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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

on January 10, 2019 - 11:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales.
 
Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check even though 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive background checks.
 
“Like so many Americans across the country, New

Strong Ethics Commission, Automatic Voter Registration Are Common Cause NM's Priorities For 2019 Session

on January 10, 2019 - 10:52am

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico announced its priorities for the 2019 legislative session.

“We’re focusing on creating the strong, independent ethics commission that 75 percent of voters approved in a constitutional amendment last fall,” Common Cause Executive Director Heather Ferguson said.

Over the past few months, Common Cause participated in an interim working group on enabling legislation for the commission, which Ferguson expects will be introduced early in the session.

Secretary Toulouse Oliver To Provide Second Year Of Sexual Harassment Trainings For New Mexico Lobbyists

on January 10, 2019 - 10:18am

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will provide two lobbyist trainings for the 2019 New Mexico legislative session covering lobbyist registration, reporting requirements and sexual harassment.

The trainings are 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 10 and 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in room 238 of the Bataan Memorial Building in Santa Fe.

“These sexual harassment trainings are part of my ongoing commitment to ensure that the Roundhouse is a safe space for everyone who works

Heinrich Fights To Protect Victims Of Shutdown

on January 10, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act that would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during a government shutdown.
 
The partial government shutdown, now in its third week, hurts more than 800,000 federal workers in all 50 states, including nearly 6,000 in New Mexico.
 
“Federal employees and their families across New Mexico are being hit especially hard by President Trump’s reckless and unnecessary shutdown,”

County: Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail Partially Closed Due To Icy, Unsafe Conditions

on January 9, 2019 - 7:34pm

Map showing section of Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail closed due to extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Because of extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions, Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail is closed three quarters of a mile from the intersection shown in the above photo.

This section of trail is extremely icy and there are no alternatives to bypass this hazardous section of trail.

Hikers are strongly urged to only travel out to the closed point then back to the starting point. Hikers should not attempt to cross this part of the trail.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 8, 2019

on January 9, 2019 - 6:46pm

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.

JOSHON C. EBANKS

Dec. 30 at 11 :15 p.m. / Police arrested Joshon C. Ebanks, 22, of Los Alamos at 700 Trinity Dr., and charged him with public affray and battery.

 

 

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

Jan. 6 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos on 44th Street and charged him with assault against a household member.

 

 

BRYAN ALBERTO REYES

Jan.

Human Services Department Working Hard To Minimize Impact Of Government Shutdown On New Mexicans

on January 9, 2019 - 6:30pm
Human Services Department News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department announced today its decision to participate in a waiver option from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will provide an early issuance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February.
 
Late last night, the USDA made this option available to states, which will be required to issue the February benefits for approved and ongoing SNAP recipients on or before January 20, 2019. Prior to this announcement, the SNAP program was not funded beyond Jan.

New Mexico State Police Arrest Woman Who Stole US Postal Service Truck

on January 9, 2019 - 5:24pm

Chanel Eskleson

NMSP News:

COLFAX COUNTY  At about 8 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police were informed of a U.S. Postal Service Truck that had been stolen from the Maxwell area.

The stolen vehicle was located by officers traveling south on Interstate 25 near mile post 429, when it turned around and began to head north on Interstate 25. A pursuit was initiated by New Mexico State Police. 

Stop sticks were deployed during the pursuit and Pursuit Intervention Techniques were utilized on the vehicle eventually bringing the vehicle to a stop between North 2nd Street and North 1st Street in

False Alarm Triggers Evacuation At Los Alamos High

on January 9, 2019 - 12:46pm

Students and staff were evacuated, and Los Alamos Firefighters responded to an alarm triggered late this morning at Los Alamos High School at 1300 Diamond Dr. It turned out to be a false alarm and students and staff returned to class without incident. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Waste Removal For Tank Closure Project Underway At Savannah River Site

on January 9, 2019 - 9:17am
The Tank Closure Cesium Removal project at the H Tank Farm at the Savannah River Site. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
AIKEN, SC EM is taking a significant step in the startup of Tank Closure Cesium Removal (TCCR) at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
 
Crews have initiated salt dissolution, the first phase of TCCR operations, in the waste feed tank for the TCCR process. Low-level salt waste accounts for more than 90 percent of waste in the SRS tank farms.
 
TCCR is a pilot project designed to accelerate removal of radioactive waste from the SRS underground tanks to support tank closures.

Balderas Hosts Hundreds Of New Mexicans For 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference Jan. 10

on January 9, 2019 - 9:07am
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the 3rd Annual New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Conference.
 
The conference is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras Ave NW in Albuquerque.
 
This conference is open to any professional who may come into contact with human trafficking, and will include trainings led by local, statewide, and national experts on best practices for combating human trafficking within communities.
 
RSVP to Deanna Aragon at 505.717.3557 or daragon@nmag.gov,

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In White Rock

on January 8, 2019 - 5:14pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County began mobilizing snow removal crews this afternoon in the White Rock area.

The crews are using a moto-grader and backhoe and concentrating on snow removal from curb to curb. The snow is being cleared from windrows and loaded into dump trucks where applicable.

Residents are asked to use caution around the machinery and to move parked vehicles from the street.

Los Alamos County thanks the White Rock residents for their patience and is continuing to work hard to keep County roads safe.

Direct questions and comments to the Public Works Department at

New Snow Blower Gets Busy On San Ildefonso Road

on January 8, 2019 - 4:46pm

A new snow blower machine is busy this morning vacuumimg up snow on San Ildefonso Road and  blowing it into dump trucks that hauled it off to the Los Alamos County Fair Grounds. Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, unveiled the machine Monday evening on North Mesa. It is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Land Commissioner SGR Pledges To Enact Policy And State Legislators Plan To Introduce ‘Roxy’s Law’

on January 8, 2019 - 1:51pm
 
Proposed legislation on trapping named for Roxy, a dog killed by a trap set at Santa Cruz Lake. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ESPAÑOLA — A dog was strangled to death Nov. 25 in a trap on public land. The incident happened at Santa Cruz Lake, a Bureau of Land Management recreation area in northern New Mexico.

The dog, Roxy, was the cherished companion of Dave Clark and his wife Kathrina of Española. Clark and Roxy were finishing their hike and returning to his vehicle when he heard Roxy, behind him, make a strange sound.

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In Tsikumu Village

on January 7, 2019 - 8:15pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County will be mobilizing snow removal crews beginning today to the Tsikumu Village area and the work will continue until all streets in the village are passable.

The efforts will include snow plowing and removal by truck to an offsite location. Atomic City Transit services will remain open; however, services will work around the snow removal efforts.

Residents are asked to use caution around the operation and to remove vehicles from the roadway and park vehicles in driveways.

Los Alamos County thanks you for your patience.

Direct questions and comments to the

County: New Snow Removal Operation On North Mesa Begins This Evening … Avoid Parking On Streets

on January 7, 2019 - 5:57pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, will be unveiling a new snow blower machine that is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away.

This new machine will be able to load trucks faster than the traditional heavy equipment loader and increase efficiency in the snow removal process.

The new operation will commence this evening on North Mesa and the neighborhood surrounding San Ildefonso Road, Big Rock Loop, Capulin Road and Broadview Drive.

Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street if

County: Snow And Ice Removal Update

on January 7, 2019 - 5:32pm

Large piles of snow fill corners of parking lots around town including this small mountain in the lot at 20th Street and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is continuing its snow and ice control efforts from recent storms.

As a recap, when a snowstorm is greater than 6”, the top priority is to keep major arterials and collector streets plowed before moving on to residential streets as outlined in the Los Alamos County Snow & Ice Control Plan.

The County has many narrow residential streets, which makes plowing efforts difficult since there

County: Road Construction Alert

on January 7, 2019 - 9:49am

COUNTY News:

Guzman Construction Solutions, the contractor for the new homes being built for Mirador on Parcel A-19 just north of N.M. 4 near the Visitor Center in White Rock, will begin work this afternoon for utility tie-ins for the subdivision.

The work requires the closure of the west entrance leading into the White Rock Visitor Center overflow parking lot.

Initial work involves potholing the area to locate existing utilities and to determine the quantity of rock excavation required in order to place the utility lines in the area.

NMDOH: New Mexico Shows Continued Improvement In Drug Overdose Death Rankings

on January 7, 2019 - 6:46am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH ) and former Gov. Susana Martinez have reported that for the third consecutive year, the state’s drug-overdose death rank among states has improved.

Based on a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico’s national ranking has improved from the second highest death drug overdose death rate in the United States in 2014 to 17th highest in 2017, the most current available data nationwide.

This is the first time New Mexico has ranked outside the top 15 rankings since the CDC started reporting drug

Fog Settles Along Truck Route, Parts Of White Rock

on January 6, 2019 - 7:05pm

Fog settled along the truck route at about 5 p.m. today and extended along N.M. 4 into areas of White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of snow showers before midnight with a nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible and a low of around 20. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Fog along the truck route at about 5 p.m. today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

on January 5, 2019 - 6:40am

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.

ANTONIO PAUL VELASQUEZ

Dec. 30 at 12:23 a.m. / Police arrested Antonio Paul Velasquez, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah at Diamond Drive and West Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

BRADY C. JOHNSON

Back To School Monday: Snow Removal Help Needed

on January 5, 2019 - 5:44am
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
 
LAPS News:
 
Greetings from the School Superintendent's Desk!
 
We are getting ready to welcome all staff back Monday Jan. 7 and students Tuesday Jan. 8.
 
The much-needed moisture is welcomed and the snow is beautiful. As you might imagine, there is more snow on the ground than people power to shovel and clear pathways.
 
To help get our schools ready, here are two volunteer options:
  1. Over the weekend, shovel the walkways around our schools and neighborhood school bus stops; and
  2. Monday Jan. 7, bring breakfast treats or lunch to one of our schools.
 

County Statement On Winter Driving Safety Tips

on January 5, 2019 - 5:22am
COUNTY News:
 
Winter weather is here, and Los Alamos County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.
 
Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

County Provides Winter Sidewalk Clearing Guidelines

on January 5, 2019 - 5:08am
COUNTY News:
 
During the winter months, Los Alamos County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain passable for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.
 
When possible, and depending upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks. The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources.
 
Sidewalk priorities include:
  • Safe routes to school and

DPU: Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

on January 5, 2019 - 4:52am
DPU News:
 
With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities remind customers to maintain access to meters and that meters are cleared of snow and ice. This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.
 
Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard.
 
“Make sure that the gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” Castillo said. “Clearing your meters of snow and ice assists the meter reader to get an actual read for an

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