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Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Statement On Fatal Incident Outside Jerry Apodaca Building Today

on July 11, 2019 - 4:05pm

From the Governor's Office:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following the tragedy today outside the Jerry Apodaca Building at 300 Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe where the bodies of a male and female were found. 

Preliminary reports indicate the female was a state employee believed to be in her 30s.

“Today we experienced a horrific tragedy in Santa Fe. My heart is broken for the family and loved ones of the state employee who was tragically and violently taken from us too soon.

Ranking Member Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing Tuesday

on July 11, 2019 - 1:15pm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during a hearing Tuesday on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 1,009 Acres

on July 11, 2019 - 10:19am

SFNF News: 

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,009 acres; the fire increased by 270 acres as a result of Wednesday’s firing operations within the containment lines.

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96.

Containment: 20 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with southeast winds 5-10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 14-18 percent.

Resources on

New Mexico Environment Department Holds Public Meetings Ahead Of Hemp Rulemaking Process

on July 11, 2019 - 9:53am

NMED News:

...Environment Department’s emergency rule will take effect Aug. 1

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will host a series of informational meetings for those interested in transporting, processing and manufacturing products from hemp.  

The meetings are being held ahead of an emergency rule that will go into effect Aug. 1, the same day the Hemp Manufacturing Act passed by the legislature earlier this year goes into effect. In the meantime, NMED will start the process toward putting a permanent rule in place.

AG Secures Indictment Against Woman Who Allegedly Stole Over $80,000 From Nursing Home Resident

on July 11, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced wednesday that Guadalulpe Evelyn Kingston was indicted by an Otero County Grand Jury on 18 felony charges including Exploitation, Forgery, Unlawful use of a Debit Card, Theft of Identity and Falsification of Documents, for allegedly stealing more than $80,000 from an elderly nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.
“Protecting New Mexican senior citizens and other vulnerable populations from exploitation and abuse is my top priority,” Balderas said.

Heinrich, Udall: Congress Needs Additional Oversight Of Treatment Of Migrant Children In Custody

on July 11, 2019 - 7:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. After recent horrific reports of sexual assault and the inhumane treatment of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have sent a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Gary Peters of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to request a hearing on standards for U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities.
“We believe there is an immediate need to hold a hearing calling Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Border Patrol

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

on July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 5, To July 8, 2019

on July 10, 2019 - 1:17pm

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.


July 5 at 1:01 p.m. / Police arrested Matthew C. Pelofske, 49, of Los Alamos on Alabama Avenue on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.



July 6 at 1:30 p.m. / Police arrested David R. Martinez, 33, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Order of Commitment.




July 8 at 4:14 p.m.

SFNF: Temporary Closure For Naranjo Fire Operations

on July 9, 2019 - 8:36pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fire National Forest (SFNF) today issued a temporary closure order for a portion of the Cuba Ranger District to provide for public and firefighter safety during operations on the Naranjo Fire.
The restricted area starts at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 96 and the SFNF boundary and goes east to San Jose Creek, then follows the creek to the San Jose Trailhead, then goes to Naranjo Creek to the SFNF boundary and back to FR 96. The closure order and a map of the restricted area are posted on the SFNF website’s listing of current closures.

Another Bear Sighting In Quemazon Monday

on July 9, 2019 - 6:40am

This appears to be the same bear spotted munching garbage around 12:15 p.m. Monday at a residence in Quemazon and is seen here later in the day meandering around the backyard of another residence in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Bear sniffing items at a residence Monday in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

SFNF: Thank You, Campers – Only Five Abandoned Campfires Over Holiday Weekend

on July 9, 2019 - 6:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Patrols on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the long Fourth of July weekend reported only five abandoned campfires – a huge improvement over recent weekend tallies of 45 abandoned campfires the weekend of June 22-23 and another 11 for June 29-30.
“Good snowpack and a wet spring may have delayed the onset of fire season in Northern New Mexico, but we are definitely there now,” Fire Staff Officer Lance Elmore said. “And with the monsoon season, we are going to see more lightning-caused fires.

Impaired Driver Crashes Into New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Driving Track

on July 8, 2019 - 7:23pm

Jose Jimenez

NMED News:

SANTA FE -- At around 2:30 p.m. today, the New Mexico State Police investigated a DWI related crash at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. 

State Police officers arrived to find Jose Jimenez, 23, of Santa Fe had crashed his 2008 Nissan Altima through the fence surrounding the LEA driving track on the corner of South Meadows Road and Camino Entrada, proceeded over a large dirt berm surrounding the track, and then came to rest on the track.

The investigation indicated that before crashing through the fence, Jimenez was

NMED Quarterly Meeting Underway In Los Alamos

on July 8, 2019 - 6:16pm

Cabinet Secretary James Kenney addresses the audience gathered to discuss the mission and work of NMED’s Department of Energy Oversight Bureauat this evening at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The New Mexico Environment Department is holding its first quarterly public meeting in Los Alamos until 7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

NMED Cabinet Secretary, NMED Resource Protection Division Director Stephanie Stringer and NMED Administrative Services Director Michelle Desmond spoke on the primary topic of the event, which is the mission and work of the Environment

VIDEO: Heinrich Calls For A Price On Carbon

on July 8, 2019 - 6:14pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich today speaking on the Senate Floor and calling for implementing real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution. Courtesy photo

To watch video, click here.

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • In a speech on the Senate Floor, Heinrich calls for putting a price on carbon to curb pollution; cites letters from New Mexico students on climate change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

SFCSO Releases Names In Main Hill Road Crash

on July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office notified next of kin and has now released the names of the people involved in a car and commercial tractor trailer accident Saturday afternoon near Anderson Overlook on the Main Hill Road.

Public Information Officer Juan Ríos identified Colleen O'Bannon, 29, of Dallas, Texas, as the driver of a silver Honda who succumbed to her injuries. Her passenger is identified as Emma Garelick, 28, of Denton, Texas who sustained minor injuries.

"The driver of the commercial tractor trailer is Robert

Bear Spotted Munching Garbage In Quemazon Today

on July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm

A bear is spotted munching garbage at 12:15 p.m. today in Quemazon. This same bear has been spotted on a daily basis of late by residents throughout Quemazon. Courtesy photo

Watch video here.

MOWW Meeting/Picnic Features Sig Hecker July 16

on July 8, 2019 - 10:11am

Dr. Sigfried Hecker

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting and annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Sigfried Hecker is the featured speaker. He is a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and noted authority on the status of nuclear weapon states. His talk will focus on global nuclear issues.

The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation begins at about 7:15 p.m.

The Military Order of the World

New Mexico Airports Receive Second Round Of Funding For Improvement Projects

on July 7, 2019 - 9:00am
SANTA FE The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in 2019.
After the second round of announcements made late last month, the New Mexico Aviation Division would like to recognize 19 additional state communities that will receive more than $12 million in grant installments from the FAA for airport improvement projects statewide.
This means funding for 35 projects will now total more than $19 million.

Lujan Grisham Administration Provides Update On Prison Facility In Clayton

on July 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE The administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is negotiating to oversee the management of the Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility in Clayton.
The New Mexico Corrections Department is working with the town of Clayton and the facility’s current operator, the GEO Group, to ensure a smooth and safe transition can occur.
“The negotiations have been productive and amicable.

HSNW: First Responders Radiological Preparedness

on July 7, 2019 - 8:23am

First responders and emergency managers train on how to plan for the first minutes of a radiological dispersal device detonation response. Courtesy/HSNW

HSNW News:

A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations.

First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the

SFCSO Reports Fatality In Crash On Main Hill Road

on July 6, 2019 - 11:33pm

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office PIO Juan Ríos

Staff Report

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Juan Ríos said this evening that one person succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident involving a car and a semi-tractor trailer this afternoon at Anderson Overlook on the Main Hill Road.

A second person in the car was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries, Ríos said, adding that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer does not appear to have sustained any injuries.

Ríos told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the accident occurred at

Traffic Alert: N.M. 502 Closed At Main Hill Due To Wreck

on July 6, 2019 - 2:39pm

LAPD News:

N.M. 502 at the Main Hill is closed due to a traffic accident.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputies are on scene investigating.

LAPD will send out further updates as they receive them.

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 20 Acres

on July 6, 2019 - 12:29pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 20 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temperatures between 73-80 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 miles per hour and 25-29 percent humidity

Resources assigned: Type 3 incident management team, 95 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVs


New State Ethics Commission Sworn In

on July 6, 2019 - 7:45am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, left, and House Speaker Brian Egolf, second from left, with other legislative leaders and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura at the swearing-in Monday of the state’s new Ethics Commission. Courtesy photo
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, with New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura swearing-in the state’s new Ethics Commission.  Courtesy photo 

NMSP Participate In July 4th C.A.R.E. Operation

on July 5, 2019 - 4:50pm

NMSP News:

During the Independence Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

State Police provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.