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High Flyers Hosts Self Defense Seminar For Women

on July 7, 2015 - 8:20am

SFCSO Gifts Vehicle To Los Alamos Sheriff

on July 6, 2015 - 7:28pm
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert A. Garcia presented an official vehicle slated for auction to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero last week in Santa Fe. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert A. Garcia presented an official vehicle slated for auction to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero last week in Santa Fe.
"He said it was to help me out and in honor of my 23 years of service as a sheriff with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department," Lucero said.
Lucero is serving his second term in office and his requests for an official

Governor: Everyone Has A Duty Under The Law To Report Suspected Child Abuse

on July 6, 2015 - 12:09pm
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez and local leaders are gathering in Albuqueruqe to remind New Mexicans that anyone who suspects that child abuse or neglect is taking place must report it.
Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect decline over the summer months, when children are not in school. New Mexicans can easily report suspected child abuse or neglect by dialing #SAFE.

“As New Mexicans, we all have a duty under the law to report suspected child abuse or neglect,” Martinez said.

Governor Announces KAFB Jet Fuel Spill Treatment

on July 6, 2015 - 9:52am
Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE — Wednesday July 1, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Air Force is now pumping and treating water from a jet fuel leak first detected at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999.
While previous administrations failed to hold the Air Force accountable, Gov. Martinez’s administration has worked closely with the Air Force to facilitate the clean-up.
“Protecting our precious water supply is non-negotiable,” Martinez said.

NMED Terminates Compliance Order For Chupadero

on July 6, 2015 - 6:50am
NMED News:
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announces it is terminating the Administrative Order issued to Chupadero Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA) for violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Chupadero MDWCA is a Community Public Water System in Santa Fe County serving a population of 160 residents.
The NMED Drinking Water Bureau issued Administrative Order No.

NWS Predicts Continued Thunderstorms

on July 6, 2015 - 6:47am

As the sun rises over White Rock this morning, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque predicts today's high near 81 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. The NWS predicts tonight's low around 52 with continued thunderstorms likely, and some of those storms may produce heavy rain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Cops Win Tight Game Against Firefighters

on July 5, 2015 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes hands the traveling trophy over to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone following Saturday's annual 4th of July softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes proves he still has what it takes. Photo by Kateri Morris

Family and friends show support during Saturday's annual July 4 LAPD vs LAFD softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris


Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Polcie Drpartment and the Los Alamos Fire Department met for their annual 4th of July softball game Saturday morning at Overlook Park.

Monsoon Surge With Flash Flooding Possible

on July 5, 2015 - 11:32am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque reports a monsoon moisture surge with flash flooding and possible main stem river rises.

A very moist, unstable atmosphere is in place over New Mexico and will get a boost through Tuesday as a strong front moves into the area. The heaviest rainfall is expected to focus along and east of the Continental Divide through Tuesday.

Key Impacts:

  • Slow moving and repeated thunderstorms will result in locally heavy rainfall with flash flooding possible, especially in areas that have already seen heavy rain the past several

Cone Zone: Week Of July 6

on July 5, 2015 - 8:10am


Road Construction Update: July 6:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Work on 43rd Street (south) will begin Tuesday, July 7. Crews will be trenching and installing water lines. Work on 44th Street continues.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Minimizing Impact Of Data Breach, Improving Security Controls

on July 4, 2015 - 7:39am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information.

In a letter to the OPM director, the senators expressed their disappointment with the data breach and called on OPM to take specific actions to improve security controls and prevent cyber theft.

In June, OPM warned that millions of

NASA Grant To Help Control Mosquitoes

on July 4, 2015 - 7:35am
NASA News:
BROOKINGS, S.D.   When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it’s all about timing.
Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.
People notice the nuisance mosquitoes that come out early in the season, but the Culex tarsalis mosquito, which carries West Nile, is active later in the season and later in the evening, explained SDSU biology professor Michael Hildreth.
Since 2003, he has helped the South Dakota Department of Health with

FBI: Shiprock Man Sentenced For Federal Theft

on July 4, 2015 - 6:41am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Orlando Jay Johnson, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, has been sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on theft occurring in Indian Country.
Johnson was arrested Oct. 31, 2014, after officers of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety were called to a fast food restaurant in Shiprock in response to a report that an elderly Navajo man had been robbed of his wallet and money.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson followed the

DOE To Assess Groundwater At LANL

on July 3, 2015 - 7:03am

DOE News:

In an Environmental Assessment (EA), the Department of Energy proposes to further evaluate, characterize and address chromium contamination in the groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The proposed action consists of two activities:

  • Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure, would hydraulically control the downgradient migration of the chromium groundwater plume in the regional aquifer.
  • Chromium Plume-Center Characterization, would identify and evaluate the feasibility of potential long-term actions to fully remediate the chromium plume.


Udall, Heinrich Announce $365,000 to Prevent Drunk Driving, Improve Traffic Safety

on July 3, 2015 - 6:59am


WASHINGTON D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads.

The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs.

The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S.

Holiday Weekend Monsoon Surge With Heavy Rainfall

on July 2, 2015 - 4:11pm
NOAA News:

The National Weather Service has announced a monsoon moisture surge with flash flooding possible over the holiday weekend.

Timing - Moisture will surge into the area today and significantly increase the coverage of showers and storms with heavy rainfall through Independence Day.
Location - The heaviest rainfall is expected to impact Central and Eastern NM Thursday and Friday, then over the Rio Grande Valley and Continental Divide Saturday.
Key Impacts:
  • Thunderstorms will produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning stikes and gusty outflow winds, elevating

MADD And AG Urge: Plan Ahead For 4th Of July

on July 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

  • Use Safe Ride Services

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for 4th of July celebrations and not drive after drinking.

“As tens of thousands of New Mexicans head out to celebrate the 4th of July holiday this weekend, I am asking all New Mexicans to plan ahead and not drive after drinking,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Plan ahead by finding a designated driver, scheduling a taxi or car, or using Safe Ride Home services in your area.

Police: TAG YOUR TOTS At Overlook Park July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 9:23am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the 4th of July festivities as a part of the TAG YOUR TOTS initiative.

Parents may come to the LAPD information tent that will be set up in the south west corner of the Paul Spirio soccer fields at overlook park. 

“We want to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a brief moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so that, in the event they are separated from their families, they can be reunited with them quickly and easily,” Cmdr.

CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

on July 2, 2015 - 7:24am

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

Water Used For Hydraulic Fracturing Varies Widely

on June 30, 2015 - 2:18pm
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The research found that water volumes for hydraulic fracturing averaged within watersheds across the United States range from as little as roughly 9,800 liters (2,600 gallons) to as much as 37 million liters (9.7 million gallons) per well.

Heavy Fuels Continue Burning In Commissary Fire

on June 30, 2015 - 8:01am


The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is 13 miles to the east of Pecos, and two miles south of Barillas Peak.

Despite heavy rainstorms Saturday and a bit more rain early Sunday morning, heavy fuels in the interior of the fire continued to burn with a minimal amount of smoke. Total precipitation over the last 24 hours was reported at about a half inch.

Crews will continue chipping along the western boundary of Forest Road 66 in anticipation of the next opportunity to allow the fire to grow to meet resource objectives.

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

Udall Discusses Critical Need To Address Youth Suicide In Native Communities

on June 29, 2015 - 4:08pm
WASHINGTON  Wednesday June 24, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Tom Udalldiscussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth.
He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services.
Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the University of New Mexico (UNM) on risk factors that may place Native youth at

Legal Agreement Reached To Reduce Power Plant Pollution Damaging Southwest’s National Parks

on June 29, 2015 - 12:35pm
NPCA News:
WASHINGTON  The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and other clean air advocates, represented by Earthjustice, reached an agreement today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant to reduce the plant’s pollution and improve the health of surrounding communities and national parks.
“For far too long, the irresponsible management of Four Corners has denied the Navajo people the basic human right to clean, healthy air in our communities,” said Lori Goodman, board member of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our

Kids Count Conference Welcomes Sen. Heinrich

on June 29, 2015 - 12:29pm
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, who will unveil new legislation that he is sponsoring in Congress, will be among the speakers at today's 3rd Annual KIDS COUNT Conference presented by New Mexico Voices for Children.
The theme of this year’s conference is Child Well-Being: A 2-Generation Approach.
There is a full slate of speakers for the day-long event, which includes the presentation of the 21st annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards, a special screening of the documentary on child abuse, Everyone’s Business: Protecting our Children, and a panel on child abuse, which

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider Awarded Firefighter Commendation From American Legion

on June 29, 2015 - 12:22pm
On behalf of the American Legion, Department of New Mexico, Cmdr. Paul Espinoza honored Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider with a Certificate of Commendation Satuurday at the local Legion for his 18 years of service to the community and leadership. The award signifies honor and service, and is given to a firefighter who exemplifies these characteristics in a special way. Photo by Leland Lehman/
LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider with his Certificate of Commendation awarded to him by American Legion Cmdr. Paul Espinosa. Photo by Leland Lehman/