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SFNF: Report It ... Don’t Ignore It

on June 14, 2017 - 7:26am

SFNF News:

EL RITO — Each year the El Rito Ranger District hosts thousands of visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, a small number of these visitors behave badly and cause big problems for the forest. Fire prevention patrols in the forest find abandoned or unattended campfires almost every day.

Abandoned campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. Every large wildfire begins as a small fire. In 2011 the Wallow wildfire in Arizona burned 522,000+ acres. One small campfire left unattended burned an area 28 miles by 28 miles.

June is high fire season at the El

The Scoop Behind The Crane...

on June 13, 2017 - 7:37pm

A crane heads down Trinity Drive Monday toward the CenturyLink Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Map of the legacy clean up area. Courtesy image

Staff Report

The purpose of the large crane that made its way up the Main Hill Road Monday evening and over to the CenturyLink Building on Trinity Drive is to clean up an area of decades old contaminated dirt.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus explained today that the crane has been brought it to remove legacy waste along the side of the canyon behind the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building

U.S. Rep. Luján On Attorney General’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

on June 13, 2017 - 6:36pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Desk of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Session testified in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier today:

“I would have to give today’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions a ‘D.’ In fact, several of them. All we saw today from the Attorney General was Dodging, Denials and Dismissals.

“It is a sad day when our country’s chief law enforcement official refuses to answer basic questions, wraps himself in obscure, unwritten DOJ

Rio Arriba County Woman Headed To Federal Prison

on June 13, 2017 - 5:42pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Ashley Herrera, 28, of Espanola was sentenced Monday afternoon in Federal Court in Albuquerque to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on attempted bank robbery.

Herrera was arrested in July 2016 on a criminal complaint charging her with attempting to rob the Bank of America branch Aug. 12, 2015 at 4037 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe. Herrera subsequently was indicted Aug. 23, 2016, and charged with attempted bank robbery.

Feb. 21, 2017, Herrera pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted that Aug.

News Alert: Motorcycle Crash On Omega Bridge

on June 13, 2017 - 4:03pm

News Alert:

UPDATE: Los Alamos Police have cleared the accident scene and the road is reopened. 

There is a motorcycle crash on the Omega Bridge. The male driver has been transported to LAMC with unknown injuries.

One lane is closed southbound and the Los Alamos Police Department is asking motorists to proceed with caution, and if possible, avoid the area all together while responders clear the crash scene.





Las Vegas Man Sentenced For Interfering With Flight Crew

on June 13, 2017 - 3:31pm

FBI News:

LUBBOCK, Texas — Jerry Ba Nguyen, 25, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today before Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 36 months in federal custody for interfering with flight crew members and attendants, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Nguyen pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants. Nguyen has been in custody since his arrest in September 2016.

According to plea documents filed in the case, on September 22, 2016 Nguyen was a passenger on American Airlines flight 2542 in

New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

on June 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership.

Worry About Aging Belgian Nukes

on June 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Photo by Michielverbeek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Homeland Security News Wire:

More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. safe. The worries in Germany about radiation leaks from the old reactor are strong.

Last year, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is on the other side of the Belgian-German border, purchased iodine tablets for distribution to the public in the event of radiation leak.

White Rock Resident Bitten In Roaming Dog Incident

on June 13, 2017 - 1:15pm

White Rock resident Linda Daly's injuries from a May 24 incident involving three roaming dogs in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

White Rock resident Linda Daly's injuries from a May 24 incident involving three roaming dogs in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

White Rock resident Linda Daly is recovering from injuries she received during a May 24 incident involving three roaming dogs in Pajarito Acres.

Daly said she was walking with her dog on a leash along her regular route on Rio Bravo when she noticed two dogs, a

Attorney General Hosts Annual Community Summit - 'Protecting Tomorrow, Today' To Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico's Youth

on June 11, 2017 - 6:43am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2017 Attorney General Community Summit, "Protecting Tomorrow, Today", will focus on critical issues facing New Mexico youth.
The summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our kids today. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place.

Pearce Subcommittee Hearing Targets Virtual Currency

on June 11, 2017 - 6:41am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a House Financial Services Subcommittee Thursday on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing entitled “Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation and National Security Implications”.
“Innovation revolutionizes and simplifies our lives on a daily basis. In the last 30 years, we have seen the emergence of the internet as an open source and accessible tool. Part of this revolution has been the emergence of digital financial innovation from small business lending to virtual wallets,” Pearce said.

Heinrich Opening Statement At Joint Economic Committee Hearing On Opioid Crisis

on June 11, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at June 8 hearing entitled “Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis.”
In his opening remarks, Ranking Member Heinrich highlighted the impact of Medicaid cuts to substance abuse treatment and mental health care in the House Republicans’ TrumpCare bill.
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Thank you, Chairman Tiberi, and thank you to our panel for being here today. 
Addiction to heroin

FBI: Navajo Woman Sentenced To Prison

on June 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Cornelia Tom Tapaha, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced June 6 in Santa Fe to 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her conviction on an assault charge.
Tapaha was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging her with assault with a dangerous weapon, a vehicle, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The indictment alleged that Tapaha committed the crimes July 8, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.
A federal jury returned a verdict Dec.

Another Top 10 DWI Fugitive Arrested

on June 10, 2017 - 7:17am

Senneca Antonio


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that another of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Senneca Antonio, was recently captured by the Farmington Police Department.

He is back behind bars on a parole violation. This was the second time that Antonio had fled supervision. He had been on the run since May 30 – just days after he was released on parole for his seventh or greater DWI offense. Antonio has been in and out of prison since 2001 for DWI and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon convictions.

State Engineer Issues Order Protecting Ranchers’ Water Rights ... Begins Issuing Licenses

on June 9, 2017 - 5:52pm

  • Engineer’s office begins issuing licenses affirming ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Engineer issued an order to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

The Engineer’s office has begun issuing licenses pursuant his order to ranchers that confirm the ranchers’ longstanding beneficial use of water to sustain their livestock. Last year, certain watering areas were closed off in Lincoln National Forest after a potentially endangered mouse was discovered.

“One of my top priorities is to protect the water

Reminder: Gilman Tunnels Are Temporarily Closed

on June 9, 2017 - 5:44pm
The Gilman Tunnels on FR 376 are closed. Courtesy/NPS
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― The Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors heading out for a weekend break that the Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 are closed to motorized and foot traffic while crews remove loose rock and stabilize the cliff walls around the tunnels.
The work should be completed by mid-August.
“We regret that the timing for this work happened during our busy recreation season, but the safety of the public is always our first priority,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley

Maggiore: Safety And Security Don’t Come Cheap

on June 9, 2017 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, and Khal Spencer of Los Alamos at Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore told members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe that all safety and security requirements for future plutonium operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) must be fully funded.

“It’s crystal clear that safety and security don’t come cheap,”

Heinrich Gets Commitment To Accelerate First Testing, Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR In 18 Years

on June 9, 2017 - 10:03am



WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Army that it will be moving up plans to fund a $34 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to 2019 from 2023.

The investment will fund an urgently needed Information Systems Facility to replace the existing communications center that was built in 1962 and caught fire two years ago.

NMDOT: Top 10 DWI Fugitive Back Behind Bars

on June 8, 2017 - 4:15pm
SANTA FE  Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Maria Murray, is now behind bars.
Since 2003, Murray has been arrested for five DWIs, including aggravated DWI. She has been fleeing justice since October 2016 and was captured while on parole for her fifth DWI offense.
“Too many New Mexicans have died on our roads and highways because someone made the destructive choice to drink and drive,” Martinez said. “We will continue to everything we can to put these dangerous criminals back behind bars where they belong.”

Udall Statement On Comey Testimony

on June 8, 2017 - 4:13pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee:
“James Comey’s testimony has painted a truly frightening picture for the American people. Today, Mr. Comey reiterated to the American people that, beyond any shadow of a doubt, a foreign adversary attacked our democracy. Mr. Comey told the American people that they cannot trust their president to tell the truth. Mr.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Ms. Redondo

on June 8, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos
We have four local outdoor pools all offering swimming lessons now. Some of the pools are happy to offer lessons to nonmembers. If you or a child in your life can't swim call now!
There are morning lessons, evening lessons, and reasonably priced private lessons. Many teens in the community have taken the time to become Water Safety Instructor certified because they love teaching kids to swim. 
My daughter is one of these teens. Only 42 percent of American children have the aquatic skills they should. Please support our local teens and pools.

Los Alamos Police Department Seeks Identities Of Two Female Suspects In May 31 Shoplifting Case

on June 8, 2017 - 9:19am

Shoplifting suspect number one. Courtesy/LAPD

Shoplifting suspect number two. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two female suspects seen in video surveillance footage from a shoplifting incident May 31 at a store on Central Avenue.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.

Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 505.662-8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

A secondary view of shoplifting suspect number one.

Get On The Bus! ACT Offers Free Rides During Summer Concert Series Every Friday

on June 8, 2017 - 7:17am


Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT. Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

NMDOH: Tips On Staying Safe In Summer Heat

on June 8, 2017 - 6:54am

Keep cool this summer. Courtesy image ​


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers tips for residents to stay safe and healthy throughout the summer, while enjoying all the outdoor activities New Mexico has to offer.

With warmer temperatures, there are increased concerns with heat exposure, hydration, safe food handling when in the outdoors, and the return of mosquito season. There are a variety of ways to reduce your health risks and today we look at ways to avoid heat induced illness.

Avoid Heat Induced Illness

There were 137 emergency department visits in New

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Weekly Wrap Up

on June 8, 2017 - 6:50am


BRANDON JOHNSON: Brandon Johnson, 35, of Bernalillo has waived his preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a burglary charge and has been bound over to the First Judicial District Court. Johnson was arrested in June 2016 after DNA found on a flashlight he left behind at a residence on Glenview in White Rock was matched to his profile. Los Alamos Police Department responded to a call from the homeowner Feb. 6, 2016 and found that entry had been gained through a back door and the home had been ransacked.