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Former Taos County Housing Authority Chief and Husband Headed to Prison

on January 17, 2014 - 6:05am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal judge Thursday sentenced the former executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority (TCHA) and her husband to prison terms for conspiring to steal federal funds.

The couple also was ordered jointly to pay $786,014.04 in restitution. Carmella Martinez, 42, of Arroyo Seco was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, and her husband Paul G. Martinez, 44, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment. Each will serve a two-year term of supervised probation when released from custody.

The sentences were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C.

Police Alert: Reports of Older Man Stalking White Rock Kids

on January 16, 2014 - 2:22pm
Police Alert:
Los Alamos police are investigating reports of an older man spotted lurking behind bushes near New Horizons Center preschool and daycare at 580 Meadow Lane, and in an arroyo near Chamisa Elementary, 301 Meadow Lane, which students walk by on their way home from school.
Police ask anyone who sees this man or has information about him to call 505.662.8222 immediately. Callers may remain anonymous.

Breaking News: Police Officers Sue Los Alamos County

on January 15, 2014 - 4:01pm

UPDATE: The Los Alamos Daily Post just received the following comment from Los Alamos County: The County has not received the lawsuit from the office of George Geran, and as such, has not had the opportunity to review it.

Former Commander Randy Foster

Staff Report

Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and one current detective filed a lawsuit today against Los Alamos County, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.

The Complaint seeks redress for harms the County inflicted upon the three, former Commander Randy Foster, former Commander Scott

Student Shoots Two Classmates at Roswell School

on January 14, 2014 - 5:30pm

Staff Report

A 12-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy at about 7:30 a.m. today at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. The injured students were airlifted to a Lubbock, Texas hospital.

News reports indicate that the girl has been upgraded to serious condition but the boy, who was shot in the face, remains critical.

At a press conference this afternoon, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kasseta said the seventh grader opened fire with a shotgun on a group of students in the gymnasium before school started.

Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 2 to Jan. 7, 2014

on January 13, 2014 - 2:23pm

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.



Jan. 2 at 4:38 p.m. / Police arrested John Halladay, 41, of Los Alamos at 4788 Yucca St., and charged him with encouraging violation of bail or probation.

Jan. 3 at 12:36 a.m. / A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered on 42nd Street by a household member. 



Jan. 3 at 1:50 a.m. / Police arrested Gary Bobo, 42, at 2064 42nd St., and

Upcoming Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns

on January 12, 2014 - 10:32am

Prescribed burn illustration. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest over the next few weeks to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable conditions. Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern.) Smoke may be visible intermittently through the coming weeks.

Gallinas Watershed

LA Walks Meets Tuesday

on January 12, 2014 - 8:57am


LA Walks regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14 in upstairs meeting room 3 at Mesa Public Library.

The public is invited to attend.

LA Walks is a citizens' group supporting pedestrian safety, accessibility, convenience, and comfort throughout the community. The group is actively engaged with the Transportation Board, TAPS (Trails and Pathways Subcommittee), County staff, other volunteer organizations, private developers,and the public to make Los Alamos a safer and more enjoyable place to walk.

'Community Immunity' Protecting Los Alamos Against Flu

on January 12, 2014 - 8:25am
By Dr. Erin Bouquin
Los Alamos Urgent Care

During the past week, nearly half of the states across the nation reported widespread flu activity. Many of the reports show the 2009 H1N1 virus being the most prevalent strain. This strain is taking a toll on younger children and working-age adults across our continent.

The good news for Los Alamos is that we had an aggressive vaccine program in 2009 and again this season so we have a “community immunity,” which seems to be protecting us.

The U.S.

Gusty Winds Expected Today

on January 12, 2014 - 7:45am

The sky is calm looking east this morning from White Rock but the National Weather Service predicts windy conditions this afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph in the Los Alamos area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

NMDOH Reports First Flu Death of Season

on January 10, 2014 - 7:27am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reported Thursday that it has confirmed the state’s first flu death for the 2013-2014 season.

The death reported was a 76-year-old Santa Fe County woman.

“Please remember that the best way to protect yourself and the elderly from the flu is to get vaccinated,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “As flu activity increases in New Mexico, it’s important for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the flu to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting a flu shot.”


Frigid Temperatures Blanket Country

on January 6, 2014 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014

on January 6, 2014 - 9:25am

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.



Dec. 27 at 1:23 a.m. / Edward Emerson, 81, of Los Alamos was arrested at 39th Street and Diamond Drive and charged with DWI.

Dec. 27 at 5:24 p.m. / A 61-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was harassed on East Jemez Road.



Dec. 28 at 4:45 p.m.

White Rock Capture Operation Snares Two Coyotes

on January 3, 2014 - 2:16pm

One of two coyotes recently captured during an operation underway near Pinon Elementary School. Photo by DeWayne Williams

Wild Animal Control Los Alamos owner DeWayne Williams, left, oversees his assistants using five-foot catch poles to move a coyote from a snare trap to a transport cage Dec 28. Photo by DeWayne Williams

One of two coyotes captured during an operation underway near Pinon Elementary School is placed in a transport cage Dec. 28. Photo by DeWayne Williams


Los Alamos Daily Post

Two coyotes have been snared and transported away from the area near Pinon

Alert: Traps Found Buried Near Trail in Los Alamos

on January 2, 2014 - 1:55pm

The jaws of this trap clamped around the leg of a pet hiking with her family up Chupadera Mesa New Year's Day in Los Alamos County. Photo by Vint Miller

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos residents Terry and Dave Dubois and Debbi and Vint Miller were starting off the new year Wednesday with a hike up Chupadera Mesa in Los Alamos County on the north side of Guaje Canyon when the unthinkable happened.

The two couples were walking on the trail with their dogs when they spotted a small strip of fake fur attached to a fishing line hanging from the branch of a tree above them.

New Year's Day Marks Deadliest of the Year

on December 31, 2013 - 10:07am

MADD News:

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants adults to ring in the New Year with a designated driver. New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for drunk driving crashes. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 70 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide on New Year’s Day, after all the midnight toasts, representing more than half of all traffic fatalities. 

“This year, as you decide who you are going out with, where you are going and what you are going to wear, make the most important decision – to get home safely

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 19 to Dec. 25, 2013

on December 30, 2013 - 8:38am

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.

Dec. 19 at 9:41 p.m. / A 67-year-old woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked on Bathtub Row. The estimated loss is unknown.


Dec. 19 at 10:19 p.m. / Police arrested Dawn Osborn, 36, of Santa Fe, at 39th Street and Diamond Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.






Dec. 20 at 4:18 p.m.

LAFD: Winter Fire and Holiday Home Safety Checklist

on December 29, 2013 - 1:38pm

NNSA, IAEA Conduct Emergency Response Training for First Responders for Ports and Customs

on December 27, 2013 - 10:26am

Joseph Krol, NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) course for 16 representatives from 10 countries including Armenia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course, held in Las Vegas, Nev., focused specifically on response procedures for port and customs offices involved in detecting nuclear and

Proposed Bills Require Oversight and Competitive Bid for Behavioral Health Contractors

on December 26, 2013 - 10:50am


SANTA FE - New Mexico's Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHSC) has endorsed legislation, which requires more transparency and accountability of performing behavior health audits and secures avenues to keep in-state providers in business, while tightening up procurement policy.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-17 Bernalillo, proposed the bills as a result of the behavioral health audit catastrophe this year, implementing a freeze of Medicaid dollars to 14 behavioral health providers throughout the state.

"It has become abundantly clear there is need for

LAFD Shares Christmas Tree Safety Tips

on December 25, 2013 - 8:51am

Two Life Support Groups Dec. 27

on December 24, 2013 - 12:14pm

Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer

JJAB News:

Please join Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in having a safe space to talk and listen to each other about ways to cope with various life challenges. No pressure to talk, please come even if you just feel like being around others and or just feel like listening!


Palmer will be facilitating support groups and  welcomes support from others who would like to help facilitate. Contact Palmer by calling or texting 505.690.7889 or e-mailing

The following information is for this week,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 12 to Dec. 17, 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 12:04pm

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.

Dec. 12 at 12:50 p.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she is the victim of larceny on Hawk Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Dec. 14 at 9:19 a.m. / Police arrested Christella Cordova, 29 of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with larceny of more than $500 and issued her a summons to appear in court.

Dec. 14 at 10:09 a.m.

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on December 21, 2013 - 7:03am


SANTA FE - NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

Paving operations have been completed and US 84/285 traffic will now travel on the reconstructed US 84/285 mainlines under the new overpass bridge.

Pecos/Las Vegas District Seasonal Road and Campground Closure

on December 21, 2013 - 7:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Jan. 6, 2014, a number of roads and campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed for the winter. 

These locations often become impassable and hazardous during winter months due to significant snowfall which can make the terrain muddy, snow packed, and icy. It is necessary to close these roads and campgrounds for public safety and to protect natural resources and infrastructure. 

Using any type of four-wheel motorized vehicle, two-wheel motorized vehicle, or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the closed