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Rep. Ben Ray Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money

on May 11, 2019 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. Rep. and Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued an op-ed Friday explaining the reasons his campaign for senate will not accept corporate PAC contributions.
Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

At the start of the last Congress, one of the first votes House Republicans took was on a bill designed to unravel protections for workers exposed to chemicals like beryllium. Beryllium is one of the chemicals that poisoned my father’s lungs and caused his cancer.

Watching House Republicans vote against the

FBI: Murder Suspect Trudy Martin Arrested

on May 11, 2019 - 10:26am
FBI News:
Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, N.M. on the Navajo Nation wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder has been arrested.
FBI Special Agents arrested Martinez Thursday in Gallup.
Martinez was accused of fatally shooting another adult May 3 in Twin. She fled the scene with her own children, who are now safe with family.
Martinez also is charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County.
The public is reminded that all suspects are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Break The Silence On Child Abuse June 1

on May 11, 2019 - 10:03am

SFNF Plans La Jara Prescribed Burn

on May 11, 2019 - 10:02am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct the La Jara prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District sometime between May 22 and June 30, when favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, provide an optimal window.
The 338-acre unit is just north of the community of La Jara. The La Jara prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Chama School Bus Driver Arrested For Rape Of Child

on May 10, 2019 - 6:09pm

Stephen George Meek

NMSP News:

Chama – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a Chama School District bus driver Wednesday, May 8 for criminal sexual penetration of a 7-year-old female student on a Chama school bus. 

The initial investigation by New Mexico State Police agents indicates that Wednesday, Stephen George Meek aka Mr. Steve, 66, of Tierra Amarilla, who is a bus driver for Chama Schools was transporting students home after school in a Chama School bus.

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal To DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists...

on May 10, 2019 - 10:48am

  • Senators demand answers from Acting Secretary McAleenan about CBP’s program to target and monitor individuals reporting on or providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K.

Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service May 14

on May 10, 2019 - 10:11am

Community members are invited to receive a temporary ‘thin blue line’ placed on the rear window of their vehicle to show support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Drive to the Justice Center (parking lot off Central Avenue) anytime between 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, May 14. This event is sponsored by the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will host its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service 9 a.m., Tuesday, to honor all the New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this past year.


Cone Zone: Week Of May 13

on May 10, 2019 - 9:57am


Los Alamos Public Works/Traffic Division announces the projects sheduled for the week of May 13.

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt will be paving the last section of the Cheyenne cul-de-sac and Sioux on Monday. They will be adjusting manholes and utility valves the rest of the week, and likely will continue this work into the following week. The contractor will also be conducting final clean-up of the work area.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 13-17 As Police Week And May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day

on May 10, 2019 - 8:17am

Sgt. Chris Ross, left, accepts a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson Tuesday night during the County Council meeting. The proclamation declares May 13-17 Police Week and May 15 Peace Officers' Memorial Day. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation Tuesday during its regular meeting, which declares May 13-17 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
Sgt. Chris Ross accepted the proclamation saying the recognition means a lot for law enforcement officers.

Road To Reservoir In Rough Shape

on May 10, 2019 - 8:07am

The road to the reservoir Wednesday morning shows the devastation from the recent run off and torrential rainsin the area. Photo by Ginny Staton

Deadline Is Friday To Volunteer As 'Actors' For County-Wide Emergency Exercise At UNM-LA

on May 9, 2019 - 4:33pm


Los Alamos County will be conducting a County-wide active shooter exercise Saturday, May 18 at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos campus at 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

The campus will be closed May 18 for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the County’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event. The County has received 15 applications to be volunteers as “actors” in the exercise, but would like to have more participation from the community.

Exercise activity will take place over approximately seven hours

LAPD Blue Tape Event Tuesday May 14

on May 9, 2019 - 4:15pm
Scene from the 2018 LAPD Peace Officer Memorial Service. Courtesy/LAPD
Scene with law enforcement wives volunteering at the 2018 Thin Blue tape event at LAPD. Courtesy/LAPD
LAPD News:
The Los Alamos Police Department announces the following activities as aprt of Police Appreciation Week May 13-17:
  • Peace Officer Memorial Service 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 at LAPD;
  • Thin Blue Tape Event to follow, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LAPD. The community is invited to drive by LAPD to receive a Thin Blue Line of tape on the back window of their vehicle.

Council Proclaims May Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 9, 2019 - 3:42pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Motorcycle Safety Committee Member Brett Chandler accepts a proclaimation, which establishes May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, from Councilor Katrina Schmidt Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos County Council proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month Tuesday night during its regular meeting. Los Alamos National Laboratory Motorcylce Safety Committee Member Brett Chandler accepted the proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt.
The proclaim states:
WHEREAS:    Motorcycles are used

Kiwanis: Dr. Paul Daly Addresses Measles Outbreak

on May 9, 2019 - 9:06am

Dr. Paul Daly, a physician at Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks about the current status of measles in the U.S. during Tuesday's Kiwanis Club's meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dr. Daly reported so far this year there have been 704 cases of measles in the U.S. However, no cases have been reported in Los Alamos or elsewhere in the state. Measles, Daly said, is highly contagious to those who are not immune.The virus is spread through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can include a high fever, conjunctivitis and a rash. It's important to keep immunizations current, he said.

LAPD Releases First Quarter Crime Statistics For 2019

on May 9, 2019 - 8:48am

Acting Police Chief Jason Herrera

LAPD News:

Acting Chief of Police Jason Herrera released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2019 which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.  The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR.

Be Alert For Emergency-Preparedness Exercise At Lab May 29

on May 8, 2019 - 5:52pm

LANL News:

On Wednesday, May 29, the Lab will conduct an exercise to test the preparedness of personnel who would respond in the case of an actual emergency. The exercise will last approximately five to six hours, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is only an exercise.

Some elements of this exercise may be observable to the public, so please be aware of possible unusual activity, which may include increased emergency vehicle traffic and “exercise in progress” signage in or near affected areas such as the Los Alamos Medical Center.

The Emergency Management Division works closely with the Lab and

McQuiston: Tips For Handling A Tire Blowout

on May 8, 2019 - 2:42pm

The Jemez Agency

For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout at almost any speed.

While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since 2008, when all new vehicles were required to have automatic tire pressure monitoring systems, these numbers still remain high. The stats do not lie, as tire blowouts and flats contribute to nearly 11,000 collisions and 700 fatalities each year.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue?

Los Alamos County Emergency Exercise Scheduled At UNM-LA; Campus Closed To Public May 18

on May 7, 2019 - 5:35pm
This Saturday, May 18, Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Division will be conducting an Active Shooter Full-Scale Exercise on the UNM-LA Campus in Los Alamos.
The campus will be closed to the public that day. This exercise is being conducted to assess the immediate response by law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel to a simulated active shooter event at the campus. The exercise will take place over seven hours, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.
There will be setup and preparation activities beginning as early as 6:30 a.m., May 18.

Attorney General Balderas Secures Life Sentence Without Parole For Cop-Killer Davon Lymon

on May 7, 2019 - 3:53pm

Davon Lymon will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Courtesy/SFCADF

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUUERQUE– Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a sentence of more than life in prison for convicted cop-killer Davon Lymon.

Lymon was convicted last month on eight counts, including first-degree willful and deliberate murder of Albuquerque Police Officer and Army Veteran Daniel Webster. That conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

“Judge Candelaria did the right thing today.

SFNF Plans Burn On Cuba Ranger District

on May 7, 2019 - 3:11pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to conduct a prescribed burn today on the Jacquez unit of the Moya treatment area on the Cuba Ranger District.
The 1,140-acre unit is just west of the community of Llaves and east of the community of Lindrith. The Jacquez unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.
Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and

NMED: Permitting Guidance On Repeal Of TSP New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard

on May 7, 2019 - 7:22am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) repealed the TSP New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard (NMAAQS) in 20.2.3 NMAC, Ambient Air Quality Standards effective Nov. 30, 2018.
This guidance addresses the many questions and changes directly associated with the repeal of the TSP NMAAQS. Related updates on how NMED handles PM (a.k.a. PM100 & PM100) also are included.
Here is the link to where this guidance appears on the NMED website (about half way down on this page):

Udall & Wyden Call For End To Doping Of Racehorses

on May 7, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Ron Wyden are introducing the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019. Courtesy/
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that this week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law.
“It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping

Valles Caldera Plans Prescribed Burns

on May 6, 2019 - 6:02pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning later this week and early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.

The prescribed burns will take place within a 630-acre project area in Banco Bonito and a 112-acre area on Cerro Seco. Both locations are within the western half of the preserve. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period.

Global Probe Into Dark Web Drug Ops Nets Arrests

on May 6, 2019 - 10:19am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. After a two-year investigation into one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces, the DEA and other law enforcement partners have announced the arrests of three German nationals who operated the site, which sold illegal drugs and other goods to more than a million customers.
The three defendants were arrested April 23-24 in the United States and Germany and now face charges in both countries for their roles as administrators of the Wall Street Marketplace (WSM). (German charges: