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Police Dispatch Reports Main Hill Road Now Open

on April 29, 2017 - 9:11am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Dispatch just reported that the Main Hill Road was temporarily closed for snow removal but has just reopened.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Heinrich: Opening Up Arctic Ocean To Drilling Poses Serious Risks

on April 29, 2017 - 8:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive orders removing protections and moving to reopen risky offshore drilling, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a major piece of legislation to permanently protect the Arctic from offshore drilling.

The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning

Dog Jog In White Rock Canceled!

on April 29, 2017 - 8:21am
The 20th annual Dog Jog scheduled for 9 a.m. today at Rover Park in White Rock has been canceled due to heavy snowfall and unsafe traveling conditions. 
Race packets can be picked up at Pet Pangaea 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2.

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
Current conditions include temperatures

AG: Brutal Rapist Gets 36 Years Behind Bars

on April 28, 2017 - 11:06am

Joseph Apodaca to spend 36 years in prison. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Attorney General:

---Victim Left For Dead in Parking Lot

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joseph Apodaca was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the extremely violent rape of a young woman he left for dead in Valencia County in 2014.

The victim almost died and will suffer medical issues for the rest of her life due to the brutal rape.

Chief Sgambellone Releases 2016 Annual Report

on April 27, 2017 - 12:49pm

Los Alamos Police Department 2016 annual report cover. Courtesy/LAC

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone has released his annual report for the Department for 2016. The 32-page report highlights everything from the Bomb Team to the Bike Team and includes many statistics related to the various services provided by LAPD.

Scattered throughout the report are dozens of “Moments of Opportunities”, which include commendations from grateful residents and visitors on situations where the Department provided extra assistance or participated in community events.

The report also

County Issues Citation To Kroger Real Estate Dept.

on April 27, 2017 - 11:01am
The condition of the Mari-Mac parking lot has caused Los Alamos County to issue a citation to Kroger Real Estate Department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
A County issued citation requires Kroger Real Estate Department to repair a large hole in the Mari-Mac parking lot next to the dumpster. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
By Maire O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A citation has been filed in Municipal Court by Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Ofc.

Confusion Rocks Vicious Dogs Case

on April 27, 2017 - 11:00am
LAPD Animal Control Officers Robert Aragon and Alisa Lenderman chat with Krishna Picard, attorney for the Mauro family prior to Monday's court hearing. Photo by Maire O"Neill/
Leslie Sherman, right, awaits her Magistrate Court hearing Monday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Confusion was the order of the day in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Monday during a hearing for Leslie Sherman of White Rock.

Local Police Corporal Remains On Desk Duty

on April 27, 2017 - 10:59am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias remains on desk duty almost seven months after an incident involving a fellow officer resulted in injuries to his arm, wrist and hand. He has been assigned to administrative duties for the department since the incident, which was investigated by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) at Chief Dino Sgambellone’s request.

Los Alamos Police Cdr. Preston Ballew

A tort claim notice filed Nov. 14, 2016 against LAPD and Cdr. Preston Ballew asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during the incident.

AG Launches Investigation Of National Cattle Industry

on April 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

LAS CRUCES ― This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a multi-pronged investigation to review unfair and anticompetitive practices in the national cattle industry that harm New Mexican families, and our ranchers and cattle farmers-- who are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy.

Family-owned farms and ranches that have been in operation for generations are vital to the health of New Mexico, which is why Attorney General Balderas is extremely concerned about the possibility of those businesses being threatened, especially by harmful

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
BNM News:
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

Letter To The Editor: Immigration Is A Serious Matter

on April 27, 2017 - 8:10am
LAHS U.S. History teacher, 1987-2006
2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

In response to the April 26 “Home of the Brave” letter, I’ll be brief.

The message, jumbled as it was, was nativist and ugly. The writer failed to address the issue raised by Mr. Goldman (link); immigration is a serious matter, one that demands rational conversation, not invective. No one who wants to have his argument heard tells an American to go back to anywhere.
And as a history teacher, I am certainly relieved that the writer did not learn his history in my class (and grateful that Mr.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 21-24, 2017

on April 26, 2017 - 6:40pm

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.​



April 21/Kelso Street, 53, of Los Alamos was arrested on an order of commitment from Municipal Court.


April 22/Sean McNally, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
April 22/William King, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving on a suspended or

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

on April 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M.

LAPD's FY18 Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 26, 2017 - 7:49am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris present their department's budget Tuesday night in Council Chambers. The County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the LAPD's proposed $8,599,247 budget along with an additional two items: mobile computers at $45,000 and funding for a vicitm's advocate position at $21,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Police Respond To Commotion At Smith’s

on April 26, 2017 - 7:38am
Police arrest Sean McNally Saturday at Smith’s Marketplace and charge him with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct – boisterous, loud or profane language. Photo by April Brown
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sean McNally, 31, with an address at the Motel 6 in Los Alamos was arrested Saturday, April 22 following a disturbance at Smith’s Marketplace. He was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct – boisterous, loud or profane language.

An incident report filed by Cpl.

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

on April 25, 2017 - 2:52pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.

Man Carrying Portfolio Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 25, 2017 - 1:50pm
FBI News:
A man carrying a brown portfolio robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, April 12.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'6” to 5'7” tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with a slender build. He wore glasses, a red baseball cap turned backwards, a black long-sleeve shirt, khaki pants, and black athletic shoes. He carried a brown portfolio. He entered Bank of the West, 2101 Eubank Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:03 p.m.
The suspect verbally demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Team Supports ICBM Test Launch

on April 25, 2017 - 1:48pm
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AFB  A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles was launched Feb. 8 during an operational test flight. The Minuteman III reentry vehicles contained test instrumentation and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The flight tests

Tips On Determining If It’s Really IRS At Your Door

on April 25, 2017 - 8:26am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service has created a special new page on to help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate or an imposter.
With continuing phone scams and in-person scams taking place across the country, the IRS reminds taxpayers that IRS employees do make official, sometimes unannounced, visits to taxpayers as part of their routine casework. Taxpayers should keep in mind the reasons these visits occur and understand how to verify if it is the IRS knocking at their door.

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Colorado Man Arrested For 11th DWI, Child Abuse

on April 24, 2017 - 7:12am
NMSP News:
PECOS ― Around 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, New Mexico State Police uniformed officers were dispatched to the Pecos area due to numerous 911 calls about an erratic driver, possibly drinking with a child in the vehicle.
The officers witnessed the vehicle in motion and initiated contact with the driver, who was later identified as Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo.
As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed a small child standing in the seat looking out the vehicle's window.

FBI: Man Wearing Green Shirt, Black Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 24, 2017 - 6:50am
FBI News:
A man wearing a green long-sleeve shirt and black baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, April 18.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to late 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had a black cloth mask over part of his face and also wore black gloves and black cargo pants.
The suspect entered My Bank, 6000  Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:25 p.m. He threatened and demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the cash.