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On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighter Michael McElyea

on December 16, 2018 - 7:15am

On the job in Los Alamos is Firefighter Michael McElyea Saturday afternoon shining up a medic unit at Station 4 at 4401 Diamond Dr., across from the golf course. Unfortunately, while he may be laughing on the outside he is really crying on the inside because the longstanding tradition at LAFD is when a firefighter's picture is published in the paper, he/she must buy ice cream for the entire station. Fortunately, Station 4 is staffed with just five personnel, a company officer, a driver engineer and three firefighters.

FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Gets Three Years Probation For Assaulting Federal Officer

on December 15, 2018 - 10:46am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gerald Castillo, Jr., 30, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Ruidoso, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for assaulting a federal officer.
 
Castillo pled guilty Aug. 3 to a misdemeanor information charging him with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. Castillo admitted that Feb. 24, 2018, he assaulted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer by hitting the officer’s chest.

Balderas Secures Conviction Of Ex-Teacher Who Abused Multiple Students In Rio Arriba County

on December 15, 2018 - 10:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas successfully secured the conviction of Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, for his sexual assault of multiple 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
A jury of Gregor’s peers found him guilty of 3 counts of 1st-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Penetration, 5 counts of 1st-Degree Kidnapping, and 4 counts of 1st-Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
 
“Survivors of sexual abuse should always have a voice,” Balderas said.

Girl Scout Troop 10650 Works To Keep Needy Warm

on December 15, 2018 - 10:07am
Girl Scout Troop 10650 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School are conducting a Warm Outer Clothing Drive at locations around town through Thursday, Dec. 20. Courtesy photo
 
GIRL SCOUT News:
 
Members of Girl Scout Troop 10650 are conducting a Warm Outer Clothing Drive at locations around town through Thursday, Dec. 20.
 
The Scouts are collecting new or gently worn coats, snow pants, hats, scarves and gloves. All sizes for men, women and children are needed.
 
All of the children's clothing will be donated to Hope Pregnancy Center here in Los Alamos.

Balderas Keeps Alleged Human Trafficker Behind Bars

on December 15, 2018 - 9:28am
Mario Morales
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has secured the preventative detention of Mario Morales, a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, false imprisonment and more.
 
The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General successfully extradited Morales, following his arrest in Arizona last month. Following the NMOAG’s preventative detention motion in November, Morales was indicted on more 15 charges, 14 of them felonies.
 
“Serial offenders who harm New Mexicans need to be behind bars, if they pose a risk to our

Lawmakers Demand Answers On Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child In CBP Custody

on December 15, 2018 - 8:06am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL 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.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Friday demanding an immediate investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died Dec. 8 after being taken into custody with her father by CBP in Lordsburg.
 
The full text of the letter is available HERE.
 
“Her

Local Law Enforcement Rape Kit Backlog Cleared

on December 14, 2018 - 10:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • State Crime Lab To Test Albuquerque Crime Lab Kits 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the State Crime Lab has cleared a backlog of 1,388 sexual assault evidence kits (SAEK) for New Mexico law enforcement agencies.

The Governor also announced that the agency will soon begin to process SAEKs for the Albuquerque crime lab to help tackle their backlog.

“Since day one, this project has been focused on bringing justice to victims of sexual assault,” Martinez said.

Mesa To Mesa Gives Gift To Espanola Valley Resident

on December 14, 2018 - 7:29am
On Giving Tuesday, Mesa to Mesa volunteers create a cleaner, safer yard for a resident in the Espanola Valley. Courtesy photo

A M2M volunteer helps create a cleaner, safer yard for a resident in the Espanola Valley. Courtesy photo
 
MTM News:
 
On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, Mesa to Mesa gave the gift of a cleaner, safer yard to one of its neighbors in the Espanola Valley.  
 
Mesa to Mesa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping improve the health, safety and security of low-income homeowners through modest home repairs.
 
M2M volunteers stacked firewood so that it is more accessible to

AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought

on December 14, 2018 - 6:46am
A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser
 
Shot of the EF-3 tornado near maximum width and peak intensity May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. Courtesy/Nick Nolte, CC-BY-3.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form.
 
Historically, scientists assumed tornado rotation began in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. This theory matches what storm chasers commonly observe visually in the field.

Supreme Court Affirms Albuquerque Man’s Convictions In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Girl

on December 14, 2018 - 6:42am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court Thursday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl during an altercation between two groups of men in 2013.
 
In a unanimous ruling, the state’s highest court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support David Candelaria’s convictions of first-degree depraved mind murder and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to life in prison plus nine years. Candelaria did not appeal his conviction of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
 
The victim, Sunni Reza, was a passenger in a car with several

Heinrich Urges Reauthorization And Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

on December 14, 2018 - 6:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a press teleconference Thursday with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
 
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been cut in half since the enactment of VAWA, and in New Mexico that number has dropped by 35 percent since 2005. One in three women still face domestic violence in New Mexico.
 
Full audio of the teleconference is available to download

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

County DWI Planning Council Meets 8:30 a.m. Today

on December 13, 2018 - 7:36am

McQuiston: Not Texting Is A Start But There’s More To Safe Driving

on December 12, 2018 - 4:35pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Many people have a limited definition of “distracted driving”: They think it only means texting behind the wheel.

There’s good reason for that, because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention - the same attention required for safe driving.

But although texting is perhaps the most dangerous distraction, there are many others that can impact how you drive, whether you realize it or not. And they can be just as deadly.

How deadly? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S.

Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site For New Mercury Treatment Facility

on December 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
 
This vital piece of infrastructure will help fulfill OREM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to start at the Y-12 Natonal Security Complex

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 5 To Dec. 11, 2018

on December 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Dec. 5 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child 13-16 years of age, trafficking a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

 

 

RICHARD SISNEROS

Dec. 7 at 5:31 a.m.

WIPP Town Hall Meeting Planned Thursday

on December 12, 2018 - 8:01am
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD The City of Carlsbad and the Department of Energy co-host Town Hall meetings to provide updates on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the City Hall Annex Council Chambers, 114 S. Halagueno St. in Carlsbad.
 
The Town Hall also will be broadcast over WIPP's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WIPPNews/ for those unable to attend. A Facebook account is not needed to view the event.
 
A Facebook account is needed to submit a question

Rio Arriba County Emergency Services Issues High Wind Warning Today Through 8 a.m. Thursday

on December 12, 2018 - 7:19am

WEATHER ALERT:

A powerful upper level disturbance will approach New Mexico late today, bringing in a fast-moving cold front. Strong winds will take shape late this afternoon and peak as the cold front moves in from the north and northwest tonight.

Occasional wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph will be common in the vicinity of the cold front, and some higher mountain peaks of central and southern New Mexico could observe a few gusts close to 70 mph. The very strong winds will create difficult driving conditions, and could cause damage to utility poles, roof tops, and any frail structures.

Canceled: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Near Pecos

on December 12, 2018 - 6:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The La Cueva prescribed burn near Pecos that was scheduled to start as early as this week is canceled due to the lack of needed snow.

Fire managers will check conditions the first of the New Year.

As early as Dec. 10, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expected to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permitted.

The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.

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

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Collision On I-40

on December 11, 2018 - 6:09am
NMSP News:
 
GUADALUPE COUNTY At around 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 40 around mile post 245 west of Santa Rosa.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2015 Peterbilt was traveling east merging onto eastbound Interstate 40 when it was rear-ended by an eastbound 2014 Freightliner. The passenger in the Freightliner, a 62-year-old man of Las Vegas, Nev., was not properly utilizing his seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
 
The driver of the Freightliner, a 58-year-old male from Chicago,

USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance In Three California Counties Hit By Wildfires

on December 11, 2018 - 5:50am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.
 
D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the impact of the Woolsey and Hill wildfires, and Butte County in northern California due to the Camp Fire. Households in the affected areas may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.
 
“USDA continues to work closely with state

La Cueva Prescribed Burn May Start Today Near Pecos

on December 10, 2018 - 12:39pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As early as today, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expect to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permits.

The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.

‘Hey ... It’s Just For A Couple Of Minutes...!’

on December 10, 2018 - 9:42am

This Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s vehicle was spotted Saturday parked in the handicapped space in the lot west of Starbucks on Central Avenue. The officer ran into Starbucks for a quick cup of coffee to go… Photo by Ken Milder

AGU: Scientists Brew Lava And Blow It Up To Better Understand Volcanoes

on December 10, 2018 - 9:04am

Scientists cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock to inject with water. Courtesy/AGU

Scientists study what happens when they inject water into molten rock. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

The first results are published from experiments that aim to illuminate the physics of lava-water interactions, which can sometimes make eruptions more dangerous

WASHINGTON, D.C. — What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with manmade lava are helping to answer this important question.

By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, scientists at the State

FBI: Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Interstate Travel To Engage In Illicit Behavior

on December 10, 2018 - 8:19am

FBI News:

...Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Bentley Streett, 42, of Albuquerque pled guilty Friday morning in federal court to interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, child exploitation and child pornography charges. 

According to court documents, Streett was arrested in October 2014, by the FBI and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on federal child exploitation charges.

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