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Project Heart Start: Crash Course In Saving A Life ... Three Sessions At Fuller Lodge Saturday June 15

on June 10, 2019 - 10:38am

Scene of a Project Heart Start training session. Courtesy/New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation

LAFD News:

For the 6th year in a row, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is offering a free Project Heart Start course.

The community is invited to attend one of three sessions starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Fuller Lodge and learn to save a life in 30 minutes.

Because 70-80 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home, it is important to learn CPR. Children as young as elementary school age have provided CPR that saved a family member.

LAPD also teaches a

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ In Gulf Of Mexico

on June 10, 2019 - 9:04am

NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts.

The annual prediction is based on U.S. Geological Survey river flow and nutrient data.

The 2019 forecast is close to the record size of 8,776 square miles set in 2017 and larger than the 5-year average measured size of

Heinrich Pressures Wireless Carriers To Utilize Robocall Blocking Technology With No Burden Of Cost To New Mexican Consumers

on June 10, 2019 - 8:35am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) vote to affirm that voice services providers may, by default, block unwanted calls, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to the heads of AT&T, T-Mobil and Verizon, urging the phone carriers to deploy robocall blocking technologies at no additional charge to New Mexican consumers.
“I know you share my belief that we have a responsibility to ensure that consumers are not unduly targeted or scammed by violators of telemarketing laws,” Sen.

Trinity Drive Roundabout Detours Begin Wednesday!

on June 9, 2019 - 7:59pm


Beginning Wednesday, June 12,  N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic will be detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue.

After a full stop, motorists will be able to turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on N.M. 502.

Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

West-bound N.M.

Udall, Heinrich Bill Directs Trump Administration To Meet Standards Set By Paris Climate Agreement

on June 8, 2019 - 2:22pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration’s anti-environment actions.
The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Matthew B. Mascareñas Named Securities Watchdog

on June 8, 2019 - 8:12am
SANTA FE – New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Marguerite Salazar Thursday announced that Matthew Bouillon Mascareñas has been named director of the Securities Division.
Bouillon previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Department of Law in Denver where he represented the Colorado Commissioner of Securities in civil and administrative litigation and acted as counsel to the Colorado Banking Board and Banking Commissioner.
Bouillon will oversee a division that seeks to preserve and strengthen a free and competitive securities

New Mexico Delegation Announces $13.8 Million For Construction; Maintenance Projects At 16 Local Airports

on June 8, 2019 - 8:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in federal funding for construction and maintenance projects at 16 New Mexico airports.
\The funding will support critical rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across New Mexico.
“These regional airports are economic lifelines for their

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 8, 2019 - 6:57am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Concrete Work On Broadview And Estates June 12-30

on June 7, 2019 - 5:18pm


Crews will be placing new sidewalk on the east side of Broadview Drive.

The anticipated duration of construction is June 12 through June 30.

The new sidewalk will be from Estates Drive to San Ildefonso Road. New curb ramps also will be placed on the north and south sides of Estates Drive at the intersection with Broadview Drive.

Residents are urged to use caution around the crews and equipment.

Call 505.662.8113 or email with questions or concerns regarding this project.



Cone Zone: Week Of June 10

on June 7, 2019 - 5:11pm


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

Public Works/Traffic Division projects

Road Striping - Los Alamos & White Rock:

Traffic and Streets Division crews continue striping local roadways to replace faded markings for traffic safety. Crews are working east on Trinity and east on Canyon/Central to East Road at the edge of Los Alamos. Once they have completed striping in Los Alamos, they will move to White Rock. Work will continue until main roadways are finished; all work is expected to wrap up mid-July.

Sen. Heinrich Meets With Community Against Violence, Calls For VAWA To Be Reauthorized Without Delay

on June 7, 2019 - 5:01pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) meets June 4 with Executive Director Malinda Williams and Clinical Director Rachel Cox of Community Against Violence. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met June 4 with Community Against Violence, an organization in Taos serving adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse in northern New Mexico.
In their meeting, they discussed the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been

State Police Involved Shooting In Albuquerque Leads To One Arrest ... Second Suspect Remains On The Lam

on June 7, 2019 - 4:53pm
Cynthia Franco faces two charges in state police shooting incident. Courtesy/NMSP
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE At around 7:30 p.m., May 16, New Mexico State Police Ofc. Joseph Cloyd attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet pickup occupied by a male driver and a female passenger on Central Avenue near Washington Street in Albuquerque.
Officer Cloyd was one of the 50 officers assigned to the Albuquerque Metro Surge Operation.
The suspect driver of the Chevrolet identified as Daniel Franco failed to stop for Ofc. Cloyd.

LANL Experts To discuss ‘The Science Of Vintage Space’ On Santa Fe Institute Panel 4:15-5:15 P.M. June 15

on June 7, 2019 - 4:25pm

Norris Bradbury, left, in front of the Kiwi B4-A reactor used to power a nuclear rocket in the 1960s as part of Project Rover. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a panel at the Santa Fe Institute's InterPlanetary Festival about the Science of Vintage Space June 15 in Santa Fe.


The event is free and open to the public.


Both current and retired experts from the Laboratory will talk about the critical role LANL played in the early days of the space race, such as developing sensors for satellites to detect nuclear explosions in space that resulted

AG Balderas Issues Alert Regarding ‘Vampire Facials’

on June 7, 2019 - 8:07am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a health warning to consumers Thursday regarding procedures known as “Vampire Facials” or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy; warning that the unregulated procedures are highly dangerous and that individuals in New Mexico have contracted HIV after receiving the procedures.
“I am highly concerned that these procedures are not being regulated at the State and Federal level and am announcing a criminal investigation into this incident,” Balderas said.

Local Emergency Planning Committee Hosts SKYWARN Spotter Training For Community June 29

on June 7, 2019 - 7:47am

The Local Emergency Planning Committee is hosting a SKYWARN Spotter Training presented by the National Weather Service, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 in Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock. This class is open to the public. Courtesy/LEPC

Museum Hosts Additional Programming Related To Drug: Cost & Consequences Exhibition

on June 7, 2019 - 6:37am
Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting another roster of events related to Drugs: Costs & Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the US Drug Enforcement Administration exhibition extended through Dec. 8, 2019.
Addiction: 10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, June 29
Snehal Bhatt, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences UNM,
(NM-PBS /Museum Science Café)
Substance abuse disorders represent the single most profound public health crisis of our generation.

RSF: China Detains 58 More Journalists

on June 7, 2019 - 6:24am
Fifty-eight more journalists, editors and publishers are being detained in China. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
The NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), part of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), has recently revealed that 58 journalists, editors and publishers from the Xinjiang region (northwest) are being detained in China, bringing the count made by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to a total 111 detainees for the country.
“This report, that comes in spite of Beijing’s media blackout, demonstrates the extent of the violations of press freedom in the Xinjiang region,” said Cédric Alviani,

McQuiston: How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

on June 6, 2019 - 8:50am

The Jemez Agency

You should know exactly how to use a fire extinguisher in the event a fire develops and you feel you are safely able to fight it.

Before you are faced with the need to use one, be sure you have the right type of fire extinguisher on hand. It is recommended that only those trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers consider using them when appropriate.

Attack the Fire Using the PASS Method:

  • Pull the pin – by pulling the pin, the operating lever should unlock and allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
  • Aim low – point the extinguisher hose/nozzle at

States Get Assistance On 2020 Election Cybersecurity

on June 6, 2019 - 8:27am
NGA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. As states prepare for the 2020 election cycle, the National Governors Association will work with six competitively selected states on strategies to improve cybersecurity operations and communications around elections.
Staff from NGA Solutions’ Homeland Security and Public Safety division will assist Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia to develop plans for refining and implementing promising practices in cybersecurity operations to ensure the integrity of elections in their states.
Participants from governors’ offices, election officials and

NMDOT Traffic Safety Reminder: Secure Your Load!

on June 6, 2019 - 7:01am
Secure your load or face $300 fine. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE According to New Mexico law, drivers must secure their loads or face a $300 fine for littering on state highways.
New Mexico statute 66-7-364 states, “No person shall throw, deposit, drop or permit to be dropped, any trash, or destructive, injurious material upon any highway.”
In 2016 nationwide, there were 683 deaths, more than 19-thousand injuries and more than 90- thousand traffic incidents related to unsecured loads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2018 The

NM State Police Investigate Explosion South Of Roswell

on June 5, 2019 - 4:14pm

NMSP News:

CHAVEZ COUNTY -- At approximately 12:15 p.m. today, the New Mexico State Police was dispatched to the Roswell Industrial Air Center in Roswell in reference to a large explosion.

New Mexico State Police learned that the Roswell Fire Department was packaging fireworks for the upcoming 4th of July community display when the explosion occurred.

There were 12 firefighters inside the building when the explosion took place. Two Firefighters were air-lifted to a trauma center for life threatening injuries. Ten firefighters were treated on scene for minor injuries.

Roswell Fire

Rescued Hiker: I’ll Never Forget First Responders Care

on June 5, 2019 - 7:33am
Los Alamos first responders rescue local hiker Dwight Klotz Thursday, May 23 by hoisting him on the back of one of the responders up from the floor of the lower waterfall about six miles from White Rock. Courtesy/Dwight Klotz
Los Alamos

I was recently the subject of a rescue from a canyon not too far from the Bandelier National Park area, specifically on State Road 4 about six miles south of White Rock. 

I have searched for a way to let the rescue teams, police, 911, helicopter and private plane that passed over on that night know that I very much appreciated their

Heinrich Questions Officials On Energy Storage During Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hearing

on June 5, 2019 - 6:55am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. During an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses on the opportunities for expanding the deployment of grid-scale energy storage in the United States.
“Increasing energy storage for renewable resources, like wind and solar, opens the door for New Mexicans to have access to a power grid that is more resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and available during emergencies,” Heinrich said.

Oak Ridge Transforming Former Uranium Enrichment Area For Development

on June 5, 2019 - 6:20am
Oak Ridge crews began removing trailers and tearing up a 6.5-acre slab and asphalt at the Building K-29 site in October 2018. Courtesy photo
A view of the Building K-29 demolition site as the teardown was nearly finished in 2006. The building was surrounded by Building K-27, the K-731 Switch House, and the Poplar Creek facilities, which are now cleared away. Courtesy photo
OREM News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR recently removed the Building K-29 slab, a significant step in the cleanup and transformation of the

McQuiston: Car Safety Technologies That May Save Your Life

on June 3, 2019 - 4:38pm

The Jemez Agency

We take it for granted, the automatic way we take the wheel and set out to drive from Point A to Point B expecting to have a smooth, uneventful ride.

Since the introduction of the automobile, driving has been a convenience that has transformed our lives. But driving comes with no guarantees of avoiding mishaps, and unseen, unpredictable safety challenges can occur.

Fortunately, in the many decades in which driving has become a given, a number of innovative technologies have been introduced to help make driving a safer experience every time.

It may not