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AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million Grant For Veterans Housing

on July 16, 2019 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
The U.S.

Luján Calls On Nexstar And AT&T/DirecTV To End Blackout Of News Programs In New Mexico

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24pm

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speake Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) called on Nexstar and AT&T/DirecTV to restore access to critical news programs in New Mexico as the two companies continue negotiations.

In the letter to Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook and AT&T/DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, Luján, Haaland and Torres Small criticized that ongoing negotiations have put their constituents at risk because of a loss of access to KRQE and Fox New

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on July 15, 2019 - 6:08pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 25 at about mile post 277 in Santa Fe County.  

The initial investigation indicates a 2007 Corvette was traveling south on Cerrillos Road at a high rate of speed. The driver took the south bound ramp onto Interstate 25 and for reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled. 

The driver, Hector Hugo Madrid Gutierrez, 22, of Rio Rancho was ejected and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Gutierrez was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Two Years After Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s Death, China Remains World’s Largest Prison Of Journalists

on July 15, 2019 - 5:11pm
Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Two years after the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo while in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the largest prison in the world for defenders of free information.
 
As the world commemorates the second anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo, whose cancer was left untreated in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the biggest prison for journalists, with at least 112 of them behind bars.
 
“Despite the international

DEA: Pence Attends $569 Million Cocaine Offload

on July 15, 2019 - 5:10pm
DEA News:
 
CORONADO, Calif. Vice President Mike Pence, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James W. Carroll, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, attended a United States Coast Guard drug offload July 11 at Naval Base Coronado.
 
Agents with the DEA, FBI, Customs and Border Protection and the crew of the USCG Cutter Munro offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

Countries U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You Visiting

on July 15, 2019 - 6:51am

Courtesy/ATL

By All Time Lists:

For safety concerns, the U.S. government has issued travel advisories on several countries. Here are 10 of them:

10. Libya

According to an article published by MSN, the U.S. State Department has a standing “do not travel” advisory on Libya. The country has been unstable since its dictator was toppled in 2011. The government is unable to control crime, for the most part, and extremist groups are known to target foreign travelers, particularly those from the U.S.

But, for those of you old enough to remember, you know that Libya’s issues go back further than

RSF Demands Chinese Authorities Release Former Beijing News Editor-In-Chief

on July 15, 2019 - 6:29am
Dai Zigeng
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dai Zigeng, a former Beijing News editor-in-chief, who has been detained since earlier this month for unclear reasons.
 
Dai Zigeng, 55, a former editor-in-chief of state media group Beijing News, has been detained since earlier this month. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only posted a short notice June 10 stating that Dai was under investigation due to suspected “serious violations” of the Party’s discipline.
 
“By detaining a

Senators Request Feedback From American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Community Leaders On Effects Of Climate Change On Native Communities

on July 14, 2019 - 7:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A.

NMSP: Police Investigate Shooting Involving Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Friday Night

on July 13, 2019 - 8:32pm

Philip Fiorenzio

NMSP News:

EDGEWOOD – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an officer involved shooting today involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO) in Edgewood.

The initial investigation indicates that at around 11:05 p.m. Friday, a SFCSO deputy received a report of a suicidal male individual, at 3 Villa Conejo in Edgewood. The male subject, who was identified as Philip Fiorenzio, 69, of Edgewood, left the residence in a grey Kia Sorento sports utility vehicle.

The deputy located the grey Kia Sorento on Pueblo Colinas road and

LAPD 2019 Second Quarter Crime Statistics Show Los Alamos Remains Among Safest Communities In Nation

on July 13, 2019 - 9:33am
LAPD News:
 
Chief Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2019, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
 
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.
 
The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the

Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

on July 13, 2019 - 7:49am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible for regulating

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Final Update Naranjo Fire Unless Major Activity Occurs

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,010 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 50 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.

Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

County Tree Trimming Underway In White Rock

on July 12, 2019 - 6:15pm

COUNTY News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, began this week trimming trees from around power lines on Meadow Lane and intersecting streets between Rover Boulevard to Overlook Park in White Rock.

Crews will work through this neighborhood until mid-August and then move to the Grand Canyon Drive area. 

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive

LAFD Hosts EMS Facility Tour At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 12, 2019 - 4:20pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone chats with Bonnie Olsen during the EMS Training Facility Tour today at UNM-Los Alamos. The tour, which is part of ScienceFest, highlighted the training facility, comprised of areas for scenario-based training with high tech mannequins, including an emergency room and ambulance simulator. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

U.S. Climate Alliance Governors Issue ‘Nation’s Clean Car Promise’

on July 12, 2019 - 4:17pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico joined 23 other states of the U.S. Climate Alliance Tuesday in condemning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) vehicle rule.
 
The rule would replace national car emissions standards enacted in 2012. Rolling back these standards will result in increased greenhouse gas emissions and weakened environmental protections.
 
“States have been stepping up to protect our environment and our citizens and will continue to do so until we have a viable partner at the federal level,” Gov.

IG Report Clears RCLC And DOE Employees Of Accepting Inappropriate Gifts

on July 12, 2019 - 9:59am

Staff Report

A U.S. Department of Energy Inspector General’s report released July 2 has found “no evidence” that DOE employees inappropriately accepted meals or tickets to a Major League Baseball game purchased by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC). The report also states that a separate inspection is underway over RCLC’s use of grant funds.

The RCLC is a consortium of nine northern New Mexico communities that advocates for jobs and federal environmental cleanup funding at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing

on July 12, 2019 - 8:34am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during today’s hearing on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture: Mural Confronts Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on July 12, 2019 - 8:28am
Diego Romero, Girl in the Anthropocene, 24.5” x 19”, Lithograph, Courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
 
Mateo Romero, Mondo Pueblo #1, 38” x 50”, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy/Mateo Romero 
 
MIAC News:
 
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture hosts Cochiti artists Diego and Mateo Romero as they create a mural confronting the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic.
 
The event is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Milner Plaza in Santa Fe.
 
As part of the Romero Brothers’ current exhibition, The Brothers Chongo: A Tragic Comedy in Two Parts, the mural will be painted at

AG Balderas Files Court Brief To Protect New Mexicans From Opioid Overdoses

on July 12, 2019 - 8:24am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief Thursday supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder.
 
The amicus brief, filed today in United States v.

Luján, Torres Small Criticize Veto Threat Harming National Security, New Mexico Dairy Farmers

on July 12, 2019 - 7:34am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) Thursday sharply criticized the threats from the Trump administration to undercut the country's national security and harm dairy farmers in New Mexico.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
 
This week, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act – legislation that responsibly funds the nation's defense systems – over the inclusion of language requiring the Air Force to replace or clean water found to

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