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WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

AG: Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement

on April 21, 2017 - 7:47am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • Payment in excess of $54 million is the largest ever for New Mexico

SANTA FEAttorney General Hector Balderas announced that Thursday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01.

In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco.

Update On Shoplifting Incident At Bealls

on April 21, 2017 - 6:37am

Stephanie Garcia

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

LAPD Cdr. Preston Ballew confirmed Thursday, April 13, that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

The man injured in the incident sustained a broken nose.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

Deputy DA Files Response In Scott Mallory Case

on April 21, 2017 - 6:09am

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos, right, leaves the courtroom April 3 with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following his pre-trial status hearing in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost​

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist has filed a response in First Judicial District Court to an attempt to suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession charge against Scott Mallory.

Mallory’s attorney Christopher C.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces 25 Years To Life On Federal Bank Robbery Charges Under ‘Worst Of The Worst’ Initiative

on April 21, 2017 - 5:22am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Albuquerque April 19 found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Isaac Joseph Dodge, 41, of Albuquerque, with armed bank robbery offenses.
 
During the proceedings, Dodge waived his right to a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody pending trial.
 
Dodge was arrested April 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with committing two armed bank robberies in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Dodge robbed the BBVA Compass Bank March 7, 2017 at 1201 San Pedro Drive NE in Albuquerque.

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 21, 2017 - 4:55am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Did you know roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur when most people are asleep – between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?

Smoke spreads quickly, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! Simply put, smoke alarms save lives.

A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins. Did you remember to do this with the recent time change?

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Officers

on April 20, 2017 - 5:15pm
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. Michael Weiss and his wife, Melissa. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman with his wife, Jessica and their children. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Two new Los Alamos Police Officers, David Randleman and Michael Weiss were sworn by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday. They were joined in the courtroom by their families, several LAPD officers and other county staff.

Randleman is a graduate of Aztec High School and San Juan Community College.

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

Many Mothers Welcomes Arrival Of Baby Box Program

on April 20, 2017 - 8:19am
Infant sleeping in a Baby Box. Courtesy photo
 
Baby Box filled with supplies. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
SANTA FE  Many Mothers is excited to announce the arrival of the Baby Box Program, an initiative that aims to reduce rates of neonatal and infant mortality through distribution of Baby Boxes, safe sleep education, and in-home support.
 
Originally developed in Finland in the 1930s, Baby Boxes have since gained popularity in many U.S. communities.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12-17, 2017

on April 19, 2017 - 6:25pm

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.

JASON LARRANAGA


April 12/Jason Larranaga, 20, of Las Cruces, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

 

 


STEPHANIE L. GARCIA


April 13/Stephanie L. Garcia, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting.

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH


April 14/Coleman Smith, 60, of Pueblo, Colo., was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SIMON


April 15/Daniel Simon, 27, of Los

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff

on April 19, 2017 - 4:25pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Regardless of what any of us thinks about keeping the sheriff's office, the public decided the question of whether to have a sheriff.
 
Now is the time to carefully define the scope of duties so that this office does more than throw out the first calf at the annual rodeo but on the other hand, doesn't waste effort duplicating police duties.
 
Plus, any duty that involves the potential for violence or public interactions that could put the County at risk for a lawsuit requires personnel training that the county will have to pay to obtain.
 
If as

FBI: Taos Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Carjacking

on April 19, 2017 - 3:15pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Howieson, 56, of Costilla pled guilty in court in Albuquerque to a federal carjacking charge.
 
The plea agreement recommends that Howieson be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of 12 to 36 months followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Howieson was arrested Oct. 11, 2016, on a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was superseded Feb.

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

Los Alamos Canyon Soil Cleanup Project Continues

on April 19, 2017 - 8:01am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

EM-LA News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite. The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal areas.

“Cleaning up the remnants of the Laboratory’s historical activities within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is important to our mission.

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.
 

N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm

COUNTY News:

The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at LACPW@lacnm.us.

Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

on April 18, 2017 - 5:34pm
SIAM News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
 
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

Bandelier Hosts Artists For Fire Science & Art Collaborative

on April 18, 2017 - 8:21am

East Jemez Landscape Futures project Artists in Residence Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will host artists Kathleen Brennan from Taos and Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Ariz., through April 19.

Brennan and Skabelund are artists in residence as part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures project (EJLF), which aims to address conservation challenges posed by recent severe droughts, fires, and floods that affected many local communities in the eastern Jemez Mountains.

The goal of the EJLF project is for land managers, local

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff – Let’s Work On This Now

on April 18, 2017 - 6:39am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

The following are my comments to County Council April 17, 2017.
 
Councilors:
 
I am here to comment on the Office of Sheriff and the Sheriff’s budget. I have to admit that I am dismayed that the budget for the Sheriff has not been reinstated since YOUR Question 1 ballot measure failed. The people of Los Alamos have spoken. We want the Office of Sheriff.  
 
The duties which were in place at election time in 2014 are the duties that the people elected the Sheriff to perform.

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