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Letter to the Editor: Perhaps it's Time for an External Investigation of Los Alamos Police Department

on August 31, 2013 - 9:31am
Los Alamos

With respect to the recent letter “Should Los Alamos Police Unionize?” (Los Alamos Daily Post Aug. 30, 2013) there are a lot of concerns raised.
However when I looked at the salaries of the commanders listed, there seems to be an error. The actual salaries were already at $78,808 in 2012 as listed by the Rio Grande Foundation: ( and would now apparently be 10 percent or more above that number or about $86K per commander.
I heard a rumor around town that one or more of the promoted commanders did not meet the minimum qualifications to

Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Threat Labor Day Weekend

on August 30, 2013 - 3:48pm
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with an update on the forecast of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding this Labor Day Weekend. 
Due to a high pressure center aloft over our area, storms will be moving very slowly. In addition, a backdoor cold front will usher additional moisture into northeast portions of the state on Sunday then continue westward Sunday night into Monday beyond the central mountain chain.
This additional moisture will increase the potential for locally heavy rainfall and resulting flash

Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 30, 2013 - 3:41pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover


The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am



  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

Letter to the Editor: Should Los Alamos Police Department Unionize?

on August 30, 2013 - 10:31am
By John Smith
Concerned Citizen for Los Alamos

What is going on at the Los Alamos Police Department? I have read recent articles that state that officers are suing their own department for an “unsafe working environment.”

Now obviously our officers wouldn’t claim that the risk of being shot at, or the risk of being hit while in the roadway, or any other on the job hazard would be unusually unsafe – so what do they mean?

Just last October Randy Foster and Brian Schamber joined Chief (Wayne) Torpy in briefing our County Council on the Master Career Plan.