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McQuiston: School Is Back In Session So Drive Safely

on August 14, 2019 - 3:58pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

It’s back to school time and for many children, school is already in session.

This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians, and school buses. Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely. Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

Be extra vigilant in school zones and

2019 LANL Hazmat Challenge: Toughest Scenarios Yet

on August 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Scene from a previous LANL Hazmat Challenge in which members of the Midwest City, Okla., Fire Department use sandbags to stop simulated radioactive liquid waste from a spill from flowing downstream. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee will test their skills in a series of graded exercises Aug. 19-23 at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazmat Challenge.

“The Challenge provides a unique training venue for hazmat responders where they are able to test and develop their technical response capabilities in a difficult

SFNF: Conejos Fire Met Objectives, Smoke Continues

on August 14, 2019 - 12:53pm
Firing operations on the Conejos Fire added low-intensity fire to the ground to consume needle litter and woody debris, leaving the ponderosa pine forest more resilient to wildfire, climate change, and insects and disease. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE While the Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is still putting up some smoke, primarily from a 10-acre interior pocket of mixed conifer where it continues to smolder and creep, fire managers say they are pleased with the outcome on 800 acres that had not seen beneficial

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
 
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
 
“I was proud to

Violence Against Journalists Escalates In Hong Kong

on August 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Dale de la Rey/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Hong Kong authorities to protect journalists covering protests against violence by the police and the mobs.
 
As four more journalists were assaulted in the North Point area Sunday Aug. 11, RSF calls on the Hong Kong authorities to put an end to the violence against the press.
 
In the past two months, journalists covering the anti-extradition bill protests were increasingly the victim of intimidation and physical abuse by the police as well as pro-Beijing mobs.
 
“Violence against journalists has now become

LAFD Co-Sponsors Third Annual Resuscitation Academy

on August 14, 2019 - 12:15pm
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department along with New Mexico Resuscitation Academy (RA) has announced that they are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.
 
These full day RAs are Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
The Academy is a one-day academy, and people need only to register for Friday or Saturday. This course is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and working lunch.

School Starts Thursday ... Motorists Urged To Be Extra Cautious In School Zones And Crosswalks

on August 13, 2019 - 8:43pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is starting its 2019-2020 school year Thursday, Aug. 15.

This means school buses and numerous juvenile pedestrians and bicyclists will be out on sidewalks and roadways before and after school.

Please be extra cautious in school zones and around crosswalks. Remember to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and speed regulations when school zone signs are flashing: Do not pass school buses with flashing lights and stop arms extended out.

The Los Alamos Police Department will be out in full force monitoring school bus routes and school zones to ensure

Blue-Green Algae Closes Access To Abiquiu Lake

on August 13, 2019 - 7:54pm
Example of blue-green algae bloom. Courtesy/www.epa.gov
 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
 
ABIQUIU LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the boat ramp and the swim beach, are closed after tests showed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir.
 
The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals.
 
Closure signs are posted at the lake’s public access points.
 
The lake is still open for camping but public lake

LAPD: Temporary Protocol For Victim Assistant Needs

on August 13, 2019 - 2:57pm

LAPD News:

The Victim Assistant position at the Los Alamos Police Department is vacant.

While the position is being advertised and filled, anyone needing assistance can leave a message at 505.663.3511 that will be fielded and routed as necessary.

Anyone needing non-emergency officer assistance can contact the non-emergency Dispatch line at 505.662.8222. As always, in an emergency, call 911.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News: 
 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
 
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.

FBI: Operation Independence Day

on August 12, 2019 - 6:59pm
Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A month long FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims has resulted in dozens of arrests across the country and the identification and recovery of more than 100 juveniles.
 
The initiative during the month of July, dubbed Operation Independence Day, relied on more than 400 law enforcement agencies working on FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the Bureau’s 56 field offices.
 
The sweep included undercover operations and has led to the opening of five dozen federal criminal

FBI Searching For Man Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release In Albuquerque Aug. 5

on August 12, 2019 - 6:54pm

Alleged absconder Jan Jay Moolenijzer

FBI News:

A man charged federally with aggravated sexual abuse is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.
 
Jan Jay Moolenijzer's last known location was Tucson, Ariz. The FBI arrested Moolenijzer Sept. 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, after a federal criminal complaint was filed. He was indicted March 27, 2019 on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
 
Moolenijzer, 68, was placed Sept. 18, 2018 on strict pre-trial conditions of release. He allegedly left an Albuquerque halfway house Aug. 5, 2019 without permission.
 

Udall, Khanna: Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Native American Veterans

on August 12, 2019 - 8:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.
 
This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire culturally competent care, while at the same time helping relieve the

Bear Strolls Through Neighborhood On North Mesa

on August 10, 2019 - 9:03pm

A bear takes a stroll through a wooded neighborhood this evening on North Mesa.  Photo by Linda Hull

SFNF Update: Conejos Fire Grows To 500 Acres

on August 10, 2019 - 8:25am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE Favorable conditions Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations.
 
Through the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa
 
Size: 500

Governor’s Key Advisor Gabello Issues Statement On Call For Special Session Following El Paso Violence

on August 10, 2019 - 8:06am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s senior advisor for policy and strategy issued the following statement Thursday regarding recent speculation about a special session:
 
“There is great apprehension and fear across New Mexico and farther afield in the wake of last weekend’s horrific, hate-fueled mass violence in El Paso,” Dominic Gabello said. “This state and country are facing real threats from within; proactive measures must be taken.

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

on August 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.

Start date: August 6, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8

Size:  5

Sidewalk Work: Yucca At Arkansas Begins Tuesday

on August 9, 2019 - 9:56am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Public Works crews will be replacing sidewalks and handicap ramps at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Yucca Street beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. 

Crews also will be replacing a section of sidewalk at the entrance to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road.

This entire project is anticipated to be complete by Aug. 21.

Vehicles and pedestrians are advised to follow all traffic control devices and slowdown in the work zone.

Direct questions to Public Works Traffic & Streets Division at 505.662.8113.

State Police Investigate Threats Against Santa Fe PD

on August 9, 2019 - 9:14am
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE At around 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, the New Mexico State Police received a call from the Santa Fe Police Department about threats being made via telephone by two male individuals toward the Santa Fe Police Department. 
 
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III, 50, and his nephew, Isaiah Noah Vigil, 16, both of Santa Fe, threatened to attack the Santa Fe Police Department headquarters at 2515 Camino Entrada with firearms and explosive devices. 
 
The two males cited the reason for the attack was because of their dissatisfaction in a case that

AG & DA Task Force Secure Indictment Of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director For Fraud, Tax Evasion, Embezzlement & Racketeering

on August 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships.
 
The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.
 
“New Mexican women who seek leadership opportunities should not see those opportunities taken by

Forest Road 376 Closed At MM 5.3 For Public Safety

on August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has closed Forest Road (FR) 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, approximately 4 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and 3 miles south of Porters Landing.
 
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue. SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.
 
The work to replace the

McQuiston: Protecting Your Identity After A Data Breach

on August 9, 2019 - 7:58am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Capital One announced recently that a hacker had accessed the personal information of 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million in Canada that had applied for credit with the Virginia-based bank.

The affected information includes credit scores, linked bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and additional information that was provided at the time of credit application.

With the full scope of this breach still unfolding, here are some immediate steps you can take to protect your identity:

  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your

Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Seasons

on August 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
 
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

on August 8, 2019 - 10:56am
Destinee Alexis Atencio
 
By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female,

New Mexico State Police Participate In Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community Aug. 10

on August 8, 2019 - 10:48am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police will participate in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event Saturday, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Staff will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents unable to attend who have concerns are encouraged to call in.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson is and will continue to provide a professional, high-quality service to the constituents in New Mexico. Chief Johnson holds his officers to the highest standards.

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