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Alert: Employees Injured Today At LANSCE

on May 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory just issued the following memo to employees regarding an incident that occurred today at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE):

To employees regarding injuries at LANSCE

This is an informational memorandum from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications and Public Affairs Office:

On Sunday (May 3), during preventive maintenance operations at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a Laboratory employee was burned while working at an electrical substation.

A Look On The Brighter Side Of Global Warming

on May 3, 2015 - 3:36pm
Scientist Chick Keller speaks at a symposium on climate change held at St. John's College in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
Audience members listen to speakers at the symposium on climate change. Photo by Roger Snodgrass

The threat of catastrophic global warming is still very much upon us, but according to some knowledgeable speakers on the eve of Earth Day 2015, there are a few new grounds for encouragement despite the prevailing gloom.

“I don’t think there is any serious debate about the science anymore,” said former U.S. Sen.

Conservation Groups Ask New Mexico Game Commission To Oppose Cougar Trapping Proposal

on May 3, 2015 - 10:16am

Courtesy/TrapFree New Mexico

TFNM News:

  • Trapping Plan Would Increase Cruelty, Put Other Wildlife, Pets at Risk

SILVER CITY—Eight conservation organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition have sent a letter urging state game commissioners to reject the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's proposed cougar trapping season.

The coalition letter highlights the dangers traps pose to outdoor enthusiasts, nontarget animals and pets like the dog caught in a trap last month in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

Owners of accidentally trapped pets can face extensive veterinary expenses

How To Prevent Dog Bites

on May 3, 2015 - 9:46am

Dr. Bob Fuselier


Preventing dog bites is everyone’s responsibility whether you are a dog owner or not. Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) building at 246 East Road in Los Alamos. 

Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim.

Los Alamos Fire Department Promotes 11 Firefighters

on May 2, 2015 - 12:58pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department promoted 11 firefighters during a special ceremony Friday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, with newly promoted Battalion Chief Ramon Garcia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, presents badge for newly promoted Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria with his wife Helen and their children. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Adrian Carbajal and his family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

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Parks Division Sprays Weeds At Overlook Park May 5-8

on May 2, 2015 - 7:50am


The Los Alamos County Parks Division will be applying Broad Leaf Weed Herbicides (Trimec) May 5-8 at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

Udall And Heinrich Issue Statements On Proposed Interim Nuclear Waste Facility In New Mexico

on May 2, 2015 - 7:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statements on the proposal for New Mexico to become an interim storage site for high-level nuclear waste:

"I don't think we should be talking about this at all while the state and the Department of Energy are still addressing the serious accident and radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Lab Performs Canyon Cleanup Near Smith’s Marketplace

on May 1, 2015 - 12:16pm

To complete cleanup activities at one of the few remaining legacy sites along Los Alamos Canyon, crews are using a specialized spider excavator to remove a small area of mercury-contaminated soil from the less than 45-degree-angled canyon-side slope. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Reducing historical footprint through environmental cleanup

Los Alamos National Laboratory is performing a high-angle canyon-side cleanup on U.S. Department of Energy property just south of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

Work is scheduled to begin this month and will take about two months to complete.

“We are committed to

Governor And DOE Secretary Announce WIPP Settlement

on May 1, 2015 - 10:47am

WIPP News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the terms Thursday of a $73 million settlement of the State’s claims against the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors related to the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, including the associated activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The Department of Energy and the State of New Mexico have worked together to identify projects at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the Los Alamos National Laboratory that are mutually beneficial and

Udall On DOE Settlement For WIPP Radiation Release

on May 1, 2015 - 10:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the $73 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the state of New Mexico.

Investigations by DOE and the state have found that numerous violations at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community.

Udall statement:

“New Mexicans are rightly disturbed by the violations at Los Alamos and WIPP, which led to the radiation release

Los Alamos County Police Launch Safety Town Program

on May 1, 2015 - 9:25am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department is welcoming applications for the inaugural Los Alamos County Safety Town.

This free program will run 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday June 15-26 at Mountain Elementary School. This program is open to children entering Kindergarten in August.

Safety Town will provide the opportunity for students to learn about several aspects of safety in the hopes of preparing them for the new hazards they will face as they enter school as well as hazards they may face in their neighborhoods and in the community.

Los Alamos Police Blotter April 23 To April 29, 2015

on April 30, 2015 - 9:05pm

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.

April 23 at 7:44 a.m. / A 54-year-old Abiquiu man reported that someone damaged his vehicle parked on Rose Street. The estimated loss is unknown.


April 23 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Victor Martinez, 31, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





April 23 at 11:48 a.m.

County Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting May 19

on April 30, 2015 - 3:17pm


Los Alamos County is finalizing its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). This will be an update to the 2006 plan. 

The purpose of this LHMP update is to assess risk to natural hazards, implement actions to reduce future losses, and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Members of the community have a very important role in this process, and a draft of the LHMP Update will be presented to the public at 6 p.m. May 19 in Council Chambers.

Background-checks Database Breach Heightens Blackmail Risk

on April 30, 2015 - 9:52am

Security breach image. Courtesy/missionmode

HSNW News:

Newly released documents show how hackers infiltrated servers used by US Investigations Services (USIS), a federal contractor that conducts background checks for DHS.

In a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last week, Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland said more than 27,000 personnel seeking security clearances likely were affected by the USIS breach. Similar hacks also affected servers at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which holds information on security clearance investigations.

Once hackers

NEI Commends Consent-Based Used Fuel Storage Solution

on April 30, 2015 - 7:33am

NEI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute Tuesday welcomed a consent-based approach in New Mexico to manage used nuclear fuel from U.S. commercial reactors. Holtec International announced a memorandum of agreement with two New Mexico counties to establish a consolidated interim storage facility in southeastern New Mexico.

The announcement took place in Albuquerque and included support from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Convicted Sex Offender From Los Alamos Sentenced To 10 Years For Federal Child Pornography Possession

on April 29, 2015 - 10:22pm

Kyle Morrow

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Kyle Morrow, 30, of Los Alamos was sentenced this morning in federal court to 120 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possession of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Morrow will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

Morrow was arrested on federal child pornography charges March 7, 2014, based on a criminal complaint alleging possession of child pornography.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico Throughout May

on April 29, 2015 - 10:36am
SANTA FE  State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May.
Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Faulty Underground Cable Causes Tuesday’s Outage

on April 29, 2015 - 9:17am

DPU News:

Electric linemen from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities determined that a faulty underground cable at 39th Street was the cause of Tuesday's power outage, which affected more than 1,000 residents.

The 30 minute outage affected the Western Area and extended east to Oppenheimer Drive. Isolating the faulty line, crews were able to backfeed the affected area with another source, restoring power by 11:50 a.m., and by 3:30 p.m., complete the repairs.

The distribution system is expected to be placed to its original configuration today.


‘Cyber WHO’ Needed To Bolster World’s Inadequate Cyber Governance Framework

on April 29, 2015 - 9:01am

There is an urgent need to act to stem cyber risks, including threats that originate across borders. Better global governance would be a significant step toward efforts to mitigate risks. Courtesy/ZIG

HSNW News:

A new report on cyber governance commissioned by Zurich Insurance Group highlights challenges to digital security and identifies new opportunities for business.

It calls for the establishment of guiding principles to build resilience and the establishment of supranational governance bodies such as a Cyber Stability Board and a “Cyber WHO.”

Zurich Insurance Group and ESADE Center

Heinrich Helps Residents Prepare For Wildfire Season

on April 29, 2015 - 8:41am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to help New Mexicans prepare for wildfire season, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. is encouraging residents to visit the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center on his website here, which includes a Public Service Announcement, as well as active wildfire information, prevention tips, best practices to protect homes and businesses, and more.

  • ONLINE - Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center 
  • TV PSA - Helping New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season
  • RADIO PSA - Helping New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season


Committee Passage Of Udall Bill A Big Step Closer To Law Protecting Kids From Chemicals

on April 28, 2015 - 11:10am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 15-5 to move his bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to the full Senate:

"I want to thank all of the members of the committee for their thoughtful consideration of our legislation to finally overhaul the failed 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. I especially want to thank Senators Whitehouse, Merkley and Booker for their work to improve key protections for consumers and to give states greater power to

'A Dose of Reality' Campaign Launched To Combat Teen Prescription Painkiller Abuse

on April 26, 2015 - 9:17am
HSD News:
SANTA FE  the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) announced Tuesday a new statewide prevention campaign to further combat prescription drug abuse.
Called A Dose of Reality, the campaign educates youth and their parents about the serious risks of addiction and overdose from prescription painkiller abuse.
Every day, almost 2,500 youth nationwide between the ages of 12 and 17 will abuse prescription drugs for the first time. In New Mexico, nearly one in 11 high school students report having abused prescription painkillers.

DOE Accident Investigation Board Concludes: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around For Radioactive Release At WIPP

on April 24, 2015 - 3:09pm
DOE Accident Investigation Board Chair Ted Wyka speaking at Thursday's Town Hall meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visual depiction of Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP, where Drum 68660 in row 16, column 4 leaked radioactive material. The DOE Accident Investigation Board issued a 670-page forensic study of the Feb. 2014 accident and its aftermath. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ted Wyka, chairman for the Department of Energy Accident Investigation Board was at Fuller Lodge Thursday night to inform the Los

LANL: SOC - IGUA Agree To 60-Day Contract Extension

on April 24, 2015 - 2:58pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced that the contractor that provides security Protective Force services to the Laboratory, SOC-LA, and the International Guards Union of America Local #69 (IGUA) have agreed to a 60-day contract extension.

Union Protective Force personnel will continue to work as normal during the extension period, so a contingency plan to deploy an augmented Protective Force will not be implemented at this time.

County's Annual Trimec Spraying Runs April 28-30

on April 24, 2015 - 6:23am


The Parks Division will be applying Broad Leaf Weed Herbicides (Trimec) April 28 through April 30 in the following areas of White Rock:

  • Overlook Park; and
  • Rover Park