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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
Courtesy image


  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

Luján Votes To Protect Seniors’ Access To Doctors And Extend Health Care For Children

on March 27, 2015 - 8:10am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted Thursday in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare. 

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust. Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  


Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff Friday For Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie

on March 26, 2015 - 8:11pm


SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, March 27 in honor and mourning of Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:



WHEREAS, On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Navajo Nation Police Officer and United States Marine Corps veteran Alex Yazzie was killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, Officer Yazzie was in pursuit of a domestic violence

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 19 To March 25, 2015

on March 26, 2015 - 10:20am

LAFD 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.

March 19 at 12:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of petty larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $100.


March 20 at 8:34 a.m. / Police arrested Roberto Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz at 226 East Road and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs.

March 21 at 11:52 a.m.

Tax Scam In Progress, Do Not Return Call To 1-703-828-0431

on March 25, 2015 - 9:02pm

Staff Report:

A Los Alamos resident did a reverse lookup on the number 1-703-828-0431 and found a bunch of near identical stories to the four messages she found on her phone today.

"You may want to post a warning in the newspaper that this scam is ongoing, since it is tax season," she said.

She explained that a man claiming to be from the IRS leaves messages saying there is an IRS warrant for her arrest for tax fraud. She called back and he answers and there is another man on a phone talking in the background.

"He tells me I owe $1,570 or

Udall To Question DOE Secretary On LANL Cleanup, WIPP Costs, Tech Transfer And Other N.M. Priorities

on March 25, 2015 - 12:42pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will discuss steps forward for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and several other New Mexico priorities with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Udall will press Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and discuss the Department of Energy’s plan to release a report on the radiological accident.

Udall also will discuss the budget

2015 FEMA Individual And Community Preparedness Award Application Period Now Open

on March 25, 2015 - 10:32am

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas – Time is running out to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding

LAHS Student Directs Robot To Douse Butts

on March 25, 2015 - 10:24am
Los Alamos High School junior Isaiah Lang took a moment to assist in prevention efforts at LAHS to drown out tobacco as part of National Kick Butts Day last Wednesday. Lang has advanced to participate in the upcoming state competition with his firefighter robot. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen 

2014 Pino Fire Recognized For Innovative Strategy, Ecosystem Benefits

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwest Fire Science Consortium named the Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest the 2014 “Incident of the Year” for lightning-caused fire in the Southwest. 
The 4,313-acre Pino Fire was cited for the innovative suppression strategy that focused on long-term benefits to the landscape and ecosystem.
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium said the Pino Fire stood out for several reasons, including its proximity to neighborhoods and smoke impact on Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

'Wildfire 2015' At Fuller Lodge Saturday April 4

on March 23, 2015 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2015” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Displays and information include:

  • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for

National Work Zone Awareness Week Highlights Start Of Annual Construction Season

on March 23, 2015 - 12:01pm

Slow down in construction zones. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE – Expect the unexpected when driving through work zones.

This week marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, the annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites.

The theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 (March 23-27) is "Expect the Unexpected."

This was the original theme used 15 years ago when the national event was created by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services

Udall Warns About Scam Targeting Taxpayers

on March 23, 2015 - 9:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall warned consumers about a phone scam targeting thousands of taxpayers in New Mexico and throughout the country, and encouraged taxpayers to exercise caution when providing personal information solicited over the phone or online. 

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), criminals are targeting taxpayers throughout the country with an aggressive and sophisticated impersonation scam.

SFCIR: Dr. Nakhleh To Speak On ISIS And The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring - Threats And Challenges

on March 21, 2015 - 11:13am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh


The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event "ISIS and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Threats and Challenges" by speaker Emile Nakhleh at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

The event is hosted at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in the Forum, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., and the cost is $15 for CIR members; $20 for non-members and guests, and qualified students with appropriate I.D. are welcome to attend this event for free.


Gov. Susana Martinez Acts On Legislation

on March 20, 2015 - 8:51pm


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Vaccine Purchasing Act.

Senate Bill 121, sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces and Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, shores up funding for a statewide program that provides critical vaccines for children against life-threatening diseases. New Mexico is one of only nine states that purchase all recommended vaccines for children.

This legislation will ensure that New Mexico continues to be a leader in vaccinating children against life-threatening diseases.

The governor also acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate

WIPP Center Stage At Waste Management Conference

on March 20, 2015 - 8:46pm

James Knox with the Arizona Department of Public Service performs a mock Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) level VI inspection of a WIPP truck and transuranic waste shipping containers during this week’s Waste Management Conference in Phoenix. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP took center stage at this week’s Waste Management Symposia 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., where more than 200 participants attended a three-hour panel discussion titled “Lessons Learned and Return to Operations Following 2014 Operational Incidents.”

The panel focused on the WIPP fire and radiological release incidents

Senate Breaks Impasse On Immigrants’ Drivers Licenses

on March 20, 2015 - 8:32pm

  • Strongly Bipartisan Compromise Bill Passes Senate On 35-5 Vote

SANTA Fe – With the broad support of both Democrats and Republican members, the New Mexico Senate today passed compromise legislation that successfully resolves the complex issue of undocumented immigrants drivers’ licenses and state compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

The compromise was hammered out by two of the Senate’s most respected leaders, Republican Floor Leader Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Chaves, Curry, and Finance Committee Chairman, Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Luna.

Los Alamos Police Receiving Higher Volume Of Reports Of Fraudulent Charges To Credit Cards

on March 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been receiving a higher volume of reports of fraudulent charges to credit card purchases from citizens and visitors to the community and the LAPD Investigations Division has been looking into the matter. 

“We understand there has been a lot of ‘online’ communication amongst local victims who have had their credit cards used fraudulently in other states,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “We would like these victim’s to come to the Los Alamos Police Department and ask to speak to a detective.”

There has not been one instance reported to LAPD of a

LAPD Places Drug Collection Box In Lobby

on March 20, 2015 - 11:16am

Citizens may now dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medication in this drug collection box in the front lobby of the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. The box is under 24-hour surveillance. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department obtained a free drug collection box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and has placed it in the LAPD front lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

Last September was the ninth and final Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug take back initiative where citizens could turn in their unused and unwanted

Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspected Pot Grower

on March 20, 2015 - 10:42am

Los Alamos police confiscated these marijuana plants Wednesday in the Denver Steels neighborhood. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Patrol Shift led by Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias executed a search warrant in the Denver Steels neighborhood.

Roy Moore

The patrol shift investigated the illegal growing of marijuana plants without an official license from the New Mexico Department of Health.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talks Explore New Strategies For Diagnosing Challenging Diseases

on March 20, 2015 - 9:51am

LANL researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of threeupcoming  lectures. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • First talk is Tuesday, March 24 in Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of three lectures called “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.”

The talks, which focus on how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives, take place in Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

“Human evolution and persistent diseases have existed side-by-side,”

Legislation To Ensure Coverage Of Treatment For Brain Injuries Passes House

on March 20, 2015 - 8:27am

Rep. Deborah Armstrong


HB 556, a bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong to ensure that health care services needed by patients dealing with traumatic brain injuries are covered by insurance plans, unanimously passed New Mexico House of Representatives Wednesday and is now on its way to the Senate.

“Traumatic brain injuries can be debilitating health issues that, until recently, we have had limited means of treating,” Armstrong said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 12 To March 18, 2015

on March 19, 2015 - 12:29pm

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.

March 12 at 9:20 a.m. / Storax in Los Alamos reported that it was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 12 at 4:40 p.m. / An 85-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Glenview Dr. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

FBI Alert: Woman Robs NMB&T In Albuquerque

on March 19, 2015 - 10:52am

Robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Alert:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed New Mexico Bank & Trust at 3701 4th St. NW Monday, March 16.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic female with a light complexion and reddish brown hair cut with bangs. She is approximately 35-40 years old, about 5’2” to 5’4” tall, and weighs 145-150 pounds.

The woman has crooked teeth, scars on her face and tattoos on her neck and left arm.