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NM Foundation For Open Government Hosts 2017 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards

on October 4, 2017 - 7:45pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in conversation following today’s Foundation for Open Government event in Albuquerque. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects including the importance of shining a light on dark nets ... those notorious digital marketplaces operating in the hidden corners of the Internet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Attorney Blair Dunn chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O’Neill at today’s event.

LAFD Fire Prevention Week: ‘Every Second Counts … Plan 2 Ways Out!’

on October 4, 2017 - 6:01pm

LAFD News:

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Ban Surprise Billing

on October 4, 2017 - 5:08pm
U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced health care legislation that will prohibit surprise billing. The Fair Billing Act is designed to protect patients from being charged expensive out-of-network rates for services they get at in-network hospitals.
 
“Medical billing is extremely complicated, even in the best of circumstances,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

Robert Patterson Named DEA Acting Administrator

on October 4, 2017 - 8:46am

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November

Jones Also Investigated For Embezzlement In 2005

on October 4, 2017 - 8:05am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained police records indicating that Tabatha Jones of White Rock was investigated in 2005 for allegedly stealing money from a former employer. The case was submitted to the First Judicial District Attorney at that time, but no charges were filed.

Jones was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. She was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det.

Closure Order Rescinded For Continental Divide Trail

on October 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has rescinded the closure order for a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District effective at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 3.
 
The CDT from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96 was closed on July 26 to provide for public safety as fire crews worked on the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. 
 
Although the Ojitos Fire passed through the CDT area, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298, weeks ago, Forest Service

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
 
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
 
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
 
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

HSNW: Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History

on October 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

HSNW News:

A 64-year-old gunman barricaded himself in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then fired thousands of rounds from several automatic weapons on an outdoor country music festival taking place Sunday outside the hotel.

About 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured. The Las Vegas police also report that two police officers have been killed. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter is identified as Nevada resident Stephen

FBI Tactics Instructor On Active Shooter Situations

on October 2, 2017 - 5:09pm

FBI Defense Tactics Instructor Steve Kardian

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Steve Kardian, 30-year law enforcement veteran, FBI defense tactics instructor and widely recognized expert on the criminal mind, shares his top tips to evade, escape and protect oneself during an active shooter situation.

To view the video, click here.

Desiree Nitz Faces Probation Violation Hearing

on October 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Desiree Nitz, 27, of Los Alamos is facing a probation violation hearing Thursday in First Judicial District Court.

Nitz was on probation as part of a plea agreement reached in January on a case from September 2016 in which she was charged with driving under the influence, possession of heroin, two counts of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Los Alamos Police Dispatch was notified Sept. 21 of a domestic battery in progress at a residence on Seminole Street. While in route, Cpl.

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

Judge Frees Joel Martin Pending Preliminary Hearing

on October 2, 2017 - 6:43am

Joel Martin arrives Thursday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew Lyon testifies during a pretrial detention hearing for Joel Martin Thursday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque, who is charged with the Aug. 25 aggravated assault on Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
 
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

New Mexico District Attorneys Express Concern About Pre-Trial Detention Rules

on October 2, 2017 - 6:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna joined District Attorneys from New Mexico’s 13 Judicial Districts Sept. 26 in expressing concern regarding the implementation of the recently adopted pretrial detention rule, 5-409 NMRA in a letter to Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura.

The District Attorneys collectively asked her to amend the rule to better protect the public, comport with established federal precedent and align with the intent of the recently adopted amendment to the state Constitution.

The letter to Justice

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Guardianship Services

on October 1, 2017 - 1:01pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory raising concerns about the Development Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) Office of Guardianship.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted an initial review of the statewide program that oversees companies that provide guardianship services of last resort for disabled adults who are incapacitated. The OSA’s review revealed a widespread failure of the Office of Guardianship to adequately oversee contract guardians.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 1, 2017 - 7:55am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone adds some finishing touches in 2014 to the rock in White Rock together with a group gathered to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence. Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

The ​​Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening in

San Ildefonso Sidewalk Closed Week Of Oct. 2

on October 1, 2017 - 6:21am

COUNTY News:

 

The week of Oct. 2, traffic and street crews will install a retaining wall and replace the sidewalk on the south side of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Redondo due to erosion.

 

Pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of San Ildefonso. The County will work to minimize the impact of the construction.

Direct questions regarding the closure the Traffic & Streets Department at 505.663.1762.



 

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Deeply Troubled By Record-Low Refugee Cap

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am
JCPA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world.
 
This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980.
 
JCPA urges Congress to pass legislation that protects America’s global leadership in welcoming immigrants and offering refuge to those fleeing

State Auditor Tim Keller Confirms Investigation Into City Of Las Vegas, NM

on September 30, 2017 - 10:42am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed Friday that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is designating the City of Las Vegas for a special investigation.

The OSA will examine concerns related to procurement such as conflicts of interest with a city vendor, contracting without seeking competitive prices, and budget adjustments without the approval of the Las Vegas City Council.

“We are going to look into concerns about whether the City of Las Vegas has followed the rules when it comes to purchasing,” Keller said.

County: Sidewalk Closure Begins Monday

on September 30, 2017 - 10:37am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets crews will be installing a retaining wall and replacing the sidewalk on the south side of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Redondo due to erosion.

Pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of San Ildefonso. The County will work to minimize the impact of the construction.

Direct questions regarding the closure to the Traffic & Streets Department at 505.663.1762.

Traffic Delays Expected On East Jemez Road

on September 30, 2017 - 7:16am

COUNTY News: 

 

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) advise motorists to plan for traffic delays next Thursday through Friday on East Jemez Road.

 

DPU will trench and install an electric duct bank across six lanes of traffic west of the Eco Station at 3701 E. Jemez. Two-way traffic will be maintained and DPU will phase the construction over the two-day period to minimize the amount of disruption.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, DPU’s contractor will close the middle eastbound lane on E. Jemez to begin trenching.

Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

Convicted Lab Copper Thief Joshua J. Montoya Faces Probation Violation Arraignment

on September 30, 2017 - 5:57am

Staff Report

 

Joshua J. Montoya, 23, of Espanola, convicted in May of larceny of more than $2,500 in copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory, faces arraignment in First Judicial Court Oct. 16 for a probation violation.

A warrant was issued July 13 for Montoya by Judge T.

FBI: Felon From Sandia Pueblo Sentenced For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

on September 29, 2017 - 9:58am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Robert Lorenzo Perea, 32, of Sandia Pueblo, was sentenced Sept. 26 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 21 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. 
 
Perea will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Perea was arrested in Nov. 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Jan. 31, 2016, in Sandoval County. 
 
According to the indictment, Perea was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because

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