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Udall, Heinrich Fight To Protect Immigrant Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Demand Victims Not Be Targeted

on July 19, 2017 - 7:43am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly expressing their serious and growing concern that DHS personnel have taken steps to erode longstanding protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes, undermining the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and other state and federal laws enacted to protect survivors.

“Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 2: Be Alert To Account Takeover Tactics

on July 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Here’s one example of a fake webpage. Courtesy/IRS

IRS News:

PHOENIX The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

Account takeovers occur when a thief manages to steal or guess the username and password of a tax professional, enabling access of their computers or their other online accounts. With these credentials, thieves can, for example, access a tax professional’s IRS e-Services account to steal their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN

FBI: Vehicle Pursuit In Las Cruces Results In Federal Charges Against Zachary Stephen Reeder

on July 19, 2017 - 6:35am
FBI News:
 
Zachary Stephen Reeder, 39, of Marana, Ariz., was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with assault on a federal task force officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
Reeder is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.
 
Reeder was arrested after a vehicular pursuit in Las Cruces by law enforcement investigating a report of a possibly armed and dangerous suspect in a stolen car Thursday night. During the pursuit, the car allegedly rammed a vehicle driven by an FBI task force officer, who was not seriously injured.
 
No further

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

County: Tips To Be Bear Aware

on July 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
COUNTY News:
 
Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.
 
  • Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit*. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; stock up for the winter and preserve fruit

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

on July 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“Each year, I examine every aspect of the NDAA to ensure it supports the critical missions taking place at our bases in New Mexico and provides the vital protections our service members need when fighting for our freedom. Equal in importance, the NDAA has the responsibility to support and assist military families.

A Grateful Citizen Says Thanks

on July 18, 2017 - 12:41pm
Courtesy photo
 
By A Grateful Citizen
Los Alamos
 
I would like to take a minute to thank all of the first responders, County line crew staff, and emergency operations for their actions and responses during Sunday night's power failure.
 
The arc flash in the western area was impressive. It lit the sky like daylight for blocks. All that arrived on scene were focused and very professional. They listened to the concerns for our neighbors and verified that the situation was safe.
 
For a one inch feed line to arc on a clear dark night, it was most impressive.

FBI, Deming Police Investigate Bank Robbery

on July 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Deming Police Department are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Thursday morning.
 
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6" tall, with a slim build. He wore a camouflage jacket and boonie hat. Further details will be provided when available.
 
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the suspect entered First Savings Bank, 520 S Gold Ave. in Deming. He displayed a shotgun and demanded money from the teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Cyberattack Could Cost $120 Billion: Lloyd’s Of London

on July 18, 2017 - 9:34am

HSNW News:

Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London has warned that the cost of a serious cyberattack to the global economy could reach $120 billion or more – which was the cost of damage inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.

The 56-page report from the world’s oldest insurance firm says the threat posed by global cyberattacks has spiraled, and that it poses a huge risk over the next decade to business and governments everywhere.

The report says that the most likely cyberattack scenario is a hack which manages to shut down a cloud service provider.

SFNF Aerial Survey Begins Soon; No Drones, Please!

on July 18, 2017 - 8:44am
SFNF News: 
  • Combination of low-flying aircraft and drones can be deadly

 
SANTA FE  The annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the 1.6- million-acre Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) begins any day and continues intermittently through Aug. 18. 
 
Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.
 
Under Federal Aviation

Letter To The Editor: No Fan Of Fireworks

on July 18, 2017 - 8:29am
By PHILMONT M. TAYLOR
White Rock

I believe I was endowed by my Creator with a brain with which to think, perceive, discern and, yes, to judge. If you live in northern New Mexico and are engaged in the sale, procurement or use of fireworks you are a bloody damn fool.

Furthermore, if you hold an elected office anywhere in northern New Mexico and support the sale, procurement or use of fireworks in your jurisdiction, you are demonstrably unfit for service.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit Of City Water Deal In Jal

on July 18, 2017 - 7:11am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • More than $650,000 in unsupported water credits given away to a water customer in rural town near Hobbs

SANTA FE –  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit today of water issues in Jal, a rural community near Hobbs. The audit was initiated after the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received information suggesting that water utility credits were provided to a private customer in violation of the state’s Constitution.

The audit covers the period from 2008 through 2016 and found improper adjustments and billings totaling more than

Attorney General Balderas Sues Six Generic Drug-Makers For Putting Profits Over New Mexico Patients

on July 18, 2017 - 5:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that New Mexico has joined with four other states in filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.
 
“I will continue to hold big out-of-state corporations accountable when then they rip off New Mexico consumers, and when companies put profits over patients, they will

SFNF Declares Cajete Fire Controlled

on July 18, 2017 - 5:51am

SFNF News:

The Cajete Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District was declared controlled at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16, thanks to recent moisture that arrived with the monsoon season.

The 1,412-acre Cajete Fire, which started June 15 from an abandoned campfire, has been 96 percent contained since June 21.

Incident command determined that the uncontained 4 percent of the fire perimeter was not safe for firefighters to enter.

LAPD Releases 2017 Second Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 17, 2017 - 7:54pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Crime statistics for Los Alamos County for the second quarter of 2017 were released today by Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. The report contains crimes against persons such as murder/homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as well as crimes against property such as arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

This quarter’s report reflects two rapes and one aggravated assault. According to Cmdr. Preston Ballew, the two rape cases are still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

on July 17, 2017 - 5:37pm

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award.

Community Invited To Take Tennis Court Survey

on July 17, 2017 - 8:04am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC), is conducting a tennis court survey and working with the Los Alamos County Park’s and Recreation Board to determine tennis court requirements as noted by the tennis public.

LATC also wants to help the Los Alamos High School and Junior Varsity teams in addition to the USTA League teams get the number of courts in one location that are required.

The Survey Monkey survey has 10 questions. Anyone wishing to take the survey should send an email to directors@losalamostennis.org and they will receive an invitation to take the survey.

CIR Panel On Human Migration And The Border July 26

on July 16, 2017 - 8:56am
CIR News:
 
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta, for a panel of three experts who will discusses human migration and the border.
 
Featured Panelists:
 
Allegra Love
 
Allegra Love is the attorney and director of SF Dreamers. She began her career at Santa Fe Public Schools in 2005 as a bilingual elementary school teacher and followed her passion for working with immigrants to law school.
 
After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she came to work for the Adelante

Bear Sighting In Los Alamos Captured On Video

on July 15, 2017 - 7:26pm
This bear was spotted at around 7:30 a.m. today in the back yard of a Los Alamos home. Sam Crooks explained that his mother first saw the bear in their backyard while their miniature Australian Shepard dog was there barking. 'My mom made loud noises, causing the bear to clumsily climb over our fence and trot away into the forest,' Crooks said. 'I snatched my camera and followed it, but kept a safe distance. This is the third time I've seen this bear. He was on the Woodland Trail near the golf course. It got into our neighbor's garbage two different nights.

LAPD Officers In High Speed Chase

on July 14, 2017 - 6:45pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Officers were involved in a high speed pursuit Thursday afternoon, which ended in a Colorado man being apprehended in Nambe. Carl Johann Black, 37, of Colorado Springs faces several charges in connection with the chase.

It began around 1:45 p.m. when LAPD Dispatch notified Cpl. David Boe of a possible reckless driver in a silver mini-van traveling along Diamond Drive toward  the mesas.

Fugitive Wanted By FBI For Defrauding U.S. Government Over $500 Million Spotted In New Mexico

on July 14, 2017 - 5:40pm
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A fugitive wanted for defrauding the U.S. government of more than half-a-billion dollars was spotted in New Mexico in June.
 
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Walmart is in Deming. Courtesy/FBI
 
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
 
More details about the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Advances Key Funding For New Mexico Military Bases And Veterans

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans’ care across the state.
 
In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico’s military bases and facilities.

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

LAFD Ends Stage 1 Fire Restrictions At Noon Today

on July 14, 2017 - 10:23am

COUNTY News:

Fortunately, recent precipitation and milder temperatures have produced a decrease in the fire danger for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) will lift Stage 1 restrictions today at noon.

The previous fire restrictions were based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures. Several criteria are utilized to determine when to impose or lift fire restrictions, which include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo Has Died

on July 14, 2017 - 9:24am
Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, a 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate, died Wednesday ... he had been imprisoned in China since 2008. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, who was the 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate. RSF holds the Chinese authorities responsible and urges them to end the house arrest of his wife, Liu Xia.

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