Public Safety

Gov. Appoints VanDenzen Chief Hearing Officer

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Martinez has announced the appointment of Brian VanDenzen as chief hearing officer for the Administrative Hearings Office.
 
VanDenzen spent four years in both public and private legal practice, and the last ten years of his career as a tax hearing officer at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Since 2014, he has served as interim chief hearing officer, overseeing both the hearings bureau and the administrative hearings office.
 
As part of the Governor’s continuing efforts to make New Mexico more business friendly, independent

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Suspect Identified In Graffiti Threat Case At Los Alamos High School

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department continues to work in partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools to investigate recent graffiti threats.

In cooperation with LAPS and members of the community, LAPD has identified at least one suspect we believe to be responsible. Police have increased their presence at school campuses within the County and continue to assign School Resource Officers to Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. 

LAPD is continuing to investigate these threats with the help of school resource officers and criminal investigators. LAPD takes these


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Flu Spreads At Central NM Correctional Facility

STATE News:

Over the course of the last three days, an increase in Influenza symptoms has been detected within the inmate population housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Those diagnosed or presenting symptoms consistent with Influenza Virus are receiving supportive medical treatment. Because 31 patients have presented with influenza symptoms or similar complaints, the New Mexico Corrections Department’s medical provider, Corizon, has partnered with the Department of Health to provide additional support for conducting expedited examinations and


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DOE On Launch Of U.S. – Republic Of Korea High Level Bilateral Commission

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea Cho Tae-yul announced Thursday the launch of the High Level Bilateral Commission (HLBC). 

Republic of Korea Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yul

In their roles as HLBC Co-Chairs, Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall and Vice Minister Cho also announced that the first meeting of the HLBC will take place April 14 in Seoul. Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall will travel


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Governor Martinez Signs Tough DWI Legislation

STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Martinez signed Senate Bill 118 Tuesday, which cracks down on the worst repeat DWI offenders and substantially increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone on the road.
 
In fact, the new penalty for driving drunk and killing someone will be one of the highest in the region.
 
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) and Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup), makes it a second-degree felony to be convicted of eight or more DWIs, increasing mandatory sentencing from 2 years to 10 years, with a maximum

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