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April Is Underage Drinking Prevention Month

on April 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

COUNTY News:

April is Underage Drinking Prevention month and April 21 is highlighted as a reminder to parents to talk with their kids about alcohol.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, young people who drink are:

  • More likely to be victims of crime, to be in accidents, and to struggle in school;
  • More likely to be sexually active; and
  • Four times more likely to become dependent on alcohol.

Despite the data on the effects of early alcohol use, many parents still believe drinking in the home is a safe alternative.

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Restrictions For Santa Fe County

on April 17, 2018 - 9:39am
BLM News:
 
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is initiating emergency fire prevention restrictions on public lands managed by the Taos Field Office in Santa Fe County, beginning today, due to high fire potential.
 
The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. 
 
“We are joining our county and federal partners in these actions in efforts to protect lives and property,” BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis said. 
 
Prohibited Acts include: 
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in

HSNW: Webhose Takes Aim At Dark Web

on April 17, 2018 - 9:08am
Courtesy image
 
By BRIAN BLUM
Homeland Security News Wire
 
Fans of the popular TV show “Mr. Robot,” which dives deep into the world of shady hackers and the Dark Web that lurks beyond its better-known counterpart, take note: An Israeli startup is serving notice that the hidden is now visible and even your bitcoins won’t shield you from the long arm of the law.

Just as Google crawls the World Wide Web to index the sites we want to find, Bnei Brak-based Webhose has developed a technology that can scour the anonymous part of the Internet accessed through a special browser called Tor.

FBI: Eight Charged With Conspiring To Traffic Minors

on April 17, 2018 - 8:54am

FBI News:
  • Prosecution Brought under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Acting Special Agent in Charge Jack P. Staton of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III, announced Monday that eight defendants have been indicted on federal child sex trafficking charges. 

The defendants are charged with conspiring to sex traffic minors in New Mexico and Arizona, to transport minors to engage

Fire Chief Commends DPU Linemen For Quick Action On West Road Fire

on April 17, 2018 - 5:58am
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Electricity Distribution Division lineman Julian Suazo, left, and Wayne Valdez discovered a loose connection that caused a small fire Thursday, made the area safe for firefighters and repaired the connection. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Scene Thursday afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has commended two local linemen for their quick response to

LANL And LAFD Respond To Bulging Drum At Sigma Facility

on April 16, 2018 - 10:27pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Sigma facility, according to a LANL spokesman.

“The drum has been rendered safe, and there is no threat to workers or the public. Full access to the facility has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The Sigma complex was built in the 1950s and 1960s and houses extensive laboratory areas for materials synthesis and processing, characterization, and fabrication.

Council Approves Sheriffs Office Proposed Budget

on April 16, 2018 - 8:57pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents a proposed budget to restore his department to its previous level and requests additional funding. Council rejected his request and tentatively approved $15,510 for the Sheriff's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Joseph Gonzales Pleads Guilty To Endangering Human Life While Illegally Manufacturing A Controlled Substance

on April 16, 2018 - 8:37pm
The bathroom where an explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Gonzales, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque to endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance.

At sentencing, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. 

Gonzales was originally charged with endangering human life while

Heinrich, Wyden, Feinstein Renew Call For CIA To Declassify Information About CIA Director Nominee’s Background

on April 16, 2018 - 4:14pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are asking for the fifth time that CIA Director Mike Pompeo declassify information related to the background of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, whom the president has indicated he will nominate as director of the CIA.
 
“Declassifying information about Ms. Haspel’s background is even more pressing in light of the public relations campaign currently being conducted on her behalf.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Releases 2017 Annual Report

on April 16, 2018 - 3:46pm

LAFD training exercise. Courtesy/LAFD

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“The hard-working men and women of our Department are very dedicated to the ideal of ‘continuous improvement’ which you will clearly see throughout this report,” Chief Hughes said.

H said in spite of losing some key people to retirement or seeking new adventures, LAFD is still chocked full of great people who will continue to help LAFD improve on the delivery of services to Los Alamos County residents and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The great services we provide would not be

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson Delivers Remarks At International Drug Enforcement Conference

on April 16, 2018 - 7:53am
DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson
 
DEA News:
 
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Police of the Netherlands Wednesday kicked off the 35th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC XXXV) in Rotterdam, Netherlands. IDEC was established in 1983 to bring together top-level global strategic and tactical drug law enforcement officials and judicial authorities.
 
Since its inception, IDEC has grown into a worldwide forum with participants from more than 130 countries and has proven a successful formula due to the exchange of

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Udall Statement On Inspector General Investigation Of Interior Department Senior Staff Reassignments

on April 15, 2018 - 8:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, responded to the Interior Department Office of Inspector General (IG) report he requested on the reassignment of Senior Executive Service (SES) staff members in 2017.
 
Udall has repeatedly asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for an explanation of the decision to move the senior career staff members, and he has yet to receive a full answer. The IG report can be found HERE. Senator Udall’s

Chamber Business Breakfast: Commercial Code Enforcement And Building Permits/Licenses April 19

on April 15, 2018 - 6:36am

CHAMBER News:

 

The next Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30- 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in Room 230, Building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

 

Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland will discuss the County’s commercial code enforcement, as well as building licenses and permits, with a focus on how these may affect the business community.

 

The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash In Santa Fe

on April 14, 2018 - 8:58pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE COUNTY – New Mexico State Police officers investigated a single-vehicle fatal crash around 2 p.m. Friday, which occurred on Interstate 25 at mile marker 264 in Santa Fe County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle driven by Dennis Raymond Branch, 66, of Santa Fe, was traveling northbound when the vehicle drifted into the center median.

The vehicle struck the center barrier and stopped. Branch sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

This crash remains under investigation with no further information available.

Birnbaum: Let's Not Wait Until A Serious Security Breach Occurs...

on April 14, 2018 - 4:48pm
By ED BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

The awarding of a road construction contract by NNSA to improve NM 4 and 502 was great news, but I wish NNSA would give some serious thought to also replacing the old, rusting, painted iron railings of the Omega bridge with a more modern, functional, aluminum railing that will not rust. It makes a pretty ugly gateway to Los Alamos and LANL with the rust stains running down the concrete and the corrosion of the railing mounts. At the very least, the cracked concrete holding the mounts should be repaired and the mounts replaced and/or repainted as necessary.

It

SFNF Firewood Permits Available April 16 & May 1

on April 14, 2018 - 6:15am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber will be available for purchase at the Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger District offices, and Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office, Monday, April 16, and at all other SFNF offices, Tuesday, May 1. Dead-and-down permits are valid (one district per permit) except in designated wilderness areas.
 
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 20 dollars for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year.

FBI Takes Active Role In NM Child Exploitation Cases

on April 14, 2018 - 5:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos County very few crimes related to the online exploitation of children appear in the local police blotter and people tend to think crimes of this nature occur mostly in big cities in other parts of the country.

Participants in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albuquerque Division Annual Citizens Academy were reminded March 29 of the extent of the online threat to children in New Mexico by Special Agent Ross Zuercher who described some recent cases in which the FBI was involved.

One of the cases Zuercher

New Details On West Road Fire; LAFD Sends Truck To Bluewater Fire Near Grants

on April 14, 2018 - 5:33am
A loose connection on a powerpole near the Los Alamos Ice Rink on West Road caused a small fire Thursday afternoon, which was quickly extinguished by Department personnel. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Electricity Distribution Division lineman Julian Suazo, left, and Wayne Valdez discovered a loose connection that caused a small fire Thursday, made the area safe for firefighters and repaired the connection. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

New details have been released about a small fire

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

on April 13, 2018 - 8:45am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Raylan Reano, 25, an enrolled member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, pled guilty Friday, April 6 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to an involuntary manslaughter charge.
 
Reano was arrested in December 2017, on an indictment charging him with killing a woman Oct. 23, 2016, on the Zuni Pueblo in McKinley County. According to the indictment, Reano killed the victim while driving under the influence of alcohol. 
 
During the April 6 proceedings, Reano pled guilty to the indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter and admitted killing the victim while

Update: LAFD Knocks Down Small Fire In Canyon

on April 12, 2018 - 1:22pm

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

UPDATE: At approximately 12.45 p.m. today, LAFD responded to reports of a small wildland fire in LA Canyon, on West Road near the Ice Rink. The fire is fully contained and the cause is under investigation by LAFD. Crews are mopping up at the scene.

April Is STD Awareness Month

on April 12, 2018 - 10:41am

April is STD Awareness Month. Find out more by visiting the CDC’s STD Awareness Month website, https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/index.htm. Courtesy image

CDC News:

Take Control of Your Sexual Health
There’s no avoiding the statistics: the number of reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases are at an all-time high, and if you are sexually active, you are at risk of infection.

So what can you do? Arm yourself with the facts about STDs and talk with your healthcare provider—that’s always an important place to start.

When it comes to protecting your sexual health, the best offense is a good

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
 
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

on April 11, 2018 - 10:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

High Wind Warning Until 8PM Thursday

on April 11, 2018 - 9:34pm

NWS:

National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

* LOCATION...Much of central and western New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas.

* WINDS...Sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the southwest and west with occasional gusts ranging from 55 to 70 mph.

* TIMING...Winds will strengthen through the late morning Thursday, peaking in the mid afternoon, then decreasing through the evening hours.

* VISIBILITY...Widespread visibility reductions to 3 to 5 miles can be expected due to blowing dust, except below a

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