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Udall Presses DHS Nominee Nielsen On Sensitive Location Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 5:14am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall pressed Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to commit to adhering to longstanding federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions.
 
During a meeting with Nielsen ahead of her confirmation hearings, Udall expressed his serious concern about reports of ongoing violations of DHS’s existing policies prohibiting enforcement at sensitive locations, noting

AG & NMSP Apprehend Firearms Instructor Wanted On Money Laundering, Medicaid Fraud And Other Charges

on December 2, 2017 - 4:16pm
Edward Boysel
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas announced that their agencies arrested Edward Boysel on a warrant for failure to appear in a case brought by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
After an investigation by New Mexico State Police Special Investigations Unit and the Office of the Attorney General Special Investigations Division, a Bernalillo County grand jury handed down an indictment against Mr.

IRS: National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 4

on December 2, 2017 - 11:24am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector tax groups warned the nation’s business, payroll and human resource communities about a growing W-2 email scam that threatens sensitive tax information held by employers.
 
These emails may start with a simple, “Hey, you in today?” and, by the end of the exchange, all of an organization’s Forms W-2 for their employees may be in the hands of cybercriminals. This puts workers at risk for tax-related identity theft.
 
The W-2 scam has emerged as one of the most dangerous and successful phishing attacks as hundreds of

State Auditor Reveals Nearly $145,000 Likely Stolen From Deming Public Schools

on December 2, 2017 - 7:54am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools.
 
The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from

DPU To Work On NM 502 And Airport Road

on December 1, 2017 - 5:25pm

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of N.M. 502 and Airport Road. 

Weather permitting, work will begin as soon as Monday, Dec. 4 and continue through Friday, Dec.15.

Working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, crews will upgrade equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the inside of the curb and should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Motorists are urged

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

McQuiston: Did You Know Today’s Homes Burn Faster

on December 1, 2017 - 10:19am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear.
 
A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and certification company UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
 
Larger homes, more open layouts, new construction materials and other factors mean fires burn more quickly, leaving less time for occupants to escape — and for firefighters to stop the flames. How much less time?

Lead Hazards In Some Holiday Toys And Jewelry

on December 1, 2017 - 8:17am

CDC News:

Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

Children may be exposed to lead by simply handling toys normally. It is normal for toddlers and infants to put toys, fingers and other objects in their mouths. They may also be exposed to lead this way.

Lead in Toys

Toys imported into the United States and antique toys and collectibles often

Increase Lung Cancer Awareness

on December 1, 2017 - 7:30am

CDC News:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

For help quitting, visit smokefree.gov, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways—

  • Don’t smoke.

Grand Jury Indicts Former Espanola Teacher

on December 1, 2017 - 7:24am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former teacher with Espanola School District, Gary F. Gregor, 61, was indicted by a Rio Arriba County grand jury Thursday on a charge of sexual offense against a child after allegedly causing a boy 12 years of age or younger to touch his genitals. The offense allegedly occurred between August 2006 and May 2007. The maximum penalty for this charge is six years and a fine of not more than $5,000.

Gregor has been incarcerated since May at Rio Arriba County Detention Center on a $75,000 cash only bond and is already facing a trial

Heinrich Statement On Air Force Domestic Violence Reporting Deficiencies

on November 30, 2017 - 12:37pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the Air Force's preliminary findings of its domestic violence reporting deficiencies that allowed the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter to purchase firearms, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for the immediate consideration of the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; bipartisan legislation he introduced with U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to close the background check loophole.
 
“The preliminary findings by the Air Force Inspector General solidify

Los Alamos County Chaplain Training Jan. 15-19

on November 30, 2017 - 11:58am

IFOC News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp (a non-sectarian service organization supporting the Fire and Police) is hosting an International Federation of Chaplain (IFOC) training Jan. 15-19 at the White Rock Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4.

This training is for anyone who has ever been interested in Chaplain service.

It is a 45-hour accredited course awarding a certificate of completion and 4.7 Continuing Education Units of credit (CEU) also are available.

This training includes but is not limited to:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law;
  • Stress Management;
  • Critical Incident Stress Management;

FBI: Former State Taxation And Revenue Department Employee Pleads Guilty To Federal Extortion Charges

on November 30, 2017 - 4:50am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announced that Larry Mendoza, a former Revenue Agent of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, has pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act extortion charges in Federal Court in Albuquerque.
 
Mendoza, 44, of Santa Fe, pled guilty to a three-count felony information charging him with Hobbs Act extortion under color of official right.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 16–28, 2017

on November 29, 2017 - 4:53pm

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.

WAYNE CARL MOSLEY

Nov. 16 at 2:49 p.m. / Police arrested Wayne Carl Mosely, 66, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years f age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

 

HAZEL BUCHOLZ

Nov. 17 at 3:38 a.m.

Los Alamos National Bank Offers Reward For Information On Bank Robber Of White Rock Branch

on November 29, 2017 - 4:47pm

Man who robbed LANB in White Rock. Courtesy photo

LANB News:

WHITE ROCK – Los Alamos National Bank is offering a reward of up to $4,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed the White Rock branch on Nov. 21, 2017.

The FBI is offering its own reward of up to $1,000, bringing the total amount of the available reward to $5,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or submit tips online at: tips.fbi.gov. Please do not contact the bank.

According to the FBI, the suspect was described as male, approximately 5'10" to 6' tall,

Community Invited To Coffee With A Cop Dec. 6

on November 29, 2017 - 2:59pm

LAPD News:

Officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department and community members will come together Wednesday, Dec. 6 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. 

All community members are invited to attend the Coffee with a Cop event, which begins at 8 a.m. at Rose Chocolatier at 149 Central Park Square. Learn more about Rose Chocolatier at rosechocolatier.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the Los Alamos community.

The majority

Accreditation Team Holds Public Forum On LAPD

on November 29, 2017 - 9:03am

Michael O'Brien, left, and John Farrell of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) listen to members of the community Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and John Farrell chat following Tuesday's community forum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three Los Alamos residents turned out to speak to a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) about

FBI: $1,000 Reward For White Rock Bank Robber

on November 29, 2017 - 9:01am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Nov. 21 at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock.
 
The suspect wore a dark hooded jacket, a dark baseball cap and his face was covered. He was described as male, approximately 5'10” to 6' tall, with a thin build.
 
At approximately 11:50 a.m., the suspect entered the bank located at 77 Rover Blvd. and displayed a handgun. He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank.
 
The FBI may pay a reward of up

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on November 29, 2017 - 8:58am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.
 
“A free and open internet is particularly important for a rural state like New Mexico where we must be committed to leveling the playing field for all users, regardless of their ability to pay for Internet service,” Grisham said.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charges

on November 29, 2017 - 5:59am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Shayliss Ellsworth, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, pled guilty to assault charges Nov. 27 in Federal Court in Albuquerque.
 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Ellsworth faces a prison sentence within the range of 70 to 87 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Ellsworth was arrested June 21 on a criminal complaint charging him with stabbing two Navajo women with a knife June 17, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County.

New Mexico State Police Announces Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In December

on November 29, 2017 - 5:58am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December 2017.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Sunland Park Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To Prison

on November 29, 2017 - 5:28am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Eleodoro Sanchez, 62, of Canutillo, Texas, was sentenced Nov. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 36 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park. 
 
Sanchez will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. 
 
Sanchez was a member of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that was targeted by a DEA-led investigation, which was designated as part of the Organized Crime Drug

Senators Call For Investigation Into Reported Violations Of Sensitive Locations Policy

on November 29, 2017 - 5:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and religious institutions.  
 
The senators’ letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stopped by immigration authorities on her way to the hospital for

National Tax Security Awareness No. 1: Online Safety

on November 28, 2017 - 1:13pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  During the online holiday shopping season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry remind people to be vigilant with their personal information.
 
While shopping for gifts, criminals are shopping for credit card numbers, financial account information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data that could help them file a fraudulent tax return.
 
Anyone who has an online presence should take a few simple steps that could go a long way to protecting their identity and personal information.
 
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the

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