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Bill To Increase Accountability, Remove Pensions From Elected Officials Convicted Of Corruption Advances

on February 23, 2019 - 9:07am

Rep. Matthew McQueen


SANTA FE – Today, a bill to add more accountability to those in publicly elected positions passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would remove the pension of an elected official if they are convicted of abusing their position of power.

“Elected officials are in a position of trust and if that trust is abused, New Mexicans deserve to know that they will be held accountable,” Rep. Matthew McQueen.

Rep. Christine Chandler Champions Fair Wages Bill To Prevent Wage Theft ... Now Heads To House Floor

on February 23, 2019 - 8:34am

Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – The House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Christine Chandler’s (D-Los Alamos) bill Friday to champion fair wages and benefits for workers. House Bill 246, regarding the Prevailing Wage, protects workers adversely affected by wage theft.

House Bill 246 ensures that New Mexicans are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work by closing loopholes, providing a complaint resolution process, and increases penalties for violations.

FBI: Federal, State, Local Law Enforcement In New Mexico Team Up To Recruit Women March 11

on February 23, 2019 - 7:03am
 FBI News:
A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies has organized a recruiting event in Albuquerque focused on women interested in public safety careers.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, Albuquerque Police Department and Rio Rancho Police Department will be available to answer questions about law enforcement careers, 5-7 p.m., March 11 at Sid Cutters Pilots' Pavilion in Balloon Fiesta Park,
Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Drug Take Back Day April 27

on February 23, 2019 - 6:59am
LAPD News:
Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27.
This event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the North parking lot (off Central Avenue) of the Los Alamos Police Department.
This drug diversion program is part of a national initiative by the drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Along with the drug collection, the

Public Offers Support For Animal Shelter

on February 22, 2019 - 5:39pm
Many community members attend the Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee meeting Wednesday night to show support for the animal shelter. Courtesy photo
Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee members during Wednesday night's meeting. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee's (ASAC) meeting Wednesday night in the Municipal Building featured a full house with many people voicing their support for the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
There had been some concern voiced prior to the meeting that the shelter would close due to

FBI Seeks Two Men Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank

on February 21, 2019 - 8:15pm

Anyone who recognizes this man is urged to call the FBI at at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI


Anyone who recognizes the getaway truck is urged to call the FBI at at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI


The second suspect who robbed the Bank of the West on 780 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE today in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Blvd.

Chamber Business After Hours Tonight Canceled

on February 21, 2019 - 5:03pm


Due to the forecasted winter storm warning, tonight's Chamber Business After Hours at the Los Alamos Medical Center has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

We are sorry for the inconvenience. Direct questions to Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann at 505.661.4807.

Udall Calls For Infrastructure Improvements To Bolster New Mexico Border Economies

on February 21, 2019 - 8:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned transportation leaders on opportunities for infrastructure improvements at ports of entry during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy.”
As a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Udall has long championed strong federal investment to improve infrastructure and technology throughout New Mexico, including along the U.S.-Mexico border, which would bolster economic development in New Mexico’s border

Rep. Melanie Stansbury Introduces Bill To Address Albuquerque’s Homeless Crisis

on February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Rep. Melanie Stansbury Introduces Bill to Address Albuquerque’s Homeless Crisis. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) held a press conference with community organizations, advocates and officials from the City of Albuquerque to announce the introduction of House Bill 657—an Affordable Housing Study bill—which would support the development an evidence-based framework for addressing homelessness in Albuquerque and across the state.

With strong bi-partisan support, HB 657 is co-sponsored by 23 legislators, including most of the Representatives from the

LAFD: Learn To Save A Life During CPR/AED Training

on February 21, 2019 - 8:20am

LAFD News:

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15 percent will die as a result.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event.

The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of

Bill To Keep New Mexico’s Children Safe Advances

on February 21, 2019 - 7:13am

Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena


SANTA FE – A bill to keep New Mexico’s children safe passed Wednesday the House Health and Human Services Committee.

House Bill 500, sponsored by Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) and Rep. Willie Madrid (D-Chaparral), would extend the authority of the Children, Youth and Families Department to regulate, inspect, and sanction programs for at-risk youth.

Rep. Willie Madrid

During the committee hearing, members heard heart-wrenching stories of abuse of at-risk youth, bringing to light both the urgency and importance of this legislation.

“The stories

Earth May Be 140 Years Away From Reaching Carbon Levels Not Seen In 56 Million Years

on February 21, 2019 - 6:42am

A new study shows humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during a global warming event 56 million years ago that made the oceans more acidic and drove some marine species extinct. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.
A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse

Stewart Bill To Create Wildlife Corridors To Protect Animals, People Heads To Senate Floor

on February 21, 2019 - 6:39am
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to create wildlife corridors to protect animals and people on New Mexico roads is headed to the Senate floor after it passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
“Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” Stewart said. “By using overpasses and underpasses, among other tools, we can keep animals off our roads and ensure drivers and their passengers get where they’re going safely.”
SB 228 authorizes the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation

Utility Work On Arizona Set For 8 a.m. Thursday

on February 20, 2019 - 6:50pm


Due to inclement weather, utility work on Arizona Avenue that was scheduled for Tuesday will occur instead Thursday, Feb. 21.

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona, just east of 45 Street to locate a water leak. 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane Thursday at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation.

Motorists can expect some delays.

Repairs to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Get A Flu Shot! Influenza Widespread Across State

on February 20, 2019 - 3:44pm


With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reminds New Mexicans that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age 4 and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico.

District Attorney Marco Serna Convicts Child Rapist

on February 20, 2019 - 2:34pm
David Hyams
SANTA FE Firstt Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding his office’s conviction of David Hyams:
“I am grateful to announce that our office was able to bring justice against Hyams yesterday convicting him of two counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13) and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact in the Second Degree (Unclothed) (Child Under 13). And I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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.


Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.





Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

on February 20, 2019 - 7:24am
SANTA FE Tuesday, the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee passed House Bill 493, sponsored by Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), to improve 911 systems.
House Bill 439 would establish an Enhanced 911 Advisory Board to work with the Department of Finance Administration and the Department of Information Technology, among other partners, to guide the enhanced 911 fund in improving its efficiency and transition to Next Generation technology.
According to a March 2018 Legislative Finance Report, “upgrading 911 systems to Next

Sen. Mimi Stewart Bill To Improve Fire Safety In Schools, Hospitals Passes New Mexico Senate

on February 19, 2019 - 2:33pm

Sen. Mimi Stewart


SB 143 Calls for Rules to Allow More Smoke/Fire Damper Inspections

Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to improve fire safety in schools, hospitals and other public buildings by requiring the Public Regulation Commission to update inspection guidelines for smoke and fire dampers passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Specifically, SB 143 directs the PRC to establish rules that would allow certified technicians who install smoke and fire dampers to also inspect dampers and report damage or needed repairs.

“Smoke and fire dampers are in almost every school, every hospital and

Senator Wants Ethics Panel’s Work Mostly Secret

on February 19, 2019 - 2:25pm
Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Albuquerque, sits in the Senate chamber Friday, February 15, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
A state senator has proposed to keep much of the New Mexico ethics commission's work secret and potentially impose thousands of dollars in fines and even jail time on anyone who breaks its confidentiality rules.
Seventy-five percent of voters in last year's election approved the creation of a state ethics commission, and legislators are now debating exactly how it should work, including how much the public

Hanford Workers Remove Contaminated Structure

on February 19, 2019 - 1:54pm

Debris and soil removed from a remediated waste site is packaged in large containers and transported to Hanford’s onsite landfill for safe disposal. Courtesy/Hanford

A worker with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company checks for radioactive contamination during remediation of a small radioactive waste site near the former K East Reactor. Courtesy/Hanford


RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) recently removed a radioactive wastewater structure at Hanford.

Workers dug more than 40 feet to

LAPS Invites Parents To CHAAT Sessions

on February 19, 2019 - 11:54am
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools invites parents with elementary aged children to attend a free two-part info session on creating healthy attitudes around technology (CHAAT) in the home.
The CHAAT sessions will be hosted at Chamisa Elementary School library in White Rock:
  • Session 1 is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; and
  • Session 2 is 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. (Families must attend Session 1 to attend Session 2).
In part one, District Site Tech Administrator Salvador Zapien will lead a discussion about the effects technology has on development and behavior in students

Bill Shines Light On Legislature’s Budget Process

on February 19, 2019 - 11:04am
SANTA FE Five New Mexico legislators are sponsoring HB 635, a bill introducing transparency into the budget making process and holding lawmakers accountable for how taxpayer dollars are allocated and spent.
“The current budget will be in excess of $7 billion and it is more important than ever that lawmakers be more transparent about how taxpayer dollars are spent,” NMFOG Executive Director Melanie J. Majors said. “HB 635 is a positive step to make the Legislature’s process to produce a state budget more transparent.

Los Alamos & White Rock Senior Centers Closed Today

on February 19, 2019 - 10:46am


Both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers are closed today due to all the snow.


LANL Closed Today Due To Inclement Weather

on February 19, 2019 - 8:24am

Due to weather conditions, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed today. Courtesy/LANL