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Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk

on April 11, 2018 - 1:32pm


What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire.

Isaiah Aylmer Faces New Charges

on April 11, 2018 - 12:18pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Isaiah Aylmer, 18, of Los Alamos is facing a second preliminary hearing April 27 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after racking up new charges while out of jail on conditions of release on a March 19 felony charge of stealing a firearm.

Aylmer was charged April 9 with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Court documents filed by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto, he was on patrol on 35th Street off Trinity Drive

LAPD And LAFD Honor Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

on April 11, 2018 - 8:11am

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administration personnel arrive at the Los Alamos Police Department Consolodated Dispatch Center (CDC) Tuesday to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. From left, CDC Manager Kate Stoddard, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Bernadine Martinez of LAFD Administration, Dispatcher Andrea Garcia, Dispatcher Ruben Garcia, Marisol Padilla of LAFD Administration and Dispatcher Wendy Strain. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

One of  the gift bags prepared for the Los Alamos Police Department CDC team by Los Alamos Fire Department

FBI: Espanola Man Charged With Bank Robbery

on April 11, 2018 - 7:54am
FBI News:
Mario Garcia, 42, of Espanola, has been arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with bank robbery.
Garcia is charged with the Feb. 20, 2018, robbery of Wells Fargo Bank at 3 West Gutierrez Street in Santa Fe.
The FBI, with the assistance of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Police, and Ohkay Owingeh Police Department, arrested Garcia in Espanola Friday.
Garcia had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday.
The public is reminded that all defendants are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg On Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

on April 10, 2018 - 7:50pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall presses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Screenshot/LADP 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions today in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Video of Udall’s questioning is available here.

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29 To April 2, 2018

on April 10, 2018 - 5:06pm

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 against them.

Editor’s note: Photos of these individuals arrested are not available due to a technical issue with the police reporting software and will be added to this report when available.


March 29 at 12:15 a.m. / Police arrested Samuel Herrera, 31, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.


March 29 at 10:19 p.m.

LAFD Honors Three At Promotion Ceremony

on April 10, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel, from left, James Thwaites promoted to Safety Division Chief, Matt Munoz promoted to Captain and Sam Meyersick promoted to Driver/Engineer await the start of the promotion ceremony Monday at Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Kailey Thwaites pins a badge on her dad, Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief James Thwaites as her mom, Katie Thwaites and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald look on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Fire

FBI: Farmington Felon Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Trafficking And Firearms Charges

on April 10, 2018 - 8:50am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Gerald Soliz, 42, of Farmington pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque Friday to drug trafficking and firearms charges in three separate criminal cases.

Soliz’s plea agreement recommends a sentence within the range of 100 to 125 months of imprisonment.

Soliz and two other Farmington residents were charged in three separate indictments filed in July 2017, alleging drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

LAPD Detention Center Sgt. Chris Romero Retires

on April 10, 2018 - 8:49am

Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center Sgt. Chris Romero, right, is congratulated on his retirement April 3 by Chief Dino Sgambellone. Romero has served with LAPD since 2002. His career in law enforcement began in 1995 when he joined the Department of Corrections. Chief Sgambellone presented Romero with the Medal of Merit in recognition of his service. Courtesy photo

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving In Work Zones

on April 10, 2018 - 8:47am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
This also serves as a reminder that road projects across the state will start ramping up as the weather warms up.
“Our Department knows first-hand how devastating work zone crashes can be,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “We always want to encourage safe driving – especially in work zones – because it can save lives.”
In 2016, two NMDOT employees, David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, were

DEA Working To Avoid U.S. Drug Shortages

on April 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

DEA News:

The Drug Enforcement Administration today issued the following statement in response to concerns about potential shortages and drug production capabilities:

“In order to prevent any pharmaceutical drug shortage that negatively impacts patients, DEA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and hospital associations to ensure that patients have access to necessary hospital-administered pain medications. These include certain injectable products that contain morphine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and fentanyl.


DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on April 8, 2018 - 7:57am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets at 8:30 a.m. in Room 330 at the Municipal Building 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. Approval of minutes from March 8, 2018 meeting

IV. Business 

a. Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) request for funding

b. Discussion on Summer Concert Bus Schedule with Transit Division and St. Patrick’s Day Buzz Bus update

V. Coordinator’s Report

a. Planning Council Membership reappointments at April 3rd County Council Meeting


Auditor’s Office Releases City Of Las Vegas Audit

on April 7, 2018 - 11:45am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SANTA FE  State auditor Wayne Johnson Wednesday released a special audit of Las Vegas, N.M. city government.
The audit was performed at the request of a majority of the Las Vegas City Council. The audit, performed by an independent CPA, included 32 interviews with elected officials, directors, management, employees and Las Vegas citizens.
Auditors concluded that the city inappropriately used a $10,000 emergency procurement and expanded the scope to install hardwood floors throughout City Hall at a total cost of nearly 10 times the

Environment Department Air Quality Bureau Develops Dust Mitigation Plan And Fugitive Dust Control Rule

on April 7, 2018 - 7:02am
NMED News:
The Air Quality Bureau has developed a draft dust mitigation plan and proposed fugitive dust control rule for Doña Ana and Luna counties in southern New Mexico.
Mitigation plans are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in areas where recurring natural events (in this case, high winds resulting in blowing dust) cause exceedances of the health based national standards for Particulate Matter. 
Some of the required elements of a mitigation plan include:
  • Steps to identify and study sources of dust;
  • Mandatory or voluntary control measures to abate

Sink Malfunction At LANL Causes Stir With DNFSB

on April 7, 2018 - 6:34am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that during the week of March 5, a few gallons of water overflowed from a sink in an administrative area of TA-55 with a small amount eventually settling in the basement rad storage area, which is specifically designed to isolate and contain water intrusions.

He said the system functioned as designed and there were no incidents.

“There was no contamination associated with this water overflow, and it did not occur in an area of the facility where

Los Alamos Police Chief Issues 2017 Annual Report

on April 7, 2018 - 6:26am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released the 32-page 2017 Annual Report for LAPD, which can be viewed online on the Department webpage.

Chief Sgambellone said the annual report reflects LAPD’s commitment to those it serves through its ongoing efforts to maintain a safe community for residents and visitors.

“I am very proud of the men and women of the Department for their enduring professionalism and dedication,” Sgambellone said.

Ben Irving Promoted To Sergeant At LAPD

on April 7, 2018 - 6:02am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. Ben Irving has been promoted to sergeant. He was pinned by his father Mick Irving Friday morning. Irving has been with LAPD for six years. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NNSA Administrator Cuts Ribbon At Pantex Plant

on April 6, 2018 - 9:00am
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty cuts the ribbon Thursday on the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/KFDA
Pantex Plant has several national security missions that protect the country and its allies around the world. Providing the nuclear deterrent for the nation and allies, ensuring the stockpile is strong and viable, reducing the total nuclear weapons in the stockpile, and supporting the stockpile as the High Explosives Center of Excellence are key activities at this historic site. Courtesy/Pantex
NNSA News:

Let’s CHAT: Creating Healthy Attitudes Around Technology ... Free Parenting Seminar UNM-LA April 14

on April 6, 2018 - 7:15am
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz last fall at Parenting University. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) invite the community to a free parenting seminar called CHAT: Creating Healthy Attitudes around Technology.
This informational event will highlight research-based approaches and tools to help parents manage their children’s use of technology devices in the home.
The seminar is Saturday, April 14 in UNM-LA’s

USDA Designates 12 Counties In New Mexico As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

on April 6, 2018 - 6:07am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
Those counties include:
  • Catron
  • Lea
  • Rio Arriba
  • San Miguel
  • Guadalupe
  • McKinley
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • Harding
  • Mora
  • San Juan
  • Taos
Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance:
  • Bernalillo
  • Eddy
  • Roosevelt
  • Chaves
  • Grant
  • Sierra
  • Cibola
  • Lincoln
  • Socorro
  • Colfax
  • Los Alamos
  • Torrance
  • De Baca
  • Quay
  • Union
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in

Udall Statement On Trump’s Threats To Send Military To Secure Southern Border

on April 5, 2018 - 3:32pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement:
"This vague and hostile announcement is another pitiful attempt to distract attention from the dangerous chaos the president is creating, including disruption in the stock market, a trade war with China, saber rattling with North Korea, numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by the president, mounting news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and others in his cabinet are improperly spending taxpayer dollars on themselves while doling out favors to their industry

Council Approves Moratorium On Code Enforcement

on April 5, 2018 - 10:25am
Residents line up to voice their opinion on the code enforcement issue during the public comment period of Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A range of emotions was on display at the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Yet despite the anger and frustration expressed, the meeting concluded with applause.

Attendees showed appreciation toward the Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution for a 60-day moratorium of the County’s code enforcement program.

Matt Munoz Promoted To Captain At LAFD

on April 5, 2018 - 9:47am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer/Paramedic Matt Munoz has been promoted to Captain. Munoz joined LAFD as a rookie in 2009 after obtaining his Bachelors in University Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 2013, he became a paramedic and in 2015 he was promoted to driver/engineer. Photo by Wesley Walker

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

Council Proclaims April 8-14 Crime Victims Rights Week

on April 5, 2018 - 8:55am

During the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone accepts a proclamation from Councilor Antonio Maggiore on behalf of the Council designating the week of April 8-14 as ‘Crime Victims’ Rights Week’ in Los Alamos County. Chief Sgambellone thanked the Council for its recognition of victims of crime, not only in the Los Alamos community but around the nation. He said LAPD has increased its capacity to help victims in the community through its victims’ advocates. Photo by Maire O’Neill/