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FBI: Navajo Man Gets 51 Months Imprisonment

on April 5, 2019 - 8:28am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced Thomas M. Navaho, 26 to 51 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to an assault charge.
Navaho, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was convicted of assaulting a Navajo man April 27, 2018, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. Court documents reflect that Navaho punched, kicked, choked and threatened to kill the victim because he believed the victim called the police regarding a fight Navaho previously had with another person.
The victim

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again; May Be Rescheduled Sometime Next Week

on April 5, 2019 - 8:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will not conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed today, April 5.
After reviewing conditions on the ground, including recent precipitation, and forecasted weather and winds, fire managers decided to postpone the burn. Ventilation is expected to be good during the day on Friday, but low winds overnight could cause smoke to settle over the area early Saturday.
Fire managers will look for a window next week to proceed with aerial and hand ignitions on up

‘Drive Like You Work Here’ National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12

on April 4, 2019 - 12:15pm



Work zone fatalities have gone up. As spring construction season begins, the New Mexico Department of Transportation reminds drivers, slow down, pay attention and pack your patience.

We’re all trying to get somewhere and the smoother the ride, the better. NMDOT’s mission is to provide safe and efficient transportation systems for all travelers. To accomplish that, construction is necessary. 

Sadly, each year crashes, injuries and fatalities occur because drivers don’t use proper construction zone etiquette.

Motorists may not realize, they are more at risk of

Traffic Alert: Utility Work On Rover Saturday April 6

on April 4, 2019 - 11:22am

Traffic Alert:

Weather permitting, water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will replace a section of water line on Rover Boulevard between N.M. 4 and Meadow Lane.

Work is scheduled for one day only beginning at 8 a.m. and wrapping up by 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

Traffic control devices will be erected on the east side of the road and will block the south driveway for Del Norte Credit Union. The north driveway will remain open for ingress and egress to the credit union. Northbound traffic on Rover Rover Boulevard will be shifted to the center lane around the

BLM OKs Coal Lease Sale In Wayne National Forest

on April 4, 2019 - 8:47am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goals of promoting energy security and economic growth, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authorized a competitive coal lease sale for seven federal tracts encompassing nearly 433 acres and containing an estimated 1.4 million tons of sub-surface mineable federal coal reserve within the Wayne National Forest in Perry and Morgan counties, Ohio.
The BLM’s Eastern States (ES) Office is offering these federal coal resources in response to a coal lease by application (LBA) that was filed by of CCU Coal and Construction, LLC

Barricaded Suspect Arrested By State Police On Interstate 25 After Lighting Car On Fire

on April 3, 2019 - 3:53pm

Donald David Keehle


SIERRA COUNTY – At about 12:50 p.m., March 29, New Mexico State Police officers responded to a welfare check on a male subject who was placing trash and debris on Interstate 25 south, near mile post 84, north of T or C.

State Police officers encountered a parked maroon Chevy Impala parked off the right shoulder of I-25. A male identified as Donald David Keehle, 54, of Pueblo, Colo., was sitting in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle. Officer’s attempted to take Keehle into custody, however he refused to exit the vehicle.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 28 To March 31, 2019

on April 3, 2019 - 9:41am

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.


March 28 at 10:47 a.m. / Police arrested Jason Michael Miera, 30, of Albuquerque on Central Avenue on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




March 29 at 4:54 p.m. / State Police arrested Carmen Gonzales, 34, of Chimayo on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




March 31 at 12:49 a.m.

Udall Opening Statement At Hearing To Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

on April 3, 2019 - 8:59am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request:

Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator.

It sure is a different day from when we sat here one year ago with your predecessor.

House GOP Leader Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition On Anti-2nd Amendment SB 8 To SOS

on April 3, 2019 - 7:39am

House Republican Leader Jim Townsend


  • Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide.

SANTA FE—Tuesday afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico.

Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for her office’s review and approval to distribute to voters.

Townsend delivered a preliminary draft petition March 11, 2019 to the Secretary

District Attorney Marco Serna Announces Second Degree Murder Conviction Of Christopher Owens

on April 3, 2019 - 6:22am
Christopher Owens
SANTA FE Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced the conviction of Christopher Owens for the brutal murder of Timothy Baca in Santa Fe during the Summer of 2017.
A Santa Fe jury has found Owens guilty of 2nd Degree Murder with a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
“Combating violent crime in northern New Mexico remains our priority,” District Attorney Serna said. “This brazen, brutal crime shook the community and I will be asking the court to impose the maximum sentence.”
Owens faces a total of 19.5

20th Anniversary Celebration Highlights WIPP’s Vital Role In EM Cleanup

on April 3, 2019 - 6:01am
Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader, center right, and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President and Project Manager Bruce Covert hold a proclamation from Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, left of Covert, declaring March 26-April 26 as WIPP Appreciation Month in recognition of the project’s 20th anniversary. They are surrounded by Waste Isolation Pilot Plant team members from CBFO, NWP, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and North Wind Portage, Inc., the CBFO technical assistance contractor. Courtesy photo
A proclamation by Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway recognizing the Waste Isolation

News Alert Update: Water Line Temporarily Repaired

on April 2, 2019 - 4:42pm

News Alert Update:

Water crews with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have completed temporary repairs to the water line in Rover Boulevard between N.M. 4 and Meadow Lane. 

All traffic control devices have been demobilized and the southbound lane is open.

A permanent replacement of this section of water line is scheduled to occur Saturday, April 6. 


‘Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Council’ Bill Signed

on April 2, 2019 - 10:27am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 131 into law that will establish an “Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council.”
The Council will be comprised of nine departments and entities that purchase pharmaceutical drugs for state beneficiaries, and task them to evaluate a range of cost containment strategies to try and get a better deal for taxpayers and recipients.

New Alert: Another Water Break In White Rock

on April 2, 2019 - 10:06am

New Alert:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is reporting another water break in White Rock on Rover Boulevard between N.M. 4 and Meadow Lane.

DPU water crews will shift southbound traffic into the center turn lane beginning around 10 a.m. today to complete temporary repairs.

No interruption of water services are anticipated.

The estimated time repairs will be completed is unknown at this time. Permanent replacement of this section of waterline is scheduled to occur Saturday, April 6.

Motorists are advised to take special care when entering the work zone, both for their safety

Commissioner Garcia Richard, Sen. Ivey-Soto Join Governor At Signing Of Senate Bill 458

on April 2, 2019 - 8:53am
From left, Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard gather Monday as the governor signs Senate Bill 458 into law. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Monday, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15) joined Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she signed Senate Bill 458 into law.
The new state law will require public notice and input prior to the land office taking final action on any proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission

LAFD: New Mexico Gas Inline Inspections Begin Today

on April 1, 2019 - 9:33am

LAFD News:

New Mexico Gas is conductung its DOT required In-line Inspection on the Los Alamos DOE 12” Transmission Pipeline.

This project consists of running a tool, normally called a pig, inside the pipeline to assess the integrity of the pipe itself. The project starts at Los Alamos West, near the Quemazon community, down to Los Alamos East, which is right off N.M. 502 and Camino Entrada.

At some point during this project, blowing down small amounts of gas at Los Alamos West is required to put the tool inside the line and gas venting will be necessary at the Los Alamos East station for a

DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

on April 1, 2019 - 7:22am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that may impact the

CYFD Receives $5M Grant To Expand Community­ Based Mental Health Services In Underserved Areas

on March 31, 2019 - 7:44am
CYFD News:
SANTA FE — The state Children, Youth and Families Department has received a $5 million federal SAMHSA grant to expand its capacity to serve youth in transition with serious emotional disturbance and serious mental illness through the Healthy Transitions Expansion Program, or HTEP.
The CYFD program expansion will serve individuals aged 16 through 25 in both Doña Ana County and San Juan County with high-fidelity wraparound services, trauma-informed care and peer and family support services. Two selected clinical programs — La Clinica de Familia in Doña Ana and Desert View Family

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 21 To March 26, 2019

on March 30, 2019 - 10:23pm

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.


March 21 at 3:33 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen Jaymes Montano, 23, of Grants at the Grants Police Department on an outstanding District Court warrant.



March 21 at 4:39 p.m. / Police arrested Renee Chavez, 36, of Santa Cruz in Albuquerque and charged her with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.




March 22 at 4:29

Barranca Reunification Exercise Set For Wednesday

on March 30, 2019 - 1:26pm

LAPS holds its first state-required off site evacuation drill Wednesday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

At Los Alamos Public Schools, student and staff safety comes first and Barranca Mesa Elelmentary School is the first school to practice the state-required off site evacuation drill to evaluate preparedness in the event of an emergency.

LAPS will conduct this exercise in an effort to prepare all local schools for successful reunification with parents.

The reunification exercise is 10:30 a.m.

New Mexico Public Safety Forensic Laboratory Secures Coveted International Endorsement

on March 30, 2019 - 1:05pm
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Forensic Laboratory system has been acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of biology (DNA-nuclear and body fluid identification), drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations, latent print processing, comparisons and impression evidence (footwear and tires) by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
“The accreditation process provides an essential, external, independent review of forensic services DPS provides.

Udall Presses FDA Commissioner For Strong Protections To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use

on March 30, 2019 - 11:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic.
“I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes – but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation’s youth.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed

on March 30, 2019 - 11:31am
Fire managers may conduct a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday near the Nichols Reservoir on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo 
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to proceed with the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed as early as April 2, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

Protect Communities, Protect Climate: No New Leases

on March 30, 2019 - 11:18am
SANTA FE Crowds gathered today for a climate strike in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe to protest the lease sale of 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad regions.
The BLM is moving forward with this controversial lease sale despite having received over 33,000 protest comments from tribal leaders, environmental groups, and members of the public expressing concerns that the sale would have negative impacts on cultural resources, public health, and the climate.
“How many more of these

Game & Fish: Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting And Fishing Seasons

on March 30, 2019 - 10:46am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
The 2019-2020 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required.
Youth turkey season begins April 12 and the general season begins April 15. For more information, please consult