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Valles Caldera Begins Prescribed Burn Wednesday

on October 23, 2017 - 4:04pm
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate a prescribed burn project Oct. 25, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
 
The prescribed burn will take place 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

IRS: Taxpayers Who Are Victims Of Domestic Abuse Should Know Their Rights

on October 23, 2017 - 3:42pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Domestic abuse (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3865.pdf) often includes control over finances. An important part of managing finances is understanding one’s tax rights. Taxpayers have the right to expect the IRS to consider facts and circumstances that might affect the individual’s taxes.
 
Taxpayers have the right to:
  • File a separate return even if they’re married;
  • Review the entire tax return before signing a joint return;
  • Review supporting documents for a joint return;
  • Refuse to sign a joint return;
  • Request more time to file their tax return;
  • Get copies of prior

Halloween Buzz Bus Offers Free Rides Saturday!

on October 23, 2017 - 10:59am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) are partnering once again to provide free safe ride services this Saturday, Oct. 28 in Los Alamos.

Ride service will be available 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations will be accepted starting at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 and from 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Call 661-RIDE(7433) to request a ride. First come, first served, so call early!

Study: Noncompliance Hobbles Comprehensive Background Check Policy For Private Gun Sales

on October 23, 2017 - 10:40am

Courtesy/gunlocker.com

HSNW News:

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

The study, which posted online in Injury Prevention, is believed to be the first to assess the association between CBC policy enactment and changes in background-check rates.

Police: Burglary Threat In Los Alamos; White Rock

on October 23, 2017 - 9:06am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Section has received credible information that residences in Los Alamos County, to include White Rock, may soon be targeted for burglaries.

“We are stepping up our presence in the area,” Cmdr. Preston Ballew said.

Police are cautioning residents to take appropriate precautions: lock doors, leave lights on when appropriate, and notice and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activities in the neighborhood.

Direct questions or concerns, or anything to report, to Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 or LAPD Dispatch at

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Resumes

on October 23, 2017 - 8:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers hope to resume the prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, Oct. 24. 
 
The decision to burn on Tuesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire.

National Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

on October 23, 2017 - 5:20am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council would like to remind the community that Oct. 23 through 31 is National Red Ribbon Week.

Community members can support the effort to bring attention to putting an end to alcohol and drug use by wearing red or a red ribbon.

Heinrich Warns Of Public Health Crisis In Puerto Rico, Urges Health Department To Take Action

on October 23, 2017 - 5:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. 
 
Heinrich joined U.S.

Sheriff Lucero Seeks To File Amended Complaint Against Los Alamos County Council

on October 23, 2017 - 4:59am

Staff Report

 

Attorney A. Blair Dunn has asked the First Judicial District Court for permission to file an amended complaint against the Los Alamos County Council on behalf of Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The original complaint was filed Aug. 29 as an emergency petition for writ of mandamus and complaint for declaratory judgment.

The motion to amend the complaint, filed Oct.

IRS: Security Summit Partners Mark Progress In Identity Theft Battle; Prepare For 2018 Tax Season

on October 23, 2017 - 4:43am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector industry leaders have detailed their continued progress against tax-related identity theft and prepared additional safeguards for the 2018 filing season to curb refund fraud.
 
The latest IRS data continued to show significant improvements as fewer identity theft returns entered the tax system, fewer fraudulent refunds were issued and fewer taxpayers were reporting themselves as victims of identity theft.
 
The progress also underscored that the Security Summit partnership created in March 2015 has led to stronger

Stable Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 22, 2017 - 9:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have started operations on the 1,950-acre Stable Mesa prescribed burn, blacklining the perimeter of the treatment area. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable, the expectation is to complete ignitions this weekend.

The Stable Mesa unit is located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Reminder: Los Alamos County’s First Ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback Event Oct. 28

on October 22, 2017 - 8:14am

LAPD News:

The community is invited to join the New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 for the first ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event.

Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV, Oct. 28 will mark the fourth statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted working guns out of homes and off the streets.

Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and

Scenes From 'Only The Brave' Premiere Friday

on October 22, 2017 - 5:42am

​Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, addresses the audience Friday evening at one of several showings of 'Only the Brave' at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Following his comments, Division Chief Jeff Wetteland read they names of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 20, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighter Mike Paxson shows the features of Los Alamos Fire Department's Brush Truck 4 prior to the showing of 'Only the Brave' Friday evening at the Reel Deal. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

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Former LAFD Capt. John Snyder Honored Today

on October 21, 2017 - 9:44pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a memorial service this afternoon at Griffith Gymnasium to honor former Capt. John H. Snyder who died Oct. 14 after battling cancer for several months. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The LAFD Honor Guard assembles this afternoon at the entrance to Griffith Gymnasium as the body of former Capt. John H. Snyder arrives to be honored at a memorial service attended by family, LAFD personnel and community members. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

During his career, Capt. John Snyder was a paramedic-captain and support officer.

Law Enforcement Activity Sunday Morning On US 84/285 In Pojoaque Area ... Expect Slow Moving Traffic

on October 21, 2017 - 9:01pm

SFCSO News:

Law enforcement activity between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, will require some lane closures along US 84/285 by mile marker 178 in the Pojoaque area.

Motorists will be able to travel along US 84/285 but traffic may be slowed.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's investigators will be at the scene of last Friday's fatal crash site conducting follow up investigatory work.

All police activity should be completed by 9 a.m. in this area.

NM 4 Re-Opens To All Traffic

on October 21, 2017 - 8:25pm

COUNTY News: 

N.M. 4, which was closed Friday evening, between East Jemez Road and Highway 502 is open to all traffic as of 4:30 p.m. today.   

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
 
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
 
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

Equifax Breach Follow-Up: How Vulnerable Is NM?

on October 21, 2017 - 10:36am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Equifax losing its $7 million anti-fraud contract with the IRS after a major data breach at the credit bureau exposed the confidential information of more than 145 million American consumers, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its in-depth analysis identifying 2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics.

Guarding The Guardians: The Challenge Of Protecting The Incapacitated

on October 21, 2017 - 9:17am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern
 
New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
 
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

Bail Reform: Overdue And More To Do

on October 20, 2017 - 4:36pm
Leo M. Romero
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press. They became effective just three months ago, on July 1. 
 
Before the reforms, dangerous defendants could buy their way out of jail by paying a bondsman.

LANB Employees Evacuate Due To Burning Odor

on October 20, 2017 - 4:33pm

A line of Los Alamos National Bank employees wait in the bank parking lot this afternoon while Los Alamos Firefighters check out a burning electrical odor permeating inside the building at 1200 Trinity Dr. Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez explained the burning electrical odor set off the building's alarm around 1:10 p.m. and the fire department immediately responded to the scene. Martinez said the fire department did a full sweep of the building but the smell was concentrated to the second floor.

Modern Conveniences Can Render Users Into Victims Of Scams, Thievery And Hackings

on October 20, 2017 - 8:29am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern

Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.

 
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
 
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a

ISA And Honeywell To Co-Host Web Seminar

on October 20, 2017 - 8:16am
ISA News:

 

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Corporate Partner, Honeywell Process Solutions, will co-host a free webinar Nov. 3 on how to address cybersecurity concerns in gas metering and data management.
 
The webinar, which is noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, will feature two automation experts: Pierre Dufour, Global Product Marketing Manager at Honeywell Process Solutions; and Steve Mustard, automation consultant.
 
“In today's highly connected world, with increasingly sophisticated electronic threats, it is unrealistic to assume natural gas delivery systems

Single Vehicle Crash Near High School

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm

A single vehicle crash, reported to be minor, occurred late this afternoon in front of Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive. Courtesy photo

Reminder: NM 4 Full Road Closure Begins 9 p.m. Friday For 24 Hours

on October 19, 2017 - 3:33pm

Courtesy/DPU

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will close a section of N.M. 4 between East Jemez Road and N.M. 502 (main hill) to all traffic.

The full road closure will be in effect for a 24-hour period beginning at 9 p.m. Friday Oct. 20 through 9 p.m. Saturday Oct. 21 to permit crews to safely install a large diameter water pipeline. East Jemez Road or the Truck Route will remain open at all times.

Friday evening and Saturday traffic traveling from Santa Fe to White Rock will be detoured through the townsite west on Trinity Drive, south on

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