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NMDOT Announces Upcoming Roadway Reconstruction On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara

on February 28, 2017 - 5:09pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announces upcoming roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara. 

Vital Consulting Group, LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the contractor for the project. The NMDOT District Five Espanola Project Office will provide construction management and oversight of the contractor.

The purpose of the project is to reconstruct a ½ mile section of NM 30 and the intersection at Dawn Road, which will include new pavement, curb & gutter, ADA compliant sidewalk, curb ramps and crosswalks,

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

on February 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Exchange Program

on February 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol welcomed two patrollers from Snowmass Ski Patrol, Aspen, Colo. From left,  Pajarito Ski Patrol Director Bill Somersault and members Ryan Carlson, Wendi Ackerly, Denny Hjeresen, Jerry Doughty and Mike O'Neill. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Eric Schaller and Chris Mooney recently participated in an exchange program with patrollers from Aspen Highlands Ski Area.
 
Two patrollers from Aspen Highlands, Ryan Carlson and Jerry Doughty spent a day at Pajarito Mountain and then the Pajarito patrollers visited Snowmass and Aspen

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing; Defrauding Department Of Veterans Affairs

on February 27, 2017 - 10:48am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Donah E. Davison, 54, of Las Cruces pled guilty Feb.15 in federal court to theft of government property and forgery charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
 
Davison was charged on Nov. 9, 2016, in a 36-count indictment. The first 27 counts of the indictment charged Davison with embezzling money belonging to the VA by depositing 27 “surviving-spouse” benefit checks to which she was not entitled into her own bank account.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In March

on February 27, 2017 - 8:45am

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

STATEWIDE -- State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during March.

We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.

Hundreds of lives could

Espanola Police Rescue Taos Girl From Abductor

on February 26, 2017 - 9:38pm

Angelica Valdez has been found safe. Courtesy/TCSO

Staff Report

Espanola City Police have rescued 15-year-old Angelica Valdez and arrested her 21-year-old abductor Christian Orozoco.

The Taos County Sheriff’s Office reports that Saturday evening Orozco forced his way into a Penasco area home, held the girl's grandparents at gunpoint and threatened to kill them. Deputies say Orozco then abducted Valdez and took off in a brown-colored car.

Christian Orozoco is in custody. Courtesy/TCSO

The Taos County Sheriffs Office was notified at approximately 6:51 p.m., Saturday about the abduction

AMBER ALERT: Taos County Sheriff's Office

on February 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Taos County Sheriffs Office is searching for Angelica Valdez, 15, who was abducted Saturday evening in Taos. Courtesy/TCSO
 
AMBERT ALERT News:
 
The Taos County Sheriffs Office was contacted Saturday at approximately 6:51 p.m., in reference to a child being abducted.
 
Christian Orozoco is wanted by TCSO for abducting a 15-year-old child. Courtesy/TCSO
 
A man suspected of being the abductor is Christian Orozoco. He is described as a 21-year-old hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark colored hooded jacket.
 
Abducted is a

Bill To Make Drug Companies Negotiate Lower Prices Passes Key Committee On Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

on February 25, 2017 - 8:04am

STATE News:
  • SB 354 Could Save State $100 Million

SANTA FE – Legislation to save taxpayers millions of dollars by requiring the State to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee by a bipartisan, unanimous vote. 

Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs negotiate for bulk purchasing discounts.

Preventing Crime Through Voluntary Home Visits

on February 25, 2017 - 7:40am

FIGHTCRIME.ORG News:
  • New Mexico report shows unique value of home visiting programs

ALBUQEURQUE -- On behalf of the 70 New Mexico members of the national anti-crime organization, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden E. Eden, Jr., Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace and 13th Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez have released a state-specific report, Preventing Crime Through Voluntary Home Visiting.

Joined by New Mexico Parents as Teachers, the law enforcement leaders discussed how voluntary home visiting helps reduce rates of child abuse and neglect, which in turn

FBI: Man Wearing Walmart Vest And Rag On His Head Robs Albuquerque Bank

on February 25, 2017 - 7:12am

FBI News:

A man wearing a blue Walmart vest and a rag on his head robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The suspect was described as a black man in his mid-20s, approximately 5'10” tall, with a slender to medium build. He wore a blue Walmart vest over a white T-shirt, a black rag on his head, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Witnesses said the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at approximately 1:08 p.m. at 3500 Candelaria Blvd. NE. He presented a demand note to a teller and made verbal threats.

February Is American Heart Month

on February 25, 2017 - 6:41am
By the American Heart Association, and
Donna McHenry, MS,
Los Alamos Fire Department
 
There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update.
 
According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.
 
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50 ... Just To Clarify

on February 24, 2017 - 10:27pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I just want to clarify a couple things in response to Jody Benson's letter as well as thank her for her engagement on the topic (link).

I did not say that we should reject House Bill 50. What I said was the original and present wording was problematic. There is still plenty of time in this legislative session to find some common ground on this
bill and amend it so it has bipartisan and gun owner support.

To excerpt from my own essay (link), what I said was "...provisions in the bill put onerous constraints on temporary transfers and casual sales between law abiding

Judge Sentences Christopher Davis Of White Rock

on February 24, 2017 - 8:23am

Christopher W. Davis

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Court Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement Feb. 17 for Christopher Davis of White Rock on charges of sexual offenses against minors.

Davis, 25, was arrested Jan. 26 by Los Alamos police on an outstanding warrant from the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General involving charges of alleged sexual offenses against children in two states.

The plea agreement lists charges against Davis as follows:

  • Counts 1, 2, 3, and 4: Criminal sexual penetration of a minor child, 13-16;
  • Count 5:

NMVC On Indiscriminate Immigrant Raids

on February 24, 2017 - 7:25am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico:
 
“We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.
 
“As a nation built on ingenuity, America can craft common-sense reforms to our immigration system that improve our economy and keep us safe while maintaining our American values of inclusion and equality of

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

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