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Annual Statewide Prison Shakedown Underway

on June 4, 2015 - 11:19am

Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) has initiated a statewide lockdown of all 11 prison facilities statewide.

This lockdown is part of an annual event to shakedown every housing unit, cell, and inmate in a search for illegal contraband and assess the security of each facility. This operation is necessary to ensure the safety of the inmates in the department's care, as well as the NMCD facility officers and staff.

To ensure a comprehensive and thorough operation is completed, NMCD asks for patience from the inmate population as well as the public, as this

Weed Spray In Rodeo Arena Area Set For June 9-10

on June 4, 2015 - 10:52am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks Division will be applying Round up Weed Killer June 9 through June 10 in the North Mesa Rodeo Arena area.

Brief Power Outage Wednesday In White Rock

on June 4, 2015 - 10:43am

DPU News:

A brief power outage occurred Wednesday afternoon affecting 963 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers in White Rock. 

The 10 minute outage began at 1:32 p.m. and was restored by 1:42 p.m. DPU electric linemen were replacing an electric utility pole on Monterey. During the repairs the breaker operated at the White Rock substation causing the outage. 

The area affected customers west of Rover Boulevard and extended south into Pajarito Acres. Once power was restored, crews completed the pole replacement. 

DPU is committed to enhancing electric reliability in Los

Classic Air Medical Gives Lifeguards Special Flight

on June 4, 2015 - 8:17am

Classic Air Medical Flight Nurse Leslie Smith, Flight Medic Jeffrey Begay, lifeguard Janali Gustafson, 20, Pilot Geoff Rodgers and lifeguards Emily Hopkins, 17, and George Steinkamp, 16, gather Wednesday for a preflight safety orientation at Los Alamos County Airport. Hopkins' father John Hopkins and Jeff Dare of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association were the successful bidders for a 15-minute helicopter ride donated by Classic Air Medical, auctioned during LAPSA's annual awards banquet last month at La Mesita Restaurant in Pojoaque.

House Passes De-Escalation Training-Mental Health Services Amendment

on June 3, 2015 - 12:34pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The House voted overwhelmingly, 417-10, to pass an amendment by U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Tim Murphy (PA-18) that invests an additional $2 million in crisis-intervention training for state and local law enforcement, along with mental health and substance abuse treatment, and rehabilitation and community re-entry services.
 
The provision was added to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that will be considered tonight. 

The funding would be available as grants to law enforcement agencies

Heinrich Lauds Passage Of USA Freedom Act

on June 3, 2015 - 10:07am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted for the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 67 to 32.

The legislation will end the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection program that has allowed the government to collect billions of Americans' private records while suspecting them of no wrongdoing.

Heinrich, a cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act has been a leading advocate for ending what the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously concluded is an illegal

Nitrate Waste Stream Isolated At WIPP

on June 3, 2015 - 9:33am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD – The Department of Energy (DOE) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced Tuesday the isolation of all waste containers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory nitrate salt bearing waste stream that was determined to be responsible for 2014 radiological release. 

Closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Panel 7, Room 7 was completed May 29, following the initial closure of Panel 6 on May 13, in compliance with NMED’s Administrative Order.

“This milestone illustrates DOE’s commitment to safely recover WIPP in a manner that increases worker

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