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Sunday Update: Rain Provides Relief ... Keeps Fire On Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 17, 2018 - 2:46pm

Rain aides firefighters in keeping blaze at 495 acres overnight on the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

VCNP News:

Saturday’s rain aided firefighting efforts and kept the San Antonio Fire at 495 acres on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The lightning-caused fire is burning within the northwest area of the Preserve. Fire activity was moderate with spots of creeping flames and smoldering timber. The historic cabin within the fire perimeter and the weather station and natural gas pipeline near the fire remain intact and unaffected by the fire.

The Albuquerque

AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

on June 17, 2018 - 7:25am
Surface ruptures from the August 2014 South Napa earthquake run through a vineyard near Buhman Road, Napa Valley, California. Courtesy/Dan Ponti, US Geological Survey
 
Plate Boundary Observatory GPS station P199 overlooks the Sonoma Valley, California. Data from the station demonstrated contraction in the valley during the summer, which contributes to seasonal stress on the fault that ruptured in the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in 2014. Courtesy/UNAVCO
 
AGU News:
 
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered the magnitude-6.0

AG Balderas Proposes Statewide School Safety Plan

on June 17, 2018 - 7:10am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a proposal for immediate action on school safety planning for schools across New Mexico.
 
In a letter sent to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Attorney General Balderas details the first tier of a multi-tiered plan to bring every school in the state up to a minimum threshold of security within the next school year.

Update: Fire In Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 16, 2018 - 4:58pm

Courtesy/VCNP

 

VCNP News:

  • Moisture slows San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera

 

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary.

Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant lines along the fire perimeter. Today’s forecasted rain and higher humidity are expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3

Letter To Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park Residents Causes Consternation And Frustration

on June 16, 2018 - 2:30pm
Problems are brewing at Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park on East Jemez Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A letter delivered Wednesday evening to residents of Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park on East Jemez Road is causing anger and fear resulting in multiple emails and calls to the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Residents report that the letter was hand-delivered by a maintenance worker at the park but also say that a new manager, Tina Burr, has shown up at their doors threatening fines and evictions if certain conditions have not

AG Balderas Leads Task Force Arresting 19 Alleged Child Predators In Months-Long Statewide Operation

on June 16, 2018 - 10:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force served 147 search warrants, arrested 19 alleged predators and rescued two children during a three-month-long statewide operation to protect New Mexico children from sexual exploitation and rape.  
 
The arrests included individuals who allegedly engaged in sexual activity with minors, individuals allegedly travelling to engage in sexual activity with children they believed to be under the age of 14, and

Kirtland AFB Implements Stage III Fire Restrictions

on June 16, 2018 - 9:50am

Kirtland Air Force Base implements Stage III Fire Restrictions. Courtesy photo

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest transitioned Friday morning to Stage III Fire Restrictions. Kirtland officials are following their lead and implementing increased fire restrictions for the installation.

“Effective immediately, the installation will follow all restrictions listed in the Stage II and Stage III orders through July 15 or until conditions improve.

FBI: Man In NY Yankees Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on June 16, 2018 - 9:14am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, June 14.
 
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his 50s, approximately 5'7", with a slender build. He wore a blue New York Yankees baseball cap and a hooded long-sleeve shirt with light and dark stripes,
 
At approximately 4:35 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 6001 Academy Road NE, and displayed a handgun. He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money.
 
The suspect was seen running across McKinney Drive NE into the

Dixon Triple Homicide: Suspect's Girlfriend Arrested For Conspiracy And Tampering With Evidence

on June 16, 2018 - 9:07am
Sonya Chavez
 
NMSP News:
 
DIXON June 12, New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents obtained recorded phone conversations placed by the suspects, John Powell and Roger Gage, which were made to Powell's girlfriend, Sonya Chavez, 34, of El Prado, while they were incarcerated.
 
During the phone conversations Powell and Gage are heard collaborating with Chavez to retrieve drugs that were stolen during the commission of the murders. The suspects inform Chavez of where those drugs can be located.
 
After learning this information, the agent's follow up investigation revealed

Valles Caldera Open To Visitors Despite Fire

on June 16, 2018 - 8:58am

Santa Fe National Forest Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker, left, VCNP Chief of Interpretation & Education Kimberly DeVall and VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos watch smoke Friday afternoon from the San Antonio Fire from a spot along San Antonio Creek. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A tree burns Friday afternoon in the San Antonio Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve as Los Alamos Daily Post staff were escorted close to the fire area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Valles Caldera National

WIPP Breaks Ground For New Ventilation System

on June 15, 2018 - 5:04pm
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD U.S. Department of Energy officials joined with local Southeast New Mexico community leaders Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new and improved underground ventilation system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) is key to increasing waste shipments to WIPP by allowing mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting and maintenance activities to occur simultaneously.
 
“In my first trip to WIPP as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, I am pleased to have the opportunity to

Courts Warn New Mexicans About Jury Duty Scam

on June 15, 2018 - 4:38pm
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The Administrative Office of the Courts is warning New Mexicans about a scam in which people are called and threatened with arrest unless they pay money for failing to report to jury duty.
 
Anyone receiving such a call should not agree to pay any money and immediately should report the incident to local law enforcement.
 
“New Mexico courts never demand a payment of money from individuals who miss a jury service date,” Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts said.
 
A Doña Ana County court received a report about the scam in which a

FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty To Assault

on June 15, 2018 - 4:19pm

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE Patrick Moquino, 39, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, pled guilty Wednesday in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to an assault charge.

 

Moquino was arrested July 11, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Mescalero Apache man by punching and kicking the victim in the head. Moquino subsequently was indicted Nov. 8, 2017, and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Update: Fire In Valles Caldera Burns 426 Acres

on June 15, 2018 - 2:33pm

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fire in the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News: 

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres and is located in the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and northern boundary.

Resources consist of more than 100 fire personnel. The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team is on scene and expected to take command at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Valle Grande

Night View Of Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 15, 2018 - 8:16am

The San Antonio Fire burning Thursday night along a ridge northeast of Valle San Antonio in the Valles Caldera National Preserve as light from ground fires illuminates the smoky sky. © 2018 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

NMDOH: Wildfire Smoke Health Hazards

on June 15, 2018 - 8:03am

Wildfire smoke can present hazards to people’s health. Courtesy image

NMDOH News:

With the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are monitoring air quality in areas of Northern New Mexico affected by smoke from the wildfire, including Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Raton.

Over the weekend, NMED set up air quality monitors in Raton and Cimarron. A third monitor is being placed in the Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area today by the US Forest Service.

The monitors will allow the State to gather information about

More Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 15, 2018 - 7:28am

A group of incoming kindergarten students waits in line for the next activity Thursday during the Safety Town program at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Safety Town participants gather Thursday morning with Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Cmdr. Preston Ballew in front ot the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew shows a young Safety Town participant how he remotely controls a robot from inside the LAPD bomb truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Scenes From Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 15, 2018 - 6:32am

A large tanker drops a load of slurry on the lightning-caused fire late Thursday afternoon that has burned more than 100 acres in the Valles Caldera backcounty. Updates on this fire will be published as they become available ... check back for more photos from the scene. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A small helicopter helps direct the air drops by the tanker and checks results of the drop. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

As Thursday draws to a close the tanker heads for the runway to prepare for another day. The air drops help to put the fire to sleep for the night.

Evening Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 100 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 7:21pm

The lightning-caused fire that started this afternoon in the Valles Caldera backcountry has burned more than 100 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The fire that began earlier this afternoon on Valles Caldera National Preserve being called the San Antonio Fire is lightning-caused and has burned more than 100 acres in the northwest corner of the preserve.

Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to suppress the fire burning in ponderosa pine and douglas fir stands.

Resources on scene and en route include multiple engines, one hot shot crew,

Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 50 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 3:50pm

COUNTY UPDATE: The fire spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain is estimated to have burned about 50 acres. The Los Alamos Fire Department has not been requested to respond to the fire at this time. National Forest and Valles Caldera have fire-fighting resources working the fire. A special weather statement was just issued for the Jemez Mountain area about storms with heavy rainfall moving into the area on Friday, so, there may be a good chance that rain is on the way to help firefighters.

Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 14, 2018 - 2:47pm

Los Alamos County reports that a fire was spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain. Smoke is visible over the western mountains of Los Alamos. Fire resources are actively working at the site right now. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Fire resources are actively working at the site of a fire right now in the Valles Caldera. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Bipartisan Group Of Senators File Amendment To Require Release Of Water Contamination Report

on June 14, 2018 - 11:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment Wednesday to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish an unreleased federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals.
 
According to media reports and publicly available emails, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) threaten human health than previously

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 11 To June 12, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 11:48am

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.

SEBASTIAN OSBALDO CRUZ-VARGAS

June 11 at 10:37 p.m. / Police arrested Sebastian Cruz-Vargas, 29, of Espanola in Pojoaque on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

JAYSTON PLATERO

June 12 at 9:06 p.m. / Police arrested Jayston Platero, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with DWI and two counts of abuse of a child.

Los Alamos National Laboratory And U.S. Army Working On Replacement For Toxic TNT

on June 14, 2018 - 11:38am

Chavez TNT Replacement: Explosives chemist David Chavez pours an example of melt-castable explosive into a copper mold at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 9. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., have developed a novel “melt-cast” explosive material that could be a suitable replacement for Trinitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT.

 

“The Army and the Laboratory, through the Joint Munitions Program, have been looking for a TNT replacement,” said David Chavez, an explosives

Sandra Snow Oversees Bank Secrecy Act Compliance

on June 14, 2018 - 8:22am

Sandra Snow in her office at LANB where she heads up a four-member team of experts in the field of Bank Secrecy Act compliance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sandra Snow heads up a four-member team of experts in the field of Bank Secrecy Act compliance. Her official title is Director of BSA (Bank Secrecy Act) AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control).

Tucked away in a casual office suite at Los Alamos National Bank, Snow and her team are the watch dogs for potential money-laundering,

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