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Jemez Ranger Dist. To Start Vallecitos Piles Burn Dec. 4

on December 4, 2018 - 7:46am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE — U.S. Forest Service fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today through Dec. 14 on Vallecitos piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Crews plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, and treat up to 189 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de Los Indios, and north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10.

Committee On Arms Control & International Security Presents Talk By LANL Senior Fellow Terry Hawkins

on December 4, 2018 - 7:10am


The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lounge of The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.  

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by LANL Senior Fellow Houston T. (Terry) Hawkins. The presentation is entitled “The Art and Science of Surviving What We Are Becoming.” Hawkins grounds his presentation in the field of socially coupled systems and informatics (SCSI), which deals with the social aspects of computerization.

Supreme Court Suggests Sanctions For Deficient Legal Briefs In Appeals

on December 3, 2018 - 4:29pm
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court has advised state courts to impose appropriate sanctions on attorneys who submit deficient legal briefs in cases.
“No appellate court or district court should ever hesitate to return briefing or order rebriefing with a short deadline when briefing is unclear or lacks citations or is otherwise unprofessional,” the state’s highest court wrote in an opinion written by Justice Gary L. Clingman.
The court’s admonishment came in a unanimous ruling that affirmed a district court’s denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus by an

FBI: Drug Addict From Grant County Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms And Ammo

on December 3, 2018 - 11:58am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Dinwiddie pled guilty June 28. He admitted that federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence Feb. 5 and found approximately six firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade Organizers Urge Parents, Families To Exercise Caution At Event

on December 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Zia Credit Union float dazzles crowd at 2017 WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. Courtesy/LA MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

The annual WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade will be gliding down MainStreet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. It’s always a fun, colorful, family-friendly event, made even more special with this year’s “Candyland” theme.

As the date approaches, however, the Los Alamos MainStreet staff would like to remind parents and families to exercise caution with little ones when attending the parade.

Firefighters Mentor Aspen Students In BBBS Program

on December 3, 2018 - 8:04am
Los Alamos County Fire Station 1 Firefighter Bigs with their Aspen Elementary School student Littles. Courtesy photo
Little Issac Martinez-Rodriguez tries on a firefighter helmet. Courtesy photo
BBBS News:
The fire truck pulls up outside the school. There is a crisis inside: not one that can be resolved by spreading water, but rather care and love.
“It is easy to underestimate the positive impacts one can make in a child’s life, because the seeds we sow today, don’t always produce fruit immediately,” Los Alamos firefighter David Apodaca said.
Apodaca and eight other Los


on December 3, 2018 - 7:57am

It appears a motorist had an unfortunate encounter with the American Legion sign spotted Saturday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

FBI: Tesuque Pueblo Man Sentenced For Abuse

on December 3, 2018 - 7:52am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Agoyo Vigil, 42, an enrolled member and resident of Tesuque Pueblo, was sentenced Nov. 29 in Federal Court in Albuquerque to two years of probation for his conviction on a felony child abuse charge.

Vigil pled guilty Aug. 31 to information charging him with child abuse. In entering the guilty plea, Vigil admitted that Dec. 31, 2015, on the San Ildefonso Pueblo in Santa Fe County, he became involved in a family argument after consuming beer.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Health & Human Services Transition Teams

on December 2, 2018 - 6:48am

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state

NIJ Examines Ways To Improve Officer Safety In Vehicles And On Roadways

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice has published an article examining the results of two projects; one that studied the circumstances behind law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in vehicle crashes and roadside incidents and a second report that conducted an evaluation of an enhanced vehicle safety program.
The research is the result of a ten-year collaboration between NIJ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which seeks ways to improve officer safety on the roadways.
More information about the

DEA To Reimburse Student Field Trip Transportation Cost To ‘Drugs: Costs & Consequences Exhibition’

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
Upcoming exhibition at the NMMNHS. Courtesy/DEA Museum
ALBUQUERQUE  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition, Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).
The money has been made available to New Mexico through an interagency agreement between SAMHSA and the U.S.

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding To Protect Places Of Worship, Community Centers

on November 30, 2018 - 3:20pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in pressing for robust community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package.

Specifically, the Senators have called for a minimum of $50 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and $10 million for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant program, which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools and community centers make security improvements.

This follows the mass shooting last

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

BLM To Continue San Pedro Thinning Project

on November 30, 2018 - 9:34am
BLM News:
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management will continue thinning to reduce accumulated vegetation posing fire hazards in the San Pedro area through the end of December.
In addition to the presence of work crews, the public will be gathering wood in the area until Dec. 31. To ensure the safety of the work crews and the public, the area’s temporary closure to target shooting is extended until this time.

FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge

on November 30, 2018 - 9:32am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse. Trial has yet to be scheduled.
Agents from the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Garcia Nov. 22 in Shiprock. According to the criminal complaint, Garcia pulled up to the victim while driving his truck.

Scenes From Recent Rotary Club Meetings

on November 29, 2018 - 8:54am

Recipients of Rotary Community Funding Requests, Fall 2018, gathered recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to receive awards of up to $500 for their nonprofit organizations. From left, Catherine Aguilar, Beverly Post and Steve Glick of the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program; Chris Monteith and Shashi Charles of the Los Alamos Arts Council; Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle; LAMS student Nick of LAMS Computer Projects; David Sutton of Habitat for Humanity, Los Alamos and Española Valley; T.J.

Supreme Court To Hear Timbs v. Indiana, Groundbreaking Case Challenging Constitutionality Of Justice System Fines

on November 29, 2018 - 8:50am
NMSC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States of America this week will hear Timbs v. Indiana, a case concerning the constitutionality of excessive fines and fees by local and state governments.
Juvenile Law Center led an amicus effort to educate the Court on how exorbitant fines and fees in the juvenile justice system affect youth and their families. Forty other youth advocacy organizations joined the Center’s amicus effort.
“Across the country, youth are pushed into the justice system and even into correctional settings because they can’t afford fines and

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For First-Degree Murder And Witness Tampering

on November 29, 2018 - 8:18am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Brian Tony, 47, of Gallup was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday in Federal Court in Santa Fe following his previous conviction at trial for first-degree murder and witness tampering, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS).
A jury found Tony, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, guilty of these offenses Sept.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 21 To Nov. 27, 2018

on November 28, 2018 - 12:31pm

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.


Nov. 21 at 12:18 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.




Nov. 23 at 5:17 p.m.

LANL: Innate Fingerprint Could Detect Tampered Steel

on November 28, 2018 - 11:34am

David Mascarenas, a research and development engineer at LANL, used Barkhausen noise to find unique-looking ‘fingerprints’ in steel that could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Treaty compliance aided by spotting illicit artillery exchange and duplication

Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique “fingerprints” on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.


“Magnetic signals provide a wide range of possible

State Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In December

on November 28, 2018 - 5:51am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.
NMSP are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary Of Indian Child Welfare Act

on November 28, 2018 - 5:35am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, along with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), led 46 members of Congress Tuesday in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families.
ICWA sets best-practice standards

Asphalt Repair Work On Iris Moved To Wednesday

on November 27, 2018 - 4:01pm

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances with the asphalt plant, the repair on Iris Street is re-scheduled for Wednesday.


Crews with the Los Alamos County Public Works Department will repair asphalt displaced during recent utility work on Iris Street.

Work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Note: Parking on Iris Street is prohibited until work is complete.

Full access to Iris Street will be restored by late afternoon Tuesday.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

FBI: Jury Convicts Navajo Man On Abuse Charges

on November 27, 2018 - 2:38pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE A federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, returned a verdict today finding Brian Adrian Sloan guilty on aggravated child sexual abuse charges following a five-day trial.
The guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
The FBI arrested Sloan, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, August 2016, on an indictment filed Aug. 23, 2016, alleging child sexual abuse offenses.
The indictment was superseded Jan.