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State Farm: Winter And Holiday Driving Safety Tips

on December 9, 2018 - 8:32am
This holiday season, roads are extra busy with shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers traveling to social events to see family and friends. Add to that some bad weather and you have a recipe for distractions and possible car crashes.
It also is the season to remain vigilant about the dangers of winter driving and aggressive holiday drivers.
Remember these key winter road condition and holiday driving safety tips from from State Farm®:
  • Slow down. Bridges and overpasses freeze first, so take it slow and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction. 
  • Keep windows clear.

Udall, Heinrich Call On ICE, CBP To Release Documents On Death Of Transgender Woman In Custody

on December 8, 2018 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urging the immediate public release of a death review and supporting documentation on Roxana Hernández, a 33-year-old transgender woman who died at a New Mexico hospital while in ICE custody.
The senators also have requested documentation of ICE and CBP training related specifically to

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

Udall Hails Senate Passage Of Savanna’s Act

on December 7, 2018 - 4:16pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday applauded the passage of Savanna’s Act in the U.S. Senate.
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall, would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Remembering Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2018 - 9:43am

Scene from the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Courtesy/

This Day In History:

On this day in 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault.

The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President

UNM-LA Campus On Two-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:39am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is on a 2-hour delay today.

The campus will open and classes will resume at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos National Laboratory On 2-Hour Delay

on December 7, 2018 - 7:28am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed start.

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

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:17am


Winter Storm To Impact NM Tonight Through Saturday

on December 6, 2018 - 8:07pm



NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports that a storm system will bring winter weather impacts to portions of New Mexico starting tonight and lasting into Saturday.

Ice accumulations may cause significant travel impacts and isolated power outages, especially across east-central and southeast New Mexico. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for portions of New Mexico as a result.

Key Impacts:

  • Significant travel impacts possible for parts of east-Significant travel impacts possible for parts of east-central and southeast New Mexico from ice

Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp … A Ministry Of Presence During A Crisis

on December 6, 2018 - 9:31am
Los Alamos Firefighters from left, Evan Pulliam, Justin Wright, Mike Cayton and Mike McElyea with newly ordained Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca at Firestation 3 in White Rock. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca chats with LAPD Ofc. Dominic Perez at the police station. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
Los Alamos Daily Post

What is a chaplain? Well, the Los Alamos County Volunteer Chaplain Corp acts as a ministry of presence during a crisis. They are a non-sectarian group dedicated to helping those who need them when they are called.


AG Balderas Secures Jail Sentence For Woman Who Stole Thousands Of Dollars From Elderly Patients

on December 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.

The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions against Bennett for stealing more than $30,000 from elderly residents while working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque between 2012 and 2013.

Bennett was sentenced by Judge Charles Brown to one and a half years

Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action To Combat Climate Change

on December 6, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change.
Along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Meet Los Alamos Fire Department’s New Paramedics

on December 6, 2018 - 2:19am
LAFD EMS Division

A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital. Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 28 To Dec. 2, 2018

on December 6, 2018 - 1:52am

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.


Nov. 28 at 9:43 p.m. / Espanola Police arrested James Johnson, 18, of Ohkay Owingeh in an Espanola Court on an outstanding District Court warrant.




Nov. 29 at 5:31 p.m.

Winter Storm Possible Thursday Night To Saturday

on December 5, 2018 - 9:58pm

The National Weather Service predicts a significant winter storm could impact New Mexico Thursday night through Saturday. Rain and snow will develop Thursday across western and central New Mexico, continuing through Friday night into Saturday as snow levels drop to valley levels. Freezing precipitation with light ice accumulations are possible Thursday night into Friday morning, with more significant winter weather possible Friday night into Saturday morning for eastern New Mexico. A Winter Storm Watch may be required for portions of New Mexico. Courtesy/NWS

McQuiston: Identity Theft This Holiday Season

on December 5, 2018 - 3:25pm

The Jemez Agency

The holidays are about so much more than exchanging presents. Family and friends gather around tables or in front of the fireplace laughing, remembering, and cherishing time together.

This holiday season, while you eat, drink, and be merry, make sure you protect what matters most:

  • Your identity—you’ve spent a lifetime building your financial credit and professional reputation, but identity thieves can take that away in an instant.
  • Elderly relatives—Scammers often target the elderly–especially around the holidays.

LANL: Arctic Ice Model Upgrade To Benefit Polar Research, Industry And Military

on December 5, 2018 - 11:09am

LANL scientist Elizabeth Hunke and her team have released an update to the sea-ice computer model, CICE, that has been a key part of the Arctic predictive capability for the U.S. Navy, NOAA and the National Ice Center. CICE also is widely used for earth-system research in academic and government institutions worldwide. Courtesy/E. Hunke.


LANL News:

  • Polar conditions modeled more accurately for naval and commercial safety improvements

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act To Combat E-Cigs In Schools

on December 5, 2018 - 11:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools.
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs.

Daily Postcard: Peaches Keeps Watch On DP Road

on December 5, 2018 - 8:51am

Daily Postcard: Peaches, the ever-vigilant guardian of DP Road. Photo by Rick Nebel

New Mexico Game & Fish Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Advisory Board Meets Wednesday

on December 4, 2018 - 2:48pm
NMGF News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Advisory Board for Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Information regarding the OHV program’s budget, education and law enforcement efforts will be presented. The Advisory Board also will establish meeting dates for next year.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Northwest Regional Office at 7816 Alamo Road NW, in Albuquerque.
Information on the advisory board can be found on the department’s website.

Jemez Ranger Dist. To Start Vallecitos Piles Burn Dec. 4

on December 4, 2018 - 7:46am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE — U.S. Forest Service fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today through Dec. 14 on Vallecitos piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Crews plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, and treat up to 189 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de Los Indios, and north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10.

Committee On Arms Control & International Security Presents Talk By LANL Senior Fellow Terry Hawkins

on December 4, 2018 - 7:10am


The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lounge of The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.  

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by LANL Senior Fellow Houston T. (Terry) Hawkins. The presentation is entitled “The Art and Science of Surviving What We Are Becoming.” Hawkins grounds his presentation in the field of socially coupled systems and informatics (SCSI), which deals with the social aspects of computerization.

Supreme Court Suggests Sanctions For Deficient Legal Briefs In Appeals

on December 3, 2018 - 4:29pm
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court has advised state courts to impose appropriate sanctions on attorneys who submit deficient legal briefs in cases.
“No appellate court or district court should ever hesitate to return briefing or order rebriefing with a short deadline when briefing is unclear or lacks citations or is otherwise unprofessional,” the state’s highest court wrote in an opinion written by Justice Gary L. Clingman.
The court’s admonishment came in a unanimous ruling that affirmed a district court’s denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus by an

FBI: Drug Addict From Grant County Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms And Ammo

on December 3, 2018 - 11:58am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Dinwiddie pled guilty June 28. He admitted that federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence Feb. 5 and found approximately six firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade Organizers Urge Parents, Families To Exercise Caution At Event

on December 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Zia Credit Union float dazzles crowd at 2017 WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. Courtesy/LA MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

The annual WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade will be gliding down MainStreet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. It’s always a fun, colorful, family-friendly event, made even more special with this year’s “Candyland” theme.

As the date approaches, however, the Los Alamos MainStreet staff would like to remind parents and families to exercise caution with little ones when attending the parade.