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Scenes From County’s Emergency Tabletop Exercise

on March 10, 2017 - 10:12am

Los Alamos County staff worked through an emergency tabletop exercise this morning in Council Chambers, testing its updated emergency operations plan. Courtesy photo

County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participate in this morning's exercise. Courtesy photo

From left, County employees Bryan Aragon, Chris Wilson and Dan Erickson participate in discussions during this morning's drill. Courtesy photo

Data Breach Notification Passes Senate Committee

on March 10, 2017 - 10:10am


SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm of Bernalillo.

House Bill 15 would require businesses and other entities to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal information of consumers. The bill would require that consumers be notified if it is suspected that their personal information may have been compromised by a data breach.

LANL: Scientists Discover Unexpected Oxidation State For Molecular Plutonium

on March 10, 2017 - 8:52am

Scientists from LANL and University of California-Irvine explore a new oxidation state of plutonium. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • New chemical form paves the way for additional transuranic revelations

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2-oxidation state in a molecular system.

“This finding marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the

Bandelier Assists Fire Investigation Class March 14-16

on March 9, 2017 - 10:28pm

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS



Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting March 14-16 with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types.
To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.
Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 10:13pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face.

Guns And Hoses Duke It Out For Charity

on March 9, 2017 - 4:55pm
Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Firefighter Kenny Martinez fight to knock out poverty. Photo by John McHale/
El Parasol owner Ralph Atencio, right, presents a $2,000 donation to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera for the Rumble in Rio charity event.‘We are happy to support this worthy cause in which the proceeds go to help kids,” Atencio said. Kellie Michel of KJM Auto Body on Trinity Drive donated $200 to the event to help kids. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes urge Dep.

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol


SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.

Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

County Reports On Phishing Scam Concern

on March 9, 2017 - 9:20am


Los Alamos County’s email system, which is hosted as cloud-based services, was attacked in February in an apparent phishing scam. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt by email to obtain sensitive information for a malicious reason. While it is believed that the attack was contained to a single email account in the Public Works Department, the County turned the matter over to the Los Alamos Police Department for investigation. Affected employees have been notified and LAPD Investigations conducted a thorough investigation of this incident. 

The County uses multiple layers of

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 9, 2017 - 9:01am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

This meeting 7-9 p.m., March 22 at Fuller Lodge  and the public is encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email the public works general email at

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

LAFD Warns Of Phony Fundraiser Phone Scam

on March 8, 2017 - 7:09pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam. Several local residents have contacted LAFD inquiring if the department is conducting a fundraiser, or trying to attempt to collect a debt, after receiving calls this week from a phone number that registers in Caller ID as belonging to the fire department.

Such calls are a phone scam and attempts to gain personal or financial/credit card information.

LAFD does not solicit funds by telephone and does not attempt to collect debts by telephone, nor does the Ambulance Billing service, on LAFD's behalf.

Ryan Barnes Cited For Assault On Local Bus Driver

on March 8, 2017 - 5:15pm

Ryan Keith Barnes

Staff Report

Ryan Keith Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was cited for assault on an Atomic City Transit bus driver March 1 after police were called to the transit center at the intersection of Diamond Drive and East Jemez Road.

The driver reported that after he took over his route for his shift, Barnes rode the bus for several hours without getting off but never caused a problem.

When the driver told Barnes that when he arrived at the transit center, he intended to get off the bus to take a break, Barnes asked if he could smoke a cigarette on the bus.

Preliminary Hearing For Daniel Merrill March 20

on March 8, 2017 - 3:17pm

Daniel Merrill

Staff Report

A 29-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested Feb. 24 at Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of assault on a police officer and battery on a police officer during an incident in the hospital’s emergency room.

According to police incident reports, three LAPD officers responded to a report that Daniel Merrill had allegedly checked himself into the emergency room and was treated by hospital staff who reportedly gave him a prescription to be filled at a pharmacy.

Garrett Eckhart Heads To Court On Battery Charge

on March 8, 2017 - 2:31pm

Garrett Eckhart

Staff Report:

A preliminary hearing before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados is slated for March 9 for Garrett Eckhart, 35, of Los Alamos on charges of bribery of a witness, batter on a peace officer, and resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer.

Eckhart was arrested Feb. 10 on a charge of aggravated battery after police responded to an address on Gold Street where they found a victim with injuries to his back and face. The victim was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

The new charges stem from Eckhart’s alleged return to the scene of the

Police Conduct Drill At Barranca 1-3 p.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

LAPD News:
  • This Is Just A Training Drill!

Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1-3 p.m. today.

LAPD wants to notify all nearby residents to please disregard the increase in police presence during this time frame at the school.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7 To Feb. 27, 2017

on March 8, 2017 - 7:50am

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.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Danielle Staley, 27, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Clay Staley, 36, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Feb. 9 / Police arrested Christopher R. Carmichael, 46, of Los Alamos on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Los Alamos Rotary Helps Himalayan Stove Project

on March 8, 2017 - 6:56am
Los Alamos Rotary Club President Rob Metcalf, left, presents Taos Rotarian George Basch with a check for $1,000 in support of the Himalayan Stove Project, the international program he directs that distributes free, clean-burning and efficient cookstoves to people of the Himalayas. Basch and the Himalayan Stove Project will receive the Citation of Merit from the Explorer's Club, March 25, in New York City. Photo by Laura Loy

Police Nab Shoplifter Fleeing Scene In Yellow Jeep

on March 7, 2017 - 8:11am
Robert Abeyta
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police stopped 22-year old Robert Abeyta of Espanola, Feb. 27, as he left the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot in Los Alamos in a yellow Jeep.

Cpl. Sheldon Simpson had been dispatched in response to reports of a shoplifting incident in which the suspect was seen leaving the scene. Simpson stopped Abeyta who admitted his license had been revoked, according to the police report.

While questioning Abeyta, Simpson observed several boxes in the Jeep and asked him what he was doing.

House Approves Bill To Protect Children

on March 7, 2017 - 7:26am


SANTA FE – On a bipartisan 63 to 1 vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation Monday night sponsored by Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) to protect New Mexico’s children from receiving pornographic images from sexual predators.

House Bill 71 would clarify language in the current statute relating to criminal sexual communication with a child to include all pornographic images. Currently, individuals can only be charged with a crime if they send pornographic pictures of their bodies.

Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

on March 6, 2017 - 9:06pm
Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

Joseph Dimas Is Sentenced In District Court

on March 6, 2017 - 5:56pm

Joseph Dimas
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommers rendered sentenced on former Los Alamos County Transit bus driver Joseph Dimas in First Judicial District Court, Feb. 17, in Santa Fe.

The judge ordered Dimas to register as a sex offender, remain on supervised probation for 10 years and avoid all contact with minors under the age of 16 with the exception of his own children.

Dimas was sentenced after he pled guilty to a charge of child solicitation by electronic communication device (child aged 13 to 16). A second charge of contributing to the

IRS Releases FY16 Criminal Investigation Report

on March 6, 2017 - 7:50am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service has announced the release of its IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) annual report, reflecting the significant accomplishments and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2016.

IRS CI initiated 3,395 cases in FY 2016 that focused on tax-related identity theft, money laundering, public corruption, cybercrime and terrorist financing.

“The IRS continues to work to ensure that everyone is playing by the same rules and paying their fair share,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

Los Alamos Stands With Jewish Communities Across America With Candlelight Vigil Monday Evening

on March 5, 2017 - 9:34am


Just since the beginning of this year, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind.

This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.


Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am


SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Letter To The Editor: About That Support For Background Checks...

on March 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
Los Alamos
I'm sure Devon Lymon would have respected a background check law despite all the other laws he had broken up to that point. Yup, one more law would have made all the difference to poor Daniel Webster.

I can imagine Devon having a little mental conversation with himself when he obtained that gun, "Oh! wait a minute, I can't posses guns, I'm a felon!", and poof, another possible criminal activity is thwarted by yet another rock solid gun law. 
Yup, we ought to throw up five or six more unenforceable gun laws, they're working great.

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