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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Human Trafficking In New Mexico's Indian Country

on July 27, 2017 - 8:57am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a stakeholder meeting on ways to more effectively prevent, prosecute, and improve data collection on human trafficking in Indian Country.

Federal data on human trafficking in Native communities is limited, but available information suggests human trafficking in the United States frequently targets vulnerable populations, which would include Native Americans who disproportionately face high rates of poverty and trauma.

In order to address the

AG Balderas Unveils New PSAs Launching Statewide Medicaid Fraud And Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection

on July 27, 2017 - 8:12am

  • This is the first time an Attorney General in New Mexico has requested that the federal government allow the office to proactively search through data to identify patterns of fraud

ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new statewide Medicaid Fraud and Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection Initiative that will utilize a new proactive approach of identifying patterns of fraud.

Attorney General Balderas also will be contacting state agencies and Medicaid providers regarding the new initiative and asking for the partnership of both the

Pearce Statement On CFPB Arbitration Rule

on July 27, 2017 - 7:03am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The House of Representatives has voted to pass House Joint Resolution 111 to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final rule that prohibits financial service providers from using arbitration.
“The CFPB enacts rules that hurt rural communities, like ours in New Mexico, more than any other. Rather than provide true protections, as originally intended to do, the CFPB works in its own interest without any accountability or transparency.

Lightning Measure In Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 26, 2017 - 1:35pm

Here is a measure of the lightning striking during a 30 minute period this afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Morris B. Pongratz

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 19-24, 2017

on July 26, 2017 - 12:50pm

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.​



July 19 at 12:43 p.m. / Police arrested Ryan A. Roller, 34, of Los Alamos and charged him with battery against a household member, battery and false imprisonment.






July 20 at 4:12 p.m. / Police arrested Ashley B.

Heavy Thunderstorm Hammers Downtown Los Alamos

on July 26, 2017 - 12:43pm

Heavy rain, loud thunder and blustery wind hammers Central Avenue shortly after noon today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cars splash through the rain early this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A woman somewhat sheltered under a blue umbrella braves the storm this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Update II: New Mexico State Police Investigate Santa Fe PD Officer-Involved Shooting

on July 26, 2017 - 11:25am
NMSP News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked to investigate a Santa Fe Police Department officer-involved shooting incident, which occurred around 11 a.m. July 19, at an apartment complex at 2218 Miguel Chavez St. in Santa Fe. 
Around 9 a.m. July 19, Santa Fe Police Department officers were called to the apartment complex for a report of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass in one of the apartments.

Sen. Heinrich Statement On Russia Sanctions

on July 26, 2017 - 10:00am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 419-3 to approve legislation, which has been long opposed by the Trump administration, sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea:

“Expanding sanctions against Russia sends a strong message that there will be real consequences for undermining our democratic process.

UPDATE: LAPD Dispatch Phones Back In Service

on July 26, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch telephones (non-emergency number 505.662.8222) are back in service.

The pnoes were temporarily unavailable for about 30 minutes this morning while the phone system was moved over to a new UPS as part of a system upgrade.

An alternate phone number was available while the system was upgrading.





LAPD Dispatch Non-emergency Phones Are Temporarily Unavailable During System Upgrade

on July 26, 2017 - 8:35am

UPDATE: Dispatch phones are back service.

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch telephones (non-emergency number 505.662.8222) are temporarily unavailable while the phone system is moved over to a new UPS as part of a system upgrade.

Residents can call 505.412.2172 in the interim to reach Dispatch.

Phone service should be restored in approximately 30 minutes. Radios in Dispatch are not impacted.

Johnson: Guarding The Guardians

on July 26, 2017 - 4:29am
Los Alamos
Guarding the Guardians: The Challenge of Protecting the Incapacitated New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

NMED To Administer $18 Million In Volkswagen Smog Device Software Settlement Funds

on July 26, 2017 - 4:22am
NMED News:
SANTA FE ― The state of New Mexico is slated to receive approximately $18 million in settlement funds following resolution of the Volkswagen smog device emissions scandal.  
The scandal involved embedded software in more than 500,000 vehicles' electronics that allowed Volkswagen’s cars to emit up to 40 times the legally allowed amount of nitrogen oxide while appearing in tests to be within the limit. 
The New Mexico Environment Department is named as the state’s lead agency for disbursing the approximately $18 million in settlement funds, most likely for projects that

Joseph Allen Lovato Sentenced For Third DWI

on July 26, 2017 - 4:13am

Joseph Allen Lovato

Staff Report 

Joseph Allen Lovato, 33, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence – third offense, July 17 in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe pursuant to a global and repeat offender plea agreement.

Lovato was arrested by Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe July 4 following a traffic stop. He also was charged with speeding (21-25 miles over) and driving on a revoked or suspended license. Those charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Lovato was convicted of driving under the influence in 2003 in Dona Ana County and another DWI charge as well as

Public Interest Organizations File Lawsuit Against New Nuclear Bomb Plant

on July 26, 2017 - 4:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a federal lawsuit July 20, to stop construction of the problem-plagued Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) until a legally required environmental review is completed.
The UPF at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Y-12 production plant near Oak Ridge, Tenn., is slated to produce new thermonuclear weapons components until the year 2080. The UPF is the tip of the spear for the U.S.’s planned one trillion

Tonya Males Charged With Larceny

on July 26, 2017 - 3:53am

Staff Report 

Tonya Males of Espanola has been charged with larceny, a fourth degree felony in connection with the alleged theft of $900 while cleaning the home of a client of P&L Housekeeping.

June 27, Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to a home on Grand Canyon Drive where the victim said she was missing money, which had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and claimed Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Nieto contacted Males and asked her to come to the police station. When questioned by Nieto, Males denied taking the cash.

FBI: 2015 Rio Rancho Bank Robber Still Sought

on July 26, 2017 - 3:41am
FBI News:
The FBI and Rio Rancho Police Department are still looking for an unidentified man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank July 20 of two years ago.
At 2:39 p.m., July 20, 2015, an unknown male suspect robbed Wells Fargo at 3301 Southern Boulevard N.E., in Rio Rancho. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.
The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bank robber.
Information about other bank robbers sought by the FBI are at:

DA Marco Serna Forms Shooter Review Panel

on July 26, 2017 - 3:37am

District Attorney Marco P. Serna


SANTA FE - First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has formed the first officer involved shooting review panel in the First Judicial District. The decedent from the April 29 shooting is Andrew Lucero and the officer involved is Leonard Guzman.

The panel will include five district attorneys from around the state and the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys (AODA) will coordinate logistics, obtain and distribute evidence to the members for review.

“I promised the people of Northern New Mexico that I would

Ryan Roller Faces False Imprisonment, Battery Charges

on July 26, 2017 - 3:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos has been 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.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to the residence in response to a reported fight. Nieto’s statement of probable cause said he asked LAPD Dispatch if he was responding to Roller’s residence as he was familiar with the address from responding their multiple times in the past.

Small Earthquake Felt In Los Alamos

on July 25, 2017 - 12:39pm

Staff Report

Seismometers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recorded a small earthquake at around 10:23 a.m. today in the Los Alamos area, according to seismologist Peter Roberts. No information on the magnitude or the intensity of the quake will be available for two to three hours, Roberts said.

Roberts and his colleagues are gathering "felt reports" and have asked the community to email them describing what they felt as well as what time and at what street address they felt the activity. Emails may be sent to or

Residents are commenting on social

Ashley Pond Concrete Replacement Begins Monday

on July 25, 2017 - 7:48am


Beginning Monday, July 31, crews will be replacing sections of cracked concrete sidewalk just west of the Ashley Pond Pavilion near the pond.

This warranty repair work is being performed at no additional cost to the County. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Pedestrian access across this section of walkway will be limited for the duration. The public is advised to use caution when in the area and to stay alert for construction equipment and advisory signing.

The County appreciates the public's patience during this time.

For questions

Bear And Cubs Spotted Near 35th And Arizona Today

on July 25, 2017 - 7:40am

This bear and her cubs were spotted at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

This bear and her cubs were spotted trying to reach bird seed at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

Mark Purtill Faces Pretrial Hearing On Battery Charge

on July 25, 2017 - 7:16am

 Mark S. Purtill

Staff Report

Mark S. Purtill, 62, of Los Alamos is facing a pretrial hearing Aug. 24 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on charges of battery against a household member and interference with communications. Purtill was arrested following a June 20 domestic disturbance at a 46th Street address.

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman was dispatched to the address in response to a 911 hang-up. A woman at the residence told Randleman that her son had died a few days earlier and that Purtill had allegedly been getting drunk and acting rudely to her since.

Child Cuddles Rabid Bat

on July 24, 2017 - 9:46pm

A 6-year-old girl holds a bat that a cat brought into her grandmother’s house. She cuddled and kissed it on its head and the bat was later found to be infected with rabies. She is undergoing treatment. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
Staff Report
Valley Daily Post
  •  Cats, Bats and Rabies: What NOT to do When You Find a Bat 

Tiki is a beautiful young cat who lives 15 minutes north of Espanola and loves to go outside. He is colored like a Siamese but his soft hair and broad head make him stand out in the crowd. 

Early Thursday morning, a week ago Tiki went inside after a short time outside and

Bear Spotted Peering Into Trash Bin On 46th Street

on July 24, 2017 - 8:38pm

This bear wandered over to a neighbor's trash bin at about 7:30 p.m. today on 46th Street and stood up to take a look inside. He appeared to hear the clicking of a phone camera and left the scene. Photo by Wendy Lott

Cow Fire Update: July 24

on July 24, 2017 - 8:29pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest started by lightening striking a tree about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos near Cow Creek.

Current Situation: When the tree that was hit by lightning fell, fire started creeping slowly down the slopes. Since July 18, it has been backing up and burning through grasses and heavy fuels on the ground. 

The strategy is to let the Cow Fire treat those heavy fuels to mitigate the risk of future high-intensity wildfire.