Public Safety

School is Back in Session!

Aimee Morrison is Piñon Elementary School’s favorite crossing guard. Her smiling face and happy waves have greeted students and parents for several years at the Sherwood/Grand Canyon intersection. She enjoys wearing silly hats for the kids, and today’s hat says, ‘Welcome Back!’ in honor of the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year. Photo by April Nolan


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Alert: Elevated Potential For Flash Flooding

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports an upper level disturbance will track slowly eastward over New Mexico today through Thursday. Abundant moisture in place and strong forcing for vertical ascent will result in widespread showers and thunderstorms, many with heavy rain.

Key Impacts:

  • Stronger storms will produce torrential downpours with rain at rates near 2 inches per hour;
  • The potential for flash flooding will be elevated in several urban areas that have experienced flooding, as well as near wildfire burn scar areas;
  • Models forecast a broad cluster of storms

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State Police Launch Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across New Mexico

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. This is attributed to the 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


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IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scams

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.

“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” IRS Commissioner


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DOE Secretary Addresses Employees At WIPP

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses employees Tuesday at WIPP. Also on hand were DOE Deputy Under Secretary David M. Klaus for Management and Performance, second from left, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Carlsbad to tour the site and see firsthand the recovery efforts underway at the WIPP facility. In addition to meeting with local officials, Moniz spoke to area residents about WIPP recovery efforts at a town hall meeting, which also included Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin


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