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Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

on April 25, 2017 - 2:52pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.

Man Carrying Portfolio Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 25, 2017 - 1:50pm
FBI News:
 
A man carrying a brown portfolio robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, April 12.
 
The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'6” to 5'7” tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with a slender build. He wore glasses, a red baseball cap turned backwards, a black long-sleeve shirt, khaki pants, and black athletic shoes. He carried a brown portfolio. He entered Bank of the West, 2101 Eubank Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:03 p.m.
 
The suspect verbally demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Team Supports ICBM Test Launch

on April 25, 2017 - 1:48pm
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
 
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles was launched Feb. 8 during an operational test flight. The Minuteman III reentry vehicles contained test instrumentation and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
 
The flight tests

Tips On Determining If It’s Really IRS At Your Door

on April 25, 2017 - 8:26am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has created a special new page on IRS.gov to help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate or an imposter.
 
With continuing phone scams and in-person scams taking place across the country, the IRS reminds taxpayers that IRS employees do make official, sometimes unannounced, visits to taxpayers as part of their routine casework. Taxpayers should keep in mind the reasons these visits occur and understand how to verify if it is the IRS knocking at their door.
 

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Colorado Man Arrested For 11th DWI, Child Abuse

on April 24, 2017 - 7:12am
NMSP News:
 
PECOS ― Around 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, New Mexico State Police uniformed officers were dispatched to the Pecos area due to numerous 911 calls about an erratic driver, possibly drinking with a child in the vehicle.
 
The officers witnessed the vehicle in motion and initiated contact with the driver, who was later identified as Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo.
 
As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed a small child standing in the seat looking out the vehicle's window.

FBI: Man Wearing Green Shirt, Black Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 24, 2017 - 6:50am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a green long-sleeve shirt and black baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, April 18.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to late 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had a black cloth mask over part of his face and also wore black gloves and black cargo pants.
 
The suspect entered My Bank, 6000  Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:25 p.m. He threatened and demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the cash.
 

WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

AG: Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement

on April 21, 2017 - 7:47am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • Payment in excess of $54 million is the largest ever for New Mexico

SANTA FEAttorney General Hector Balderas announced that Thursday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01.

In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco.

Update On Shoplifting Incident At Bealls

on April 21, 2017 - 6:37am

Stephanie Garcia

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

LAPD Cdr. Preston Ballew confirmed Thursday, April 13, that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

The man injured in the incident sustained a broken nose.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

Deputy DA Files Response In Scott Mallory Case

on April 21, 2017 - 6:09am

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos, right, leaves the courtroom April 3 with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following his pre-trial status hearing in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost​

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist has filed a response in First Judicial District Court to an attempt to suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession charge against Scott Mallory.

Mallory’s attorney Christopher C.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces 25 Years To Life On Federal Bank Robbery Charges Under ‘Worst Of The Worst’ Initiative

on April 21, 2017 - 5:22am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Albuquerque April 19 found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Isaac Joseph Dodge, 41, of Albuquerque, with armed bank robbery offenses.
 
During the proceedings, Dodge waived his right to a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody pending trial.
 
Dodge was arrested April 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with committing two armed bank robberies in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Dodge robbed the BBVA Compass Bank March 7, 2017 at 1201 San Pedro Drive NE in Albuquerque.

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 21, 2017 - 4:55am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Did you know roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur when most people are asleep – between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?

Smoke spreads quickly, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! Simply put, smoke alarms save lives.

A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins. Did you remember to do this with the recent time change?

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Officers

on April 20, 2017 - 5:15pm
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. Michael Weiss and his wife, Melissa. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman with his wife, Jessica and their children. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Two new Los Alamos Police Officers, David Randleman and Michael Weiss were sworn by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday. They were joined in the courtroom by their families, several LAPD officers and other county staff.

Randleman is a graduate of Aztec High School and San Juan Community College.

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

Many Mothers Welcomes Arrival Of Baby Box Program

on April 20, 2017 - 8:19am
Infant sleeping in a Baby Box. Courtesy photo
 
Baby Box filled with supplies. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
SANTA FE  Many Mothers is excited to announce the arrival of the Baby Box Program, an initiative that aims to reduce rates of neonatal and infant mortality through distribution of Baby Boxes, safe sleep education, and in-home support.
 
Originally developed in Finland in the 1930s, Baby Boxes have since gained popularity in many U.S. communities.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12-17, 2017

on April 19, 2017 - 6:25pm

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 against them.

JASON LARRANAGA


April 12/Jason Larranaga, 20, of Las Cruces, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

 

 


STEPHANIE L. GARCIA


April 13/Stephanie L. Garcia, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting.

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH


April 14/Coleman Smith, 60, of Pueblo, Colo., was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SIMON


April 15/Daniel Simon, 27, of Los

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff

on April 19, 2017 - 4:25pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Regardless of what any of us thinks about keeping the sheriff's office, the public decided the question of whether to have a sheriff.
 
Now is the time to carefully define the scope of duties so that this office does more than throw out the first calf at the annual rodeo but on the other hand, doesn't waste effort duplicating police duties.
 
Plus, any duty that involves the potential for violence or public interactions that could put the County at risk for a lawsuit requires personnel training that the county will have to pay to obtain.
 
If as

FBI: Taos Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Carjacking

on April 19, 2017 - 3:15pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Howieson, 56, of Costilla pled guilty in court in Albuquerque to a federal carjacking charge.
 
The plea agreement recommends that Howieson be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of 12 to 36 months followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Howieson was arrested Oct. 11, 2016, on a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was superseded Feb.

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