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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

on August 30, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 27, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 9:10am

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.


Aug. 21 at 9:50 p.m. / Police arrested Richard I. Pena, 39, of Dixon on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant at 2500 Trinity Dr.



Aug. 22 at 5:39 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel O. Hoffman. 59, of Rio Rancho in Sandoval County on an arrest order.




Aug. 27 at 2:21 a.m.

NMG&F Transports Los Alamos Bear To Chama

on August 29, 2019 - 9:26pm

This bear has been spotted all over Quemazon lately and took its final refreshing bath today in a water feature at a residence on Corona before New Mexico Game & Fish captured it and transported it to a new home in Chama. Photo by Rich Cramer 

Los Alamos Ranks #1 Safest City In New Mexico

on August 29, 2019 - 9:08pm


Unfortunately, New Mexico is not one of the safest states in the nation, recording the highest rate of property crime and 2nd highest rate of violent crime.

However, some individual communities achieved decent scores on our Safety Index, which rates the safety of a city based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement data, proving that there solid, safe options in the state in which to raise a family.

New Mexico’s safest city is Los Alamos, earning a very high 0.98 Safety Index score that dwarfs those of every other community in the state.

NMDOT Making Key Investments In Recreational Trails

on August 29, 2019 - 9:30am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, 25 communities across the state will receive approximately $32.2 million in federal funding for 37 transportation and recreational trails projects.
When leveraged with local dollars and in-kind services, the 37 projects selected from 70 applicants, represent more than $41 million in transportation and recreational investment over the next four years. 
The awards range from an $80,000 project in Los Alamos County to install flashing speed signs at all county schools, to $225,000 for critical

Judge Rules Against Maki Yaki In Wage Case

on August 29, 2019 - 8:46am
State District Court Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz

SUPU News:

SANTA FE ― State District Court Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz ruled Tuesday afternoon against Santa Fe restaurant Maki Yaki and its owners for violating New Mexico's Minimum Wage Act and Santa Fe’s Living Wage Ordinance.

He ordered the restaurant to pay plaintiffs Verónica Velázquez, Juan Torres and Ivan Hernández nearly $400,000 in unpaid wages and damages. The plaintiffs were represented by Gabriela Ibañez Guzmán, staff attorney at Somos Un Pueblo Unido’s United Worker Center of New Mexico and Santa Fe attorney Carlos Quiñones.

“It has

Governor Announces Historic ‘Duran’ Settlement

on August 28, 2019 - 4:25pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE – More than 40 years after the suit was first filed, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today a historic settlement intended to equitably resolve the long-running litigation that developed into the stipulated agreement commonly known as the Duran consent decree. 
A preliminary agreement between the state and plaintiffs – approved Wednesday by the Hon. Kirtan Khalsa, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S.

Fatal Rollover Crash In Santa Fe County

on August 28, 2019 - 3:33pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE COUNTY -- At about 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on the Interstate 25 frontage road and West Metro Road around Interstate 25, mile post 276, near Santa Fe. 

The initial investigation indicated that a 2006 black BMW SUV occupied by three individuals was traveling south on the Interstate 25 frontage road at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the BMW left the roadway and rolled.

The driver, Dominic Gonzales, 21, of Santa Fe, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, he was pronounced deceased at

NMDOT: ‘Take A Ride On Us’ Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2019 - 7:09am
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation in continuing its work to ENDWI in the state, is partnering with Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber to support “Take a Ride on Us”.
An Uber credit of up to $10 will be offered in the Bernalillo County metro area over the Labor Day holiday weekend. State Transportation Secretary Michael Sandoval said. “Please take advantage of this opportunity to get home safely.”
The Labor Day “Take a Ride on Us” program begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through 3 a.m. Tuesday,

EM’s Ike White Tours SRS Liquid Waste Facilities

on August 28, 2019 - 7:09am
Ike White, right, Senior Advisor for EM, engages DOE-Savannah River employees at a meeting after touring Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste facilities. Also pictured is SRS Manager Mike Budney. Courtesy/DOE
Ike White, left, Senior Advisor for EM, tours the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) with Cliff Conner, cognizant system engineer and process manager for Parsons, EM’s SWPF contractor at the Savannah River Site. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
AIKEN, S.C. EM Senior Advisor Ike White recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS), where he toured liquid waste facilities and met

Traffic Alert: Diamond Drive Reduced To One Lane Wednesday – Allow Additional Travel Time!

on August 27, 2019 - 7:55pm

Traffic Alert:

Wednesday, Aug. 28, Diamond Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Alabama Avenue and the First Baptist Church south of 39th Street.

This will work will continue through the end of week to repair settling issues that had previously occurred on the southbound lanes.

All lanes are expected to be reopened Friday by the end of the day.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time.

Pedestrian detours will be in place and bike lanes will be closed on Diamond Drive within the work zones. Bicyclists and motorists are asked to share the road.


State Police Investigate Homicide In Rio Arriba County

on August 27, 2019 - 10:11am

Jullian Medelez charged with murder in the 2nd degree.

NMSP News:

El Llano – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Sunday to investigate a Homicide in the community of El Llano in Rio Arriba County.

New Mexico State Police Uniform officers responded to 1517 El Caballo Qunio Dr. in El Llano in reference to a 911 hang up call.

When officers arrived at the residence, they encountered Jullian Medelez, 45, of El Llano. He walked out of the residence holding a knife and told officers he was going to get a gun and shoot them.   

Officers attempted to negotiate with

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Wednesday

on August 27, 2019 - 9:28am

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee meeting for Aug. 21 was canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The committee will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Boards & Commissions Room at the Los Alamos County Muunicipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In September

on August 27, 2019 - 8:35am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2019.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Rodney Roberson Presenting Talk On Incident Command System

on August 27, 2019 - 8:14am

On the job in Los Alamos is Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Rodney Roberson, pictured here with Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps Assistant Cmdr. Donna McHenry, giving a presentation Aug. 13 about the Incident Command System to members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT). Photo by Jennifer Bartram/


NMED Seeks Information About Illegal Dumping

on August 27, 2019 - 8:02am
Aug. 23 Rio Pueblo sewage spill. Courtesy/NMED
NMED News:
PICURIS PUEBLO — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) needs the public’s help in reporting and identifying illegal dumping into water bodies.
Last week, Picuris Pueblo found evidence of raw sewage in the Rio Pueblo, including toilet paper and other solids.
Within an hour, the Pueblo restricted access to the river as a precautionary measure. After the Pueblo contacted NMED, Surface Water Quality Bureau and Pueblo staff jointly sampled the river at the Pueblo and several miles downstream.
Preliminary results

SFNF: Cueva Fire Meets Objectives, Reduces Fuel Loads

on August 27, 2019 - 7:43am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE After successful aerial ignitions Friday, low-intensity fire continued to burn through concentrations of fuel on the Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the weekend.
As woody debris and other fuels within the planning area are consumed, the Cueva Fire is producing less smoke with low to moderate smoke impact expected as the burn area continues to cool.
Fire managers took advantage of the lightning-caused fire to reintroduce fire to the landscape to restore forest health and reduce the risk of future

Letter To The Editor: Response To Vernon N. Kerr

on August 27, 2019 - 7:22am
Los Alamos


I understand that some of my Republican friends cannot appreciate what first world gun legislation means, but I will tell the tale anyways.


Modern, high capacity firearms are a plague in a civil, safe society. Guns are only as safe as the person who can pass a self-submitted, automated background check.


My tale is that of a large number of concert goers in a large metropolitan area of southern Nevada (Las Vegas). Numerous families had gathered for a night of festivities and fun at a country music festival.

Smoke Continues In Redondo Meadow In The Jemez

on August 26, 2019 - 5:54pm
Smoke continues to billow in La Cueva as seen here from the Redondo Meadow road today in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
This sign is posted by the mail boxes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Two More Behavioral Health Providers

on August 26, 2019 - 7:51am
HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department has reached settlement agreements with two more behavioral health organizations to whom Medicaid payments were frozen in 2013 by the Martinez administration. Settlement agreements were reached with:
  • TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • Counseling Associates, Inc.
Last month HSD announced it had settled with:
  • Hogares, Inc;
  • Valencia Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • The Counseling Center, Inc.
HSD has now settled half of these agreements, which were made in the interest of amicably resolving all differences and to

Letter To The Editor: Guns Are Essential In A Civil, Safe Society

on August 26, 2019 - 7:23am
Los Alamos

I understand that some of my Democrat friends cannot appreciate what self-defense means but I will tell the tale anyway.

Firearms are essential in a civil, safe society. Guns are only as safe as the person behind them.

My tale is that of a family in a small western New Mexico town. The family with two little boys, a mother and a father lived in an ordinary home. The father was a locomotive fireman and this job required him to be out of town on the other end of a run for a day or two on a regular basis.

Smoke Billows In The Jemez This Morning

on August 25, 2019 - 9:48pm
Smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
Another view of smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara

Scenes From Robotics Night At Bradbury Museum

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

Members of the Los Alamos Robotics Team 4153, known as Project Y, Zach Koehn, left, and Carter Noeninckyx operate the team's ball tossing robot during Robotics Night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Koehn and Noeninckyx said their team built the robot in six weeks.They added that competively, thus has been its best year, going all the way to the World's Competition in April in Houston, Texas. They competed against 400 teams.

SFNF: Managers Plan More Activity On Cueva Fire

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drying trend and increase in fire behavior have given fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) an opportunity to add additional acres to the Cueva Fire by using aerial ignitions to consume unburned fuels within the planning unit.

Crews from New Mexico State Forestry will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter.

During this period, increased smoke will be visible and may impact surrounding areas.

Scenes From Hazmat Challenge At LANL

on August 24, 2019 - 10:43am

The entrance to the Los Alamos Hazardous Training Facility located on Laboratory property. The facility is one of the most complete in the United States and draws participant for all over the United States and abroad. Photo by John McHale/

A Hazmat Team working in a decimation exercise following an event. Photo by John McHale/

A team from Los Alamos work the Voodoo simulation of a biological lab found by a hotel manager in his hotel. The biolab was in the process of creating rabies powder from rabid bats to be spared in the public. Photo by John