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DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg Meets With Drug Control Officials In China

on January 16, 2017 - 10:03am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and to build on DEA’s existing relationship with Chinese counter-narcotics law enforcement authorities.  
 
Rosenberg emphasized the increased cooperation between the DEA and the MPS and recognized China’s actions toward combating global synthetic drug trafficking and illicit money laundering.

Weather Update: Widespread Heavy Rain And Snow

on January 14, 2017 - 10:22pm
 
 
NWS News:
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that weather conditions will continue to deteriorate across the region through tonight as a potent upper level storm system approaches from Arizona.
 
Widespread heavy rainfall is still expected to impact the lower elevations through Sunday while very heavy snow impacts the higher terrain.
 
Widespread precipitation amounts of 1 to 2 inches will likely create some minor to moderate rises on arroyos and small streams, as well as the Pecos River.

AG Balderas Issues Statement On EPA's Refusal To Take Full Responsibility For Gold King Mine Spill

on January 13, 2017 - 11:04pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement that the agency will not take full responsibility for the Gold King Mine spill:

“New Mexico’s children, families and economy have already been devastated by the EPA’s horrific actions, and now the EPA is revictimizing our state and the Navajo Nation with its reckless refusal to take full responsibility for the toxic Gold King Mine spill.

Gov. Appoints David Jablonski Corrections Secretary

on January 13, 2017 - 5:41pm

NMCD Cabinet Secretary David Jablonski

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of David Jablonski as cabinet secretary of the Corrections Department (NMCD) following a three month tenure as acting secretary. Jablonski brings more than 18 years of state and federal law enforcement and corrections leadership experience to the department.

“Throughout his long career in public service, David has shown time and again that no challenge is too difficult to overcome and no problem too hard to solve,” Governor Susana Martinez said.

Heinrich Questions Defense Secretary Nominee On Threats To U.S., Temperament Of Trump Administration, Nuclear Weapons, National Labs

on January 13, 2017 - 4:17pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis, Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
 
Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, "I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia."
 
 
Earlier in the hearing, Heinrich invoked the Cuban

Interior Department Releases Comprehensive Roadmap To Reform Federal Coal Program

on January 13, 2017 - 7:16am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the results of a comprehensive, public review of the Nation’s federal coal program.
 
The review, based on hundreds of thousands of public comments and prompted by a Secretarial Order issued in 2016, examined concerns about the federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department’s Inspector General, Members of Congress and the public.
 
“Based on the thoughtful input we received through this extensive review, there is a

Gentry Pushes House To Protect Transparency

on January 13, 2017 - 7:02am

Rep. Nate Gentry

House Republican Communications:

SANTA FE – Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) pre-filed legislation to ensure New Mexicans have immediate access to all legislation presented on the floor of the House of Representatives.

House Resolution 1 would change the rules of the New Mexico House of Representatives to require that all floor amendments and floor substitutes be made available on the Legislature’s website at the time of their introduction.

“The public has an essential right to see the bills and amendments that are being considered by their representatives,” Gentry said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 4-10, 2017

on January 11, 2017 - 11:22am

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.

SONJA MARTINEZ

Jan. 4 at 6:54 a.m. / Police arrested Sonja Martinez, 39, of Los Alamos at 2439 46th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

MELVIN MARTINEZ

Jan. 4 at 6:45 a.m. / Police arrested Melvin Martinez, 20, of Los Alamos at 2439 46th St., and charged him with battery against a household member.

Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Prescribed Pile Burn On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District To Focus On Illegally Dumped Debris

on January 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Pile of burning debris. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an administrative pile burn to reduce illegally dumped slash and woody debris that has accumulated along Forest Road 86-A on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
 
Ignitions on the 0.1-acre site, 3 miles northeast of the Village of Pecos, may begin as early as tomorrow if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Illegal dumping is a serious problem on national forests, and even plant-based waste

FBI And Police Seek Information About Santa Fe And Las Vegas Bank Robberies

on January 11, 2017 - 7:43am
 
 
FBI News:
 
At approximately 4:55 p.m., Jan. 7, 2016, an unknown person attempted to rob the Community First Bank at 520 Douglas Ave., in Las Vegas, N.M.
 
At approximately 5 p.m., Jan. 8, 2014, an unknown male robbed the New Mexico Bank & Trust at 1549 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bank robbery suspect.

 
Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300. Tips also can be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

Ivey-Soto Files Legislation To Create Public Accountability Board

on January 10, 2017 - 11:51am
Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto/Courtesy photo
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, State Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto pre-filed Senate Bill 72, the Public Accountability Act, which will significantly strengthen ethics enforcement across state and local government. 
 
It creates a venue for the public to bring forward ethical concerns related to the conduct of public officials and the management of public dollars.
 
This legislation represents the most comprehensive ethics enforcement reform to be introduced in the state legislature.

Common Cause Priorities For 2017 Session

on January 10, 2017 - 7:43am

Viki Harrison, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico

POLITICAL News:

Disclosing information about ever-more powerful PACS, creation of an independent ethics commission and better monitoring of the activities and expenditures of lobbyists will be top priorities of Common Cause New Mexico in the 2017 legislative session. 

The non-partisan good government group will also continue its drive to increase voter participation in elections through measures to ease registration and open primaries to those who decline to state a party preference. 

“Sometimes it feels like we are singing the

Despite Mounting Tensions, Hecker Holds On To Rational View Of Nuclear Context

on January 9, 2017 - 10:30pm
Former LANL Director Sig Hecker speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
Audience members listen as Sig Hecker speaks Friday evening in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

As a president-elect tweets cryptic notions about nuclear weapons and appears to embrace a former adversary of the Cold War, tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans are discussing national security uncertainties in the global nuclear arena.

“We are entering uncharted territory,” said Sig Hecker, former Los Alamos

Sen. Udall On Official Reopening Of WIPP

on January 9, 2017 - 12:26pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall offered his congratulations and ongoing support for workers, the Department of Energy and the nation’s important nuclear waste cleanup mission as Carlsbad’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was officially reopened for waste storage.

“Today’s official reopening of WIPP is a tremendous accomplishment for the employees and members of the Carlsbad community, who play a vitally important role in our nation’s security and nuclear cleanup effort.

NMSP: Difficult Driving Conditions Across State

on January 8, 2017 - 9:30am

NMSP News:
As Thursday's winter storm moved through New Mexico, it created some difficult driving conditions and New Mexico State Police Officers assisted motorists and investigatied crashes.
 
From 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, state police investigated 14 injury crashes, 58 non-injury crashes and assisted 102 motorists.
 
New Mexico State Police remind motorists to always travel prepared:
  • First and foremost, always wear a seatbelt and SLOW DOWN;
  • Allow extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you;
  • Be alert of potential "Black Ice" on the roadway; and

Letter to the Editor: Regarding Unleashed Dog Debate

on January 8, 2017 - 9:21am
By GARETH GRIFFITH
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to bring another perspective to this debate. I would like to preface this with the fact that a previous dog we owned had been so regularly subjected to unleashed "out of control" dogs attacking him that around age 5, he began to attack any dog who approached him out of fear. That never changed until he passed away. This then meant that in any populated area, we had to keep him on a leash.

Letter To The Editor: Dog Encounter Terrifying To Family

on January 7, 2017 - 3:21pm

Letter To The Editor: Council Needs To Tackle Off-Leash Dog Issue And Enforcement Needs Teeth

on January 7, 2017 - 3:05pm
By TJ TAUB
Los Alamos

In college, I lived next door to some folks who had a very nice, sweet, goofy dog named Broccoli. They sneered at me when I quit letting my dog run free after she and Broccoli sauntered down an ally and across a busy street where my pup was nicked by a car. Broccoli continued to be able to run free – and ended up being dragged under a car for a mile. Still literally makes me sick to my stomach.

I share the frustration of not being able to take a relaxing walk with the dog in Los Alamos. Instead, I have to keep an eye out for unleashed dogs.

AG Creates Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network ... Training Jan. 11

on January 6, 2017 - 9:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced a new initiative by his office to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico.
 
Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will kick off by hosting an Opioid Abuse Training Jan. 11 in Albuquerque.

Letter To The Editor: It's Time To Reclaim Our Streets, Parks And Trails!

on January 6, 2017 - 9:33am

LANL On Weather Delay: Employees Should Report To Work Between 10-10:30 a.m. Today

on January 6, 2017 - 7:52am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to the winter snow storm.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Weather Alert: UNM-LA On 2-Hour Delay

on January 6, 2017 - 7:28am

UNM-LA is on a 2-hour delay today due to the winter snow storm.

LANL Boosts Performance Grade To Very Good

on January 5, 2017 - 11:22pm

The Los Alamos National Laboratory complex at dawn with a backdrop of the Jemez Mountain range. Courtesy/LANS
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

While improvement arrives too late to make up for inadequate performance evaluations of the last two years, the National Nuclear Security Administration scored Los Alamos National Laboratory higher on the whole this year, with six out of six ratings of “good” or better.

The lowest marks came in the highest weighted category, which was operations and infrastructure.

Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Russian Hacking Of U.S. Election

on January 5, 2017 - 11:21pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich questions senior intelligence officials on foreign cyber threats. ScreenShot/LADP

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned senior intelligence officials about cybersecurity threats, including Russia's hacking of the U.S. presidential election.

The committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr.; Under Secretary Of Defense For Intelligence Marcel J. Lettre II and Admiral Michael S.

Weather Alert: SFCC And SFHEC Closed Friday

on January 5, 2017 - 11:01pm

SFCC News:

Due to road conditions and weather forecast in the area, Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Friday, Jan. 6.​

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