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CVNM Statement On NMOGA Methane Rule Proposal

on June 25, 2019 - 7:01am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) released their proposal Monday for implementing a Methane Capture Rule.
 
The goal of a Methane Capture Rule is to reduce the significant amount of methane that is leaked, vented and flared in New Mexico. In response to NMOGA’s proposal, Conservation Voters New Mexico Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:
 
“Despite the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s presentation as a collaborative partner in reducing methane pollution, the proposal rule they released today is equal to

DA Serna Keeps Accused Child Rapist Bus Driver In Jail

on June 25, 2019 - 6:31am
Stephen Meek
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced Monday that his office prevailed at a pretrial detention hearing keeping Stephen Meek, the Chama school bus driver accused of a raping a 7-year-old girl, in custody pending trial (link).
 
In response, District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement:
 
“I remain laser focused on keeping New Mexico’s children safe from violent, sexual predators, and today we kept an accused child rapist behind bars.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
 
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
 
“Protecting our elections from foreign

Governor Announces Ethics Commission Chair

on June 24, 2019 - 4:45pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her sole nominee to the state Ethics Commission, who will serve as the commission’s chair, per state statute.
 
The Hon. William F. Lang is a well-respected jurist who worked in New Mexico law for nearly 40 years and continues to serve the community. He served three years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge, including a stint as Chief Judge, before serving as a District Court Judge for fifteen years, including five years as Chief Judge.
 
Before his time in the

County: Public Presentation On Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 Improvements Related To Hill Apartments Tuesday

on June 24, 2019 - 11:55am

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend a presentation at 6 p.m., Tuesday on the Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 improvements associated with a New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) state grant for pedestrian and ADA improvements, NMDOT pavement preservation project and “The Hill” Apartments Housing Development.

This presentation will take place during the County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The Council approved a resolution June 11 supporting an application for state funding assistance of these various projects through

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments To Protect And Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board Oversight Mission In Major Defense Bill

on June 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico’s Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.
 
The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and safety, including the workers at New Mexico’s national security

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
 
In a letter addressed to key U.S.

Udall Statement On Reports That Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits From 2015 Nuclear Deal

on June 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that had been reversed in exchange for nuclear program

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.

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