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USDA Designates 12 Counties In New Mexico As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

on April 6, 2018 - 6:07am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
 
Those counties include:
  • Catron
  • Lea
  • Rio Arriba
  • San Miguel
  • Guadalupe
  • McKinley
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • Harding
  • Mora
  • San Juan
  • Taos
 
Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance:
  • Bernalillo
  • Eddy
  • Roosevelt
  • Chaves
  • Grant
  • Sierra
  • Cibola
  • Lincoln
  • Socorro
  • Colfax
  • Los Alamos
  • Torrance
  • De Baca
  • Quay
  • Union
 
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in

Udall Statement On Trump’s Threats To Send Military To Secure Southern Border

on April 5, 2018 - 3:32pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement:
 
"This vague and hostile announcement is another pitiful attempt to distract attention from the dangerous chaos the president is creating, including disruption in the stock market, a trade war with China, saber rattling with North Korea, numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by the president, mounting news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and others in his cabinet are improperly spending taxpayer dollars on themselves while doling out favors to their industry

Council Approves Moratorium On Code Enforcement

on April 5, 2018 - 10:25am
Residents line up to voice their opinion on the code enforcement issue during the public comment period of Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

A range of emotions was on display at the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Yet despite the anger and frustration expressed, the meeting concluded with applause.

Attendees showed appreciation toward the Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution for a 60-day moratorium of the County’s code enforcement program.

Matt Munoz Promoted To Captain At LAFD

on April 5, 2018 - 9:47am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer/Paramedic Matt Munoz has been promoted to Captain. Munoz joined LAFD as a rookie in 2009 after obtaining his Bachelors in University Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 2013, he became a paramedic and in 2015 he was promoted to driver/engineer. Photo by Wesley Walker

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

Council Proclaims April 8-14 Crime Victims Rights Week

on April 5, 2018 - 8:55am

During the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone accepts a proclamation from Councilor Antonio Maggiore on behalf of the Council designating the week of April 8-14 as ‘Crime Victims’ Rights Week’ in Los Alamos County. Chief Sgambellone thanked the Council for its recognition of victims of crime, not only in the Los Alamos community but around the nation. He said LAPD has increased its capacity to help victims in the community through its victims’ advocates. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

CDC: Drug Overdose Deaths In U.S. Continue To Rise Fueled By Synthetic Opioids

on April 5, 2018 - 8:51am

CDC News:

An in-depth analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups.

The report, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appears in today’s issue of MMWR.

Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all levels of urbanization.

Los Alamos Police Department Honored At Council Meeting For Achieving National Accreditation

on April 5, 2018 - 8:26am
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, recognizes Los Alamos Police Department representatives, from left, Cpl. David Boe, Sgt. Chris Ross, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cmdr. Oliver Morris during Tuesday evening’s County Council meeting. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department was recognized by County Manager Harry Burgess Tuesday evening during the County Council meeting for earning Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) National

NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

on April 4, 2018 - 4:51pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.

“That

Sen. Jeff Steinborn Presses Governor, State Agencies On Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Preparedness

on April 4, 2018 - 8:54am

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn

 

New Mexico State Democrats News:

...Presents Letters Asking State Agencies for Prompt Response to Allow Legislators and Residents to Become Informed and Participate in Public Comment Period

LAS CRUCES – Sen. Jeff Steinborn, the Chair of New Mexico’s Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee, sent letters Tuesday to Gov.

LAFD Invites Community To Promotional Ceremony

on April 3, 2018 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

The community is invited to attend a Promotional Ceremony honoring three firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department:

  • Division Chief James Thwaits;
  • Fire Captain Matthew Munoz; and
  • Driver Engineer Samuel Meyersick.

The Promotional Ceremony is 10 a.m. Monday, April 9 in the Training Room at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

DEA Surge In Drug Diversion Investigations Leads To 28 Arrests And 147 Revoked Registrations

on April 2, 2018 - 3:39pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  For 45 days in February and March, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration surged its enforcement and administrative resources to identify and investigate prescribers and pharmacies that dispensed disproportionately large amounts of drugs.
 
The ultimate goal of the surge was remediating or removing those whose actions perpetuate the controlled prescription drug crisis in America, particularly opioid drugs.  
 
During that period, the DEA surged the efforts of special agents, diversion investigators, and intelligence research specialists to analyze 80

County Offers Bear Proof Trash Carts To Residents

on April 2, 2018 - 3:34pm
Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out a bear proof trash cart available to residents later this month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Bears and trash cans pose a major problem. Animals that frequently dumpster dive for food spell trouble for residents and it can be fatal for bears.
 
To prevent potential harm to people, property and pets as well as bears, Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division (ESD), in partnership with the New

Scenes From Wildfire Day And Elks Easter Egg Hunt At Pond Saturday

on April 2, 2018 - 3:12pm

More scenes from the Los Alamos Fire Department annual Wildfire Day and Elks Easter Egg Hunt where children collected some 20,000 plastic Easter eggs Saturday morning at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

David Gilmore of the Santa Fe National Forest Service with Smokey (John Armstrong). Photo by Derrick Key

Emily Hastings, Imari Luna and Hannah Hastings. Photo by Derrick Key

Luke Mclarty and Larry Martinez from Santa Fe National Forest. Photo by Derrick Key

Luke Mclarty and

DOJ: Indicators Of School Crime & Safety Report

on April 2, 2018 - 7:37am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics Thursday released Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017.
 
This annual report is the 20th in a series of publications produced jointly by BJS and NCES on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers and principals.
 
It contains data on 23 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal

Senior Scam Jam At Betty Ehart Senior Center May 3

on April 2, 2018 - 7:33am
MSW News:
 
In April, Money Smart Week partner organizations will host Money Smart Week (MSW) Northern New Mexico, featuring a series of events designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Money Smart Week runs April 21-28 throughout Northern New Mexico, but Los Alamos is participating by offering the Senior Scam Jam 1-3 p.m., May 3 at Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row.
 
Get armed with new information and resources that allow older adults and their caregivers to make comprehensive financial decisions with confidence.

More Scenes From Annual Wildfire Day

on April 1, 2018 - 8:31am

More than 20,000 plastic Easter eggs dotted Ashley Pond Park Saturday morning for the Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Elks have hosted the event for 20 years. The event started at Urban Park but is now held in conjunction with the annual Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Day. Freedom Church also hosted several activities during the event. Photo by Connor Hoch

Members of Freedom Church, a new church in Los Alamos, hosted several events during the Elks Easter Egg Hunt and the Los Alamos Fire Departments Wildfire Day Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

Scenes From Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond Park

on April 1, 2018 - 8:22am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Taylor Garcia-Anaya helps a young firefighter run a hose Saturday during Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Mike Paxson adjusts a new bicycle helmet for a young cyclist to take home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council volunteers Cheryl Pongratz, left, and Juanita McNiel check in young participants in the bike rodeo during Saturday's Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A boy pulls a ‘person’ to the end of

AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About New Facebook Scam In Wake Of Massive Facebook Privacy Breach

on March 31, 2018 - 8:21am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following scam alert Thursday warning New Mexicans to be extra cautious about people pretending to be able to help them with their Facebook data in the wake of the Facebook privacy breach.
 
On the heels of the furor over Facebook’s sharing of subscriber data, new Facebook scam artists are calling people in New Mexico, attempting to access data the subscriber may not wish to share.
 
“Never share your personal information with a stranger, no matter who the caller pretends to be,”

Third Annual Run 4 Your Life 5K Run May 5

on March 31, 2018 - 7:17am
 
R4L News:
 
The 3rd Annual “Run for Life!” 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018.
 
Registration Fee = $25 Adult, $15 Student, $5 under 12, $20pp for group of 8 or more adults Packet pick up will begin at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m.
 
Both the 5K Run and 1 mile walk will begin and end at the cul-de-sac at the top of Santa Clara Peak Rd, in Española. (just past MVD and Magistrate Court).
 
The course will be run on 31 Mile Road and is an off-road, packed dirt course, taking in beautiful views and panoramas of the Santa Fe & Jemez Mountains and

Attorney General Hector Balderas Investigating Reports Of TEACH Grants Being Converted To Loans

on March 30, 2018 - 9:25am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas is investigating reports of New Mexico teachers' TEACH grants that have summarily been converted to loans by the U.S. Department of Education, and he is encouraging teachers in New Mexico who have been affected by this to contact his office.
 
Nationally, reports are that approximately a third of TEACH grants have been “converted” to loans without allowing teachers notice or time to correct even minor clerical errors in renewal paperwork.

Councilors Talk Pros & Cons Of Small Nuclear Reactor

on March 30, 2018 - 8:58am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a rendering of Nuscale and Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler at a March 26 meeting on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project. Courtesy photo
 
By CRISTINA OLDS
Voices of Los Alamos
 
The Los Alamos County Council will vote April 10 on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project (CFPP) to construct a 600-megawatt nuclear power-generating facility that utilizes small modular reactors.
 
An $80,000 investment is required and will not be refundable later in the process if the County chooses to withdrawal

LANL Faces Penalties For Delayed Shipment Of Five Hazardous Waste Containers

on March 30, 2018 - 8:28am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is expected to propose a civil penalty against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for storage of two hazardous waste containers for more than the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas and three hazardous waste containers over the one-year storage time in a permitted unit.

LANL notified NMED Feb.

Udall, Heinrich Warn CFPB Against Repealing Rule To Crack Down On Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

on March 30, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB’s payday lending rule, which would help rein in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial hardships facing millions of hardworking families.
 
“We understand that the CFPB is delaying the rule by granting waivers to companies who

Airman Mary Grubel A Distinguished Graduate Of Basic Military Training At Lackland AFB

on March 29, 2018 - 12:20pm

A1C Mary Grubel

COMMUNITY News:

A1C Mary Grubel, daughter of Dr. Patricia Grubel and Lt. Col. Paul Grubel of Los Alamos graduated March 23 from U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Airman Grubel is a distinguished graduate of Basic Military Training.

She will attend technical training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where she will be trained in Emergency Management.

Airman Grubel graduated May 2013 from Academy Del Sol High School in Alamogordo and attended New Mexico State University, prior to joining the US Air Force.

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