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Los Alamos Public Schools Closed Today Due To Snow

on February 19, 2019 - 8:21am

Los Alamos Public Schools is closed today due to snow and all after school activities are canceled. The LAPS School Board Work Session scheduled for this evening will be rescheduled at a later date. Courtesy/LAPS

NWS: Today’s High Near 23, Tonight’s Low Around 9

on February 19, 2019 - 7:39am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 23 with an 80 percent chance of snow and total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 9 with a wind chill value as low as -1. Courtesy/NWS

NWS: Snow Accumulation 8 To 12 Inches Tonight

on February 18, 2019 - 9:22pm

The National Weather Service forecasts a 90 percent chance of snow tonight in Los Alamos, heavy at times, and a total nighttime snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible … with a low tonight of around 16. Courtesy/NWS

LAPS On Two-Hour Delay Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 8:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools are on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Motorists are urged to allow extra time and exercise extreme caution while traveling to school.

Laboratory On Delayed Opening Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 8:28pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening Tuesday due to inclement weather conditions.

Employees who work at TA-3 should report between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., all others should report between 11 a.m. and noon.

UNM-LA On 2-Hour Delay Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 7:25pm
UNM-LA News:
Due to inclement weather, UNM-Los Alamos will delay opening campus until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Governor Establishes PERA Solvency Task Force

on February 18, 2019 - 6:01pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today ordered the creation of a Public Employees Retirement Association Solvency Task Force.
The governor, in an executive order, established the makeup of the task force and directed members to immediately begin identifying reasonable and measured changes to contributions and benefits that will both prevent the need for more significant changes in the future and address the liabilities associated with the state’s pension plans.
“I expect diligent, expedient work from this group of stakeholders,”

Trap Free New Mexico Issues Call To Action

on February 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

This owl is the latest victim caught in a trap and Trap Free New Mexico has issued a call to action asking people to voice their support for HB 366 to get dangerous, cruel, and indiscriminate traps and poisons off New Mexico public lands. Courtesy/TFNM

TFNM News:

It's time to act ... HB 366 (Roxy's Law) has not been scheduled for its next hearing yet, but it's time to start reaching out to members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trap Free New Mexico is asking everyone to send the committee members at the state legislature an email asking them to support HB 366, which will get dangerous,

New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard On ‘Raise The Rate’ Hearing

on February 18, 2019 - 5:14pm

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – HB 398, the “Raise the Rate” Bill failed Friday in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Commissioner Stephanie Garcia released the following statement after the vote.

“It is a sad day when wealthy special interests win out to the detriment of our kid’s futures. The Land Office, with Rep.

UNM-LA Campus Closing At 4 P.M. Due To Snow

on February 18, 2019 - 3:24pm

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Campus will close at 4 p.m. today due to inclement weather.

No evening classes will be held.

Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties

HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.


“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

MOWW Meeting Features Sig Hecker Tuesday Feb. 19

on February 17, 2019 - 10:56am

Dr. Sigfried Hecker

MOWW  News:

This month’s meeting of the Miitary Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Feb. 19. Guest speaker Dr. Sigfried Hecker, with present “A conversation About Global Nuclear Issues”, during which he will briefly summarize nuclear issues around the globe and then take questions to elaborate on those issues of greatest interest to the attendees.

Dr. Hecker is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He served as the fifth director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room.

SFNF Plans La Cueva Prescribed Burn

on February 17, 2019 - 10:28am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the La Cueva area 7 miles northwest of the village of Pecos if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather remain favorable.
Ignitions on the 372-acre La Cueva unit will treat up to 240 acres per day, and conclude by Feb. 28. Firefighters will use hand ignitions on piles of slash to reduce the risk of wildfire, provide community protection and improve forest health.
Prescribed fires are one of the most

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill Requiring Background Checks On All Gun Sales

on February 16, 2019 - 2:09pm
State Sen. Gabriel Ramos, D-Silver City, speaks Thursday in opposition of Senate Bill 8. Ramos was one of the four Democrats who voted against the bill, which would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check. The Senate approved the measure. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
State Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española and Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, sponsors of Senate Bill 8, speak together as Senate members deliberate on the bill. Senate Bill 8 would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check.

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler’s Bill Capping Predatory Payday Lending Passes House Labor Committee

on February 16, 2019 - 10:27am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – HB 386, Installment and Small-load Maximum Interest, sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, together with Rep. Susan Herrera and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero passed its first committee Friday.

The bill caps so-called “payday” lending at 36 percent; currently payday lenders can charge up to 175 percent interest. After the House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs committee, the bill will move onto House Judiciary.

Several organizations have been actively working to pass a 36 percent cap for several years in

FBI Raises Reward To $10,000 In Homicide Case

on February 16, 2019 - 7:10am
FBI News:
Between the evening hours of Valentine’s Day 2014 and noon the following day, a 75-year-old Counselor, N.M. man was beaten to death at his residence on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
The FBI is marking the fifth anniversary of Wilson Joe Chiquito’s homicide by announcing that its reward in the case has been increased from $1,000 to $10,000.
“Somebody knows who killed this innocent, defenseless man,” said James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division.

Utility Work On Arizona 8 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tuesday

on February 15, 2019 - 4:26pm


Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona Avenue just east of 45th Street to locate a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Tue. Feb. 19 only. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation. Motorists can expect some delays.

Repair work to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Indiscriminate Traps Harm Endangered Mexican Wolves

on February 15, 2019 - 9:47am
WEG News:
SANTA FE — As a bill to ban recreational and commercial trapping works its way through the New Mexico legislature, indiscriminate trapping is proving an enormous impediment for endangered Mexican gray wolves’ already uphill battle toward recovery.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that, since Nov. 2018, five lobos have fallen victim to traps in New Mexico. One of the wolves, female 1565 died in veterinary care. Another, male 1669 lost a leg. Male 1556 was treated and released but was later observed limping. Two other wolves were captured and released without injury.

Balderas Signs Multi-State Letter Urging FTC To Protect New Mexicans From Identity Theft

on February 15, 2019 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 31 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the commission to maintain and strengthen its Identity Theft Rules, which were originally adopted in November 2007.
The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states, and the growth in technology since the rules were adopted.
“Banks in our state have a responsibility to protect New Mexican consumers when they see signs of fraud,” Balderas said. “These banks will

NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better

UNM-LA Bystander Intervention Workshop March 1

on February 15, 2019 - 8:46am
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a free workshop, Bystander Intervention: Learn How to Safely Take Action, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Jess Clark, Education and Prevention Department manager at the Solace Crisis Treatment Center, will address bystander intervention and facilitate a series of role playing exercises.
The goal of Bystander Intervention workshops is to help participants develop bystander efficacy, or the confidence to get involved in a situation when someone needs help.

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

Fifty Local High School Students Advocate For Gun Control Legislation At Roundhouse In Santa Fe

on February 15, 2019 - 8:32am
Students make a statement Wednesday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo
Students gather Wednesday at the Roundhouse with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, front row, third from right. Courtesy photo
Remembering Parkland: With names of school shooting victims on their shirts and red roses in their hands, about 50 local high school students advocated for gun control legislation Wednesday at the Roundhouse, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
After staging a die-in, in which they lay in silence over

Game & Fish: Charges Issued In Illegal Trapping Case

on February 14, 2019 - 5:01pm
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE In one of New Mexico’s most high-profile trapping cases, a Chimayo man is facing multiple charges associated with running illegal trap lines that resulted in the unlawful harvest of multiple wildlife animals and the death of a beloved pet, Roxy.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Marty Cordova, 42, was charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping activities.
Charges include:
  • 5 counts of trapping within 25 yards of a road;
  • 10 counts of failure to properly mark traps;
  • 5 counts of failure to check traps every calendar day;
  • 14 counts of unlawful possession of a protected species.

AFTNM On School Shooting In Rio Rancho

on February 14, 2019 - 4:36pm

  • Most Recent School Shooting Falls on One Year Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statements:


“Not again, not today. That was my first reaction when I heard the news of the shooting in Rio Rancho. On the day we are mourning and honoring the 17 souls murdered in Parkland, Fla., a shooter inflicted terror on the children, educators and parents at V. Sue Cleveland High School.