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YMCA Holds Babysitter Course

on May 9, 2013 - 8:16am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA will hold an American Red Cross Babysitters Course May 17 and 18.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic childcare, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session is 4-8:30 p.m. May 17 and 1-5:30 p.m. May 18. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for, in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m.

Twists and Turns Emerge in Local Burglary Case

on May 8, 2013 - 11:49pm

Burglary suspect Aaron Nguyen

CORRECTION: Police did not question Aaron Nguyen a week before his May 7 arrest as previously reported. Other individuals were questioned but Nguyen was not one of them.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Aaron Nguyen, the 18-year-old Los Alamos High School student arrested Tuesday is now charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos this year and likely stretching back into 2012, according to police. He's left a string of victims in his path including Los Alamos resident Allison Majure. She was driving home for lunch Monday, April 29 when

Luján and McMillan Discuss LANL's Cleanup Funding

on May 8, 2013 - 4:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. right, and LANL Director Charlie McMillan meet in DC to Discuss Funding for Environmental Cleanup at the Lab. Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District met today with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Charles McMillan in Luján's Washington office to discuss a number of issues regarding the lab, including funding for environmental cleanup.

Luján joined with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich earlier this week to write to Congressional committees

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

LAMS Conducting Off-Site Evacuation Drill Thursday

on May 8, 2013 - 10:35am

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School will conduct an off-site evacuation drill from approximately 8:15-9 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Students and staff will be grouped east of the solar array near the school, 2102 Hawks Dr.

Los Alamos Detectives Charge Aaron Nguyen in Burglaries

on May 8, 2013 - 10:05am

Aaron Nguyen, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested Tuesday at Los Alamos High School.

Nguyen is charged with burglarizing a number of homes throughout Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police Detectives confiscated a wide variety of items connected to the burglaries from weapons to money to jewelry and more.

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, who heads up the Los Alamos Detective Division, asks anyone who has been burglarized in 2012 or 2013 to contact his office at 662-8222 to determine whether any of the confiscated items belong to them.

The full story surrounding Nguyen's arrest will be in the Los Alamos Daily

Los Alamos Detectives Capture Suspected Burglar

on May 7, 2013 - 8:37pm
Editor's Note: Video added to report.

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts spoke on video to the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon about the investigation that has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Los Alamos man suspected of committing a rash of burglaries in the Los Alamos area. See Wednesday's edition of for the full story and identification of the suspect in custody. See exclusive video interview below. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

As part of their investigation and arrest of a local burglary suspect, Los Alamos Police

Rangers, Los Alamos Firefighters Aid Visitor at Bandelier

on May 7, 2013 - 3:44pm
BNM News:
Mid-morning today, May 7, a visitor reported to a park volunteer that another visitor had collapsed along Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Park rangers and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded, and found him conscious and alert.
They transported him to the Los Alamos Medical Center. At that time, the cause of his collapse had not been determined .The man and his wife were visiting from Florida.

Non Life Threatening Crash on Truck Route Monday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:31am
Non life threatening injuries were sustained by a driver during a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the truck route near N.M. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of two vehicles involved in Monday's crash on the truck route. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of the two cars involved in Monday's crash. Damage can be seen in the back bumper area. The driver of this car was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threating injuries. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 25–May 1, 2013

on May 6, 2013 - 4:41pm

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.

April 25 at 7:44 a.m. / A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 900 block of Canyon Road. The estimated loss is under $500. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at 1:48 p.m. / A 22-year-old Tempe man reported that he was the victim of criminal sexual penetration in the 900 block of Capulin Road. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at

Arson Awareness Week: Residential Arson

on May 6, 2013 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.

USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)

“According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States.

CONE ZONE: Week of May 6

on May 5, 2013 - 8:54am

Public Works Projects
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2
Canyon Road is closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses. Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others should seek alternate routes.

Canyon Road

Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Night

on May 4, 2013 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Police set up a sobriety checkpoint in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road Friday night. These checkpoints will continue throughout Los Alamos County as part of the LAPD's campaign to keep drunk drivers off the streets. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police talk with drivers during Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
SFI News:
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

County DWI Planning Council Meets May 16

on May 2, 2013 - 9:55am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m., May 16 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public and will include topics such as the FY14 grant application status, implementing a new resolution from the County Council and DWI Planning Council By-Law revisions, new member appointments and prevention funding for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two

Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am



Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

Los Alamos Police Collect 332 lbs. of Prescription Drugs At Take-Back Event Saturday

on April 30, 2013 - 10:44am

Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to boxes and bags of collected prescription drugs. Photo by Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department conducted its bi-annual DEA prescription drug take back initiative Saturday, April 27.

LAPD conducted two location sites for the first time this year, one at Los Alamos Medical Center and the second at the public library in White Rock.

The total weight of collected drugs was 332 pounds.

"This is the most we have collected thus far and this continues to be a successful program with community support." Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

Water Main Break on N.M. 4 at Truck Route

on April 29, 2013 - 8:02pm

Water pools at the scene of a water main break on N.M. 4 near the Truck Route early this evening in White Rock. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Evening commuters to White Rock encountered a fountain of water shooting up over six feet into the air at the intersection of N.M. 4 near the Truck Route.

A Department of Public Utilities crew was on scene and preliminary reports indicate that they will be working through the night to make repairs.

The water main break flooded a portion of the roadway.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 18–April 24, 2013

on April 29, 2013 - 11:21am

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.

April 18 at 10:45 a.m. / An 18-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked in the 100 block of Verde Ridge. The estimated loss is unknown.

April 19 at 11 a.m. / A 33-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 3000 block of Ridgeway Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.


April 19 at 7:54 p.m.

Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

on April 22, 2013 - 2:28pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerome Dominic Concha, 20, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Concha was arrested Jan. 10, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In February, Concha was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court records, on Jan. 1, Concha repeatedly struck another Jemez Pueblo man in the face and head with a hatchet in a residence on Jemez Pueblo.

During this morning’s proceedings,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12–April 17, 2013

on April 22, 2013 - 10:35am

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.



April 12 at 2:08 a.m. / Police arrested Jennie Garcia, 34, of Los Alamos near 35th Street and Villa Street and charged her with failure to maintain her lane and DUI.




April 12 at 10:45 a.m. / Police arrested Charles Sterba, 54, of Los Alamos at the Los Alamos Detention Center on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

April 12 at 2:01 p.m.

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Police Capture Surviving Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

on April 19, 2013 - 9:01pm

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

Police captured the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber after a day-long manhunt that shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs and left one police officer dead.

Residents flooded into the streets cheered following the arrest of the Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev to celebrate the end to five days horrendous days since the bombs wounded more than 175 people and killed three.

Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an overnight police chase and shootout.

Reports indicate that Tsarnaev was found