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New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
 
NMSP News:
 
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
 
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
 
The New Mexico

Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
 
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
 
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

Man In Red Shirt; Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on August 18, 2018 - 5:47am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Aug. 15.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7” to 5'8” tall, with a thin build. He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. He carried a dark satchel with a strap over his shoulder.
 
At approximately 4:49 p.m., the suspect walked into U.S. Bank at 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Sen. Michael Padilla Urges Governor To Accelerate Completion Of Overdue CYFD Case Management System

on August 18, 2018 - 5:10am
State Sen. Michael Padilla
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday alerting her that significant portions of a critical IT project meant to deliver a new case management system for CYFD is now overdue.
 
In his letter, Padilla urges the governor to see that the project gets prioritized and properly resourced for a swift and timely completion.
 
This comes just days after the governor’s office announced that Daryl Ackley, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary, will be departing

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
 
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
STATE News:
 
Federal agencies

AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
 
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Defends Free Press

on August 16, 2018 - 10:35pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in response to recent attacks by President Trump on the media, which have included comments claiming the media is the “enemy of the people.” As well as in response to newspapers across the country, including the Albuquerque Journal, publishing editorials discussing the importance of the free press.

“The freedom of the press, enshrined in the constitution, is fundamental to our democracy.

Fox In Fort Sumner Tests Positive For Rabies

on August 16, 2018 - 10:55am
NMGF News:
 
DE BACA COUNTY A landowner near Fort Sumner who killed a fox July 17 that was exhibiting behaviors common with rabies, contacted Conservation Officer Jacob Laobato.
 
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing at the State Laboratory Division. Results came back positive for rabies.
 
“The public should be vigilant and stay away from any animals behaving strangely,” said Dr. Kerry Mower, wildlife disease specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “People should ensure their pets’ vaccinations are current.”
 
According to the

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meets In Los Alamos For Update On Clean-up Of Legacy Waste

on August 16, 2018 - 9:37am

Members of the Legislature's Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee, from left, Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, Sen. Jeff Steinborn and Sen. Richard Martinez listen Wednesday at UNM-LA as EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze and Jennifer Hower of the New Mexico Environment Department provde an update on Los Alamos National Laboratory's environmental clean-up of legacy waste. The update is required under the Compliance Order on Consent, which mandates annual planning for clean-up milestones and ensures the effective use of cleanup funds. Photo by Allison Scott Majure/N3B Los Alamos

Attorney General Balderas Seeks Lead Plaintiff Status In Lawsuit Against Pacific Gas And Electric Company

on August 16, 2018 - 8:47am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he has filed a motion seeking lead plaintiff status in securities litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to recover approximately $4 million in losses suffered by the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the State of New Mexico's largest public pension fund.
 
The lawsuit alleges that the fund was severely damaged by PG&E's misstatements and omissions regarding the safety of their electrical lines that caused massive wildfires in

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:
 
“I’m always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most common exposures to the known carcinogen asbestos.

McQuiston: School Safety Saves Lives

on August 15, 2018 - 3:07pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

It’s back to school time. For many of us parents, we say, thank God.

This is also the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians and school buses.

Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely. Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential

School Safety Forum Aug. 30

on August 15, 2018 - 8:43am

Police Officers Issue Back To School Safety Reminder

on August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.

Police officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff are safe as the community transitions into another school year. 

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and students are loading and unloading. This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

Let’s work together to ensure this school year is not only safe but fun.

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

Statement Of Threats Against Judge Who Released Five Criminal Defendants Arrested At Taos Compound

on August 14, 2018 - 2:01pm

Administrative Office of the Courts News:

SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin today issued the following statement in response to threats against Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Backus for her ruling allowing the pretrial release of five criminal defendants who were arrested at a compound in Taos County:

“New Mexico judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution and the state’s laws.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero Issues Statement On Recent Audit And Investigation Results

on August 14, 2018 - 7:09am

Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero

Staff Report

Democratic nominee for House Dist. 46 and former executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Saturday issued a statement regarding the results of a recent audit by the office of State Auditor Wayne Johnson and an investigative report from the law firm of Adams+Crow, which was commissioned by the Los Alamos County Council.

In an email accompanying the statement, Romero said since the controversy over the RCLC began, there have been a lot of assumptions and finger-pointing, particularly in the media.

“I

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

Update: Penasco Fire Burns 12 Acres

on August 13, 2018 - 12:09pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Penasco Fire that began Aug. 8  in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed 12 acres of Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained. 

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in the Rio Chama Wilderness near the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar and is one quarter of a mile from the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Due to the fire’s proximity, Santa Fe National Forest officials urge the public to remain on the trail and proceed with caution if traveling along CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama

DOE: RFI/SS For Environmental Management Deactivation, Decommissioning And Removal Services

on August 13, 2018 - 6:07am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for Environmental Management Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) Services.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to perform DD&R of Facilities, Waste Management, and Program Support for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Science (OS). The services to be acquired may be performed at various locations throughout the

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Minor

on August 13, 2018 - 6:04am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Terrence Cachini, 31, an enrolled member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to assaulting a minor resulting in serious bodily injury.  
 
Cachini’s plea agreement recommends five years of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Cachini was arrested March 6, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a female child by striking and biting her Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in serious bodily injury to the victim.

AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Murderer Behind Bars

on August 13, 2018 - 6:02am
Jordan Hurd
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE July 26, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions in a case argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
 
Jordan Hurd is convicted of the willful and deliberate murders of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter Amanda Hobbs, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced by a trial court to life in prison for each of the murder charges.
 
“The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office fights every day to keep the people of New Mexico safe,” Balderas said.

Backhoe Joins Search For Water Main Break

on August 12, 2018 - 12:19am

Department of Public Utilities crews brought in a backhoe close to midnight Saturday at Woodland and Arizona to help search for the source of a water main break reported at about 7 p.m. today. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailyost.com

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