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Service And Sacrifices Of Women During Wartime

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am

Vietnam Women's Memorial. Courtesy/Jeff Kubina/Flikr

NPS News:

National parks preserve military history and the nation’s stories amidst times of war. They’re found in places like Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, that stretches from Hawai'i, Alaska and California.

Wartime in America brings to mind accounts of George Washington and his men, spending a bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who were based out of the Presidio before fighting in the Spanish-American and

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighter Mike McElyea

on March 18, 2019 - 6:11pm

On the job in Los Alamos is LAFD Firefighter Mike McElyea training the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and the LANL Behavior Health Response Team on the national program, Stop the Bleed, March 12 at Los Alamos County Fire Administration. McElyea explains it is the same as putting your oxygen mask on first before assisting others and trained how to self administer a tourniquet. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Firefighter Mike McElyea trains Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace, Chaplain Lindsay Baca, Vanessa Martinez and Rev.

NMSP: Four Missing Endangered Runaway Juveniles Arrested For Armed Robbery In Guadalupe County

on March 18, 2019 - 6:10pm

NMSP News:

Guadalupe County – New Mexico State Police responded at about 5:09 p.m., Friday, March 15, to an armed robbery at the Milagro Gas Station off Interstate 40, near mile post 243, west of Santa Rosa.

The initial investigation determined two individuals armed with a firearm, later determined to be a BB gun, entered the gas station, robbed the business and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The individuals fled eastbound onto I-40 in a grey passenger car after the robbery.

At about 5:50 p.m., State Police officers located the suspect vehicle traveling east on I-40 near mile

NMED Issues Notice Of Violation To San Juan Oil And Gas Producer For Air Quality Control Act Violations

on March 18, 2019 - 8:51am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a Notice of Violation to Hilcorp Energy Company for violations of the state’s Air Quality Control Act. NMED joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in putting Hilcorp on notice for these violations.
 
In February 2018, Hilcorp Energy Company violated both state and federal air quality laws by improperly controlling emissions from one of its wells in the San Juan Basin.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Announces $14.9 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque Space Company

on March 17, 2019 - 7:46am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded Albuquerque company LoadPath, LLC a $14,899,737 contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base with advanced spacecraft systems.
 
“This is another big step forward in building New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military’s more responsive and resilient space architecture,” Heinrich said.

Weather Experts Call Windstorm ‘Bomb Cyclone’

on March 16, 2019 - 12:04pm

NMDHSEM News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico experienced an unprecedented weather pattern this past week designated by weather experts as a “bomb cyclone.”

The storm caused extensive damage in several counties throughout the state. Interstate 25 was temporarily closed due to the risks of high-profile vehicles. Reports of 80-100 mile-an-hour winds were reported throughout the state.

The winds were so powerful they caused a freight train to be derailed off a truss bridge near Logan, falling approximately 50 feet into an arroyo causing complete destruction of the train and cargo.

Fortunately, in this

Letter To The Editor: New Gun Laws

on March 16, 2019 - 10:54am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos
 
Astonishingly, our newspapers report that 25 New Mexico counties and most of our 33 sheriffs have backed the view that laws are of no use in preventing crimes. What, you say, that cannot be an accurate news presentation? But it is, much more than the sheriffs and counties realize.
 
Consider: The argument presented is that bad people will ignore the new laws on registering gun sales transactions and the law will be difficult to enforce. But these same arguments apply to laws against murder, assault, rape, robbery, theft, fraud, DWI, ... you name it.
 
Now

Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of Guardianship Angels CEO Pamela Crumpler

on March 16, 2019 - 10:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.
 
“No one should take advantage of vulnerable individuals in our community,” Balderas said. “We are prepared to present this case at trial.”
 
Crumpler faces a total jurisdiction of 12 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

County Cone Zone: Week Of March 18

on March 15, 2019 - 2:51pm
COUNTY News:
 
New Mexico Department of Transportation(NMDOT) and Star Paving Company will begin roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos. The contractor will begin construction and preparation for detour paving.
 
Starting this week: N.M. 502 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists can expect minor delays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and short duration temporary closures during non-peak hours at the east end of the project in the existing 2-lane section of the roadway using flagging operation.
 
This project will

Southwest Fire Defense And Tree Services Utilizes Crane To Hoist Fallen Trees From Los Alamos Neighborhoods

on March 15, 2019 - 2:31pm

Crew members from Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services strap a cable around a large tree this morning that blew over in the wind Wednesday onto a home at 3172 Woodland Road. The crew utilizes a tall crane to hoist the tree up and away from the home before moving on to other neighborhoods to assist homeowners with similar tree issues. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services  at 3172 Woodland Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire

Businesses Hear Update On NM 502 Roundabout Construction At Monthly Chamber Breakfast

on March 15, 2019 - 2:20pm
During the Chamber Business Breakfast Thursday at UNM-LA, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Engineering Project Manager Dennis Segura, left, and Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton updated business members on road construction mitigation to take place during the creation of a roundabout N.M. 502 and DP Road. Several of those who have businesses on DP Road expressed concern about loss of business during the construction. The presenters assured them that there would always be access to DP Road and signage would explain alternative routes.

Bystander Intervention Workshop At FSN April 6

on March 15, 2019 - 10:38am

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 27 To March 5, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 9:24am

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.

 

ANGELINA C. NARANJO
Feb. 27 at 2:52 a.m. / Police arrested Angelina C. Naranjo, 36, of Santa Fe on 2500 Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELLIS R. NEVAREZ
Feb. 27 at 4:07 a.m. / Police arrested Ellis R. Nevarez, 35, of El. Rito on Trinity Drive and charged him with DUI.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOMINIC ISAAC VALLEJOS
Feb.

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

NM 4 Has Reopened

on March 14, 2019 - 4:34pm

Traffic Alert Update:

N.M. 4 has reopened to traffic.

A stretch of the roadway was closed Wednesday due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continued to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of high winds.

The County reminds motorists to continue to use caution when traveling the roadway and to watch for fallen trees and icy conditions.

County Lineman Repairs Power Line In Western Area

on March 14, 2019 - 3:14pm

A Department of Public Utilities lineman repairs a power line Wednesday knocked down near a residence in the Western area by high winds. Photo by Ray Laskey

More Scenes From Thursday Tree Falls

on March 14, 2019 - 11:07am

A downed tree blocks 46th street and county roads and streets crews Thursday were busy clearing a path. The Electrical crews had turned off the power to the downed lines. The electrical crew was working a list of 250 calls Thursday and all county crews were on full force to meet the needs caused by the fierce wind storm that plagued the area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John

McQuiston: The Next Catastrophic Flood Could Be Coming For You

on March 14, 2019 - 11:01am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Rain, rain, go away! At least that is what most of us are thinking after a few months, or in some cases, years of heavier-than-normal rainfalls.

The U.S. has experienced flooding in areas that haven’t been affected for hundreds of years. If your home is next, are you covered? Probably not. Did you know the standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy does not provide coverage for flooding?

Some homeowners are required by their mortgage company to purchase a flood policy, usually because the home is in a designated flood plain.

Generally the only option for

Police Remove Fallen Trees Along NM 4 Thursday

on March 14, 2019 - 10:51am

Police and other responders work to remove fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from

Glorieta Camps Prescribed Burn Planned For Friday

on March 14, 2019 - 9:55am
Forest Stewards Guild News:
 
SANTA FE Glorieta Camps, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn Friday, March 15 at Glorieta Camps, west of Pecos.

This burn will be implemented by the All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team), which is a fully qualified team designed to lead or support prescribed burns across a variety of land jurisdictions in the Water Fund landscapes of Northern New Mexico and

NM 4 Remains Closed Until Further Notice

on March 13, 2019 - 5:46pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department reports that the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has advised that N.M. 4 will remain closed until New Mexico State Police opens it.

NMDOT also stated they will not send crews into the Jemez until Thursday.

Two Tall Trees Topple Onto Trinity Drive Home

on March 13, 2019 - 5:35pm

Strong winds today topple two towering trees, estimated to be 85-100 feet tall, onto the home of Mark Schmitt at 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Schmitt breaks out his chain saw and gets busy slicing one of the trees into small pieces this afternoon in his driveway. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the home of Mark Schmitt, 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the home of Mark Schmitt, 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the

Utilities Department: Updates On Power Outages

on March 13, 2019 - 5:29pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities reports the following updates on various power outages:

  • WESTERN AREA: As of 5:10 p.m. today, power is restored to the Western Area with the exception of Fairway, 44th and 45th street and a small section of Trinity Drive. Crews are removing trees to restore power to these remaining area. Estimated time to restore power to remaining areas is unknown at this time.
  • PONDEROSA ESTATES: As of 5:10 p.m. power is restored to Ponderosa Estates.
  • SYCAMORE: DPU has received reports that Sycamore area is without power. Crews are investigating.

Watch Video Of Blowing Snowstorm On NM 4 Today

on March 13, 2019 - 4:49pm

To view video of severe weather conditions earlier today along N.M. 4, click here. Courtesy/LAC

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