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FBI: Operation Independence Day

on August 12, 2019 - 6:59pm
Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A month long FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims has resulted in dozens of arrests across the country and the identification and recovery of more than 100 juveniles.
 
The initiative during the month of July, dubbed Operation Independence Day, relied on more than 400 law enforcement agencies working on FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the Bureau’s 56 field offices.
 
The sweep included undercover operations and has led to the opening of five dozen federal criminal

FBI Searching For Man Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release In Albuquerque Aug. 5

on August 12, 2019 - 6:54pm

Alleged absconder Jan Jay Moolenijzer

FBI News:

A man charged federally with aggravated sexual abuse is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.
 
Jan Jay Moolenijzer's last known location was Tucson, Ariz. The FBI arrested Moolenijzer Sept. 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, after a federal criminal complaint was filed. He was indicted March 27, 2019 on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
 
Moolenijzer, 68, was placed Sept. 18, 2018 on strict pre-trial conditions of release. He allegedly left an Albuquerque halfway house Aug. 5, 2019 without permission.
 

Udall, Khanna: Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Native American Veterans

on August 12, 2019 - 8:14am
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. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.
 
This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire culturally competent care, while at the same time helping relieve the

Bear Strolls Through Neighborhood On North Mesa

on August 10, 2019 - 9:03pm

A bear takes a stroll through a wooded neighborhood this evening on North Mesa.  Photo by Linda Hull

SFNF Update: Conejos Fire Grows To 500 Acres

on August 10, 2019 - 8:25am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE Favorable conditions Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations.
 
Through the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa
 
Size: 500

Governor’s Key Advisor Gabello Issues Statement On Call For Special Session Following El Paso Violence

on August 10, 2019 - 8:06am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s senior advisor for policy and strategy issued the following statement Thursday regarding recent speculation about a special session:
 
“There is great apprehension and fear across New Mexico and farther afield in the wake of last weekend’s horrific, hate-fueled mass violence in El Paso,” Dominic Gabello said. “This state and country are facing real threats from within; proactive measures must be taken.

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

on August 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.

Start date: August 6, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8

Size:  5

Sidewalk Work: Yucca At Arkansas Begins Tuesday

on August 9, 2019 - 9:56am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Public Works crews will be replacing sidewalks and handicap ramps at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Yucca Street beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. 

Crews also will be replacing a section of sidewalk at the entrance to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road.

This entire project is anticipated to be complete by Aug. 21.

Vehicles and pedestrians are advised to follow all traffic control devices and slowdown in the work zone.

Direct questions to Public Works Traffic & Streets Division at 505.662.8113.

State Police Investigate Threats Against Santa Fe PD

on August 9, 2019 - 9:14am
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE At around 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, the New Mexico State Police received a call from the Santa Fe Police Department about threats being made via telephone by two male individuals toward the Santa Fe Police Department. 
 
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III, 50, and his nephew, Isaiah Noah Vigil, 16, both of Santa Fe, threatened to attack the Santa Fe Police Department headquarters at 2515 Camino Entrada with firearms and explosive devices. 
 
The two males cited the reason for the attack was because of their dissatisfaction in a case that

AG & DA Task Force Secure Indictment Of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director For Fraud, Tax Evasion, Embezzlement & Racketeering

on August 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships.
 
The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.
 
“New Mexican women who seek leadership opportunities should not see those opportunities taken by

Forest Road 376 Closed At MM 5.3 For Public Safety

on August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has closed Forest Road (FR) 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, approximately 4 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and 3 miles south of Porters Landing.
 
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue. SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.
 
The work to replace the

McQuiston: Protecting Your Identity After A Data Breach

on August 9, 2019 - 7:58am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Capital One announced recently that a hacker had accessed the personal information of 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million in Canada that had applied for credit with the Virginia-based bank.

The affected information includes credit scores, linked bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and additional information that was provided at the time of credit application.

With the full scope of this breach still unfolding, here are some immediate steps you can take to protect your identity:

  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your

Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Seasons

on August 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
 
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

on August 8, 2019 - 10:56am
Destinee Alexis Atencio
 
By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female,

New Mexico State Police Participate In Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community Aug. 10

on August 8, 2019 - 10:48am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police will participate in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event Saturday, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Staff will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents unable to attend who have concerns are encouraged to call in.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson is and will continue to provide a professional, high-quality service to the constituents in New Mexico. Chief Johnson holds his officers to the highest standards.

Council Declares August Bear Month In Los Alamos

on August 8, 2019 - 10:01am

Wearing a special hat to mark the occassion, Councilor James Robinson presents Kathleen Ramsey, founder of the Wildlife Center in Espanola, with a proclamation Tuesday night, declaring August as Bear Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring August as Bear Month during the Tuesday night regular meeting in council chambers.

Councilor James Robinson read the proclamation, which states:

 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and healthy wildlife populations have a positive impact on the

EM Cleanup Forum In Española Tonight

on August 8, 2019 - 9:29am

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details Of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe Of CBP Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists And Lawyers

on August 8, 2019 - 9:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: 

In May, senators demanded answers from DHS about CBP compiling lists and monitoring journalists, lawyers and other individuals providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists,

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies Conducts Analysis On Missing Man Aerials In Organ Mountains

on August 8, 2019 - 8:24am
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established to bring state-of-the-art technologies to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Courtesy/ Silent Falcon UAS Technologies
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The manufacturer of two New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) fixed-wing drones, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, will critically analyze aerial video and electro-optical images for any trace of Steven Carey, the California man missing in the Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces.
 
DHSEM’s drones are still in production and were not in the weekend search.

Close Encounter With Bear On Orange Street

on August 8, 2019 - 7:18am

Early morning encounter with a bear Tuesday on Orange Street. Photo by Delaney Ulrich 

Bear spotted sniffing around a recycle cart Tuesday on Orange Street. Photo by Delaney Ulrich 

Off he goes in search of greener pastures. Photo by Delaney Ulrich

Rover Park Play Lot Closed For Wasp Removal

on August 7, 2019 - 3:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has advised that the Rover Park Play Lot on Rover Boulevard in White Rock is closed until Friday.

The County Parks Division is removing wasps from the play lot, and for safety reasons, does not want children in the area during the removal operation.

LAHS Lockout Lifted; Class Registration Resumes

on August 7, 2019 - 2:27pm
Registration resumes today following a 30-minute lockout due to a suspicious package spotted across the street on Diamond Drive. Photo by John McHale.ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police have cleared the area and the Los Alamos High School Lockout has been lifted following the sighting late this morning of a suspicious package across the street on Diamond Drive.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Cpl.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Closed Due To Impassable Road From Thunderstorms Tuesday

on August 7, 2019 - 2:16pm

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed due to impassable road. Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Due to thunderstorms Tuesday, the road to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is impassable.

The Monument is closed starting and updates will be posted to www.blm.gov/visit/kktr.

For more information, contact the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office at 505.761.8700.

About BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

GSD Contracting For Security Planning Measures To Be Identified For State Office Buildings In Santa Fe

on August 7, 2019 - 1:33pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz announced his department will soon enter into a contract with a private firm to develop a security master plan for executive office buildings in Santa Fe.

“State employees deserve to feel safe and secure at their workplace,” Ortiz said.
 
GSD’s Facilities Management Division, which is responsible for operation and maintenance of executive office buildings in Santa Fe, will select from three firms that were awarded statewide price agreements for security master planning.

Santa Fe County Names New Fire Chief

on August 7, 2019 - 12:27pm

Erik Litzenberg

Santa Fe County News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller announced the hiring of Erik Litzenberg as the new County Fire Chief. Litzenberg, current City of Santa Fe Manager, brings more than 23 years of public service to the County.

“Erik’s passion for and proven leadership in the field of firefighting and emergency medical services is a welcome asset to the County,” Miller said. “We feel lucky to have him join our team in this capacity.”

Litzenberg recently announced he was stepping down as City Manager of the City of Santa Fe.

“Firefighting and emergency

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