New Mexico Supreme Court Suspends In-Person CYFD Family Visits For 30 Days Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The Children, Youth & Families Department announced Friday that it will begin facilitating court-ordered family visits for children who are in foster care through video and telephone conferencing.

This is to comply with a directive from the New Mexico Supreme Court that suspends in-person visits for 30 days because of public health risks from COVID-19.

“Suspending in-person visitations is an incredibly difficult decision for the Department, as we know it will cause heartbreak for many children and families working towards reunification,” said” CYFD Secretary


New Mexico Courts Increase Restrictions And Public Health Precautions To Guard Against Spread Of COVID-19

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — Additional restrictions and public health precautions at New Mexico courthouses were ordered Monday by the State Supreme Court to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

“Courts recognize that extraordinary steps are necessary to protect public safety and the health of New Mexicans. Our courts must continue to provide essential services in the justice system,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said.

Under the Supreme Court’s order:

  • While limits on “mass gatherings” established by the state public health order do not apply to courthouses because courts provide essential


Courts: Game & Fish To Turn Over Information Of Successful Big-Game Applicants To James Whitehead Of Los Alamos

James Whitehead


SANTA FE – A First Judicial District Court judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the names and addresses of all successful big-game applicants for the years 2015 through April 23, 2019 to Los Alamos County resident James Whitehead.

Additionally, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the email addresses of individuals who applied for state hunting licenses for the years 2015 through 2016 to former Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

Both decisions conclude that information


FBI: Man Charged With Allegedly Posting Facebook Messages Threatening To Kill Governor, Law Enforcement Officers

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Mock, 33, of Albuquerque appeared today in federal court in Albuquerque for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with posting messages on Facebook threatening to kill New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and law enforcement officers, in violation of federal law.

The criminal complaint charges Mock with allegedly transmitting threatening communications in interstate or foreign commerce. According to the complaint, Mock allegedly posted threatening messages March 2 and March 13 to the governor’s Facebook page.

Mock is in custody


New Mexico Courts Extend Fine & Fee Payments 30 Days

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court (NMSC) Wednesday issued an order extending the payment of fines and fees for 30 days to help financially struggling New Mexicans and reduce the number of people who appear in courthouses to resolve traffic and other cases.

“We understand New Mexicans are facing financial difficulties during this public health emergency and providing more time to pay fines and fees will offer temporary relief,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. 

The Supreme Court’s order will add 30 days to the payment deadline imposed by a magistrate, metropolitan, district


Los Alamos Magistrate Court Remains Open

The Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr. Suite D. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Magistrate Court News:

Los Alamos Magistrate Court remains open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the lunch hour Monday through Friday in the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr. Suite D.

District Court clerks are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, closing during the lunch hour.

DO NOT VISIT THE COURTS IF: You have recently had signs of respiratory infection, fever or cough, have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have traveled to a high risk country or another state experiencing widespread community transmission 


New Mexico Public Defenders Call On State Supreme Court To Postpone All Trials, Allow Telephonic Hearings Amid Coronaviurs Outbreak

Chief Public Defender Bennett Baur

LOPD News:

Confined populations, their attorneys need extra precautions

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender (LOPD) this afternoon asked the state’s Supreme Court to immediately postpone all trials across the state and allow all but the most essential hearings to be held telephonically in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“This is a very difficult decision because all public defenders care deeply about safeguarding our clients’ rights to speedy determination of their cases, but in a health emergency like this one,


New Mexico Courts To Remain Open But Steps Implemented To Minimize Health Risks From Coronavirus


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court announced today measures by courts to minimize public health risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) for those who visit or work in courthouses.

Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said state courts – district, magistrate, metropolitan and appellate courts – will remain open for business to ensure courts fulfill their constitutional and statutory duties.

“The Judiciary’s responsibility to ensure constitutional protections are available to those who need  them has been especially important during difficult times


Los Alamos Municipal Court Currently Staying Open

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen

Municipal Court News:

With the latest reports of closures within the State of New Mexico, Los Alamos Municipal Court is staying open unless directed differently by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

However, there are options for individuals who do not want to appear in public:

Teen Court

Teen Court is currently postponed while the New Mexico Schools are closed. The Court will notify all those currently scheduled for Teen Court to set a new date. Those who are completing Teen Court sanctions will get an extension to comply in connection with the school closure


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 4, 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.



Feb. 28 at 11:49 p.m. / Police arrested Isaac Edward Trujillo, 38, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr., on two outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions.





March 1 at 3:51 p.m. / Police arrested Patrick James Gallegos, 39, of Española at 901 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court Warrant.