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Expanding Mission, Budget Cuts, Retirements At Root Of Secret Service Problems

on December 31, 2014 - 7:36am

Secret Service vest. Courtesy/U.S. Secret Service

HSNW News:

A series of recent security lapses at the White House may be attributed to an expansion of U.S. Secret Service duties ordered by Congress and the White House during the George W. Bush administration, according to a new DHS review of the agency.

Officials familiar with the agency’s administrative inner-workings also note that budget cuts forced the agency to ration services while simultaneously dealing with a wave of early retirements from seasoned staff members.

Formerly, Secret Service agents had been awarded the same

NMDOT Crews Working Around The Clock

on December 30, 2014 - 11:04am

New Mexico Department of Transportation snow plows. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The weather over the next few days is already posing challenges for drivers in some areas of New Mexico.

The first of two forecasted winter storms has already ushered in bitterly cold temperatures as well as snow, freezing rain and high winds to some regions. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews are working around the clock to keep state maintained roads safe and clear for motorists.

Businesses Brace For More Sophisticated Cyberattacks

on December 30, 2014 - 10:09am

HSNW News:

The recent Sony Pictures hack is one more reason for industries to prepare for a series of cyberattacks which will likely occur in 2015.

From massive data leaks to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, hackers will continue to find vulnerabilities within targeted network systems. Cybersecurity firms, including Symantec Malaysia, are recommending more ways to help clients defend themselves from such attacks.

In 2015, attackers will continue to look for new vulnerabilities so that they can ‘hack the planet’,” says Nigel Tan, Symantec Malaysia’s director of systems

Snow Is Falling Over Los Alamos

on December 30, 2014 - 9:55am

Snow has descended over the Los Alamos area including this scene from North Road and Sycamore. The National Weather Service predicts an accumulation of about 1/2 inch. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Winter Storm Watch Effective Dec. 31 - Jan. 1

on December 30, 2014 - 8:34am

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE REPORTING ARCTIC AIR WITH LIGHT SNOW AND WIND TO MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO USHER VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR SOUTHWARD OVER EASTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY AND WEDNESDAY. AN EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW WILL ALSO PRODUCE AN INCH OR TWO OF DRY SNOW ACCUMULATION. TEMPERATURES WILL BE PLENTY COLD THAT THE SNOW WILL STICK TO ROADS MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

Major Arctic Air Mass Heading To Northeast NM

on December 29, 2014 - 11:17am

NOAA News:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has announced that a major arctic air mass is poised to plunge south into far northeast New Mexico within the hour.

The leading edge of this very cold air will then plunge south all the while deepening through the afternoon and evening, which will force the front into the Rio Grande Valley late tonight (most likely around or just after midnight). Gusty east canyon winds will signal its arrival.

The community may recall a significant arctic push back in mid-November that delivered quite a punch, with abrupt changes in the Santa

NWS Details Elevated Winter Weather Impacts

on December 28, 2014 - 7:18am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports that at least two distinct periods of elevated winter weather impacts are expected this week.

First, a strong Arctic front will bring sharply colder temperatures and increasing chances of mainly light snow to areas east of the central mountain chain later Monday through Tuesday night. 

At the same time, an expansive upper level storm system will gather strength over the inter-mountain West and Great Basin region. This deepening low pressure system will eventually cross New Mexico later in the week, most likely Thursday night into Friday with

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