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State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In April

on March 29, 2018 - 8:07am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of April 2018.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Health Committee Considers Three Luján Bills In Response To Opioid Crisis

on March 29, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Three bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) were considered by the House Subcommittee on Health, an important step as the legislation advances in the House.
 
The bills will help states address the on-going opioid abuse crisis, improve services for patients seeking treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency

Omnibus Bill Includes Additional USDA Funds To Address Opioid Epidemic

on March 29, 2018 - 7:48am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key USDA program that is helping address the nation’s opioid crisis.
 
The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump is pursuing an ambitious agenda to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
 
“Opioid misuse in rural communities is more than just an issue of public health. It is an issue of rural prosperity,” Hazlett said.

Los Alamos And Santa Fe Fire Department Personnel Unite For Handtevy Training

on March 29, 2018 - 7:45am

Los Alamos and Santa Fe fire department personnel gather for Handtevy training Wednesday at Los Alamos Fire Department Administration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Gonzales studies the Handtevy manual during Wednesday's training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When firefighters and paramedics are called to an emergency involving a critically ill or injured child, every second counts. Treating the child is difficult, stressful and time-sensitive.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 21 To March 28, 2018

on March 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

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.

BRYCE WILLIAM DELANO

March 21 at 3:56 p.m. / Police arrested Bryce William Delano, 30, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual assault and false imprisonment.

 

 

 

MARCOS A. VIGIL

March 23 at 2:01 p.m. / Police arrested Marcos. A. Vigil, 31, of Chimayo at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

BRANDYN STEVEN

Menicucci: Two Landowners, Two Philosophies Equal One Giant Wildfire Risk Problem

on March 28, 2018 - 10:52am
Where a beautiful cabin stood prior to the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, one of the many that burned in the area of Dave Menicucci’s ranch just south of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVE MENICUCCI
Jemez landowner and retired national lab researcher
 
“Look, I am from Nebraska and I bought this vacation place for the trees. If it burns down, I will take my insurance money and buy another place in the trees.” This is what a homeowner in La Cueva said about the dog-haired tinderbox where his well-oiled, all-wood cabin rests.
 
Next to him live full-time residents,

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on March 28, 2018 - 10:49am

MAGISTRATE COURT News:

Juanadolfo Gomez, 30, of San Juan Pueblo appeared March 23 Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance – Suboxone and shoplifting of less than $250. He received a suspended sentence of 182 days on the shoplifting charge and was placed on supervised probation for 182 days. On the Suboxone charge, he received a 364 day suspended sentence and was placed on supervised probation for one year.

Both sentences are to run concurrently and Gomez was ordered to undergo substance abuse screening and complete any recommended treatment.

Marcos

Immigrant Communities, Civil Liberties & Faith-Based Organizations... Rise Up At F&GO Committee Meeting

on March 28, 2018 - 9:46am

EL CENTRO News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― On a 4-0 bi-partisan vote (Davis, Peña, Sanchez, and Winter with Councilor Harris absent) Monday, the Albuquerque City Council Finance and Government Operations Committee unanimously approved Resolution 18-7, strengthening Albuquerque’s status as an immigrant-friendly city.

Hundreds of Albuquerque residents turned out in support. The resolution was co-sponsored by Albuquerque City Councilors Klarissa Peña and Pat Davis.

DEA Bolsters Fight Against Opioid Crisis With 250 Additional Task Force Officers

on March 28, 2018 - 8:37am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration will add 250 task force officers and dozens of additional analysts to areas across America where the opioid crisis is at its worst.
 
DEA task forces act as a force multiplier in carrying out DEA’s mission through coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Historically, DEA task force officers have been some of the most essential and effective partners in building cases against drug trafficking organizations across the globe. 
 
“DEA highly values its partnerships

NNSA: Uranium Processing Facility Authorized To Start Construction On Main Buildings

on March 28, 2018 - 8:13am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project has been authorized by Departmental leadership to start construction on the Main Process Building (MPB), Salvage & Accountability Building (SAB), and Process Support Facilities (PSF) subprojects in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
Secretary Rick Perry

LAFD Team Completes Bataan Memorial Death March

on March 28, 2018 - 8:12am

Five members of Los Alamos Fire Department completed the Bataan Memorial Death March course carrying 32-lb packs March 25 at White Sands Missile Range in memory of LAFD Capt. John Snyder, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. From left, Capt. Gerard Coriz, Capt. Tim Johnson, Firefighter Brian Palmer, Firefighter Rick Acedo and Firefighter Michael Garcia. The team joined some 8,500 participants in the event. Courtesy photo

LAFD Capt. Tim Johnson adjusts his shoe laces during the March 25 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo

LAFD Firefighter Brian Palmer, left, and

U.S. Sen. Heinrich, Mayor Keller To Host Public Safety & Consumer Protection Fair In Albuquerque

on March 28, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Mayor Tim Keller will host a Public Safety and Consumer Protection Fair 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque. 
 
This event is part of their ongoing efforts to promote public safety and consumer protection in New Mexico. Over a dozen federal, state, and local agencies and organizations will be on hand with information about the services they provide and resources for New Mexicans. The fair is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. 
 
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LAFD Offers Readiness Tips For Wildland Fire Season

on March 27, 2018 - 4:20pm

Courtesy/LAFD

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The high level of fire danger throughout the Western United States is drawing more and more people to become involved in the Ready, Set, Go! Program, which seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve.

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna says the program helps people in high fire risk areas like Los Alamos to learn what fire resources are available in the event of a fire and what role they as individuals can play in preparedness and

AG Balderas Launches Facebook Probe With Bipartisan Coalition Of State Attorneys General

on March 27, 2018 - 8:54am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territory Attorneys General in sending a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.
 
“I’m extremely concerned about Facebook’s data policies and along with my colleagues, I expect Facebook’s quick and full cooperation regarding our inquiry,” Balderas said.

FBI: Roswell Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking

on March 27, 2018 - 8:05am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Sergio Olivas, 31, of Roswell, pled guilty in Federal Court in Las Cruces to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
 
Olivas was arrested Jan. 22, 2018, on an indictment charging him with possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. According to the indictment, Olivas committed the offense Dec. 4, 2017, in Chaves County.
 
During Thursday’s change of plea hearing, Olivas pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Wildfire Day; Elks Easter Egg Hunt At Pond Saturday

on March 27, 2018 - 7:29am

Smokey Bear, Elroy the Elk, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Easter Bunny are expected to attend LAFD’s Wildfire Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Saturday is Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park and among those expected to attend are Sparky the Fire Dog, Elroy the Elk, Smokey Bear and the Easter Bunny.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promises many fun activities for all ages including an Easter egg hunt with 20,000 eggs held in partnership with the Elks Lodge.

Man Arrested For Shoplifting Nearly $2,500 Of Alcohol

on March 26, 2018 - 5:26pm

COURT News:

Philbert Lopez Jr., 34, of Espanola is facing an April 27 preliminary hearing on five counts of shoplifting totaling almost $2,500 comprised entirely of bottles of alcohol stolen from Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith’s in White Rock on five separate occasions in February.

The shoplifting incidents were discovered by Smith’s loss prevention staff while reviewing video surveillance, which showed Lopez placing the bottles in a reusable shopping bag and a grey messenger bag, then leaving the store without attempting to pay for the merchandise.

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

White Rock Teen Charged With Theft Of Firearm

on March 26, 2018 - 5:17pm
Isaiah Aylmer
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 27 for 18-year-old Isaiah Aylmer of White Rock on a charge of stealing a firearm, a fourth degree felony.

Aylmer was arrested March 19 by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Emmanuel Rodriguez and had his first appearance the same day before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

Rodriguez came in contact with Aylmer following a report of a firearm stolen from a White Rock residence.

James Thwaits New LAFD Safety Division Chief

on March 26, 2018 - 9:15am

James Thwaits has been promoted from Training Captain at the Los Alamos Fire Department to Safety Division Chief. A veteran of the Marine Corps where he worked in Wildland Fire, Thwaits joined LAFD in 2006 and climbed through the ranks from firefighter to driver/engineer to House Captain for B shift at Station 1 to Safety Captain to his new position. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Former Santa Fe Store Manager Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement And Tax Fraud

on March 26, 2018 - 9:13am
State Tax & Rev News:
 
SANTA FE  A former manager of Armstrong McCall in Santa Fe has plead guilty for embezzling more than $50,000 from his former employer and willfully committing tax fraud from 2013-2015.
 
The plea follows an investigation by the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
 
Craig D. Latimore, 44, was sentenced to serve four and a half years of supervised probation. The three counts of tax fraud will run concurrently with each other and consecutively with the count of embezzlement.

Judge Revokes Probation For Adrian Trujillo

on March 26, 2018 - 8:50am

Adrian Trujillo listens as his attorney Brad Kirwan questions Los Alamos Police Cpl. Eric Wilhoit Thursday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Adrian Trujillo, 30, of Hernandez will remain in incarceration until July 16 and receive an unsatisfactory discharge from probation as a result of a ruling handed down by First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Thursday during a probation violation hearing.

Trujillo was originally charged in 2015 with false imprisonment,

Udall: Climate Change Greatest Threat To Nation

on March 26, 2018 - 8:36am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th “Time to Wake Up" to the threat of climate change speech. 
 
 
Udall outlined a few of the devastating impacts of

Navajo Man From Churchrock Sentenced To Prison For Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

on March 26, 2018 - 8:33am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Randy Payton, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, was sentenced March 8 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 137 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction. 
 
Payton will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Payton was arrested Oct. 19, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, Oct.

AGU: Arctic Sea Ice Becoming A Spring Hazard For North Atlantic Ships

on March 26, 2018 - 8:24am
A crab fishing boat trapped in the multiyear sea ice off the Newfoundland coast. Courtesy/David G. Barber
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research.
 
The new research finds ocean passages typically plugged with ice in the winter and spring are opening up. Sea ice normally locked in the Arctic then can flow freely through these passages southward to routes used by shipping, fishing and ferry boats.
 
The new study

Greg White Files Petition To Recall Council Chair

on March 25, 2018 - 9:38am

Greg White
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a petition for the recall of Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz.

White's petition, filed in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe contains 31 counts alleging wrongdoing by Izraelevitz who is seeking reelection this year.

White, who announced his intention to run for Los Alamos County Sheriff in this year’s election as an Independent candidate, has reportedly spent the last several months researching the Los Alamos County Council, the Los Alamos Police

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