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Council Proclaims May 19-25 EMS Week

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

EMS staff members as well as Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, center, accept a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti, right, during the Tuesday night council work session. The proclamation declares May 19-25 Emergency Medical Services Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week during its Tuesday night council worksession at the White Rock Fire Station.
Councilor Randall Ryti read the proclamation,

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.



RSF Welcomes Investigation Into Chinese State Television Network CGTN For Airing Forced Confessions

on May 16, 2019 - 6:51am
Former British journalist and private investigator Peter Humphrey was detained in China in 2013 and forced to confess to alleged crimes on air in 2014. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
RSF welcomes the launch of an investigation by the United Kingdom’s audiovisual regulation authority (Ofcom) on Chinese state television network CGTN for airing forced confessions.
The United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) announced May 9 that they are investigating China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) possible violation of broadcasting regulations.

Red Cross: Memorial Day Travel, Grilling Safety Tips

on May 16, 2019 - 6:31am
American Red Cross News:
ALBUQUERQUE — This Memorial Day, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
“Everyone looks forward to having fun over Memorial Day and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday, Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said.

Millions of people will be on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend. The Red Cross offers these tips everyone should do to stay safe

Everyone Safe Following Tip To ‘Say Something’ Anonymous Reporting App And Lockdown At LAMS

on May 15, 2019 - 6:31pm
Los Alamos Middle School is a serene scene last this afternoon. The school went into lockdown at 10:56 this morning based on a tip to the Say Something annonymous reporting app. Courtesy/LAPS
From Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools
Based upon a tip from the Say Something anonymous reporting app, the Los Alamos Middle School went into "lockdown" at 10:56 this morning. 
School officials immediately began working with the Los Alamos Police Department first to focus on student and staff safety and then to fully investigate the tip.

New Mexico Officer Included In Eight Cases Highlighted In FBI Police Week Campaign

on May 15, 2019 - 5:07pm

Ofc. Robert Rosenbloom. Courtesy/Rosenbloom Family

FBI News:

Robert Rosenbloom knew the dangers that came with police work. The New Mexico State Police patrolman, who was killed during a 1971 traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Albuquerque, talked to his wife about it before they were married. "He told me the dangers, the risks, what might happen," said Rosenbloom's widow, Linda. 

Patrolman Rosenbloom was fatally wounded on November 8, 1971, after he stopped a car that investigators believe was carrying Michael Finney, Ralph Goodwin and Charlie Hill.

SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

on May 15, 2019 - 11:19am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

on May 15, 2019 - 8:23am
From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site

NM Delegation: Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on May 15, 2019 - 7:25am
WASHINGTON, D.C. After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released more than 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Tuesday sent a letter with U.S.

Peace Officer Memorial Service Honors The Fallen

on May 14, 2019 - 7:31pm
Los Alamos Police Officers raise the flag at this morning's ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2018. Photo by Leland Lehman/
County Councilor David Izraelevitz receives a Thin Blue Line of tape on the back window of his vehicle. The line shows support for law enforcement officers who risk their lives in the line of duty. The activity is sponsored by the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Community members listen as slain law enforcement officers are honored. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Valles Caldera National Preserve Delays Start Of Summer Hours; Opening Of Backcountry Vehicle Route

on May 14, 2019 - 6:57pm

Daylight shines through where the spring runoff washed out a culvert. Nathan Plants/NPS

A section of the main route through the center of the preserve has been marked as unsafe to travel across. Photo by Nathan Plants/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Due to seasonal staff hiring delays and road damage from spring runoff, Valles Caldera National Preserve will delay the start of its extended summer hours and will offer a reduced vehicle route.

A backlog in government background clearances has delayed the arrival of seasonal National Park Service staff needed to operate the extended hours

LAMS Employee Arrested

on May 14, 2019 - 11:31am
Example of a dab pen smoking device. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police have arrested a Los Alamos Middle School employee for allegedly getting high with two 14-year-old students.

According to the statement of probable cause, School Resource Officer Cpl. James Keene received word May 1 from school administrators that on the day before, LAMS Instructional Assistant Jordan Hammock, 22, of Los Alamos, drove two female students from San Ildefonso Road to the downtown area.

During the ride, Hammock allegedly shared a “dab pen” with the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border.
The newly announced raid of $1.5 billion in

East Jemez Road Closure Moves To May 31-June 2

on May 14, 2019 - 8:57am


The East Jemez road work with full road closure on weekends (NNSA project) has been re-scheduled.

Instead of May 10-12, the new schedule is May 31 to June 2.

NMDOT: U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Lane Closures May 14

on May 13, 2019 - 6:46pm


The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109) just north of Nambe.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process:

  • Tuesday May 14 – U.S. 84/285 northbound off-ramp to NM 502 will be reduced to one lane at the Pojoaque Bridge. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Wednesday May 15 – No Work Scheduled; and
  • Thursday and Friday May 16-17 – U.S.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Statement On Secretary Mike Pompeo Meeting With Vladimir Putin

on May 13, 2019 - 5:30pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a “sweeping and systemic” disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with President Putin:

“If Secretary

Voices Of Los Alamos Features New Homeless Shelter

on May 13, 2019 - 5:18pm
Voice Of Los Alamos News:
The Voices of Los Alamos monthly meeting May 20 will feature Ralph Martinez, Roger Montoya, Steven Lovato and Christopher Madrid.
They will speak about the new homeless shelter, Espanola Pathways Shelter, being funded by a recent appropriation of $225,000 by Dist. 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez. Read more about this new project:
The organization usually meets 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Burnt Food In Toaster Oven Triggers Alarm And Evacuation At Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on May 13, 2019 - 1:23pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department issues the all clear and evacuated employees return to work this afternoon at the Municipal Building. County officials indicate that burnt food in a toaster oven at lunch time trigger the fire alarm and all employees were evacuated at about 12:30 p.m. today. The employees remained at the rear of the parking lot while police and firefighters entered to building. It took about 30 minutes for the responders to clear the building and lift the evacuation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Firefighters speak with evacuated employees prior to

Alert: Los Alamos Municipal Building Under Evacuation

on May 13, 2019 - 1:01pm

County employees evacuate the Municipal Building at about 12:30 p.m. today as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. A blaring fire alarm can be heard clear across Central Avenue. Check back for more on this developing story at Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Evacuated County employees are gathered at the rear of the parking lot right now as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Temporary Closure Order For East Fork Trail 137 During Restoration Project

on May 13, 2019 - 11:42am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued an order temporarily closing a 3-mile segment of Forest Trail 137, also known as the East Fork Trail, to protect public health and safety while crews work on a 178-acre unit of the Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

The closure starts at the East Fork Trailhead off N.M. 4 and extends thre miles to the east. The restricted area includes the picnic area at the East Fork Trailhead and 300 feet on either side of that 3-mile segment of the trail.

Crews will be conducting

Santa Fe Workers File Lien To Recoup Nearly $116K In Stolen Wages Amid Restaurants Closure

on May 13, 2019 - 7:11am
SUPU News:
SANTA FE Earlier this week, a group of workers filed a second lien in Santa Fe County against the owners of Shohko Café, a local Santa Fe restaurant that recently announced its closure, as part of a two-year fight to recoup nearly $116,000 in stolen wages, damages and other costs.
In February, a state judge in the First Judicial District Court ruled against the restaurant for violating the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, New Mexico's minimum wage laws and ordered the restaurant owners to pay workers approximately $60,000 in stolen wages and damages, following a trial held

Heinrich Requests Public Update On Status Of NSA Phone Records Surveillance Program

on May 12, 2019 - 9:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Six Senate Intelligence Committee members Tuesday requested the National Security Agency (NSA) provide a public update on the status of the NSA’s phone records surveillance program.
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Vice-chair Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) sent the request in a letter to NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone today.
The text of the letter is below. View a signed copy HERE.
Dear General Nakasone,

Sen. Tom Udall Holds ‘For The People Act’ Forum

on May 12, 2019 - 8:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, left, hosts a forum Saturday at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque to discuss his efforts to enact a sweeping package of reforms that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and make government work for all Americans. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall held a forum Saturday on the For The People Act, his landmark legislation to reform democracy, at Central New Mexico Community College where he discussed his efforts to enact sweeping legislation that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and

Land Commissioner Garcia Richard Responds To Proposed Customs And Border Protection Wall

on May 11, 2019 - 11:57am
SANTA FE Wednesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard submitted a five page letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) regarding the proposed first phase of the federal border wall.
The CPB requested comments regarding the proposed project on 31 miles of federal land in Luna County and 15 miles of federal land in Doña Ana County. The Commissioner’s letter (attached and available here) outlines detailed concerns about the project.
The proposed land for “El Paso Project 1” does not include any state trust land, but construction of the

Udall, Heinrich Press To Withdraw Proposal To Build 46 Miles Of Border Wall In Luna/Dona Aña Counties

on May 11, 2019 - 11:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) urged Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Wednesday to extend the public comment period, which ended Wednesday, for the Trump administration’s proposal to build 46 miles of new border wall in southern New Mexico.
In a letter to CBP and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the senators said the process is wholly inadequate for stakeholders to thoroughly review and provide comment on a project of this magnitude and believe CBP should extend the comment period by 90 days.