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Griggs: ‘End Plastic Soup’ Exhibit At 2019 Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany

on June 15, 2019 - 10:28am
One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
 
Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways: https://endplasticsoup.nl/?lang=en.
 
This group caught my eye

AGU: Climate Change May Shift Summer Thunderstorms

on June 15, 2019 - 10:18am
Thunderstorm seen from Belfort, France. Courtesy/Thomas Bresson, Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Climate change could affect the regularity of summer afternoon thunderstorms in some parts of the world, according to new research.
 
A new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters modeled weather patterns in western Germany, northern France and parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, under climate change.
 
Under a strong climate scenario, where greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, extreme summer thunderstorms in these areas might break out more often overnight and

Udall, Martin Resubmit Military Justice Improvement Act Targeting Growing Crisis Of Sexual Assault

on June 15, 2019 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the leading sponsor of the legislation.
 
According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) own data in this year’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) report, there

PEEC: Dickman Details Rattlesnake Encounter Tuesday

on June 15, 2019 - 9:28am
Join local author Kyle Dickman at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center to hear about his rattlesnake encounter. This presentation is open to the public and free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
In April of 2017, writer Kyle Dickman of Los Alamos went on a wildflower walk in Yosemite with his family, including his then 3-month-old son.
 
On that outing he was bitten by a rattlesnake. The next six hours were harrowing. After being extracted by helicopter from the canyon, he spent eight days in the hospital.
 
Join Dickman for a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS To Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

on June 15, 2019 - 9:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
 
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Cone Zone: Week Of June 17

on June 14, 2019 - 5:18pm

COUNTY News:

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

Road Striping - Los Alamos & White Rock:

Traffic and Streets Division crews continue striping local roadways to replace faded markings for traffic safety. Crews are working east on Trinity and east on Canyon/Central to East Road at the edge of Los Alamos. Once they have completed striping in Los Alamos, they will move to White Rock. Work will continue until main roadways are finished; all work is expected to wrap up mid-July. Work is weather dependent.

Scenes From LAPD’s Safety Town 2019

on June 14, 2019 - 8:28am

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its annual Safety Town program this week at Mountain Elementary School. Monday, participants learned about animal control, water and outdoor safety. Tuesday the students learned about fire safety and 911. Wednesday, the program was about bus and pedestrian safety. Thursday was police day with gun safety, bicycle safety training, a robot exhibit and a visit by the State Police K-9 unit with Whistler, a dog who helps recover evidence by smell. Bicycle safety and obeying the traffic laws was taught on the bike course supervised by Cpl. James Kearne, Cpl.

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act

on June 14, 2019 - 8:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Thursday introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.
 
“Across America, high schoolers are receiving their hard-earned diplomas – but we cannot stand by as

Malicious Mischief Encountered In White Rock

on June 14, 2019 - 8:09am
Map depicting location of a tripwire placed 6 inches off the ground between a fence and a juniper tree. Courtesy/Jim Cobble
 
By JIM COBBLE
White Rock

As per property convenants in the La Senda neighborhood (in White Rock), a 10-ft right of way exists between various lots, initially for equestrian use but commonly used now for pedestrian foot traffic.

While walking on the seldom-used passage between 121 and 123 La Senda, among high weeds, I got sucker punched Thursday evening. It was unmitigated malicious mischief.

Some one had strung a tripwire -- a metal wire -- 6 inches off the

Cmdr. Oliver Morris Chosen For FBI National Academy

on June 13, 2019 - 7:34am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris is interviewed at the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday about being chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris has been chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

With the critical issues facing the policing profession today, the FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders.

Allen McQuiston: How Crumple Zones Work

on June 13, 2019 - 7:24am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

This may be a hard concept to accept but, despite what your intuition tells you, you may want a car that crumples. In fact, statistics show that the risk of being killed in a personal motor vehicle on U.S. roads has decreased each year, with the exception of 2012, when fatality and injury rates increased slightly.

And much of that progress in car safety can be attributed to car design that has evolved from the invention of the crumple zone.

The Crumple Zone – How Physics Saves Lives
Early designs of car bodies were designed to be rigid without much regard

Final EA And Finding Of No Significant Impact For LANL Photovoltaic System Available Now To Public

on June 13, 2019 - 7:10am
LANL News:
 
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the potential impacts of construction and operation of a 10 megawatts ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array and associated power transmission line.
 
Based on the analysis presented in the final EA NNSA is issuing a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
 
NNSA requires a reliable, efficient, diversified, and sustainable electrical supply to support programs and

FBI: Man Charged With Assault By Strangulation

on June 13, 2019 - 6:10am

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE Dieter Douglas, 33, of Shiprock, appeared in Federal Ccourt June 4 on charges of assault by strangulation in Indian Country.

 

According to a criminal complaint, Douglas allegedly committed this offense in San Juan County May 14. Douglas became drunk, assaulted the victim, and threatened to kill her. He hit the victim in the head several times and bit her on the arm.

 

Douglas violently choked the victim three or four times causing her to lose consciousness. Douglas is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

 

Criminal complaints are merely accusations and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 To June 11, 2019

on June 12, 2019 - 10:12am

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.

Aug. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street.The estimated loss is unknown.

BRENDEN BROWN

June 7 at 4:13 a.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 29, of White Rock in Santa Fe on an outstanding arrest order.

 

 

ANTOINE DUANE GIDDINGS

June 7 at 10:13 p.m.

Update: LAPD Main Dispatch Phone Working Again

on June 12, 2019 - 9:29am

Update: The main dispatch phone number 505.662.8222 has remained stable and is back in use.

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reports that the main dispatch phone number 505.662.8222 is not working at the moment.

Citizens can use 505.662.8220 for non-emergency calls, he said.

The 911 lines have not been affected.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will report just as soon as notified that the main line is back up and working.

 

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets June 18

on June 12, 2019 - 9:07am
LANL Director Emeritus Dr. Terry Wallace Jr.
 
MOWW News:
 
The speaker at the Military Order of the World Wars June 18 dinner meeting is LANL Director Emeritus Dr. Terry Wallace Jr. His broad background in global security should provide a very interesting and informative presentation on the future of warfare.
 
Note change in location: the meeting will be held in the dining room of American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr., behind Pasta Paradiso. Use the west side door to enter the dining room.
 
The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business

Udall, Lowenthal Call On President To Mobilize Federal Government To Deal With Plastic Pollution Crisis

on June 12, 2019 - 8:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) have called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet.
 
Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, “Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually, and this number is expected to double by 2030.”
 
This

Police Shooting Involving SF County Sheriff’s Office

on June 12, 2019 - 7:52am
Melisco Gallegos
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting May 27 involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department (SFCSO)
 
SFCSO deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 32 Quail Run Dr., south of Santa Fe. As Deputy Frederick Trujillo arrived at the residence, he observed a male identified as Melisco Gallegos, 25, of Santa Fe yelling at deputies who were on scene prior to his arrival.
 
Deputy Trujillo attempted to make contact with Gallegos, who fled the residence in a station wagon.

New Mexico Acknowledged For Measures Improving Foster Care; CYFD Calls For Task Force Applicants

on June 11, 2019 - 10:58am
CYFD News:
 
SANTA FE The state of New Mexico is among just 13 states acknowledged by a national foster care organization for passing new legislation or executive orders to improve foster-parenting policies.
 
Lawmakers and the Children, Youth & Families Department were identified last week by CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents), a national campaign to improve foster care, as having passed HJM 10, Child Protective Services Task Force. The goal of this new task force is to improve recruitment and retention of foster resource families.
 
Groundwork for the task force is currently

Udall Calls For Prioritization Of Local News And Broadcasting, Raises Concerns Over Doctored Videos

on June 11, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content.
 
“Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories of local interest – not prepackaged stories that don’t reflect the community,” Udall said during the hearing.
 
“Now

Gov. Lujan Grisham Establishes Crime Advisory Group

on June 11, 2019 - 7:38am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday announced the establishment of the Crime Analysis and Policy Partnership, a volunteer group consisting of current and retired attorneys, former judges and other former law enforcement officials who will identify trends and gaps in the criminal justice system, crime and law enforcement in New Mexico.
 
This group will make policy recommendations to the governor, state and local officials within the criminal justice system.
 
Members of the partnership were selected for the diversity of their experience

Man Attempts To Pull Gun On State Police Officers

on June 11, 2019 - 7:13am
Evans Ratliff faces five criminal charges. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE At around 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, a New Mexico State Police officer assigned to the Albuquerque Metro Operation was in the area of Eubank and Central when he saw a male individual on a motor scooter driving erratically.
 
The officer initiated a traffic stop and pulled the male over identified by officers as Evans Ratliff, 28 of Albuquerque. Ratliff was found to be driving on a revoked driver’s license due to a DWI conviction.
 
During the traffic stop Ratliff took off on foot running away from the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 30 To June 3, 2019

on June 10, 2019 - 2:57pm

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.

ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 30 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Elias Jon Lovato, 48, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

KYLE VINCENT ZOCCO

June 1 at noon / Police arrested Kyle Vincent Zocco, 21, of Rochester, NY on Barranca Road and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of

New Mexico State Agencies Begin Stakeholder Process On Methane Regulatory Strategy July 29, July 30, Aug. 7

on June 10, 2019 - 11:02am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Departments of the Environment (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources (EMNRD) are beginning stakeholder outreach efforts as work continues to develop the state’s first methane reduction regulations per Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order on climate change.
 
A key component of the executive order is the development of an enforceable regulatory framework to ensure methane reductions from the oil and natural gas sector and to prevent waste from new and existing sources.
 
“In undertaking this regulatory effort, collaboration

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