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Albuquerque Sting Puts Dent In ‘Organized Retail Crime’

Crime Bill Sponsor Rep. Marian Matthews 

By ROBERT NOTT
The Santa Fe New Mexican

ALBUQUERQUE — It took an hour of waiting to get the first one.

The suspect exited out the side door of a Kohl’s store with a black duffel bag full of shoplifted clothing and shoes. But before he could make a getaway, he was apprehended by patient Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who pounced and quickly placed him in handcuffs.

Within another two hours, deputies nabbed five more shoplifters outside the store and a nearby Home Depot in the northwest section of Albuquerque. 

More arrests were expected later Read More

Missing Endangered: Jessie Joe Lucero-Vigil Of Española

Jessie Joe Lucero-Vigil

Española Police Department News:

ESPAÑOLA – The following information is for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Advisory from the Española Police Department.

The Española Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jessie Joe Lucero-Vigil, 24, who is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Lucero-Vigil was last seen wearing a black, long sleeve hoodie. The last known contact with him was around 10 a.m. today, Feb. 2. He is believed to be driving a blue 2014 Jeep bearing New Mexico license plate BLCJ07. His last known Read More

LAPS: Ride The Bus Day 2023 Is Wednesday Feb. 8

Get on the bus, Gus! And Emma, and David and all students eligible to ride the school bus. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is encouraging all eligible students to ride the school bus to or from school on Wednesday, Feb. 8 as part of “Ride the Bus” Day. This initiative not only helps the environment, but also funds the LAPS Transportation Department. The goal is to have 1,000 riders.

Students enrolled in the 3Y preschool program will have both morning and afternoon sessions just like a regular school day. Students in the 4Y preschool will be dismissed at noon with the elementary Read More

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 2, 2023

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

So far, we are off to a good start in 2023. A series of storms swept through New Mexico in January, bringing much-needed snow to the mountains. Snowpacks in the Rio Chama and Jemez River watersheds are above normal. There’s some good moisture in the soil, although it could be better at lower elevations. Streamflows are near, at or above normal.

February usually sees some warmer temperatures and some thawing of the ground, especially at lower elevations. There is the feeling that winter is losing its grip. Don’t be fooled because there can Read More

LAHS Cheer Team Wins NMSU Spirit Championship!

The LAHS Cheer Team poses with Assistant Coach Nancy Sandoval, left, and Head Coach Lauren Sandoval, right, after winning first place in the All Girls Game Division at the NMSU Spirit Championship. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Cheer Team garnered first place last weekend at the New Mexico State University Spirit Championship competition.

The team competed in the All Girls Game Day division in which they performed a band chant dance, situational sideline, cheer and the school fight song.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” Coach Lauren Sandoval said. “They’ve Read More

NM Legislators Introduce Paid Family & Medical Leave Act

Rep. Christine Chandler

PFML News:

SANTA FE — The Paid Family and Medical Leave Coalition is celebrating today the introduction of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) at the 2023 New Mexico Legislature, sponsored by State Sen. Mimi Stewart, Sen. Michael Padilla, Rep. Christine Chandler, Rep. Lisa Serrato and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero.

The PFMLA would establish the Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) Fund, administered by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS). The Fund would be paid for through employee and employer contributions. Individuals who need Read More

NMSP Probes Shooting Involving Eddy County Sheriffs

NMSP News:

CARLSBAD —  The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting Jan. 29 in Carlsbad involving the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Carlsbad Police Department. 

State Police agents learned at around 1:54 p.m., the Eddy County Fire Department responded to the 2000 block of Mora Street for a vehicle fire. The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist with the fire.

While on the scene, Eddy County Sheriff’s deputies recognized the homeowner as Christopher Bell, 29. Bell had an outstanding no-bond warrant Read More

FBI Seeks Public’s Help Identifying Woman In Orange Raincoat Who Attempted To Rob An Albuquerque Bank

Anyone recognizing this woman is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the Orange Raincoat Raider, who attempted to rob Bank of America, 2011 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, at approximately 3:03 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Suspect’s Description:

  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Height: Approximately 5’4″
  • Hair: Salt and pepper
  • Clothing: Eyeglasses, white surgical mask, orange raincoat with “S-91”
Read More

NMDWS: New Mexico December 2022 Labor Market

NMDWS News:

New Mexico Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) has released the December 2022 Labor Market Information.

The New Mexico Labor Market Review (LMR) presents the most up-to-date labor market highlights and happenings.

The LMR is produced and published monthly and includes data on the labor force, jobs, and unemployment for the state and select substate areas.

Click here to view the December 2022 Labor Market Review.

Additional information and historical data are available at the NMDWS website. Read More

Punxsutawney Phil Sighted In Maui On Groundhog Day!

Former Los Alamos groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sent word this morning from his vacation spot in Maui that he did indeed see his shadow – thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Courtesy/Julie Habiger

Groundhog Day News:

This morning, Punxsutawney Phil (formerly of Los Alamos) mysteriously showed up in a photo submitted to his “handler” Julie Habiger, on Groundhog Day. Phil was spotted by a visiting tourist at a Maui resort on the beach, sporting a tan and carrying several island activity brochures.

Phil’s appearance in Maui came as no surprise to Habiger, who said after retiring to Kansas City Read More

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