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House Passes Data Breach Notification Act

on February 16, 2017 - 9:10am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo).

House Bill 15 would require service providers to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal identifying information (PII) of consumers within their custody. It also would require providers to notify consumers whose PII may have been compromised by a security breach.

Judge Denies Release To Man Accused Of Taking Deadly Weapon Into Los Alamos County Detention Center

on February 16, 2017 - 8:09am

Jeremiah Colson awaits his status hearing Monday in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A man accused of taking a deadly weapon into the Los Alamos County Detention Center Dec. 29, was denied release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe.

Jeremiah Colson, 36, of Albuquerque had been conditionally released on bond in November pending the outcome of a drug trafficking charge from July 2016 in Los Alamos. He was arrested Dec.

County Council Hears DWI Strategic Plan

on February 16, 2017 - 7:49am

DWI Planning Council Coordinator Kirsten Bell briefs County Council on DWI Strategic Plan during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

DWI Planning Council Coordinator Kirsten Bell gave a presentation Tuesday evening to the Los Alamos County Council on the Los Alamos County DWI Strategic Plan. The Council approved the motion to participate in the local DWI Grant and Distribution Program 7-0.

The plan was developed by the Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council.

Udall Calls For Investigation Of NSA's Flynn And Russia's Involvement With Trump Administration

on February 16, 2017 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.
 
Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. 
 
“General Flynn’s resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration’s troubling associations with the Russian government.

State Auditor Releases List Of ‘At Risk’ Agencies

on February 16, 2017 - 7:08am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the annual list of New Mexico’s state and local governments considered “At Risk” based on the latest audit cycle.

Government agencies are placed on the list if they fail to submit annual audits or receive audit opinions that indicate significant problems with their financial statements. If public funds are not audited, the risks of fraud and abuse increase.

“The ‘At Risk List’ helps policymakers and the public easily identify which entities are behind schedule or reporting financial information

FBI: Man Wearing Indiana University Sweatshirt, Cap With Paw Logo, Robs Santa Fe Bank

on February 15, 2017 - 7:03am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a red Indiana University sweatshirt robbed a bank Saturday, Feb. 4 in Santa Fe.
 
The robbery occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. at First National Bank, 2021 Cerrillos Road. The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his 50s, with gray and white hair.
 
He wore a black baseball cap with a white paw logo, a red hooded Indiana University sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Witnesses said the suspect entered the bank, displayed a small handgun, and demanded money from a teller.
 
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to

Gun Laws And Statistics: A Sometimes Toxic Mix

on February 15, 2017 - 6:59am
By KHALIL SPPENCER
Los Alamos

Elena Giorgi  states the oft-repeated claim that "states that have closed the loopholes have seen a huge reduction in gun homicide." I wish Ms. Giorgi and others would cite their sources for these claims because as far as I know, there is no evidence of such a huge cause and effect between closing private sales "gun show loopholes" and seeing resulting "huge" reductions in gun crime. Indeed, states with so-called "weak" gun laws range from those with very high gun homicide statistics to some having the lowest gun homicide rates.

Indeed, one can look closer to

New Mexico Voyeurism Bill Dies In House Committee

on February 14, 2017 - 9:28pm

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee tabled a bill to expand the definition of voyeurism. The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-San Juan) and Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo).

House Bill 159 would add attempted acts of voyeurism of victims age 18 or older to the New Mexico criminal code. The bill also would make attempted voyeurism of a minor a fourth-degree felony. Currently, attempted voyeurism of a minor is a misdemeanor and attempted voyeurism of an adult is not a crime.

Under existing law, an

Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

on February 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

In a letter sent to Acting Director of National Intelligence, Heinrich asks for answers regarding the process used to grant access to classified information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.

“We’ve seen a pattern of carelessness and lack of accountability from this administration that puts our

Judge Orders Convicted Drug Trafficker Joshua Krepps Of Los Alamos To Spend Three Years In Prison

on February 14, 2017 - 12:45pm
Convicted drug trafficker Joshua Krepps listens to testimony by LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris prior to his sentencing Monday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Assistant District Attorney Johnn Osborn in district court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos
  • Local ‘One-man Crime Wave’ Gets Three Years In Prison

He said his concern is for LAPD officers responding to his residence, to the victims of these calls, and that having officers and mentors “having

Bill For Firefighters With PTSD Heads To House Floor

on February 14, 2017 - 8:03am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos participates in a Labor Committee meeting Monday voting in support of HB157 to provide support for firefighters suffering from PTSD. Photo by Michael Redondo

STATE News:

  • HB157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

After passing the House Labor and Economic Development Committee Monday, House Bill 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, now heads to

Letter To The Editor: Don't Give Up Constitutional Rights For Promise Of Security

on February 14, 2017 - 6:29am
By JAMES FOLEY
Los Alamos

I am a little frustrated with politicians that believe our constitutional rights are worth giving up for the promise of security. There are too many of these laws that require you to give up your rights to be safer.

The reality is if you buy into to what they are selling, you lose your rights for little or no improvement in security. Politicians and lobbyists try to convince you that there is a big problem and they have the answer. They are using fear to get you to do something they want you to do.

Attorney General Balderas: Protect New Mexico Kids By Banning Conversion Therapy

on February 13, 2017 - 8:52pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

SANTA FE -- Ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee that convened this afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his support for SB 121, legislation that would ban the practice of “conversion therapy” for minors in New Mexico.

The so-called “therapy” involves the systematic shaming and humiliation of gender non-conforming children in order to instill self-hatred. This discredited practice is not based on medical science--it is based on prejudice.

DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:15pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe Access argued that the more than

House Committee Passes Memorial To Help Prevent Animal Abuse And Family Violence

on February 13, 2017 - 7:29pm
Rep. Jim Dines

STATE News:

 
SANTA FE The House Health and Human Services Committee has 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 interpersonal violence.
 
“Research clearly shows that animal abuse is an important indicator of other abuse that may be occurring in a home,” Dines said.

FBI: Romance Scams

on February 13, 2017 - 10:13am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • Online Imposters Break Hearts and Bank Accounts

They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”

That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent

Letter To The Editor: About House Bill 50 On Gun Safety

on February 13, 2017 - 8:06am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

Friday Feb. 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed with a vote of 7 to 6 House Bill 50 (HB 50), co-sponsored by our representatives Stephanie Garcia Richard and Richard Martinez. HB 50 would close background check loopholes for buying guns in New Mexico. In our state it’s not illegal to avoid background checks when purchasing a firearm.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, New Mexico is the 10th-worst state for gun deaths: There were 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010. That’s 40 percent higher than the national

Bill Closing Gun Sale Loophole Heads To House Floor

on February 11, 2017 - 9:37am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
  • HB 50 Would Require Criminal Background Checks on All Firearms Sales, Including at Gun Shows and Online

SANTA FE A bill requiring background checks on all firearm sales passed the House Judiciary Committee Friday by a vote of 7 to 6.

House Bill 50 would close a loophole that allows guns to be sold online or at gun shows or even in parking lots without criminal background checks. It has exceptions written in to allow family members to transfer guns to their relatives and to allow for the lending of guns for a five-day period without a background check.

“What we are

UPDATE: 1-25 Crash ... Traffic Being Diverted Onto Frontage Road At La Cienega Exit

on February 10, 2017 - 5:44pm

UPDATE: Sheriff's deputies have reopened north and south bound lanes of I-25. Use caution traveling in the La Cienega area of 1-25.

News Alert:

There is a motor vehicle crach on 1-25. Traffic is being diverted onto the frontage road at the La Cienega exit. All 1-25 lanes are closed.

Motorists need to be aware that traffic is moving slowly, so please use caution. An update will be provided when the accident has been cleared from the road way.

As the evening traffic commute begins, expect higher traffic volume. Please use caution.

White Rock Man Sentenced In District Court

on February 10, 2017 - 9:05am

First Judicial District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington hears sentencing recommendations Monday for Anthony Lambson of White Rock from Assistant DA Kent Wahlquist, left, and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE --  A 21-year-old White Rock man was sentenced this week in the First Judicial District Court in Santa for trafficking of a controlled substance.

FBI Searches For ‘Barrel Chested Bandit’

on February 10, 2017 - 7:17am

 

‘Barrel Chested Bandit’ Dec. 12, 2016. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

DALLAS, Texas The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a serial bank robber dubbed the “Barrel Chested Bandit,” who is believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies or attempted bank robberies across Texas, Arizona and New Mexico between Aug. 24, 2016 and Feb. 4, 2017.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this individual.

‘Barrel Chested Bandit’ Nov. 30, 2016 . Courtesy/FBI

Robberies:

  • Aug.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers Needed

on February 9, 2017 - 9:23pm
Annie Rasquin is executive director of the First District Court CASA program, which serves Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Carolyn Stewart has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in the Los Alamos are for nine years, a volunteer position that makes a huge difference in their lives and is extremely rewarding for her.
 
Stewart is one of 45 CASAs in the First Judicial District, which encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arribe and Santa Fe Counties.

Republican Lawmakers Meet With NM Environment Secretary Tongate On New Food Handling Regulations

on February 9, 2017 - 9:07pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Republican members of the House and Senate met Wendesday with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Secretary Butch Tongate to discuss the department’s new food handling regulations.
 
Lawmakers expressed concerns about the impact the regulations would have on community groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations in their districts.
 
The new regulations require anyone who handles food at a public function to have a food handler card. The requirement applies to any location where food is served, including movie theaters and community fundraisers.

LAFD: Preventing Burns In Your Home

on February 9, 2017 - 6:33am
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos County Fire Department would like to bring awareness of preventing burns in the home during this National Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 5-11, 2017.)
 
Each year there are more than 450,000 burn injuries that occur in the United States serious enough to require medical treatment. Many of these burns are preventable, here are some tips to help prevent these types of injuries.
 
One of the leading causes of burns to children is hot water scalds. These burn injuries are preventable:
  • Test water before bathing children.

Golf Course Water Main Repaired Sunday Evening

on February 8, 2017 - 4:56pm

COUNTY News:

A water leak in a 16-inch water main that was discovered at the golf course on Friday evening was repaired by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews late Sunday evening. 

Initially, DPU reported that repairs would be delayed until Monday, Feb. 6, after safety became a concern Friday night. The water main proved to be deeper in the ground than anticipated and additional safety equipment was needed to prevent unstable soil from collapsing on crews.  DPU expected to receive the additional shoring equipment by Monday.

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