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McQuiston: May We Have Your Attention Please?

on August 1, 2017 - 10:03am
The Jemez Agency
When driving home from work this week, I came face to face with a distracted driver. The driver was looking down, eyes off the road, texting, and nearly hitting me.
Recent studies have shown drivers are more distracted, which accounted for 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries in 2014. It is even estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involved cell phone use.
Take a look at a recent survey that was posted in USA Today. The percentage of drivers who reported speeding, red light running or texting while driving in the past 30 days:
  • 16-18 year olds  69

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on August 1, 2017 - 9:29am
Los Alamos
In response to Mr. Spencer (link):
First of all, I don’t get “unnerved” around firearms. I grew up around them. Down at the farm, Grandma had a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun hanging over the back door. Obviously, that didn’t have a 30 round banana clip hanging off of it. The people who needed that kind of equipment were people who couldn’t hit what they were shooting at. Grandma didn’t have that problem.
So, do the police need that kind of equipment in their cruisers? An AR-15 or a mini-14 is easily lethal out to 500 yards.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In August

on August 1, 2017 - 8:55am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August 2017.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Chiefs Voice Support For Battle Of Badges Blood Drive

on July 31, 2017 - 5:34pm

Los Alamos Daily Post


In a joint statement today, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes encouraged the community to support the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.

The drive is at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos:

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

“Personnel from our two departments will attend the event and donate blood which will be used to save the lives of patients at medical facilities throughout our area,” the statement

Animal Protection Voters Endorses Ray Powell For State Land Commissioner Based On Record

on July 31, 2017 - 12:59pm

APV News:


SANTA FE – Animal Protection Voters, via its political action committee APV-PAC, announced today its endorsement of Dr. Ray Powell for State Land Commissioner in 2018.


As the authority who controls the use and care of 9 million surface acres of state trust land in order to fund childhood education and other public institutions, the State Land Commissioner is in a powerful position to protect New Mexico’s wildlife residing on those lands.  


Ray Powell’s record on serious animal protection and wildlife habitat conservation issues, both during and beyond his past tenure

Letter To The Editor: About The Sheriff's Office

on July 31, 2017 - 10:52am
Los Alamos
Reading Richard Nebel's attack on the idea of a functional sheriff's office left me wondering two things (link). One, whether discourse in Los Alamos has been reduced to ad hominem attacks and two, whether Mr. Nebel has any sense of history.
Apparently the mere appearance of less than innocuous guns on a LEO in Santa Fe rattled Mr. Nebel, because it does not appear these weapons were brought into play.

County To Conduct Functional Exercise Thursday

on July 31, 2017 - 10:16am


Los Alamos County’s law enforcement, first responders, emergency management, as well as various County departments will participate Thursday, Aug. 3 in a functional emergency exercise. Developed by the Department of Public Utilities, the exercise simulates a threat to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.

The exercise will test the viability of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Emergency Action Plan for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.

Supreme Court Asked To Prevent Email Providers From Hiding Crime Evidence On Overseas Servers

on July 31, 2017 - 10:15am


ALBUQUERQUE -- Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 states and Puerto Rico to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s request in United States v. Microsoft, that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

“New Mexico’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force does critical work protecting our children and we hope that the Supreme Court agrees with our law enforcement coalition so that work is not jeopardized,” Attorney General

Bear Spotted On Los Pueblos This Morning

on July 31, 2017 - 7:32am

A bear is spotted this morning on Los Pueblos. Photo by Andy Baumer

Los Alamos Man Faces Assault And Battery Charges

on July 30, 2017 - 12:48pm

Lloyd Trujillo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lloyd Trujillo, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested July 21 and charged with battery upon a police officer, assault against a household member, operation of a vehicle on approach of an emergency vehicle and two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth was dispatched to the LAPD lobby to meet with a woman who was having a dispute with Trujillo, her ex-husband.

NWS: Torrential Rainfall And Potential Flash Flooding Coming To Northeast New Mexico!

on July 30, 2017 - 12:08pm

NWS News:

While any rain is usually welcomed in New Mexico, the National Weather Service is forecasting extreme rainfall rates across northeast New Mexico later this afternoon and evening that will likely lead to flash flooding.

Anomalously high atmospheric moisture content will interact with an oulow boundary moving southeast out of Colorado later today and yield storms producing torrenal rainfall across northeast New Mexico. These storms will persist into the evening hours and may extend south to the Interstate 40 corridor overnight into Monday morning.

Flash flooding possible of

Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Faces Additional Charges Following Multiple Jurisdiction Crime Spree

on July 30, 2017 - 7:29am
NMSP News:
SANDOVAL COUNTY Tuesday, July 25, New Mexico State Police arrested Lane M. Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas for multiple charges after he led officers on an approximate 25 mile pursuit, during which Lane fired gunshots at officers at least three separate times.
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. when New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos

Large Boulder Damages Car On Truck Route

on July 30, 2017 - 12:15am

Los Alamos police temporarily closed the Truck Route to traffic Saturday night after a large boulder fell onto the roadway just east of the LANSCE facility. A passing car collided with the boulder, damaging the car, which had to be towed from the scene. The driver was not injured. Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth explained that LAFD tied a rope around the boulder and towed it off the roadway. The Truck Route reopened at about 10:45 p.m. to traffic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD sprays water on the Truck Route to clear rubble left when a car colliding with a boulder on the

Keller Releases Audit Of Dora Consolidated Schools

on July 29, 2017 - 8:16am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller has released a special audit of Dora Consolidated Schools, a school district in a small town south of Portales.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit after it received several complaints from concerned citizens. The OSA reviewed procurement, asset acquisition and disposition, and compliance with statutes and regulations over multiple years.

FBI: Man Wearing College Baseball Cap Robs Bank In Albuquerque ... Flees Scene On Bicycle

on July 29, 2017 - 7:44am
FBI News:
A man wearing a brown or green University of New Mexico Lobos baseball cap fled on a bicycle after robbing a bank Wednesday in Albuquerque.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s or 50s, approximately 6' tall, with a slender or medium build. He had a mustache and wore sunglasses, a brown or green University of New Mexico Lobos baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt with dark blue sleeves and khaki pants. He also carried a backpack.
At approximately 3:04 p.m., the suspect walked into the Wells Fargo bank at 1406 Bridge Blvd. SW.

County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution, Considers Appointing Charter Review Committee

on July 29, 2017 - 7:26am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks with County Council during its special meeting Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


A line of Los Alamos County residents wait their turn Wednesday night in Council Chambers to give feedback on the proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos Daily Post


After engaging in a lengthy discussion and hearing an abundance of comments from the public, the County Council ultimately decided to table a

NMED Hosts Six Public Meetings Statewide To Discuss $18 Million In Volkswagen Settlement Funds

on July 29, 2017 - 7:10am
NMED News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department will conduct public outreach meetings Aug. 14-24, on the $18 million Volkswagen settlement funds in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, Albuquerque, Farmington and Gallup.
At these meetings, representatives of the Environment Department will provide more details on the VW settlement and solicit public input.
The NMED will guide the creation of New Mexico’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) and with public input, determine how the funds will be distributed across various future projects to reduce the level of nitrogen oxide and

Smith's Marketplace Pharmacist Katherine Fry Nominated For Kroger Community Service Award

on July 29, 2017 - 7:02am
A woman on a mission. Smith's Pharmacist Katherine Fry will visit Haiti in September with the help of Kroger for her 6th mission trip. She was recently nominated for a national award and selected as the highlighted story for District 6. Courtesy photo
Mothers in Haiti carry infants far and sometimes wait hours to receive the most basic of care for their children. The life-saving efforts are assisted by local Heroine Dr. Katherine Fry and donations from Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos


SFNF: Peggy Fire Update

on July 29, 2017 - 6:33am
SFNF News:
Fire crews continue to manage the lightning-caused Peggy Fire as it moves down slope where the vegetation has transitioned from ponderosa pine to thick stands of piñon and juniper. 
Thick fuels within the tight canopy of the active fire zone include a heavy load of slash and dead trees that have succumbed to insects and disease. Fire behavior was active throughout most of Wednesday, reflecting increased temperatures and lower humidities.  
The Peggy Fire is burning hot, consuming fuels that would be considered hazardous under uncontrolled conditions.

SFNF Issues Temporary Closure For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Due To Ojitos Fire

on July 28, 2017 - 9:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE –  The Santa Fe National Forest has closed a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety during operations on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Aug. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at N.M. 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section until the fire is controlled.


Annual Sackcloth And Ashes Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil Comes To Los Alamos Aug. 5

on July 28, 2017 - 8:47am

Scene from a previous sackcloth and ashes peace vigil gathering at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/CCNS

CCNS News:

People are scheduled to gather at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos to participate in the annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil to commemorate Hiroshima Day.
Former Catholic priest John Dear and Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, will be speaking at the Peace Vigil.
There will be a quiet walk, then sitting in sackcloth and ashes for 30 minutes, then returning to the park, where participants will reflect together on the experience as well as the

Letter To The Editor: Scams In Today’s Digital Age

on July 28, 2017 - 6:34am
Los Alamos
Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a slit in your coin purse as you walk down the street in

SFNF Manages Fire On Cuba Ranger District For Resource Benefits

on July 28, 2017 - 6:32am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  A lightning strike just north of Llaves Tuesday started the low-intensity Alameda Fire, giving fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.
The Alameda Fire is approximately 9 acres just north of Dead Man Lookout. Fire managers look at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture, to assess risks and predict fire behavior.

Large Lightning Strike Spotted In White Rock

on July 27, 2017 - 9:03pm

Lightning at 6:39 p.m. today in the sky above White Rock. Photo by Hannah Gartz, 14

County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution

on July 27, 2017 - 9:13am

It was a roller coaster ride during the Los Alamos County Council's special meeting Wednesday night in council chambers. The room was packed with residents who offered their thoughts on Councilor Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. The resolution would provide a budget of $200,000 to cover the duties, hire a fulltime deputy, an administrative assistant and to attend training and other expenses. Furthermore, the resolution would provide vehicles as needed to the Sheriff's office.