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More Scenes From March For Our Lives Saturday

on March 25, 2018 - 9:09am

The March For Our Lives gets underway Saturday in Santa Fe, led by Grupo Divino, a musical troupe out of Santa Cruz. Approximately 5,000 protestors marched from the Roundhouse to Santa Fe Plaza to hear student leaders from Northern New Mexico speak out against gun violence in schools. Three students from Los Alamos High School were among those to speak. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos High School student Sonyia Williams, center, marches with a contingent from Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Rhonan Peden, a student at Memorial Middle School of Las

Los Alamos Joins March For Our Lives In Santa Fe

on March 25, 2018 - 8:33am


Students from Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola, Santa  Domingo high schools and Monte Del Sol and School of the Arts charter schools and others spoke eloquently about the state of their lives. They said going to school should be a safe place. They did have the pleasure of knowing that those older than they had never known about school violence. Why is the second amendment more sacred than their lives, they wondered? Those from Parkland were honored as each name was read with their age.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson To Look For Audit Solutions For New Mexico’s Guardianship Program

on March 25, 2018 - 7:37am

State Auditor Wayne Johnson


SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today says he’s honored to join a task force with the New Mexico Supreme Court and representatives from throughout state government to bring sunshine and accountability to New Mexico’s adult guardianship system.

The task force Johnson has joined is charged with implementing newly passed legislation for improving the adult guardianship system.

Family members and advocates have complained for years about a process shrouded in secrecy that can take advantage of incapacitated adults, including the

Balderas Urges New Mexicans To Use Toys R Us & Babies R Us Gift Cards & Credits

on March 25, 2018 - 7:08am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Consumer Alert regarding the announcement that Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are going out of business.
Both stores have locations in New Mexico, but are liquidating their inventory to shut their doors for good as the parent company goes out of business. Attorney General Balderas is urging New Mexicans to use their gift cards and store credits before April 15, 2018, the last day they will be valid according to the bankruptcy plan.
“I am urging New Mexicans to use their gift cards and store credits at Toys R

Los Alamos Police Department Achieves CALEA National Accreditation

on March 24, 2018 - 9:28am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from right, and LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts receive the CALEA National Accreditation Award this morning in Frisco, Texas. Also in attendance, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, second from right, and Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, second from left. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos Police Department has achieved National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agents (CALEA).

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, Cmdr.

Six Food Safety Tips To Make Easter And Passover A Safe Egg-stravaganza

on March 24, 2018 - 7:54am
Seeing your first robin may be the sign of warm things to come, but once Easter and Passover have arrived, you know that Spring is here! Interestingly, both Easter and Passover include the wondrous egg, as a springtime symbol of new life, in their festivities.
We all know the Bunny brings Easter eggs, but what many folks don’t know, is that Passover Seders (ceremonial meals) typically include a hard boiled egg course.
Additionally, many recipes for Passover, which is also known as the “feast of unleavened bread,” call for eggs or egg whites which take the place of

Rio Arriba County Fire & Emergency Services Issues BURN BAN For March 24-25

on March 23, 2018 - 8:26pm

Rio Arriba County Emergency Services News:

Rio Arriba County Fire & Emergency Services has issued a BURN BAN for Rio Arriba County for March 24-25.

All open burning is strictly prohibited due to high winds.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Please continue to contact the Fire & Emergency Services administrative offices Monday through Friday for more information on burn permits and future restrictions.

FBI: Las Cruces Woman Sentenced To Prison For Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

on March 23, 2018 - 3:59pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Joclyn Telles, 35, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. 
Telles and co-defendant Joshua Nestle, 26, also of Las Cruces, were arrested in Feb. 2017, and were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The complaint also charged Nestle with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Eagle Shootings Under Investigation

on March 23, 2018 - 8:05am

Adult male golden eagle found shot March 21 with no tail feathers and a wing amputated at the wrist. The bird is recovering but will not be released back into the wild because of its injuries. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is investigating the shootings of a bald eagle and a golden eagle found at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) in the Navajo Nation.

The bald eagle was found shot with no tail feathers March 13 in area seven of NAPI and later died due to its injuries.

Luján Welcomes New Mexico Witness To Testify In Congressional Hearings On Opioid Abuse

on March 23, 2018 - 7:40am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Farmington resident, Carlene Deal-Smith took center stage in Washington, D.C. Thursday to testify before a Congressional panel focused on finding solutions to the growing opioid epidemic.
Deal-Smith is a Native American woman of the Navajo Tribe, who works at Presbyterian Medical Services through their Totah Behavioral Health Authority program.

USDA Investing Millions In Wildfire Mitigation

on March 23, 2018 - 7:30am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico.
More than $383,800 of that funding will support numerous forestry projects on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
Since 2013, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.
"Through Joint Chiefs, the Natural

Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn Starting Soon To Reduce Risk Of High-Severity Wildfire

on March 23, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as April or May on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. 
Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the

Hotel Employee Charged With Attack On Colleague

on March 22, 2018 - 4:34pm

Bryce Delano
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos man has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment in connection with a March 10 incident at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

Bryce Delano, a front desk clerk at the hotel, is accused of pushing his way into a room that was being cleaned by a colleague and allegedly forcing her to have sex with him.

An affidavit for an arrest warrant was filed MArch 20 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Det.

LAFD Breaks Down Fire Danger Levels

on March 22, 2018 - 3:57pm
The public is alerted about fire danger levels through adjectives and colors based on the National Fire Danger Rating System’s criteria. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 100 years ago, fire managers decided it was time to develop a fire rating system to predict the potential for large fire activity. Then in the 1930s, a fire danger meter that included some of the environmental variables we have today was developed.

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows land agencies to estimate today’s or tomorrow’s

Attorney General Balderas Issues Consumer Safety Advisory Regarding New Mexico Facebook User Data

on March 22, 2018 - 9:57am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General: 

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, as New Mexico’s chief law enforcement officer, has issued a Consumer Safety Advisory intended to protect all users of Facebook in the aftermath of the revelation that Facebook gave away the personal information of some 50 million subscribers to a political campaign.

“You, as a Facebook user, are the best editor of your own information,” Attorney General Balderas said. “You can decide who can see and use your data just as you can decide who to allow into your home.

LANL: Innovative Detectors Pinpoint Radiation Source

on March 22, 2018 - 9:16am
A small, fast and accurate novel radiation detector developed at Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Innovative “lighthouse” detectors that use a sweeping beam to quickly pinpoint a radiation source in seconds are reducing radiation exposure for workers and opening up new areas for robotic monitoring to avoid potential hazards.
“It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack if the haystack is small,” said Jonathan Dowell, a Los Alamos scientist and inventor of the detector.

UNM-LA: Bystander Intervention Workshop April 27

on March 22, 2018 - 9:09am
UNM-LA News:
Solace Crisis Treatment Center Education and Prevention Department Manager Jess Clark presents “Bystander Intervention Workshop: Learning How To Safely Take Action” 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 27 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 5 in Wallace Hall.
Bystander Intervention is about how to intercede in sexual assault or sexual harassment, either by offering to help a victim or by standing up to a perpetrator. In this workshop the participants will explore some common rape myths, learn about bystander theory, and engage with some common scenarios and how to intervene.
The Los

Students Express Desire For Active Shooter Training

on March 22, 2018 - 8:45am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone listens Tuesday evening as Los Alamos High School Student Council members Sonyia Williams, left, and Michaelle Sutton share their concerns during a group discussion at a student-led meeting on school safety. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


LAPD Cpl. Adele McKenzie, the school resource officer at LAHS, addresses participants following Tuesday's meeting on school safety. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post

Lack of active shooter training was the primary concern expressed

FBI: Albuquerque Man Charged With Robbing Two Credit Unions

on March 22, 2018 - 8:17am
FBI News:
The FBI has charged James Patrick Verdream with robbing two Albuquerque credit unions in March.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which had been searching for Verdream on a federal probation violation charge, arrested him Wednesday in Albuquerque.
Verdream, 51, of Albuquerque, was scheduled to have an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. Verdream is charged with robbing Rio Grande Credit Union, 1211 4th St. NW, March 13, and Nusenda Credit Union, 7517 Montgomery Blvd. NE, March 9.
Rhonda Quintana, 35, has been charged federally with aiding and

DOE Completes Unremediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on March 22, 2018 - 8:10am
A worker manipulates a glove box used to treat unremediated nitrate salt waste. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
DOE’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) collaborated with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to successfully complete treatment of 27 unremediated nitrate salt (UNS) drums at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The drums contained nitrate salt waste that had not previously been treated.
“Multiple organizations shared the commitment of treating the UNS drums safely,” EM-LA

Pongratz Presents Update On Local DWI Programs

on March 22, 2018 - 7:56am
Los Alamos Family Council Program Manager Cheryl Pongratz updates the County DWI Planning Council during a recent meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It used to be that when people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, they were under the influence of alcohol, but apparently that has changed in recent years.

“It’s almost switched now,” Los Alamos Family Council Program Manager Cheryl Pongratz told a recent meeting of the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

LAHS Students Take Part In March For Our Lives

on March 22, 2018 - 7:44am
Los Alamos Daily Post
During the March for Our Lives event Saturday in Santa Fe, three Los Alamos High School students, Sonyia Williams, Leah Wolfsberg and Thomas Chadwick are scheduled to speak and share their thoughts on gun control and school safety.
The event begins at noon at the Roundhouse and ends with a rally in the Santa Fe Plaza.
Marika Sinnis, an organizer for the event, explained the purpose of the rally and march is to promote comprehensive gun control and demand that the lives and safety of children, parents, teachers

CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

on March 21, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Bill Richardson

CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
We’ll feature Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen.

Joe Granville On Running For Los Alamos Sheriff

on March 21, 2018 - 1:38pm
Los Alamos
My name is Joe Granville. I am running as the Democratic candidate for the office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. I am the owner of Home Improved USA a small business located here in Los Alamos.
My wife and I, and our 5-year- old son live, work and attend Daycare in this beautiful County. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Little Forest Playschool and Los Alamos Family Council. My time on those boards has been a great opportunity to work with some very talented people whose sense of duty and service are truly inspiring.
I decided to run for

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Preserve New Mexico’s Authority To Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws

on March 21, 2018 - 1:22pm
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas Monday joined a coalition of 31 states and the District of Columbia urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.
Attorney General Balderas is currently investigating the Equifax data breach and has previously settled with Nationwide and Target for their breaches impacting New Mexicans.