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New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico

DOJ: First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Deadly Fentanyl And Other Opiates

on October 19, 2017 - 10:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed Oct. 17, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 
 
The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors of fentanyl and other opiate substances to be designated as Consolidated Priority

County Files Petition In Sherman Dog Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:37am

COURT News:

A petition to adjudicate two dogs belonging to Leslie Sherman of White Rock as dangerous has been filed in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges were in connection with the Mar. 29 death of a small dog at an Acoma Lane home. At that time, Sherman’s dogs were seized and kept at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

In May, the criminal charges against Sherman were dismissed and a civil complaint

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

on October 19, 2017 - 6:33am
NPS News:
 
Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects this week. The prescribed burn are within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
 
The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National Park Service officials hope to decrease the potential for future high-intensity fires by

FBI: Taos County Rancher Sentenced To Prison For Carjacking Utility Workers On His Ranch

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Howieson, 56, of Costilla, was sentenced Oct. 6 in Albuquerque, to a year and a day in prison for his conviction on a federal carjacking charge. Howieson will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.
 
The FBI arrested Howieson Oct. 11, 2016, on a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was superseded Feb.

Judge Denies Dangerousness Motion In Collins Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am

Tyson Collins enters the First Judicial District Courtroom of Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state man was granted conditions of release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist that he remain incarcerated pending trial.

Tyler Collins was charged Oct.

EM Manager Doug Hintze Briefs RCLC Board

on October 18, 2017 - 11:11am

Doug Hintze, head of Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office addresses Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members Friday at their quarterly meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Topping the list of main priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 is enhancing oversight and maintaining focus on safety, efficiency and transparency, said Doug Hintze, manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office.

Hintze told board members at the Regional

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 11 - Oct. 16, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 10:11am

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 against them.

JOHN CRAVEN

Oct. 11 at 1:07 p.m. / Police arrested John Craven, 35 of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARIA E. VALDEZ

Oct. 12 at 9:15 a.m. / Police arrested Maria E.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Cañada De Los Alamos In Santa Fe County

on October 18, 2017 - 9:19am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that a “boil water advisory” is required for the Cañada de Los Alamos Mutual Domestic Water Users Association (MDWCA) in Santa Fe County.
 
Cañada de Los Alamos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system.

SFNF: Two Prescribed Burns Proceed

on October 18, 2017 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
 
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout.

NNSA Completes FPU Of W80-1 Alt 369

on October 18, 2017 - 6:08am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed the First Production Unit (FPU) of the W80-1 Alteration (Alt) 369.
 
This accomplishment is an important step toward maintaining nuclear capabilities that will help deter attacks on the United States and its allies.
 
“The dedicated team at Pantex went above and beyond to complete this milestone before fiscal year 2017 came to a close,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application.

Memorial For Former LAFD Capt. John H. Snyder

on October 17, 2017 - 10:42pm
Former Los Alamos Fire Department Capt. John H. Snyder. Courtesy photo

LAFD News:

 
The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the passing of former Capt. John H. Snyder. John died Saturday, Oct. 14 after battling cancer for several months. A memorial service is being held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Griffin Gym.
 
During his career, John was a Paramedic-Captain and Support Officer.

NMDOT Encourages Teen Safety On The Road During National Teen Driver Safety Week

on October 17, 2017 - 11:19am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation encourages teens to drive safely and urges parents to talk to their teens about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is Oct. 15 – 21.
 
“It is so important that parents are consistently talking to their teens about safe driving habits – this week and every week,” said NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church. “It can help save lives on the road.”
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 – 18 nationally.

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

DEA Kicks Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23

on October 17, 2017 - 5:20am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, Oct. 23. 
 
The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.
 
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and

Rio Rancho PD Seeks Help Finding Former Los Alamos Resident Joseph Roach Missing Since December

on October 17, 2017 - 5:14am

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach has been missing since December 2016. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Rio Rancho Police Det. Aaron Brown is seeking the public's assistance in finding former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach, 31, who was reported missing in January.

Roach was last seen in Rio Rancho in late December 2016, Brown said. Friends have been posting flyers in the area as well as appeals on social media.

Brown asks that anyone with any information as to Roach's whereabouts call him at 505.891.5930. He said callers may report anonymously if they wish.

Former Los Alamos

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

FBI: Navajo Man From Shiprock Gets Six Years For Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

on October 16, 2017 - 8:17am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Zachariah Nez, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque, to six years in prison for his conviction on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Nez will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Nez was arrested in October 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, Oct. 17, 2016. 
 
According to the complaint, Nez killed the victim by striking him with a rock.
 
Nez was

New Mexico State Police Seek Assistance In Armed Robbery/Carjacking Investigation

on October 16, 2017 - 8:10am
Terra Silver
 
NMSP News:
 
PECOS  The New Mexico State Police is investigating an armed robbery of a male victim, which occurred at an ATM around 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos.
 
Tranquilino Louis Valencia
 
Investigators believe at least three suspects, two males and a female, were involved in this incident. One male subject, identified as Mariano Francisco Araica-Avalos, was taken into custody by State Police and interviewed.
 
The remaining two suspects, later identified as 33-year-old Tranquilino Louis Valencia and 17-year-old Terra Silva, were involved in a subsequent carjacking at a

AGU: Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak

on October 16, 2017 - 6:25am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.
 
new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.

IRS: Fake Insurance Tax Form Scam Aims At Stealing Data From Tax Professionals And Their Clients

on October 16, 2017 - 6:24am

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Thursday alerted tax professionals and their clients to a fake insurance tax form scam that is being used to access annuity and life insurance accounts.
 
Cybercriminals currently are combining several tactics to create a complex scheme through which both tax professionals and taxpayers have been victimized.
 
There may be variations but here’s how one scam works: The cybercriminal, impersonating a legitimate cloud-based storage provider, entices a tax professional with a phishing email.

FBI: Bearded Man In Black T-Shirt Robs Albq. Bank

on October 14, 2017 - 4:16pm

Suspect wanted for robbing bank this afternoon in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man with a beard and wearing a black T-shirt robbed a bank this afternoon, Oct. 14 in northeast Albuquerque. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build. He had a short beard. He wore a black T-shirt, a dark baseball cap with an unknown logo, and dark pants. 

At approximately 12:47 p.m., the suspect entered US Bank at 3620 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. He presented a demand note to a teller and also made verbal demands for money.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women

on October 14, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. 
 
Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August. 
 
“All people,

Persons Prosecuted For Commercial Exploitation Of Children Nearly Doubled Between 2004 And 2013

on October 14, 2017 - 6:18am
OJP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual number of persons prosecuted for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) cases filed in U.S. district court nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, increasing from 1,405 to 2,776 cases, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced Thursday.
 
During the period, a CSEC crime was the most serious offense or lead charge for 37,105 suspects referred to U.S. attorneys for investigation.

New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

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