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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Major Discount Chain Dollar General

on June 7, 2017 - 7:32am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") filed a lawsuit Monday night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year.
 
Dollar General has 87 stores across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.
 
“My office continues to aggressively protect

Family Safe After Lightning Strikes Home

on June 7, 2017 - 1:24am

Several Los Alamos Fire Department units respond to a fire Tuesday night at a Los Pueblos Road home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A lightning strike Tuesday evening at the home of Leo and Clare Webber on Los Pueblos Road evening caused substantial damage but the couple escaped without injury.

The Los Alamos Fire Department received a call of the strike about 9:30 p.m. and dispatched several units to the scene. During the same time frame, LAFD also responded to a fire alarm at the Los Alamos County Eco Station on East Jemez Road.

According

Scenes From Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home

on June 6, 2017 - 11:47pm

Los Alamos Firefighters at the scene of this evening's lightning strike at a home on Los Pueblos. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that everyone in the home got out without injury. He said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Fire Inspector John Kelley speaks with the homeowners at the scene of this evening's lightning strike at their home on Los Pueblos.

Family Escapes Injury Following Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home This Evening

on June 6, 2017 - 11:15pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that everyone in the home struck by lightning this evening on Los Pueblos got out without injury.

Chief Hughes said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene.

Lightning Strikes Home On Los Pueblos Tonight

on June 6, 2017 - 10:17pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a home hit by lightning this evening on Los Pueblos. An update will be published as soon as details are available. Photo by Hope Jaramillo for the Los Alams Daily Post

Woman Injured On Atomic City Bus This Morning

on June 6, 2017 - 9:12pm

An Atomic City Transit bus driver braked abruptly at the intersection of Diamond Drive and 38th Street to avoid a collision this morning causing a female passenger to fall forward and hit her head on a pole inside the bus. Los Alamos Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. According to Cdr. Oliver Morris, the woman sustained a cut to her head. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD: Safety And Use Of Fireworks

on June 6, 2017 - 4:59pm

Courtesy/National Fire Protection Association

LAFD News:

July 4th is only a few short weeks away! Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years. Let’s make sure our community is safe during this holiday season.

People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Backup to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Buy only legal fireworks read the

Letter To The Editor: Wrecking My Tesla S

on June 6, 2017 - 9:32am
By WALTER G. WATTS
Los Alamos

I had a serious accident Feb. 27 on Diamond Drive at the intersection of Sandia, in front of the old Metzger Service Station. I did serious damage to my 2015 Tesla S and another vehicle.

I would like to talk to anyone who witnessed the accident or observed me or my actions immediately following the accident. If you were there, I would appreciate hearing from you, I can be reached at 505.709.0025 and can receive voice or text.

There were some young men who were very helpful to myself and the driver and passenger of the vehicle I struck, that I would like to

Abandoned Campfire + Fire Season = Potential Disaster

on June 6, 2017 - 9:23am

Example of what can quickly happen when a campfire is not completely extinguished. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

  • Unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire

SANTA FE – The good news is that last weekend there were only four abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest, a significant decrease from the 41 discovered over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The bad news is that two of the four escaped the fire ring and could have kicked off a wildfire if they had not been found in time and extinguished. 

As conditions on the forest get warmer and drier, please remember that

Sen. Heinrich To Question Former FBI Director Comey In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 9:03am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will participate in a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday entitled “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections”.

Sen. Heinrich is expected to question former FBI Director James Comey when he testifies before the Committee.

The hearing will stream live online.

Letter To The Editor: County Council Vs. Sheriff

on June 6, 2017 - 5:47am
By JOHN L. HORNE
Los Alamos
 
The insatiable efforts made by many past and present members of the Los Alamos County Council to eliminate the duly elected office of the sheriff should be a concern to all citizens in this county. 
 
The sheriff is accountable to the people by vote. The office of police chief is accountable to the county council by appointment. Sheriff Lucero has served honorably in Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties for over 29 years. 
 
We the people have voted to retain the office of sheriff as stated in the New Mexico constitution yet certain members of the county

Records Show State Police Investigated Former Deputy Sheriff Dustin Bingham Back In January

on June 5, 2017 - 6:51pm

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Documents obtained from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety this morning reveal that Santa Fe County Sheriff Major Gabe Gonzales and New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were aware of incidences of child solicitation by electronic device involving Dustin Bingham as early as last January.

The alleged incidences occurred in Los Alamos and Albuquerque and involved two female minors who allegedly received inappropriate photos sent through Snapshot.

Bingham was a Santa Fe County

FBI: Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To 63 Months In Federal Prison

on June 5, 2017 - 2:28pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gary Lee Romero, 32, of Santa Clara was sentenced June 1, in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
 
Romero is 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, N.M.

New Mexico Supreme Court Issues New Procedural Rules Governing Pretrial Detention And Release

on June 5, 2017 - 10:32am

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued comprehensive procedural rules governing pretrial detention and release in all criminal cases.

The rules are the result of more than two years of study and recommendations by the Court's Ad Hoc Pretrial Release Committee, chaired by former University of New Mexico Law School ean Leo Romero, and consisting of a broad range of interests, including judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, detention officials, and commercial bail industry representatives, as well as input from other local and national sources.

DOE Awards WIPP Transportation Services Contract

on June 4, 2017 - 7:35am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center recently announced the award of a contract to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. (CAST) of Henderson, Colo., for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation services. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract will use firm-fixed price task orders, with some cost reimbursement (no fee) items, with an estimated value up to $112 million. There is a five-year performance period, which includes a 60-day transition.

CAST will provide facilities, personnel, and

Letter To The Editor: A Few Questions For Chandler

on June 4, 2017 - 7:13am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
I'd like to ask Mr. Chandler a few questions. From the tone of your letters why do you engage in hyperbole instead of facts? You are after all a lawyer and have filed several lawsuits seeking to hold the council and citizens alike to the strict letter of the law. I'd like to know what area of law you specialize in because you seem to ignore constitutional law and charter law. Don't lawyers usually research or at least have their paralegals research thoroughly before writing arguments? You seem oblivious to any of Los Alamos' history.
 
If you file a lawsuit

Gabriel Wadt Found Guilty Of Cruelty To Animals

on June 3, 2017 - 6:55am
Gabriel Wadt
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gabriel Wadt was found guilty of cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate a dog Wednesday in Los Alamos Municipal Court. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Wadt to a $300 fine with $150 suspension for 90 days and $60 court fees for the cruelty charge, and a $50 fine with $60 court fees for the failure to vaccinate charge.

In September 2016, a female brindle dog was picked up on Camino Uva where it was allegedly roaming with no collar or tags and transported to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

SFNF Officials Hope To Conduct Prescribed Burns

on June 3, 2017 - 6:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, are watching the weather and other factors to identify optimal windows to continue work on previously announced prescribed burns this spring.

Recently, crews completed approximately 50 acres on the French Mesa unit. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable, they may resume ignitions on that unit today. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

Check the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at

Letter To The Editor: Give Duties, Funding Back To Sheriff

on June 3, 2017 - 6:17am
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

I would like to thank the County Council for the reconciliation of the Sheriff's duties and funding. There seems to be a debate of how much funding the County should return to the Sheriff's Office. It seems that individuals responsible for trying to drive out this elected position are now in charge of determining what the Sheriff's duties should be. This seems to be a bit of a conflict of interest, a pick and choose as you will, of those obligations the Sheriff has to the citizens of Los Alamos County. 

George Chandler raised some interesting points.

Letter To The Editor: What Do We Gain From This Chaos? Let's Think About It For A Minute...

on June 2, 2017 - 6:49pm
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

Well, I do have to apologize to Pete Sheehey, he caught me. I made a mistake when I said he wanted to give the jail to the Sheriff. I guess I was confused - what he actually wants to do is give prisoner transport to the Sheriff, or more accurately, to allow the Sheriff to “assist” in prisoner transport.

Pete also points out that he did not say the Sheriff could “arbitrarily” choose to interfere in police investigations, rather the resolution says if the Sheriff “reasonably believes” the “integrity” of an investigation would be compromised if carried out by the

Hop On Atomic City Transit's Free Summer Concert Bus!

on June 2, 2017 - 6:14pm

COUNTY News:

Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service on Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT.

Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

Letter To The Editor: Humble Thanks

on June 2, 2017 - 5:38pm
By LINDA GRIMES
Los Alamos

Hi, first I would like to say, that Los Alamos has families and individuals that foster the dogs/cats from our local shelter. It is a service that is needed in every community. We are fortunate to have people that take that task to heart.

Bringing life into the eyes and soul of an animal can be so rewarding as well as heartbreaking. When they are finally adopted by their forever family it is a rewarding loss. I think that it would be great opportunity to spread the word and thank those individuals behind the scenes who foster the pets in our community.

I have a

State Auditor Tim Keller On Retirement Of UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs; Ongoing Special Audit

on June 2, 2017 - 5:08pm

UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the following statement today regarding the retirement of UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs.

“Mr. Krebs decision to resign doesn’t change the need for a transparent accounting of the activities at the athletics department. The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned.

DNFSB Public Hearing On LANL Plutonium Operations

on June 2, 2017 - 8:05am
DNFSB News:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will hold a public hearing about reducing the risk of current and future plutonium inventories at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Plutonium Facility beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. A public comment period begins at 8:30 p.m.
To pre-register to speak during the public comment period, email the request to hearing@dnfsb.gov or contact the Office of the General Counsel at 202.694.7062 or 800.788.4016.  Individuals also may submit written comments both prior to and at the

Two Men Arrested In Quemazon Home Burglary

on June 2, 2017 - 6:39am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When two men were arrested in Santa Fe in March. They were in a stolen vehicle containing items from a residential burglary, which had taken place just days earlier at a Quemazon home in Los Alamos.

Richard Borrego and Brandon Gonzales were both arrested on charges of residential burglary, larceny over $20,000 and conspiracy to commit residential burglary after Los Alamos Police Department officers interviewed them March 23 at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

When LAPD Det.

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