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Public Safety

  • Air travelers may have been exposed to measles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health officials are warning travelers and workers present at four U.S. airports on two recent days that they may have been exposed to measles from a traveler arriving from London.

    Authorities said Saturday that a New Mexico woman later confirmed to have measles arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport late in the afternoon of Feb. 20. Two days later, the measles-infected traveler departed from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore on an evening flight to Denver, Colo., and then on to Albuquerque, N.M.

  • High winds create fire danger

    Despite recent wintry weather across parts of the New Mexico, wildfire danger is at high levels, especially in southern and eastern areas of the state, according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division.
    A recent increase in the incidence of wildfire has Division staff urging all New Mexicans and visitors to the state to be cautious with their use of fire, even on days when high winds aren’t present.

  • Construction Zone 02-27-11

    With minimal snowfall and higher than normal temperatures being experienced this winter in Los Alamos, road construction projects will be getting underway earlier than in previous years. To keep motorists informed of any possible traffic delays, the County issues a weekly “Construction Update” every Friday morning. The update is featured on the KRSN 1490 AM noon news on Fridays, and appears in the Los Alamos Monitor on Sundays. It is also posted to the County’s webpage at www.losalamosnm.us.

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  • Winter storm heading out after dropping snow, rain

    PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-moving winter storm that brought snow and rain to much of Arizona and some parts of New Mexico over the weekend quickly moved east Sunday.

    It dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to northern areas of Arizona and shut down interstates 40 and 17 overnight. Snow also blanketed the mountains around Tucson in the southern part of the state, and heavy rain fell overnight in Phoenix.

  • Bill targets teen drug users

    Teenage addiction to heroin and prescription drugs is hitting epidemic levels throughout New Mexico, according to experts. A bill from Albuquerque Sen. Bernadette Sanchez, D-Bernalillo aimed at treating the problem passed the New Mexico Senate 31-3 Thursday.

    SB 232 buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction is meant to counter the soaring heroin addiction problem in the state, Sanchez said.

  • Wintry weather set to impact much of NM this weekend

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement:

    BLUSTERY WINDS WITH SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...

    A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM OVER THE NORTHWEST COAST OF OREGON NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER WILL RACE INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY AND INTO NORTHERN ARIZONA ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

  • Saudi suspect in terror plot appears in fed. court

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals online as part of a plan to blow up key U.S. targets, including the home of former President George W. Bush, appeared in federal court in Texas on Friday.

    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

    Rod Hobson, his attorney, declined to comment as he left the courtroom in Lubbock. In a statement, he said the "eyes of the world are on this case" and how Aldawsari is treated.

  • Committee clears police training bill

    An escalating issue facing law enforcement in Los Alamos and communities across the state has prompted the introduction of a bill addressing how law enforcement should handle citizens exhibiting signs of mental impairment.

    Rep. Edward Sandoval, D-Albuquerque and Sen. David Ulibarri, D-Grants introduced the bill, which would establish training guidelines for police officers involving specialized handling of situations where people are mentally impaired.

    HB 93 unanimously cleared its final committee Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Senate confirms NM homeland security secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed retired Air Force Col. Michael Duvall as secretary of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Duvall is the third member of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cabinet to win confirmation.

    The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of Duvall's nomination.

    He was commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque from July 2008 to April 2010, when he retired.

    Duvall is a 1984 Air Force Academy graduate.

  • Bill works to reduce repeat DWIs

    Santa Fe – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton looks to reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders by instituting a first offender follow-up program.  
    The bill she is sponsoring, House Bill 183, unanimously passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee today.