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IRS Warns Deaf And Hard Of Hearing About Scam That Uses Video Relay Services

on February 22, 2017 - 1:19pm
IRS News:
 
Every day scammers come up with new ways to steal taxpayers’ identities and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS with one goal in mind: to steal money.
 
Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are.
 
Do not automatically trust calls just because they

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords Meets With Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Of Los Alamos On Gun Bill

on February 22, 2017 - 9:32am

Gathered together at the Roundhouse Tuesday to discuss House Bill 50 (gun bill), from left, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos and  New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met Tuesday afternoon with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford of Arizona and New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf at the state capitol in Santa Fe.

Garcia Richard and Gifford met to discuss House Bill 50, which seeks to require that all commercial firearm sales in gun shows and via the Internet

House Passes Legislation To Raise Awareness On Link Between Animal Abuse And Intra-family Violence

on February 22, 2017 - 7:12am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN COMMUNICATIONS News:

SANTA FE – Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 6 sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).

The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and intra-family violence.

Studies have identified a link between animal abuse and violence against family members.

Los Alamos Police Offer Reward For Bealls Break-In

on February 21, 2017 - 5:21pm

Bealls Manager Valerie De Mello shows damage to the front window from a break-in early Monday morning at the store. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Burglar shatters glass early Monday morning to gain access inside Bealls in Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigative Unit is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a break-in early Monday morning at Bealls Department Store in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Bealls Manager

Rescue Therapy Dogs, Animal Advocates To Assemble For Animal Protection Lobby Day At Roundhouse

on February 21, 2017 - 10:02am

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Santa Fe – Animal Protection Voters (APV) will host Animal Protection Lobby Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22, joined by a troupe of registered therapy dogs offering cuddles and photo opportunities for lawmakers, Roundhouse staff and lobbyists alike.  

More than 150 animal advocates are expected to take part in Animal Lobby Day, calling for the passage of legislation to help animals and people including:

  • Cracking down on horrific animal cruelty and neglect;
  • Securing much-needed funding for low-income spay/neuter services; and
  • Banning senseless coyote killing contests.

APV

Secure Online Access To Court Records By March 31

on February 20, 2017 - 4:32pm

COURT News:

SANTA FE – Attorneys and their staff, justice partners such as law enforcement agencies, and the press will have secure online case access to court records by March 31 under an order approved Monday by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

An application process begins immediately for potentially eligible users to obtain login credentials necessary for the Secured Odyssey Public Access (SOPA) system. Applications, the Supreme Court order and the new online case access policy can be found at:  http://www.nmcourts.gov/ public-access-help.aspx.

The new online system will restrict access

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Feb. 24 Or 25

on February 20, 2017 - 4:02pm

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JABB) has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Fake Charities On IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 20, 2017 - 8:14am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime,

Former Supervisor At Laguna Pueblo Superette Pleads Guilty To Federal Embezzlement Charge

on February 20, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The former supervisor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette, pled guilty Feb. 7 in federal court in Albuquerque to embezzling funds from the Pueblo of Laguna.
 
Marshall J. Cheromiah, 32, of Mesita was charged in an indictment filed Nov. 5, 2015, with embezzling approximately $48,953.47 from the Pueblo of Laguna. According to the indictment, Cheromiah was working as an employee or agent of an Indian Tribal Organization when he committed the crime between July 2013 and Oct. 2014, in Cibola County.
 
During court proceedings, Cheromiah pled guilty to the indictment and

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most

Ethics Commission Proposal Clears Committee

on February 19, 2017 - 7:11am
Rep. Jim Dines
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee has unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission.
 
The resolution is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana).
 
HJR 8 would empower the commission to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officials in the legislative and executive branches

NMED Strengthens Food Safety Rules

on February 19, 2017 - 6:56am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has strengthened food safety rules for restaurants and food establishments – with the first set of rules now in effect.
 
The stronger rules incorporate more state-of-the-art food preparation technologies and increase clarity for workers and customers with more comprehensive guidance.
 
“It is absolutely imperative that we have strong food safety rules to help prevent New Mexicans from getting sick,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said.
 
Improved food safety is associated with preventable death and

Bill Introduced To Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

on February 19, 2017 - 6:28am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) has introduced legislation to prevent financial elder abuse in New Mexico. Her legislation, House Bill 326, would enhance protections to shield seniors from fraud and financial exploitation. The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Nick Salazar (D-Rio Arriba). 
 
The legislation, also known as the Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act, clearly defines financially abusive acts, and it permits investment advisers to report suspected incidents of financial abuse to state agencies.

Residents Express Thanks For Super Bowl Buzz Bus

on February 18, 2017 - 7:54am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) provided safe ride services once again to Los Alamos residents. Although the ridership was not as high during this year's Super Bowl as in past events, those who did take advantage of the free ride expressed their appreciation. 

“The service worked like a charm; Armando at dispatch and Jonathan the driver were just wonderful,” Los Alamos resident Tina Sibbitt said. “I changed my return pick up time about three times due to having too much fun, and they were absolutely ok with that.

Bill Against Conversion Therapy Passes Committee

on February 18, 2017 - 7:18am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Equality New Mexico, hailed a vote Friday by the New Mexico Senate passing SB 121, legislation that would protect LGBTQ youth in the state from the practice of conversion therapy.
 
“No child should ever be subjected to the incredibly dangerous practice of so-called conversion therapy,” HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said.

Bill Curbing Use Of Solitary Confinement Advances

on February 18, 2017 - 7:07am
Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Feb. 16 in the House Consumers and Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented House Bill 175.
 
It passed unanimously in a 4-0 vote. HB 175 seeks to ban solitary confinement for inmates under the age of 18, pregnant women, and those with known serious mental illnesses.
 
"There is a growing body of literature about the disturbing use and effect of solitary confinement on people with mental illness. This bill will put an end to this inhumane and outdated practice in New Mexico,” Maestas said.

Heinrich Leads Group Of Senators Questioning Reorganization Of National Security Council

on February 18, 2017 - 7:02am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee.
 
Heinrich was joined by U.S.

‘Three Strikes’ Bill Advances To House Judiciary

on February 18, 2017 - 6:57am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – A bill sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) to reform New Mexico’s “three strikes” law advanced Friday through the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on a unanimous vote. The legislation, House Bill 54, moves next to the House Judiciary Committee.

Gentry’s bill would expand the list of offenses that would qualify violent repeat offenders for mandatory life sentencing. Currently, only five crimes are included in the existing three strikes law.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 1 To Feb. 14, 2017

on February 17, 2017 - 8:48am
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.
 
VALENTINE OROZCO-ALMANZA
 
Feb. 1 at 1:34 p.m. / Police arrested Valentine Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Espanola on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
 
BYRON HENDERSON
 
Feb. 3 at 12:28 p.m. / Police arrested Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos at Diamond Drive and Range Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOSHUA

House Judiciary Passes Bill To Protect CYFD Workers

on February 17, 2017 - 7:25am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Feb. 14, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Reps. Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo) and Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-San Juan) to shield child protective service employees from harm.
 
Their legislation, House Bill 44, would increase protections for employees of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) by making it a crime to commit assault or battery on a CYFD employee while they are performing their job duties.
 
“CYFD workers are often asked to intervene in volatile situations, and they deserve this extra measure of

FBI: Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Aiding And Abetting Armed Bank Robbery

on February 17, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Christopher Gallegos, 33, of Albuquerque has pled guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area bank.
 
Gallegos was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huerta, 43, Christian Herrera, 20, and Isaiah Gallegos, 20, all of Albuquerque, with bank robbery.
 
According to the complaint, a source identified the co-defendants as the individuals involved in robbing the US Bank branch March 30, 2016 at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

SGR Pulls HB 50 Back To House Judiciary Committe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:17pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Today, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) pulled HB 50 back into the House Judiciary Committee to allow for more input and consideration on the bill:

“I want to thank everyone who has reached out to talk about HB50. The goal of this important piece of legislation has always been to find a balance between increasing public safety while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“In conversations with voters and my fellow Representatives, it is clear that we still have some more work to do to ensure we aren’t treading on

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Carlsbad Bank Robbers Still Sought Three Years Later

on February 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Carlsbad Police Department are still looking for an unidentified man and woman who robbed a Carlsbad bank three years ago.
 
Feb. 7, 2014, at approximately 2:40 p.m., two suspects robbed the Western Commerce Bank at 3310 National Parks Highway in Carlsbad.
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these suspects.
 
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

Former ACT Driver Slated For Arraignment Friday

on February 16, 2017 - 9:38am
Joseph Dimas faces charges of child solicitation. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former driver for Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit is scheduled for arraignment Friday before Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommers in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. 

Joseph Dimas, 31, faces charges of child solicitation by electronic communication device (child aged 13 to 16) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was arrested in October 2016 and on Jan. 26 bound over to District Court.

According to the statement of probable cause filed in the Los Alamos

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