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Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
 
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act To Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included In FY18 NDAA Signed Into Law

on December 13, 2017 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • New law would save taxpayers up to $20 billion a year

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law.

Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Graduates From CHDS Master’s Degree Program

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes graduates in a special ceremony this week from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:

  • Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
  • Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security; and
  • Helping

LAPD Seeks Publics Help Finding Shoplifter Suspects

on December 12, 2017 - 3:15pm

Anyone who recognizes the female and male shoplifting suspects in this surveillance video is asked to call L.A. Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous. Courtesy/LAPD

Female shoplifting suspect. Courtesy/LAPD

Shoplifting suspect’s vehicle. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a local shoplifting case. 

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the female and male suspects as seen in the surveillance footage. 

The suspect’s vehicle also is depicted in

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At Lab

on December 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Staff Report

The Department of Energy has notified Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL.

The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

Copy of DOE letter:

Fajardo Requests Agency Directors Presentation On Experiences Enforcing ‘No Harassment’ Policy

on December 12, 2017 - 6:46am

Rep. Kelly Fajardo

 

STATE News:

 

LOS LUNAS —Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) has asked New Mexico legislative leaders Brian Egolf and Mary Kay Papen to schedule a presentation from legislative agency directors on their experiences enforcing the Legislature’s current “No Harassment” policy at a meeting of the Legislative Council later this week.

 

The Legislative Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.  

 

Fajardo noted that the Legislative Council will discuss the formation of a working group to review the current policy and recommend

FBI: Armed Man Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 12, 2017 - 5:23am

FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who displayed a handgun when he robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Monday, Nov. 27.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, approximately 5'10” to 5'11” tall, with a medium to heavy build, and a goatee. He wore a black baseball cap with a Zia symbol on the front, dark trousers, light-colored shoes, and a gray T-shirt over a dark long-sleeve shirt. \
 
At approximately 3:28 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West at 5901 Menaul Boulevard, NE.

Reporters Without Borders Opposes Spread Of China’s Internet Surveillance Model

on December 12, 2017 - 5:01am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community and the world’s Internet giants to resist China’s use of the concept of national “cyberspace sovereignty” as a pretext for exporting its Internet surveillance model. 
 
The concept was reaffirmed again this week at China’s annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, whose participants included Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pinchai.
 
China is “willing to work with the international community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and promote partnerships,” President

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Pushes For Extension Of Secure Rural Schools Program

on December 11, 2017 - 5:23pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation.

SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the country. 

The SRS program

Christine Trujillo Charged In Two Shoplifting Cases

on December 11, 2017 - 3:16pm

COURT News:

Christine Trujillo, 51, of Espanola faces preliminary hearings Dec. 22 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in connection with two November shoplifting incidents at Smith’s Marketplace.

Court records indicate that in the first case, on Nov. 3, Trujillo was observed on security cameras as she allegedly entered the store, proceeded to the meat department, selected several items and eventually exited the store passing all open and operating checkout registers without paying for the items.

Wilhelm Hearings Reset For Dec.15

on December 11, 2017 - 2:58pm

COURT News:

 

Three preliminary hearings scheduled for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Krista Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos have been reset for Dec. 15.

Wilhelm’s attorney Michael Jones told Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Friday that a plea agreement is being negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

Wilhelm is charged with abuse of a child and battery against a household member, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schedule Of Streetlights Going Dark Dec. 22-25 For Annual Holiday Farolito Viewing Around Los Alamos

on December 11, 2017 - 10:29am

Farolitos will line local streets Dec. 22-25. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Friday, Dec. 22 and restored Tuesday, Dec 26.

For safety purposes, the Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be turned off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Use Of 3D Printers In Crime-Solving

on December 11, 2017 - 9:50am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice has published an article online that provides an overview of how 3D printing technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification.
 
The NIJ-funded research determines best practices and provides credibility for use of the technology in a forensic science capacity:
 
The Next Generation of Crime Tools and Challenges: 3D Printing
  • Researchers who developed a 3-D imaging system for analyzing cartridge casings say their latest work is “a critical next step” that gives

Guadalupe Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

on December 11, 2017 - 9:46am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Guadalupe Fire that ignited Dec. 8 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Cause: Human.

Size: 6.3 acres, 100 percent contained.

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office at 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and is contained as of Sunday, Dec 10.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged

House Passes Manufactured Housing Reform

on December 11, 2017 - 9:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, to preserves consumer protections, and allows for additional flexibility in lending to ensure consumers have access to the credit they need. 
 
“Nearly half of the families in New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans.

Pearce Calls On FBI To Release Details Of Aztec Shooter, Expand Preventative Efforts

on December 11, 2017 - 8:37am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after learning some details about the shooter in last week's tragic event that took place at Aztec High School:

“My heart hurts immensely for not only the families of the students who were taken too early from this earth, but for all students and community members affected by the (Dec. 7) senseless and tragic shooting. Many have asked, what can be done to stop situations like this.

Attorney General, U.S. Department of Labor To Hold Human Trafficking Press Conference; Announce Joint Initiative To Combat Labor Trafficking In New Mexico

on December 9, 2017 - 4:32pm

New Mexico AG Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Labor Trafficking is occurring in New Mexico at a much higher rate than what is being reported

Attorney General Hector Balderas, U.S. Department of Labor, New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force Cmdr. Anthony Maez and law enforcement are set to announce a new joint initiative to combat labor trafficking in New Mexico.

The officials will discuss the new initiative at 2 p.m. Monday at the Office of the Attorney General in Albuquerque.

Update: Guadalupe Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on December 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

SFNF News:

The Guadalupe Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Start Date: Dec. 8

Cause: Human

Size: 6.2 acres, 40 percent contained

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District Office 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec 8.

Resources on-scene: Three engines with

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
By BARBARA CALEF
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

LAPS Statement On Tragic News In Aztec

on December 8, 2017 - 5:17pm

By LAPS Board of Education 
 
Jenny McCumber, President
Andrea Cunningham, Vice President
Ellen Ben-Naim, Secretary
Bill Hargraves, Member
Steven Boerigter, Member
Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent

The School Board and I are deeply troubled by the tragic news from Aztec, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are keeping the students, parents, staff, and the entire Aztec community in our thoughts and prayers. We want to also acknowledge and appreciate the quick actions of the school staff and first responders in Aztec.

While school shootings are rare, we

LAPS Weather Delay, Cancellation, Early Dismissal

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
From Superintent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to help us prepare for winter weather and focus on safety for students and staff. 

  • The decision to close LAPS or delay the start of school due to weather will usually be made by 5:30 a.m. 
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger email and text, the school district’s information telephone line and each individual school line (see list below)
  • We will coordinate with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation, or early dismissal
  • In

State Police Arrest AleRT Fugitive Robert Martinez

on December 8, 2017 - 7:09am
Absconder Robert Martinez
 
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Police officers, in conjunction with New Mexico Corrections Department Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) working on the Analysis Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) initiative, located and arrested Monday wanted fugitive Robert Martinez.
 
Martinez was an absconder from the New Mexico Corrections Department for charges relating back to receiving/transferring a stolen motor vehicle. Jessica Mena, who was located with Martinez was arrested for an unrelated outstanding warrant.
 
Jessica Mena
 
Both Martinez and Mena were

Pandey Preliminary Hearing Continued

on December 8, 2017 - 6:54am

COURT News: 

 

A preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Sachin Pandey on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit sexual assault has been continued to Jan. 5.

Assistant District Attorney said last Friday that he was not prepared and asked for a continuance. Pandey’s attorney Daniel Cron did not object to the continuance but advised the Court of the inconvenience to Pandey’s mother and sister who had traveled from Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively for the hearing.

Judge Pat Casados reminded Pandey, who is free on conditions of

Rich: Leaked Document Indicates LANL May Lose Plutonium Pit Production To South Carolina

on December 8, 2017 - 6:39am
By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
 
According to a leaked report by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) may lose a project to produce plutonium pits to South Carolina.
 
Not only would this represent a gigantic failure – for almost two decades, LANL has been America’s only nuclear weapons site capable of producing plutonium pits – it would reduce LANL’s mission to produce and secure America’s nuclear weapons capability.
 
Senators Heinrich and Udall crafted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that

Today Marks Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2017 - 3:32pm

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