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Update: Public Urged To Avoid Area Of Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:21am

Cajete Fire. Courtesy image

SFNF News:

Fire officials are urging the public to avoid the area of the Cajete Fire underway in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

Start Date: June 15, 2017

Cause: Unknown

Size: 700

Governor Activates Emergency Operations Center In Response To El Cajete Fire In The Jemez

on June 16, 2017 - 11:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to the El Cajete Fire in Sandoval County.

“I’ve activated our emergency operations center and directed our state agencies to work with our local and federal partners to keep New Mexicans safe,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans know better than most just how devastating wildfires can be, and as we face this year’s fire season together, we’re also reminding everyone to keep safety in mind and be prepared.”

The El Cajete Fire began

Cajete Fire: Los Alamos County Responds To Request From Sandoval County For Help With Displaced Animals

on June 16, 2017 - 11:18am


Los Alamos County’s Animal Shelter staff are responding to a request received overnight from the Sandoval County emergency response team to assist Animal Amigos with evacuation of animals being impacted by the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Animal Shelter staff relocated animals that were being housed in the County’s shelter to the Santa Fe animal shelter this morning in preparation for intake of these evacuated animals, which are expected to be small domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits or chickens rather than large animals such as horses; however, the local stable

Take A Free Ride On Summer Concert Bus Tonight!

on June 16, 2017 - 10:56am


Don’t forget! You can catch a ride to and from the Summer Concerts using the extended services provided by the DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit. Save the hassle and stay safe.

Route schedules and maps can be found on the ACT website:

Remember – regular weekday service runs until 7 p.m., so check those schedules if you want to get there early.

NMSP: Operation Roadcheck 2017 Issues Over 270 Citations, Removes 62 Drivers, Makes Six Arrests

on June 16, 2017 - 10:31am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police offocers participated in the 2017 International Roadcheck Operation. Over the 72-hour period of June 6-9, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in New Mexico and surrounding jurisdictions throughout North America conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.
Over the duration of the operation New Mexico State Police CVSA certified Inspectors screened more than 7,000 vehicles, completed 1,643 inspections, and put 338 vehicles out of service for an array of violations.

David Rael Trial Ends: Verdict Monday

on June 16, 2017 - 9:25am

Det. C.J. Brown, left, chats with Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato outside the courtroom during the trial of David Rael in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Special Agent Owen Pena, left, talks to Assistant Attorneys General Jason Yamato and Celedonia Munoz. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos ended Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe and First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will announce her verdict at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
“This bipartisan

Car Hits Fence Thursday On Diamond Drive

on June 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos Police and Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon at Diamond Drive and Urban. No details of the cause of the accident were immediately available. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

After first responders left the scene the vehicle remained at the scene. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Update: Cajete Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on June 16, 2017 - 8:25am

Heavy smoke drifts down into the Jemez Valley overnight and early this morning. Photo by R.W./Jemez Post

SFNF News:

Location: Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

Start Date: June 15, 2017    

Cause: Unknown    


Udall's Co-sponsored Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country Clears Committee

on June 16, 2017 - 7:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country.
The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
EM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Police Charge David Byron Lawrence With Assault And Property Damage Following Alleged Drunken Rampage

on June 16, 2017 - 6:59am
Los Alamos Daily Post

David Byron Lawrence, 54, was charged with assault against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member when he was arrested June 6.

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Robert Larsen was notified of a domestic dispute in progress and when he arrived at Lawrence’s residence, two women told him Lawrence was drunk and “got crazy”. On entering the residence, Larsen observed that the front window was broken, and there was a pair of broken glasses on the kitchen table belonging to one of the women.

Damian Herrera Arrested On Five Counts Of Murder

on June 16, 2017 - 6:46am

Damian Herrera

NMSP News:

ESPANOLA -- At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department dispatch received a 911 call regarding a shooting that occurred at SR 111 Private Drive 1695, House # 1 in La Madera, Rio Arriba County.

Based on statements and through investigation, it was learned that the suspect, Damian Herrera, had shot and killed his mother, stepfather and brother in what appears to be a domestic dispute.

Herrera's mother has been identified as Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49. His stepfather is identified as Max Trujillo Sr., 55, and his brother is identified as

Fire Near Los Pinos Spurs Evacuations

on June 15, 2017 - 2:55pm

Smoke plume from the fire currently burning in the Los Pinos area of the Jemez Mountains. Courtesy photo

FIRE News:

The smokey conditions in Los Alamos today are caused by the Cajete Fire, currently burning in the Los Pinos area of the Jemez Mountains. The fire is near Mile Marker 33 on NM 4. The Forest Service and Sandoval County Emergency Management are currently fighting the fire.

According the U.S. Forest Service, smoke was first reported to Santa Fe Dispatch at 10:47 a.m. today. An stimated at 100 acres and spreading and moving to the east.

Local Smoky Haze Caused By Fire In Bonita Canyon

on June 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Smoky haze from a lightning-sparked fire 19 miles north of El Rito in Bonita Canyon fills the sky this morning looking east from the Main Hill Road. The wildfire reported June 3, increased in size to approximately 280 acres, driven by wind and dry air. It is burning in a remote area of the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Information on air quality and protecting one's health can be found at Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Update: Police Seek Help Locating Ramon Acosta

on June 15, 2017 - 8:53am

Ramon Manuel Acosta

UPDATE: Ramon Acosta was located by the Espanola Police Department last night and taken into custody.

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Officers are searching for a 36-year-old male named Ramon Manuel Acosta.

Acosta fled from a crash scene on foot into the canyon south of Camino Cereza at approximately 4:30 p.m. today. He has an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a robbery charge.

Acosta also has a criminal history of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He is 5’ 6” tall and 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair.

LAPD Reminds Community To Follow Dog Ordinance

on June 15, 2017 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Police Department Animal Control Division Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman with Santos, a dog she rescued from Honduras. Santos is available for adoption at the Animal Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A rash of recent attacks by unleashed dogs on humans and other dogs has spurred the Los Alamos Police Department to remind people of the provisions of the Los Alamos Municipal Code and the New Mexico Dangerous Dog Act.

“We have had several incidents in the past few months and people need to recognize how dangerous it

NMDOH Launches Statewide Summer Awareness Campaign To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus

on June 15, 2017 - 7:14am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of a summer campaign to educate the public about Zika virus prevention. So far this year, there has been just one reported case of West Nile Virus and no reported cases of Zika Virus in New Mexico. However, we are entering the 2017 mosquito season.  

The campaign focuses on providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be considering travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The prevention efforts are being supported by television and radio spots throughout New Mexico as well

Black Hole And Church Cited For Disrepair

on June 15, 2017 - 6:45am


The Black Hole property on Arkansas Street has been cited by Los Alamos County for unsafe conditions due to its state of disrepair. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

The former Grace Lutheran Church on Arkansas Street has fallen into disrepair and the Grothus Family Trust, which owns the property has been cited by Los Alamos County. This is the rear view of the church building renamed the First Church of High Technology. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Two properties on Arkansas owned by the Grothus Living Trust have been cited by Los

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7-12, 2017

on June 14, 2017 - 4:06pm
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 filed against them.

June 7 / Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

June 12 / Jesse Daniel Currie, 20, of Jemez Springs was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

District Court Trial Begins For David Rael Of Los Alamos

on June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
David Rael, left, and his attorney Marc Edwards this morning in the First Judicial District Courtroom in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris in the courthouse ahead of testifying in the non-jury trial of David Rael this morning in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos began Wednesday morning in Santa Fe before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Rael is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count

New LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer Is Sworn In Today At Magistrate Court

on June 14, 2017 - 3:03pm

New Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer is sworn in this morning in Magistrate Court. Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Chief Dino Sqambellone joined other officers and guests at the ceremony. Courtesy photo

Newly sworn LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer signs documents this morning in Magistrate Court as Judge Pat Casados looks on at right. Courtesy photo

NIST Awards $38.5 Million To Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

on June 14, 2017 - 9:40am
Courtesy photo
NIST News:
BOULDER, Colo.  The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.
The multiyear grants are intended to help modernize public safety communications and operations by supporting the migration of data, video and voice communications from mobile radio to a nationwide public safety broadband network, as well as accelerating critical technologies related to indoor location

Udall On Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

on June 14, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.:

“Jill and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today’s tragic shooting.

“I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event.

Scalise was shot today at a Republican Party

2017’s Best & Worst States For Teen Drivers

on June 14, 2017 - 7:52am
With teens obtaining driver’s licenses during the summer more than any other season and an average of 226 auto-related teen deaths occurring every month, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers.
In order to determine the safest and least costly driving environments for U.S. teenagers, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states based on 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from number of teen driver fatalities to average cost of car repairs to presence of impaired-driving laws.

Best States for Teen