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Hunting And Fishing Groups File Final Comments Opposing Clean Water Rollback

on April 20, 2019 - 8:24am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of national, regional, and local hunting and fishing groups have submitted final comments on the EPA’s proposed rollback of Clean Water Act protections for 50 percent of wetlands and 18 percent of stream miles in the U.S.
 
Their comments underscore the potential economic consequences for rural communities and outdoor recreation businesses and the species that stand to lose habitat if clean water standards are weakened.
 
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has also mobilized more than 3,500 individual sportsmen and women to submit

NMMNHS Participates In Drug Take-Back Day April 27

on April 20, 2019 - 8:21am
A line forms at a previous Drug Take-Back Day, and this year in conjunction with its exhibit, 'Drugs: Costs and Consequences', the museum is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27 at the museum. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 27 at the Museum.
 
Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs.

IRS: New Mexico Robocall Tax Scams Peaking

on April 20, 2019 - 7:49am
 
IRS News:
 
A new study shows that New Mexico consumers rank 32nd for most at-risk states for robocall tax scams from now through April 28.
 
AllAreaCodes.com released the States Most At Risk For Tax Season Scams Friday after analyzing 15 million consumer complaints released by the FTC over the last three years (2016-18).
 
New Mexico ranked No. 32 with 1,601 FTC complaints per 100,000 people.
 
The analysis revealed phone scams will peak the week of April 15-21.

The IRS has stated repeatedly that they will never call to demand immediate payment, will not ask for credit or debit

LANL: Waste Shipment Successfully Completed At WIPP

on April 19, 2019 - 12:14pm
Transuranic waste barrels are loaded for transport to WIPP, the first TRU waste loading operations in five years at the Laboratory's RANT facility. Courtesy/LANL
 
Transuranic Package Transporter Model 2 (TRUPACT-II) containers are readied for transport to WIPP from the Laboratory's RANT facility April 10. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The first shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from the newly reopened Radioactive Assay Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been successfully delivered to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.
 

DOE: Full Closure Of East Jemez Starts April 26

on April 19, 2019 - 11:12am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will begin Friday, April 26, and continue through the weekend. Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the NM502/Main Hill Road instead.
 
The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace the main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, between Omega Bridge and the LANL entrance.
 
As shown in Figure 1, one lane of traffic will be available each way on the westbound side of

Wildfire Day & Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

on April 19, 2019 - 10:40am
Sparky the Fie Dog greets visitors during Wildfire Day 2018. Courtesy photo

From left, Smokey Bear, Elroy the Elk, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Easter bunny are expected to be on hand at the annual Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt and Wildfire Day 2019 Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Central Avenue between Oppenheimer and 20th Street will be closed 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20 in support of the combined efforts of the Fire Department, Los Alamos Elks Lodge and many more to present the community with a safe and fun event – the annual Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt

The Cone Zone: Week Of April 22

on April 19, 2019 - 9:48am

COUNTY News:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Pothole Patching on Diamond Drive at Trinity/Canyon/Diamond intersections

Weather permitting, Traffic and Streets Division crews will continue to patch potholes Thursday on Diamond Drive. Work will focus on the Diamond southbound lane at the intersection with Trinity and requires a short detour to accomplish the work. From 10-11 a.m. Thursday, the left turn lane (east bound turn lane) on Diamond Drive that permits southbound vehicles to turn left onto Trinity will be closed for pothole repairs.

LANL: Data Mining Digs Up Hidden Clues To Major California Earthquake Triggers

on April 18, 2019 - 3:58pm

A historic image of quake damage in Long Beach, Calif., 1933. COurtesy/W.L. Huber, USGS. Public domain

 

LANL News:

 

A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust.

 

A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the region. 

 

“It’s very difficult to unpack what triggers larger

Crime Victims’ Rights Week Provides Empowerment

on April 18, 2019 - 9:39am
Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie discusses Crime Victim's Rights Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The mission of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13, was to give empowerment. So those suffering from abuses reach for assistance and others provide help to individuals who need it.

Crime Victim’s Rights Week is a national program but locally it was recognized through a proclamation presented by the Los Alamos County Council as well as informational cards posted on Atomic City Transit buses and 14 New

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 13 To April 16, 2019

on April 17, 2019 - 11:09am

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.

TAYLOR ROSE ORTEGA

April 13 at 3:39 p.m. / Police arrested Taylor Rose Ortega, 18, of Los Alamos near Rose Street and Central Avenue and charged her with careless driving, failure to maintain traffic lane, operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

BRIDGID MARTINEZ

April 16 at 12:45 p.m.

County Council Tentatively Approves LAPD Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 8:14am

Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris present their department budget Tuesday night during the annual hearing before the County Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Los Alamos Police Department approximately $8.8 million budget Tuesday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, council tentatively approved the following budget add-on options:

  • $35,224 for overtime pay
  • $33,000 for lifecycle purchases
  • $231,300 for a expanded consolidated dispatch center

Deputy Chief

New And Returning Student Registration May 6

on April 17, 2019 - 7:58am
Ofc. Chris Ross sees to it that Aspen Students safely cross the street to school. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools will begin registration Monday, May 6 for returning students for the 2019-20 school year.
 
On that day, LAPS will send out an email to one parent or guardian per family with instructions for registering their student(s) online.
 
Once they receive this email, parents may log in to the student registration site to complete the online form for each child attending an LAPS school.
 
How to know if your child is a new or returning student:
  • Any

Council Tentatively Okays Sheriff Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:42pm

Sheriff Joe Granville presents his budget Monday night as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Sheriff Department $15,510 budget Monday night during the budget hearing.

Sheriff Joe Granville highlighted some of his department’s budget items:

  • The Sheriff’s Office primary function is to maintain the sex offender registry in Los Alamos County and to ensure all sex

DOE Releases Sources Sought For Environmental Management Idaho Cleanup Project

on April 16, 2019 - 4:38pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wednesday issued a Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensing and Other Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Program Mission Objectives, and Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Requirements at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives are currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and Spectra Tech Inc.; and expire March 31, 2021 and May 31, 2021,

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces Harboring Fugitive Charge

on April 16, 2019 - 4:29pm
FBI News:
 
Ernie Thomas Ortiz, 45, of Albuquerque, has been charged in a federal complaint with Harboring a Fugitive for allegedly being the driver of a vehicle in which Jeyden Bailey Barnhill was found last weekend.
 
Ortiz also faces federal charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Ortiz and Barnhill, 24, were apprehended by the FBI with the assistance of the Albuquerque Police Department on Saturday during a traffic stop.
 
Barnhill, who was wanted on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release, allegedly tried to flee

Council Tentatively Approves LAFD Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:28pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, center, presents his department budget along with Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez and Management Analyst Xavier Anderson. County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening at left, during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $32.7 million budget for the Los Alamos Fire Department during the Monday night budget hearing.  

The tentative budget approval includes an add-on

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Tuesday

on April 16, 2019 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions today, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed tomorrow.
 
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Crews will begin hand ignitions around 10 a.m., followed by aerial ignitions between noon and 1 p.m. and operations should be completed within a day.
 

FBI, Albuquerque PD Capture Jeyden Bailey Barnhill

on April 15, 2019 - 4:45pm

Jeyden Bailey Barnhill

FBI News:

Jeyden Bailey Barnhill, who was wanted on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release, was apprehended Saturday, April 13 by the FBI with the assistance of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Barnhill, 24, was arrested during a traffic stop in Albuquerque.

Barnhill, of Albuquerque, was among several people arrested March 29, 2019 during a multi-agency law enforcement operation in southeast Albuquerque.

She was charged on a federal complaint with Hobbs Act Armed Robbery, Possession of Stolen Firearms, Possession of a Controlled Substance,

Community Bids Farewell To Cpl. David Boe

on April 15, 2019 - 2:51pm

Cpl. David Boe during an interview Thursday at the Los Alamos Daily Post spoke about his local police service and how much he will miss the community and he prepares to move to Cailfornia. Photo by Carol A. Clark

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot…’ –Cpl. David Boe

Cpl. David Boe wraps up his nearly eight-year service today with the Los Alamos Police Department.

“It’s been the best job I’ve ever had … by a long shot,” Cpl. David Boe told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “This is a bittersweet day.

Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on April 15, 2019 - 8:21am
LANL News:
 
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor.
 
The EA also analyzes the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.
 
The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
 
LANL News:
 
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
 
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

RTD Adds Bus To 150 Chimayo Route On Good Friday

on April 14, 2019 - 7:01am
RTD News:
 
In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage on Good Friday, April 19t o El Santuario de Chimayo.
 
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 9 a.m.) departing from the Española Transit Center on Paseo de Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.
 
The route then traverses N.M.

DA Serna Announces Two Vehicular Homicide Defendants Sentenced To 12 Years And 8 Years In Prison

on April 13, 2019 - 8:34pm
Yvonne Martinez sentenced to 12 years in prison.
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced April 10 the sentences for two Vehicular Homicide defendants.
 
Yvonne Martinez pleaded guilty to Homicide by Vehicle (DUI) for a July 1, 2016 incidentand was sentenced to 12 years in prison and the court found that it was a Serious Violent Offense based on prior history and level of intoxication (.20).
 
Kasey Weaver sentenced to 8 years in prison.
 
Kasey Weaver was convicted by jury trial of Vehicular Homicide (DUI) for an incident that occurred on

Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases In 2018

on April 13, 2019 - 11:11am
 
Human Trafficking Institute News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released Wednesday, April 10, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
 
The Report, a project of the Human Trafficking Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. In 2018, there were a total of 771 human trafficking cases in U.S. federal courts with a total of 1,217 criminal defendants and 390 civil defendants in those cases.
 
Last year marked the

New Mexico Department Of Health Announces Recommended Overdose Prevention Measures

on April 13, 2019 - 11:06am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces 11  recommendations to continue the state’s progress addressing drug overdose rates.

The recommendations come from the New Mexico Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council, made up of state agencies such as NMDOH, regulatory bodies, and multiple medical professional associations.

The council is charged with reviewing the status of overdose prevention and pain management standards and education efforts for both consumers and professionals in New Mexico.

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