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Update: Small Fire In Rendija Canyon Extinguished

on July 2, 2019 - 5:40pm
UPDATE: This brush fire has been extiniguished. A small brush fire erupted this afternoon near the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club parking lot in Rendija Canyon. Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald said crews from station 1 and 4 responded and quickly doused the 20' x 20' fire. He added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Joe Granville

LAFD Fire Marshal Addresses Fireworks Within County

on July 2, 2019 - 4:02pm

Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

LAFD News:

As July 4th approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and guidelines. The County is under Moderate Fire Danger, and with certain precautions will allow the Fireworks Display show at Overlook Park. The best way to enjoy the holiday is to attend this professional display at Overlook Park on July 4th.

The County of Los Alamos, has not adopted by ordinance the regulation of certain permissible fireworks.

NMR&LD: Two Businessmen Guilty Of Securities Fraud

on July 2, 2019 - 7:57am
NMR&LD News:
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Monday that Dain Leslie Schult of Austin, Texas and Joel McKay Hixon of Las Cruces have been found guilty of defrauding New Mexico investors in a Pyramid scheme that promised to use investors’ money to promote “mom and pop” radio stations on the internet.
Schult and Hixon were convicted of Fraud over $20,000, Securities Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Sale of an Unregistered Security, and Sale of Security by an Unlicensed Agent.
“This verdict sends a clear message

WRA: PNM’s Plans For Retiring San Juan Generating Station Saves Money, Aids Workers, Reduces Pollution

on July 2, 2019 - 6:39am
WRA News:
SANTA FE Western Resource Advocates commented Monday on the economic and climate benefits that would be realized through plans filed Monday by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) detailing the retirement of the San Juan Generating Station.
“PNM’s abandonment proposal will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions millions of tons per year, develop more than 600 megawatts of renewable energy and battery storage, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in San Juan County, where the San Juan coal plant will close,” said Steve Michel, deputy director of Western Resource

RCLC Hears Talk On Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

on July 1, 2019 - 3:12pm

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) gathered Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers at Española City Hall at 405 N. Paseo De Onate. From left, RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, Española City Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez, Chair Henry Roybal, Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz and Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Program Director Ed Mayer of Holtec International discusses a plan for a consolidated interim storage facility for nuclear fuel in southeast New Mexico during

State Senate President Pro Tem, Majority Leader Issue Statement On Charges Against Sen. Martinez

on July 1, 2019 - 10:59am


SANTA FE – New Mexico State Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth today issued the following statement on charges issued against State Sen. Richard Martinez over the weekend:

“This is a difficult situation. Our immediate concern is for the well-being of everyone involved in the accident. Sen.

“Martinez is a valued member of our caucus and is entitled to the process afforded him under the law. DWI continues to be a very serious issue for our state. This is a developing matter and we have no further comment at this time.”


Police Charge State Sen. Richard Martinez With DWI

on July 1, 2019 - 8:50am

State News:

Police in Española arrested State Sen. Richard C. Martinez late Friday night and charged him with reckless driving and aggravated DWI.

According to the police incident report, a driver said the senator rear-ended him at a red light at Paseo de Onate and Fairview Lane. Martinez and the people in the car he rear-ended all sustained minor injuries.

Martinez failed his physical field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, according to the report.


Martinez is a Democrat and retired Magistrate Court judge. Since 2001 he has served Dist.

McQuiston: What Car Drivers Need To Know About Motorcycles

on June 30, 2019 - 7:55am

The Jemez Agency

Warm weather is here, which means you’ll likely see more motorcycles on the road. And the key word here is “see”.

People driving cars and trucks often fail to notice the motorcyclists around them, partly because they’re not accustomed to looking for them.

It’s obvious yet bears repeating: Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than car and truck drivers and passengers. Not only are there many more cars and trucks on the road, but there’s no such thing as a “fender bender” for a motorcyclist.

Even a low-speed collision can seriously injure a rider, not to

Los Alamos County Council Weighs In On Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Recommendations

on June 29, 2019 - 7:55am
Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Char Wendee Brunish presents the committee's report to Los Alamos County Council June 25. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A great animal shelter is dedicated to the welfare of its pets, Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Chair Wendee Burnish told Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting June 25. She also said a great shelter is dedicated to public service, has a clear vision of state-of-the-art care, has ongoing strategic planning and clear goals with objective measures.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At LAPSA Training Session

on June 29, 2019 - 7:50am

On the job in Los Alamos is Centerra Los Alamos General Manager Lennie Upshaw greeting Alice Bodelson PhD who spoke June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/

On the job in Los Alamos is Alice Bodelson PhD speeking June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism

Udall On Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

on June 29, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being:
“Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources—hundreds of millions of dollars are stake.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Encourages DACA Recipients To Continue Seeking Renewals

on June 29, 2019 - 6:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging individuals protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status, and is calling for Senate action to protect DREAMers.
This is in response to reports that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next term.
“Immigrants have long helped write the economic, social, and cultural story of New Mexico.

Cone Zone: Week Of July 1

on June 28, 2019 - 4:25pm


Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Central Avenue Closure for Independence Day events:

Pedestrians and motorists are to be advised that Central Avenue from Oppenheimer to 15th will be closed the morning of July 4 for the Y adult 5K run and then the children’s firecracker parade. Farmer’s Market will be OPEN at the library overflow lot July 4; market-goers are asked to use Rose or Canyon and access Farmer’s Market from the north side.

AGU: Space Station Mold Survives Ionizing Radiation

on June 28, 2019 - 2:41pm
Mold grows on the International Space Station on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry. Courtesy/NASA
Scanning electron micrograph of a Pennicillium mold producing chains of spores. Courtesy/David Gregory & Debbie Marshall, CC BY
AGU News:
BELLEVUE, Wash. — The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem.
Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem.
New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the

Public Notice: Road Closure On Woodland July 4th

on June 28, 2019 - 11:25am
Courtesy photo
There will be a road closure 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4th at the end of Woodland Road adjacent to Club Road due to a family event and block party. 
Access to Woodland can be made by traveling up Arizona and cutting through Country Lane.
Please be advised that your route may take 1 minute longer, and there may be more children than usual running around the area.

State Targets Unlicensed Contractors Via Social Media

on June 28, 2019 - 7:03am
Marguerite Salazar
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Thursday that the Construction Industries Division participated with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) in a national coordinated enforcement effort, the weeks of June 3-21, which included 11 NASCLA state members who took part in this event across the country.
Participating states included New Mexico, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah.

New Mexico State Police Seek Help Identifying Vehicle And Driver In Hit-And-Run Case

on June 28, 2019 - 6:45am
NMSP News:
DONA ANA COUNTY New Mexico State Police is asking the public’s help identifying the driver and a vehicle that was involved in hit-and-run in the town of Vado.
June 14 at about 11:25 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a hit-and-run injury accident. The vehicle was traveling north on the frontage road on Stern Drive when it struck a 57-year-old female pedestrian, who was walking on the shoulder of the roadway. The pedestrian was struck by the vehicles’ right passenger side door mirror.
Investigation and evidence led officers to believe the vehicle is an

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual Defense Spending Bill

on June 28, 2019 - 6:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich



WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2019) – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that supports New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Artificial Intelligence, and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 86-8.

Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, secured a

Council Hears Presentation On Trinity Drive Projects

on June 27, 2019 - 5:13pm
The future location of  The Hill Apartments. To accomodate the new development, County staff are considering a road diet  project from east of Diamond Drive near Los Alamos Medical Center entrance to west of Oppenheimer Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the main thoroughfares in Los Alamos could see a few transformations. Los Alamos County Council was updated on projects planned for Trinity Drive and N.M. 502 during its meeting Tuesday night.

Work to construct a roundabout as well as improvements on

State Auditor Brian Colón Issues Statement Following Raid Of Las Vegas Mayor; City Hall

on June 27, 2019 - 5:10pm

State Auditor Colón

LAS VEGAS, NM – This afternoon State Auditor Colón issued the following statement regarding the New Mexico Attorney General raids on the home of Las Vegas Mayor and City Hall:

“Upon information identified through an open and ongoing special examination the special investigations division on June 24, 2019 directed the Independent Public Accountant to consider risk to assess the potential loss of taxpayer dollars,” Colón said.

Abandoned Campfires Frustrate Crews

on June 27, 2019 - 5:06pm
SFNF crews discovered more than 45 still-burning campfires abandoned last weekend. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Last weekend, fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest discovered more than 45 still-burning abandoned campfires ... not including one last week on the Jemez Ranger District that grew into a 2-acre wildfire before three engine crews finally doused it.

Frustrated crews on patrol Saturday and Sunday came across 35 abandoned campfires on the Jemez District and another 10 on the Pecos/Las Vegas side of the forest.

Traffic Alert: Forest Road 289 Closed South Of Santa Fe National Forest Boundary

on June 27, 2019 - 5:04pm


SANTA FE – Forest Road (FR) 289 is closed approximately 2 miles south of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) boundary at the junction of FR 268 and FR 289.

Forest visitors who want to access the southeastern Jemez Mountains, including the Dome Wilderness, are advised to approach from the north, using N.M. 4, which intersects with the north end of FR 289.

FR 289 is open from N.M. 4 to the forest boundary, but the road is closed to through traffic on land owned by the Pueblo of Cochiti.

The SFNF will notify the public if the status of FR 289 south of the forest boundary

RCLC Reboot Underway

on June 27, 2019 - 4:49pm

Staff Report:

Misspent public funds, reimbursements for $38-a-shot whiskey, tickets to a major league baseball game, a woeful lack of proper financial controls.

These are only some of the scandal-ridden headlines of a story that broke a year ago ahead of the Democratic Primary Election for the District 46 state house seat in northern Santa Fe County.

This election resulted in the defeat of an incumbent and a special audit of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), an advocacy organization that represents local communities on issues related to Los Alamos National Laboratory and

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief; Fire Marshal Complete National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program

on June 27, 2019 - 8:12am

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department congratulates Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey on their graduation from National Fire Academy (NFA) and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).

Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program is a 4-year program that provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.

NNSA Announces Availability Of Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on June 26, 2019 - 2:33pm

NNSA News:


The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment.


NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA.