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Police Shooting At Allsup’s In Hobbs Thursday

on August 24, 2019 - 10:36am

NMSP News:

HOBBS – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Thursday by the Hobbs Police Department (HPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting. 

State Police investigators learned that at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HPD officers were called to the Allsup’s at 321 Dal Paso for reports of a male individual armed with a gun.

At the Allsup’s, officers encountered Roberto Mata, 46 of Carlsbad armed with a gun.

During the encounter shots were fired by Mata and an HPD officer.

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Met At UNM-Los Alamos Friday

on August 24, 2019 - 9:17am
Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros and Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler were among the members of the Legislative Committee on Radioactive And Hazardous Materials, which met Friday at UNM-Los Alamos to hear priorities and updates from the New Mexico Environmental Department and  Los Alamos National Laboratory. The meeting was open to the public. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Forest Road 376

on August 24, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 to accommodate work on a blocked culvert that poses a threat to public health and safety.

The closure order will be in effect today to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier

The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris could lead to road failure and have made it an immediate public safety issue.

The restricted area on FR 376 begins at the gate north of the Gilman Tunnels and extends 4.7 miles

FBI: Arson Fires In Naschitti, NM Under Investigation

on August 23, 2019 - 11:50am

FBI News:

Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of fires that damaged several buildings in Naschitti, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, this week.

There were no injuries.

The fires, which occurred Aug. 19-21, damaged a church, a convenience store and three vacant houses.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and the San Juan County Fire Department are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI Albuquerque Field Office at 505.889.1300.

Los Alamos Police Department Conducts Traffic Enforcement Operation Through October

on August 23, 2019 - 10:31am
LAPD News:
Continuing through the month of October, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations.

Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and conduct random DWI checkpoints throughout the County during this time frame.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet.

To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland Speaks At Los Alamos Nature Center On Climate Change; Support Of Green New Deal

on August 23, 2019 - 8:51am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A Los Alamos crowd welcomes U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland at the nature center planetarium Wednesday afternoon where she spoke about the Green New Deal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos Wednesday to talk about her support for the Green New Deal.

She spoke at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Paver Work On Diamond

on August 23, 2019 - 8:00am

On the job in Los Alamos is a crew working Thursday afternoon on the milling project near the 37th Street intersection on Diamond Drive. The south lane was stripped and a truck sprayed oil on the stripped lane. A large truck then poured asphalt into the main paver shown here, which heats and pours it on top of the oil. Finally, a huge, heavy roller vehicle (not shown) came through to smooth out any ‘wrinkles’. The workmen appeared to move with great speed and efficiency to complete their task. Photo by Stuart Schaller

State Police Participate In MADD Saturation Aug. 24

on August 23, 2019 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will participate in Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Saturation Saturday, Aug. 24.
NMSP is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, MADD and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to end DWI. NMSP, Department of Public Safety, NMDOT, MADD and other law enforcement agencies across the state and nationwide, will join forces to announce Saturation at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
“If you chose to drink – be responsible; call a taxi, have a designated driver. Together we can all save lives.” –NMSP

SFNF: Slight Increase In Cueva Fire Behavior

on August 23, 2019 - 7:13am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Outflow winds from a thunderstorm increased fire behavior on the Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), adding an additional 108 acres and moderately increasing smoke to the west and south of the fire.
The SFNF took advantage of the lightning-caused Cueva Fire to add low-intensity fire to the ground to reduce fuel loadings and create a more fire-resilient landscape.
Ignitions within the planning area ended one week ago Aug.

New Mexico Transportation Commission Approves $50 Million In Statewide Roadway Improvements

on August 22, 2019 - 8:20am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission has approved nearly $50 million in Local Government Transportation Funds to improve city, county and tribal roads across the state.
Forty-eight local entities and seven tribal entities throughout the state will see the projects begin in the spring.
Covering communities in every part of the state, the transportation infrastructure projects also include $5 million for safety improvements to U.S.

Harrison Western-Shaft Sinkers Awarded $75 Million Key Utility Shaft Construction Contract At WIPP

on August 22, 2019 - 8:02am
WIPP. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
CARLSBAD  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) announced the award of a key utility shaft construction contract at the Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
NWP President and Project Manager Bruce Covert confirmed that Harrison Western-Shaft Sinkers Joint Venture has been awarded a $75 million contract to construct a new utility shaft at WIPP.

McQuiston: Choosing Safe Cars For Teens

on August 22, 2019 - 7:55am

The Jemez Agency

My 3rd and last child is in the process of getting her driver’s license. Which means shopping for a car for her to drive. So what kind of car should I buy?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) say there is something parents can do to protect their teens — choose a safe vehicle.

Sounds simple, but consider the following:

Avoid vehicles that encourage reckless driving. Teen drivers not only lack experience, but may also lack maturity. As a result, speeding and reckless driving are common.

State Police Investigate Death Of Newborn Baby

on August 22, 2019 - 6:31am

NMSP News:

ALCALDE – A father called the New Mexico State Police Saturday, Aug. 17 with concerns about his unborn child.

The father said that he returned to his home in La Madera from a trip to find that his unborn child’s mother was no longer showing signs of being pregnant. When the father questioned the mother about the child, she would not tell the father where the child was.

Through investigation State Police officers learned the mother was staying at a residence in Alcalde. State Police officers went to that residence to perform a welfare check on the mother and unborn child.

NM Game & Fish Proposing Changes To Trapping Rule

on August 21, 2019 - 3:03pm

Animal Protection of New Mexico News:

Conservation and animal protection groups see changes as inadequate for protecting people, companion animals, wildlife and public lands

WHAT: The State Game Commission meeting at which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin the process to amend New Mexico’s trapping regulations.

WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol Room 317, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. (agenda here)

WHY: Trapping is one of the highest profile wildlife issues in New Mexico.

LAPD Cmdr. Ballew And Sgt. Ross Graduate From Northwestern Executive Management Program

on August 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program.

This three-week program, the third in a series of law enforcement leadership programs, provides the policy-making executive with an

NMDOH Warns Of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease

on August 21, 2019 - 9:07am



SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating possible cases of lung disease that are associated with vaping.
A 29-year old male from Bernalillo County was determined to have vaping-associated lung disease and three additional cases are under investigation. All have reported use of vape cartridges, possibly containing Tetra hydro cannabinol (THC). There have been similar cases reported in at least 14 other states.
All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems after vaping including cough, shortness of

Interfaith Los Alamos Supports New Refugee Students

on August 21, 2019 - 7:13am
A teenage student from a refugee family with his new backpack containing a complete set of school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
A young refugee student holds his new supplies. Courtesy/ILA
Refugee students recently arrived in Albuquerque gather with their school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
Interfaith Los Alamos News:
This summer has been a very busy time for school-age kids of refugee families recently arrived in Albuquerque.
They have to get prepared to enroll in a completely strange (to them) school, while at the same time learn English, how to get around Albuquerque without getting

Red Cross Offers Students Back To School Safety Tips

on August 21, 2019 - 6:58am
American Red Cross News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The school bells are calling students back to the classroom, and the American Red Cross wants to make sure students are safe as they head back to school for the upcoming year.
“While safety is a top priority for all students, there are special steps for parents of younger kids and those headed to school for the first time,” Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said. “Make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1.

On The Job At FBI National Academy: Oliver Morris

on August 20, 2019 - 10:41am

On the job at the FBI National Academy is Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris. As a part of the FBI National Academy program, Cmdr. Morris traveled to New York City recently to visit New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. ‘We learned about how precinct commanders address crime in their area and are held accountable through ‘compstat’. We were able to view a joint operations center and viewed how NYPD and various public safety partners manage emergencies.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 23

on August 20, 2019 - 8:37am
BSMA News:
Robotics teams from regional schools, along with local robotics groups, will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.
This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust.
Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and University of New Mexico - Los Alamos.
LANL Scientist Samuel Clegg will present current research on the Mars Chem-Cam on the

DOI Treats Over 1.2 Million Acres This Wildfire Season

on August 20, 2019 - 8:33am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities. 
“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S.

Bear Spotted Crossing Diamond Drive Sunday

on August 19, 2019 - 9:22am
A bear is spotted early Sunday evening crossing Diamond Drive. Photo by Loui Janecky
The bear sits briefly on a guardrail early Sunday evening on Diamond Drive before sauntering off to parts unknown. Photo by Loui Janecky

Air Quality Bureau Announces Electronic File Transfer Option For Some Permit Applications

on August 19, 2019 - 7:57am
NMED News:
The AQB requires paper applications to include a CD or DVD with electronic copies of the application and supporting documents such as calculation spreadsheets.
For some types of permits, the AQB will now allow applicants to submit paper applications and use our secure file transfer service to submit their electronic files instead of burning files to a CD.
This option is available for permits with longer timelines, such as Title V permits, new NSR permits, and modifications to those permits.
Due to short regulatory deadlines, this option cannot be used for permits

Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

NOAA Awards $2.7 Million In Grants For Marine Debris Removal And Research

on August 18, 2019 - 8:38am
A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. Courtesy/NOAA
NOAA News:
NOAA announced a total of $2.7 million in grants supporting 14 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, economic activity, and ecosystem health.
With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is more than $5.2 million. 
The grants, selected competitively from 82 community-based marine debris removal and research proposals received this