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RCLC Reboot Underway

on June 27, 2019 - 4:49pm

Staff Report:

Misspent public funds, reimbursements for $38-a-shot whiskey, tickets to a major league baseball game, a woeful lack of proper financial controls.

These are only some of the scandal-ridden headlines of a story that broke a year ago ahead of the Democratic Primary Election for the District 46 state house seat in northern Santa Fe County.

This election resulted in the defeat of an incumbent and a special audit of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), an advocacy organization that represents local communities on issues related to Los Alamos National Laboratory and

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief; Fire Marshal Complete National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program

on June 27, 2019 - 8:12am

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department congratulates Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey on their graduation from National Fire Academy (NFA) and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).

Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program is a 4-year program that provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.

NNSA Announces Availability Of Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on June 26, 2019 - 2:33pm

NNSA News:

 

The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment.

 

NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 23, 2019

on June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

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.

NADINE SANCHEZ

June 23 at 5:32 p.m. / Police arrested Nadine Sanchez, 36, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant.

LAPD Seeks Public’s Assistance Identifying Man

on June 26, 2019 - 11:26am

Recognize this man? Contact Det. Ryan Wolking at ryan.wolking@lacnm.us, 505.662.8222 or Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male subject pictured here.

He may possess information relating to an incident that recently occurred in Los Alamos County that is under investigation.

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking at ryan.wolking@lacnm.us, 505.662.8222 or Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 and callers may remain anonymous.

SFNF: Come On Folks, Please Put Out Your Campfires!

on June 26, 2019 - 9:24am

Remains of the Cajete Fire. Crews on patrol Saturday and Sunday came across 35 abandoned campfires on the Jemez District and another 10 on the Pecos/Las Vegas side of the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Frustrated fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to find far too many abandoned campfires – more than 45 last weekend alone!

And that doesn’t include the one last week near Forest Road 10 on the Jemez Ranger District that grew into a 2-acre wildfire before three engine crews successfully put it out.

Most of the abandoned campfires – still the

On The Job In Los Alamos: Medical Advisory Committee

on June 26, 2019 - 8:56am
On the job in Los Alamos during a recent meeting of the Medical Advisory Committee seated from left, Senior Office Specialist Ana Martinez, Los Alamos Retirement Community Executive Director Linda Bullock, Emergency Room Director Debbie Maes and Los Alamos Fire and Dispatch Medical Director Dr. Justin Hazen. Standing from left, LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry and Los Alamos County Assistant Emergency Manager Cody Ulrich. The Medical Advisory Committee meets at at 9:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of each month in the 3rd floor conference/training room of the Los Alamos Fire

NMEW Hosts Ethics In New Mexico Event July 15

on June 26, 2019 - 8:17am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) will present Ethics in New Mexico: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going, a multi-faceted event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday July 15, at the UNM Continuing Education Center on University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
 
The event will feature former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Richard Bosson, former New Mexico State Sen.

EM Crews Think Outside Box For Hanford Tank Waste

on June 26, 2019 - 7:52am
A Hanford Site team created unique tools to remove a radiologically contaminated thermocouple from single-shell tank AX-103. The team built a radiation-shielding box and remote extension tools to allow workers to complete the task more safely. Courtesy/Hanford Site
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, Wash. EM Office of River Protection tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently developed unique tools to remove contaminated pieces of equipment from single-shell waste storage tanks at the Hanford Site.
 
WRPS developed a special shielding box and remote

Santa Fe Guns To Gardens Buyback Event June 29

on June 26, 2019 - 7:49am
NMPGV News:
 
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Santa Fe Police Department will mark the ninth statewide gun buyback 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.
 
Gift cards for food and gas will be given in exchange for unwanted working firearms, $100 for pistols and long guns, $200 for semi-automatic hand guns and $250 for assault weapons.
 
Guns will later be dismantled and forged into gardening tools by Brazilian blacksmith Tiago Torres Da Silva.
 
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, for every two firearm deaths in the United States there are now three on average

NMSP: Crash Kills Pedestrian In Bernalillo County

on June 26, 2019 - 6:50am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE At about 11:19 p.m., June 23, the New Mexico State Police investigated a pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle on Central Avenue NE near Espejo Street NE, in Albuquerque.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2017 GMC pickup driven by an 18-year-old male of Albuquerque was traveling west on Central Avenue. For reasons unknown, pedestrian Fermin Silago, 42, of Church Rock ran northbound across the roadway of Central Avenue. Silago was struck by the GMC. He was transported to the UNM Hospital in Albuquerque where he succumbed to his injuries.

Catch Of The Week: Software Vulnerabilities - Stay Up To Date

on June 25, 2019 - 6:44pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Two significant vulnerabilities have recently caused headaches for users; an issue with Dell’s SupportAssist and a Windows vulnerability known as BlueKeep.

It’s essential to check your operating system (OS) and software regularly and make sure they are up to date. New flaws and “patches,” software fixes for the flaws, are released all the time. Be sure you are always running the most up to date versions of your OS and other software to protect yourself.   

Dell SupportAssist Vulnerability

Own a Dell PC running Windows 10? Your computer probably came with

FBI: Cyber Actors Exploit ‘Secure’ Websites In Phishing Campaigns

on June 25, 2019 - 6:12pm

FBI News:

Websites with addresses that start with “https” are supposed to provide privacy and security to visitors. After all, the “s” stands for “secure” in HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure.

In fact, cyber security training has focused on encouraging people to look for the lock icon that appears in the web browser address bar on these secure sites. The presence of “https” and the lock icon are supposed to indicate the web traffic is encrypted and that visitors can share data safely.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals are banking on the public’s trust of “https” and the lock icon.

Letter To The Editor: The Waldorf School – Putting New Mexico’s Health At Risk

on June 25, 2019 - 6:11pm
By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

The low vaccination rates at the Waldorf School in Santa Fe are a public health disaster in the making that should frighten all New Mexicans. If a student at that school gets measles, it is very likely that other unvaccinated students at the school will get measles. The infected students can then pass measles to others in the community, especially infants too young to be vaccinated and children with medical conditions that also prevent their being vaccinated.

It was recently reported that the parents of unvaccinated students at the school “have not expressed

New Mexico Commission On Access To Justice Launches ‘Think About This’ Campaign

on June 25, 2019 - 3:24pm

Courtesy/NMCAJ

NMCAJ News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice has a message to the public: the lack of legal representation is causing serious injustice and suffering in civil cases.

All defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed a lawyer no matter what, but a lawyer is not guaranteed in civil cases and many people suffer serious consequences.

“People who can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal cases, or who can’t access legal resources, are losing their homes, losing their children, suffering from lack of benefits, suffering financial hardship because of large

Secretary Toulouse Oliver Releases Two Draft Rules On Runoff Elections; Announces Statewide Public Input

on June 25, 2019 - 2:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

All New Mexicans invited to provide public comment, participate in public hearings

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released two draft rules concerning runoff elections and how ballot questions will appear on the ballot, and announced public hearings in three New Mexico cities to gather community input.

The two new rules were mandated by the passage of House Bill 407 during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.

“These rules will give clarity and guidance to

Udall, Heinrich Secure $30 Million In Reimbursement For Border Communities & Organizations Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on June 25, 2019 - 10:25am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that the Senate agreement on border humanitarian assistance includes $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers.
 
In May, the full New Mexico delegation – Udall and Heinrich and U.S.

CVNM Statement On NMOGA Methane Rule Proposal

on June 25, 2019 - 7:01am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) released their proposal Monday for implementing a Methane Capture Rule.
 
The goal of a Methane Capture Rule is to reduce the significant amount of methane that is leaked, vented and flared in New Mexico. In response to NMOGA’s proposal, Conservation Voters New Mexico Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:
 
“Despite the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s presentation as a collaborative partner in reducing methane pollution, the proposal rule they released today is equal to

DA Serna Keeps Accused Child Rapist Bus Driver In Jail

on June 25, 2019 - 6:31am
Stephen Meek
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced Monday that his office prevailed at a pretrial detention hearing keeping Stephen Meek, the Chama school bus driver accused of a raping a 7-year-old girl, in custody pending trial (link).
 
In response, District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement:
 
“I remain laser focused on keeping New Mexico’s children safe from violent, sexual predators, and today we kept an accused child rapist behind bars.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
 
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
 
“Protecting our elections from foreign

Governor Announces Ethics Commission Chair

on June 24, 2019 - 4:45pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her sole nominee to the state Ethics Commission, who will serve as the commission’s chair, per state statute.
 
The Hon. William F. Lang is a well-respected jurist who worked in New Mexico law for nearly 40 years and continues to serve the community. He served three years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge, including a stint as Chief Judge, before serving as a District Court Judge for fifteen years, including five years as Chief Judge.
 
Before his time in the

County: Public Presentation On Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 Improvements Related To Hill Apartments Tuesday

on June 24, 2019 - 11:55am

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend a presentation at 6 p.m., Tuesday on the Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 improvements associated with a New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) state grant for pedestrian and ADA improvements, NMDOT pavement preservation project and “The Hill” Apartments Housing Development.

This presentation will take place during the County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The Council approved a resolution June 11 supporting an application for state funding assistance of these various projects through

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments To Protect And Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board Oversight Mission In Major Defense Bill

on June 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico’s Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.
 
The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and safety, including the workers at New Mexico’s national security

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
 
In a letter addressed to key U.S.

Udall Statement On Reports That Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits From 2015 Nuclear Deal

on June 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that had been reversed in exchange for nuclear program

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