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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 16 To March 18, 2018

on March 21, 2018 - 12:56pm

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.

CAMERON PAUL OTERO: March 16 at 8:45 p.m. / Police arrested Cameron Paul Otero, 27, of Farmington at 83 Chiquita on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

GREGORY CAYTON: March 17 at 6:14 p.m. / Police arrested Gregory Clayton, 37, of Los Alamos on Beryl and charged him with aggravated battery.

 

 

 

TYLER JAMES SPARKS: March 17 at 11:04 p.m.

CAB Hears From EM Management And Contractor

on March 20, 2018 - 7:22am

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board listen to presentations at their March 14 meeting at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and NMED Manager for LANL Permitting Neelam Dhawan chat following the March 14 CAB meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members meeting March 14 in Los Alamos heard updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Field Office

Air Force And NMED Host Public Information Meeting Thursday, Open House Saturday

on March 20, 2018 - 7:12am

KIRTLAND AFB News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department will co-host a public information meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday at the African American Performing Arts Center, to provide an update about the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility leak cleanup activities.

Additionally, an open house will be held at the groundwater treatment system facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Community members are invited to participate in a poster session 5:30-6 p.m., March 22. The main meeting presentation runs 6-8 p.m,. and includes a project status update

Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
 
Witnesses:
  • Mr.

School Safety By Students For Students!

on March 19, 2018 - 3:21pm
Maksym (goes by Maks) Gerashchenko’s turn to read a student bio. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools
  • To honor and remember the victims of school violence  ... To identify actions for students to be safer at school

On Monday March 12, 2018 at the Topper Parent Advisory Council, high school staff and I were fortunate to hear from two student leadership representatives about their plans for the walk out.

They expressed that this was planned and organized by local students for students.

Letter To The Editor: Put Sights On Whatever May Add To Mass Shootings

on March 19, 2018 - 2:54pm
By JOHN BARTLIT
Los Alamos
 
School kids of the nation seem intent on pursuing varied means of giving enough visibility to school shootings to achieve useful changes in the problem.
 
Any major discussion of mass shootings eventually gets around to the growing "culture of violence" -- the gun-filled movies and video games. School kids could further heighten visibility with protests in Hollywood against the epidemic of violent movies and in Silicon Valley against gun-filled video games.
 
I don't know whether this added visibility and the data would help reduce the problem more than the

Public Comment Needed On Proposed New Way Waste Is Measured At WIPP

on March 19, 2018 - 2:47pm
CCNS News:
 

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), submitted a Class 2 Permit Modification Request Jan. 31, 2018 to change the way that waste is measured at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for defense plutonium-contaminated or TRU waste, in southeastern New Mexico.

 
Public comments can be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department until Tuesday, April 3. http://www.wipp.energy.gov/rcra-com-menu.asp 

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure

Convicted Spy Pedro Mascheroni Released From Prison

on March 19, 2018 - 9:01am

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni during an interview on the deck of his Barranca Mesa home in October 2010 just prior to his arrest by the FBI. Photo by Carol A. Clark

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A scientist formerly employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory was released from federal prison March 16 after serving a sentence for communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed was an official of the Venezuelan government.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 82, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, was sentenced in 2013 in U.S.

FBI: Federal Grand Jury Charges Espanola Man With Federal Child Sexual Abuse Offenses

on March 19, 2018 - 6:52am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury has filed an indictment charging Kevin Vigil, 52, a non-Indian man from Espanola, with child sexual abuse offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Special Agent in Charge William McClure of District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.
 
The indictment charges Vigil with two counts of aggravated child sexual abuse. The indictment alleges that Vigil sexually abused an Indian child under the age of twelve years Feb.

Attorney Kate Ferlic Files Response In Brenner Case

on March 19, 2018 - 6:51am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary’s personal attorney Kate Ferlic has responded to briefs filed by two other attorneys in a suit filed by Patrick Brenner in First Judicial District Court against the County Council and the County Custodian of Records.

The case, which has dragged on since June, involves a request by Brenner under the state Inspection of Public Records Act for all emails sent and received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors.

State Supreme Court Affirms Adoption Of Water Pollution Regulations For Copper Mining

on March 19, 2018 - 5:00am
NM SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed the state Water Quality Control Commission’s adoption of regulations governing groundwater contamination at open pit copper mines.
 
The Court ruled unanimously that the regulations, known as the “Copper Rule,” were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act (WQA). The commission adopted the regulations in 2013.
 
The Court rejected arguments by the New Mexico Attorney General and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties, that challenged the

Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm

Courtesy/endwi

STATE News:

  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

Scenes From St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Wednesday

on March 15, 2018 - 11:08am

Convincing people to buy St. Baldrick's t-shirts at Wednesday evening's fundraiser for the Foundation at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op, from left, Sophia Jones, Olivia Ortega and Isabella Casias. ​St. Baldricks Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Volunteers cooking food at Wednesday evening’s fundraiser for St.

LAPD Recommends Security Options To School Board

on March 15, 2018 - 8:48am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, center, and Sgt. Chris Ross field questions from School Board members, Bill Hargraves, left, and Dr. Steve Boerigter at Tuesday's school board meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Perimeter security, access control and key card access are the three biggest needs in Los Alamos Public Schools and also the recommendations of the Los Alamos Police Department, Sgt. Chris Ross told school board members during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Ross, who is head of LAPD’s

LAFD Offers Defensible Space Advice In Anticipation Of Tough Fire Season

on March 15, 2018 - 8:21am

LAFD Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna and Marisol Padilla of the Department's Community Outreach Program are preparing information on defensible space for the public in anticipation of the upcoming fire season. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

With more than 60 percent of the state in severe drought conditions, and fire officials predicting what could possibly be the worst fire season in a decade, Los Alamos Fire Department, particularly the Wildland Fire Division, has been gearing up by implementing fuel

Local Prayer Walk/Gun Turn-In Event Saturday

on March 14, 2018 - 6:04pm

Pastor Steve Trout announces prayer walk/gun turn-in event at 9 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

At the special Voices of Los Alamos meeting March 12, Pastor Steve Trout with the First United Methodist Church announced an upcoming prayer walk/gun turn-in event.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the First United Methodist Church at 715 Diamond Dr.

The guns will be collected by the nonprofit group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, which will destroy the firearms onsite.

The pieces of the guns will be sent to the

State Auditor Issues Probe Notice To RCLC Officials

on March 14, 2018 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne
 
By CAROL A. CARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communites (RCLC) advising them that his office is engaging in a special audit of the orgainzation.

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne today confirmed receipt of the letter from the state auditor and addressed the upcoming special audit.

“As one of nine entities who belong to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and as posted yesterday in local news

LAHS Shows Solidarity To Florida High School

on March 14, 2018 - 5:02pm

Students and staff, Los Alamos Public School administrators, community members and organizations such as the League of Women Voters participated in a school walkout this morning at Los Alamos High School. The walkout was to show solidarity to the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and to voice support for ending violence in schools.

County Employees Request Investigation Of Councilor

on March 14, 2018 - 11:36am

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano review construction plans recently. The two men filed a request for an investigation of County Councilor James Chrobocinski Feb. 15 with County Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Two Los Alamos County employees have filed a request for an investigation into County Councilor James Chrobocinski alleging harassment and intimidation under Los Alamos Code Ordinance No.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 To March 13, 2018

on March 14, 2018 - 10:52am

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.

CONCHA S. HERRERA

March 8 at 11:59 a.m. / Police arrested Concha S. Herrera, 39, of Truchas at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

RACHEL ANN WEISS

March 8 at 5:04 p.m. / Police arrested Rachel Ann Weiss, 29, of White Rock at the Espanola Probation and Parole Office on an arrest order.

 

 

TAMMY RENEE ROYBAL

March 9 at 07:08 a.m.

British PM: ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Behind Poisoning

on March 14, 2018 - 9:19am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says it’s ‘highly likely’ Russia is behind nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy and his daughter. Image/video screenshot

Homeland Security News Wire News:

British Prime Minister Theresa May says evidence shows that it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the city of Salisbury despite Kremlin denials that Moscow was involved in the incident.

May said in a speech to parliament March 12 that either the Russian state was responsible for poisoning 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying

Letter To The Editor: A Case Of Legislative Error On Gun Rights

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
By VERNON N. KERR
Los Alamos
 
Legislators have been known to do ridiculous things and a majority of Florida’s legislators have done so along with their governor.
 
They have assumed that acts of violence using a firearm are age related or cynically a trick to weaken the Second Amendment is in their sights. They have forbidden sales of firearms to persons ages 18 to 20 purely on the basis of age. This denies them their rights under the Second Amendment placing them with a class of persons forbidden the right to bear arms for cause.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Burn Near Tres Piedras

on March 14, 2018 - 7:09am
BLM News:
 
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a 1600-acre prescribed burn in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras. 
 
The prescribed burn will be conducted for up to 30 days beginning as early as March 19 depending on weather conditions. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
 
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper, by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem. 
 
For further

Heinrich On Gina Haspel Being Named To Lead CIA

on March 13, 2018 - 4:13pm

Gina Haspel nominated to lead CIA. Courtesy/CIA

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to nominate Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to serve as CIA Director.

This decision comes after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. 

“President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA is deeply

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