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Alejandro Gonzales Held On Probation Violation

on July 24, 2017 - 10:43am

Alejandro Gonzalez

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Espanola man who was granted a conditional discharge on a trafficking of a controlled substance charge and a suspended sentence for driving under the influence Feb. 20 in First Judicial District Court has been arrested by Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office under a bench warrant issued by Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Alejandro Gonzalez was originally arrested Dec.

County Council Holds Special Session Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 10:26am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

Agenda:

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. COUNCIL BUSINESS

A. Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-08; A Resolution Amending Certain Parts of Resolution 16-10 Regarding the Duties of the Los Alamos County Police Department and the Duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Department. Presenters: Councilor Pete Sheehey

6. PUBLIC COMMENT

7. ADJOURNMENT

NNSA Conducts Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey

on July 24, 2017 - 9:03am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) conducted a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation.
 
Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment covers approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, was equipped with radiation sensing technology.
 
The helicopter flew in a grid pattern over the

Warrant Issued For LANL Copper Thief

on July 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Staff Report

A warrant was issued July 13 for Joshua J. Montoya, 23 of Espanola by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington after probation officials in Espanola indicated he failed to report to them after his conditional discharge May 24.

Montoya was originally arrested in July 2016 for stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Los Alamos Police Department and LANL officials confirmed with an Espanola company that it had purchased 2,709 pounds of copper and brass from Montoya and that he had been paid $3,474.

Montoya was finally bound over May

Public Notice: Class 3 Permit Modification Request And Public Meeting, Settlement Agreement 10-01251

on July 24, 2017 - 8:26am

Public Notice:

Class 3 Permit Modification Request and Public Meeting, Settlement Agreement 10-01251

Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit, EPA ID No. NM0890010515

Activity: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), have submitted a Class 3 permit modification request to modify the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

Shoplifting Suspect Nabbed

on July 24, 2017 - 7:55am

Jose Mascarenas of San Juan Pueblo

Staff Report

Jose Mascarenas, 41, of San Juan Pueblo is scheduled July 27 for a preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. 

Mascarenas was arrested July 5 after loss prevention personnel at Smith’s Marketplace allegedly observed him take a packet of lighters from a display rack and conceal it in his back pocket.

Mascarenas was escorted to the loss prevention office where he was met by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson.

Bear Spotted Relaxing In Los Alamos Neighborhood

on July 23, 2017 - 12:55pm

This bear spotted Wednesday relaxing in the grass at a residence in the Chamisa Street area is the same bear that tore apart a suet feeder last month in that same neighborhood. Photo by Don DuBois

Lujan Grisham Responds To Fraud Charges Against Ayudando Guardians

on July 23, 2017 - 12:26pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released the following statement in response to allegations of conspiracy, fraud, theft and money laundering against Ayudando Guardians, Inc.
 
The U.S. Attorney in New Mexico charged the non-profit guardianship firm of embezzling money from client trust accounts meant for hundreds of individuals with special needs.
 
“The embezzlement allegations against this guardianship firm are alarming and I am deeply concerned for the hundreds of beneficiaries who were cheated out of

SFNF Update: Peggy Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on July 23, 2017 - 9:15am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Peggy Fire burning on the Peggy Mesa, approximately two miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning struck a single standing dead tree. The fire subsequently spread into surrounding dead and down timber and brush.

Size: 147 acres

Location: Peggy Mesa, approximately 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Vegetation: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

Current

NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

Balderas And 18 AGs Call On Secretary DeVos To Maintain Protections For Survivors Of Campus Assaults

on July 23, 2017 - 7:21am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 18 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing their concern over reports the Department of Education is preparing to roll back important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses and urging her to keep these protections in place.
 
The Attorneys General also called on Secretary DeVos to work collaboratively with them to take action to end the scourge of sexual violence

DOE Renews WIPP CSG Cooperative Agreement

on July 23, 2017 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  The Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office renewed a cooperative agreement with the Council of State Governments (CSG) - Midwestern Region for oversight of transportation of transuranic waste through Midwestern states to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The cooperative agreement is for five-years with an estimated cost of approximately $1.4 million.
 
Through the cooperative agreement DOE provides funding to the CSG- Midwestern Region to address issues of common concern among the Midwestern states to include transportation of radioactive TRU waste

Liam Cunningham Is LAFD Firefighter For A Day

on July 22, 2017 - 8:20am

Barranca Mesa Elementary School student Liam Cunningham finds out how heavy Capt. Manny Pacheco's hat really is during his visit Friday morning to Los Alamos Fire Station 2 on DP Road. Cunningham is the lucky winner of the Firefighter For A Day prize in a silent auction at the school during the PTO's Bobcat Bonanza last April. The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to help other schools with similar fundraising and community awareness programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Liam Cunningham poses for a photo with his fire crew after being a firefighter for the day Friday at Station

FBI: San Ildefonso Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting A Federal Officer

on July 22, 2017 - 7:42am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Jordan Roybal, 25, an enrolled member of the San Ildefonso Pueblo who resides in San Felipe Pueblo, pled guilty July 18 in federal court in Albuquerque to assaulting a federal officer.
 
Roybal was arrested March 3, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a federal officer. According to the criminal complaint, Roybal was arrested on tribal charges Nov.

CDC: Protecting Babies From Group B Strep

on July 21, 2017 - 8:21am
CDC: Pregnant women should get a group B strep test. Courtesy photo
 
CDC News:
 
All pregnant women should get a group B strep test when they are 35–37 weeks pregnant. Babies can get very sick and even die if their mothers pass group B strep bacteria to them during childbirth.
 
If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting a group B strep (GBS) test. CDC recommends getting it when you are 35–37 weeks pregnant. The test shows if you are carrying group B streptococcal bacteria, which you can pass to your baby during childbirth.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on July 21, 2017 - 8:17am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
In regard to Mr. Spencer's letter (link), details do matter especially in the law. He is correct that this is an open carry state and the actual law is close to but not accurately reflected on the New Mexico State Police website.
 
Perhaps they missed a change to the law. The law should always be checked at the official legal site for all of New Mexico's laws, state and local. That would be the New Mexico Compilation Commission (link).

 

Also despite the Constitution of New Mexico expressly forbidding any laws against guns, the legislature passed one about

Making An Informed Vaccine Decision

on July 21, 2017 - 8:06am
CDC: Vaccinations can help prevent dangerous and even deadly diseases in children. Courtesy Image
 
CDC News:
 
As a parent, you may wish to know more about how vaccines work, vaccine risks/side effects, vaccine ingredients, and vaccine safety before deciding to vaccinate your child.
 
How Vaccines Prevent Diseases

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
 
When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and

CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways.

Izraelevitz: Sheriff Investigate Corruption? Makes Absolutely No Sense

on July 21, 2017 - 7:05am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

My fellow councilor Pete Sheehey has proposed a Council resolution to more expansively define the roles and responsibilities of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

Savannah River Site Reaches Milestone In Supplying Tritium For National Defense

on July 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

SAVANNAH RIVER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) in Aiken, S.C., has conducted three tritium extractions in fiscal year 2017, marking the first time the Tritium Extraction Facility has performed more than one extraction in a year.

 “Achieving this significant milestone – especially doing it safely, securely, and in a disciplined manner – has required a tremendous team effort on the part of the entire SRTE team,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G.

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard

 

When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

A Functional But Limited Sheriff’s Office For Los Alamos

on July 20, 2017 - 10:05am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
The County Council will consider the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos in a Special Session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
 
The Council, not including myself, called an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, Los Alamos voted to keep an elected Sheriff. I believe a majority on Council now accepts that our citizens want a functional Sheriff’s Office. We need to agree on what the Sheriff’s functions will be.
 
I am proposing a Resolution: (

Pearce Holds Hearing On Illicit Money Transfers

on July 20, 2017 - 10:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce recently led the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing on “Managing Terrorism Financing Risk in Remittances and Money Transfers,” to examine the risks that are inherent in the use of money service businesses (MSBs), remittance payments, and other value-transfer systems. 
 
“The size and complexity of the financial system in the United States and continuous innovation means our financial entities have a greater chance of being exploited for money laundering or terrorist

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