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Monsoon Surge With Flash Flooding Possible

on July 5, 2015 - 11:32am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque reports a monsoon moisture surge with flash flooding and possible main stem river rises.

A very moist, unstable atmosphere is in place over New Mexico and will get a boost through Tuesday as a strong front moves into the area. The heaviest rainfall is expected to focus along and east of the Continental Divide through Tuesday.

Key Impacts:

  • Slow moving and repeated thunderstorms will result in locally heavy rainfall with flash flooding possible, especially in areas that have already seen heavy rain the past several

Cone Zone: Week Of July 6

on July 5, 2015 - 8:10am


Road Construction Update: July 6:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Work on 43rd Street (south) will begin Tuesday, July 7. Crews will be trenching and installing water lines. Work on 44th Street continues.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Minimizing Impact Of Data Breach, Improving Security Controls

on July 4, 2015 - 7:39am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information.

In a letter to the OPM director, the senators expressed their disappointment with the data breach and called on OPM to take specific actions to improve security controls and prevent cyber theft.

In June, OPM warned that millions of

NASA Grant To Help Control Mosquitoes

on July 4, 2015 - 7:35am
NASA News:
BROOKINGS, S.D.   When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it’s all about timing.
Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.
People notice the nuisance mosquitoes that come out early in the season, but the Culex tarsalis mosquito, which carries West Nile, is active later in the season and later in the evening, explained SDSU biology professor Michael Hildreth.
Since 2003, he has helped the South Dakota Department of Health with

FBI: Shiprock Man Sentenced For Federal Theft

on July 4, 2015 - 6:41am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Orlando Jay Johnson, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, has been sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on theft occurring in Indian Country.
Johnson was arrested Oct. 31, 2014, after officers of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety were called to a fast food restaurant in Shiprock in response to a report that an elderly Navajo man had been robbed of his wallet and money.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson followed the

Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

on July 3, 2015 - 10:48am
Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the hospital?