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Cease and Desist Order Issued Against Los Alamos Man

on February 6, 2014 - 11:52am
Jerry Beery at a Los Alamos County Council meeting last year. File photo
Staff Report

The State issued an order Tuesday to stop a Los Alamos resident from selling unauthorized securities to senior citizens and retirees in an illegal scheme.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division issued the cease and desist order against Jerome Griggs Beery who sold securities totaling more than $200,000 to mostly retirees and senior citizens in Los Alamos, in violation of state law.

Beery, 79, who is not a state-licensed investment broker, has been ordered to cease

Police Caution Motorists to Slow Down and Leave Plenty of Space Between Vehicles!

on February 6, 2014 - 10:24am

A tow truck arrives this morning at the scene of a two-car accident with minor injuries on Diamond Drive. Photo by Val Smith


Los Alamos Daily Post

This morning, there was a two-car accident on Diamond Drive between Conoco Hill and the Los Alamos Baptist Church. Minor injuries were reported in that accident.

An eyewitness reported that early Wednesday evening he saw a motorist slide into the vehicle in front, bounce off and slam into the guardrail on the Omega Bridge. Minor injuries also were reported in that accident.

"We want to caution motorists to decrease their

Safe Driving Tips for Wintery Weather

on February 6, 2014 - 9:11am


SANTA FE–As wintery weather moves across New Mexico, snow and ice can pose a potential for dangerous driving conditions.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road crews are hard at work in affected areas, plowing roads and spreading salt and cinder. NMDOT workers also are on standby in other areas should the roads there become affected by the weather.

The NMDOT reminds motorists that if they come up behind a snowplow or sander working, not to get too close. Stay back at least 200 feet.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 8 a.m. Feb. 6

on February 5, 2014 - 12:30pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Snow is likely today with cloudy skies and a high near 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible. Snow is likely tonight with cloudy skies and a low around 15. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is possible.

Winter Storm Warning


Sheriff Marco Lucero Announces Intent for Re-Election

on February 4, 2014 - 11:21am

Sheriff Marco Lucero riding his Tennessee Walker 'Cavalier' in the 2013 County Rodeo. Photo by Larry Lamsa


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he is running for a second four-year term.

"The reasons I choose to run for re-election are similar to the reasons that I ran initially," Lucero said.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2013 Crime Statistics

on February 4, 2014 - 9:59am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone


Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for 2013, compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

MADD Launches 'Sticker Shock' Campaign

on February 3, 2014 - 5:40am

MADD News:

The campaign consists of teams of youth, accompanied by adult chaperones, placing brightly colored stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine coolers, etc.) and paper bags at participating stores.

The stickers read, “Providing Alcohol to Minors is ILLEGAL: Fines are up to $5,000 and/or up to two years in jail” and “You Must Be 21 to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages. It’s the Law! ID Required.”

The purpose of Sticker Shock is to raise public awareness about the minimum drinking age law by placing the stickers on multi‐packs of beer, wine coolers and any other alcohol

FBI Director Rates LANL Security 'Excellent'

on February 2, 2014 - 10:17am

National FBI Director James B. Comey flanked by New Mexico law enforcement agency leaders Friday during a press conference at Albuquerque FBI Headquarters. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark, left, and Russell Contreras of the Associated Press are among the media invited to Friday's special press conference with National FBI Director James Comey at Albuquerque FBI Headquarters. Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI's Albuquerque Division is fourth from left. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino

Power Interrupted on Sioux, Cheyenne, Seminole Streets as Replacement Work Proceeds

on January 31, 2014 - 9:57am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage affecting about 120 customers in North Mesa’s Tsikimu Village neighborhood beginning at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday. Power was restored to all but six customers at 11:30 a.m. and to the remaining six at 12:10 p.m., the DPU said.

Trenching work on the Sioux Street Underground Electric Cable Replacement Project caused the line failure which affected a transformer. The permanent repair work included the replacement of the affected transformer.

Vehicle Flips Upside Down Near Totavi

on January 31, 2014 - 9:41am

A vehicle flipped upside down at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday on N.M. 502, near the Totavi gas station. Minor injuries were reported in the single car accident. Photo by Allison Majure

Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 24 to Jan. 29, 2013

on January 30, 2014 - 12:15pm

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. 24 at 9:28 a.m. / A 78-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on Maya Lane. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Jan. 28 at 10:41 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of harassment on Trinity Drive. 


Jan. 28 at 4:26 p.m.

Chief Dino Sgambellone Speaks to Los Alamos Rotary

on January 30, 2014 - 11:14am

During his presentation to the Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dixie Girl, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone cracked up the audience, including Fire Chief Troy Hughes, when he joked about becoming a police officer rather than a firefighter. Sgambellone explained that he applied to both organizations following his military service and it was the police department that offered him a job first. He added that his father was a firefighter. Sgambellone told the group he and his family are settling into Los Alamos life; he enjoys his job and his children are happy in school. Photo by Carol A.

DWI School Begins Feb. 28

on January 30, 2014 - 7:18am

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council will conduct the winter DWI School 5:30-9:30 p.m. for three Fridays including Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.

The DWI School will be at Los Alamos Family Council, 1505 15th St. #A.

Registration in advance is required. Call 505.662.3264 for information or registration.

Winter Weather Returns for Portions of Northern New Mexico

on January 30, 2014 - 7:04am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through Satuday morning.



Los Alamos Firefighters Extinguish Chimney Fire

on January 29, 2014 - 7:58pm
Deputy Chief Justin Grider
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos firefighters doused a chimney fire that ignited late this afternoon at a home in the 2300 block of 35th Street.

"We had multiple reports of heavy smoke in the area at about 5 p.m., and when crews arrived, they saw that a chimney was on fire," Deputy Chief Justin Grider said. "Our firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the rest of the house."

Grider praised residents for calling in the smoke, which enabled firefighters to save the home.

Alert: Tax Scams Using IRS Name

on January 28, 2014 - 7:24am

IRS News:

PHOENIXWith the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on Jan. 31, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year.

Tax scams can take many forms, with perpetrators posing as the IRS in everything from email refund schemes to phone impersonators. The IRS warned taxpayers to be vigilant of any unexpected communication that is purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be on the lookout for phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure.

Iris Street Closing Monday for 2-3 Weeks

on January 26, 2014 - 8:55am


Starting Monday, Jan. 27, expect a flagging operation on Iris Street between the east driveway to 1075 Iris St. and 9th Street. Jaynes Corporation will dig holes to locate utilities.

Following Monday's digging effort, this section of Iris Street will be closed starting Tuesday, Jan. 28, to allow for construction of a trench drain across Iris Street at 9th Street. This work is needed to better control storm water runoff. All work should be completed within two to three weeks.

For questions, contact Project Manager Steve Huebner at the Community and Economic Development

Governor Announces Extradition of Fugitive Child Killer

on January 26, 2014 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler announced that fugitive child killer Edward Salas has been extradited to New Mexico where he will spend life in prison, plus 56 years, for the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez in 2005.

After fleeing to Mexico more than five years ago, Salas was recently brought to New Mexico by U.S. Marshals and placed in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department.

“Eight years ago, Carlos Perez lay sleeping in his bed when he was shot and killed.

NMDOT Gears Up for Winter Weather

on January 24, 2014 - 7:09am

NMDOT snow removal equipment.


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation is responding to the latest round of wintery weather that is moving across New Mexico. 

Crews are plowing, salting and cindering portions of Interstates 25 and 40 as well as several other roads in the areas of Mora, Las Vegas and Raton. Workers across the state are closely monitoring the weather and are ready to clear the roads should the need arise.

To get updated road and weather conditions across the state, visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, 2013

on January 23, 2014 - 11:39am

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. 16 at 10:53 a.m. / A 65-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on La Senda Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.


Jan. 16 at 1:25 p.m. / Police arrested Jeffrey Aslin, 45, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. 

Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Temporary Barriers Going Up at Ashley Pond Park

on January 23, 2014 - 6:10am


If warmer weather prevails, residents may see activity around Ashley Pond as early as today to install temporary barriers to the entrances of the boardwalks that were part of the earlier Ashley Pond Park renovations. unveiled last fall.

Renovations to the pond include wetland plantings this spring, which will help delineate the boardwalk and provide a better perspective between the walkway and the pond.

Traffic Advisory: I-25 Southbound Lane Closure East of Waldo Canyon Tuesday

on January 20, 2014 - 5:59pm


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have a lane closure on the I-25 south bound lanes East of Waldo Canyon this Tuesday. The contractor will be completing maintenance rehabilitation work on I-25 from MM 168 (East of Waldo Canyon) to MM 170 (La Cienega Exit.)

The lane closure will be in effect 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speed limits will be reduced from 75 MPH to 55 MPH during the lane closure. This work is anticipated to be completed by Jan. 21.

NMDOT urges motorists to proceed through the area with caution, watch for workers, observe traffic control signing, and

Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2014

on January 20, 2014 - 9:21am

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. 9 at 10:47 a.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 47, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity. Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Jan. 9 at 6:44 p.m. / Police arrested Mathew Trujillo, 55, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Jan. 9 at 8:50 p.m.

Layered Security: Carbon Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating

on January 18, 2014 - 7:34am

An easy-to-apply, NIST-developed coating significantly reduces the flammability of foam used in furniture. The thin coating is deposited onto the surface of all the nooks and crannies of the porous foam (top), with heat-dissipating multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) uniformly distributed throughout (bottom). (Color added for clarity.) Courtesy of Kim/NIST

NIST News:

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, multi-walled carbon-nanotube-based coating that

DPU Warns Customers of Phishing Scam

on January 17, 2014 - 5:42pm

Example of a suspect email sent to a DPU customer. Courtesy/DPU

DPU News:

Officials with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities warn Los Alamos customers not to open any links or attachments in an email that’s part of a nationwide phishing scam. 

Several customers notified DPU that they are in receipt of emails from either Atmos Energy or Pacific Gas & Electric. The email claims that customers owe a balance for electric and gas services and provides a link to view a statement. Clicking on the link may take customers to a website that could potentially download viruses or harbor malware.