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Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.


McQuiston: Not Texting Is A Start, But There’s More To Safe Driving

on May 4, 2017 - 8:42am
The Jemez Agency
Many people have a limited definition of “distracted driving”: They think it only means texting behind the wheel. 
There’s good reason for that, because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention - the same attention required for safe driving. But although texting is perhaps the most dangerous distraction, there are many others that can impact how you drive, whether you realize it or not. And they can be just as deadly.
How deadly? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S.

Scenes From Los Alamos Police Ofc. Megan Nieto's Swearing In Ceremony Tuesday Afternoon

on May 3, 2017 - 2:38pm

Megan Nieto's swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Gabriel Nieto pins a badge on his wife's uniform during her swearing in ceremony Tuesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Cpl. Nieto has been an LAPD officer for two years and a dispatcher for the Department prior to that. Photo by Kateri Morris

Ofc. Megan Nieto signs her oath of office with Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
From left, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Gabriel Nieto and Cmdr. Oliver Morris welcome Ofc.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco

on May 3, 2017 - 1:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco at work last week is a member of the LAFD Technical Rescue Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council

Prior Felon Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on May 3, 2017 - 12:46pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Pilar Angel Lucero, 33, of Albuquerque pled guilty May 2, to violating federal firearms laws. The plea agreement included the recommendation that Lucero be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Lucero was charged by criminal complaint July 7, 2016, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on June 16, 2016, in Bernalillo County, following a routine traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). subsequently was indicted on the same charge July 28, 2016. According to

Consumer Protection Presentation At UNM-Los Alamos

on May 2, 2017 - 3:56pm

There have been incidences of stolen credit card numbers in Los Alamos. Courtesy Images

UNM-LA News:

UNM alumni Shaylyn Garcia Roy and Patrick Stewart are hosting “Consumer Security: Protecting the Citizens of New Mexico” Thursday, May 4 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Building 2 Lecture Hall.

Shaylyn Garcia Roy, Community Outreach Director for the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. Courtesy Images

The event begins with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by the presentation.

The UNM Alumni Association and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office are joining forces to

The Service Lives On In Senior Appreciation Night

on May 2, 2017 - 2:33pm
Former Acting Chief Gary Bequette Los Alamos Police Department and his daughter Diana. Courtesy/YMCA
Courtesy/Los Alamos Monitor
The Family YMCA

In 2010, tears in his eyes, 71-year-old Gary Bequette sat and watched his adult daughter as she volunteered to help senior graduates get in and out of overstuffed sumo wrestling suits. He smiled as the teens pushed, bounced off and jump upon one another.

“I am so thankful that this is continuing,” he told his daughter Linda Bequette.

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:39am



United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory Partner to Make a Difference in Northern New Mexico

  • This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

Conditions Look Good For Virgin Mesa Prescribed Burn

on May 2, 2017 - 6:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Virgin Mesa prescribed burn this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The plan is to use hand and aerial ignitions Wednesday to treat a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa.

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

Reporters Without Borders Releases 2017 World Press Freedom Index

on May 2, 2017 - 5:25am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise ... an age of post-truth, propaganda and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies.
RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom in many countries. Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed.

DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract For Los Alamos Field Office To S&K Logistics LLC

on May 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management – Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) awarded a Requirements Contract, utilizing Fixed Price and Time and Materials Task Orders, to S&K Logistics LLC, a certified small business of St. Ignatius, Montana, to provide technical and business support services.

The contract will have a maximum value of $17.4 million over five years.

S&K will provide support in the following areas: records management, project controls, training, safeguards and security, safety, quality assurance, property management, community relations,

LAPD Collects 32 pounds Of Prescription Medications During DEA Sponsored Drug Take Back Day April 29

on May 1, 2017 - 4:26pm

LAPD Evidence Technician, Anthony Lucero stands next to the collected medications last Saturday that will be turned over to the DEA for destruction. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day Saturday, April 29.

Two collections locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace and the White Rock Visitor Center.

Despite the snow storm LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications.

This national take-back initiative continues

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

PEEC: Lions And Hikers And Bears, Oh My!

on May 1, 2017 - 8:38am
Black bears are frequently seen in the local mountain community and it is important to know how to safely live and hike among these large mammals. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak, one of the leading experts in large carnivore behavior, will share tips for hiking safely in bear country. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Bear sightings are common in our mountain town.

Bank Robber Wears Nike Cap, Motorcycle Gloves

on May 1, 2017 - 8:32am
FBI News:
A man wearing a gray Nike baseball cap and motorcycle gloves robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank April 19.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'6” to 5'7” tall, and skinny. He wore a gray Nike Air baseball cap, motorcycle gloves, sunglasses and a dark long-sleeve shirt.
The suspect entered Bank of America, 7644 Jefferson St. NE, at approximately 11:58 a.m. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the money.
Anyone with information is

Caution: Deer Crossing Along Canyon Road

on April 30, 2017 - 10:32pm
Winter worn deer are commonly spotted crossing Canyon Road and in danger of being hit by motorists. Photo by Linda Goforth
Deer on Canyon Road. Photo by Linda Goforth
Los Alamos

Please be very careful of your speed traveling on Canyon Road. I see people going 40 though the speed limit is 35 and under, especially going through the curves.

These winter worn deer are commonly crossing Canyon Road, especially in the periods of time when there is more traffic.

They are worn and their mothers try to guide them, but even she can miss the confusing cues of tires and

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Reply To Sen. Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm

Los Alamos


I read James Griffin's reply to Sen. Martin Heinrich in utter disbelief (letter). Sure, a 42,000 gallon spill is a drop in the proverbial oceanic bucket.
But as far as the risks of drilling offshore, and especially in the harsh waters of the Arctic, it's not the often but small disasters that will kill you. Like Fukushima, it's the big ones.
I will utter two phrases and let readers judge for themselves:
1. Exxon Valdez shipwreck.
2. Deepwater Horizion Oil Spill.

Los Alamos Woman Snared In Immigration Loop

on April 30, 2017 - 8:32am

Diana Norwood, left, of Los Alamos with her mom Magdalena ‘Lilly’ Norwood who recently ran into immigration issues while attempting to renew her driver’s license at the MVD on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident Diana Norwood sent a letter (link) to the Los Alamos Daily Post recently expressing her frustration with a system that snared her 77-year-old immigrant mother, Magdalena “Lilly” Norwood.

Through a multi-layered, risk based system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken significant steps to ensure that

Plows Clear Truck Route

on April 30, 2017 - 6:41am

At least three plows where spotted along the truck route clearing the road during Saturday's snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

FBI: 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am

Recipients of the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards were honored in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual

May Is Mental Health Month: Spotlight On Stigma – Doctors And Suicide

on April 30, 2017 - 6:22am
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to encourage people to talk to their doctor about mental illness.
But what if a doctor is struggling with their own mental health? According to Michael F. Myers, MD—known as “the doctors’ doctor—that struggle is more common than we think, and at least once a day, it ends in suicide.
“Doctors are killing themselves at an alarming rate, due to a multitude of triggers—such as burnout, depression, bipolar illness and PTSD,” Dr. Myers said.

LAFD Assists Rescue Of Dog Stranded On Cliff Ledge

on April 29, 2017 - 9:47pm
Smiley the stranded dog looking forlorn as he awaits rescue. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Firefighter Sam Meyersick places a harness on Smiley. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Firefighter Aaron Williams, left, gets ready to take Smiley to the top as Firefighter Sam Meyersick looks on. Courtesy/LAFD
Happy to be rescued, Smiley joins, from left, LAFD Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Aaron Williams, Firefighter Sam Meyersick and Capt. Manny Pacheco. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department took their newest heavy rescue truck to Rio Chama in Rio

Letter To The Editor: We Can’t Ignore Oil And Gas Pollution’s Harm To Our Tourism Industry

on April 29, 2017 - 5:49pm
By Ron Trujillo
Santa Fe City Councilor for District 4,
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Grant Manager
Library Services and Technology Act Federal
New Mexico State Library
Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach.
Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience these assets. We’ve built a bustling and successful tourism industry that depends on our state being in its natural state – an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014.

Bandelier Closed Today Due To Hazardous Conditions

on April 29, 2017 - 9:28am


With all the snow and hazardous road conditions, Bandelier will be closed all day (Saturday April 29).

Weather permitting, Bandelier anticipates reopening Sunday.