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Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Events And The Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak

on August 2, 2019 - 8:49am
Per recommendations stated on the New Mexico Livestock Board’s website ( ALL participants bringing horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables are required to stop at the Veterinarian Inspection Station. Inspections are being provided by a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian, and any animals suspected of having VS will be sent home before entering into the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 505.662.8170 or with any questions. Courtesy photo

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms will be most prevalent this afternoon and evening in the north and west portions of the state. Slow and erratic movement will lead to locally heavy rain and potential flooding. Today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after noon and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

McQuiston: The Monsoons Are Here

on August 1, 2019 - 9:20am
By Allen McQuiston
The Jemez Agency

The storm has passed and the immediate danger is over. Now it’s time to survey the damage and decide on the best course of action. Here are some steps to mitigate further damage and get started with repairs.

First, walk around your property. Inspect your yard, and look at the roof from ground level (your insurer would not ask you to get up on your roof). If you believe you have damage, seek help from a professional to inspect. Keep in mind, damage may not always be visible to the naked eye.

Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

AGU: Old Pollutants Melting Out Of Himalayan Glaciers

on August 1, 2019 - 7:55am
The high mountain glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed thousands of alpine lakes that form the headwaters of many of Asia’s major rivers. Courtesy/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
AGU News:
“The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth.” Kimberley Miner         
Melting Himalayan glaciers are releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into downstream ecosystems, according to a new study.
The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides

Bear Eating Crabapples On Torreon In Quemazon

on July 31, 2019 - 7:58pm

A bear is spotted eating crabapples Monday at a residence on Torreon in Quemazon. Photo by Laura Plunkett 

New Mexico Shares Critical Data With The National Missing And Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

on July 31, 2019 - 7:12pm
SANTA FE -- New Mexico joined seven other states, which passed legislation mandating the sharing of missing and unidentified persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
“The scope of the Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement law is simple,” said Mark R. Shea, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
“Within 30 days of receipt of a missing person's report, the Department of Public Safety will share with NamUs all information in the missing persons information clearinghouse and all information the

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

Los Alamos County Launches MyDrive: New Streaming Service With Real-Time Webcam Traffic Views

on July 31, 2019 - 8:26am
Beginning today, motorists can view six different camera views featuring major roadways in Los Alamos and White Rock, after the completion of a project requested by the County Council earlier this year.
MyDrive was developed and implemented in July by the Traffic & Streets Division within Public Works. Crews mounted web cameras in six locations – five in Los Alamos and one in White Rock – that stream real-time views of major intersections and busy roadways.
MyDrive is available with just one click using the Quick Link titled “Road Conditions” on the County’s

Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
The SEA evaluated

National Association Of Counties Statement On America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

on July 31, 2019 - 7:10am

NACo News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which authorizes $287 billion in funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the nation’s surface transportation programs over the next five years.


ATIA represents a 27 percent increase over the highway funding previously authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:


“Counties own and operate the

Business Owner Shoots At Burglars In Velarde

on July 31, 2019 - 6:36am
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting Tuesday involving a business owner in Velarde in Rio Arriba County.
Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde.
When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate. When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station.

Catch Of The Week: Equifax Data Breach Settlement

on July 30, 2019 - 7:21pm
Los Alamos

Good news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.

How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a

RSF Calls On Chinese President Xi Jinping To Pardon Journalist Huang Qi Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

on July 30, 2019 - 5:56pm
Journalist Huang Qi was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition. Fred Dufour/AFP
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Chinese President Xi Jinping to pardon journalist Huang Qi, two-time RSF Press Freedom Prize laureate, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition.
The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province sentenced Chinese investigative journalist Huang Qi, 56, to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets and providing state secrets abroad, which was preceded by a

Road Work Notice: CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road) Bridge Replacement Project Underway

on July 30, 2019 - 6:09am
Santa Fe County News:
SANTA FE A contractor for the Santa Fe County Public Works Department will begin excavation and construction on CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road).
The project consists of roadway improvements and bridge replacement on CR 72A. The project began Monday, July 29 and is scheduled to be completed Fall 2019.
In order to accommodate the construction in a safe manner, it will be necessary to reduce the work zone down to one lane during and after construction. Flaggers will be controlling traffic in the work zone during working hours, please use caution.

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

on July 29, 2019 - 1:54pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State's Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” Balderas

State Land Office Signs Land Use Restriction

on July 29, 2019 - 1:08pm

Assistant Commissioner Craig Johnson and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy/NMLO


  • Restriction Aims to Protect Military Readiness

SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense.


The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address incompatible planning and development in the vicinity of important military training operations.

Santa Fe Animal Shelter Blood Drive Aug. 4

on July 29, 2019 - 6:47am
SFAS News:
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which saves thousands of animals every year is now ready to save humans through a Vitalant Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Vitalant (formally United Blood Bank), one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
Everyone who donates blood during the event will receive a voucher for a fee-waived animal and a 25 percent off coupon for their resell

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive