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Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

on August 6, 2017 - 6:19am

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect

Lujan Grisham Responds To DOJ Threat To Withhold Funding To APD

on August 6, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that threatens to withhold federal funding to the Albuquerque Police Department.
The DOJ in a letter to Police Chief Gorden Eden concluded that APD is eligible to receive federal funding under a new Public Safety Partnership program to help communities address violent crime. However, the DOJ also raised several questions about APD’s approach to crime related to illegal immigration.

Woman Arrested After Arriving Intoxicated To Court

on August 5, 2017 - 5:09pm

Monique Badonie
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque woman slated for trial Thursday afternoon before Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk on a charge of driving under the influence appeared intoxicated and smelled so strongly of alcohol that Probation Officer Linda Pena conducted a sobriety test in the courtroom, which indicated that her blood alcohol level was .237.

Monique Badonie, 22, was scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. but did not arrive until 2 p.m.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Defend Against Ransomware

on August 5, 2017 - 7:25am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry recently warned tax professionals that ransomware attacks are on the rise worldwide as bad actors here and abroad infiltrate computer systems and hold sensitive data hostage.
The IRS is aware of a handful of tax practitioners who have been victimized by ransomware attacks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently cautioned that ransomware attacks are a growing and evolving crime threatening the private and public sectors as well as individuals.
The “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a

DOE Completes Cleanup At Los Alamos Canyon Sites

on August 5, 2017 - 7:09am
Project team members were transported by crane in a special personnel platform to and from one of the cleanup sites on a narrow canyon shelf. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) have completed the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.
The contaminated soil was primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research and

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. White

on August 4, 2017 - 4:32pm
Los Alamos
Response To Mr. White (link).
For starters, Tommy Rodella, the former Sheriff of Rio Arriba County, is not hyperbole. 
Neither is former Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza who was convicted of tampering with public records by having deputies (patronage employees) falsify reports. Nor is Sheriff Joe Arpaio down in Phoenix who was just convicted of obstruction of justice.
Perhaps I’m just paranoid, but let me explain to you where I’m coming from. I grew up in Springfield, Illinois.

Get On The Bus! Free Summer Concert ACT Rides

on August 4, 2017 - 8:40am

Federal Charges Filed Against Joseph Gonzales In 2016 Los Alamos Marijuana Wax Lab Explosion Case

on August 4, 2017 - 8:23am
The bathroom where an explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 has been indicted on three counts in U. S. District Court and is slated for a jury trial Oct. 2 in Albuquerque.

Gonzales is charged with endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled

LAFD Responds To Oven Fire At El Viento Home

on August 4, 2017 - 5:49am

The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento off Barranca Road. There were no injuries and there was only minor damage to the home. The Los Alamos Police Department controls traffic on Barranca Road during the operation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighters at the home where an oven fire occured Thursday on El Viento Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighters clean up after an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Shari Mills And Granddaughter Maddy Donate For ‘The Blue Side’ In Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!

on August 3, 2017 - 8:35pm

Maddy Early, who just graduated from Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Alaska accompanied her grandmother Shari Mills of White Rock today to give blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. ‘Of course, we donated for the blue side … law enforcement!’ said Mills, a former police detective. The drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and donors can signify their preferance for law enforcement or the fire department in this good-natured competition for an important and worthy cause. Photo by Shari Mills

‘Find the hero in you’ … community members can

Veterans Ben And Cresta Bateman Continue To Serve

on August 3, 2017 - 11:48am
Veterans Ben and Cresta Bateman of Los Alamos continue serving fellow warriors. Courtesy photo
Ben Bateman, left, with his forward observer on patrol in Iraq. Courtesy photo
Ben Bateman at a memorial for two of his comrades during his deployment in Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

He served his country for eight and a half years as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army, including three years as a Special Forces officer and a Green Beret. She spent seven and a half years in the Army as a Logistics Officer.

Scenes From Final Movie In The Park For 2017

on August 3, 2017 - 11:03am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes presents a prize to 3-year-old Hendricks Deschamp at Wednesday night's final Movie in the Park of this season at Ashley Pond Park, which was sponsored by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighter Kenny Anderson helps Rebecca Jiang operate a fire hose. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Department Dispatchers Seth Martinez and Andrea Garcia hand out free popcorn and other items at Wednesday's Movie in the Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Wednesday night's Movie

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel

on August 3, 2017 - 10:59am

Los Alamos

I really enjoy debating with people but that requires facts and all Mr. Nebel offers is hyperbole about corrupt police as well as deputies (link).

And he's apparently oblivious to the fact that New Mexico has been far and away the state leading the nation in violent crime as well as all other crime since long before 1980. Yes, I suppose now you'll dig up some FBI stats to disprove this - just make sure you adjust for per capita population.

I'm surprised he says he backs our police as he seems to be afraid and distrustful of law enforcement in general.

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich



WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

VIDEO: Udall Urges Ban Of Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked To Brain Damage In Children

on August 3, 2017 - 8:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall made the case for why Congress must act to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children.
Udall said his Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act is urgently needed after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected EPA scientists’ determination that all food applications of the pesticide are unsafe and that the chemical risks harm to children, farmers, and

Los Alamos Woman Rescued In Second Fall

on August 3, 2017 - 7:56am
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Jean Jones suggests that all hikers over 60 years of age know the trails they hike and take someone with them. Jones was rescued Monday night after Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report that a woman had fallen in an area of the canyon behind the Jewish Center on Canyon Road.

Lonz was first on the scene and found Jones suspended upside down wedged in the rocks.

Alert: East Jemez Road Eastbound Traffic Blocked 6 p.m. Today Through 4 p.m. Thursday!

on August 2, 2017 - 4:29pm

Due to a water line break, eastbound traffic will be blocked on East Jemez Road beginning at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

News Alert:

A non-DPU water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station and the eastbound traffic will be blocked at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

No downhill traffic will be allowed during this time and only westbound (uphill traffic) will be allowed.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Letter To The Editor: County Councilors Should Not Be Swayed By Bullying

on August 2, 2017 - 3:54pm
Los Alamos

In light of the threat of lawsuits against the County made at the July 26 council meeting, it seems ill-advised to discuss further the resolution to expand the Sheriff’s duties and authorities until the legal matters are resolved. Similarly, efforts to modify the County charter under the cloud of legal challenges should be postposed pending a resolution of those issues. The County should not be swayed by the bullying of a few county residents.


Furthermore, when Los Alamos citizens voted for the current Sheriff, they did so knowing the position

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 27 To Aug.1, 2017

on August 2, 2017 - 1:31pm

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.


July 27 at 5:23 p.m. / Police arrested Cynthia S. Campos, 24, of Santa Fe at the Tierra Amarillo District Court on an order of commitment.





July 29 at 1:28 p.m.

News Alert: Water Line Break Impacts East Jemez Road

on August 2, 2017 - 11:17am

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UPDATE: The break in the eight-inch line was discovered after water was observed on the roadway this morning.

Elijah Meason Placed On Probation

on August 2, 2017 - 7:23am

Elijah Meason


Staff Report

Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use or theft of the card of another and two counts of forgery July 17 in First Judicial District Court before Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Meason was granted a conditional discharge, placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $839.58 to the victim. He is allowed no contact with the victim and is required to complete the Drug Court program.

The sentence is the result of a global plea agreement reached with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Heinrich On New FBI Director Christopher Wray

on August 1, 2017 - 4:59pm

New FBI Director Christopher Wray

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher Wray to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who will replace Acting Director Andrew McCabe who replaced James Comey who was fired by President Donald Trump:

“It’s deeply troubling we are in this position in the first place.

House Ethics Committee Dismisses Complaint And Closes Case Against U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on August 1, 2017 - 4:52pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Ethics Committee announced today that it is dismissing the complaint against U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and closing the case without further action.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust raised a concern in June whether Luján had improperly used images of Democrats on the House floor in fundraising emails.

Luján's Communication Director Joe Shoemaker released today the following statement:

“Today the Ethics Committee dismissed the allegations against Congressman Luján.

WIPP Strategic Planning Workshop Aug. 8

on August 1, 2017 - 12:12pm

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend an Aug. 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050.

The workshop is 9-11 a.m. at the AECOM Office, One Park Square, 6501 Americas Parkway NE in Albuquerque.

The workshop is being held in response to requests from stakeholders wanting to learn more about WIPP’s strategic planning process in the areas of site infrastructure, waste emplacement rates, mining, and

New Mexico Unveils Nation’s ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ High-Tech Enhancement Of Emergency Response Network

on August 1, 2017 - 11:53am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez joined AT&T New Mexico President Jerry Fuentes and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth to unveil a dramatic high-tech enhancement to the first responder communication network throughout the state – a first-of-its-kind undertaking in the nation.

AT&T in partnership with FirstNet will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for New Mexico’s emergency response network at no cost for the next 25 years.

“We have to keep doing more to keep our communities safe,” Martinez said.