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LANL: ‘Realistic’ New Model Points Way To More Efficient And Profitable Fracking

on January 15, 2019 - 6:10am
Fracking image. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics.
It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
“Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P.

New Mexico Land Office Requests Funding To Establish Office Of Renewable Energy; Improve Management Of Oil And Gas Activities

on January 15, 2019 - 5:52am
Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard
SANTA FE For Fiscal Year 2020, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has requested additional budget appropriations for four new district resource managers tasked with overseeing oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin and resources to establish the Office of Renewable Energy.
Due to increased oil and gas operations in the southeastern part of the state, additional personnel are necessary to handle the exciting workload and provide adequate oversight.

Los Alamos Police Officers Aid Gunshot Victim

on January 14, 2019 - 2:05pm
LAPD Officers, from left, James Keane, Chris Ross and Ben Irving aided the victim of an accidental gunshot Friday at his home. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos 911 operator took a desperate call Friday from the area near Aspen School. According to Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, a man accidently shot himself while examining his gun, which he thought was not loaded. With a bullet in his arm, he managed to call 911.

LAPD Sergeants Chris Ross and James Keane were nearby and rushed to the scene, where they were joined

LAPD: Parking Rules Apply To Everyone...

on January 14, 2019 - 1:51pm

A citizen recently spotted a local police patrol unit parked in a handicap zone. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the rules apply to everyone and the issue has been addressed internally. Courtesy photo

BJS Releases Source And Use Of Firearms Involved In Crimes: Survey Of Prison Inmates, 2016

on January 14, 2019 - 6:58am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016, which presents statistics that describe firearm possession of state and federal prisoners who were serving a sentence in 2016.
This report describes:
  • Firearm possession during the crime for which prisoners were serving time and by type of offense
  • How the firearm was used during the crime
  • Type of firearms possessed
  • Methods, sources and processes of obtaining firearms
Findings are based on BJS’s 2016 Survey

BJS Releases Victims Of Identity Theft Report

on January 14, 2019 - 6:46am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Victims of Identity Theft, 2016, which details the number, percentage and demographic characteristics of victims who experienced one or more incidents of identity theft during a 12-month period. It focuses on the most recent incident and describes:
  • how victims discovered the crime
  • financial losses and other consequences of identity theft, including the amount of time victims spent resolving associated problems
  • reporting of the incident to credit card companies, credit bureaus and law

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.


In late 2016, U.S.

Sen. Cisco McSorley To Depart Senate For Role In Lujan Grisham Administration

on January 14, 2019 - 6:40am
Sen. Cisco McSorley
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the appointment of Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-Bernalillo) as director of the Probation and Parole Division within the New Mexico Corrections Department.
Sen. McSorley has been a member of the New Mexico Legislature since 1984, serving 12 years in the House of Representatives and 22 years in the Senate, under six different administrations. He currently sits on the Senate Conservation and Judiciary Committees, and serves as Co-Chair of the Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Interim Committee.

American Statistical Association Endorses Post-Election Audits Principles

on January 14, 2019 - 6:39am
ASA News:
The American Statistical Association Board of Directors announces its endorsement of Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Tabulation Audits.
The December 2018 document--which updates a 2008 document with the latest statistical research and best practices--"is meant to provide guidance to relevant legislative bodies, state and local election administrators and vendors..." because a "healthy democracy requires widespread trust in elections... [and] people need to be sure that the official election outcomes match the will of the voters."
Imagine someone counted

Betty Ehart Senior Center On 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 5:45pm

BESC News:

Betty Ehart Senior Center has announced it is on a 2-hour delay Monday, Jan. 14.

Heavy Snow Collapses Roof & Traps Cars At Sonic

on January 13, 2019 - 4:23pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters on the scene this afternoon of a couple of vehicles trapped under the roof that collapsed from the weight of heavy snow at Sonic on Trinity Drive. First responders told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no injuries have been reported. Sonic is closed until further notice. Photo by John McHale/

First responders jack up the collapsed roof at Sonic to open the doors of the vehicles pinned beneath and extract the occupants safely. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Scene this afternoon of the collapsed roof at Sonic.

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 4:20pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools announces it is on a 2-hour delay for Monday Jan. 14.

  • School buses will arrive two hours later than the usual pickup time, depending upon road conditions.
  • School start times:
    • High School - 9:50 a.m.
    • Mid School - 10:00 a.m.
    • Elementary schools - 10:20 a.m.

LANL Announces 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 4:01pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced it will be on a 2-hour delayed start Monday, Jan. 14.

Employees should report to work between 10-10:30 a.m. today.

Weather conditions differ in various areas so employees should contact their immediate supervisor should they have issues making it to work.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 12 a.m. Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 2:28pm
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning this afternoon through 12 a.m. Monday for the Los Alamos area. The NWS also updated its forecast to predict the possibility of 3 to 5 inches of snow today and 1 to 2 inches tonight, with a high today near 32 and a low around 20. The forecast for Monday is partly cloudy with a high near 38 and a nightime low around 20. Here is a view early this afternoon heading down the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Scene at about 1 p.m. today heading east past the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A.

Snow Cancels Edith Boulevard Concert Today

on January 13, 2019 - 1:05pm

NWS: Ninety Percent Chance Of Snow ... 4-8 Inches

on January 13, 2019 - 6:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts a high today near 32 with a 90 percent chance of snow and a total daytime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. The NWS predicts tonight's low at around 20 with another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMFOG Launches ‘Lift The Fog’ Advertising Campaign

on January 12, 2019 - 3:15pm
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) announced Friday the launch of the “Lift the Fog” advertising campaign.
The launch coincides with the new year and the 2019 Legislative session.
The “Lift the FOG Campaign” includes a series of newspaper, digital and social advertising that conveys NMFOG’s commitment to transparency. Plans are to broaden the reach into broadcast.
The first ad features a photo of the New Mexico Roundhouse and carries the headline, “Without us, this would be the Runaroundhouse.”
“In a world where

Sierra Club Responds To Land Commissioner’s Announcement On Coyote-Killing Contests

on January 12, 2019 - 2:46pm
Thursday, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced a ban on cruel coyote-killing contests on the 9.5 million acres of state trust land. The ban also applies to other non-protected species.
“We applaud Land Commissioner Garcia Richard's announcement prohibiting the competitive killing of our state's wildlife on state trust land,” said Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Mary Katherine Ray. “These organized wildlife massacres do not meet any modern principle of scientific wildlife management.”
Contest participants’ claim they are

Winter Safety Tips From LAFD

on January 12, 2019 - 8:44am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

Winter storms can cause a community to see an increase in car accidents, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. Storms bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. As we recently experienced, winter storms can last for several days, cause havoc on heat, power and communication services, but they also place our community members at higher risk.

Here are some tips to remember:

Prepare now!

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms.

McQuiston: The Cold Hard Facts About Ice Dams

on January 12, 2019 - 7:48am

The Jemez Agency

The winter months are here and the potential for claims resulting from ice dams are on the rise. While most of the damage caused by a winter storm is immediate, ice dams losses usually don’t occur until several days after.

Just what is an ice dam? As the heat from inside your house rises and melts the snow on your roof, the water will flow down the slope until it reaches a portion of your roof where the temperature is freezing. The water will refreeze and a ridge of ice will form.

Water collects behind the ice dam until it finds openings in your roof where it

FBI: Carlsbad Credit Union Hit This Evening By Robber Wearing Mask With Old Man’s Face, Bushy Mustache

on January 11, 2019 - 10:03pm

Suspect wanted by the FBI. Courtesy/FBI


The suspect was last seen in this blue Chevrolet Z71 pickup. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


This evening an armed man wearing a mask with an old man’s face and a bushy white mustache robbed a Carlsbad credit union.

The suspect, described as approximately 5'11" to 6' tall, also wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark gloves and baggy khaki pants that were tucked into the tops of brown boots.
At approximately 5 p.m., the suspect entered U-1st Community Federal Credit Union, 601 N. Canal St., and displayed a handgun.

New Year’s Day HVAC Failure; Ice Dam At Los Alamos County Detention Center – Detainees Transferred

on January 11, 2019 - 8:02pm
The New Year's Day snowstorm formed an ice dam around the drain on the Los Alamos Detention Center roof causing water to leak into the building. Courtesy/LAPD
The floor is all wet at the Los Alamos Detention Center from an ice dam that formed Jan. 1 around the drain on the roof causing water to leak into the building. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

An HVAC system failure at the Los Alamos County Detention Center forced the transfer of the detainees to facilities in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe.

Public Works Deputy Director Jon Bulthuis explained

Dr. Siegfried Hecker Presents ‘A Look Ahead At 2019 Nuclear Hotspots Around The World’ Lecture Saturday In Los Alamos

on January 11, 2019 - 9:23am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

Los Alamos Historical Society

Although the North Korean nuclear crisis took a bit of a breather in 2018, the rest of the world turned more dangerous.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will review developments around the world and look ahead at 2019 during the Second Annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.


New Mexico State Police Arrest Wanted Felon In Taos

on January 11, 2019 - 8:32am

Captured felon Eduardo Rivera

NMSP News:

TAOS – Thursday at around 10 a.m., uniformed state police officers in Taos responded to an anonymous crime stoppers tip indicating that wanted felon Eduardo Rivera, 29, was at his residence of 86 Camino De Corazon in Ranchos De Taos.

Rivera was wanted on a state-wide extraditable warrant out of Colfax county for Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Damage to Property, Burglary of a Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Vehicle, Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts) and Attempt to Commit

Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Signs Executive Order Banning Killing Contests On State Trust Land

on January 10, 2019 - 12:43pm

State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard today signs Executive Order 2019–001, which bans killing contests on State Trust Lands. Courtesy/SLO

From the State Land Office:

SANTA FE – State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order (2019 – 001) today banning killing contests on State Trust Lands.

As she signed the order, Garcia Richard was joined by animal and wildlife advocates from Animal Protection Voters, The Sierra Club, Project Coyote, Wild Earth Guardians, Prairie Dog Pals and Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest.

“These are not hunting