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Letter To The Editor: Significant Soil Contamination At Los Alamos Horse Stables

on March 15, 2017 - 5:40am
By OLGA CHERTKOV
Los Alamos

I have read the letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post from JoAnn Johnson, “North Mesa Stable Area Objections Are Much Ado About Nothing!”, and I see that she does not care at all about opinion of other citizens of Los Alamos, her ignorance looks like this:

... You should be happy to live next to my horse … She was there first … you have no choice … waste of time and resources … There will be no changes… .

Her argument that in the 1960’s the horse stables were considered free from contaminations holds no merit today, 50 years later.

District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on March 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

SCAM ALERT:

There is a phone scam going around in which a person claiming to be a police officer or an investigator with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office will call and tell people that there is an active warrant for their arrest and they need to pay to avoid being arrested.

The most recent number that the calls are coming from is 505.312.5386.

The District Attorney’s Office will never ask for money over the phone. 

Bills Limiting School Testing And Restricting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion Head To Governor

on March 14, 2017 - 8:38am

STATE News:
  • Bills Aim to Improve the Quality of Student Life at New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE – Monday night, the House concurred with two bills to improve the quality of student life at New Mexico schools.

House Bills 185 and 75 will now head to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 185 sets limits on the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

“This bill puts teaching ahead of testing, and makes sure students aren't missing out on valuable classroom time,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), one of the bill’s sponsors.

NMDOT Public Information Meeting March 23

on March 14, 2017 - 8:19am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Santa Claren Hotel, 460 N. Riverside in Espanola.

Meeting Purpose:  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the roadway reconstruction of NM 30 Phase 1 from mile post 7.150 to mile post 7.610 in Pueblo of Santa Clara.  The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting and provide comments and questions.

Meeting Overview:Vital Consulting Group, LLC; Bohannon Huston, and NMDOT representatives will

Los Alamos Police Take Bealls Shoplifting Suspect Ashley Garcia Into Custody

on March 13, 2017 - 11:42pm

Ashley Alexanda Garcia

Staff Report

Los Alamos police have taken shoplifting suspect Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez into custody. An LAPD spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that a tip led to the arrest of Hernandez by the Rio Arriba Sheriffs Department.

Garcia, 23, was transferred to the Los Alamos Detention Facility. She is facing charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store on Trinity Drive.

Senate Sends School Restraint Bill To Governor

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36pm

Rep. Jim Smith

SENATE News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate approved House Bill 75, a bill to limit the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe), passed on a bipartisan 30 to 4 vote.

House Bill 75 specifies conditions when restraining and seclusion techniques may be permitted in schools, and it requires New Mexico’s public schools to adopt policies and procedures for the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in their school safety plans.

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

FBI: Navajo Police Officer Dies In Shooting

on March 13, 2017 - 7:42pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a Navajo Police Officer. He was Houston James Largo, 27, a decorated officer with five years of service.

The officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call near Prewitt, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, early Sunday morning.

A suspect is in custody.

The officer was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

The New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff's Office are assisting with the investigation.

More information will be released when it is available.

Anti-Hazing Bill Advances Past House

on March 13, 2017 - 6:26pm

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE  News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 427, a bill sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo) to prevent hazing in New Mexico’s schools. The House approved the bill by a 56 to 2 vote.

Youngblood’s bill would require every New Mexico educational institution to adopt, post, and enforce a hazing prevention policy. The bill defines what actions are considered hazing and lists the areas that hazing policies need to address to ensure the policies are consistent statewide.

According to recent statistics, forty-eight

Update On Bealls Shoplifting Case

on March 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Staff Report

A statewide warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez, on charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store at 610 Trinity Dr.

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Henrichs responded to Bealls after two women reportedly fled the area in a silver four-door Volvo after striking a pedestrian with their vehicle to leave the area.

Det.

Local Police Alert Residents To Latest Phone Scam

on March 13, 2017 - 3:23pm
LAPD News:
 
The Los Alamos Police Department has received multiple reports of a person calling Los Alamos citizens today claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
 
The person is lying to resident’s stating they owe court fees. The suspect also is using names of local judges and law enforcement personnel to try and persuade potential victims.
 
The Los Alamos Police Department asks residents to hang up on these types of phone calls as this method is a verified scam and Los AlamoslLaw enforcement offcials would never call citizens and demand money.

NMDOT: Work Zone Memorial Coming To New Mexico

on March 13, 2017 - 3:08pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  March 9, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s National Work Zone Memorial will be on display at locations throughout New Mexico through March 16.
 
The national memorial honors highway workers who have been tragically killed in a work zone and will include David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, two NMDOT employees who were killed in a work zone last March.
 
“I urge every New Mexican to please slow down and take every precaution when driving through a work zone,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

Police Seek Information About Two Female Suspects

on March 13, 2017 - 9:36am

Suspected shoplifter Ashley A. Garcia of Hernandez

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information on two females be sought

in a shoplifting incident that occurred Thursday at Bealls at 610 Trinity Dr.

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section was assigned the shoplifting case that turned dangerous when a pedestrian was struck by a fleeing suspect vehicle.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Hinrichs were the first to arrive and begin the investigation.

Bipartisan Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Passes House

on March 13, 2017 - 9:25am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed House Bill 347, a bill to rein in predatory loan practices, in a sweeping bipartisan vote of 64-2. Sponsored by Rep. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) and Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), HB 347 is part of a bipartisan effort to limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and to implement financial literacy programs in the state.

"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” Rep. Lundstrom said.

Letter To The Editor: Slanted Press Is Nothing New

on March 13, 2017 - 7:51am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos 

This is in response to letters from Ms. Dolejsi (link), Ms. Remillieux (link) and Mr. Visel (link) about “Freedom of the Press”.

One thing that Mr. Visel states in his letter is that “No one can trust CNN or the mainstream media anymore”. The part I take issue with is the “anymore” part of the statement. The press has always been slanted.

Many of the newspapers that were founded in the 19th Century were founded and owned by the political parties. For instance, the Chicago Tribune was founded by the Republican party.

Letter To The Editor: Background Checks Needed For All Gun Sales

on March 13, 2017 - 7:20am
By CATHY WEBER
Los Alamos
 

I am writing because I support  requiring background checks for all gun sales. As a mom and member of Moms Demand Action, I know gun safety is good for kids and families.

 

Right now, the New Mexico legislature is considering bills that would expand criminal background checks for gun sales to include purchases from unlicensed sellers over the Internet and at gun shows. The background check bill would close the dangerous unlicensed sale loophole and make it harder for criminals to buy guns from strangers in unlicensed sales at gun shows.

 

Weak gun laws

Letter To The Editor: If You Really Want A Background Check Bill Passed ... Tell ‘Moms’ And ‘Everytown’ To Sit Down, Shut Up, And Listen

on March 12, 2017 - 10:17am
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when I read the latest pro “background check” letter (by Amber Espinosa-Trujillo) in what seems to be an orchestrated letter writing campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action.

Indeed, it has probably been the tone-deafness and intransigence of that group (both “Everytown” and “Moms” are names for “Astroturf” organizations supported by New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg) that have stood in the way of a background bill passing out of the legislature.

The out of state lobbyists and their supporters,

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Letter To The Editor: Strip ’Em To Their Skivvies And Light One Off!

on March 12, 2017 - 9:19am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 

Back in the 1970's, Harold Agnew,* third director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), presented a Director's Colloquium to explain his congressional testimony regarding a proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He feared the world's leaders would soon forget the destructive power of nuclear weapons, so he proposed the following:

“Every five or so years, gather the world’s leaders on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, ‘strip ’em to their skivvies,’ and ‘Light one off!’ First they’d be blinded 10 or more seconds by the light, then

Bill Restricting Isolated Confinement Passes House

on March 12, 2017 - 9:04am

STATE News:  
  • HB 175 Restricts New Mexico Correctional Facilities’ Use of Outdated & Inhumane Practice

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 175, the Isolated Confinement Act, in a 38-22 vote Saturday evening.

HB 175 restricts the use of isolated confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails for pregnant women, minors and those suffering from severe mental illness. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for isolated confinement in cases of emergency and a five-day maximum upon initial booking.

“Isolated confinement is overused and misused in our great state,” Rep.

Letter To The Editor: Internet And Gun Show Sales

on March 12, 2017 - 8:54am

Letter To The Editor: What's Next For The Sheriff?

on March 11, 2017 - 4:05pm

Local Police Corporal Files Claim Against Commander

on March 11, 2017 - 11:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias files Tort Claim against commander and LAPD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.xom
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Officer Files Claim; Police Union Issues List of Grievances

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias has filed a Tort Claim against Cmdr. Preston Ballew and the Los Alamos Police Department.

According to the Tort Claim, obtained Friday by the Los Alamos Daily Post, Casias asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during an Oct. 7, 2016 meeting of several officers at the LAPD.

The claim, filed Nov.

Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Clears Hurdle

on March 11, 2017 - 11:15am
Rep. Patty Lundstrom
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Rep. Patty Lundstrom’s (D-Gallup) bill to rein in predatory loan practices has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a 9-1 vote.
 
HB 347 would limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and implement financial literacy programs in the state.
 
"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” said Representative Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup). “New Mexicans deserve access to loans with fair interest rates, without

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