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FBI To Hold Diversity Recruiting Event In Albuquerque

on July 17, 2019 - 7:03am
FBI News:
 
The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event next month to encourage members of underrepresented communities - especially women and minorities - to consider becoming Special Agents.
 
The Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 20 in Albuquerque.
 
 
"The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves," said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in New Mexico.

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

on July 17, 2019 - 6:09am
Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its

FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance In Identifying Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car Near Church Rock

on July 16, 2019 - 4:24pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating a body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.
 
The vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Avenger SXT, was discovered on fire Monday morning off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock.
 
The body, which was badly burned, was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for determination of cause of death and identification.
 
Anybody with information about this incident, or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 6 a.m.

Environmental Management Los Alamos Interim Measure Shows Progress Reducing Contaminant Plume

on July 16, 2019 - 2:24pm

Crews installed a monitoring well to help the EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos better characterize chromium distribution in the eastern edge of the plume. Courtesy/EM-LA

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos are seeing positive results from an interim measure to contain and control migration of a contaminant plume in groundwater.

The groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection system has been fully operational for the past year along the

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: It’s Time to Abolish ICE

on July 16, 2019 - 10:10am

From the Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
  • Agency Created to Fight Terrorism Now Creates Terror in U.S.

SANTA FE -- New Mexico Secretary of State and candidate for U.S. Senate Maggie Toulouse Oliver called today for the federal government to do away with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency saying that it has overstepped its original mission and is actually undermining safety and stability in American communities.
 

“It’s time to abolish ICE,” Toulouse Oliver said. “ICE was created to stop terrorism and keep Americans safe.

Homeland Security News Wire: Four Ways Blockchain Could Make Internet Safer, Fairer And More Creative

on July 16, 2019 - 10:01am

Courtesy/TPC Management SRL

HSNW News:

The Internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority, but in recent years Internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

The Internet is slowly turning into something like the current financial system, which centrally monitors all transactions and uses that data to predict what people will buy in future.

LAPS: Safe Space Initiative Community Event July 29

on July 16, 2019 - 8:03am
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools’ Healthy Schools Initiative is hosting a community event to learn more about GLSEN’s Safe Space Initiative.
 
GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.
 
The event is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, July 29 in Room 631 of Building 6 on the UNM-Los Alamos camous at 4000 University Dr.
 
GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender

AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million Grant For Veterans Housing

on July 16, 2019 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
The U.S.

Luján Calls On Nexstar And AT&T/DirecTV To End Blackout Of News Programs In New Mexico

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24pm

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speake Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) called on Nexstar and AT&T/DirecTV to restore access to critical news programs in New Mexico as the two companies continue negotiations.

In the letter to Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook and AT&T/DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, Luján, Haaland and Torres Small criticized that ongoing negotiations have put their constituents at risk because of a loss of access to KRQE and Fox New

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on July 15, 2019 - 6:08pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 25 at about mile post 277 in Santa Fe County.  

The initial investigation indicates a 2007 Corvette was traveling south on Cerrillos Road at a high rate of speed. The driver took the south bound ramp onto Interstate 25 and for reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled. 

The driver, Hector Hugo Madrid Gutierrez, 22, of Rio Rancho was ejected and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Gutierrez was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Two Years After Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s Death, China Remains World’s Largest Prison Of Journalists

on July 15, 2019 - 5:11pm
Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Two years after the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo while in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the largest prison in the world for defenders of free information.
 
As the world commemorates the second anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo, whose cancer was left untreated in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the biggest prison for journalists, with at least 112 of them behind bars.
 
“Despite the international

DEA: Pence Attends $569 Million Cocaine Offload

on July 15, 2019 - 5:10pm
DEA News:
 
CORONADO, Calif. Vice President Mike Pence, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James W. Carroll, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, attended a United States Coast Guard drug offload July 11 at Naval Base Coronado.
 
Agents with the DEA, FBI, Customs and Border Protection and the crew of the USCG Cutter Munro offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

Countries U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You Visiting

on July 15, 2019 - 6:51am

Courtesy/ATL

By All Time Lists:

For safety concerns, the U.S. government has issued travel advisories on several countries. Here are 10 of them:

10. Libya

According to an article published by MSN, the U.S. State Department has a standing “do not travel” advisory on Libya. The country has been unstable since its dictator was toppled in 2011. The government is unable to control crime, for the most part, and extremist groups are known to target foreign travelers, particularly those from the U.S.

But, for those of you old enough to remember, you know that Libya’s issues go back further than

RSF Demands Chinese Authorities Release Former Beijing News Editor-In-Chief

on July 15, 2019 - 6:29am
Dai Zigeng
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dai Zigeng, a former Beijing News editor-in-chief, who has been detained since earlier this month for unclear reasons.
 
Dai Zigeng, 55, a former editor-in-chief of state media group Beijing News, has been detained since earlier this month. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only posted a short notice June 10 stating that Dai was under investigation due to suspected “serious violations” of the Party’s discipline.
 
“By detaining a

Senators Request Feedback From American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Community Leaders On Effects Of Climate Change On Native Communities

on July 14, 2019 - 7:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A.

NMSP: Police Investigate Shooting Involving Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Friday Night

on July 13, 2019 - 8:32pm

Philip Fiorenzio

NMSP News:

EDGEWOOD – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an officer involved shooting today involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO) in Edgewood.

The initial investigation indicates that at around 11:05 p.m. Friday, a SFCSO deputy received a report of a suicidal male individual, at 3 Villa Conejo in Edgewood. The male subject, who was identified as Philip Fiorenzio, 69, of Edgewood, left the residence in a grey Kia Sorento sports utility vehicle.

The deputy located the grey Kia Sorento on Pueblo Colinas road and

LAPD 2019 Second Quarter Crime Statistics Show Los Alamos Remains Among Safest Communities In Nation

on July 13, 2019 - 9:33am
LAPD News:
 
Chief Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2019, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
 
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.
 
The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the

Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

on July 13, 2019 - 7:49am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible for regulating

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Final Update Naranjo Fire Unless Major Activity Occurs

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,010 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 50 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.

Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

County Tree Trimming Underway In White Rock

on July 12, 2019 - 6:15pm

COUNTY News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, began this week trimming trees from around power lines on Meadow Lane and intersecting streets between Rover Boulevard to Overlook Park in White Rock.

Crews will work through this neighborhood until mid-August and then move to the Grand Canyon Drive area. 

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.

Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive

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