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SFNF: Final Update For 1,011 Acre Cueva Fire Unless Significant Activity Occurs

on August 17, 2019 - 7:53pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Following Thursday’s successful firing operations, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has concluded all ignitions on the Cueva Fire.

No future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area. For the next several days crews will continue to monitor fire activity within the containment lines and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) managed the lightning-caused Cueva Fire by adding low-intensity fire to reduce fuel loadings and create a more fire-resilient

NMSP: Man Arrested After Ramming State Police Office Gate; Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse Doors

on August 17, 2019 - 6:41pm

Gilberto Durades-Lahera

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police arrested a male subject today who rammed his vehicle through a gate at the New Mexico State Police Office in Albuquerque.

At around 12:06 p.m., Gilberto Durades-Lahera arrived at the New Mexico State Police Office on Carlisle Boulevard. After a few minutes, Durades-Lahera left the front parking lot at the New Mexico State Police Office in a gold Nissan, sports utility vehicle. Durades-Lahera then drove through a gate into a secure parking lot at the New Mexico State Police Office.

New Mexico State Police officers

APA: Majority Of Adults Stressed By Mass Shootings

on August 17, 2019 - 7:54am
APA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events, according to a new survey on stress and mass shootings by the American Psychological Association. 
“It’s clear that mass shootings are taking a toll on our mental health, and we should be particularly concerned that they are affecting the way many of us are living our daily lives,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer.

Cueva Fire Completes Firing Operations, Objectives

on August 17, 2019 - 7:48am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said Friday objectives for the Cueva Fire have been successfully met with Thursday’s firing operations. Ignitions have ceased, and no future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area.
Crews will continue to check containment lines, assess archaeological sites within the planning area and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area. 
Taking advantage of favorable conditions to improve conditions on the ground, the SFNF managed the

Marco Grajeda Named NM Border Authority Director

on August 16, 2019 - 4:07pm
Marco Grajeda
EDD News:
SANTA FE – Marco Grajeda, a public servant with professional and family ties along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, has been appointed to head the New Mexico Border Authority, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Friday.
Grajeda was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and has lived in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Grajeda, a New Mexico State University graduate, grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and often travels between the United States and Mexico to visit family and friends and to work.
The New Mexico

N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) Road Closure: Monday Aug. 19

on August 16, 2019 - 3:42pm



  • Los Alamos Roadway Reconstruction Project

Santa Fe – New Mexico Department of Transportation District Five and Star Paving Company continue roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos.

Starting Monday Aug. 19 - N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) will be CLOSED between DP Road and Central Avenue.

The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for the next two weeks. The closure is necessary to facilitate the crossing of the following utilities:

  • 8” water line;
  • 10” sewer line;
  • 4” gas line;
  • 12” water line; and
  • electrical and

Crews Continue Work On Diamond Drive Project

on August 16, 2019 - 2:51pm

Crews continue work on the Diamond Drive project including pouring concrete Thursday near the intersection at Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS Safety Team Leaders Attend PREPaRE Training

on August 16, 2019 - 2:04pm

LAPS News:

As part of back to school professional development – principals, counselors, nurses and other site safety team leaders attended a day-long training called PREPaRE from the National Association of School Psychologists.

It is a prevention and intervention model designed specifically for the unique school environment.

PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive training curriculums developed by school-based professionals with firsthand experience.

Specifically, the PREPaRE model emphasizes that, as members of a school safety and crisis team, LAPS administrators and mental health

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 19, 2019

on August 16, 2019 - 12:39pm


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

Diamond Drive Paving

Star Paving is wrapping up manhole adjustments and will be pulling the steel plates on Diamond Drive between the Omega Bridge and the Sandia/Orange Intersection by early next week, completing this road work in front of the high school.

Milling and paving operations from the Sandia/Orange intersection northbound continue during daytime hours Monday through Friday and may include Saturdays.

Rotarians Bag Sand For ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

on August 16, 2019 - 12:27pm

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members Jim O'Donnell, Steve Ciddio, President Phil Dabney, Keith Lewis, LeAnne Parsons, Doug Mowrer, Tony Chan, Skip King and Linda and Bob Hull gather early Wednesday evening in the Mary Deal Building parking lot to bag sand to use as weights to secure the large tent for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! event this Saturday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by LeAnne Parsons

Rotarians bagging sand early Wednesday evening in the Mary Deal Building parking lot. Photo by LeAnne Parsons 

Rotarian Skip King rushes to the scene with refreshments for the tired sand baggers.

Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now

on August 16, 2019 - 7:56am
Los Alamos

Running Windows 10 on your home PC? Make sure that you apply this month’s “Patch Tuesday” update release ASAP.

Why are users of Win 10 being urged to upgrade now? The updates include patches for four severe, “wormable” security exploits (CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-122) that can let attackers spread malware with zero user interaction. These flaws are similar to the critical BlueKeep and WannaCry vulnerabilities that forced Microsoft to release rare, out of support patches for older versions of Windows.

These vulnerabilities are

Downtown Los Alamos Starbucks Building Undergoing Improvements Beginning This Weekend

on August 15, 2019 - 10:15am
Starbucks and the surrounding building on Central Avenue will undergo much needed improvements over the next couple of weeks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los ALamos Daily Post

Starbucks and the surrounding building on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos will undergo much needed improvements over the next couple of weeks.

Owners Joe and Marty Arellano stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday to talk about their plans. They purchased the building last fall that houses Starbucks, Blue Window Bistro, Ruby K's and the Hilltop Spa.

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 294 Acres

on August 15, 2019 - 9:43am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers resumed firing operations Wednesday within the planning area of the Cueva Fire.
An expected decrease in monsoonal thunderstorms over the next week will bring warmer, drier weather. Anticipating these more favorable conditions, fire managers will continue to assess the terrain and values at risk within the planning area.
Start date: Aug. 6, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8, north of Gallina
Size: 294 acres
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine

Daily Postcard: Large Bruin Samples Cart Contents

on August 15, 2019 - 6:25am

Daily Postcard: Large bruin samples trash cart contents around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Western Area. Animal Control and Los Alamos Police responded to the area, but the results of their interaction with the bear are as yet unknown. According to, ‘Bruin was the name of the bear character in the tales of Reynard the Fox, which were popular in the Middle Ages.’ Photo by Brint Perera

Midafternoon snack. Photo by Brint Perera

Robinson Talks About Bears At Rotary Meeting

on August 14, 2019 - 4:12pm
County Councilor James Robinson, co-founder of Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, talks bears at the Tuesday Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Linda Hull
Rotary Club of Los Alamos
This is the perfect time to celebrate our bears! Los Alamos County has declared August 2019 as Bear Month, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of Smokey Bear, the New Mexico cub whose rescue from a wildfire in the Capitan Mountains started a dedicated movement to protect our forests.
With that in mind the Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently invited County Councilor James Robinson,

McQuiston: School Is Back In Session So Drive Safely

on August 14, 2019 - 3:58pm

The Jemez Agency

It’s back to school time and for many children, school is already in session.

This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians, and school buses. Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely. Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

Be extra vigilant in school zones and

2019 LANL Hazmat Challenge: Toughest Scenarios Yet

on August 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Scene from a previous LANL Hazmat Challenge in which members of the Midwest City, Okla., Fire Department use sandbags to stop simulated radioactive liquid waste from a spill from flowing downstream. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee will test their skills in a series of graded exercises Aug. 19-23 at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazmat Challenge.

“The Challenge provides a unique training venue for hazmat responders where they are able to test and develop their technical response capabilities in a difficult

SFNF: Conejos Fire Met Objectives, Smoke Continues

on August 14, 2019 - 12:53pm
Firing operations on the Conejos Fire added low-intensity fire to the ground to consume needle litter and woody debris, leaving the ponderosa pine forest more resilient to wildfire, climate change, and insects and disease. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
SFNF News:
SANTA FE While the Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is still putting up some smoke, primarily from a 10-acre interior pocket of mixed conifer where it continues to smolder and creep, fire managers say they are pleased with the outcome on 800 acres that had not seen beneficial

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
“I was proud to

Violence Against Journalists Escalates In Hong Kong

on August 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Dale de la Rey/AFP
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Hong Kong authorities to protect journalists covering protests against violence by the police and the mobs.
As four more journalists were assaulted in the North Point area Sunday Aug. 11, RSF calls on the Hong Kong authorities to put an end to the violence against the press.
In the past two months, journalists covering the anti-extradition bill protests were increasingly the victim of intimidation and physical abuse by the police as well as pro-Beijing mobs.
“Violence against journalists has now become

LAFD Co-Sponsors Third Annual Resuscitation Academy

on August 14, 2019 - 12:15pm
LAFD News:
The Los Alamos Fire Department along with New Mexico Resuscitation Academy (RA) has announced that they are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.
These full day RAs are Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
The Academy is a one-day academy, and people need only to register for Friday or Saturday. This course is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and working lunch.

School Starts Thursday ... Motorists Urged To Be Extra Cautious In School Zones And Crosswalks

on August 13, 2019 - 8:43pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is starting its 2019-2020 school year Thursday, Aug. 15.

This means school buses and numerous juvenile pedestrians and bicyclists will be out on sidewalks and roadways before and after school.

Please be extra cautious in school zones and around crosswalks. Remember to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and speed regulations when school zone signs are flashing: Do not pass school buses with flashing lights and stop arms extended out.

The Los Alamos Police Department will be out in full force monitoring school bus routes and school zones to ensure

Blue-Green Algae Closes Access To Abiquiu Lake

on August 13, 2019 - 7:54pm
Example of blue-green algae bloom. Courtesy/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
ABIQUIU LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the boat ramp and the swim beach, are closed after tests showed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir.
The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals.
Closure signs are posted at the lake’s public access points.
The lake is still open for camping but public lake

LAPD: Temporary Protocol For Victim Assistant Needs

on August 13, 2019 - 2:57pm

LAPD News:

The Victim Assistant position at the Los Alamos Police Department is vacant.

While the position is being advertised and filled, anyone needing assistance can leave a message at 505.663.3511 that will be fielded and routed as necessary.

Anyone needing non-emergency officer assistance can contact the non-emergency Dispatch line at 505.662.8222. As always, in an emergency, call 911.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News: 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.