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UPDATE - Silver Alert: Helen Rael Missing Since Friday

on September 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Helen Rael, 83, missing since Friday. Courtesy/SFCSO

Update: Silver Alert canceled ... Helen Rael was located and is safe.


The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Helen Rael, a Hispanic female, 83-years-old, five foot two inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Rael was last seen wearing a black pants, boots and unknown color shirt Sept. 6, 2019 at the Tesuque Casino in Santa Fe.

Rael is

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Lay Cause Of Mass Shootings Where It Belongs ... Violent Videos; Permissive Parenting

on September 6, 2019 - 3:52pm
Los Alamos

People cite readily available guns and mental illnesses as the causes of mass shootings, but has anyone ever considered the effects of the violent shoot-em-up video games that our youth have been playing for years? 

I believe there is a direct correlation, but no one ever mentions that possibility, and no one has investigated the number of hours, days, weeks, months and years that these shooters spent killing people virtually, on the computer screen, before they went out and killed people for real.

Let's lay the cause of mass shootings where it belongs – at the

Judge Casados Swears In Two Public Safety Aides

on September 6, 2019 - 9:15am

Judge Pat Casados swears in Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Theresa Phelan and Public Safety Aide Jacob Hill Thursday during a ceremony at the Magistrate Court in the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

AG Balderas Announces Phase 1 Results Of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up ‘Operation Steel Net’

on September 6, 2019 - 8:05am

Mugshots of individuals arrested during phase 1 of phase I of Operation Steel Net. Courtesy/NMAG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Ongoing Operation Targets Dangerous Criminals Accused of Violent Crimes and Sex Offenses in Rural & Urban Communities

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and

African Serval Wild Cat Spotted Near Hyde Memorial State Park In Santa Fe Is Captured

on September 5, 2019 - 2:02pm

An African serval has been captured in Santa Fe near Hyde Memorial State Park. Courtesy/NMG&F

NMG&F News:

SANTA FE – The search for the African serval spotted near Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe has ended with its safe capture.

Conservation Officer Manuel Overby caught the approximately 30-pound male Sub-Saharan African animal early Thursday morning in a live cage and transported it to the Albuquerque BioPark for evaluation and safe keeping while a permanent home is determined. Officers also will attempt to identify the origin of its escape.

“Our residents did the right thing by

NOAA Satellite Image: Hurricane Dorian Early Sept. 5

on September 5, 2019 - 8:34am
NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, early morning Sept. 5, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

McQuiston: Personal Liability Coverage – Don’t Let It Be An Afterthought

on September 5, 2019 - 8:12am

The Jemez Agency

When discussing and rating homeowner insurance policies, personal liability coverage is often an afterthought.  

Insurance companies and insurance agents don’t always take the time to explain what it is and what it covers. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking personal liability coverage isn’t important. It most certainly is.

For starters, let’s look at the types of claims that are potentially covered by this part of the homeowner insurance policy: bodily injury claims and property damage liability claims.

NOAA Satellite Image: Hurricane Dorian Early Sept. 4

on September 4, 2019 - 9:12am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, early morning Sept. 4, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

State Police Issue Some 1,700 Citations, Handled 37 Crashes, 11 Arrests In Labor Day C.A.R.E. Operation

on September 4, 2019 - 7:18am

NMSP News:

During the Labor Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation across roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, reduce the number of crashes, and increase motorist safety.

NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

Santa Fe National Forest: More Abandoned Campfires – Some Campers Still Don’t Get It

on September 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Although the forest-wide numbers have improved over the summer season, fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) found at least a dozen abandoned campfires over the Labor Day weekend, bringing the year’s total for that one district alone to a whopping 164 abandoned campfires.

“And that’s 164 unnecessary opportunities for a wildfire to get out of control and threaten firefighter and public safety,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley said. “Someone’s carelessness puts lives, property and natural resources at unnecessary risk.”

Most of

Supreme Court Abolishes Prohibition Against Court Testimony About Private Conversations Between A Husband And Wife

on September 2, 2019 - 9:45am


SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court has abolished a prohibition against spouses testifying in court cases about what their husband or wife told them in private conversations during their marriage.

The Court issued the ruling Friday in upholding the first-degree murder conviction of a Clovis man, David Gutierrez II, for a 2002 killing. During his trial, Gutierrez unsuccessfully tried to block the testimony of his ex-wife, with whom he was married at the time of the murder, and a second wife.

A divided Court abolished the spousal communication privilege in future criminal

NOAA Satellite Image Of Hurricane Dorian Eye Over Bahamas Early Today

on September 2, 2019 - 8:33am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, eye over the Bahamas early this morning, Sept. 2, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Urge Forest Service To Listen To Firefighter And Forest Manager Input

on August 31, 2019 - 11:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 25 Democratic senators in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule.
The new proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes currently considered in NEPA that protect National Forests, including those in New Mexico, by reducing critically important input from the public and forest officials.

RSF Demands Release Of Former Journalist Charged With ‘Picking Quarrels And Provoking Trouble’

on August 31, 2019 - 8:50am
Former journalist Zhang Jialong, critical of Beijing’s censorship, is charged with ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Zhang Jialong, a former journalist critical of Beijing’s censorship who has been detained since Aug. 12.
Jialong, a former journalist known for his commitment against censorship, was taken by the police Aug. 12 in Guiyang City (Guizhou province).
The day after, he was charged with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, an accusation often used by the

DEA: Steps To Improve Access To Marijuana Research

on August 31, 2019 - 8:38am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that it is moving forward to facilitate and expand scientific and medical research for marijuana in the United States.
The DEA is providing notice of pending applications from entities applying to be registered to manufacture marijuana for researchers. DEA anticipates that registering additional qualified marijuana growers will increase the variety of marijuana available for these purposes.
Over the last two years, the total number of individuals registered by DEA to conduct research with marijuana,

Climate Change Warming Europe Faster Than Expected

on August 31, 2019 - 8:15am
A satellite image of the heat energy emitted from Europe during July, 25, 2019 shows this summer’s highest extremes. Courtesy/European Space Agency
The daily maximum temperature (TXx) and daily minimum temperature (TNn) mean trends for weather across Europe. The three regions are Northern Europe (NEU), Central Europe (CEU), and the Mediterranean (MED). Courtesy/Lorenz et al/Geophysical Research Letters/AGU
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Climate change is increasing the number of days of extreme heat and decreasing the number of days of extreme cold in Europe, posing a risk for

Toxic Blue-Green Algae In Cochiti Lake: Santa Cruz Day-Use Area Closed To Swimming Effective Immediately

on August 30, 2019 - 10:41pm
Army Corps of Engineers News:
COCHITI LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Santa Cruz day-use area is closed to swimming due to the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Cochiti Lake.
The Cochiti Swim Beach remains closed.
"The safety of our visitors is our top priority, so we are monitoring conditions at the lake closely with visual spot checks and water sampling,” said Trevor Wallin, USACE-Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake project office manager.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

on August 30, 2019 - 6:22pm

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 2, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 6:19pm


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Diamond Drive Paving:

Star Paving continues milling and paving operations after the Labor Day holiday this week. Motorists will continue to see daily lane drops for milling and paving operations in each direction as work advances toward the golf course. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive in this area can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction.

Redondo Meadow Fire Continues Burning In Jemez

on August 30, 2019 - 6:11pm

The Redondo Meadow Fire continues to burn today to the north and east away from the homes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

Traffic Alert: Trinity Closure At DP Road Has Ended

on August 30, 2019 - 3:14pm


Star Paving announced at 2:45 p.m. today that the Trinity Drive closure at DP Road that has been in place the last two weeks to install infrastructure has ended.

The eastbound lane has been returned to the former detour we had before the closure; motorists can take Trinity Drive to 4th Street, then after a full stop, turn right onto N.M. 502 to leave Los Alamos.

No need for motorists to detour off Trinity Drive over to Central Avenue via 15th Street or Knecht for those leaving work this afternoon.

NOAA Satellite Photo Of Hurricane Dorian

on August 30, 2019 - 11:01am

Photo of Hurricane Dorian taken early this morning by NOAA Satellite. Photo prepared and enhanced by David Ponton,

Allen McQuiston: How To Help Prevent House Fires

on August 30, 2019 - 10:43am

The Jemez Agency

Using some claims data from Travelers Insurance Company, they have developed a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them.

Tips to Help Prevent House Fires
Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires:

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home’s electrical system. Do not overload your circuits.

NMSP Intercept Load Of Meth At DWI Checkpoint

on August 30, 2019 - 10:30am
New Mexico State Police discover 21 pounds of methamphetamine Aug. 16 inside a 2017 Ford Taurus during an ENDWI Sobriety Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 in Guadalupe County. Courtesy/NMSP
NMSP News:
GUADALUPE COUNTY At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, the New Mexico State Police was conducting an ENDWI Sobriety Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 near milepost 239 in Guadalupe County. 
A grey 2017 Ford Taurus passenger vehicle driven by Edward Briley, 40, of Pampa, Texas entered the sobriety checkpoint.
Officers learned that Briley, who did not have a driver’s license on him, had a

Santa Fe Watershed Burn Planned For Mid-September To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on August 30, 2019 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed on the Española Ranger District as early as Monday, Sept. 16.
The exact date will depend on fuel conditions on site.
Up to 350 acres north of Nichols Reservoir near Granite Point in the lower Watershed will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. The burn will be completed in one day.
The Santa Fe