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County: Herbicide Spraying At Barranca Mesa Park And Guaje Pines Cemetery July 10, 11 & 12

on July 5, 2019 - 4:14pm


Los Alamos Parks Division crews will be spraying herbicide for weed control Wednesday July 10, Thursday July 11 and Friday July 12.

Notices will be posted in and around the areas to be sprayed at least 24 hours prior to spraying  and will remain posted until spraying has been completed.

Areas will be sprayed with Trimec Broad Leaf Herbicide.

Direct questions to the Parks Division at 505.662.8159.


Cone Zone: Week Of July 8, 2019

on July 5, 2019 - 11:41am


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Manhole Repairs - Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos:

Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July. The concrete being used is a high strength mix and requires a cure time; therefore, residents are urged to avoid driving over these manholes for the first few days after they are poured.

Update: Naranjo Fire Has Doubled In Size To 10 Acres

on July 5, 2019 - 10:38am

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 10 acres

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

Containment: 0%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 84-88 degrees, winds from the west at 5-10 miles per hour and 11-16% humidity

Resources assigned: 20 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior remains low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

NMED Hosts First Quarterly Outreach Meeting In Los Alamos At Fuller Lodge Monday

on July 5, 2019 - 9:43am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department will host its first quarterly public meeting in Los Alamos, 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, July 8 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.
The primary topic will be the mission and work of the Environment Department’s Department of Energy Oversight Bureau, as well as a discussion on a proposed move of the Bureau’s Los Alamos Field Office to Santa Fe.
The meeting is open to the public.

SFCC Hosts Conference Featuring Leading Child Trauma And Mental Health Expert Dr. Bruce Perry

on July 5, 2019 - 8:48am
Dr. Bruce Perry
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) have partnered to present a conference Sept. 16-17, featuring Dr. Bruce Perry at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
The event includes one day dedicated to an Early Childhood Development Symposium and one day devoted to the annual New Mexico Home Visiting Summit.
Perry is a prominent child psychiatrist and the author of “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog,” a noted book on extreme child abuse.

FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance In Death Of Woman Found Near Camel Rock Formation In Tesuque

on July 5, 2019 - 8:09am

Destinee Alexis Atencio

FBI News:

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police are seeking the public’s assistance in determining what happened to a Santa Fe woman whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Destinee Alexis Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe.

Atencio may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Anyone with information on what happened to Atencio is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or online at

Atencio is

AGU: Climate Change Transforming Northernmost Arctic Landscapes

on July 5, 2019 - 8:02am
A. Map of the study area showing permafrost monitoring site locations. B. Examples of the even terrain at each site at the start of monitoring (2003, 2004, 2005) and the terrain after a decade of monitoring (2016). Thermokarst development was observed at all sites. C. Examples of thermokarst topography and landforms observed at each site in 2016: i), ii) subsidence and trough formation at Isachsen, iii) trough formation and pond development at Mould Bay, iv) subsidence and trough formation at Green Cabin.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Felony Plea In Albuquerque Embezzlement Case

on July 5, 2019 - 6:46am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas has secured a guilty plea in a case involving an embezzlement from an Albuquerque small business.
Mica Tyler plead to a second degree felony for stealing more than $100,000 from Toyomasters while acting as its bookkeeper.
"Small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico's economy, and we must protect them from fraud and abuse so that they can prosper and continue their valuable contributions to our communities," Balderas said.

Los Alamos Fire Department Issues July 4th Safety Tips

on July 4, 2019 - 1:17pm
LAFD News:
Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years.
In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% occurred with children and young adults under the age of 20. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.
  • Only use legal fireworks.

Naranjo Fire Burns 5 Acres In Cuba Ranger District

on July 4, 2019 - 12:33pm

Map of the Santa Fe National Forest Ranger Districts. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

A fire broke out Monday in the Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off N.M. 96.

  • Start date: July 1
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 5 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Fuel: Ponderosa pine
  • Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 83-87 degrees, winds from the west at 5-9 miles per hour and 10-14% humidity
  • Resources assigned: 15 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior is low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

Be Safe During July 4 Weekend: ‘Take A Ride On Us’

on July 4, 2019 - 11:21am
ALBUQUERQUE The Fourth of July “Take a Ride on Us” program begins at runs until 3 a.m. Sunday, July, 7.
Twelve-hundred rides will be offered under the Uber app, using the code: ABQUSA19. Tips are not included and refunds are not provided for trips under $10.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation Bernalillo County, The City of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber have partnered to support “Take a Ride on Us.”
The collaborative goal is to ENDWI by offering an Uber credit of up to $10 for up to two trips in the Bernalillo County metro area over

Allen McQuiston: Three Insurance Misconceptions

on July 4, 2019 - 9:49am
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

Misconception 1: “I have an umbrella policy, so I’m covered for everything.”

Though the intent of a personal umbrella policy is to provide an additional layer of liability protection on top of what your other personal insurance policies provide, there can still be coverage gaps.

Business activity is typically excluded from personal insurance policies, including umbrella. If an incident occurs while using your home for business purposes, you likely won’t receive any coverage.

Umbrella coverage is never your first line of defense.

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus

on July 4, 2019 - 9:43am

Chief Nursing Officer
Los Alamos Medical Center

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends.

Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common: food. Think grilled burgers and hot dogs, barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, and overflowing veggie and fruit trays.

While you’re enjoying your summer

Los Alamos County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scam

on July 3, 2019 - 6:26pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Joe Granville


The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community of recent phone scams local residents are receiving.

The Sheriff’s Office, or any law enforcement agency, will never call citizens requesting money to pay fines or for any other reason.

In the event you are contacted by these individuals and requested to pay fines for any offense, contact the Los Alamos Police Department immediately at 505.662.8222.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 26 To July 2, 2019

on July 3, 2019 - 5:25pm

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.


June 26 at 9:09 p.m. / Police arrested Mayra Alejandra Lerma, 20, of Los Alamos at San Ildefonso Road and Camino Redondo and charged her with speeding, driving without proof of insurance and for an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.



June 27 at 12:a.m.

Balderas Warns CFPB That Weakening Debit Card Overdraft Fee Rule Will Harm New Mexican Consumers

on July 3, 2019 - 8:27am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 25 State Attorneys General Tuesday in opposing any effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to roll back or limit its Overdraft Rule.
The rule currently in place permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to

WIPP Reaches 12,500-Shipment Milestone

on July 3, 2019 - 8:21am
A shipment of transuranic waste approaches EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
CARLSBAD Just before midnight June 27, EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began there in 1999.
The shipment originated from the EM program at Idaho National Laboratory, which has sent WIPP the most TRU waste shipments — 6,500 and counting — of all DOE generator sites over the past 20 years.
WIPP drivers have safely traveled more than 14.9 million loaded miles, transporting more than

Udall: Department Of Interior Failing To Answer Questions About President’s July 4 Event

on July 3, 2019 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Department of Interior (DOI) failed to respond to a June 18 letter from Udall and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) calling on DOI Secretary David Bernhardt to provide information to Congress about the president’s reported Fourth of July plans and how the additional costs will be funded.
The senators, all

Over 100,000 Unsafe Airbags On New Mexico Vehicles

on July 3, 2019 - 6:57am
In New Mexico, more than 100,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers., an organization notifying owners about this urgent airbag safety recall, is urging owners and drivers of affected vehicles to immediately schedule an appointment for a free recall repair to prevent potentially serious injuries, or even death.
Affected vehicles include those made by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz,

Update: Small Fire In Rendija Canyon Extinguished

on July 2, 2019 - 5:40pm
UPDATE: This brush fire has been extiniguished. A small brush fire erupted this afternoon near the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club parking lot in Rendija Canyon. Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald said crews from station 1 and 4 responded and quickly doused the 20' x 20' fire. He added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Joe Granville

LAFD Fire Marshal Addresses Fireworks Within County

on July 2, 2019 - 4:02pm

Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

LAFD News:

As July 4th approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and guidelines. The County is under Moderate Fire Danger, and with certain precautions will allow the Fireworks Display show at Overlook Park. The best way to enjoy the holiday is to attend this professional display at Overlook Park on July 4th.

The County of Los Alamos, has not adopted by ordinance the regulation of certain permissible fireworks.

NMR&LD: Two Businessmen Guilty Of Securities Fraud

on July 2, 2019 - 7:57am
NMR&LD News:
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Monday that Dain Leslie Schult of Austin, Texas and Joel McKay Hixon of Las Cruces have been found guilty of defrauding New Mexico investors in a Pyramid scheme that promised to use investors’ money to promote “mom and pop” radio stations on the internet.
Schult and Hixon were convicted of Fraud over $20,000, Securities Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Sale of an Unregistered Security, and Sale of Security by an Unlicensed Agent.
“This verdict sends a clear message

WRA: PNM’s Plans For Retiring San Juan Generating Station Saves Money, Aids Workers, Reduces Pollution

on July 2, 2019 - 6:39am
WRA News:
SANTA FE Western Resource Advocates commented Monday on the economic and climate benefits that would be realized through plans filed Monday by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) detailing the retirement of the San Juan Generating Station.
“PNM’s abandonment proposal will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions millions of tons per year, develop more than 600 megawatts of renewable energy and battery storage, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in San Juan County, where the San Juan coal plant will close,” said Steve Michel, deputy director of Western Resource

RCLC Hears Talk On Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

on July 1, 2019 - 3:12pm

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) gathered Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers at Española City Hall at 405 N. Paseo De Onate. From left, RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, Española City Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez, Chair Henry Roybal, Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz and Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Program Director Ed Mayer of Holtec International discusses a plan for a consolidated interim storage facility for nuclear fuel in southeast New Mexico during