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AG Balderas Urges New Mexicans Affected By Las Vegas Mass Shooting To Contact The AG’s Office

on October 10, 2017 - 6:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging all New Mexicans affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting to contact his office’s Victim Services Unit for assistance.
Attorney General Balderas has issued the following statement:
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who have been affected by the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. Any New Mexicans who were at the concert at the time of the shooting are encouraged to contact our Victim Services Unit at 505.717.3512 for information regarding resources that may be

Fall Prescribed Burns On Jemez Ranger District

on October 10, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns as early as Monday, Oct. 16. 
That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
The primary target is a planned broadcast burn on the 1,950-acre Stable unit located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 
Additional projects fire managers are considering for this fall include:

Heinrich Demands Scrutiny Of IRS Contract With Equifax

on October 10, 2017 - 5:52am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans, including over 860,000 New Mexicans.
“By awarding this no-bid contract, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is

Snow And Freezing Temps Moving Into Area

on October 9, 2017 - 9:17am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service has announced that the vast majority of impactful weather this week is expected to move into the area this afternoon through Tuesday morning. 

Weather details:

  • A quick hitting fall system will bring colder temperatures and snow to northern New Mexico. Snow should begin by early afternoon across the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Raton Pass. 
  • One to 3 inches of snow is possible around Raton Pass where at least minor impacts to I-25 are anticipated.
  • Two to 4 inches of snow are expected above 9,000 feet, with local amounts over 5 inches

Countywide Road Striping Begins Wednesday

on October 9, 2017 - 9:00am


Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be working with contractor San Bar Construction, which will be striping various roadways throughout the county beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The striping will begin on Diamond Drive and proceed to side streets from there. The work should be completed by Friday, Oct. 13, depending on weather conditions.

San Bar will not be striping during morning and evening commute hours.

Note: Be mindful of the striping equipment, follow all traffic control signs/cones and please DO NOT drive on the freshly painted stripes.

Letter To The Editor: County Action Restores My Hope

on October 9, 2017 - 7:37am
Los Alamos
FINALLY! I had lost all hope that Los Alamos County would take a stand against the downright bullying of our sheriff.
From the first day he was elected as sheriff he has had his own agenda, not the citizens of Los Alamos County, of what the duties of our sheriff should be. And, he has been trying his best to shove it down our throats.
Last year it was placed on a ballot about whether the citizens wanted to keep or abolish the position of sheriff in Los Alamos County. The citizens voted to keep it and not by a huge margin.

U.S. Rep. Luján Co-sponsors Legislation To Prohibit Manufacture And Sale Of Bump Stocks

on October 9, 2017 - 5:05am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday released the following statement on his co-sponsorship of legislation (H.R.3947) to prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of bump stocks and similar devices designed to convert a semi-automatic weapon into the near equivalent of a fully automatic machine gun.
“Earlier this week, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

DOJ Awards Nearly $37 Million To Support Sexual Assault Kit Testing, Tracking And Investigation

on October 9, 2017 - 4:47am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced awards totaling nearly $37 million to help state, local and tribal government agencies improve the response to sexual assault and victim services, and analyze unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody.
The grants will aid jurisdictions in reducing backlogs of sexual assault evidence and solving crimes of sexual violence.
“There is no greater injustice to a victim of sexual assault than a failure on the part of the system to exhaust its investigative possibilities,” said Alan Hanson, Acting

Common Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines

on October 9, 2017 - 4:45am

CDC News:

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.

Flu vaccines given with a needle are made in two ways:

  • the vaccine is made either with
    • a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious; or
    • b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.

In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on October 9, 2017 - 4:43am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public. 


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: Sept. 14

IV. Business

a. Health Fair feedback

b. Planning Council Membership

i. Application review and vote

ii. Recruitment ideas

c. Future meeting agenda ideas 

V. Coordinator’s Report

  • a. Q1 Report due Oct. 31
  • b. LDWI Grant Council meeting Nov. 2 

VI. LAPS Report

VII. LAPD Report


New Mexico Ranks #2 For Most Burglaries Nationwide

on October 7, 2017 - 3:41am
ADT News:
With over 1 million annual burglaries in the U.S. alone, many of us can relate to having our sense of security being taken away along with our stolen property.
In its latest study, the team at ADT looked at data from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies to find out the times and places with the highest risk of burglary. 

Here are some key findings: 
  • New Mexico has about 8.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (2nd nationwide);
  • Santa Fe has about 16.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (8th nationwide); and
  • While most burglars live within 2 miles of the victim,

CCNS Appeals EPA Denial To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on October 7, 2017 - 3:18am
CCNS News:
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to a key facility, the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility. The Clean Water Act only regulates facilities that actually discharge pollutants. 
After November 2010, the Facility became a zero-liquid-discharge system, meaning the discharge pipe would no longer be used. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Dream On...

on October 7, 2017 - 2:54am

Los Alamos

I was going to write a light-hearted column this week. However, between the natural and unnatural disasters that have recently occurred, my head is filled with such sadness that I find very little humor in anything.

Every time I sit down to write, my feelings of helplessness and heartache fill the page. Not very entertaining I am afraid. But let me share my thoughts on how we can make a difference and contribute to improving the situation.

Regarding hurricanes and flooding - send money.

Los Alamos County Files Petition For Cease And Desist Against Sheriff

on October 6, 2017 - 2:58pm
Los Alamos Daily post 

Los Alamos County has asked the First Judicial District Court to issue a temporary restraining order requiring local Sheriff Marco Lucero to cease and desist from enforcing state law and County ordinances.

In a verified petition for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and permanent injunction filed Oct.

DWI Planning Council Meeting Oct. 12

on October 6, 2017 - 2:17pm

Section Of NM 4 To Close For 24 Hours Near Tsankawi

on October 6, 2017 - 10:03am


The  Department of Public Utilities is drilling a new water well in Los Alamos Canyon and is extending the new water transmission line across N.M. 4 to tie into the existing line that takes water to White Rock.

As a result, DPU needs to completely close a section of N.M. 4 for a period of 24 hours (near Tsankawi), however, East Jemez Road (Truck Route) will remain open.

The plan is to complete this work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. While work is underway Sunday, Oct. 22, the road will be open for two-way traffic.

FBI: Herbert Boyd Smith Charged With Bank Robbery

on October 6, 2017 - 9:51am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Herbert Boyd Smith, 50, of Albuquerque, with a bank robbery charge. During proceedings, Smith was ordered detained pending trial.
The FBI and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith Oct. 3, 2017, based on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a bank in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Smith robbed a Bank of the West branch located at 3733 Isleta Blvd., in Albuquerque Oct. 2, 2017. 
According to the complaint, Smith

County Council Files Motion In Email Suit

on October 6, 2017 - 8:47am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council has filed a motion asking the First Judicial District Court to conduct an in camera in chambers review of Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary’s emails held on her personal account from May 15 to determine if they are “public record” and subject to review under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Council members.

Balderas: Bernalillo Murderer Stays In Prison

on October 6, 2017 - 7:39am

Mark Romero

AG News:

BERNALILLO – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Mark Romero, who brutally murdered Francisco Landovazo in July 2011, will remain in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division.

Using a gun, Romero and another man forced him into the trunk of a car, drove him to El Llanito, beat him with a baseball bat, hogtied him and choked him until he died.

“We are working to keep New Mexico’s most violent, dangerous criminals out of our communities and behind bars,” Attorney General

County Council Litigation Subcommittee Nixed

on October 5, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos County Council, from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Antonio Maggiore. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAC


Los Alamos Daily Post

An announcement by Los Alamos County Council Chair David Israelevitz at the end of the Sept. 26 Council meeting prompted a lengthy discussion with his fellow councilors and has ultimately been nixed.

Under the Council Chair’s Report item on the agenda, Israelevitz announced that a subcommittee was being started to work with

Family Council Boots & Badges Fall Ball Nov. 11

on October 5, 2017 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery, seated, and Counseling Center Program Director Cheryl Pongratz Tuesday morning at LAFC on Nectar and 15th. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) is raising money to provide crisis intervention services to those in need throughout the region and at the same time pay tribute to local police, firefighters and veterans.

LAFC is hosting a dinner, dance and auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Veteran’s Day, Nov.

Lane Closures Planned Near Trinity Drive Intersection At Diamond Saturday

on October 5, 2017 - 8:04am


Starting at 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, the concrete curb will be replaced between the eastbound and westbound lanes on Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive east of Trinity Drive.

This work will require the closure of one of the two westbound left turn lanes on Trinity to Diamond. The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for approximately 200 feet, requiring the closure of the southbound Diamond left turn lane. 

All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road, so drive cautiously and follow all advanced warning

Pearce Votes To Protect Sanctity Of Life

on October 5, 2017 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill seeks to protect unborn children who are 20 weeks or older:
“Today’s bill is something we as Americans can unite together around. We have scientific proof that an unborn child at 20 weeks into a pregnancy – the end of the 5th month – has the capability to feel pain. I cannot sit back and allow this brutal act to continue.

Man Charged In Alleged Incident At Camp May

on October 4, 2017 - 8:28pm
Police arrest Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos Tuesday morning near LANB and charged him with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault stemming from an incident Sept. 24 at Camp May. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos was taken into custody Tuesday by the Los Alamos Police Department and charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault.

An arrest warrant was issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2017

on October 4, 2017 - 7:57pm

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.​



Sept. 29 at 10:09 a.m. / Police arrested Jeremiah Morris, 26, of Los Alamos at Mesa Verde on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.


Sept. 29 at 1:19 p.m. / Santa Fe Sheriff's Office arrested Russell Trujillo, 42, of Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.