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LAFD Shares Heating Fire Safety Tips

on November 17, 2019 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter.

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

Follow LAFD’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe:

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Joseph Baca.

New Mexico Delegation: $12.5 Million Grant To Improve Safety On Permian Basin Transportation Corridor

on November 17, 2019 - 5:36am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) a $12,500,000 grant.
 
NMDOT will use the funds to repair and add safety enhancements along a section of US Highway 285 between Loving and the Texas border.

Udall Amendment In NASA Bill Combats Space Junk

on November 17, 2019 - 5:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has announced the passage of two Udall-authored amendments and two additional Udall-cosponsored amendments to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2019.
 
The Committee accepted all four amendments on a unanimous voice vote and voted to advance the NASA reauthorization bill to the Senate floor.
 
“Outer space is both a strategic national security priority and an economic engine for communities in New Mexico and across the

Cone Zone: Week Of Nov. 18, 2019

on November 17, 2019 - 5:07am

COUNTY News:

The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following project:

N.M. 502 Road Construction/Roundabout:

In order to build the new Canyon Road connection, it is necessary to install an 8” waterline across N.M. 502 at Arroyo Lane. This will require a flagging operation, which is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The plan is for Star Paving to complete construction of the Canyon Road connection and then close the existing Canyon Road at a time/date yet to be determined. More information will be available in the next Cone Zone.

With the exception of

DEA And Partners Collect Thousands Of Pounds Of Unwanted Medications And Vaping Products During The 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 16, 2019 - 9:32am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Americans nationwide have once again shown their strong support for DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by dropping off nearly 883,000 pounds of medications during the October 2019 Take Back event.
 
DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 12.7 million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010. On Oct.

McQuiston: It’s The Fall Season – Oh Deer

on November 16, 2019 - 9:23am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

The temperatures have gotten cooler, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Fall also means animal-related car accidents are likely to rise.

Between October and December, the annual deer breeding season (known as the rut) occurs.

Deer can be very active and unpredictable during this time, and many find their way to our roadways.

Five recommended safety tips:

  • Be alert!
    • More deer are on the road around dusk and dawn;
    • Deer crossing signs are posted where deer are likely to cross;
    • Large deer populations are located near wooded areas;
    • Deer are herd animals –

SFNF Forest Road 102 Closing For Winter

on November 16, 2019 - 6:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is closing Forest Road (FR) 102 through Pacheco Canyon for the winter season.
 
Gates are already locked at the junction of FR 102, also known as Pacheco Canyon Road, and N.M. 475, the road to the Santa Fe ski basin, and at the junction of FR 102 and FR 412.
 
The public can access the western end of FR 102 from Santa Fe County Road 76 to reach the Aspen Ranch Trailhead this weekend, but that gate will be locked for the winter on Monday morning.
 
The seasonal closure of FR 102 is to protect

NIST: Getting Food On Our Tables From U.S. And Around The World, Safely And Less Wastefully

on November 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Standardized data will connect farmers, inspectors, manufacturers, shippers, and ultimately consumers to ensure the freshest, most high quality food possible. Courtesy/Natasha Hanacek/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
I’m still amazed to see strawberries, avocados and watermelons in my grocery store out of their “normal” season.
 
As amazing as this is, I know it means that my food is arriving from far-flung destinations and may be subjected to poor conditions or handling along the way.
 
So, now, even more so than before, I regularly check where the fresh fruit or produce is hauled in from.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Violence Against Women Act

on November 14, 2019 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
 
The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. 
 
"All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background should have the same

SFCC: Shooter-On-Campus Drill Nov. 20

on November 14, 2019 - 7:18am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces that the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Rd) will hold a shooter-on-campus drill from approximately 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. 
 
The HEC community will participate in a campus wide shooter-on-campus drill. The drill will be a coordinated effort among students, faculty and staff in partnership with county and city emergency response agencies.
 
Neighbors and passersby of the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road, may observe participating emergency response vehicles on site.

NMSP Arrests Three Men For Armed Robbery In Taos

on November 13, 2019 - 2:54pm

Terance Quintana

TAOS COUNTY – At about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, New Mexico State Police officers from Taos responded to an armed robbery at the High Road Market in Penasco.

During investigation, State Police officers learned a male individual identified as Terance Quintana, 21, of Penasco, entered the High Road Market, armed with a firearm and robbed the business. During the robbery, Quintana fired the gun into the ceiling of the business in the vicinity of a child. Quintana left with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers located a cartridge inside the business and collected it as evidence.

NMDOH: Vaping-Related Lung Injury Cases Rise To 20

on November 13, 2019 - 1:59pm
NMDOH News:
  • Vitamin E Acetate Implicated in Vaping-Related Lung Injury
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports three additional cases of severe lung injury related to use of e-cigarettes for vaping, bringing the total of cases in the state to 20.
 
This is part of the spike in the number of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) reported throughout the United States. Thirteen of New Mexico’s 20 patients have required hospitalization in intensive care units.

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce VAWA Reauthorization Bill With Strong Tribal Provisions For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on November 13, 2019 - 1:51pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today joined U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Democrats in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. Courtesy photo

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

  • Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is needed to protect women in New Mexico and across the U.S.
  • Udall-championed Tribal provisions will enhance public safety for Native women and families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today joined U.S. Sen.

FBI Charges Los Lunas Man With Making Threats

on November 13, 2019 - 1:44pm

FBI News:

The FBI has arrested Lawrence Kenneth Garcia, 49, of Los Lunas on a federal complaint charging him with making threats using interstate communications.

Garcia was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Albuquerque. He had an initial appearance Wednesday, Nov. 6 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque and a preliminary/detention hearing was set for Thursday, Nov. 7.

The U.S. Secret Service assisted with the investigation.

The public is reminded all defendants are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 8, 2019

on November 13, 2019 - 11:06am

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 filed against them.

MARSHALL MERLE SANCHEZ

Nov. 8 at 12:34 a.m. / Police arrested Marshall Merle Sanchez, 36, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and 4th Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

NAOMI RAE GONZALES

Nov. 8 at 4:18 a.m.

Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

on November 13, 2019 - 7:11am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities
 
Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series.
 
Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key.
 
Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products.

RSF: Philippine Radio Host Dindo Generoso Gunned Down For Criticizing Corrupt Gambling

on November 13, 2019 - 5:47am
CCTV video footage helped the police establish that one of Dindo Generoso’s hitmen left a pickup before getting on the motorcycle from which he shot the radio commentator. Courtesy/Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office
Dindo Generoso
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine Police to complete their investigation into last week's murder of a radio commentator in Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental province, and to bring all the suspects to justice.
 
Dindo Generoso, the host of a daily program on Dumaguete-based dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio and critic of a

NMDOT: Lanes Reduced To One At Wall / Roadway Stabilization Project On N.M. 4 Starting Today

on November 12, 2019 - 9:52am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that starting today, the eastbound and westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane at the Wall / Roadway Stabilization Project on N.M. 4 west of Los Alamos at mile marker 48.9.

Traffic will be guided through the work zone with a temporary signal.

Note: There is a 10' width restriction so no wide loads are permitted.

This project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 26; weather permitting.

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Nov. 19

on November 12, 2019 - 8:55am
MOWW News:
 
This month’s meeting of the The Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday Nov. 19.
 
David Gubernatis is the guest speaker and his talk is a follow up to last month’s presentation on the process that led to LANL being tasked to produce 30 nuclear pits per year. Gubernatis will discuss the production of those pits.
 
The meeting is in the 2nd floor conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park, west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

New Study: NM Ranks No. 18 For Military Membership

on November 12, 2019 - 7:43am

Courtesy/ Security.org.

MILITARY News:

A new study has found that the state of New Mexico has the No. 18 highest concentration of active and reservist military members of any state with 839.7 service members per 100,000 residents. The national average is 780 per 100,000.

Military enlistment has declined dramatically over the past several decades, falling from about 3.5 million at the height of the Vietnam War to just 1.3 million active-duty service members today.

AOC Director Artie Pepin Issues Statement On New Mexico’s System For Pretrial Release And Detention

on November 11, 2019 - 11:26am

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin

Administrative Office of the Courts News:

SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin today issued the following statement regarding New Mexico’s system for the pretrial release and detention of people charged with a crime.

 

“What happened to Victoria Martens is horrific and all New Mexicans want justice in this case. In every case, a judge’s responsibility is to follow the law – not be swayed by emotion or public sentiment.

Drug Enforcement Administration Announces Creation Of U.S. Postal Service Drug-Free Stamp

on November 11, 2019 - 11:24am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S Postal Service today revealed the “Drug Free USA Forever” stamp in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug use prevention awareness program.
 
The stamp will be available for sale in October 2020.
 
Earlier this year, DEA and the National Family Partnership submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which decides which stamps are commissioned, to propose a stamp to raise national awareness of the dangers of drug misuse through prevention, and education.
 
“I am very

LAMC Open House For 3D Imaging Machine Nov. 18

on November 11, 2019 - 10:50am

LAMC News:

The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening and Open House for the new state-of-the-art 3D Imaging machine at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The event is 5-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Imaging suite. Light refreshments will be served.

Senator Heinrich Issues Statement On Veterans Day

on November 11, 2019 - 8:25am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“I am so proud to recognize the thousands of New Mexicans who have demonstrated great courage in service to our nation. Our state has a rich tradition of answering the call of duty, from the Navajo Code Talkers, Bataan Death March survivors, and Korean and Vietnam War GI’s to more recent veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Scientists Develop Sensor To Save Children, Pets Left Alone In Vehicles

on November 11, 2019 - 8:18am
Graduate students Mostafa Alizadeh, left, and Hajar Abedi position a doll, modified to simulate breathing, in a minivan during testing of a new sensor. Courtesy/UOW
 
University of Waterloo News:

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles.

The new device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with 100-per-cent accuracy.

Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand at just three centimetres in diameter,

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