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RSF Calls On Chinese President Xi Jinping To Pardon Journalist Huang Qi Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

on July 30, 2019 - 5:56pm
Journalist Huang Qi was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition. Fred Dufour/AFP
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Chinese President Xi Jinping to pardon journalist Huang Qi, two-time RSF Press Freedom Prize laureate, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition.
The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province sentenced Chinese investigative journalist Huang Qi, 56, to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets and providing state secrets abroad, which was preceded by a

Road Work Notice: CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road) Bridge Replacement Project Underway

on July 30, 2019 - 6:09am
Santa Fe County News:
SANTA FE A contractor for the Santa Fe County Public Works Department will begin excavation and construction on CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road).
The project consists of roadway improvements and bridge replacement on CR 72A. The project began Monday, July 29 and is scheduled to be completed Fall 2019.
In order to accommodate the construction in a safe manner, it will be necessary to reduce the work zone down to one lane during and after construction. Flaggers will be controlling traffic in the work zone during working hours, please use caution.

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

on July 29, 2019 - 1:54pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State's Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” Balderas

State Land Office Signs Land Use Restriction

on July 29, 2019 - 1:08pm

Assistant Commissioner Craig Johnson and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy/NMLO


  • Restriction Aims to Protect Military Readiness

SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense.


The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address incompatible planning and development in the vicinity of important military training operations.

Santa Fe Animal Shelter Blood Drive Aug. 4

on July 29, 2019 - 6:47am
SFAS News:
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which saves thousands of animals every year is now ready to save humans through a Vitalant Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Vitalant (formally United Blood Bank), one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
Everyone who donates blood during the event will receive a voucher for a fee-waived animal and a 25 percent off coupon for their resell

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive

Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”

New Mexico State Police And Lea County Sheriff’s Office Work Together To Stop Distracted Driving

on July 27, 2019 - 11:39am
NMSP News:
LEA COUNTY The New Mexico State Police has recently seen an increase in motor vehicle crashes occurring in southern Lea County.
In 2019, State Police has investigated seven fatality crashes in Lea County, which has claimed 13 lives. Most of these crashes were preventable, as driver inattention and excessive speed have been the main factors that resulted in these crashes.
The New Mexico State Police and Lea County Sheriff’s Office will immediately begin joint patrol impact operations looking for reckless and inattentive drivers.
New Mexico State Police Commercial

State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Reporters Without Borders Presents Five Proposals To Put An End To Violence Against The Press

on July 27, 2019 - 8:21am
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
In a letter to Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) details five proposals to put an end to the violence against journalists and restore full freedom of the press.
RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire dispatched the letter to Lam in which he details the proposals to end the violence against journalists in China’s Special Administrative Region.

Game & Fish: Bear And Cougar Rule Changes Topic Of Four Public Meetings In August

on July 27, 2019 - 7:21am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the bear and cougar rule.
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
  • Raton: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road;
  • Albuquerque: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW;
  • Las Cruces: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive; and
  • Roswell: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard.

American Red Cross Assisting Residents After Motel Explosion In Albuquerque Friday

on July 27, 2019 - 12:33am

American Red News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Red Cross Albuquerque Chapter has dispatched a Disaster Action Team (DAT) to assist approximately 16 residents following an explosion Friday at a month to month motel/ apartments, damaging approximately 16 units.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers will assess the damages and provide emergency assistance for those residents displaced. The explosion occurred near the intersection of Central Ave NE. and Bryn Mawr Dr. NE.

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year and most are home fires.

Scenes From Diamond Drive Paving Project Today

on July 26, 2019 - 6:23pm

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the

State Police Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In August

on July 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

Statewide – New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August 2019.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

SFNF Monitoring Venado Mesa Fire In Jemez

on July 26, 2019 - 11:49am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376.

Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Six Reasons To Avoid Restaurant Pepper Shakers

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Tabletop condiments, such as the pepper shaker, can have a bacterial count as high as 11,600 microbes. Courtesy/HealthiGuide

With so much to fear in life, who would suspect that the unassuming-looking pepper shaker sitting on every restaurant table is a haven for germs?

The fact is that the pepper shaker, along with the salt shaker, Parmesan cheese dispenser, and napkin holder, may be laden with germs. It can be so much a part of the backdrop of the table that it can cease to register with restaurant patrons and workers alike.

Here are

Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

Cone Zone: Week Of July 29, 2019

on July 26, 2019 - 10:26am


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Diamond Drive Paving:

Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Mill and overlay will then proceed to between Sandia/Orange and the roundabout at San Ildefonso Road by Sept. 20. Final project completion is set for Sept. 27, weather permitting.

Asphalt milling and paving work the week of July 29 through Saturday,

Haaland Introduces Bill To Bolster Efforts To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

on July 26, 2019 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to bolster efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis with bipartisan support from Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R.

APD, CYFD Announce 800 Personnel Trained On Streamlined CYFD Law Enforcement Portal

on July 25, 2019 - 9:35pm
CYFD News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Police Department and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department announced Thursday that hundreds of APD officers and civilian employees have been trained to use a portal  that shows CYFD history and involvement with families.
The information can be helpful during law enforcement investigations.
This information was already av­­­ailable to officers by calling the CYFD Statewide Central Intake or working with case workers or other CYFD staff.
Thursday marked the completion of training for more than 800 officers and civilian

School Zone Traffic Safety Reminders

on July 25, 2019 - 10:59am
SANTA FE – As back-to-school season approaches, the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to take be safe in and around school zones.
Driver Safety Reminders:
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5-10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. 
  • Respect the crossing guard. Always stop for crossing guards holding a stop sign.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians, no matter who has the right of way.
  • Be aware children can be unpredictable. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Yield to