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Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2017 - 8:28am

Councilor Chris Chandler presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation at the County Council meeting Tuesday declaring October Drug Free Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed October as a Drug Free Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. A proclamation was presented to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. 



WHEREAS: It is the goal of all organizations who deal with the prevention of drug abuse to motivate people to more active participation in programs to eliminate

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Charged With Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on September 29, 2017 - 8:22am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Timothy W. Mims, 28, of Albuquerque, made his initial appearance this week in Federal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm. 
The firearm at issue allegedly was stolen from a bank security guard and used to perpetuate a bank robbery Sept. 23, 2017. Mims remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing both of which are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.   
The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) arrested Mims Sept.

CDC: Why Global Health Security Is Essential To U.S. National Security

on September 29, 2017 - 6:44am

CDC News:

How does CDC fulfill its mission to keep America safe from health threats? The first-ever special supplement to CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details progress made in preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats around the world.

The threats keep coming: SARS in 2003; pandemic influenza in 2009; the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014; Zika in 2015. Since then we’ve had regional outbreaks of chikungunya, yellow fever, and H7N9 influenza, among hundreds of others.

Council Proclaims Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14

on September 29, 2017 - 6:22am

Councilor Rick Reiss, second from right, presents a proclamation to Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and members of his staff during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers recognizing Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, declaring Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week, to Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and members of his staff Tuesday night during the regular County Council meeting.



WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is committed to ensuring the safety and

WIPP Monitoring Potential Rock Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 9:58pm

WIPP News:

CARLESBAD Highly-sensitive ground monitoring instrumentation in Panel 7, Room 6, of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground is indicating increasing ground movement rates.

This area has been prohibited to personnel access for more than a year, meaning no one has entered the area. The increased rates of movement are a sign of ground (rock) instability and indicate a possible rock fall will occur. Based on current instrumentation readings and experiences from Panel 7, Room 4, last year, the likelihood of a rock fall in Room 6 is increasing.

Rock falls are not uncommon

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Operating Across New Mexico In October

on September 28, 2017 - 8:11am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of October.
NMSP is 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.

Udall On Human Trafficking In Indian Country

on September 28, 2017 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training – but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment – to help address human trafficking in Indian Country.
Udall made his comments Wednesday during an oversight hearing titled, “The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to discuss implementation of recommendations by

Cuba Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Oct. 10 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Cuba District:
  • Diego treatment area, 386 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp;
  • La Jara treatment area, 338 acres northeast of the community of La Jara; and
  • Cedar Springs

ESB Tables Roll Cart Ordinance To Seek More Input

on September 28, 2017 - 6:13am

A local resident speaking during public comment at the Environmental Sustianability Board meeting Sept. 21 holds up motion detected lights that she uses to dissuade bears from visiting her home. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Members of the community turned out for the Environmental Sustainability Board meeting Sept. 21. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post 


The proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County ordinance for preventing wildlife getting into trash cans ignited a firestorm of debate within the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20 To Sept. 22, 2017

on September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm

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 against them.


Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. / Police arrested Gerald Espinoza, 35, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Sept. 21 at 1:37 p.m. /Police arrested Tabatha Annjoyce Jones, 34, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with embezzlement of between $2,500 and $20,000.




FBI: Man Wearing Green Bay Packers Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 27, 2017 - 12:43pm

FBI News:

A man wearing a Green Bay Packers baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5'9” to 5'10” tall with a medium build, and a beard. He wore a Green Bay Packers baseball cap, black short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.

At approximately 4:11 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at 13140 Central Avenue SE, in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

The suspect left the bank and headed

Police Seek Public’s Assistance In Los Alamos Youth Football And Cheerleading League Embezzlement Case

on September 27, 2017 - 11:00am

LAPD News:

Based on the continuing investigation of embezzlement from the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking is seeking information from participants of the league, businesses or individuals who donated to the league, or anyone from whom the league would have received cash, checks, or some other form of payment.

Specifically, LAPD is requesting information relating to financial transactions being processed or handled by the league’s former president Tabatha Jones of White Rock.

All information should be directed to Det. Wolking LA-93 at

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

Letter To The Editor: Keeping A Tidy Yard Is More Than Just Appearances Sake

on September 27, 2017 - 10:50am

Los Alamos

I understand people are upset by the County Codes calling for people to maintain the weeds in their yard, or minimize the rotting carcasses of cars, and just the general tidiness of one’s yard.

While I do understand I cannot sympathize, nor excuse this risky behavior. Keeping a tidy yard is more than just appearances sake, it is about the real pressing issue of Public Health for the Community.  We live in a part of the country where Bubonic Plague, Hantavirus and Mosquito Borne Illnesses are a continuous concern.

Scam Alert: Balderas Warns Of Jury Duty Scams

on September 27, 2017 - 10:31am

AG News:

SANTA FE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scammers who are calling people in the Santa Fe-area threatening to jail or fine them $2,000 for failure to report to jury duty.

The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe-area.

County: Trinity Drive Lane Closures Oct. 2-6

on September 27, 2017 - 9:18am


As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be connecting new water and gas lines to existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street.

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street, scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

Knief Pleads Guilty To Two Counts Of Trafficking – 18 Charges Dismissed

on September 27, 2017 - 8:12am

Anthony Knief awaits his plea hearing Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe with his attorney Kitren Fischer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Knief, 33, of Taos was sentenced to nine years of incarceration for each of two trafficking charges in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer suspended the two sentences, which are to run consecutively and ordered Knief to be on supervised probation for five years.

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 

Keller Joins Survivor Advocates To Provide Rape Kit Backlog Update To Legislative Committee

on September 27, 2017 - 7:26am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Sept. 21, State Auditor Tim Keller and Sarita Nair, Chief Government Accountability Officer of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) joined sexual assault survivor advocates to provide an update to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee about the backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The OSA presented along with representatives from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Valencia Shelter Services, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs, and the University of New

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

DOE Extends Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 26, 2017 - 4:50pm

EM-LA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the Environmental Management - Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract by a period of six months.

The period of extension is valued at approximately $65 million. With the extension, the contract will expire March 31, 2018.

The contract was originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. The Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract is a Cost-Plus-Award Fee (CPAF) contract that is for the purpose of providing environmental remediation services at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The cleanup work is

Two Vehicle Crash At 15th And Central

on September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm

Both drivers are fine but this Nissan car owned by Los Alamos resident Becky Shankland, left, sustained some major damage from a collision with a truck this afternoon in the intersection at 15th Street and Central Avenue. No injuries were reported at the scene and the driver of the truck was cited for running a red light. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This Nissan truck sustained minor damage this afternoon from a two vehicle crash at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police on scene to sort out the situation following this afternoon’s crash

LAFD Bike Team Demonstrates Safety To Girl Scouts

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am

The Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team over the weekend discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety

Governor Announces Nearly $27 Million Of Road Improvements From WIPP Settlement

on September 26, 2017 - 8:59am


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday nearly $27 million of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) route road improvements between Carlsbad and Vaughn, as part of the state’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“When we first learned of the fire and radiation leak in 2014, we moved quickly to hold the federal government accountable, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to use these funds to further strengthen the safety of WIPP and the surrounding communities,” Governor Martinez said.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court News

on September 26, 2017 - 7:54am

Staff Report


Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos was bound over to District Court Friday on three charges following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.


Roller was charged with false imprisonment, battery and battery against a household member as a result of a July 19 incident at an address on 39th Street. During Friday’s hearing, Judge Casados heard testimony from Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez, Det. Ryan Wolking, Cpl.