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Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Speaks At Lunch With A Leader

on June 26, 2017 - 7:39am

At the June 20, League of Women Voters' monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke about the trials and tribulations of the last 60-day session and the special session called to balance the budget and restore higher education funding to New Mexico. Courtesy photo

Mountain Teacher Michele Altherr Participates In Panel Discussion On Charter And Traditional School Divide

on June 25, 2017 - 5:06pm

Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr, center, participates in a panel discussion on the Charter and Traditional School Divide at the 2nd Annual Public School Leadership Conference put on by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The event was June 21-22 at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Attorney General: Conviction Upheld On Pediatrician Convicted For Possession Of Child Pornography

on June 25, 2017 - 4:18pm

Juan Torres Santos

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE– Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that pediatrician Juan Torres Santos, who was found guilty of one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children in October 2015, lost his appeal to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Torres Santos was previously a licensed pediatrician in Pennsylvania and in Texas, and was working on his application for a medical license in New Mexico at the time of his arrest.

NWS: Numerous Severe Storms Through Tonight

on June 25, 2017 - 3:50pm
Storm clouds form this afternoon over downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Hail pummels downtown Los Alamos this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 

National Weather Service News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms throughout most of central and eastern New Mexico and the entire !-25 corridor from Socorro to Albuquerque to Raton as well as the I-40 corridor in eastern New Mexico.

 

Timing – Continental Divide to Rio Grande Valley (RGV): Early afternoon through early evening with the most

Pearce Leads Hearing To Combat Trafficking Cultural Artifacts That Fund Terrorist Organizations, Activities

on June 25, 2017 - 9:20am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, led a hearing to examine the best ways to combat the trafficking of cultural artifacts that fund terrorist organizations and activities:

“During times of conflict we see an increased interest in the theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking of priceless religious and cultural sites for artifacts and other antiquities.

Man Who Robbed Mother And Children At Gunpoint In Albuquerque Smith’s Parking Lot Gets 20 Year Sentence

on June 25, 2017 - 9:06am

Lloyd Aguilar

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Second Judicial District Attorney Rául Torrez announced Friday that Lloyd Aguilar was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised probation for robbing a mother and her three children at gunpoint in a Smith’s parking lot on the Westside of Albuquerque.

Aguilar was convicted by a Bernalillo County jury March 17, 2017 after a weeklong trial. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“I am

SFCC Partners With Northern New Mexico College In Three Baccalaureate Programs

on June 25, 2017 - 6:48am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces that it is partnering with Northern New Mexico College at the Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, to offer three new opportunities this fall for people in Santa Fe to earn bachelor degrees. 
 
"NNMC faculty and staff are very excited to partner with SFCC in this project,” NNMC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D. said.

Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

on June 25, 2017 - 6:36am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Thursday on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:
 
“A year ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with President Obama to sign into law the most sweeping environmental legislation in over 20 years, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Safeguard Tribal Items

on June 25, 2017 - 6:32am
To announce the reintroduction of the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a meeting with students from the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA) in his office in Washington, D.C. From left, Patrice Chavez, Santa Fe; Christie Abeyta, Santa Clara/Santo Domingo Pueblo; Gabriel Fuentes, Hopi; Rebecca Rae, Jicarilla Apache; Casey Douma, Laguna Pueblo/Hopi; Regis Pecos, Cochiti Pueblo; Alise Etsate, Zuni Pueblo; Carly Jo Chavarria, Santa Clara/Paiute Shoshone; U.S. Sen.

Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee Includes Ethics Commission On 2017 Work Plan

on June 25, 2017 - 6:31am
New Mexico Ethics Watch News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch has announced that the Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee has included the statewide Ethics Commission on the committee’s work plan for the 2017 interim.
 
“The ethics commission is one of the most important pieces of legislation that will be before the legislature in the coming years,” said New Mexico Ethics Watch Executive Director Douglas Carver. “We are pleased that this interim committee will start the discussion of the elements of the commission during this interim legislative period.

Los Alamos To Host Free Caregiver Presentation July 17

on June 25, 2017 - 6:25am
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 17. It will be hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center on 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
 
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis (505).473.1297 or at dldavis@alz.org. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los

Los Alamos County Little League Baseball Ages 9-11 Division All-stars Beat Pojoaque All-stars 8-7, Santa Fe National 20-1 And Advance To Championships!

on June 24, 2017 - 5:20pm

Los Alamos County Little League Baseball Ages 9-11 Division All-stars beat the Pojoaque All-stars 8-7 Thursday and Santa Fe National 20-1. The team advances to play in the championhip games Monday night. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos and Pojoaque teams shake hands following their 8-inning game Thursday. Courtesy photo 

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos County Little League Baseball Ages 9-11 Division All-stars fought hard Thursday and beat the Pojoaque All-stars by a score of 8-7 in a contest that took eight innings on the opening night of the District 1 tournament.

Play continued today at Franklin

NNSA On Improper Shipment Sent From LANL

on June 24, 2017 - 5:04pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week.

The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Final Cajete Fire Update

on June 24, 2017 - 12:25pm

Aftermath of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

This will be the final update issued on the Cajete Fire winding down in the Jemez.

Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters today are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along N.M. 4.

Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents.

Judge Rules Against WCS - EnergySolutions Merger

on June 24, 2017 - 11:58am
Courtesy photo
 
CCNS News:
 
Federal District Judge Sue L. Robinson entered her sealed opinion Wednesday in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice and prohibited Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and EnergySolutions from moving forward with the proposed $367 million merger of the two-nuclear waste storage and disposal companies.
 
The judge’s decision was based on anti-trust law.
 
In a written statement, Andrew Finch, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, said, "Substantial evidence showed that head-to-head competition between

Community Invited To Amateur Radio Club Field Day

on June 24, 2017 - 11:15am

The community is invited to see a demonstration of amateur radios in action from noon to noon Sunday at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds off North Mesa Road. The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise. The radio operators will use generator, solar and battery power equipment to make radio contacts. They will demonstrate radio amateurs’ skills and readiness in providing self-supporting communications when infrastructure is not available.

Pearce, O’Rourke Reintroduce Border Accountability Bill

on June 24, 2017 - 7:46am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) along with U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) reintroduced the Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act.
 
“It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure the communities along the border region, and the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents assigned to protect it, have the resources they need to be safe and secure where they live and work.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Unveils Latest Powerful TV Ad To Fight DWI

on June 23, 2017 - 10:37am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled the latest powerful TV ad to fight DWI.
 
In addition, the Governor announced an increased law enforcement presence on New Mexico’s roads and highways to target DWI and other dangerous driving throughout the summer.
 
“The consequences of DWI are unmistakable – it costs lives and takes loved ones away from their families.” Martinez said. “I saw it all the time as a prosecutor. This new ad shows exactly what happens when people make the choice to get behind the wheel drunk.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary To Maintain LANL’s Plutonium Mission

on June 23, 2017 - 9:52am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday on the U.S. Department of Energy’s budget and priorities, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Secretary Rick Perry to maintain Los Alamos National Lab’s (LANL) plutonium mission into the future.

Sen. Heinrich also emphasized that safety must be the number one priority to ensure LANL’s central role in the nation’s stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security.

VIDEO: Heinrich Secures Commitment From Secretary

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Anniversary Event July 22

on June 23, 2017 - 7:32am
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:
 
DUe to the Cajete Fire, the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera anniversary event schedule for Saturday, June 24 has been rescheduled.
 
The Los Amigos de Valles Caldera anniversary event is now set for July 22. Watch for more details about this event soon.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Questions Key Officials On Security Of U.S. Elections In 2018 And Beyond

on June 23, 2017 - 7:25am
Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials Wednesday during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing to further examine Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
 
The hearing featured two panels and focused closely on Russia’s cyber efforts against our election systems in 2016, our response efforts, potential threats to our 2018 and 2020 elections, and how we are postured to protect against those threats. 
 

Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

LAMC: AHCA And The Negative Impact It Will Have On Our Community

on June 22, 2017 - 4:13pm

LAMC News:

Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue to provide the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff.

As you may be aware, politicians in Washington, D.C.

NMDOH Warns Of Heat And Smoke Related Illness

on June 22, 2017 - 4:04pm

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat and smoke-related illnesses.

Temperatures over the next several days are expected be the warmest days of the year so far in several parts of New Mexico, and because of the El Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains, smoke is being released into the air, degrading air quality.

Extreme Heat                                                                                                                        
Anyone regardless of age, sex, or health status may develop heat-related

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Questions Energy Secretary On Safety And Future Of Plutonium Mission At LANL

on June 22, 2017 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

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