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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 7:37pm

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk answers questions from Council on his proposed FY-2016 budget, which he reduced by 6 percent from his adopted FY2015 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk at the podium speaking with Council as County officials, staff and a few members of the public listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentitively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

The Municipal Court makes up 1 percent of the general fund.

Los Alamos Sheriff's Office Issues Public Safety Alert

on April 21, 2015 - 2:32pm

Ray Glenn Smith

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is alerting the community to the possibility of a sex offender moving to or living in a county in New Mexico. 

New Mexico Department of Public Safety has advised that Ray Glenn Smith, a convicted sex offender from the State of Texas is moving to an unknown county in the state of New Mexico. 

Smith has not yet registered with any New Mexico Sheriff. 

Sheriff Lucero is asking anyone who sees Smith in Los Alamos, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 505.662.8028.


Hobbs Forensic Lab Secures Coveted Accreditation

on April 21, 2015 - 1:29pm

From left, Forensic Chemist Martin Brady, Lab Quality Assurance/Operations Manager Abi Chidambaram, Technician Catherine Gallegos, Lab Manager Edard Love, Ralph Keaton and Noreen Purcell. Courtesy/NMDPS


HOBBS – In a ceremony April 9, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Hobbs Forensic Laboratory was acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).

“The accreditation

It's Spring: Remember To 'Create Defensible Space'

on April 21, 2015 - 9:22am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of

Annual Inmate Craftsmanship And Trades Fair May 2

on April 20, 2015 - 10:41am

New Mexico State Penitentiary 'Old Main' Prison. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

It’s that time of year when the New Mexico Corrections Department hosts the Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair May 2.

The fair will feature inmate artists from 11 prisons across the state. Furniture, wood working, paintings, sewing and much more will be on display and for sale.

Proceeds from sales benefit victims, the offender’s children or designated family member, funds other inmate programs and is deposited into a savings account for the inmate artist.

New Mexico's Norman C. Bay to Assume Leadership Post At Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on April 19, 2015 - 7:38am

Norman C. Bay


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In July 2014, the Senate confirmed Bay with bipartisan support as a commissioner of FERC, and slated him to be named chairman nine months following the confirmation. Prior to serving as a FERC commissioner, Bay had served as Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009. 

"Throughout his tenure