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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.

The embodiment of resistance to oppression and the fight for

Representative Asked To Leave Closed Door Meeting On Aamodt Water Settlement And Rights-of-way Issues

on July 14, 2017 - 5:22am

Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report
Valley Daily Post

NAMBE – New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe County) and residents of northern Santa Fe County, were asked to leave a Thursday meeting organized by the federal Department of the Interior to discuss the controversial Aamodt water settlement and the rights-of-way issues that affect the residents of the area.

Rep. Carl Trujillo

When asked by Rep. Trujillo why they must leave the meeting, the expelled residents were told, “they had not been invited”.

“Their exclusion is odd, given the discussion centered around the Aamodt

Salmonella: Make Your Food Safer To Eat

on July 14, 2017 - 4:29am

CDC News:

You may know that Salmonella can contaminate poultry and eggs, but it also sneaks its way into many other foods. It can contaminate ground beef, tuna, pork, tomatoes, sprouts, and even peanut butter. Learn what you can do to make your food safer to eat.

Salmonella is a bacteria that commonly causes foodborne illness, sometimes called “food poisoning.” CDC estimates Salmonella causes 1 million foodborne illnesses every year in the United States.

NMDOH: Avoid Ticks And Tickborne Disease

on July 13, 2017 - 7:26pm

NMDOH News:

While many New Mexicans are aware mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and fleas potentially are infected with Plague, there are lesser known but potentially deadly diseases in the state where the infectious agent is carried by ticks.

“There are usually a few cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year in New Mexico and occasional cases of diseases such as relapsing fever and Colorado tick fever,” said Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the Department of Health.

Take A Free Ride On Summer Concert Bus Friday!

on July 13, 2017 - 5:05pm

Secretary Of State Announces Extension Of Public Comment Period For Proposed Campaign Finance Rule

on July 13, 2017 - 4:40pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced that she will extend the public comment period on her proposed campaign finance rule, which is intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA).

The new deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 to submit written comments by mail, email or fax.

“With the public hearings upon us, I want to give New Mexicans as much time as possible to provide official comment on this proposed rule,” Toulouse Oliver said.

Civil And Human Rights Coalition Welcomes New Protection For Consumers

on July 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
TLC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s release by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) of a final rule that helps protect consumers from forced arbitration:
 
“Most consumers are not aware of the forced arbitration clauses that financial service corporations include in the lengthy, complex contracts consumers are pressured to sign.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 - July 11, 2017

on July 13, 2017 - 4:28pm

LAPD News:


The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

 
PHILIP SWAZO
 
July 5 / Philip Swazo, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, operating without a chauffeur’s license, open container and failure to display current registration.
 
 
 
 
 
SHERRY LYNN FRANCISCO 

July 5 / Sherry Lynn Francisco, 57, of Harper, Texas, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while

Video Shows Bear Running On North Mesa

on July 13, 2017 - 12:04pm

A bear is spotted Tuesday morning on North Mesa. Photo by Keith Lindsay

This video was shot Tesday morning between near the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot on Hawk Drive and the solar panel array. Click here to view. Video by Keith Lindsay

County Seeks Permanent Solution For Sheriff's Office

on July 13, 2017 - 11:05am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero attends Tuesday night County Council meeting to ask for his office's budget and staff to be restored. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

In regard to the issues surrounding the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office, the consensus during the Tuesday's regular County Council meeting was clear: everyone wants the issues resolved and a permanent solution put in place.

What exactly that solution will be is still to be decided. The County Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m.

FBI: Navajo Man From Shiprock Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty July 10 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
 
Curley was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo woman by stabbing her in the leg and sternum area with a knife. Curley was indicted on Dec. 20, 2016, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

New Mexicans Testify To Protect EPA Methane Rules

on July 13, 2017 - 5:29am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. An array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified Monday in Washington, D.C. against a delay of the EPA's methane pollution standards.
 
The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years.

County Gets Jump On Algae In Ashley Pond

on July 13, 2017 - 5:28am
A County crew member recently working to fish the algae out of Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

With its cascading waterfall, flowering plants and swimming ducks; Ashley Pond is a picture-perfect postcard of serenity.

 

But there has been some trouble brewing beneath its waters. If walking on one of its curved wooden boardwalks, you can see the culprit to this trouble wafting lazily in the current. Algae has infiltrated the pond and the County is working to combat it.

 

Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton said the warm summer temperatures

DEA Launches Website To Target College Drug Use

on July 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched CampusDrugPrevention.gov, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use.
 
“We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture.”
 
This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on

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