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U.S. 84/285 Buffalo Thunder Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Northbound; Southbound Lane Closures

on May 6, 2019 - 10:05am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe).

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Monday and Tuesday May 6-7 U.S. 84/285: northbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane.

Wednesday and Thursday May 8-9 – U.S. 84/285: southbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane.

Motorists can expect delays

State Cautions New Mexicans Of Unlicensed Carnival Ride And Bounce House Operators

on May 6, 2019 - 8:45am
NMRLD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department is cautioning New Mexicans to be wary of unlicensed carnival ride and bounce house operators.
 
“With the carnival and summer season upon us, it is imperative to consumer safety that our operators are licensed,” NMRLD Superintendent Marguerite Salazar said. “Please call us before you hire a carnival, amusement ride, or bounce house operator, to verify that they meet our strict safety standards.”
 
The State of New Mexico requires that licensed operators conduct daily inspections, receive an annual NAARSO

Pacheco Canyon Burn Visible From Los Alamos

on May 6, 2019 - 8:28am

Driving down the Main Hill Road Sunday afternoon smoke is visible straight ahead from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailpost.com

Scene from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon Sunday afternoon, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailpost.com

Scene from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon Sunday afternoon, approximately six miles east of

Police Shooting Involves Angel Fire Police Department

on May 6, 2019 - 7:53am

NMSP News:

ANGEL FIRE – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a police shooting involving the Angel Fire Police Department.

The initial investigation indicates that Sunday morning an Angel Fire Police officer responded to a residential structure fire at 14 Mountain Lake Terrace in Angel Fire. At the scene, an Angel Fire police officer encountered a man with a knife. During the encounter, the Angel Fire police officer discharged his weapon.

Udall, Haaland, Luján Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Nutritious Meals For Native Students

on May 5, 2019 - 6:18am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation Thursday to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long.
 
Udall also introduced the legislation

Balderas Secures Default Judgement Against Out Of Compliance Charity In First-Of-Its-Kind Order

on May 4, 2019 - 4:53pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the default judgement against an out-of-state non-profit organization that was not complying with state law.
 
This judgement against the “For All Kids” Foundation is the first of its kind in New Mexico, and the first as part of a statewide charity compliance sweep being conducted by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
 
“New Mexican families and consumer trust non-profits in our state to serve the benevolent purposes that they claim,” Balderas said.

Mescalero Apache Tribe Violence Against Women Awareness Program Receives FBI Award

on May 4, 2019 - 4:39pm
FBI News:
 
The Albuquerque FBI Division has presented the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award to the Mescalero Apache Tribe Violence Against Women Awareness Program (VAWA).
 
Started in 2015 as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the program provides services to victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes as well as implements educational programs about domestic violence and human trafficking.
 
Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive the award, which recognizes efforts in combating crime, terrorism,

State Police Special Investigations Agents Conduct ‘Minor Compliance’ Operation In Santa Fe

on May 4, 2019 - 12:39pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Police Special Investigations Unit conducted a Minor Compliance operation Friday in Santa Fe.
 
During the operation, Special Investigations agents checked a total of 134 liquor establishments. Numerous establishments were cited for sales to minors and other violations during the operation.
 
Of those checked, 14 establishments sold alcohol to minors. State Police agents issued a total of 32 administrative citations and 11 non-traffic citations:
 
  • Administrative Citations issued for sales to minors – 29;
  • Other Administrative Citations

Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn Pushed To Sunday

on May 4, 2019 - 11:49am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE After studying conditions, including fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, air quality and wind direction, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have decided to delay the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn until Sunday, May 5.
 
Fire managers will continue to monitor conditions and will not proceed with the Pacheco Canyon burn if conditions are not optimal.
 
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road 102, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe.

Road Closure: US 550 And NM 528 Sunday

on May 3, 2019 - 6:28pm

The red line indicates the approximate location of the power line work. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

Town of Bernalillo / Rio Rancho – There will be intermittent road closures beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of N.M. 528 and U.S. Highway 550.

The intermittent closures are expected to persist for about 45 minutes while workers replace overhead power lines across N.M. 528 just south of U.S. 550. Drivers are asked to use caution, expect delays, and seek alternate routes.

SFNF Fire Managers Planning Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn Saturday

on May 3, 2019 - 6:15pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn Saturday, May 4, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road 102, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Hand and aerial ignitions will be completed in one day.
 
Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors.

Cone Zone: Week Of May 6

on May 3, 2019 - 4:48pm

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division Projects:

Tsikumu Village - Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt is continuing work to mill and overlay the roadway. They will be working to correct subgrade issues Saturday, May 4 and will finish paving early next week.

Concrete work will resume the week of May 13 and be ongoing throughout the development that week to place concrete collars on manholes and utility valves, along with minor road work.

Local Smith’s Participate In ‘Sticker Shock’ Program

on May 3, 2019 - 10:01am
Courtesy/DWI Planning Council
 
PUBLIC SAFETY News:
 
The DWI-Planning Council, along with Champions of Youth Ambitions have partnered with the local Smiths Food and Drug Stores to participate in Sticker Shock.
 
As Prom Weekend is at hand the stores allow volunteers to place stickers on alcohol to remind adults not to provide alcohol to minors.
 
The White Rock Smiths event took place took place Thursday and the Los Alamos store will participate today.

Los Alamos Public Schools Rolls Out Sandy Hook Promise ‘Say Something Anonymous’ Reporting System

on May 3, 2019 - 9:19am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to roll out the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) to its students at Los Alamos Middle School, Topper Freshman Academy and Los Alamos High School.

Los Alamos Public Schools is committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students and staff, and this app is one step towards that goal.

The SS-ARS program teaches students, teachers and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social

Computer Error Causes 91,780 Inaccurate Renewal Notices; Customers Not Charged Additional Fees

on May 3, 2019 - 9:10am

MVD News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicle Division customers who received vehicle registration renewal notices with inaccurate fee totals will not be charged the improper amount stated on the recently mailed notices, the division said Thursday.

A computer error caused an erroneous additional digit to be included in the amount due.

Customers who visit an MVD field office or mvd.newmexico.gov to renew their registrations are able to view and pay the correct amount due.

Those who wish to pay by mail may find the correct fee total by visiting mvd.newmexico.gov and clicking

State Auditor Joins AG; NMSP In Special Probe Of Alleged Embezzlement By Torrance County Official

on May 3, 2019 - 7:50am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Thursday morning, State Auditor Colón joined Attorney General Balderas and State Police Chief Johnson concerning the criminal investigation into former Torrance County Sheriff and current elected Torrance County Magistrate Judge Heath White for embezzlement and corruption.
 
Auditor Colón issued the following statement regarding the Office of the State Auditor’s special investigation on the matter:
 
“On April 29, the Office of the State Auditor put Torrance County on notice that we intend to do a full review to ensure all checks and balances are in place to

SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn On Jemez Ranger District

on May 2, 2019 - 11:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn in the Tent Rocks area between May 11 and June 1, if conditions remain favorable.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM, and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.
 
Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Udall Fights For Action To Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits In Iraq And Afghanistan

on May 2, 2019 - 11:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At two events Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and at the 2019 Congressional Burn Pits Briefing.
 
 
During the hearing, Udall questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on his commitment to

Catch Of The Week: ‘CEO Fraud’ … Watch Out!

on May 2, 2019 - 11:06am
Indicators of Business Email Compromise. Courtesy image
 
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Imagine this - it’s a busy day at the office, almost time to go home. Your computer beeps with an email notification.

Jane - do you have a minute? Am tied up in a meeting, need your help. We have a pending invoice from our Vendor. I will highly appreciative if you can handle before close of business. Can’t take calls. Please email.

It’s from your boss, and it’s not like you can ignore him ... you reply and ask for the details so you can make the payment.

Traffic Alert: Rover Boulevard Southbound Right Lane Closure Near Del Norte Credit Union Thursday

on May 1, 2019 - 12:38pm

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets division will be working on Rover Boulevard Thursday, May 2 in White Rock to repair a cut in the road.

The cut was caused by an emergency water line break that occurred a few weeks back.

The lane closure will occur in the southbound right lane next to Del Norte Credit Union. Crews will begin setting up traffic control at 8 a.m. and should complete the project by noon.

Caution: Keep a safe distance from the crew and follow all traffic control devices for your safety and those working this project.

Direct questions to 505.663.8113.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 24 To April 30, 2019

on May 1, 2019 - 12:15pm

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.

NATHAN JACOB MARQUEZ

April 25 at 3:27 p.m. / Police arrested Nathan Jacob Marquez, 38, of Los Alamos at 2025 East Jemez Dr.

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White Tours WIPP, LANL Projects, Meets With Workers

on May 1, 2019 - 10:56am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joins waste management staff from Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to mark the second shipment of transuranic waste from LANL’s Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant this year. Courtesy photo
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White meets with early career professionals during a visit to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the cleanup program's New Mexico sites last week.
 
Following is her report on the trip:
 
I had a

Haaland: State Land Commissioner’s Action Reinforces Efforts To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 1, 2019 - 10:23am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement Tuesday after New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an executive order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
 
"Land Commissioner Garcia Richard's move to protect heritage sites at Chaco is a great step that reinforces our efforts to protect Chaco on the federal level.

NMDOT Supports Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 1, 2019 - 9:49am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division, would like to remind everyone, motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other driver.

The National “Share the Road”, and “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” campaigns, focus on promoting motorcyclist awareness and safety for both riders and drivers.

“Motorcyclists are at great risk on our roadways. It’s vitally important to educate New Mexico about motorcycle safety,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

N3B Completes First Year Of Legacy Waste Cleanup At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 1, 2019 - 9:09am

N3B News:

This week, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) celebrates its first anniversary as a new company cleaning up legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

“We are very excited for the cleanup progress we’ve made the past year and to be a part of the Northern New Mexico community,” N3B President Glenn Morgan said. “We established a new company from scratch, completed several projects, resumed waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and laid the foundation for our goal of cleaning up the environment and protecting our future.”

Last year, the Department of

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