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McQuiston: Spring Flowers May Bring Unwanted Intruders

on April 26, 2018 - 8:54am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON

Everyone loves when the seasons change to warmer weather. Flowers are blooming, winter coats are put away, and vacations are being planned.

Unfortunately, with this change comes an increase in home burglaries.

If anyone has been burglarized, they know how violating it feels. What can you do to prevent this from happening? First, you need to understand some facts about home burglary.

According to the SafeWise Report [1], here are a few statistics that may surprise you:

  • Most burglaries take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Marion Loope To Remain In Custody Until Trial

on April 26, 2018 - 8:45am
Marion Loope arriving Wednesday afternoon in First Judicial District. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

In a dangerousness hearing Wednesday afternoon in First Judicial District Court, Judge T. Glenn Ellington said he found by clear and convincing evidence that based on Loope’s history as well as the current allegations there were no conditions upon which the Court could release her pretrial.

“She poses a threat to the community, particularly first responders and healthcare workers and also to her immediate family members,

Albuquerque FBI Announces 10th Bank Robbery Arrest

on April 26, 2018 - 7:48am

FBI News:

Jesus Manuel Almanza, 22, of Albuquerque, has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday, April 14 in northwest Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI took Almanza into custody Tuesday at an Albuquerque residence.

Almanza is accused of robbing Wells Fargo at 7827 4th St. NW.

He is expected to have an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

The public is reminded all defendants are considered innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

This is the 10th bank robbery arrest by the Albuquerque FBI Division this year.

Native American And Faith Leaders Oppose Rollback Of BLM Methane Waste Standards

on April 26, 2018 - 6:51am
IP&L News:
 
A group of Native American and faith leaders delivered a letter April 19 signed by more than 500 clergy and faith leaders from 40 states to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing weakening the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. April 23 was the deadline for public comment on the proposal.
 
Methane that is leaked, vented, and flared on our shared public lands creates public health hazards, alters our climate, and wastes valuable natural gas.

Sheriff's Attorney Reacts Sharply To County Brief

on April 26, 2018 - 6:41am

Attorney Blair Dunn is representing Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero in his lawsuit filed Aug. 29 against the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero’s attorney Blair Dunn responded sharply Wednesday to a brief filed by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart in First Judicial District Court in the lawsuit filed Aug. 29 by Lucero against the Los Alamos County Council. 

Lucero’s lawsuit asked the Court for a writ of mandamus directing the Council to

Balderas Secures Victory For Consumer Protection In New Mexico With Court Of Appeals Ruling In ITT Tech Case

on April 26, 2018 - 6:40am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued an Opinion stating that New Mexico was not bound by the agreements ITT Technical Institute entered into with its students and that there is an important public policy in allowing the Attorney General to bring lawsuits against companies that violate the Unfair Practices Act (UPA).
 
The Court of Appeals said: "[t]he UPA represents New Mexico's public policy in favor of preventing consumer harm and resolving consumer claims." The court

Chamber Members Hear From Commercial Fire and Building Code Officials At Monthly Breakfast

on April 25, 2018 - 2:22pm

Los Alamos County Chief Building Inspector Michael Arellano, right, and Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland address Chamber of Commerce members April 19 at their monthly breakfast meeting. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members heard from Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland about commercial code enforcement at the monthly Chamber Breakfast April 19 at UNM-LA.

Arellano, who has been in code enforcement in Coloraro, Texas and New Mexico for more than 25

State Police Arrest Driver For 11th DWI In Santa Fe

on April 25, 2018 - 12:05pm
Santiago Garcia
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE  Around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22, a New Mexico State Police officer in Santa Fe was almost struck by a wrong-way driver on Cerrillos Road. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled from the officer and a pursuit ensued.    
 
As the pursuit approached the intersection of Cerrillos and Jaguar Roads, the officer was able to successfully perform a PIT maneuver and safely stop the vehicle. 
 
The State Police officer suspected the driver was intoxicated and completed a DWI investigation.

French Mesa Prescribed Burn On Hold

on April 25, 2018 - 12:01pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to unfavorable moisture levels and weather conditions, fire managers at the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) placed the French Mesa prescribed burn on hold.
 
Additionally, forest service personnel would like the public to report any suspicious activity in the Mesa Poleo area where there were two arson fires this year, and in any other areas within the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest by calling the Coyote Ranger District office at the phone number located at the bottom of the news release.
 
Should monsoons

Senators Heinrich, Feinstein, Wyden To CIA: Refusal To Make Haspel Information Public Is ‘Unacceptable’

on April 25, 2018 - 10:38am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement about the CIA’s refusal to make public information about Gina Haspel, nominee to head the CIA.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein

The senators have written multiple requests to Haspel and CIA asking for information.

“We find the CIA’s response to requests for information about Gina Haspel to be wholly inadequate. Ms.

Udall, Schatz Introduce Bill To Fight Illegal Robocalls

on April 25, 2018 - 10:12am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced legislation to help the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fight illegal telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls.
 
The legislation, the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018, would empower the FCC to prosecute violations of its automated telemarketing call rules by increasing the statute of limitations from one year to three.
 
“Abusive robocalls aren’t just a nuisance – they are illegal, and the individuals behind

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Offers Safe Surrender

on April 25, 2018 - 10:07am
COURT News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe Magistrate Court will offer a Safe Surrender opportunity to anyone who has an outstanding warrant with the court.
 
“This operation will offer those that have an outstanding warrant the opportunity to voluntarily surrender themselves, in a safe environment, and under favorable consideration,” Court Manager Michelle Portillo said.
 
Anyone who appears on traffic warrants can expect to have their cases fully resolved or be set for a future court date.

UNM-LA Bystander Intervention Workshop April 27

on April 25, 2018 - 9:56am
 
UNM-LA News:
 
Solace Crisis Treatment Center Education and Prevention Department Manager Jess Clark presents “Bystander Intervention Workshop: Learning How To Safely Take Action”, 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 27 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 5 in Wallace Hall. 
 
The goal of Bystander Intervention workshops is to help participants develop bystander efficacy, or the confidence to intervene in a situation of sexual harassment or sexual assault.
 
Workshop participants will learn about bystander theory and practice different strategies for intervening in various situations, from hearing

Bandelier Reminds Visitors About Fire Restrictions

on April 25, 2018 - 9:55am
BANDELIER News:
 
Following the Stage 1 Fire Restriction that was implemented last week by the Santa Fe National Forest, Superintendent Jason Lott would like to remind visitors that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place year round at Bandelier.
 
"With the unusually low moisture levels, dry conditions and high winds, we want the public to remain vigilant about fire safety when they visit," Superintendent Lott said.
 
At Bandelier, camp fires are allowed in the grates provided in the campgrounds. Charcoal and charcoal grill use is limited to the grates in the campground as well.

National Drug Take-Back Day Provides Safe Way To Dispose Of Prescription Drugs Saturday, April 28

on April 25, 2018 - 7:54am
Courtesy/DEA
 
BHSD News:
 
SANTA FE — Expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal April 28 as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Drug Take Back Day.
 
New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD), a division of the Human Services Department, is partnering on this drug take back initiative, while ensuring drug disposal receptacles are available throughout New Mexico each day of the year.
 
BHSD has 29 locations open across New Mexico for expired and unused medications to be taken and disposed of anonymously and

Women Charged With Shoplifting Set For Court Friday

on April 24, 2018 - 5:13pm

Angelic Gallegos
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Three woman arrested March 26 by Los Alamos police and charged with shoplifting are slated for preliminary hearings Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

Bridgid Martinez

Angelic Gallegos, 43, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., Cynthia Lopez, 45, of Cordova and Bridgid Martinez, 36, of San Juan Pueblo were allegedly observed by Smith’s Marketplace loss prevention personnel placing various items in reusable bags.

Gallegos also was charged with concealing her identity after she gave police someone else’s

Trenton EngelKing Arrested On Multiple Charges

on April 24, 2018 - 4:11pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 20-year-old man is in custody pending two preliminary hearings Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court following his April 18 arrest by Los Alamos police on multiple charges.

Trenton EngelKing has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a felon, escaping or attempting to escape the custody of a police officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest). He also faces a charge of larceny of $3,000 in connection with a 2016 Magistrate

Hazlett: Participate In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 28

on April 24, 2018 - 12:52pm
By ANN HAZLETT 
Assistant to the Secretary for USDA Rural Development
 
In 2016, Ohio corn and soybean farmer Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to drugs. 
 
Roger is not alone. Last year, over 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. At almost 174 people each day, this is more than the number of Americans who died in a car accident or a gun-related homicide. Each person who died was someone’s mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister. Many of these mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters were also part of rural America. 
 
Today, in the

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Warns Government Agencies About Invoicing Scam Targeting Public Money

on April 24, 2018 - 12:36pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Wayne Johnson is warning state and local agencies today that a scam artist could target their finance employees with fraudulent invoices for significant amounts of money. In the past, some New Mexico entities have fallen victim to such fraud, costing taxpayers thousands.
 
“These criminals are very savvy and convincing,” Johnson said. “They do their research and often know how specific agencies work, and who works there. We have to be careful and rely on internal control methods to safeguard public money.

Pearce, Himes Take Part In Bipartisan Conversation On Countering Criminal And Terrorist Networks

on April 24, 2018 - 12:34pm
From left, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes participating in the USIP Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, participated April 17 in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue entitled “Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach” with his colleague and Subcommittee Member, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 
 
“Innovation in

Classic Air Medical Helicopter To Assist LAFD In Event Of Local Wildland Fire

on April 24, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Kelly Sterna prepares for take-off in a Classic Air Medical helicopter flown by pilot Ivan Kubeldis during recent training. Courtesy photo
 
Aerial view of Los Alamos from the Classic Air Medical helicopter during non-aviation crew member training for LAFD command staff. Courtesy photo
 
LAFD Safety Division Chief James Thwaits gets ready to fly in a Classic Air Medical helicopter during recent training. Courtesy photo 
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Due to the high level of fire danger in the area,

DPU Seeks Volunteers For 2018 Drinking Water Lead And Copper Testing

on April 24, 2018 - 9:27am

Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is seeking residential volunteers to assist in this year’s drinking water lead and copper testing.

In accordance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule, DPU will sample water from taps within 30 homes that meet certain requirements. The test is free to residential volunteers.

Lead and copper can enter the water supply through plumbing materials, specifically older homes that were built with copper pipes with lead solder.

FBI Albuquerque Teen Academy Deadline May 2

on April 24, 2018 - 6:36am
FBI News:

High school students are being offered a chance this summer to see what life is like working for the FBI in Albuquerque, but they better hurry.

The FBI Albuquerque Teen Academy allows high school students (rising 11th and 12th graders for the 2018-2019 school year) an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI.

The Teen Academy is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 25-29 at the FBI Field Office in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police Youth Academy June 24-30

on April 23, 2018 - 5:44pm
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police Training & Recruiting Bureau is excited to announce its 2018 Youth Academy, June 24-30 at the NMSP Academy in Santa Fe.
 
The purpose of this program is to reinforce positive values including leadership, citizenship, discipline, and accountability with New Mexico youth. The Academy will also provide students with insight regarding the policing profession and seek to improve understanding and cooperation between young people and law enforcement.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson To Review Spending By Publicly-Financed Political Candidates

on April 23, 2018 - 12:57pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Wayne Johnson Friday notified the Secretary of State’s office that his office will conduct a special audit of primary election spending by candidates who receive public funds to run their campaigns.
 
This includes 12 candidates who will spend nearly $2 million of public monies combined between now and the general election Nov. 6, 2018. 
 
Johnson says auditors will compare campaign reports with guidelines for permissible campaign expenditures to ensure that public dollars are used properly, even in the context of a

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