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LAHS Staff Promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week

on April 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Los Alamos High School staff members help LAPD's Cpl. Adele McKenzie promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 7. A collaboration of local, regional and state entities worked to provide educational outreach to victims of any crime. Information on available resources can be obtained by calling the Los Alamos Victim Advocate at 505.663.3511. A police report does not need to be filed to receive assistance. Courtesy photo

Council Tentatively Approves Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office Proposed FY 2018 Budget

on April 17, 2017 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents his proposed budget this evening to the County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero addresses Council this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presented his proposed FY 2018 budget this evening to the County Council.

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 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.

SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

on April 17, 2017 - 12:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures

President Trump In Syria: A New Foreign Policy?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:48am

Professor Nader Hashemi

SFCIR News:

Following the recent missile strike in Syria, and the new chill with Russia, is President Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East taking shape? What will the administration's policy toward ISIS be? Toward Syrian refugees? Toward Assad?

The
Santa Fe Council on International (SFCIR) invites the community to hear Professor Nader Hashemi share his insights Thursday on evolving US foreign policy considerations.

Professor Hashemi is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

“It’s no

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.
 

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

More Scenes From Elks Egg Hunt And Wildfire 2017

on April 15, 2017 - 5:27pm

From left, Matelo Maestas, Matthew Campbell, Demitrius Sisneros, Tristan MacDonald, and Cameron Sisneros organize all their loot collected during the 2017 Elk's Easter Egg Hunt and Wildfire event at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Jackie and Adrian Njuyen have fun at today's egg hunt. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Matthew Slowik, Jack Councel and Helen Slowik check out the eggs they collected during today's egg hunt. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Elks B.P.O.E #2083 Members Bill Gregory, disguised as Elroy, and Chris Weaver hand out

Scenes From Elks Egg Hunt And Wildfire 2017 Day

on April 15, 2017 - 5:18pm

A group of young people get ready to take their picture with the Easter Bunny during the 2017 Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt today at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Connor Hoch

A long line of families wait for their turn in the bouncy houses during today's 2017 Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park. The bouncy houses were free, courtesy of First Baptist Church. Photo by Connor Hoch

Classic Air Medical offers tours of its helicopter during today's Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt. Photo by Connor Hoch

Los Alamos Firefighters distribute bike helmets during the event today at Ashley

Los Alamos Police Help Ensure Public Safety During Annual Pilgrimage Underway To Chimayo

on April 15, 2017 - 10:43am

The Los Alamos Police Department together with the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office help ensure public safety during the annual pilgrimage underway to Chimayo. Courtesy photo

Inert Nuclear Gravity Bomb Passes First F-16 Flight Test

on April 15, 2017 - 10:37am

Air Force F-16 aircraft. Courtesy/Kirtland AFB

KIRTLAND AFB News:

The non-nuclear bomb assembly used for the flight test was designed and manufactured by LANL and SNL

An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircrafts capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.

The F-16 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, released the weapon over

Udall On Trump Refusal To Release Visitor Logs

on April 15, 2017 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the Trump administration’s decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration.

“This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff And LAPD

on April 15, 2017 - 7:57am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

Los Alamos sure must be a high crime area. The Sheriff needs a ¾ ton pickup complete with a radio, toolbox and a gooseneck trailer hitch, along with a police cruiser equipped with a cage for transportation, communication, and lights. The LAPD conducts a drug raid with half a dozen state troopers.

They even throw in a “bear in the air” for good measure. All I could think of was “You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant”. Officer Obie must be proud. For those of you under the age of 60, go ask your parents.
 
P.S.

Letter To The Editor: Resolution On Immigration An Example Of ‘Virtue Signaling’ ...

on April 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
By CHALRES KOOSHIAN
Los Alamos

The letter submitted by Councilors David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler, “Continuing The Conversation On Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees” (link) is an anodyne statement that we can all subscribe to, as is the resolution by Councilor Pete Sheehey. However, I would like to offer a point of view that hasn’t been expressed.

The resolution is simply an example of the phenomenon referred to as “virtue signaling.” This occurs when an individual, group, or organization attempts to project an image of how wonderful, moral, law-abiding, caring, compassionate,

Gonzales Faces Judge In Apartment Explosion Case

on April 14, 2017 - 7:56am
The bathroom where the explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from a training session on the dangers involved in the marijuana waxing process for first responders, following last year's apartment explosion. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment on Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 is slated for his preliminary hearing May 4 in Magistrate Court.

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

on April 13, 2017 - 10:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity wildfire in the

Police Have Suspect Stephanie Garcia In Custody

on April 13, 2017 - 3:17pm

Stephanie Garcia

 

By MAIRE O'NeILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

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

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew confirmed this morning that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe. LAPD Det.

NMDOT Prepared For Annual Pilgrimage To El Santuario De Chimayo

on April 13, 2017 - 9:05am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that the Department has prepared safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayo (El Santuario).

NMDOT met with local emergency response personnel to prepare for this event and crews have been working over the past three weeks to prepare the various routes to El Santuario for pilgrims making the trek this year.

Through

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 13, 2017 - 8:50am
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?

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison For Robbing Two Fast-Food Restaurants And Brandishing A Firearm

on April 13, 2017 - 8:39am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Sheldon Harris, 28, of Albuquerque was sentenced in federal court to 114 months in prison for violating the Hobbs Act by robbing two Albuquerque-area fast food restaurants and brandishing a firearm during the robberies.
 
Harris will be on supervised release for two years following his prison sentence. Harris also was ordered to pay restitution to the fast food restaurants.
 
Harris was arrested April 20, 2016 on a 10-count indictment charging him with: robbing Albuquerque-area Subway restaurants on Aug. 22, 2015, Sept. 6, 2015, Sept. 8, 2016, Sept.

NMDOT: Roadway Reconstruction Kicks Off On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara April 17

on April 13, 2017 - 8:29am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has begun roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara.

Starting week of April 17: the contactor will begin construction on the west side shoulder of NM 30. They will be working on earthwork and subgrade activities. Traffic impacts will be minimal during this time. Motorists are advised to watch for heavy truck traffic turning in and out of the work zone.

Starting week of May 1: the contractor will begin detour paving and setting wall barrier.

U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack List

on April 13, 2017 - 7:35am
USPS News:
 
LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
 
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.
 
“Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S.

Central Avenue Closed From 20th To Oppenheimer Saturday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

COUNTY News:

Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park.

Motorists should plan to use Trinity Drive or Canyon Road to bypass the closure during these hours

FBI: Espanola Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Bank Robbery Charge

on April 12, 2017 - 1:09pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Troy Montoya, 24, of Espanola pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque to a bank robbery charge. The guilty plea was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Sheriff Jerry L. Hogrefe of the Taos County Sheriff’s Department and Town Marshal David Smith of the Red River Marshal’s Office.

 

Montoya, and co-defendants Jennifer Marissa Miera, 23, of Questa and Shawn Michael Goodrum, Jr., 20, of Pima, Ariz., were arrested in October 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with

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