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Who Calls the Shots When it Comes to Vaccines?

on November 3, 2012 - 8:04am

Local moms discuss parental rights with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kristy Mack had concerns about giving her son the chicken pox vaccine when she was eight months pregnant because she didn’t want to risk harming her unborn child.

The doctor agreed to delay the shot. Her son eventually received all of his shots. But if he had been attending preschool, he would have had to file a vaccination exemption with the State Department of Health.

If his waiver had been denied, he wouldn’t be able to go to preschool.

The waiver forms have been changed.

Breaking News: Main Hill Road Closed Due to Accident

on November 2, 2012 - 1:51pm

Accident on Main Hill Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

UPDATE 2:35 p.m. - Main Hill Road is now open for traffic in both directions.

The Main Hill Road is closed due to an accident involving an overturned car.. Early reports indicate there are no serious injuries. The Los Alamos Police Department anticipates reopening the road around 2:30 p.m. today. Police informed the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that witnesses said the female driver lost control, hit the side wall and rolled her vehicle while driving aggressively and passing a car.

Early reports indicate there are

NNSA Completes 50th Shipment Under Threat Reduction Program

on November 1, 2012 - 12:10pm

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cooperative Program Removes Highly Enriched Uranium from Uzbekistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the successful removal of 72.8 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Today’s announcement marks the 50th shipment under NNSA’s cooperative program with Russia to return Russian-origin HEU.

Since the program began 10 years ago, NNSA and its Russian counterparts have closely cooperated to

Pueblo Hunting Season Starts Friday: Know Boundaries Before Venturing Into Rendija Canyon

on November 1, 2012 - 11:21am

From left, Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar and Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy during a meeting with the media Monday at Police Haedquarters as Pueblo de San Ildefonso Natural Resource Director Stephen Martinez points out new boundaries in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


By Carol A. Clark
Officials called a meeting with the media Monday at Los Alamos Police Headquarters in an effort to alert the public to the fact that Pueblo de San Ildefonso now owns more than 7,000 acres of previously public lands in Rendija Canyon.

Friday, Nov.

Los Alamos Sheriff Checks Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween

on November 1, 2012 - 10:01am

As part of his annual Halloween children's safety assurance operation, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and his deputies Wednesday evening visited the residences of the six registered sex offenders residing within the County. Pictured here, Lucero reviews court documents before approaching the home of Henry John Meyer, a registered sex offender living in an apartment on Kiva Street near downtown Los Alamos.

Caution: Watch for Children in Streets Tonight

on October 31, 2012 - 4:03pm

Children dressed up for Halloween tonight will be running across streets throughout White Rock and Los Alamos knocking on doors in search of candy. Drivers are urged to stay alert and not drink and drive or they may end up wrapped around a tree like this unfortunate witch spotted driving impaired on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Breaking News: Local Police Respond to Child Endangerment Report Near Anderson Trail Pullout

on October 31, 2012 - 3:13pm

Police are at the scene of a reported incident of potential child endangerment at the Anderson Trail pullout near the top of the Main Hill Road. So far police have found no evidence and are pursuing other leads. Check back for any developments in this story. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Chaparral Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on October 29, 2012 - 8:43pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the Chaparral prescribed burn Monday, Oct. 29, two miles south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

Aerial ignitions are planned to assist with treating approximately 1,365 acres over a three-day period.

This controlled burn may produce some visible/noticeable smoke in our area depending upon wind and atmospheric conditions.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as

‘Deadliest Day’ for Child Pedestrian Fatalities

on October 29, 2012 - 7:10pm



Two Decades of Data Reveal Risks Beyond the Candy

Kids have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, including the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day.

State Farm®, the nation’s leading auto insurer, teamed up with research expert, Bert Sperling of Sperling’s BestPlaces, to better understand the risk kids face as they take to the streets in search of treats.

Sperling’s BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age

Local Vehicle Rolls Off Cliff

on October 28, 2012 - 9:27am

An unoccupied Toyota Sequoia rolled off a cliff from the driveway of a home on Solana in Los Alamos at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. No one was injured by the incident. It took the driver of a wrecker about two hours to position the vehicle for removal. "Amazingly, the car was driven away from the scene," a witness told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Nina Thayer

Photo by Nina Thayer

YMCA Offering CPR and Babysitters Training

on October 27, 2012 - 9:38am


Red Cross Babysitters Course

The Family YMCA is taking registration for the Nov. 16 and 17 session of its American Red Cross Babysitters Course.

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

The session takes place 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session in which they

NNSA Conducts International Training in Nevada

on October 26, 2012 - 6:57am

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – As part of a joint commitment by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enhance international emergency management systems, the NNSA and IAEA are conducting an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response Port/Customs (I-RAPTER P/C) course.

The training is being conducted this week at the Radiological Nuclear Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Complex (RNCTEC) at the Nevada National Security Site, with classroom training held at the National Atomic Testing Museum.


Udall, Rockefeller Welcome National Academies' Study on Concussions in Youth Sports

on October 24, 2012 - 11:14am
Sen. Tom Udall speaks at a Senate Commerce Hearing on sports concussions and safety equipment marketing with Alexis Ball, a former UNM soccer player who testified about how sports concussions have impacted her life. Courtesy photo
Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.V. commended the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for creating a committee to study sports-related concussions in youth.
"I appreciate the decision by the Institute of Medicine to move forward with our request," Udall said.

Sandia; Kirtland Holding Joint Environmental Meeting

on October 20, 2012 - 10:51am

CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) will host their semi-annual public meeting about the Sandia National Laboratories Environmental Programs and the Kirtland Air Force Base Environmental Restoration Program

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn Southeast in Albuquerque, off Louisiana Boulevard and Zuni.

DOE will present about Sandia issues between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

DOD will present about Kirtland issues between 7 p.m. and 8 pm. The agenda will be provided at the meeting.

The agenda

Santa Fe Men Arrested on Federal Trafficking Charges

on October 20, 2012 - 8:34am

FBI News:

Willie Anaya, 49, and Manuel Mendez, 30, both of Santa Fe were arrested Friday on federal methamphetamine trafficking charges by agents of the FBI and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Region III Narcotics Task Force.

Both men made their initial appearances on a criminal complaint in Albuquerque federal court this morning, and are temporarily detained pending detention hearings.

The criminal complaint charges Anaya and Mendez with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws and distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct.

High-Value Muscle Cars on the Auction Block

on October 18, 2012 - 10:07am


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service will sell more than 50 high-value muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and jet skis via a live auction at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apple Auctioneering Co., 14851 NW 27th Ave., Opa-Locka, Fla.

The vehicles were seized and forfeited to the federal government as part of a pill mill takedown in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in 2011.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, which is used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs and support community

Friday's Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc on Local Home

on October 15, 2012 - 1:22pm

The home of Dawn and James Cline at 1164 Cheyenne St. is battered by Friday's Hailstorm. Photo by James Cline

Staff Report

"Our house got trashed," said Dawn Cline of Friday's intense hailstorm.

Cline and her husband James Cline own Aspen Copies & Office Supplies, 1907 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that their home was hit the hardest in the neighborhood and sustained the most damage.

"We lost our full front siding and siding on the side of our trailer, all of the shutters and all of the front windows ... the front of the garage was de-painted and

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 15

on October 14, 2012 - 6:35am


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1:

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.

Roadway prep work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.


FBI Media Alert: Public's Help Sought in Man's Death

on October 13, 2012 - 4:04pm

FBI News:

Dale Johnson went missing for more than a week before his body was found in a mountainous area near Mescalero, N.M., on July 8, 2011.

The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs still are investigating the 58-year-old Mescalero man's death, and are asking the public for help.

Johnson's body was found in a remote area directly north of the Feast or Ceremonial Grounds on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

No information about the condition of the body is being released at this time.

Johnson's relatives reported him missing on June 29, 2011.

Anyone with information about what Johnson was

Okhay Owingeh Pueblo Man Sentenced to Probation for Embezzling $25,900 from Cities of Gold Casino

on October 13, 2012 - 10:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning in Albuquerque federal court, Calvin R. Trujillo, 25, was sentenced to five years of probation for his conviction on a theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian Land charge. Trujillo also was ordered to pay $25,900 in restitution.

Trujillo pled guilty May 24 to criminal information charging him with theft by an employee of a gambling establishment on Indian Land, under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In his plea agreement, Trujillo admitted that, between Nov. 10, 2010 and Dec.

Bear Hangs Around Walnut Street

on October 11, 2012 - 7:17am

A bear peers out from beneath apple tree branches in the backyard of a Walnut Street home Wednesday night. The bear loitered in the area for a couple of hours before wandering off to parts unknown. Residents say bears have been sited around the neighborhood each evening for months. Photo by Robert Beberniss

County's Student Shooter Drill Draws Praise

on October 8, 2012 - 11:36am

During this morning's emergency response exercise at Los Alamos High School, police captured the crazed student shooter and placed her in the back of a patrol car for transport to jail. She explained her reason for killing six students and injuring 29 others during her shooting spree was that she had a "really lousy time" at the recent homecoming dance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Officers arrive at the scene of this morning's simulated mass shooting at Los Alamos High School and prepare to enter the building where a female student is on a rampage shooting

IT'S ONLY A DRILL: 'Operation Hilltopper' Underway at Los Alamos High School

on October 8, 2012 - 7:12am


"Operation Hilltopper" is underway this morning at Los Alamos High School. Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.   

"Operation Hilltopper" is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2012

on October 8, 2012 - 7:11am

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.

Sept. 27 at 10:59 a.m. / A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that someone harassed her on Diamond Drive. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 27 at 11:55 a.m. / A 12-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that he was a victim of larceny at Los Alamos Middle School. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Sept. 27 at 2:25 p.m.