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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
 
PUBLIC NOTICE:
 
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
 
STATE News:
 
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

 

SENATE News:

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/ladailypost.com
 
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
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
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

TRAFFIC ALERT: 

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.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 23, 2019

on June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

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.

NADINE SANCHEZ

June 23 at 5:32 p.m. / Police arrested Nadine Sanchez, 36, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant.

LAPD Seeks Public’s Assistance Identifying Man

on June 26, 2019 - 11:26am

Recognize this man? Contact Det. Ryan Wolking at ryan.wolking@lacnm.us, 505.662.8222 or Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male subject pictured here.

He may possess information relating to an incident that recently occurred in Los Alamos County that is under investigation.

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking at ryan.wolking@lacnm.us, 505.662.8222 or Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 and callers may remain anonymous.

SFNF: Come On Folks, Please Put Out Your Campfires!

on June 26, 2019 - 9:24am

Remains of the Cajete Fire. 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. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Frustrated fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to find far too many abandoned campfires – more than 45 last weekend alone!

And that doesn’t include the one last week near Forest Road 10 on the Jemez Ranger District that grew into a 2-acre wildfire before three engine crews successfully put it out.

Most of the abandoned campfires – still the

On The Job In Los Alamos: Medical Advisory Committee

on June 26, 2019 - 8:56am
On the job in Los Alamos during a recent meeting of the Medical Advisory Committee seated from left, Senior Office Specialist Ana Martinez, Los Alamos Retirement Community Executive Director Linda Bullock, Emergency Room Director Debbie Maes and Los Alamos Fire and Dispatch Medical Director Dr. Justin Hazen. Standing from left, LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry and Los Alamos County Assistant Emergency Manager Cody Ulrich. The Medical Advisory Committee meets at at 9:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of each month in the 3rd floor conference/training room of the Los Alamos Fire

NMEW Hosts Ethics In New Mexico Event July 15

on June 26, 2019 - 8:17am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) will present Ethics in New Mexico: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going, a multi-faceted event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday July 15, at the UNM Continuing Education Center on University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
 
The event will feature former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Richard Bosson, former New Mexico State Sen.

EM Crews Think Outside Box For Hanford Tank Waste

on June 26, 2019 - 7:52am
A Hanford Site team created unique tools to remove a radiologically contaminated thermocouple from single-shell tank AX-103. The team built a radiation-shielding box and remote extension tools to allow workers to complete the task more safely. Courtesy/Hanford Site
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, Wash. EM Office of River Protection tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently developed unique tools to remove contaminated pieces of equipment from single-shell waste storage tanks at the Hanford Site.
 
WRPS developed a special shielding box and remote

Santa Fe Guns To Gardens Buyback Event June 29

on June 26, 2019 - 7:49am
NMPGV News:
 
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Santa Fe Police Department will mark the ninth statewide gun buyback 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.
 
Gift cards for food and gas will be given in exchange for unwanted working firearms, $100 for pistols and long guns, $200 for semi-automatic hand guns and $250 for assault weapons.
 
Guns will later be dismantled and forged into gardening tools by Brazilian blacksmith Tiago Torres Da Silva.
 
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, for every two firearm deaths in the United States there are now three on average

NMSP: Crash Kills Pedestrian In Bernalillo County

on June 26, 2019 - 6:50am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE At about 11:19 p.m., June 23, the New Mexico State Police investigated a pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle on Central Avenue NE near Espejo Street NE, in Albuquerque.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2017 GMC pickup driven by an 18-year-old male of Albuquerque was traveling west on Central Avenue. For reasons unknown, pedestrian Fermin Silago, 42, of Church Rock ran northbound across the roadway of Central Avenue. Silago was struck by the GMC. He was transported to the UNM Hospital in Albuquerque where he succumbed to his injuries.

Catch Of The Week: Software Vulnerabilities - Stay Up To Date

on June 25, 2019 - 6:44pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Two significant vulnerabilities have recently caused headaches for users; an issue with Dell’s SupportAssist and a Windows vulnerability known as BlueKeep.

It’s essential to check your operating system (OS) and software regularly and make sure they are up to date. New flaws and “patches,” software fixes for the flaws, are released all the time. Be sure you are always running the most up to date versions of your OS and other software to protect yourself.   

Dell SupportAssist Vulnerability

Own a Dell PC running Windows 10? Your computer probably came with

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

on June 25, 2019 - 6:12pm

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.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals are banking on the public’s trust of “https” and the lock icon.

Letter To The Editor: The Waldorf School – Putting New Mexico’s Health At Risk

on June 25, 2019 - 6:11pm
By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

The low vaccination rates at the Waldorf School in Santa Fe are a public health disaster in the making that should frighten all New Mexicans. If a student at that school gets measles, it is very likely that other unvaccinated students at the school will get measles. The infected students can then pass measles to others in the community, especially infants too young to be vaccinated and children with medical conditions that also prevent their being vaccinated.

It was recently reported that the parents of unvaccinated students at the school “have not expressed

New Mexico Commission On Access To Justice Launches ‘Think About This’ Campaign

on June 25, 2019 - 3:24pm

Courtesy/NMCAJ

NMCAJ News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice has a message to the public: the lack of legal representation is causing serious injustice and suffering in civil cases.

All defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed a lawyer no matter what, but a lawyer is not guaranteed in civil cases and many people suffer serious consequences.

“People who can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal cases, or who can’t access legal resources, are losing their homes, losing their children, suffering from lack of benefits, suffering financial hardship because of large

Secretary Toulouse Oliver Releases Two Draft Rules On Runoff Elections; Announces Statewide Public Input

on June 25, 2019 - 2:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

All New Mexicans invited to provide public comment, participate in public hearings

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released two draft rules concerning runoff elections and how ballot questions will appear on the ballot, and announced public hearings in three New Mexico cities to gather community input.

The two new rules were mandated by the passage of House Bill 407 during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.

“These rules will give clarity and guidance to

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