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Secretary Of Defense Reviews Plutonium Operations At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on September 28, 2016 - 5:16pm

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, center, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right and Bob Webster, Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, today in the pit casting area of the Laboratory's Plutonium Facility 4 (PF-4), the nation's only plutonium science, technology and manufacturing center. ‘A strong plutonium science and manufacturing capability is essential to the U.S. nuclear deterrent and cannot be underestimated,’ Carter said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 2016

on September 28, 2016 - 2:19pm

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.


Sept. 21 at 4:15 a.m. / Police arrested Serena Yanez, 20, of Espanola at 60 Camino Entrada and charged her with concealing her identity.






Sept. 21 at 3:05 p.m. / Police arrested Desiree Nitz, 26, of Los Alamos at 945 San Ildefonso Road and charged her with abuse of a child.

Sept. 22 at 10:21 a.m.

Governor: 135 Arrested In Child Support Roundup

on September 28, 2016 - 1:14pm

  • Effort Collects More Than $64,000 in Unpaid Child Support

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement arrested 135 parents who failed to pay child support during an annual sting.

In addition, through the amnesty period allowing parents to come forward and pay child support debt – and the subsequent roundup – the Human Services Department collected $64,310.

“This program ensures that we hold parents accountable when they fail to do their duty and support their children,” Martinez said.

Remarks From Secretary Carter's Press Conference

on September 28, 2016 - 7:42am

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at a press conference Tuesday at Kirtland AFB. Courtesy/photo

DOD News:

U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with reporters Tuesday during his visit to Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. A transcript of that meeting below.

The Secretary is scheduled to visit Los Alamos today.


SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER: Well, thank you, once again.

Udall Calls For Federal Crackdown On Deceptive Concussion Safety Claims For Youth Sports Gear

on September 28, 2016 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At aTuesday hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on deceptive and dangerous claims by manufacturers that their youth sports gear can prevent head injuries.
Udall has led efforts in Congress to curb false advertising by manufacturers and improve safety standards for sports equipment. A National Academies of Sciences report has found little evidence to support claims that many helmets and

NMSP Investigate Fatal Crash In Santa Fe County

on September 27, 2016 - 6:55pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash at about 5:30 p.m., Monday on N.M. 14 at mile marker 36 near Santa Fe.

The driver of the vehicle traveling northbound, Raymond P. Moya, 36, of Santa Fe, was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The driver in the parked vehicle was uninjured. 

The initial investigation indicated Moya’s vehicle was traveling northbound on N.M. 14 at what appeared to be a high rate of speed when the vehicle veered into the southbound lane and struck a parked vehicle on the shoulder of the southbound side.

Henderson: Vote To Abolish Office Of Sheriff

on September 27, 2016 - 6:39pm
Los Alamos County Council
I am voting FOR County Question #1, to eliminate the Office of Sheriff in Los Alamos. I encourage everyone who believes in good government, strong public safety, and reduction of unnecessary risk to do the same.
Typically, a Sheriff provides law enforcement in County, or rural, areas. The Sheriff position in Los Alamos has no law enforcement duties, and Los Alamos has no County-only, or rural, land. All of the county land in Los Alamos is incorporated into the municipality of Los Alamos.

DOE Awards Support Service Contract

on September 26, 2016 - 5:15pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Boston Government Services, LLC (BGS), of Lenoir City, Tennessee.
BGS is a small-disadvantaged business under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program. The contract will have a maximum value of $4 Million over four years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the basic contract.
The contractor will provide support services to the Office of Environmental Management (EM) headquarters in

Managed Fires On SFNF Meet Objectives

on September 26, 2016 - 5:11pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest have completed operations on both the 329-acre 138 Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and the 700-acre Cuerno Fire on the Coyote Ranger District. 
Both the 138 and Cuerno Fires were lightning-caused and presented opportunities to capitalize on natural ignitions to achieve multiple objectives on the landscape.
Objectives for both fires included:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including ponderosa pine litter, dried grasses, and dead and down timber
  • providing

Secretary Moniz Announces Removal Of All Highly Enriched Uranium From Poland

on September 26, 2016 - 8:17am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

NNSA Helps Poland Become 31st Country Plus Taiwan to Be HEU-free 

VIENNA – At the 60th IAEA General Conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in cooperation with Poland, the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has successfully repatriated 61 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Maria Research Reactor in Otwock-Swierk, Poland.

The shipment removes the last known HEU from Poland,

White Cane Awareness Week Oct. 15-22

on September 26, 2016 - 8:08am
Los Alamos

What does a white cane mean to the ordinary citizen of Los Alamos? Mostly the answer is, “I don’t know.”

A white cane is a device used by a class of handicapped citizens in order to move about in a sighted world. Not all blind people are totally blind. Many have limited vision such as those who have glaucoma, pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The cane signifies that the person is blind though some persons out of vanity refuse to be identified by using a cane.

The most common cane is a six to seven foot long wand that one uses to sweep in front of themselves to

Stephanie Lopez Released From Prison

on September 24, 2016 - 3:24pm
Convicted criminals in the Baby Brianna torture, rape and murder case are Andrew Walters, Steven Lopez and Stephanie Lopez. Courtesy/NMCD
NMCD News:
GRANTS — Stephanie Lopez was released from the New Mexico Corrections Department this week after serving nearly 13 years in prison. Lopez was convicted
of child abuse resulting in death in 2003.
“This case sent shockwaves through the entire community.

New Mexico AG's Office Participates In Out Of The Darkness Walk Promoting Suicide Awareness

on September 24, 2016 - 9:02am

Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walks are taking place in communities across the country in honor of suicide awareness month. Courtesy image

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Albuquerque Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting is annual Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk in honor of suicide awareness month.

This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office will participate in the walk in Albuquerque.

Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter To Visit LANL

on September 24, 2016 - 8:11am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

DOD News:

Secretary of Defense the Honorable Ash Carter is visiting Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico Sept. 27-28 to discuss the nuclear enterprise and thank personnel for their work to ensure the readiness of the nuclear force.

During his visit to New Mexico, Carter also will tour facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to thank scientists and engineers at these facilities for their ongoing work involving the development, assessment and security of the nuclear triad.

AG Balderas Issues Safety Advisory After Yahoo Admits 500 Million User Accounts Were Stolen

on September 23, 2016 - 2:52pm

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit issued a Safety Advisory in response to Yahoo’s announcement that 500 million of its user accounts were stolen.

“This incident is a stark reminder that all New Mexicans should be proactively protecting themselves online,” Balderas said.

Hazmat Incident On Interstate 25

on September 23, 2016 - 11:40am

NMSP News:

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police handled a hazmat incident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 257 northbound involving a commercial vehicle leaking liquid oxygen.

A State Police officer on patrol noticed the vehicle leaking fluid and initiated a traffic stop. After initial contact, both northbound and southbound I-25 lanes were closed as a precaution due to the potentially hazardous chemical.

Officers determined the cause for the leak was an issue with a safety valve on the commercial vehicle.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 23, 2016 - 11:16am

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) Thursday for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition.

A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated. The RFP provides for full and open competition, and the RFP includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small business concerns.

The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $1.7B over the prospective ten-year and three months period of performance, including

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 26

on September 23, 2016 - 10:21am


Los Alamos County has issued the following Road Construction Update for the week of Sept. 26.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 for

Sheriff Responds To Questions About Todd App

on September 22, 2016 - 9:13pm
By Sheriff Marco Lucero
Los Alamos County

The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving telephone calls and has been made aware of the social media comments regarding newly registered sex offender Todd App. 

Valid concerns were raised regarding Mr. App’s sentencing related to his prior conviction for a crime he committed here in Los Alamos County back in 1984/1985. 

I would like to first of all thank those who brought this to my attention and advise you of my findings.

Sheriff's Office Announces New Registered Sex Offender Todd Frederick App In Los Alamos County

on September 22, 2016 - 12:56pm

Todd Frederick App


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is advising the community of a newly registered sex offender.

Todd Frederick App registered with the local sheriff’s office today. He was convicted July, 14, 1993 in the Superior Court of Pinal County, State of Arizona of 1 count of “Aggravated Sexual Assault, 1st Degree (Child Under 15).”  He also was convicted of 1 count of “Attempted Kidnapping, 2nd Degree”.

App is residing at 143 Monte Rey South in White Rock.

For further information regarding registered convicted sex offenders, review the Los Alamos County

Mesa Potrero Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on September 22, 2016 - 9:02am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Mesa Potrero pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
Ignitions on the 470-acre fire, located 7 miles northwest of Coyote, could begin as early as Sept. 22 and run through Dec. 31, 2016. That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

NIST Grants Take Regional Approach To Solve National Cybersecurity Challenge

on September 22, 2016 - 8:59am
Cybersecurity training and education are key components of the NIST RAMPS grants. The grants fund five regional partnerships to bring together local education and workforce to train workers to develop the skills they need to fill their region’s cybersecurity needs. Courtesy/Diego Cervo/Shutterstock
NIST News:
GAITHERSBURG, MD. — The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million for five projects that are taking a community approach to addressing the nation’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity employees.

AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14–Sept. 20, 2016

on September 21, 2016 - 2:03pm

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.


Sept. 14 at 7:38 a.m. / Police arrested John Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with conspiracy and issued him a summons to appear in court.




Sept. 15 at 7:45 a.m. / Police arrested Shawn Trujillo, 19, of Chimayo at 1695 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Sept. 15 at 1:35 p.m.

New Mexico #6 In Women Murdered By Men

on September 21, 2016 - 1:44pm
VPC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.71 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data.
This annual report is being released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study uses 2014 data, the most recent year for which information is available.