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DOE Releases Final EIS For Cleanup Of Area IV And Northern Buffer Zone At Santa Susana Field Laboratory

on December 25, 2018 - 9:04am
DOE News:
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Remediation of Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in Ventura County, California.
Publishing the Final EIS is an important step to proceed with the cleanup process at SSFL's Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone.
“The release of the Final EIS is a major milestone in the Department’s mission to clean up the former Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) site at the SSFL,” ETEC Federal Project Director John

Udall, Heinrich Vote To Reform Broken Criminal Justice System, Improve Public Safety

on December 24, 2018 - 9:21am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 87-12 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, an important step in reforming America’s federal prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and promote safe communities.
The legislation uses evidence-based recidivism reduction programs to help inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence.

RSF: 2018 Round-Up Of Deadly Attacks And Abuses Against Journalists – Figures Up In All Categories

on December 24, 2018 - 9:12am
RSF News:
A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel.
The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.

Valles Caldera Closed During Government Shutdown

on December 23, 2018 - 7:27am

All access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed due to the government shutdown. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Due to the lapse of federal appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, all access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed for the safety and protection of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

Safety Talks At Aspen Elementary In December

on December 23, 2018 - 7:04am
Aspen student Ralston Hoffer holds up his ‘thank you card’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
Anna Richardson and Estevan Salazar work their ‘thank you cards’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
LAPS News:
During the month of December, Aspen Elementary School Counselor Kim Pulliam and the Los Alamos Police Department collaborated to present important safety tips and tools to support students in staying safe over the holidays.
In conjunction with the Healthy Schools Initiative Prevention Program and local first responders, Pulliam was able to reach more than 100

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 12 To Dec. 17, 2018

on December 22, 2018 - 8:53am

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.


Dec. 12 at 1:18 p.m. / Police arrested Branden R. Garcia, 26, of Fairview at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.




Dec. 13 at 12:11 p.m. / Police arrested Jesus Antonio Velazco, 46, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with assault and disorderly conduct.




Juvenile And Father Arrested In Connection To Murder

on December 22, 2018 - 7:41am
NMSP News:
SANTA FE Around 11 a.m. Thursday, the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) arrested a juvenile and his father who were wanted for murder in Colorado.
NMSP was contacted by Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department who received information the two were at a McDonalds in Santa Fe. NMSP arrived at the McDonalds and located two individuals in a grey Dodge truck. The two individuals were taken into custody without incident.
The New Mexico State Police is working with Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department on this investigation.
Heith Gleason and Gage Gleason were arrested on a

FBI Charges Albuquerque Man With Interstate Communications Violation

on December 22, 2018 - 7:37am
FBI News:
The FBI has taken Michael Nissen, 53, of Albuquerque, into custody on a federal complaint charging him with interstate communications in violation of 18 USC 875(c).
The New Mexico State Police and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nissen Wednesday in Tijeras, and FBI special agents took custody of him.
Nissen had an initial appearance in federal court Thursday in Albuquerque. No further comment will be made.

Gosar Forest Management Policies Signed Into Law

on December 21, 2018 - 4:28pm
Courtesy photo
U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar
FIRE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) has issued the following statement after two of his important active forest management policies were signed into law by President Donald J. Trump:
“Following one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in our nation’s history, it is critical that we do everything in our power to provide the Forest Service and public land management agencies with the tools they need to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and protect our communities," Gosar said.

Two Chinese Hackers Associated With The Ministry Of State Security Charged With Global Computer Intrusion

on December 21, 2018 - 4:17pm
DOJ News:
The unsealing of an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China), with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft was announced Thursday.
The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F.

Balderas Announces Receipt Of $50,000 Grant To Fight Identity Theft & Cybercrime

on December 21, 2018 - 4:07pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the receipt of a $50,000 federal grant aimed at fighting identity theft across New Mexico.
The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is the first Attorney General's Office in the nation to have been awarded this grant, and joins private organizations that battle identity theft across the nation.
"Thieves and fraudsters put thousands of New Mexican families at risk every year," Balderas said.

LAFD Offers Tips For Safe & Happy Holiday Season

on December 20, 2018 - 11:11am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offers tips for a Safe and happy holiday season:
Facts about home holiday fires
  • One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • The top three days for home

McQuiston: Keep Gifts Under Wraps And Away From Holiday Thieves

on December 20, 2018 - 11:11am

The Jemez Agency

With Christmas just around the corner, many have already started shopping a lot, which also means spending a lot.

The malls are more crowded with folks buying last minute gifts for family and friends. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but unfortunately, it’s also the season when thieves are on the lookout for cars full of Christmas gifts.

It’s not a surprise that the season brings an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles. Most shoppers don’t stop after one store, (although some of us wish that were the case) and thieves are certainly aware of this.


NMDOH: First Flu Death In New Mexico This Season

on December 20, 2018 - 9:00am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced the first flu-related death reported for the 2018-2019 flu season.

The death occurred in a woman 65-years or older from Lincoln County. Her death is a important reminder that flu can cause serious illness or death, particularly among persons at risk for flu-related complications.

“As flu infections increase across the state, it is important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already received the flu vaccine this season”, NMDOH Secretary Lynn Gallagher said.

Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace Graduates As Valedictorian Of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class

on December 19, 2018 - 5:14pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard, left, with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that Dispatcher Cari Mace graduated Dec. 14 as valedictorian of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class #141.

Dispatcher Mace was one of 25 students from 17 different agencies in Class #141, and she had an average exam rate of 99.75 percent.

New Mexico Statue Chapter 29 Article 7C outlines the qualifications for certification as a Public Safety Telecommunicator.

FBI Offers $1,000 Reward In Homicide Investigation

on December 19, 2018 - 3:25pm
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Alvin Yazzie, Jr., of Sanostee on the Navajo Nation.

Yazzie's body was discovered July 15, 2017, approximately 3 miles north of the Chapter House in Sanostee. An autopsy indicated Yazzie had suffered multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to his head.

Yazzie was last seen in the company of an unidentified Native American man with whom he had a fight in a nearby residence. The man followed Yazzie outside and down a dirt road.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Systemic Failures Contributed To Child’s Death In U.S. CBP Custody

on December 19, 2018 - 9:06am
Congressional Hispanic Caucus News:
LORDSBURG — Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro led a delegation Tuesday to Antelope Wells Port of Entry and Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin in U.S. CBP custody.
Following their investigation of Jakelin’s journey, the Members briefed the press on how these stations are equipped to protect the health and safety of those seeking refuge at our borders:
Highlights from today’s press conference:


Chairman Elect Castro

Scenes From 2018 First Responders Christmas Dinner

on December 18, 2018 - 8:18pm

Local first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, police chaplains and fire chaplains and their families were treated to a Christmas Dinner Saturday night sponsored by several churches to thank them for all they do throughout the year to take of and protect the community. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas Dinner Saturday night at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas

Governor Issues Executive Order Requiring Impact Analysis For Proposed Regulation Changes

on December 18, 2018 - 4:46pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Courtesy/governor's office.

From the Office of Gov. Susana Martinez:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order directing all state boards, commissions and agencies to complete a Regulatory Impact Form (RIF) for every new proposed rule or rule-change.

This executive order builds on the Governor’s mission to increase transparency in government and improve New Mexico’s regulatory environment. It mirrors the legislature’s requirement to produce a Fiscal Impact Report for a bill proposal.

“Improving our regulatory environment has been a

LANL: Machine Learning-Detected Signal Predicts Time To Earthquake ... Fault Displacement ‘Fingerprint’ Forecasts Magnitude

on December 18, 2018 - 10:34am
LANL researchers applied machine-learning expertise to predict quakes along Cascadia, a 700-mile-long fault from northern California to southern British Columbia that flanks cities such as Seattle. The results are published in two papers in Nature Geoscience. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
  • ‘Fingerprint’ of fault displacement also forecasts magnitude of rupture
Machine-learning research published in two related papers in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault’s slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large

NIST: Fire-Breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-Roof Structures

on December 18, 2018 - 9:47am
The NIST Dragon showering firebrands (embers) onto a model of a water reed thatched roof. Courtesy/NIST
Workers build the thatched roof of a gassho-zukuri (‘constructed like hands in prayer’) style house in Japan. A new NIST study looks at the impact of firebrands on these and other thatched-roof structures. Courtesy/Bernard Gagnon via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
NIST News:
Visitors to the historic mountain villages in central Japan marvel at the elegance of the steep thatched-roof farmhouses found there. Known as “gassho-zukuri,” Japanese for “constructed

DOJ Leadership Participate In Coordinating Council On Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention

on December 18, 2018 - 8:45am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will discuss resources and support for at-risk youth, as well as for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
The discussion will be held during the Council’s next meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19 Office of Justice Programs, 810 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs will host this public meeting, which feature remarks from Department leaders, including Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighter Michael McElyea

on December 16, 2018 - 7:15am

On the job in Los Alamos is Firefighter Michael McElyea Saturday afternoon shining up a medic unit at Station 4 at 4401 Diamond Dr., across from the golf course. Unfortunately, while he may be laughing on the outside he is really crying on the inside because the longstanding tradition at LAFD is when a firefighter's picture is published in the paper, he/she must buy ice cream for the entire station. Fortunately, Station 4 is staffed with just five personnel, a company officer, a driver engineer and three firefighters.

FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Gets Three Years Probation For Assaulting Federal Officer

on December 15, 2018 - 10:46am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Gerald Castillo, Jr., 30, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Ruidoso, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for assaulting a federal officer.
Castillo pled guilty Aug. 3 to a misdemeanor information charging him with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. Castillo admitted that Feb. 24, 2018, he assaulted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer by hitting the officer’s chest.

Balderas Secures Conviction Of Ex-Teacher Who Abused Multiple Students In Rio Arriba County

on December 15, 2018 - 10:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas successfully secured the conviction of Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, for his sexual assault of multiple 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
A jury of Gregor’s peers found him guilty of 3 counts of 1st-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Penetration, 5 counts of 1st-Degree Kidnapping, and 4 counts of 1st-Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
“Survivors of sexual abuse should always have a voice,” Balderas said.