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Ruybal Faces Probation Violation Hearing

on November 11, 2017 - 4:44pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casandra Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos will be back in First Judicial District Court Nov. 20 for a probation violation hearing. If found guilty of the violation, probation officials have asked that she be remanded into custody to serve the remainder of her sentence in the Department of Corrections.

Ruybal was arrested Feb. 23 after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a report that a woman was trying to cash stolen checks at the Los Alamos National Bank branch in White Rock.

Luján: Thank Them For All They Do

on November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, who stood guard for our nation at home and abroad, and who fought to protect our freedom and uphold our democracy. 

On Veterans Day, we thank them. We show gratitude to those who put the good of others ahead of their own. They risked life and limb to protect our country, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted and they all rest upon one fundamental truth: the ultimate price was paid innumerable times for our benefit. 

We, as a nation, are

New Report Gives First Ever Statewide Look At Methane Waste Problem In New Mexico

on November 11, 2017 - 7:41am
Courtesy/NASA
 
EDF News:
 
Environmental Defense Fund released a new report giving the first complete picture of the methane waste problem from oil and gas development in New Mexico.
 
Drawing upon peer-reviewed scientific analysis and industry-reported inventories the report estimates the overall venting, leaking, and flaring of natural gas in New Mexico results in a loss of $182-$244 million worth of natural gas each year. That results in taxpayers and the state budget losing up to $27 million in taxes and royalty revenues per year.
 
This waste includes intentional emissions

Reporters Without Borders: After Lack Of Medical Care In Prison, Chinese Blogger Dies

on November 11, 2017 - 7:40am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that the dissident Chinese writer and blogger Yang Tongyan died this week as a result of inadequate medical care while imprisoned for nearly 12 years by the Chinese state, suffering the same fate as Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
 
Aged 56, Yang Tongyan died Nov. 7 after being “released on medical grounds” in August from Nanjing prison in the southeastern province of Jiangsu and undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
 
A well-know member of the pro-democracy opposition who wrote under the pen name of Yang

DEA News: Department Of Justice Announces Significant Tool To Prosecute Opioid Traffickers

on November 11, 2017 - 7:19am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intends to take immediate action against the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into this country and the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids by scheduling all fentanyl-related substances on an emergency basis.  
 
When the DEA’s order takes effect, anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl analogue will be subject to criminal prosecution in the same manner as for fentanyl and other controlled

Report Criticizes LANL Emergency Preparedness And Response Program

on November 10, 2017 - 5:46pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A report sent Oct. 11 to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board alleges weaknesses in federal oversight of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s emergency preparedness and response program, the Lab’s demonstrated emergency response during drills and exercises, the site emergency exercise program and facility-level emergency planning and drills.

The Board told Secretary Perry that its staff team performed a review of the Lab’s emergency preparedness and response program in April 2016 and

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Safeguarding U.S. Financial System

on November 10, 2017 - 10:45am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Nov. 8 led the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance entitled, “Financial Intelligence and Enforcement: Treasury’s Role in Safeguarding the American Financial System.”
 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) plays a vital role in combatting terrorist financing, money laundering, financial crimes, and other threats to our national security.
 
“TFI, and the bureaus and agencies that comprise it, play a vital role in exposing the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

Lane Closure At North Mesa/San Ildefonso Roads

on November 10, 2017 - 6:42am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will begin patching a road Monday, Nov. 13, at the intersection of North Mesa Road and San Ildefonso Road.

Motorists can expect a single lane closure 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a flagging operation and the County will work to minimize the impact of this road construction.

Direct questions regarding the road closure to the Traffic & Streets Department at 505.663.1762.

 

Hall: The Power of Government

on November 9, 2017 - 4:02pm
By MICHAEL L. HALL
Los Alamos

Government has a monopoly on force, transferred to it by the citizens. I don’t seek revenge on a murderer, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t incarcerate those who break laws to harm me, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t retrieve my stolen goods, I rely on government to do it in my stead. Government uses force to carry out the will of the people, and can potentially remove life, liberty, or property from its citizens.

This transferred force is a sacred power, and should not be used lightly.

Governmental force should only be

Stabbing Suspect Has Prior Arrests

on November 9, 2017 - 2:30pm
By Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Andrea Rivera, 30, will remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center until a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether she will be held without bond pending trial. She has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to an incident Friday evening, Nov.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

UNM-LA Instructor Receives Federal Grant

on November 9, 2017 - 6:53am
UNM-LA faculty member Kristy Nadler has received a grant to study reducing sexual violence on college campuses. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA

FBI: Man Wearing Wig, Make-up And Fake Nose Robs Albuquerque Bank

on November 9, 2017 - 6:47am

Suspected thief. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man wearing a disguise of make-up, a fake nose and a wig robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The suspect fled in an early 2000s model gray or blue Hyundai four-door sedan with a teal New Mexico plate. 

He was described as a light-skinned male in his 50s, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build. The suspect wore make-up, a fake nose and moustache, a wig, sunglasses, a plaid fedora hat, a white long-sleeve shirt and brown pants. 

Bank robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI

He wore a blue glove on his right hand. 

At approximately

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 8, 2017 - 10:44am

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.

VICTORIA ESPINOZA

Nov. 3 at 3:31 p.m. / Police arrested Victoria Espinoza, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

 

ANDREA R. RIVERA

Nov. 4 at 11:29 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos at the Gold Street Apartments on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

Judge Detains Espinoza Due To Safety Concerns

on November 8, 2017 - 7:15am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted Monday in court to keep Victoria Espinoza in jail on a cash only secured bond for $3,000 unless she can be admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility.

“I truly feel from the information here today and from the statement of probable cause and arrest warrant that you cannot stop at this point in time,” Casados said.

Espinoza was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing

DEA Collects Record Number Of Unused Pills During Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners set record in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Americans nationwide did their part this month to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. 
 
That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News:

 
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Update On Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 7, 2017 - 2:20pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters Monday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

CRASH Update:

Three people involved in the two-vehicle crash around dusk Monday on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with various not life threatening injuries, according to police.

One driver was cited for failure to yield. For a period of time following the crash, travel was down to one lane in each direction. Commuters were asked to avoid the truck route that evening and to prepare for delays.

Los Alamos National Bank Consent Order Lifted

on November 7, 2017 - 1:11pm

TCC Board Chairman Jim Goodwin

LANB News:

Trinity Capital Corporation (“TCC”), the parent company of Los Alamos-based Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB” or the “Bank”), today announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) has terminated the consent order that the Bank has been operating under since Dec. 17, 2013. The effective date of the termination was Nov. 3, 2017.

TCC and LANB Bank President/CEO John S. Gulas

The consent order focused on areas of credit administration, credit underwriting, internal controls, compliance and management supervision.

Los Alamos Security Professional Adolfo Meana Jr. Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award

on November 7, 2017 - 6:56am

Adolfo Meana Jr. receives DOE’s highest award for a security professional. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

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