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NM Senate Passes Historic Compromise, Bipartisan REAL ID-Compliant Driver’s License Legislation

on February 14, 2016 - 8:09am

NM SENATE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate Saturday night unanimously approved House Bill 99, as amended, an historic, bipartisan compromise to bring the state’s driver’s licenses into compliance with federal REAL ID requirements.

The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for concurrence with the Senate’s amendments. The measure would make New Mexico driver’s licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act if it is approved by the House, and signed by the Governor.

“After six years of impasse, Republican Senate Leader Stuart Ingle and I worked collectively to

'Sheriff Qualifications' SB 203 Deemed Unconstitutional

on February 13, 2016 - 8:12am

STATE News:

Senate Bill 203 is deemed unconstitutional.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Martinez announced Friday afternoon that SB 203 was withdrawn by the sponsor because it was determined to be unconstiutional. 

Michael Padilla sponsored SB 203, which addressed qualifications for sheriff.

Armstrong Pushes Bill To Strengthen Medicaid Fraud

on February 13, 2016 - 7:40am
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to give the New Mexico Attorney General increased authority in investigating false Medicaid claims was heard in the House Health Committee Thursday, only a few days after Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 10 more behavioral health providers accused of Medicaid fraud more than two years ago by the Martinez Administration.
 
“While HB 201 does not relate directly to the alleged Medicaid fraud within the state’s behavioral health system,” Armstrong said, “the disastrous disruption in services those allegations caused made it

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Strategy To Defeat ISIS

on February 13, 2016 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, on worldwide threats, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) emphasized that Arab partners are integral in the fight to destroy ISIS. Heinrich also discussed the ongoing effort to dismantle ISIS's financial resources.
 
The Committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. and Director Of The Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, United States Marine Corps.
 
During the hearing, Heinrich stressed that the

EM Releases WIPP Recovery Fact Sheet

on February 12, 2016 - 8:56pm

DOE EM News:

CARLSBAD — February 2016 marks two years since the underground fire and radiological release events forced the temporary closure of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Since that time, progress in the recovery of the underground has included mine stability and habitability, initial panel closure, radiological risk remediation, and the addition of an interim ventilation system. Additionally, the site has made significant changes to all safety management programs.

Additionally, in response to investigations from the Accident Investigation Boards (AIB), the site has made

House Unanimously Approves Bill To Protect Mothers And Children

on February 12, 2016 - 7:56pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would allow mothers to terminate the parental rights of a biological father when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

House Bill 50 is sponsored by Rep. Conrad James and passed on a unanimous 58 to 0 vote.

“This bill protects mothers and their children from suffering continued harm after a sexual assault,” James said. “It offers a measure of compassion by allowing survivors of rape to sever all ties with the person who assaulted them.

Letter To The Editor: 2016 Legislation/Clearing The Air

on February 12, 2016 - 8:16am
By MARCO V. LUCERO
Los Alamos County Sheriff

This letter is to provide clarification to those who have submitted letters in opposition to SB-203.

First of all I want to make it clear that none of my testimony at our State Capitol is self-serving. The legislation I support and have always supported since my election as your sheriff has been to enhance public safety, protect our children and to better serve our communities as law enforcement officers. If one wants to consider self-motivation for their lobbying, consider the articles written in opposition to SB-203.

Should SB-203 pass, this

AG Warns Taxpayers About IRS Phone Scams

on February 12, 2016 - 7:44am
NMAG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert in response to a very large increase in reports made to the Office of the Attorney General by consumers across New Mexico regarding “IRS” scams.
 
IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and even badge numbers in New Mexico.

Poll: New Mexico Business Leaders Concerned About Ethical Behavior Of Elected Officials

on February 12, 2016 - 7:40am
CFED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A poll of New Mexico business leaders  recently found widespread concern with the history of unethical behavior from New Mexico's elected officials, the impact that big campaign donors have on state government and how contracts are awarded in the state.
 
They believe that the campaign finance system needs significant reform and voiced support for proposals that increase transparency of lobbying, disclosure of contributions and spending in elections.

District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on February 11, 2016 - 9:23am

DA News:

The District Attorney's Office is alerting residents to a scam underway in Los Alamos and surrounding areas.

The caller identifies himself or herself as an investigator with the District Attorney's Office, talks about some case and says they need to clear warrants and collect money.

The District Attorney's Office said residents are reporting receiving a call from the same telephone number: 505.221.3486. DO NOT call this number back, rather hang up and call the Los Alamos Police Department at 505.662-8222 or the District Attorney's Office at 505.827.5000.

AG Recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month; Offers Trainings To Students Across New Mexico

on February 11, 2016 - 9:07am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

NMAG News:

  • Attorney General’s Community Outreach Division offers trainings to engage students in a constructive dialogue about healthy dating behaviors and the dangers of teen dating violence

SANTA FE Today, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s continued efforts to educate students across New Mexico about the dangers of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.

“We want to help break cycles of abuse in our state by equipping young people with the

Op-Ed: Support Growing For Senate's Bipartisan Approach To Solving Real ID Compliance

on February 10, 2016 - 10:38pm
STATE News:
 
The list of citizens, commerce organizations, lawmakers and some of the governor’s most staunch supporters is growing for the State Senate’s bipartisan solution to become compliant with federal Real ID regulations.
 
Gov. Susana Martinez’s steadfast refusal to put this issue behind us and accept a proposal that can satisfy the citizens of New Mexico must come to an end.
 
Even some of her most ardent supporters, including the Albuquerque Journal and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, among others, have each publicly supported the Senate’s amended version of House Bill 99 (HB 99),

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 3 To Feb. 9, 2016

on February 10, 2016 - 3:22pm

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.

Feb. 3 at 5:31 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Brophy, 57, of Los Alamos at 2140 33rd St., charged him with aggravated battery and issued him a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo is not available.

Feb. 4 at 10:54 a.m. / Police arrested Qing Miao, 52, of Los Alamos at 751 Trinity Dr., charged her with shoplifting and issued her a summons to appear in court.

SCAM ALERT: Sheriff Issues Warning

on February 9, 2016 - 4:15pm

SHERIFF'S OFFICE News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco V. Lucero is issuing this warning to the citizens of Los Alamos County that a phone scam is underway in the local area.

Persons claiming to be either the Los Alamos County Sheriff or LASO deputies are attempting to coerce citizens into purchasing Recharge cards and asking them to meet in obscure locations to transfer those cards.

Anyone receiving such a call is advised not respond but rather contact the Los Alamos County Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

Native American Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Panel

on February 8, 2016 - 9:51am
Sen. George K. Muñoz
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. George K. Muñoz, passed the Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee.
 
The bill appropriates $150,000 to fund a clearing house Native American suicide prevention which provides culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance statewide to Native American individuals, families and tribes, nations and pueblos.
 
“Although Indian Health Services is legally responsible to provide healthcare to Native Americans, more needs to be done,” Muñoz said.

Los Alamos Women Fight Against Human Trafficking

on February 8, 2016 - 9:41am

Members of the United Methodist Women, First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos protesting human trafficking at a rally Feb. 6 in Pojoaque. Photo by Ann LePage

FUMC News:

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church staged a protest against human trafficking Saturday, Feb. 6, in Pojoaque on Rt. 285.
 
Most people in the U.S. think human trafficking is something that happens in other countries and not here. But they are wrong. The United States, and specifically New Mexico, has a huge problem with human trafficking.

House Approves Budget With Increased Funding For Public Safety And Education

on February 7, 2016 - 8:22am

STATE News:
  • Budget funds critical public safety initiatives to protect New Mexicans and enhance early childhood programs

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed the FY2017 budget on a bipartisan 38-31 vote. The budget is fiscally responsible, while still funding priorities that will keep our communities safe, protect New Mexico’s children and provide students with a quality education.

“We worked hard to secure support for necessary priorities. This budget will fund the initiatives that have been passed this session aimed to protect New Mexico families," Larry

Sheriff Marco Lucero Testifies At State Capital

on February 6, 2016 - 7:25am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County

This year’s 30-Day Legislative Session has been busy for New Mexico sheriffs. I, as your elected sheriff, have again been active in testifying at the State Capital in support of bills that will enhance penalties for crimes against children, support to help protect law enforcement officers and efforts to make the Office of the Sheriff more professional and functional.

I will begin with HB-65. This bill will enhance penalties for sex offenders who are in possession of child pornography.

Missing Person Alert: Randall Bruce Bilyeu

on February 6, 2016 - 7:23am

Minutes Matter: Knowing The Signs Of Heart Disease Can Save A Life

on February 5, 2016 - 12:02pm
 
By TERESA REYNOLDS
MSA, BSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Los Alamos Medical Center

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient.

According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, we want to make sure everyone in our community knows what signs to look for and understands what to do if you or someone you know experiences a serious heart problem.

Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

on February 5, 2016 - 8:58am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday, Feb. 2.
 
The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
 
"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams.

BETRAYAL: Students Speak Out About Dating Abuse; Deception At LAHS

on February 4, 2016 - 1:52pm

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BETRAYAL

  • Students Speak Out About Dating Abuse; Deception At LAHS
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four local students have shared details of atrocious behavior they say is underway by a group of boys at Los Alamos High School.

They said the boys created an iCloud account at the beginning of the school year “that’s going on right now”. They post nude and semi nude photos of their girlfriends and classmates in the iCloud, which now contains explicit photos of more than 100 local girls. The boys have passwords for posting and viewing the photos.

The girls told the

New LANL Security Contractor And New Lessons Learned Arrive On The Hill

on February 4, 2016 - 1:39pm

Centerra Group CEO Paul Donahue interviewed at Homewood Suites in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Paul Donahue, CEO of Centerra Group, the new protective force security contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, paid a visit to the laboratory recently from company headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was waiting in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in Pojoaque, looking positive about the day.

“Today is our first major internal exercise,” he said, brightening with the prospect.

U.S. Marshals Selling Madoff Jewelry

on February 4, 2016 - 1:31pm

Ruth Madoff's diamond tennis bracelet on the auction block through  Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique emerald and diamond neclace on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique diamond brooch on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals are selling six pieces of jewelry that formerly belonged to Bernard and Ruth Madoff in an online auction at www.txauction.com.

Most Wanted DWI Absconders

on February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm
Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE   As of today, six out of the 10 original Most Wanted DWI Absconders have been captured with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement agencies around the state.
 
The list of most wanted DWI absconders is available online here. Many of these offenders are also violent criminals who drove drunk and either seriously injured another driver or killed them, or they are repeat offenders who are at high-risk for causing a tragedy to occur in the future.
 
The list has been refreshed to include a new top 10, based on the

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