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Letter To The Editor: History Teaches Us Valuable Lessons

on October 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
By ANDRE J. TROTTIER
Los Alamos

Our family moved to Los Alamos in 1992. I was appointed the principal of Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) and my wife taught at Mountain Elementary. During the second week of my employment I received a call from then Chief of Police Alan Kirk. He invited me to meet with him for lunch.

During our meeting we discussed many topics related to the schools and our community. The chief asked me if I was familiar with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) Program being proposed by schools nationwide.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 10 To Oct. 16, 2018

on October 17, 2018 - 7:16pm

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.

JOSHUA J. MONTOYA

Oct. 10 at 8:13 p.m. / Police arrested Joshua J. Montoya, 25, of Santa Cruz at the Tierra Amarilla Detention Center on an arrest order.

 

 

 

REID M. SCHNEIDER

Oct. 11 at 5:45 p.m. / Police arrested Reid M. Schneider, 28, of White Rock at 93 Lejano Dr., and charged him with battery and false imprisonment.

 

 

 

NICANOR GONZALES

Oct. 11 at 7:31 p.m.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
 
VOLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
 
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
 
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

FBI: Federal Warrant Issued For Albuquerque Woman

on October 16, 2018 - 8:38am

Deanna Marie Sanchez is on the lam. Courtey/FBI

FBI News:

An Albuquerque woman charged federally for an armed robbery is being sought for absconding from pre-trial release.

The FBI arrested Deanna Marie Sanchez Sept. 16 on a federal complaint charging her with interference with commerce by threats or violence for allegedly robbing a Family Store Sept. 6 in Albuquerque.

Sanchez, 30, was placed under pre-trial release supervision Sept. 18, but absconded from an Albuquerque halfway house.

A federal warrant has been issued for Sanchez’s arrest.

The following is a description of Sanchez:

  • Race: Hispanic

Letter To The Editor: Time For A Qualified Judge

on October 14, 2018 - 5:00am
By JON DOORN
Los Alamos High School Senior

I strongly encourage Los Alamos Voters to vote for Elizabeth Allen as municipal court judge. She is the only candidate that has law credentials, and she has plenty of experience involving what the municipal court handles. She has been running her own law firm for over 10 years and has shown her commitment to our community through her involvement in the Los Alamos Teen Court.

I first met Elizabeth three years ago when I joined the Los Alamos Teen Court as a freshman.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 27 To Oct. 9, 2018

on October 13, 2018 - 12:55pm

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.

EMILIO LUJAN-DELAFUENTE

Sept. 27 at 5:16 p.m. / Police arrested Emilio Lujan-Delafuente, 29, of Pojoaque at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANDREA R. RIVERA

Oct. 2 at 3:21 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 31, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

PEDRO SANCHEZ

Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m.

FBI: Peter John Zayas Sentenced To 15 Years

on October 13, 2018 - 9:14am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Senior U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack sentenced Peter John Zayas, 33, Tuesday in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 15 years of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on a child abuse resulting in great bodily harm charge.
 
Zayas’ conviction arose out of conduct occurring between August 2007 and October 2007, resulting in the death of his 2-month-old daughter. Judge Brack sentenced Zayas based on a guilty plea entered Feb. 19, 2014. Judge Brack sentenced his wife Sophia Zayas, Sept.

Letter To The Editor: Please Vote For Judge Alan Kirk!

on October 13, 2018 - 8:56am
By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Los Alamos County Council
 
I urge the voters of Los Alamos County to re-elect Judge Alan Kirk. Alan is seeking his sixth four-year term as Municipal Judge. Alan has lived in Los Alamos for 60 years and served as Los Alamos Police Chief before becoming a judge. Many times, the voters of Los Alamos have endorsed Alan for his outstanding service to our community.
 
Others have also recognized Alan’s judgement and vision.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 22 To Sept. 25, 2018

on October 13, 2018 - 6:01am

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.

TOMAS R. MEDINA Sept. 22 at 9:29 p.m. / Police arrested Tomas R. Medina, 29, on Canyon Road and charged him with battery against a household member. (Police booking photo unavailable).

AUSTIN LEE COX

Sept. 22 at 10:14 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 25, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with indecent exposure.

 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 12 To Sept. 18, 2018

on October 12, 2018 - 5:50am

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.

KENNETH MARTINEZ

Sept. 12 at 5:24 p.m. / Police arrested Kenneth Martinez, 29, of Espanola at Pajarito Road and MM7 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

ANGELA VALDEZ

Sept. 12 at 9:39 p.m. / Police arrested Angela Valdez, 54, of Los Alamos on Short Drive and charged her with DWI and driving without the lights on her vehicle.

 

LARRY LUKE MANZANARES

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 8 To Sept. 11, 2018

on October 11, 2018 - 9:12pm

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.

JONATHAN M. WILKE

Sept. 8 at 5:09 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan M. Wilke, 38, of Los Alamos on 42nd Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

ALVARO F. ROMERO

Sept. 8 at 9:14 p.m. / Police arrested Alvaro F.

Letter To The Editor: Setting The Record Straight

on October 9, 2018 - 2:18pm
By JAMES E. RICKMAN
Los Alamos

I appreciated the story (link) in the Los Alamos Daily Post about the League of Women Voters forum for magistrate judge candidates. However, I believe the reporter misconstrued a statement that was attributed to me and I would like to take the opportunity to correct the record.

After I had stated my belief that victims should be made whole to the extent possible after a crime and that courts should work toward restorative justice, a gentleman in the audience asked whether the candidates favored alternatives to jail time, particularly for youthful offenders.
 

Heinrich On Kavanaugh Confirmation

on October 7, 2018 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sen. Heinrich spoke in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh in a speech delivered Thursday on the Senate Floor.

“By making nominations to the highest court--perhaps the most consequential votes we take as senators--subject to only a simple-majority vote, Republicans rigged the system to made it possible for the most extreme nominees to make it to

FBI: Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty

on October 5, 2018 - 10:15am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Christopher Davis, 46, of Las Cruces, pled guilty Wednesday in Federal Court to a child pornography charge.
 
Davis entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a 15-year prison sentence followed by 20 years of supervised release. Davis will also be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Davis was arrested in May 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with receiving child pornography in April 2018, in Dona Ana County.

Federal Grant Allows Expansion Of Court Program For Families With Children In Foster Care

on October 5, 2018 - 9:40am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE A newly awarded $7.7 million federal grant will allow courts to serve additional families in abuse and neglect cases in Sandoval, Valencia, Bernalillo, San Juan and McKinley counties through a program that more quickly leads to a safe, permanent home for children in foster care.
 
The Family Advocacy Program uses a multi-disciplinary team approach shown to improve child and family well-being and to support New Mexico’s public policy of reunifying families when possible.

Letter To The Editor: Elizabeth Allen Will Take Municipal Court To The Next Level

on October 2, 2018 - 1:31pm
By BILL WADT
Los Alamos 

We have the opportunity to take our Municipal Court to the next level by electing Elizabeth Allen.

She has years of experience as a trial attorney for both plaintiffs and defendants. Elizabeth has had the opportunity to argue in front of more than 20 judges to observe both good and bad judicial practice.   

Experience is normally a good thing but sitting on the same bench for many years can lead judges to an “I’ve seen this before” mindset, which can yield faulty decisions.

Elizabeth has worked with children with disabilities, child protection services, and

Letter To The Editor: Why I Endorse James Rickman

on October 2, 2018 - 1:19pm

By BILL WADT
Los Alamos 

I am voting for Jim Rickman to be our next Magistrate Judge. I strongly urge you to do the same.

In New Mexico, magistrate judges are only required to have a high school degree or equivalent, unless the judicial district has 200,000 people or more. We need a judge with more than the minimal requirements to provide a more effective, equitable, evidence-based experience for plaintiffs, defendants, and victims and to improve the poor reputation of our magistrate court for ignorance of legal requirements and procedures.

I have known and worked with Jim Rickman for

FBI: Sophia Zayas Gets 15 Years For Child Abuse Resulting In Death Of Her Two-Month Old Daughter

on October 1, 2018 - 1:10pm

FBI News:

  • Husband Scheduled for Sentencing Oct. 2

ALBUQUERQUE – Senior U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack sentenced Sophia Monique Zayas, 36, Thursday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to 15 years of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for her conviction on a child abuse resulting in great bodily harm charge. 

Zayas’ conviction arose out of conduct occurring Oct. 21 and 22, 2007, that resulted in the death of her 2-month-old daughter. 

Judge Brack sentenced Zayas based on a guilty plea entered Feb. 24, 2014.

U.S. Attorney John C.

New Mexico Supreme Court Candidate Michael E. Vigil Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on September 30, 2018 - 5:28pm

Judge Michael Vigil discusses his reasons for seeking a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court during an interview last week with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/kadailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Michael E. Vigil visited with the news team Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss his candidacy for position one on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

He is credited with fighting to protect the rights of children, teachers and victims in general, workers’ rights and to increase individual

Scenes From Elizabeth K. Allen Meet & Greet

on September 30, 2018 - 3:16pm

Los Alamos Municipal Judge candidate Elizabeth K. Allen invited local families to meet her family Friday, Sept. 21 at her home on San Ildefonso Road. The event drew a crowd and many children in attendance enjoyed festivities in the upstairs game room at the home. Allen is an attorney running on the Democratic ticket against Republican incumbent Alan Kirk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Municipal Judge candidate Elizabeth K. Allen chats with community members during her Meet & Greet Friday, Sept. 21 at her home on San Ildefonso Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Second League Of Women Voters Forum Oct. 3

on September 29, 2018 - 9:37am
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will host its second non-partisan candidates forum Wednesday, Oct. 3.
 
Refreshments and socializing with the candidates begins at 6:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Student Union in Building 2 at UNM-LA.
 
This forum features the unopposed candidate for County Assessor, Ken Milder (D); candidates for Magistrate Judge: Pat Casados (D), and James Rickman (L); and the four candidates for Sheriff: Joseph Granville (D), Chris Luchini (L), James Whitehead (R), and Greg White (DTS).
 
We will also hear from candidates for

Udall Statement On Senate Hearing With Dr. Christine Blasey Ford And Judge Brett Kavanaugh

on September 28, 2018 - 4:06pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court:
 
“Dr. Ford showed tremendous courage and credibility as she told her story, under oath, to the United States Senate and to so many Americans watching around the country. I have said throughout this process that we must treat Dr.

Dr. Maggie Charsley Of Los Alamos Becomes An American Citizen At Naturalization Ceremony Monday

on September 27, 2018 - 8:28am

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos became a citizen of the United States of America during a Naturalization ceremony Monday in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos participated in a moving Naturalization ceremony, becoming a citizen of the United States of America Monday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

United States District Court Judge Judith C. Herrera presided over the event, welcoming 201 new citizens from 47 countries.

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse

on September 27, 2018 - 6:09am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Ernest Bewanika, 62, an enrolled member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, pled guilty Tuesday in Federal Court in Albuquerque to abusive sexual contact of a minor charges.
 
Bewanika’s plea agreement recommends a prison sentence within the range of 180 to 240 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Bewanika also will be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Bewanika was arrested April 3, 2018, on a two-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 years on two occasions; the first time

AG Balderas Reaches $148 Million Settlement With Uber Over Data Breach

on September 26, 2018 - 10:58am

Attorney General Hector Balderas  

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he, along with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.

“Companies have an obligation to report data breaches to their customers, and Uber failed to do so in a timely manner,” Balderas said.

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