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Sheriff Lucero: To The Citizens Of Los Alamos County … Regarding Resolution 17-08

on July 20, 2017 - 9:52am
By MARCO V. LUCERO  
Los Alamos County Sheriff

As your elected sheriff for the past six and a half years, I have done my best to provide services that hold true to my faith, the Office of the Sheriff and my passion to enhance public safety. With little or no resources provided by local government I have done my best to provide services. 

I know that life pits us with those who do not agree with what we try to do. I know that despite our good intentions, some people are going to smear us. I realize that is part of holding public office.

Update: Police Dispatch Phones Are Back In Service

on July 20, 2017 - 9:43am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch reports that its telephones are back in service.

The phones were out of service for a short time this morning.

Police radios were not impacted by the outtage.

Public Comments Sought On STIP

on July 20, 2017 - 8:39am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s new 2018 - 2023 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and will be implemented Oct. 1.
 
The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
 
The NMDOT has posted the 2018-2023 STIP on the Internet asking for public comment through Aug.

Police Dispatch Phones Temporarily Out Of Service

on July 20, 2017 - 8:16am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch is reporting that its telephones are temporarily out of service.

Radios are not impacted.

Residents can call 505.412.0735 for Dispatch. Service should be restored in approximately one hour.

Heinrich: Russia Treating West Like It’s The Wild, Wild West With No Norms, No Laws, No Consequences...

on July 20, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned four-star General Paul Selva during a Tuesday Senate Armed Service Committee hearing for his reappointment to U.S. Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 
Sen. Heinrich asked General Selva about Russia’s hostile actions toward the United States and its allies in Europe. “I think the pattern of behavior from Russia is painfully obvious. They will do what it takes to achieve their objectives with very little limitations.

FBI: San Juan County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Wire Fraud Arising Out Of Million Dollar Con Job

on July 20, 2017 - 7:18am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Bobby Willis, 45, a resident of Kirtland, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque to wire fraud charges under a plea agreement recommending a maximum sentence of 24 months in federal prison.
 
The plea agreement also requires Willis to pay restitution to the victims of his fraudulent conduct.
 
Willis was charged in a two-count indictment, which was filed Oct. 20, 2015, alleging that, from March 2010 through Aug. 2011, Willis executed an illegal scheme to defraud two victims out of $1,000,000.
 
According to the indictment, Willis offered the

3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

on July 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Iowa Flood Center team performs one of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment. Courtesy photo
 
IFC News:
 
Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
 
A team from the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, led by UI Professor George Constantinescu, is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models that can more accurately simulate flood wave propagation and account for the interaction between the

Keller Provides Update On UNM Athletics Audit

on July 19, 2017 - 7:49pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to continuing inquiries, State Auditor Tim Keller provided an update on the special audit of issues at UNM Athletics, the Lobo Club and UNM Foundation.
 
The ongoing special audit was initiated in May and covers numerous financial management concerns, including unpaid luxury boxes, compensation and travel. When the results are complete, the audit will be released to the public.
 
Auditor Keller provided the following comment:
 
“We are working to get to the bottom of what’s going on with public funds in our state’s

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

Governor: 27 Top DWI Fugitives Captured

on July 19, 2017 - 5:19pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez today announced that 27 DWI fugitives on the state’s top 10 list have been captured since the Governor announced the initiative in December 2015. Additionally, 255 absconders with DWI issues have been captured.

“The number of fugitives who have now faced justice is encouraging,” Martinez said. “I’m very grateful to law enforcement for their hard work keeping our families safe, but there is so much more to do. I encourage everyone to keep an eye out. These absconders are dangerous and putting lives in danger.”

Currently,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 13 To July 17, 2017

on July 19, 2017 - 10:25am

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.

CELSO I. RAMOS

July 13 at 7:52 a.m. / Police arrested Celso I. Ramos, 37, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on outstanding District Court and Magistrate Court warrants.

 

 

MALCOM R. TORRES

July 13 at 7:40 p.m. / Police arrested Malcom R. Torres, 23, of Santa Cruz in Los Alamos and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

 

 

 

GAYLE ORTEGA

July 17 at 11:46

Hurtado Gets Five Years Probation For 13 Felonies

on July 19, 2017 - 10:14am

Rosalinda Hurtado

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A 38-year-old Alcalde woman, Rosalinda Hurtado, has received five years of probation in First Judicial District Court on five cases from Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

Hurtado was originally charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with 43 counts including forgery, fraud, identity theft, credit card theft and receiving stolen property. She also faced similar charges in Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe County.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist approved a global plea agreement June 30

Udall, Heinrich Fight To Protect Immigrant Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Demand Victims Not Be Targeted

on July 19, 2017 - 7:43am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly expressing their serious and growing concern that DHS personnel have taken steps to erode longstanding protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes, undermining the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and other state and federal laws enacted to protect survivors.

“Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 2: Be Alert To Account Takeover Tactics

on July 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Here’s one example of a fake webpage. Courtesy/IRS

IRS News:

PHOENIX The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

Account takeovers occur when a thief manages to steal or guess the username and password of a tax professional, enabling access of their computers or their other online accounts. With these credentials, thieves can, for example, access a tax professional’s IRS e-Services account to steal their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN

FBI: Vehicle Pursuit In Las Cruces Results In Federal Charges Against Zachary Stephen Reeder

on July 19, 2017 - 6:35am
FBI News:
 
Zachary Stephen Reeder, 39, of Marana, Ariz., was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with assault on a federal task force officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
Reeder is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.
 
Reeder was arrested after a vehicular pursuit in Las Cruces by law enforcement investigating a report of a possibly armed and dangerous suspect in a stolen car Thursday night. During the pursuit, the car allegedly rammed a vehicle driven by an FBI task force officer, who was not seriously injured.
 
No further

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

County: Tips To Be Bear Aware

on July 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
COUNTY News:
 
Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.
 
  • Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit*. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; stock up for the winter and preserve fruit

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

on July 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“Each year, I examine every aspect of the NDAA to ensure it supports the critical missions taking place at our bases in New Mexico and provides the vital protections our service members need when fighting for our freedom. Equal in importance, the NDAA has the responsibility to support and assist military families.

A Grateful Citizen Says Thanks

on July 18, 2017 - 12:41pm
Courtesy photo
 
By A Grateful Citizen
Los Alamos
 
I would like to take a minute to thank all of the first responders, County line crew staff, and emergency operations for their actions and responses during Sunday night's power failure.
 
The arc flash in the western area was impressive. It lit the sky like daylight for blocks. All that arrived on scene were focused and very professional. They listened to the concerns for our neighbors and verified that the situation was safe.
 
For a one inch feed line to arc on a clear dark night, it was most impressive.

FBI, Deming Police Investigate Bank Robbery

on July 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Deming Police Department are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Thursday morning.
 
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6" tall, with a slim build. He wore a camouflage jacket and boonie hat. Further details will be provided when available.
 
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the suspect entered First Savings Bank, 520 S Gold Ave. in Deming. He displayed a shotgun and demanded money from the teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Cyberattack Could Cost $120 Billion: Lloyd’s Of London

on July 18, 2017 - 9:34am

HSNW News:

Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London has warned that the cost of a serious cyberattack to the global economy could reach $120 billion or more – which was the cost of damage inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.

The 56-page report from the world’s oldest insurance firm says the threat posed by global cyberattacks has spiraled, and that it poses a huge risk over the next decade to business and governments everywhere.

The report says that the most likely cyberattack scenario is a hack which manages to shut down a cloud service provider.

SFNF Aerial Survey Begins Soon; No Drones, Please!

on July 18, 2017 - 8:44am
SFNF News: 
  • Combination of low-flying aircraft and drones can be deadly

 
SANTA FE  The annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the 1.6- million-acre Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) begins any day and continues intermittently through Aug. 18. 
 
Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.
 
Under Federal Aviation

Letter To The Editor: No Fan Of Fireworks

on July 18, 2017 - 8:29am
By PHILMONT M. TAYLOR
White Rock

I believe I was endowed by my Creator with a brain with which to think, perceive, discern and, yes, to judge. If you live in northern New Mexico and are engaged in the sale, procurement or use of fireworks you are a bloody damn fool.

Furthermore, if you hold an elected office anywhere in northern New Mexico and support the sale, procurement or use of fireworks in your jurisdiction, you are demonstrably unfit for service.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit Of City Water Deal In Jal

on July 18, 2017 - 7:11am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • More than $650,000 in unsupported water credits given away to a water customer in rural town near Hobbs

SANTA FE –  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit today of water issues in Jal, a rural community near Hobbs. The audit was initiated after the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received information suggesting that water utility credits were provided to a private customer in violation of the state’s Constitution.

The audit covers the period from 2008 through 2016 and found improper adjustments and billings totaling more than

Attorney General Balderas Sues Six Generic Drug-Makers For Putting Profits Over New Mexico Patients

on July 18, 2017 - 5:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that New Mexico has joined with four other states in filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.
 
“I will continue to hold big out-of-state corporations accountable when then they rip off New Mexico consumers, and when companies put profits over patients, they will

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