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Los Alamos Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on April 8, 2017 - 3:10pm
Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie and Case Coordination Specialist Deni Fell of Los Alamos County Social Services Division speaks with community members at their National Crime Victims’ Rights Week table Friday inside Smith's Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several agencies observed National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Los Alamos and White Rock Friday with a community outreach event coordinated by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenzie. This year’s theme is “Strength, Resilience, Justice”. 

“People think there are no

Governor Commended For Signing Bill To Provide Tourniquets To Law Enforcement Officers

on April 8, 2017 - 7:04am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― “Today is a great day for our statewide law enforcement officers and New Mexico’s communities,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), who sponsored the bill. “Law enforcement officials are the guardians of our community and this equipment and training will save lives across the state.

Maestas On Veto Of Isolated Confinement Bill

on April 8, 2017 - 6:56am
Antonio 'Moe' Maestas
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The governor’s veto of this compromise legislation will mean that New Mexican taxpayers will continue to pay millions of dollars in settlements for over utilizing an outdated and inhumane jail management tool, said bill sponsor Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque).
 
“HB 175 was the result of the hard work of many stakeholders, including county jail officials and criminal justice experts," he said.

AG Balderas Announces Indictments On Taos County Sheriff’s Deputy For Medicaid Fraud, Falsification Of Documents & Perjury

on April 8, 2017 - 6:53am
AG News:
 
TAOS Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a Taos County grand jury returned indictments on Ricky Romero for one count of Medicaid fraud, 10 counts of falsification of documents and 10 counts of perjury. The Office of the Attorney General is focused on preparing the case for trial.
 
“The Office of the Attorney General will continue to aggressively combat corruption and fraud resulting in the depletion of critical Medicaid funds in New Mexico,” Balderas said.

West Road Closed 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday!

on April 7, 2017 - 5:28pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as  tree trimming activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in this area.

West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.

 

Local Woman Charged In Dog Death Case

on April 7, 2017 - 5:25pm
The two dogs suspected of killing a small dog last week on Acoma Lane. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman has been charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges are in connection with the death last week of a small Bichon Frise dog at an Acoma Lane home.

Leslie Sherman contacted Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy Monday to notify her that the dogs in a photo published in the Los Alamos Daily Post were hers.

The statement of

State GOP On Governor Signing Naloxone Bill

on April 7, 2017 - 11:28am

STATE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on Gov. Susana Martinez signing HB 370, the legislation sponsored by Republican Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes and Rebecca Dow, which will drastically increase the availability of naloxone, a drug that reverses some of the effects of opioid overdoses:

"We thank Governor Martinez for signing this important legislation," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. "New Mexico has among the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country, and the bill Gov.

Luján Statement On U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

on April 7, 2017 - 10:23am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after Thursday night's U.S. missile strikes in Syria:

“Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and children is a despicable and heinous act,” Luján said. “While this missile strike was clearly meant to deter their use, chemical weapons need to be dealt with by a global coalition.

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Seeks To Build Empire

on April 7, 2017 - 9:15am
By CORNELL WRIGHT
Los Alamos
 
Sheriff Marco Lucero proposes to increase his office's budget to $348,118, up from a 2017 budget of $85,411. That's an increase of four times.
 
This is empire building, plain and simple. I wonder if Los Alamos County residents would have voted to retain the Sheriff's office if they knew this increase would be the outcome.

Council To Take Up Sheriff’s Office Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 7:05pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s suspected that the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office FY 2018 budget request will draw some interesting discussion during upcoming budget hearings slated for April 17, 18, 24 and 25.

County residents voted 5,284 to 4,825 in November to reject an attempt by several Los Alamos County Council members to abolish the Office of Sheriff and combine all his remaining duties with those of the police department.

LAPD Prepares For 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run

on April 6, 2017 - 7:03pm
From left, Special Olympics athletes Sam and Jenny run the first leg of the 2016 Torch Run to Jemez Springs with Los Alamos Special Olympics Chair Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD
 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department is ready to continue its decades long tradition of raising money for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Mexico.

Last year, LAPD received the Bronze Award for raising $1,745 in 2015, but Cmdr.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29-April 3, 2017

on April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

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.

RACHEL ANN WEISS
March 29/Rachel Ann Weiss, 26, of White Rock was arrested on a District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MATTHEW HUDGINS
March 29/Matthew Hudgins, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member.

 

 

 

ANDREW M. CHAVEZ
March 30/Andrew M. Chavez, 25, of Espanola was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 


 

JOHN A. MARTINEZ
March 30/John

Council Proclaims April As ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2017 - 5:33pm

Kathie Walters, an organ donation recipient, accepts a proclamation declaring April ‘Donate Life Month’, from County Councilor Rick Reiss during Tuesday night's regular County Council. It's important to acknowledge someone who has benefited from organ donations,’ Reiss said. It is Kathie Walter's birthday today and we celebrate that day with you, Kathie. Walters said it was the fourth birthday she has celebrated thanks to her organ transplant. She added that Tuesday also was Reiss' birthday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Judge Sentences Richard Atencio

on April 6, 2017 - 5:27pm

Richard Atencio, left, was sentenced Monday in District Court. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Under the terms of a plea bargain in the First Judicial District Court Monday, Richard Atencio pleaded no contest to charges of larceny and attempting to tamper with evidence in connection with a Los Alamos National Laboratory property theft case from 2015.

Atencio was accused of stealing lab property valued at more than $2,500 and less than $20,000. Judge T.

Legislative Review: A Post-Legislative Series – Part 1

on April 6, 2017 - 10:10am
By STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

It always amazes me when I raise my head up for a breath of fresh air after a legislative session to see what varying impressions of the legislature there are in the constituency I represent.  

I had an opportunity to sit down with a man from White Rock at Pig and Fig last weekend for an informed chat about education and economic development.

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
 
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Letter To The Editor: Immigrant Is Not A Bad Word

on April 6, 2017 - 7:51am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
 
Dear Mr. Savage,
 
I am glad to see that you acknowledge the constitution and call human beings born in the US “citizens” (link).
 
In the present political climate in this country (including the present administration and immigration enforcement), there are areas where it is viewed differently. Way too often the news reports White Straight Americans (predominantly among those who voted for Mr. Trump) equate people who do not look “acceptable” to them to terrorists or illegal immigrants and are aggressive against them.

Police Capture Canines Suspected Of Killing Small Dog

on April 5, 2017 - 4:19pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued a statement that Los Alamos Police Animal Control officers located and seized the two dogs suspected of killing a smaller dog.

Charges have been filed against the owner through the Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The owner's name has not been released.

Heinrich Statement On Steve Bannon Removal From National Security Council

on April 5, 2017 - 3:49pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • ‘Mr. Bannon has rightly been demoted and removed from the National Security Council, but he never should have been there in the first place.’ –U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, released the following statement on news reports that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief political strategist, has been removed from the National Security Council (NSC). In February, Senator Heinrich led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis questioning the

Court Briefs: Animal Cruelty And Theft Cases

on April 5, 2017 - 10:52am

Staff Report

Two cases of alleged cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate were continued by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Tuesday, one because a defendant, Dolores Montano, was ill and the other, Mary Wood, because the officer was not present. Both cases involve animals allegedly left behind at an Alabama Avenue apartment after an eviction last October.

Montano is charged with nine counts of animal cruelty for allegedly not providing necessary sustenance to nine cats, and six counts of failure to vaccinate cats for rabies.

Heinrich Requests Answers From Trump Administration On Children Separated From Deported Parents

on April 5, 2017 - 9:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is requesting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide data within 30 days regarding the effect of the increased immigration enforcement actions on children of deported parents and how the Trump Administration identifies and assists children in need of support. 
 
Heinrich joined a group of 15 Senators led by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sending a letter to the agencies today.
 
“We are particularly concerned about

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Fraud Scheme Alert

on April 5, 2017 - 9:55am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has issued an alert to government agencies being targeted by a fraud scheme.
 
Agencies are being asked to change vendor payment information to divert funds to a different payee, bank or method of payment. The scam has already resulted in the loss of more than $200,000 from one public school.
 
“Unfortunately, we’re hearing about a scam that preys on government employees who are being tricked into diverting money to imposters posing as legitimate businesses,” Keller said.

Scott Mallory Files Intent To Invoke Spousal Privilege

on April 4, 2017 - 7:44am
Scott Mallory, right, leaves the courtroom Monday 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

SANTA FE Scott Mallory filed an intent to invoke spousal privilege in the Fifth Judicial District Court Monday and asked the court to dismiss or suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession.

An affidavit filed by Mallory’s attorney Christopher C. Marlowe and signed by Mallory states that on or about Aug.

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving Through Work Zones

on April 3, 2017 - 9:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation released a video in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week to encourage motorists to be safe when driving through a work zone.
 
The video features Gov. Susana Martinez, NMDOT Secretary Tom Church, and Megan Rivera, who lost her husband in a work zone crash last year. It can be viewed here.
 
“Roadway workers put their lives on the line every single day and they do it to keep our families safe,” Martinez said.

Police Seek Help Identifying Dogs In Photo

on April 3, 2017 - 12:32pm

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in identifying two dogs pictured in this photo standing outside of the fence. The picture was taken by a witness as these dogs roamed near the area where a smaller dog was killed and they are believed to be the culprits. Anyone with information to help identify the owner or location of these dogs is asked to call the LAPD at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/LAPD

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