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Udall Leads Hearing On Five Bills, Questions Administration’s Commitment To Improving Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 22, 2019 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven to convene a legislative hearing Wednesday on five public safety bills, including two Udall-led bills – S. 290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA), and S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
“Today, we have an opportunity to take action and make good on our promises to improve public safety in Indian Country.

Air Force Research Lab Unveils New HPM System

on June 21, 2019 - 6:54am
An image of a 3-D solid model of the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system. The system is used for modeling and simulation before integrating and testing. Courtesy/Verus Research and BAE Systems
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory has a new high power microwave system that will be a major asset to the warfighter.
 
The Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is a directed energy weapon that disables the electronics in flying drones. The technology is housed in a shipping container-sized unit.
 

Commissioner Garcia Richard: Holtec International Misrepresentations Raise Serious Safety Concerns For Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility In New Mexico

on June 21, 2019 - 6:21am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard sent the attached letter Wednesday to Holtec International President and CEO Krishna Singh.
 
The letter outlines a number of concerns regarding Holtec’s proposal for a nuclear storage facility in Lea County - specifically safety concerns that have not been addressed and misrepresentations made by the company in its filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The surface and mineral estate are split in ownership at the proposed location, with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, LLC owning the surface land

Community AED Dedication At Summer Concert Friday

on June 20, 2019 - 9:56pm

LAFD provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the community and LANL. The department has six ambulances that respond to 911 medical calls. All firefighters in the department are required to have an EMS license. EMS response is available 24 hours a day, every day. Courtesy/LAFD 

LAFD News:

Please The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Summer Concert Series, as it recognizes the Station 6 B-shift crew, including Capt.

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

LAPD Warns Public Of Phone Scam

on June 20, 2019 - 5:12pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is warning the public of a recent scam.

Citizens are receiving calls from a person or persons claiming to be with the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Department. The callers are advising citizens that they need to pay sums of money for missing jury duty.

A link is provided to citizens that looks like an authentic website for the sheriff and it contains a PO Box for the citizens to mail their money orders to.

Anyone contacted by individuals requesting they pay fines for any offense are urged to contact the Los Alamos Police Department immediately

Ad-Hoc Committee Recommends Moving Animal Shelter Operations Under Community Services Department

on June 20, 2019 - 9:18am
The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 226 East Road. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council will discuss at its June 25 meeting the possible transfer of the animal shelter operations to the Community Services Department.

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Chair Wendee Brunish

The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee will present the recommendation.

Lujan Grisham Announces Final Cabinet Selection

on June 20, 2019 - 9:00am
NMCD Cabinet Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the final member of her Cabinet in a news conference at the Capitol.
 
Alisha Tafoya Lucero is the cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
 
“Secretary Tafoya Lucero has the experience, skills, vision and leadership this agency needs,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m thrilled to have a New Mexican and a career public servant who has diligently worked her way up the ladder take this top leadership position.

FBI Alert: Cyber Actors Exploit ‘Secure’ Websites In Phishing Campaigns

on June 20, 2019 - 8:32am
FBI News:
 
Websites with addresses that start with “https” are supposed to provide privacy and security to visitors.
 
After all, the “s” stands for “secure” in HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. In fact, cyber security training has focused on encouraging people to look for the lock icon that appears in the web browser address bar on these secure sites.
 
The presence of “https” and the lock icon are supposed to indicate the web traffic is encrypted and that visitors can share data safely.

Ponderosa Estates Manhole Project Runs July 1-31

on June 20, 2019 - 7:57am
Why are manhole covers round? A manhole cover is round because it won’t fall through the opening on which it sits, it can simply be rolled to reach a destination much faster, while applying relatively little effort. Courtesywww.scienceabc.com
 

COUNTY News:

 
Beginning Monday, July 1, crews will be adjusting manholes in the Ponderosa Estates area.
 
This work will begin on Aspen Drive at Range Road and continue along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive before finishing back at Aspen Drive.
 
Since there a dozens of manhole adjustments in this sub-division, construction is

Human Trafficking In The United States: How Does New Mexico Measure Up?

on June 20, 2019 - 7:02am
HTI News:
 
New Mexico ranked 28th in the United States in 2018 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts with seven cases.
 
All cases involved sex trafficking. No cases involved labor trafficking.
 
These findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report. The Report is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year.
 
Human trafficking is an economically-motivated

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Files Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act As Amendment To Defense Bill

on June 19, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, filed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA) as an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors of the amendment.
 
The amendment is the text of S.

FBI: Five Syndicato New Mexico Prison Gang Members Sentenced To Life For Murders In Aid Of Racketeering

on June 19, 2019 - 6:34am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Five members of the Syndicato New Mexico prison gang were sentenced to life in prison this week in federal court in Las Cruces after juries convicted them in 2018 of committing murder in aid of racketeering.
 
These defendants were previously charged along with 17 others for murder and other offenses in a superseding indictment. Several of those charged went to trial while others pleaded guilty. March 12, 2018, a jury found Anthony Ray Baca, 55, of Albuquerque and Carlos Herrera, XX, of XXX.

DOI’s Law Enforcement K-9 Unit Apprehends Traffickers And $559,000 In Heroin In New Mexico

on June 19, 2019 - 5:49am
Ofc. Nicholas Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 9.4 pounds of heroin June 5 on the Pueblo of Laguna. Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
LAGUNA PUEBLO — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) Ofc. Nicholas “Nick” Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 4.3 Kilos (9.4 pounds) of heroin, which has an estimated street value of approximately $559,000, on the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico last week.
 
“I commend BIA-OJS Ofc.

Sixteen New Mexico Airports Receiving Makeovers

on June 19, 2019 - 5:41am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Aviation Division would like to recognize the state communities that will receive more than $7 million in grant installments from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revamp 16 airport runways throughout the state.
 
The three largest airport improvement projects will take place in Santa Teresa, Farmington and Hobbs. Ninety percent of these projects will be federally funded, the remainder will come from State and local government dollars.
 
The FAA is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in

Catch Of The Week: What To Do…If You’re Caught In A Data Breach

on June 18, 2019 - 7:57pm
Caricature by artist Paul Ziomek. https://paulzcreative.com
 
By REBECCA RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse.
 
Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into

SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn In Jemez This Week

on June 18, 2019 - 7:56pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week if conditions remain favorable.
 
Ignitions could begin as early as Wedensday, June 19, and are expected to conclude by Friday, June 21.
 
The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs, 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.

LAPD Aces First Annual Accreditation Review

on June 18, 2019 - 5:36pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone announced today that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has successfully completed the first annual review of the advanced law enforcement accreditation program.

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) completed the week long review at the end of May.

LAPD began working toward its accreditation in 2015 and was accredited in 2018. The Los Alamos Police Department is one of three law enforcement agencies nationally accredited within New Mexico.

LAPD Seeks Help Identifying Female Shoplifter

on June 18, 2019 - 9:20am

Anyone who recognizes this woman is urged to call Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew C. Lyon at 505.663.1795 or crime stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information leading to the identification of a female shoplifter who recently stole several items from a local store in White Rock.

Anyone who recognizes this woman, or her tattoos is urged to contact Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew C. Lyon at 505.663.1795 or crime stoppers at 505.662.8282.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone who recognizes the woman sporting this tattoo is urged to

Deadline For Public Comment On STIP July 19

on June 18, 2019 - 8:00am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation strives to engage the public and invites them to comment on the state’s adoption of the FY2020-FY2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 
The program will serve as the six year plan for the state’s proposed road, bridge and multimodal projects.
 
NMDOT has posted the 2020-2025 STIP plan online, to receive feedback on the federal and state highway projects, and other regional-specific projects taking place on local routes. The public is invited to share their comments online until July 19, 2019.
 
The

LAFD Tests Fire Hydrants In Tsikumu Village

on June 17, 2019 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are out today testing fire hydrants in Tsikumu Village. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

News Alert: Water Main Break On San Ildefonso Road

on June 17, 2019 - 8:04pm

News Alert:

A water main break has occurred on San Ildefonso Road on North Mesa and customers east of Camino Uva may experience little to no water pressure.

Department of Public Utilities crews estimate water will be restored by midnight.

Department officials offer the following consideration to customers once water is restored:
 
  • Water may at first appear murky due to entrained air. This problem will resolve itself in a day or so;
  • For a day or two there may be a small amount of sediment or rust in the water that has been stirred up from the bottom of the water main.

Udall Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Resolution Condemning All Forms Of Anti-Semitism

on June 17, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) released the following statement Thursday on Senate passage of a Udall-cosponsored, bipartisan resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.
 
The resolution recognizes and condemns the long history of anti-Semitism, and the fact that Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group in the United States.
 
The resolution also commits the U.S. Senate to take action to combat all forms of anti-Semitism in our nation.
 
“In recent years, we’ve borne

Report: New Mexico Ranks 50th In Child Well-Being

on June 17, 2019 - 8:47am

NM VOICES FOR CHILDREN News:
  • State Makes Some Improvement in Child Poverty, Among Other Indicators

ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico is once again ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being by the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This is the third time the state has ranked last in the nation. New Mexico fell to 50th in 2013, then again in 2018.

Louisiana ranked 49th this year, bumping Mississippi up to 48th. New Hampshire ranked first.

“It’s disappointing, but not terribly surprising to see New Mexico ranked at the bottom again, given the last

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Introducing Law On Policing, Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 16, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Thursday introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
This bipartisan bill addresses critical public safety needs in Indian Country by addressing federal inefficiencies that hurt

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