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Letter To The Editor: Sanctuary City ... Los Alamos?

on April 3, 2017 - 11:29am
Los Alamos
I absolutely agree with Dr. Shin (link) and would also like to add that this is a country of immigrants but ... sneaking into a country doesn’t make you an immigrant, just as breaking into a house doesn’t make you a homeowner. There is a really huge difference between legal and illegal.

Our constitution only covers the legal.

Go ahead and try and sneak into Mexico and try and receive their benefits like all the illegals are doing here in America. You'd find yourself behind bars so fast your head would spin!
Our County Government should keep their hands off of

Council Proclaims Crime Victims' Rights Week April 2-8

on April 3, 2017 - 10:09am

County Councilor Chris Chandler, center, presents a crime victims' rights week proclamation to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Los Alamos County Councilor proclaimed April 2-8 as Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The proclamation states that between 2015 and the first half of 2016, while violent crime in the nation increased 5.3 percent, Los Alamos experienced an 11.4 percent decrease in violent crime and property crime.



Letter To The Editor: Is Los Alamos A Sanctuary City?

on April 3, 2017 - 8:03am
Los Alamos

Wikipedia defines a sanctuary city as one that permits residence by illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. Municipal policies include prohibiting law enforcement and city employees from questioning people about their immigration status. Mayors of sanctuary cities would certainly proclaim that “we are a nation of immigrants and refugees. It is our moral obligation to treat all people as we would be treated, with justice and compassion.”

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey has assured us that his proposed resolution is “not about sanctuary cities or

Local Police Officer Helps Pool Funding And Collaboration To Aid Crime Victims

on April 2, 2017 - 5:27pm

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. File photo
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk has worked to pool funding and community collaboration for National Crime Victims’ Rights week - April 2-8.

“This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,” Girmendonk said.

The goal of the grant is

Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To Prison

on April 2, 2017 - 6:09am


ALBUQUERQUE – Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Gomez was one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County.

Happy April Fools Day From Los Alamos Daily Post!

on April 1, 2017 - 5:17pm

White House Announces Border Wall ... Between Colorado And New Mexico

on April 1, 2017 - 5:16pm

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

In keeping with campaign pledges made in the 2016 presidential election, the Trump Administration announced that a groundbreaking for the first stage of a border wall between the United States and Mexico would be conducted today.

In a surprise to many New Mexicans, a press release from the White House made clear that the groundbreaking ceremony would be very close-to-home for residents of the Land of Enchantment. What caused some confusion was that it would also be along the border with New Mexico and Colorado.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, White

Police Remove Unruly Passenger From Local Bus

on March 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos police arrive at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a report of an unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus that pulled over on Central Avenue near Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Suspected unruly passenger Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos exits the bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Suspect Daniel Merrill gets loud and is instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back by LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto as Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias stands by with the bus driver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Los Alamos police

LAPD Seeks Information About Two Canines That Killed Small Dog On Acoma Lane

on March 31, 2017 - 3:57pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying and locating two dogs that recently attacked and killed a smaller dog at a residence on Acoma Lane.

A witness observed the two large dogs, one brown and the other black, enter the yard where a smaller dog was standing at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. The two large dogs killed the smaller dog and left the area. The witness didn’t know the breeds of the dogs in question. Los Alamos police and animal control officers searched the area to locate the dogs but were unsuccessful.

Anyone who knows the

Matthew Hudgins Arraigned In Magistrate Court

on March 31, 2017 - 11:08am

Matthew Hudgins
Los Alamos Daily Post

Matthew Hudgins was arraigned in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member, disfigurement or impairment. He was arrested March 29 after Los Alamos police officers responded to a possible dispute at his residence and allegedly found the victim with blood dripping from her mouth, holding her wrist, and crying hysterically.

Court records indicate the victim told police Hudgins came home from work and was angry because she didn’t do his laundry.

Second Of Seven Suspects Arrested In Operation Spring Cleaning Back In Jail After Testing Positive For Meth

on March 31, 2017 - 7:51am

Byron Henderson, seated, speaks with Probation Ofc. Linda Pena and Police Ofc. David Bradshaw at the Justice Center Wednesday prior to being taken into custody. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost


Los Alamos Daily Post

Byron Henderson of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of his pre-trial release by testing positive for methamphetamines.

Henderson's arrest Wednesday comes three days after Amanda Osborne was arrested after she also tested positive for

Bill Safeguards Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 31, 2017 - 7:14am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation today to increase penalties for making bomb threats, and provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security to safeguard faith-based community centers.

The bill, which already has the support of 28 other members, would provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security under the existing State

LAFD Responds To Smoke Odor Near Loma Linda

on March 30, 2017 - 9:49pm

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa and are on the scene searching for the source of the odor. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ 

Several LAFD trucks are on the scene of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ 

A Los Alamos County utility truck also is on scene with firefighters responding to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ 

Local Man Claims Damages Against County

on March 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
Gabriel Wadt
Los Alamos Daily Post
A Los Alamos man, Gabriel Wadt, is claiming damages against Los Alamos County for alleged malicious prosecution and violation of property rights as a result of charges of animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate filed against him by Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman.  
In a letter to the county dated Dec.6, 2016, Wadt’s attorney, Sheri A. Raphaelson, says Lenderman charged Wadt with a number of crimes related to animal cruelty with an incident date of Sep. 24, 2016.
Raphaelson alleges the charges were without merit and were

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 20-28, 2017

on March 30, 2017 - 4:09pm

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.

March 20 / Emily Orr, 20, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant for probation violation. She was arraigned Mar. 27.




March 25 / Adrian E. Taylor, 58, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated or driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.​




March 25 / Conner J.

Magistrate Judge Discusses Release Of Defendants

on March 30, 2017 - 2:34pm

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados

Staff Report

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados responded Tuesday to questions concerning her decisions to release seven people on their own recognizance who were arrested March 20 on drug-related charges.

All seven were arrested during Operation Spring Cleaning conducted by the Los Alamos Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Although defendants Nicole Marsh, Nicholas Conner, Amanda Osborne, Anthony Knief, Allan Houle, Kathy Gibbons and Byron Henderson were released without bond, Casados said they were all ordered to report at least

National Crime Victim's Week April 2-8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:05am

For more information: Contact the Los Alamos Police Department, Victim Assistant, 505.663.3511 (Free service. No police report required.) This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Assocociation of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of CrimeAct (VOCA) grant from-Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept of Justice.

Woman From Operation Spring Cleaning Back In Jail

on March 29, 2017 - 3:22pm

Amanda Osborne

Staff Report

Amanda Osborne of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of her pre-trial release.

Probation Ofc. Linda Pena confirmed that Osborne is incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center but could not confirm the cause of the revocation of her conditions of release, however, a police incident report indicates that Osborne tested positive for methamphetamines.

Osborne, 32, was originally charged during the March 20 drug sting operation, conducted by the Los

Scott Mallory Faces District Court Judge In April

on March 29, 2017 - 9:28am

Scott Mallory

Staff Report

A Los Alamos man arrested Jan. 14, 2016 on a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession, is on the calendar for trial in April in First Judicial District Court.

Scott Mallory, 52, was arrested following several months of investigation by the Los Alamos Police Department, which included the examination of computer equipment by the New Mexico Regional Forensic Laboratory.

The investigation began when police were told that Mallory had several dozen photos of what looked like naked under-aged girls on his computer.

AG Balderas Announces Conscious Campus Initiative

on March 29, 2017 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

LAS VEGAS, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative.

The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

“I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer,” Balderas said.

County Installs Safety Improvements At Rose/Nectar And Bathtub Row Intersection

on March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

In an effort to enhance safety, the Los Alamos County Traffic Division has installed new stop signs and guidance posts and devices at the intersection of Rose/Nectar and Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

View of newly installed stop sign and safety devices at 22nd and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

View of newly installed stop sign at Peach Street and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Court Appointed Special Advocates Needs Volunteers

on March 28, 2017 - 6:57am
CASA Executive Director Annie Rasquin and CASA volunteer Bob Martin  spoke at Kiwanis recently on the importance of the program and its desperate need for more volunteers. Photo by Don Casperson
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Annie Rasquin, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the First Judicial District, spoke at Kiwanis recently, explaining CASA's goals and asking for more volunteers from Los Alamos County to assist in the program.

Rasquin has a master's degree in social work and has spent 20 years dealing with family traumas

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols To Launch Across New Mexico Throughout April

on March 26, 2017 - 10:37am

NMSP News:
SANTA FE -- State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during April.
We are bringing awareness to this, 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.
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.

FBI: Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Federal And Local Law Enforcement Officers

on March 26, 2017 - 7:32am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Ruiz Leyva, 36, of Las Cruces, pled guilty March 22 in Federal Court to assaulting federal and local law enforcement officers. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Leyva will be sentenced to 82 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Leyva was arrested in August 2016 and charged by a criminal complaint with assaulting and resisting federally commissioned officers of the U.S.

Magistrate Court Results For Thursday, March 23

on March 25, 2017 - 9:51am


Ashley A. Garcia of Hernandez, accused of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with a March 9 incident at Bealls Department Store will remain in jail until her May 11 preliminary hearing on previous shoplifting charges.

Garcia, 23, appeared before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday for her first appearance on the March 9 case where she and another woman, Stephanie Garcia, allegedly struck a pedestrian with a vehicle outside Bealls and fled the scene.