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Elected Officials, Tribes, Activists Protest ‘Double Drilling’ During Oil Conservation Commission Hearing

on November 27, 2018 - 2:37pm
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission (NMOCC) drew more than 70 people to hear a decision on Hilcorp Energy’s (Case No. 16403) application request to double the number of wells in the Blanco-Mesaverde Gas Pool in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwest New Mexico.
Hilcorp Energy—an infamously bad actor—was granted permission to avoid

NMSP: 2018 Thanksgiving C.A.R.E Operation

on November 26, 2018 - 3:07pm

NMSP News:

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

SFNF: Chaparral Prescribed Burn May Start Today

on November 26, 2018 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today, Nov. 26 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 59 acres of the Chaparral piles, and may conduct treatments anytime between Nov. 26 and March 15, 2019 as conditions allow.

The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two to five miles south of the Rancho del

NMSP: Barricaded Suspect Arrested On Interstate 25

on November 26, 2018 - 6:43am

Orlando Lopez

NMSP News:

BERNALILLO COUNTY – At around 6:31 p.m. Saturday, New Mexico State Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan pickup for a traffic violation. The traffic stop was on Tramway near Interstate 25.

 The driver, Orlando Lopez, 56, of Albuquerque refused to exit his vehicle. Lopez armed himself with a knife and barricaded himself inside his vehicle. State Police Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team were called in to assist, and east and westbound lanes on Tramway and I-25 were closed.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez was arrested and taken into

SFNF: Cattle Guard Installation On Jemez Ranger District Postponed Until Spring

on November 25, 2018 - 7:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials postponed the installation of cattle guards on Forest Road 105 (Sulfur Creek Road) and Forest Road 106 (Thompson Ridge Road) until spring. 

Installation was originally planned the week of Nov. 12, but is postponed until forest officials can ensure emergency access during construction.

The plan is to complete the project ahead of the next grazing season.

Public notification will be made as soon as new installation dates are determined. Once the project begins, the forest roads will be impassible from approximately 9:30 a.m.

Be Aware ... Share The Forest With Wild Animals

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Winter is fast approaching, and hard times may be ahead for some forest animals.

Heavy snows and extended periods of bitter cold can take a toll on many forest creatures. Winter mortality is nothing to be concerned about since it has been occurring for ages.

What has not been occurring for quite as long; however, is the increased amount of human activity on the forest. Forest officials highly encourage visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, but to also be aware of the surroundings.

Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Community Invited To School Safety Improvements Meeting At Chamisa Elementary Dec. 12

on November 24, 2018 - 11:10am

Chamisa Elementary School at 301 Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a Q&A session regarding school safety improvements at Chamisa Elementary School 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Chamisa in White Rock.

Los Alamos Public Schools is focused on providing a safe environment for its students while at school, and one way of doing that is by upgrading school facilities.

LAPS was awarded more than $64,000 from the state Public School Capital Outlay Council for safety and security upgrades at Chamisa.

Thieves Break Into Three Businesses Thanksgiving Night

on November 23, 2018 - 6:12pm

Plywood now covers the windows of three Los Alamos businesses thieves broke into Thanksgiving evening at 2101 Trinity Dr.  From left, D'Anna Photography, Windgate Healing Arts and Vista Control Systems. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS owns the building that houses the three businesses and had Assistant Facilities Coordinator Scott Johnson board up the broken windows. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke the front windows of three adjacent businesses to gain access Thanksgiving night at 2101 Trinity Dr.

AGU: Oil Extraction Likely Triggered Mid-Century Earthquakes In Los Angeles

on November 23, 2018 - 10:27am

Oil fueled the growth of Los Angeles from 50,000 people in 1890 to 1.5 million in 1940. By the 1940s, the Signal Hill field alone had a forest of 20,000 derricks among its residential homes. Los Angeles County still has 3,000 active wells. Signal Hill postcard c. 1926 Courtesy/Werner Von Boltenstern Postcard Collection, Loyola Marymount University library archive

AGU News:

  • New study revisits data, eyewitness accounts from the early instrumentation age


World War II-era oil pumping under Los Angeles likely triggered a rash of mid-sized earthquakes in the 1930s and

FBI Offers $1,000 Reward In Carlsbad Bank Robbery

on November 23, 2018 - 9:37am
FBI News:
The FBI and Carlsbad Police Department are looking for an individual who robbed a bank Friday morning, Nov. 16.
The unidentified person wore a mask, a white hooded sweatshirt with the words “American Eagle” on it, a dark ski cap, sunglasses and black gloves.
At approximately 9:07 a.m., the suspect entered Western Commerce Bank, 501 North Canal St., displayed a handgun and demanded money from a teller. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at

Three-day Conference: Journalism Under Fire...

on November 22, 2018 - 7:28pm



The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a three-day conference entitled JOURNALISM UNDER FIRE exploring journalism’s essential role in a democracy.

Featured world-class speakers, investigative journalists, photojournalists and political cartoonists from around the world will address fake news, persecution and freedom of the press.

The special Grand Opening Event begins at 6 p.m. Dec 4 and the three-day conference begins at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 5 through 3:45 p.m. Dec.7. All events are at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.

Journalism Under

Water Pipe Bursts Early This Morning In Western Area

on November 22, 2018 - 8:18am
A water pipe burst this morning on the water tank in Western Area and water runs down across West Road near the Los Alamos Ice Rink. A utility department spokesperson reports that an investigation is underway to determine whether the pipe actually burst or the tank just overflowed. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Water from the burst pipe this morning on the water tank in Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Staff Report

A water pipe burst this morning on the tank directly behind the homes where Fairway and 47th Street meet off of the Trinity Drive side of

East Jemez Road/NM 4 Intersection May Be Modified

on November 22, 2018 - 7:52am
Conceptual design plan of one of the options for the intersection at East Jemez Road and N.M. 4. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post
Traffic accidents and long lines of cars alternating between shuffling forward and braking are a common occurrence at the intersection of East Jemez Road and N.M. 4.
The NNSA Los Alamos Field Office is addressing these issues as well as improving transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
A proposed option is currently being pursued by the field office.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 14 To Nov. 19, 2018

on November 21, 2018 - 5:10pm

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. 14 at 6 p.m. / Police arrested Richard Lynn Rolston, 58, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive and charged him with DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol.



Nov. 15 at 2:27 p.m. / Police arrested Jaylyn Ashley Valdez, 22, of Espanola on NM 502 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Teenager Dies In Rollover Crash In San Juan County

on November 21, 2018 - 3:40pm

Shaydell Pete-Light

NMSP News:

At about 5:05 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on State Road 371 around mile post 104, south of Farmington.

The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shaydell Pete-Light, 21, of Farmington was traveling north on SR 371 when for unknown reasons drove off the roadway causing the vehicle to roll.

The passenger Jasmine Lynn Curley, 19, of Kayenta, Ariz., who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.

FBI Is Seeking Information About A Getaway Vehicle Used In Albuquerque

on November 21, 2018 - 8:48am
FBI News:
The FBI is seeking information about a getaway vehicle used in an August bank robbery in Albuquerque in the hopes somebody will come forward with information to help solve this crime.
The suspect is believed to have fled in a gray Chevrolet SUV with a yellow New Mexico license tag.
A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE., at approximately 4:49 p.m., Aug. 15, 2018. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build.
He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards,

Food Safety Alert: Don’t Eat Romaine Lettuce!

on November 21, 2018 - 7:23am

The CDC cautions consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home to not eat it and to throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Courtesy photo

CDC News Alert:

The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.

The CDC is advising that U.S.

DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

on November 19, 2018 - 6:06am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with

NMHU Psychology Professor Works With Farmington Police Department On Research

on November 19, 2018 - 6:05am
Sarah Tracy
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A Highlands University psychology professor collaborated with the Farmington Police Department on research that determines its Victim Advocate Program increases conviction rates.
Sarah Tracy, who teaches at the Highlands University Farmington Center, studied the Farmington Police Department victim advocate database to examine domestic violence cases from 2016.
“Our major finding was that the more contact the victims of domestic violence have with the Victim Advocate Program, the higher the conviction rates,” Tracy said.

Diabetes 101: What You Should Know...

on November 19, 2018 - 6:01am

Dr. Glendon Cook

LAMC News:

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

But just what is diabetes? Who is at risk? And how can it be prevented? Here’s a quick primer.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops when your body’s ability to make

FBI: Albuquerque Man Gets Seven Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws In Armed Bank Robbery

on November 19, 2018 - 5:57am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Blackwood, 46, of Albuquerque has been sentenced in Federal Court to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in relation to a June 2016, armed bank robbery.
Blackwood was arrested June 1, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with the armed bank robbery of the Bank of the West located at 780 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.  
According to the complaint, Blackwood entered the bank, pointed a handgun at a bank teller, and demanded money.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Cpl. Boe And Ofc. Salazar

on November 17, 2018 - 1:51pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Police Cpl. David Boe, left, who stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon to introduce new Police Ofc. Curtis Salazar to the news team. Cpl. Boe has been a local police officer for nearly eight years. He is the Field Training Officer for Ofc. Salazar who graduated Oct. 26 from the Police Academy and began training with Cpl. Boe earlier this month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Red Cross Tips For Safer Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 17, 2018 - 10:19am
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones.
Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday.
Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires.

AGU: Winter Temperatures Linked To Increased Crime

on November 17, 2018 - 9:54am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Milder winter weather increased regional crime rates in the United States over the past several decades, according to new research that suggests crime is related to temperature’s effect on daily activities.
A new study published in GeoHealth, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, finds U.S. crime rates are linked to warmer temperatures, and this relationship follows a seasonal pattern.
The findings support the theory that three major ingredients come together to bring about crime: a motivated offender, a suitable target, and the absence of a