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Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

FBI: Man Wearing Baseball Cap With Bright Red Visor Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 26, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
A man wearing a black baseball cap with a bright red visor robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s, with a medium build, and scruffy goatee. He wore a dark short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
The suspect walked into Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, at approximately 4:51 p.m. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect. The suspect left the bank and was seen running south on Juan Tabo Boulevard.
The FBI and Albuquerque

NMED Confirms Lifting 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System, Morningside Users Coop

on September 26, 2017 - 6:50am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Artesia Municipal Water System has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative located in Eddy County.
Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were required to issue the advisory Sept. 16, 2017 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Artesia water system.

FBI: Fourth Member Of New Mexico-Based Marijuana Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty

on September 26, 2017 - 6:22am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Antonio Ruelas, 33, of Algodones, pleaded guilty in Federal Court Sept. 8 to a felony information charging him with participating in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy. Ruelas entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence not to exceed 36 months of imprisonment.
Ruelas is one of 10 defendants charged as the result of a two-year investigation by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation into a drug trafficking organization led by Enrique Cavazos, 31, of Tijeras, that distributed high-grade marijuana throughout New Mexico and across the

FBI: Man With Lazy Eye; Neck And Cheek Tattoos, Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 25, 2017 - 8:16am
FBI News:
A man with a lazy eye and tattoos on his neck and cheek robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The robbery occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” to 5'8” tall, with a slender build and close-cropped hair. He wore a dark baseball cap with a red visor, a black hooded jacket over a white T-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect had tattoos on the left side of his neck and his left cheek. Witnesses also said he had a lazy eye. 

Back To School Safety Tips

on September 25, 2017 - 8:14am

John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Severed Power Line Cuts Power To Western Area

on September 24, 2017 - 8:05am
Power went out briefly Saturday in the Western Area due to this severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive. Photo by Daren Savage
County utility workers arrive Saturday at the scene in the Western Area to repair a severed power line. Photo by Daren Savage
Los Alamos

Saturday afternoon Los Alamos Western Area residents experienced a short blackout due to a severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive.

The power went out at approximately 3:15 p.m., and was restored by 4:15 p.m.

One young resident who lives across the street

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016

on September 24, 2017 - 7:02am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years.

There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

“The suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever.” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, “Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

FBI Releases New Photo Of SF Bank Robbery Suspect

on September 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Bank robbery suspect peddling away from scene Tuesday. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI in Albuquerque has released new photos from Tuesday's bank robbery in Santa Fe. The photos show the suspect on a bicycle.

The bicycle is described as a dark BMX style bicycle with four pegs on the wheels.

After robbing the bank, the suspect ran north on Griffin Street and jumped over a small wall inside the bank parking lot to get to his bicycle. He peddled north and crossed Griffin Street near Carlos Gilbert Elementary School. He turned left and headed west on Paseo De Peralta.

Prior to the robbery,

LANL: Notice Of Air Quality Permit Application

on September 23, 2017 - 6:21am
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area (TA) 3 Power Plant facility.
The permit number associated with the TA-3 Power Plant facility is 2195B-M2. The net effect of this modification will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable and sustainable heat and electric supply to support the Laboratory. The expected date of application submittal to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is Sept. 25.
The exact location for the

FBI: $1,000 Reward In NM Bank & Trust Robbery

on September 23, 2017 - 6:10am
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed a New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in Albuquerque Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The suspect was described as a slender white male in his 50s, approximately 5'9” tall. He had a light growth of gray or white hair on his face. He wore a dark baseball cap, dark jacket, sunglasses, dark jeans, and white tennis shoes. At approximately 3:06 p.m., the suspect entered the bank at 3701 4th Street NW.
He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

Teen Bullies And Victims Face Higher Suicide Risk

on September 23, 2017 - 6:08am


Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.

That’s according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.

“Pediatricians need to be aware of the problem overall,” says Benjamin Shain, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and lead author of the report published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “They should be screening for things like mood disorders, substance abuse as well as bullying.”

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzling Thousands From LAYFCL

on September 22, 2017 - 7:12pm

Tabatha Jones of White Rock is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL). Tabatha Jones was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking during which she allegedly admitted to having spent the League’s money for personal use.

Jones appeared before Los

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver After School Bus Hit-and-Run Crash

on September 22, 2017 - 9:33am
Gabriella Uzueta
NMSP News:
ESPANOLA  Around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20, the New Mexico State Police was notified of a hit-and-run crash in La Mesilla involving a school bus from the Espanola Public Schools.
The collision occurred on N.M. 399 near County Road 110. When officers arrived on scene they learned the school bus was occupied by eight middle school and high school students and the bus driver. No injuries were reported and the bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.
Through investigation officers learned the bus was stopped, with its integrated stop sign and signal

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Sept. 25

on September 22, 2017 - 6:43am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive political activism group created for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over current political events (both at the state and at the federal level) and give people a space to gather together, discuss and form action plans.

The membership is inclusive; everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting.

Agenda items for the upcoming meeting include: 

Immigration proclamation passed, what's next? The Public Education Department has put out

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

FBI: Man In Black Long-Sleeve T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 22, 2017 - 6:18am
FBI News:
A man wearing a black long-sleeve T-shirt robbed an Albuquerque bank Friday, Sept. 15.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, approximately 5'4” tall, with a slender build, short cropped hair, and an unshaven face. He wore a black long-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
At approximately 10:52 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect was last seen walking south on Walter Street NE.