 
Artesia Municipal Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E.

Smoke Visible From Three Fires On SFNF

on September 18, 2017 - 8:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest put up visible smoke Saturday as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires.
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started July 7 in a 90,000-acre block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration. 
 
Fire crews have taken advantage of favorable conditions to add low-intensity fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous fuels and mitigate the risk

Alert: AG Warns Of Equifax Security Breach Scam

on September 18, 2017 - 8:48am

From the Attorney General's Office:

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert warning New Mexicans to protect themselves against callers attempting to use the recent security breach at Equifax to perpetrate a new kind of scam.

The new scam involves callers pretending to represent Equifax and asking for personal and financial information over the phone. Equifax will not be calling anyone asking for their personal or financial information.

“Equifax is not going to call and ask for your information,” Balderas warns, noting that his office has already

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Aiding And Abetting Armed Bank Robbery

on September 18, 2017 - 6:02am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Christian Herrera 21, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Sept. 14 in Federal Court to 37 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area bank.
 
Herrera was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huertta, 43, Christian Herrera, 21, Christopher Gallegos, 33, and Isaiah Gallegos, 22, all of Albuquerque, with robbing March 30, 2016 the US Bank branch at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
 
According to the complaint, Albuquerque

DOE Announces WIPP Contract Extension

on September 17, 2017 - 7:00am

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

WIPP News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

“WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation’s security.

Fr. Glenn: Acknowledging The Inconceivable

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many no doubt saw the recent press release in which the Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe published the names of the members of Catholic clergy who have been accused of past sexual abuse of children. It’s no new news that those things happened, but if you’re like me, your reaction may have been: “Wow … so many.” At least know that they have all been permanently removed from ministry, if not now deceased.

Daily Postcard: Bear Visits Walnut Street

on September 17, 2017 - 5:54am

Daily Postcard: A bear is spotted on the hunt for a picnic basket Saturday morning on Walnut Street. Photo by Gerald Antos

Daily Postcard: A bear is spotted Saturday morning at a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Gerald Antos

Fire Suppression Now Hot Topic For National Leaders

on September 16, 2017 - 8:15am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s continual efforts to advance sportsmen’s priorities, particularly his latest secretarial order, which begins the push to end catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices to prevent and combat the spread of those catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke’s order also spells out how he expects those orders to be carried out, as he wants to see fuel reductions and

Parenting Expert Barbara Coloroso Returns To UNM-Los Alamos To Address Bullying Issues Sept. 23

on September 16, 2017 - 7:59am
Barbara Coloroso explains how to differentiate teasing behavior from bullying during Parenting University in March at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
Parenting expert Barbara Coloroso
 
UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) are pleased to announce that Barbara Coloroso will return to lead a Parenting University workshop 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the UNM-LA campus.
 
Last spring, Coloroso’s presentation on the dynamics of “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander” struck a chord with members of the Los

NMED Confirms ‘Boil Water Advisory’ To Be Issued By Chaco Culture National Historic Parks Water System

on September 15, 2017 - 8:08pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required “boil water advisory” for the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to notify all water system users of this finding.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water

Valles Caldera Entrance Road Improvements Continue

on September 15, 2017 - 9:52am

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will continue making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting Monday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 28. 

The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays; one lane of the road will remain open while the road work occurs over the next two weeks. Flagmen will control the flow of traffic keeping all visitors and staff safe.

The road improvements will start at the

Letter To The Editor: Truth Matters

on September 15, 2017 - 9:29am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Mr. Visel’s latest offensive and dangerous diatribe (link) attacking the important work of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) is a troubling reminder that we live in a time when a complete disregard for the facts and intentional distortion of the truth is the new law of the land.

He states, rather emphatically, that NMPGV is financially backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There is not an ounce of truth to this statement.

FBI: Bank Robber Flees On Sport Bicycle

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank and fled on a sport bicycle Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2017.
 
The suspect is described as approximately 5'6” tall. His face and head were covered and he wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. At approximately 2:54 p.m., the suspect walked into Bank of America, located at 6605 Uptown Boulevard NE. He displayed a handgun and took money from a teller counter.
 
The suspect left the bank on a gray or green BMX-style bicycle and was last seen in the area of San Pedro

LAFD Starts Annual Hydrant Testing Monday

on September 14, 2017 - 3:05pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County beginning Monday through mid-November.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water

Judge Reinstates Probation For Alejandro Gonzalez

on September 14, 2017 - 2:06pm

Staff Report

 

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington agreed to reinstate probation for Alejandro Gonzalez Sept. 11 in Santa Fe District Court and added a condition that he enter and complete a 60-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

 

Gonzalez was originally arrested in December 2016 in Los Alamos and charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, distribution/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, no driver’s license

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