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New Mexico State Police Participate In Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community Aug. 10

on August 8, 2019 - 10:48am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police will participate in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event Saturday, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Staff will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents unable to attend who have concerns are encouraged to call in.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson is and will continue to provide a professional, high-quality service to the constituents in New Mexico. Chief Johnson holds his officers to the highest standards.

Council Declares August Bear Month In Los Alamos

on August 8, 2019 - 10:01am

Wearing a special hat to mark the occassion, Councilor James Robinson presents Kathleen Ramsey, founder of the Wildlife Center in Espanola, with a proclamation Tuesday night, declaring August as Bear Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring August as Bear Month during the Tuesday night regular meeting in council chambers.

Councilor James Robinson read the proclamation, which states:

 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and healthy wildlife populations have a positive impact on the

EM Cleanup Forum In Española Tonight

on August 8, 2019 - 9:29am

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details Of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe Of CBP Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists And Lawyers

on August 8, 2019 - 9:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

In May, senators demanded answers from DHS about CBP compiling lists and monitoring journalists, lawyers and other individuals providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists,

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies Conducts Analysis On Missing Man Aerials In Organ Mountains

on August 8, 2019 - 8:24am
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established to bring state-of-the-art technologies to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Courtesy/ Silent Falcon UAS Technologies
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The manufacturer of two New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) fixed-wing drones, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, will critically analyze aerial video and electro-optical images for any trace of Steven Carey, the California man missing in the Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces.
 
DHSEM’s drones are still in production and were not in the weekend search.

Close Encounter With Bear On Orange Street

on August 8, 2019 - 7:18am

Early morning encounter with a bear Tuesday on Orange Street. Photo by Delaney Ulrich 

Bear spotted sniffing around a recycle cart Tuesday on Orange Street. Photo by Delaney Ulrich 

Off he goes in search of greener pastures. Photo by Delaney Ulrich

Rover Park Play Lot Closed For Wasp Removal

on August 7, 2019 - 3:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has advised that the Rover Park Play Lot on Rover Boulevard in White Rock is closed until Friday.

The County Parks Division is removing wasps from the play lot, and for safety reasons, does not want children in the area during the removal operation.

LAHS Lockout Lifted; Class Registration Resumes

on August 7, 2019 - 2:27pm
Registration resumes today following a 30-minute lockout due to a suspicious package spotted across the street on Diamond Drive. Photo by John McHale.ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police have cleared the area and the Los Alamos High School Lockout has been lifted following the sighting late this morning of a suspicious package across the street on Diamond Drive.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Cpl.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Closed Due To Impassable Road From Thunderstorms Tuesday

on August 7, 2019 - 2:16pm

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed due to impassable road. Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Due to thunderstorms Tuesday, the road to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is impassable.

The Monument is closed starting and updates will be posted to www.blm.gov/visit/kktr.

For more information, contact the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office at 505.761.8700.

About BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

GSD Contracting For Security Planning Measures To Be Identified For State Office Buildings In Santa Fe

on August 7, 2019 - 1:33pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz announced his department will soon enter into a contract with a private firm to develop a security master plan for executive office buildings in Santa Fe.

“State employees deserve to feel safe and secure at their workplace,” Ortiz said.
 
GSD’s Facilities Management Division, which is responsible for operation and maintenance of executive office buildings in Santa Fe, will select from three firms that were awarded statewide price agreements for security master planning.

Santa Fe County Names New Fire Chief

on August 7, 2019 - 12:27pm

Erik Litzenberg

Santa Fe County News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller announced the hiring of Erik Litzenberg as the new County Fire Chief. Litzenberg, current City of Santa Fe Manager, brings more than 23 years of public service to the County.

“Erik’s passion for and proven leadership in the field of firefighting and emergency medical services is a welcome asset to the County,” Miller said. “We feel lucky to have him join our team in this capacity.”

Litzenberg recently announced he was stepping down as City Manager of the City of Santa Fe.

“Firefighting and emergency

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31 To Aug. 4, 2019

on August 7, 2019 - 10:40am

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.

STEPHEN JAYMES MONTANO

July 31 at 12:19 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen Jaymes Montano, 24, of Grants at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SCHULZ

Aug. 4 at 5:25 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel Schulz, 45, of Los Alamos on Big Rock Loop and charged him with disorderly conduct and boisterous, loud and profane language.

 

 

 

 

Alamo Fire In Bandelier Grows To 40 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:56pm

A lightning-caused fire reported Sunday has consumed approximately 40 acres in the Bandelier Wilderness. Courtesy/BNM

Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

A lightning-caused fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the Bandelier Wilderness.

The fire has been low, slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees. Rain was received at the fire site Sunday evening and again early this morning.

Weather forecasts predict that afternoon thunderstorms will continue in the area throughout the week

Due to the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain, park managers will be

Conejos Fire Grows To 225 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:16pm

Firing operations add low-intensity flames to the Conejos Fire to reduce dead and down fuels and improve forest health. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drier-than-expected Monday gave fire crews the opportunity to resume firing operations and complete an additional 40 acres on the east side of the Conejos Fire.

The plan for today, Aug. 6, is to take advantage of a break in the weather to continue firing operations today and Wednesday as conditions allow to remove heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

on August 6, 2019 - 6:28pm

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future.

This year’s Energy Summit brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with non-profit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, and

SFNF Monitors Another Lightning-Sparked Fire On Pecos/Las Vegas District

on August 6, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire near Forest Road (FR) 375, 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva within a previously treated fuel break.

While the monsoonal weather patterns are bringing a fair amount of moisture to the area, fire managers are considering strategically adding low-intensity fire to the ground to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Depending on weather

Sierra Club Statement On Gun Violence And White Supremacist Attack In Dayton And El Paso

on August 6, 2019 - 4:36pm
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This weekend, at least 29 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
 
While details are still emerging, the shooting in El Paso was reportedly fueled by anti-immigrant hatred and the toll of wounded may be higher there because some victims may be avoiding hospitals or family reunification centers due to concern over being persecuted because of their immigration status. These shootings are reportedly the 249th and 250th mass shootings in the United States this year.
 
In response, Sierra

County Tests School Zone Flashing Lights Aug. 13-14

on August 6, 2019 - 9:41am
COUNTY News:

Traffic and Streets Division crews will be testing School zone flashing lights County-wide Aug. 13-14 in preparation for the upcoming school year.

If motorists notice the lights flashing during hours outside of a normal school day over these two days, be advised this is a standard procedure for testing the lights. Please do not call Police Dispatch or Traffic/Streets Division to report the activity.

Crews will be working near busy streets while testing the lights; please slow down and use caution.

School begins Thursday, Aug.

FBI Diversity Agent Recruiting In Albuquerque Aug. 20

on August 6, 2019 - 8:13am
FBI News:
 
The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event to encourage members of underrepresented communities—especially women and minorities—to consider becoming special agents.
 
The Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Albuquerque.
 
 
“The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves,” said James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the FBI in New Mexico.

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

FBI: Up To $1,000 Reward For Info On Bank Robber

on August 5, 2019 - 6:22pm

Suspect wanted in bank robbery Friday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch Friday afternoon in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, with a short beard and possibly short, dark blonde hair.

Suspect wanted in bank robbery Friday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

He wore a gray hat, a gray T-shirt with stains around the abdomen, dark jeans and brown sunglasses. He carried a small bag that hung from his shoulder.

The suspect entered Wells Fargo

Governor: New Mexico Domestic Terrorism Summit

on August 5, 2019 - 5:23pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that she will convene key legislators of both parties and public safety stakeholders within her administration to analyze and discuss proactive measures that will decrease the risk of domestic terrorist acts in the wake of the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which law enforcement authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

The domestic terrorism summit – scheduled for Aug.

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

Udall Statement On El Paso; Dayton Shootings

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Sunday on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

 “In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic.

“In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling — a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones.

FBI Statement On Shootings In El Paso And Dayton

on August 4, 2019 - 9:43pm

FBI News:

The attack in El Paso, Texas, underscores the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes.

The FBI is supporting its state and local partners in Texas through investigative, intelligence and technical assistance. The El Paso investigation also is being supported by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, which was established in spring 2019.

Composed of subject matter experts from both the Criminal Investigative and Counterterrorism Divisions, the fusion cell offers program coordination from FBI Headquarters, helps ensure

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