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Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”

New Mexico State Police And Lea County Sheriff’s Office Work Together To Stop Distracted Driving

on July 27, 2019 - 11:39am
NMSP News:
LEA COUNTY The New Mexico State Police has recently seen an increase in motor vehicle crashes occurring in southern Lea County.
In 2019, State Police has investigated seven fatality crashes in Lea County, which has claimed 13 lives. Most of these crashes were preventable, as driver inattention and excessive speed have been the main factors that resulted in these crashes.
The New Mexico State Police and Lea County Sheriff’s Office will immediately begin joint patrol impact operations looking for reckless and inattentive drivers.
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State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Reporters Without Borders Presents Five Proposals To Put An End To Violence Against The Press

on July 27, 2019 - 8:21am
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
In a letter to Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) details five proposals to put an end to the violence against journalists and restore full freedom of the press.
RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire dispatched the letter to Lam in which he details the proposals to end the violence against journalists in China’s Special Administrative Region.

Game & Fish: Bear And Cougar Rule Changes Topic Of Four Public Meetings In August

on July 27, 2019 - 7:21am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the bear and cougar rule.
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
  • Raton: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road;
  • Albuquerque: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW;
  • Las Cruces: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive; and
  • Roswell: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard.

American Red Cross Assisting Residents After Motel Explosion In Albuquerque Friday

on July 27, 2019 - 12:33am

American Red News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Red Cross Albuquerque Chapter has dispatched a Disaster Action Team (DAT) to assist approximately 16 residents following an explosion Friday at a month to month motel/ apartments, damaging approximately 16 units.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers will assess the damages and provide emergency assistance for those residents displaced. The explosion occurred near the intersection of Central Ave NE. and Bryn Mawr Dr. NE.

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year and most are home fires.

Scenes From Diamond Drive Paving Project Today

on July 26, 2019 - 6:23pm

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene this afternoon near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road with Star Paving working on mill and overlay of the

State Police Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In August

on July 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

Statewide – New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August 2019.

NMSP is 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.

SFNF Monitoring Venado Mesa Fire In Jemez

on July 26, 2019 - 11:49am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376.

Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Six Reasons To Avoid Restaurant Pepper Shakers

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Tabletop condiments, such as the pepper shaker, can have a bacterial count as high as 11,600 microbes. Courtesy/HealthiGuide

With so much to fear in life, who would suspect that the unassuming-looking pepper shaker sitting on every restaurant table is a haven for germs?

The fact is that the pepper shaker, along with the salt shaker, Parmesan cheese dispenser, and napkin holder, may be laden with germs. It can be so much a part of the backdrop of the table that it can cease to register with restaurant patrons and workers alike.

Here are

Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

Cone Zone: Week Of July 29, 2019

on July 26, 2019 - 10:26am


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

Diamond Drive Paving:

Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Mill and overlay will then proceed to between Sandia/Orange and the roundabout at San Ildefonso Road by Sept. 20. Final project completion is set for Sept. 27, weather permitting.

Asphalt milling and paving work the week of July 29 through Saturday,

Haaland Introduces Bill To Bolster Efforts To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

on July 26, 2019 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to bolster efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis with bipartisan support from Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R.

APD, CYFD Announce 800 Personnel Trained On Streamlined CYFD Law Enforcement Portal

on July 25, 2019 - 9:35pm
CYFD News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Police Department and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department announced Thursday that hundreds of APD officers and civilian employees have been trained to use a portal  that shows CYFD history and involvement with families.
The information can be helpful during law enforcement investigations.
This information was already av­­­ailable to officers by calling the CYFD Statewide Central Intake or working with case workers or other CYFD staff.
Thursday marked the completion of training for more than 800 officers and civilian

School Zone Traffic Safety Reminders

on July 25, 2019 - 10:59am
SANTA FE – As back-to-school season approaches, the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to take be safe in and around school zones.
Driver Safety Reminders:
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5-10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. 
  • Respect the crossing guard. Always stop for crossing guards holding a stop sign.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians, no matter who has the right of way.
  • Be aware children can be unpredictable. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Yield to

Bear Spotted Eating Cherries On Camino Cereza Today

on July 24, 2019 - 4:57pm

A bear is spotted today coincidently eating cherries on Camino Cereza. Photo by Andrew Phelps

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17 To July 22, 2019

on July 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

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.


July 17 at 11:53 p.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos at the Espanola Police Department on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





July 19 at 2:05 p.m. / Police arrested Nancy Y.

Senators Udall, Heinrich Lead Democratic Policy And Communications Committee Hearing On Mistreatment Of Children At The Border

on July 24, 2019 - 12:16pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
WASHINGTON, D.C. In face of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing Tuesday entitled “America Speaks Out: Stop Trump’s Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border.”
During the hearing, the senators heard testimony from a range of medical and legal experts on the Trump administration’s failed

Bear Spotted Roaming On Chamisa Street Monday

on July 24, 2019 - 11:46am

A bear is spotted early Monday evening walking down Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip Wolfram

A bear is spotted early Monday evening roaming around Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip Wolfram

Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

on July 24, 2019 - 11:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation.

AGU: Airborne Research Shows East Coast Cities Emitting Twice As Much Methane As Estimated

on July 24, 2019 - 9:47am
A NOAA Twin Otter aircraft over the Hudson on a 2018 research mission. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
Genevieve Plant of the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Colm Sweeney review measurements of methane and other gases during an airborne research project in 2018. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Atmospheric methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that also contributes to ground-level ozone pollution.
In the past decade, there has been intense scientific focus on improving the accuracy of methane emissions estimates in the United States, with most of the effort

Ahead Of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls For Senate Action To Secure Elections

on July 24, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Tuesda, lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections:
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found with the utmost certainty that Russia, a foreign adversary, meddled in our

Balderas Leads $600M Multi-State Settlement With Equifax In Largest Data Breach Settlement In History

on July 23, 2019 - 5:41pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
  • Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution following investigation into 2017 data breach

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach.

The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data.


Bear Spotted Sauntering Along Walnut Street

on July 23, 2019 - 5:25pm

A bear is spotted sauntering along the sidewalk under a Crime Watch Community sign Saturday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Multi-Agency Task Force Arrests Albuquerque Man On Federal Firearm, Drug Charges

on July 23, 2019 - 5:09pm
FBI News:
A multi-agency task force arrested an Albuquerque man today on federal firearm and drug charges.
Henry Felix, 49, is charged in a federal complaint with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF), comprised of investigators from the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, arrested Felix after executing a search warrant of his residence in Albuquerque.