Tips For Growing Tomatoes In Los Alamos County

Tomato plants in Walls-of-Water. Photo by Denise George

It is possible to grow a large Brandywine. Photo by Doris Thielemann

Los Alamos Master Gardeners News:

As it warms, we all get anxious to plant our tomato plants and harvest those luscious fruit. That is especially true this year with COVID-19, when many of us are spending more time in the garden and possibly gardening for the first time.

Our average last freeze day is May 15, so wise people suggest that we wait until after that date to plant.

However, many of us want to push to an earlier date, especially as the days get warmer. Last year in White


Local Police Personnel Honored For Outstanding Service

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, standing center, and members of the Los Alamos Police Department. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its annual awards banquet and dinner Saturday.

Many employees received awards honoring them for outstanding service to the community.

The following employees were presented with “Of The Year” awards:

  • CDC Manager Kate Stoddard – Civilian of The Year
  • Shelter Manager Paul Sena – PSA of The Year
  • Detective Matt Lyon – Detective of The Year
  • Corporal John Harris – Officer of The Year
  • Sergeant Erika Martinez-Bustos – Detention Supervisor


New Mexico GOP Headquarters Vandalized

Surveillance video shows the man suspected of vandalizing the GOP Headquarters over the weekend in Albuquerque. Courtesy/RPNM
Surveillance video captures a photo showing property damage to the GOP Headquarters over the weekend in Albuquerque. Courtesy/RPNM


GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque Police are working with the Republican Party of New Mexico in investigating another case of vandalism at the Republican Party Headquarters at 5150A San Francisco Road NE in Albuquerque.

The vandalism occurred around 2:37 a.m. Saturday. Surveillance video picked up a vehicle parking in


Senate Confirms Tim Johnson New Mexico State Police Chief

NMSP Chief Tim Johnson

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday issued the following statement after the New Mexico Senate unanimously confirmed Tim Johnson as chief of the New Mexico State Police:

“Chief Johnson has been a steady and stabilizing force at the Department of Public Safety. I am glad to see senators endorse him and by extension his officers and the work they do every single day to keep New Mexico communities and roadways safe. Chief Johnson is a leader of high character and integrity and I look forward to his continued good work.”

The governor’s


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 2 To Feb. 1, 2020

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.



Jan. 2 at 6:42 p.m. / Police arrested Michael S. Kowalczyk, 30, of Tierra Azul on East Jemez Road and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.






Jan. 9 at 1:47 a.m. / Police arrested Thomas A. Allen, 52, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Urban and charged him with Aggravated DWI: Refusal to submit


Panel Advances HB184: Training For School-Based Officers

The New Mexican

Law enforcement officers stationed on New Mexico’s public school campuses could become required to receive specialized training in how to act in an educational environment.

Lawmakers on the state House Judiciary Committee on Friday unanimously advanced House Bill 184, sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba, an Albuquerque Democrat and retired police officer. The bill provides funding to train so-called school resource officers in deescalation techniques, informal counseling techniques and how respond to students with mental health disorders.

State Police Launching Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico Throughout February

Throughout February, State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties throughout the month of February.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints

Total 2019 Part 1 Crimes Believed Lowest Recorded Rate In Los Alamos Police Department History

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for 2019 today, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.

The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these