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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 12 To June 15, 2019

on June 24, 2019 - 5:53am

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.

GEOFFRY MARQUEZ

June 12 at 12: 21 a.m. / Police arrested Geoffrey Marquez, 22, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DIANNA M. OLIVAS

June 12 at 11:47 p.m. / Police arrested Dianna M.

Air Force Research Laboratory Prepares DSX Spacecraft For Launch On Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket

on June 23, 2019 - 6:52am
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in the final preparation stages before shipment to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for launch on a Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket. Courtesy photo
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have completed the final assembly and integration of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in preparation for its placement on the first-ever Department of Defense SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
 
The DOD Space Test Program (STP-2) mission, managed by the Air

New Mexico Game & Fish: Conservation Officers Graduate From Law Enforcement Academy

on June 23, 2019 - 6:22am
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&F
 
NMG&F News:

SANTA FE Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.

The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:

  • Kayla Brauer;
  • Travis Bessett; and
  • Montana Tidwell.

Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.

In addition to attending the law enforcement academy,

Udall, Van Hollen Reintroduce EMPOWER Act To Modernize Presidential Campaign Financing System

on June 23, 2019 - 5:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reintroduced legislation Thursday to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests.
 
With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, S.1917, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy's Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act would modernize the presidential public financing system to help publicly funded

DPU Issues Drinking Water Quality Report

on June 23, 2019 - 5:51am
COUNTY News:
 
Water customers in Los Alamos County should expect to receive a copy of the 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities by mail prior to July 1.
 
The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report describes drinking water sources, testing conducted on the water, substances detected and other information of interest.
 
“We consider it a tremendous responsibility and honor to provide Los Alamos County with high-quality drinking water,” Utilities Manager Tim Glasco said.

Tent Rock Prescribed Burn Planned In Jemez Today

on June 22, 2019 - 1:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed today with the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.

Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

NMDOT: Days & Nights Of Summer ENDWI Campaign

on June 22, 2019 - 1:14pm
NMDOT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) Traffic Safety Division, more DWI arrests and traffic violations occur during the summer months.
 
The 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign began 10 years ago in an effort to reduce drunk and reckless driving during a 100 day span. Beginning June 23 through Sept. 30, NMDOT in partnership with state and local law enforcement will commence their annual, aggressive action plan surrounding the 4th of July and Labor Day holidays.
 
In 2018, 100 Days and Nights of Summer resulted in more than

NMDOH Proposes Medical Cannabis Rule Changes

on June 22, 2019 - 11:53am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced details of proposed rule changes for its Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) that, if adopted, will implement several important policy changes, including a new maximum limit of 1,750 plants for licensed non-profit producers (LNPPs) of medical cannabis.

The new plant limit replaces NMAC Rule Change - 2019 - MCP - Emergency Amendment enacted in March that adopted an emergency plant count rule of 2,500 plants for LNPPs while the NMDOH worked to obtain data for a permanent rule.  

The proposed provisions would strengthen

Udall Leads Hearing On Five Bills, Questions Administration’s Commitment To Improving Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 22, 2019 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven to convene a legislative hearing Wednesday on five public safety bills, including two Udall-led bills – S. 290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA), and S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
“Today, we have an opportunity to take action and make good on our promises to improve public safety in Indian Country.

Air Force Research Lab Unveils New HPM System

on June 21, 2019 - 6:54am
An image of a 3-D solid model of the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system. The system is used for modeling and simulation before integrating and testing. Courtesy/Verus Research and BAE Systems
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory has a new high power microwave system that will be a major asset to the warfighter.
 
The Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is a directed energy weapon that disables the electronics in flying drones. The technology is housed in a shipping container-sized unit.
 

Commissioner Garcia Richard: Holtec International Misrepresentations Raise Serious Safety Concerns For Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility In New Mexico

on June 21, 2019 - 6:21am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard sent the attached letter Wednesday to Holtec International President and CEO Krishna Singh.
 
The letter outlines a number of concerns regarding Holtec’s proposal for a nuclear storage facility in Lea County - specifically safety concerns that have not been addressed and misrepresentations made by the company in its filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The surface and mineral estate are split in ownership at the proposed location, with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, LLC owning the surface land

Community AED Dedication At Summer Concert Friday

on June 20, 2019 - 9:56pm

LAFD provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the community and LANL. The department has six ambulances that respond to 911 medical calls. All firefighters in the department are required to have an EMS license. EMS response is available 24 hours a day, every day. Courtesy/LAFD 

LAFD News:

Please The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Summer Concert Series, as it recognizes the Station 6 B-shift crew, including Capt.

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

LAPD Warns Public Of Phone Scam

on June 20, 2019 - 5:12pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is warning the public of a recent scam.

Citizens are receiving calls from a person or persons claiming to be with the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Department. The callers are advising citizens that they need to pay sums of money for missing jury duty.

A link is provided to citizens that looks like an authentic website for the sheriff and it contains a PO Box for the citizens to mail their money orders to.

Anyone contacted by individuals requesting they pay fines for any offense are urged to contact the Los Alamos Police Department immediately

Ad-Hoc Committee Recommends Moving Animal Shelter Operations Under Community Services Department

on June 20, 2019 - 9:18am
The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 226 East Road. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council will discuss at its June 25 meeting the possible transfer of the animal shelter operations to the Community Services Department.

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Chair Wendee Brunish

The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee will present the recommendation.

Lujan Grisham Announces Final Cabinet Selection

on June 20, 2019 - 9:00am
NMCD Cabinet Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the final member of her Cabinet in a news conference at the Capitol.
 
Alisha Tafoya Lucero is the cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
 
“Secretary Tafoya Lucero has the experience, skills, vision and leadership this agency needs,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m thrilled to have a New Mexican and a career public servant who has diligently worked her way up the ladder take this top leadership position.

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

on June 20, 2019 - 8:32am
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.

Ponderosa Estates Manhole Project Runs July 1-31

on June 20, 2019 - 7:57am
Why are manhole covers round? A manhole cover is round because it won’t fall through the opening on which it sits, it can simply be rolled to reach a destination much faster, while applying relatively little effort. Courtesywww.scienceabc.com
 

COUNTY News:

 
Beginning Monday, July 1, crews will be adjusting manholes in the Ponderosa Estates area.
 
This work will begin on Aspen Drive at Range Road and continue along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive before finishing back at Aspen Drive.
 
Since there a dozens of manhole adjustments in this sub-division, construction is

Human Trafficking In The United States: How Does New Mexico Measure Up?

on June 20, 2019 - 7:02am
HTI News:
 
New Mexico ranked 28th in the United States in 2018 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts with seven cases.
 
All cases involved sex trafficking. No cases involved labor trafficking.
 
These findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report. The Report is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year.
 
Human trafficking is an economically-motivated

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Files Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act As Amendment To Defense Bill

on June 19, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, filed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA) as an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors of the amendment.
 
The amendment is the text of S.

FBI: Five Syndicato New Mexico Prison Gang Members Sentenced To Life For Murders In Aid Of Racketeering

on June 19, 2019 - 6:34am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Five members of the Syndicato New Mexico prison gang were sentenced to life in prison this week in federal court in Las Cruces after juries convicted them in 2018 of committing murder in aid of racketeering.
 
These defendants were previously charged along with 17 others for murder and other offenses in a superseding indictment. Several of those charged went to trial while others pleaded guilty. March 12, 2018, a jury found Anthony Ray Baca, 55, of Albuquerque and Carlos Herrera, XX, of XXX.

DOI’s Law Enforcement K-9 Unit Apprehends Traffickers And $559,000 In Heroin In New Mexico

on June 19, 2019 - 5:49am
Ofc. Nicholas Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 9.4 pounds of heroin June 5 on the Pueblo of Laguna. Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
LAGUNA PUEBLO — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) Ofc. Nicholas “Nick” Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 4.3 Kilos (9.4 pounds) of heroin, which has an estimated street value of approximately $559,000, on the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico last week.
 
“I commend BIA-OJS Ofc.

Sixteen New Mexico Airports Receiving Makeovers

on June 19, 2019 - 5:41am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Aviation Division would like to recognize the state communities that will receive more than $7 million in grant installments from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revamp 16 airport runways throughout the state.
 
The three largest airport improvement projects will take place in Santa Teresa, Farmington and Hobbs. Ninety percent of these projects will be federally funded, the remainder will come from State and local government dollars.
 
The FAA is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in

Catch Of The Week: What To Do…If You’re Caught In A Data Breach

on June 18, 2019 - 7:57pm
Caricature by artist Paul Ziomek. https://paulzcreative.com
 
By REBECCA RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse.
 
Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into

SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn In Jemez This Week

on June 18, 2019 - 7:56pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week if conditions remain favorable.
 
Ignitions could begin as early as Wedensday, June 19, and are expected to conclude by Friday, June 21.
 
The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs, and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.
 
Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

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