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FBI: Albuquerque Man Gets 20 Years For Bank Robbery Spree

on January 9, 2018 - 10:19am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief of Police Michael Geier of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) announced today that Christopher James Baum, 37, of Albuquerque, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his conviction on federal bank robbery charges. Baum will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Baum, whose criminal history included three prior bank robbery convictions, was prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that

Scam Alert: Want To Lose Some Pounds In The New Year? Don’t Lose Your Hard-Earned Cash While Scammers Fatten Up Their Bank Accounts

on January 9, 2018 - 10:06am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As 2018 begins, Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning consumers against weight loss scams targeting New Mexicans for their New Year’s resolutions.
 
Scammers often take advantage of the fact that many New Mexicans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight by advertising pills, regimes, diets, and exercise machines that promise miraculous and unrealistic results. Almost without exception, these promises are at best misleading, and at worst completely false.
 
“Beware of any garment, gizmo, pill or potion that promises

Bobcat Spotted Wandering Around Golf Course

on January 8, 2018 - 5:24pm

This bobcat was spotted Sunday wandering around the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Bobcat spotted Sunday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Bobcat spotted Sunday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Jemez Ranger District Begins Joaquin Prescribed Burn

on January 8, 2018 - 5:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the Joaquin fuelwood unit Thursday, Jan. 11 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 90-acres of the 115-acre area.

Governor Unveils Legislative Proposals To Fight Crime

on January 8, 2018 - 2:59pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Measures Focus on Targeting Repeat Offenders, Supporting Police and Courts and Protecting Children

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov Susana Martinez unveiled a comprehensive series of legislative proposals designed to crack down on crime throughout New Mexico. The measures focus on targeting repeat offenders, supporting police officers and the courts and protecting children.

“For too long, violent and repeat criminals have terrorized our families and communities,” Martinez said.

FDA Indefinitely Delays Enforcing Four Food Safety Modernization Act Provisions

on January 8, 2018 - 10:42am

HSNW News:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that, for now, it will not enforce four rules related to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a law passed in 2011 that signaled the biggest overhaul in the U.S. food safety laws in seventy years.

In a press release, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that although the FDA has been working hard to implement provisions of the law, “we recognize that such a fundamental change in our food safety approach may require adjustments along the way to address issues that had not been previously anticipated.” He

Attorney General Balderas Releases Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement

on January 8, 2018 - 7:09am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.
 
The Attorney General is releasing the first version of the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement today as part of his

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
 
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
 
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this

County DWI Planning Council Meets Jan. 11

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

Pearce On UNM Suspending Lead Physician In Fetal Tissue Research While Investigation Moves Forward

on January 7, 2018 - 6:33am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of Dr. Robin Ohls, lead physician in fetal tissue research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center"

“For years, this issue has divided the University of New Mexico, board of regents, and the community. The University and Health Sciences Center has been in an incredibly difficult position working through a number of allegations and potential questions relating to research being conducted.

“The action

Donor Helps Students Struggling With Food Insecurity

on January 7, 2018 - 6:30am
Mia Holsapple and Shawn Roman share breakfast pizzas with staff at LAMS. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:

National Milk Day is Jan. 11. People may not realize that there are students in this community who struggle daily with food insecurity and can’t afford costs associated with the school lunch program.

As the holidays arrived in 2017, so did a local donor who wanted to help local children with that struggle.

Reservoir And Access Road Closed To Public Monday

on January 6, 2018 - 11:26am

Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir. Courtesy/LANL

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road, will be closed Monday, Jan. 8 through the summer of 2018.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
 
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
 
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
 
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

Luján Statement On Governor’s Termination Of Contract With Senior Services Agency

on January 6, 2018 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement after news reports indicate that the Martinez administration had rescinded its contract with the agency that coordinates a variety of services for more than 70,000 New Mexico seniors:

“I am alarmed by reports indicating that Gov. Martinez has abruptly terminated contracts with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging which serves 32 of the 33 counties in our state and is part of the federally established Area Agencies on Aging,” Luján said.

Pajarito Acres/La Senda Shoulder Work Begins Jan. 8

on January 5, 2018 - 8:52am

COUNTY News:

Starting Monday, Jan. 8, Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division crews will start work in La Senda and Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

Crews will be repairing shoulders in the neighborhoods where asphalt on the side of the roadways has started to degrade and crumble. Crews will be adding fill to these damaged areas to support the roadway.

It is expected that work should last approximately two weeks.

Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving near the construction zone.

Any questions can be directed to the Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets office at

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Releases Warrant List

on January 5, 2018 - 7:11am

COURT News:

Judge Pat Casados has released a list of warrants active as of noon, Jan. 2 from Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

“We are cleaning house and want to get these warrants cleared up if possible,” Judge Casados said. “We plan to post our outstanding warrants on a monthly basis and hope those on the list will be prompted to take the necessary steps to resolve them.”

Judge Casados stressed that no amnesty program is in effect for the warrants.

Any defendant who needs more information is encouraged to contact the Court at 505.662.2727 or the New Mexico Warrant Hotline, 575.524.5860 or

Communication 5: Unauthorized Access To Information

on January 5, 2018 - 6:39am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

As stated in the last column, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence.

Computer networking technologies - intranet, extranet, and internet - have advanced to the point where information can be stored, transmitted, and available to people accessing and conducting their business anytime and from anywhere.

Utility Tree Trimming Begins On Orange Street

on January 4, 2018 - 3:03pm

COUNTY News:

Starting this week Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees around power lines on Orange Street in Los Alamos. 

In subsequent weeks, crews will work through the Denver Steels neighborhood.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Abe Dispennette Trains For Infantry Command

on January 4, 2018 - 8:56am
Abe Dispennette of Los Alamos is sworn in Decemeber to the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business owner Abe Dispennette moved his status in the Army Reserves to a position in the New Mexico National Guard during a special swearing in ceremony in December.

“I will be going through training as an 09S, which is an enlisted position that will commission me as an infantry commander of the 1-200 Regiment once training is over,” he said.

Dispennette left Tuesday for that training, which runs through late

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

Former Jail Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Contact With Minors

on January 4, 2018 - 7:52am

Dustin Bingham and his attorney Stephen D. Aarons Wednesday morning in First Judicial  District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

District Attorney Marco Serna, right, Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Stephen D. Aarons consult with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in court Wednesday as bailiff Steve Bing looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE Former Los Alamos County detention officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Bingham, 37, will spend

LAFD Responds To Light Fixture Incident At TA-55

on January 4, 2018 - 7:21am

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has confirmed reports that the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a minor incident involving a light fixture at a Los Alamos National Laboratory support building at TA-55.

“At about 10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2017, a light fixture in the PF-314 building – a non-nuclear, non-radiological support warehouse – failed,” an NNSA spokesperson said.  “An employee responded by pulling a fire alarm and turning off the light switch.”

LAFD responded and found a small carbon mark on the light fixture but no other indications of a fire in the

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

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