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Los Alamos Police Capture Car Thief In White Rock

on October 19, 2018 - 6:20pm

Chadrick Kalvin Cavanaugh

LAPD News:

At approximately 9 a.m. today, Cpl. David Boe was patrolling White Rock when he identified a stolen vehicle at Overlook Park. The suspect was in the area and fled on foot.

LAPD officers began searching the area for the suspect. Los Alamos Schools were notified of a potential felony suspect on foot in the area. Both Pinon Elementary School and Chamisa Elementry School went to “Lockout” procedures, which is to secure the perimeter out of an abundance of caution. 

LAPD officers observed the suspect attempting to flee at the bottom of the canyon near the

Reps. Lujan Grisham And Luján Demand Air Force Secretary Address Cannon AFB Water Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 3:08pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, after New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) issued a warning that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.


LAPS Unity Day: Wear And Share Orange Oct. 24

on October 19, 2018 - 9:42am
Third grade student Bianca Perraglio holds a poster she made for Aspen's Bully Prevention Poster Contest. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Unity Day is Wednesday, Oct. 24 and the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month.
The goal of Unity Day is to come together against bullying and stand united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Bullying is one of the top concerns of the Los Alamos Public Schools’ Prevention Program.

SFNF: Hunters, Know Before You Go

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am

SFNF officials are encouraging hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) officials encourage hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest and to operate safely.

People require rescue almost every year because they weren’t prepared to enter into the forest and wilderness areas.

“Hunters got lost in two separate instances in the Santa Fe National Forest within the past few days,” said Diane Prather, Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator.

Heinrich Releases Resource Guide On Federal Funding Opportunities To Address Opioid Crisis

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released a Resource Guide on Federal Funding Opportunities to Address the Opioid Crisis to offer helpful information and guidance to local governments, tribes and service providers.
In addition to providing a clearinghouse of resources, Heinrich also encouraged eligible grant seekers in New Mexico to contact his office for assistance in identifying and competing for available funding opportunities.
"The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public

Cannon AFB Reveals Groundwater Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 8:30am
NMED News:
CLOVIS The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) have been informed by Cannon Air Force Base that Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), chemicals associated with fire-fighting foams - used by Cannon Air Force Base personnel - have been detected in groundwater on and off base.
PFAS are emerging chemicals that may be associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health ailments.

BLM Announces Sagebrush Treatments In San Juan And Rio Arriba Counties Beginning Oct. 26

on October 19, 2018 - 7:47am
BLM News:
FARMINGTON Beginning Oct. 26, the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, will treat up to approximately 9,803 acres of sagebrush.
Treatments will occur on BLM, state and private lands within San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwestern New Mexico where sagebrush densities have surpassed historic, naturally-occurring levels.
The objective of the treatments is to improve plant species diversity, which will benefit wildlife, rangeland and watershed health by reducing the density of sagebrush.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
DOE News:


Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

on October 18, 2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America’s caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities.  
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).
By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of the population and over the next ten years, the United States is expected

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 10 To Oct. 16, 2018

on October 17, 2018 - 7:16pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Oct. 10 at 8:13 p.m. / Police arrested Joshua J. Montoya, 25, of Santa Cruz at the Tierra Amarilla Detention Center on an arrest order.





Oct. 11 at 5:45 p.m. / Police arrested Reid M. Schneider, 28, of White Rock at 93 Lejano Dr., and charged him with battery and false imprisonment.





Oct. 11 at 7:31 p.m.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
VOLA News:
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

Utility Work On Central Avenue Thursday

on October 17, 2018 - 4:09pm


Natural gas crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will repair a gas line near in front of the Bradbury Science Museum 15th Street on Central Avenue.

Work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m. Thursday. Motorists should expect some traffic delays.

Crews will excavate a small section of road to repair a gas line on the north side of Central Ave., just east of 15th Street. in front of the Bradbury Museum’s west driveway. The east driveway will remain open for patrons of the museum and other offices at 1350 Central Ave.

Through westbound traffic

NMSP: Tuesday Plane Crash Victims Identified

on October 17, 2018 - 4:07pm

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Mexico State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft west of Albuquerque.

State Police with the assistance of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Albuquerque Fire Rescue and local first responders located the plane in a field about 10 miles west of Double Eagle Airport.

The pilot Michael Vavrek, 68, and passenger Judy Vavrek, 67, both of Albuquerque were killed in the crash and pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

NTSB and FAA investigators will be on scene later today to investigate

FBI: Navajo Man Gets 60 Months For Firearms Offenses, Including Discharging Weapon Near School

on October 17, 2018 - 3:53pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Eric Multine, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque to 60 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, and discharging a firearm near a school. 

Multine will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

The FBI arrested Multine Dec. 26, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm Dec. 20, 2017, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.

U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge Rehabilitation Northbound Lane Closures & NM 502 Northbound Ramp Closure

on October 17, 2018 - 3:53pm


SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 181.00 in Pojoaque near Cities of Gold Casino.

Today through Thursday – U.S. 84/285 northbound lanes at the Pojoaque Bridge will be reduced to one lane. This closure will remain in effect 24 hours a day until Thursday. All U.S. 84/285 northbound lanes will be Re-Opened Thursday.

Today through – N.M. 502 on-ramp to U.S. 84/285 northbound will be CLOSED. Traffic will be detoured to Cities of Gold Rd. to access U.S. 84/285 northbound. N.M.

FBI, Navajo Nation Ask Public For Help Identifying Body

on October 17, 2018 - 8:38am
FBI News:
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public’s help identifying a man whose body was found under a bridge in Mentmore, NM.
The man is described as a Native American male in his mid-40s, approximately 5'10” to 6'1” tall, weighing 240 pounds, with a scar on his left cheek and another on his left arm from his elbow to his wrist.
He had neck-length black hair, a moustache, and whispy hair on his chin. He had a small circular tattoo on his abdomen. He wore a brown AUI Inc. jacket, a white T-shirt, black pants, and tan work boots.
The body

Microseal Project In White Rock Begins Oct. 23

on October 16, 2018 - 5:02pm


Crews from IPR, Limited will begin a microseal project Monday, Oct. 23 on Rover Boulevard/Meadow Lane Loop between the Grand Canyon Drive/Rover intersection and the Grand Canyon Drive/Meadow Lane intersection.

Crews will be working 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. All work should be completed by Oct. 28, weather permitting.

During the application, one lane will be closed allowing for one-way traffic via a flagging operation. It is expected that the coating will cure enough to cross within 25-30 minutes and can accept full traffic 1-2 hours after the application is completed.


Los Alamos Task Force Paints White Rock ‘Rock’ In Support Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 16, 2018 - 1:47pm

Members of the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force Paint the ‘Rock’ this afternoon at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to show support for victims and survivors. LADVTF members from left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Adele McKenzie, Sgt. Chris Ross, Deni Fell, Maura Taylor, Kim Ferguson and Cmdr. Preston Ballew. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the LADVTF also paint the side of the rock this afternoon in White Rock in support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. Photo by Carol A.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

N3B Awards $1.5 Million In Cleanup Work To TerranearPMC/Envirocon

on October 16, 2018 - 10:04am

Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. Courtesy/N3B

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Mont., to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23

on October 16, 2018 - 9:51am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is gearing up to kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, which launches Oct. 23.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent

FBI: Federal Warrant Issued For Albuquerque Woman

on October 16, 2018 - 8:38am

Deanna Marie Sanchez is on the lam. Courtey/FBI

FBI News:

An Albuquerque woman charged federally for an armed robbery is being sought for absconding from pre-trial release.

The FBI arrested Deanna Marie Sanchez Sept. 16 on a federal complaint charging her with interference with commerce by threats or violence for allegedly robbing a Family Store Sept. 6 in Albuquerque.

Sanchez, 30, was placed under pre-trial release supervision Sept. 18, but absconded from an Albuquerque halfway house.

A federal warrant has been issued for Sanchez’s arrest.

The following is a description of Sanchez:

  • Race: Hispanic

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
DOI News:
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

Domestic Violence Awareness: Part 2

on October 15, 2018 - 2:59pm

LAPD News:

Editor's note: this is part 2 of a 4 part series.

Did you know how domestic violence affects dating teens?

Mainstream media has a major influence in what are “acceptable appearances” and what aren’t. The messages are not always healthy or positive and often not the same values of individual households. Despite parent’s best efforts, their teens look to alternative avenues for what is socially approved and what is social suicide. The value of social acceptance can be compromising to their safety and wellbeing.