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FBI Searching For Teen Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release At Albuquerque Halfway House Dec. 24, 2020

Adrian Nieto, Jr. is on the lam.

FBI News:

A man charged federally with being a felon in possession of ammunition is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.

Adrian Nieto, Jr., 19, of Albuquerque, is accused of leaving an Albuquerque halfway house without permission Dec. 24, 2020, a day after he was placed on pre-trial conditions of release.

The FBI had arrested Nieto Dec. 17, 2020.

A federal warrant has been issued for Nieto’s arrest.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nieto is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300 or online at


Vaccination Clinic For Phase 1A, 1B In Los Alamos Jan. 18


Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The clinic will be limited to vaccinating remaining healthcare workers in phase 1A and beginning phase 1B, which includes teachers, frontline essential workers and citizens over age 75. This vaccine clinic is free. 

Vaccinations are limited. Individuals who meet the 1A and 1B criteria and have pre-registered on the NMDOH website


New Algorithm Mimics Electrosensing In Fish

Weakly electric fish are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields. Courtesy/SIAM

SIAM News:

While humans may struggle to navigate a murky, turbid underwater environment, weakly electric fish can do so with ease. These aquatic animals are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields.

Now, researchers are attempting to adapt these electrosensing techniques to improve underwater robotics.

Scientists have


NMAA Esports Adds FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21 To Line-Up

NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Activities Association, in partnership with the NFHS Network and PlayVS, will be expanding the game titles offered for the 2021 Esports Season to include FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21.

Previously, the NMAA Esports line-up included only League of Legends, Rocket League and SMITE.

Two of the most popular sports titles in the world, FIFA and Madden, boast real professional football and soccer players on their actual professional teams.

NFHS Network Vice President Mark Koski

EA’s long-running sport simulation franchises


Amateur Naturalist: Eroded Rock, Grinding Stone, Or Sacred Stone?

Los Alamos

Rocks of all shapes and sizes can seen while exploring the slopes of the Jemez Mountains. But some create puzzles when looked at closely.

Consider a slope rising gently through a wooded landscape toward a mountain peak. The trees are spread apart and the grass is short as a result of the shade.

It is easy to see relatively small boulders that are two to three feet across, have relatively flat surfaces and are grey in color. A different appearing boulder then appears, (Picture A).

Picture A: How did this pattern of holes develop in the boulder? Photo by Robert Dryja

This particular


Conchas Lake State Park Closes Boat Ramps For Safety

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels, resulting in safety concerns and to prevent property damage during launching and loading of boats.

Low precipitation and above average temperatures have resulted in extremely low water levels at several state park lakes causing boat access ramps to be closed.

State Parks is using this opportunity to rehabilitate and improve on the existing ramp.

The south boat ramp, which is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is still open at this time. Boaters are encouraged to check with the


SFNF: Prescribed Pile Burn Planned For Pacheco Canyon

The previously planned Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District may begin as early as next week if forecasted favorable conditions indeed occur. File photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including forecasted snow over the weekend, to implement the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District as early as next week.

The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration


Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 5

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 71 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


New Mexico Environment Department Settles With O’Reilly Auto Parts Store For Endangering Workers During Pandemic

NMED News:

…NMED also is investigating more than 200 workplace safety complaints related to COVID-19 and 14 workplace-related COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) entered into a settlement agreement with O’Reilly Auto Parts for alleged violations of the state’s public health order and the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in an unsafe workplace at a Santa Fe store.

Under the settlement agreement, O’Reilly Auto Parts will pay $79,200 in penalties.

NMED inspected the O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 4715 Airport Road in Santa Fe July 4,