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DPNM Addresses Resignation Of Richard Ellenberg

on March 13, 2018 - 3:57pm

Richard D. Ellenberg

DPNM News:

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard D. Ellenberg resigned today after coming under criticism for his response to sexual misconduct allegations levied against state union leader Jon Hendry and former Dona Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement:

“Our country and our state are in an incredible moment in which survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault feel empowered to come forward, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico has taken upon itself to be a leader on this issue.

Hugh Rich Files For County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 12:46pm

Republican Hugh Rich filed this afternoon for sheriff by proxy through Brady Burke. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chris Luchini Files For Los Alamos County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 12:15pm

Libertarian Chris Luchini files this morning for Los Alamos County Sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS Hosts Community Forum On School Safety

on March 13, 2018 - 11:30am

LAHS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a student-led community forum 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The purpose of this meeting is to give students the chance to be heard and for the community to be involved in the discussion about school safety.

All interested students, parents and community members are invited to join the round table discussions to engage in dialogue about what the district is currently doing and what can be done moving forward to make a difference in the safety of the Los Alamos Public Schools

FBI: Man In Green T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Credit Union, Flees In Silver Nissan

on March 13, 2018 - 10:52am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a long-sleeve green T-shirt and blue jeans robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union on Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018, and fled in a silver Nissan sedan.
 
The suspect was described as a white male about 40-50 years old, approximately 5'8” tall, with dark hair. He wore eyeglasses with dark metal frames, a long-sleeve green T-shirt, and blue jeans.
 
The suspect entered Nusenda Credit Union, 7517 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, and at approximately 2:27 p.m. presented a demand note to a teller.
 
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the

James Whitehead Files For County Sheriff

on March 13, 2018 - 10:50am

Republican James Whitehead files this morning for the Office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo

LAFD News

Los Alamos Fire Department

Creepy Man Lurking Outside Smith's In White Rock

on March 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
News Alert:
 
A citizen who revealed her name to the Los Alamos Daily Post tonight submitted the follow account of an encounter with a man who scared her and she wanted to alert the community:
 
I was hoping you could let the community know (without using my name) about a creepy guy who was lurking on the side of Smith's along Longview Dr., in White Rock tonight.
 
I came out of Smith's at about 7:50 p.m.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Designates Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities For Special Audit

on March 12, 2018 - 6:39pm

State Auditor Wayne Johnson

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today designated the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) for a special audit.

The designation comes after serious concerns about travel and entertainment reimbursements, including reimbursements for alcoholic beverages, baseball tickets, and first class flights using taxpayer money, possible double reimbursements and procurement issues.

The RCLC is a publicly-funded coalition of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos near the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National

LAHS Graduate Organizes March For Our Lives

on March 12, 2018 - 3:18pm
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
In the aftermath of a 19-year-old man killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many young people have become active in the discussion and debate of gun violence.
 
During the March for Our Lives event, an upcoming march and rally in Santa Fe, young people are invited to continue to participate in the discussion. The event begins at noon Saturday, March 24, at the Roundhouse. The march will end with a rally in the Santa Fe Plaza.
 
Marika Sinnis, an organizer for the event, explained

Letter To The Editor: Community Thanks From Love Shouldn't Hurt Supply drive

on March 12, 2018 - 8:10am
By LOVE SHOULDN'T HURT
Los Alamos Domestic Violence Supply Drive
 
On behalf of the Domestic Violence shelters of northern New Mexico, we would like to thank all who supported the Love Shouldn’t Hurt supply drive. 
 
Thanks to your support, it was a HUGE success! We were able to give each shelter a truckload of items. This drive proved to be an amazing success because of the immense support from individuals in Los Alamos and surrounding areas.
 
We also would like to acknowledge Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Social Services, the Domestic

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
 
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.
 
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
 
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
 
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's

Sunshine Week: Open Government Is Good Government

on March 11, 2018 - 10:01am
 
By BONNIE PAGE
General Counsel
Smarsh
 
National Sunshine Week 2018 begins today and runs through March 17.

“The basic purpose of FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” ... United States Supreme Court in NLRB v. Robbins Tire Co., 437 U.S. 214, 242 (1978)

July 4, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first Federal sunshine law in the U.S.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal

LAPD Officer Deploys To Middle East

on March 11, 2018 - 1:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Natalee Trujillo is deploying to the Middle East next month with the U.S. Army Reserves. A 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, she was last deployed in 2014 to Afghanistan. She has been a police officer for four years and plans to return to LAPD following a year of military leave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

State Auditor Begins Statewide Training Sessions To Stop Corruption And Waste Of Taxpayer Funds

on March 11, 2018 - 1:21am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SILVER CITY  State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending.
 
He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
 
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop

LAPD Announces Annual Employee Awards

on March 11, 2018 - 1:15am

Los Alamos Police Department staff at their annual awards banquet, from left, Det. Matt Lyon, Det. Ryan Wolking, Sgt Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez, Cpl. James Keane and Chief Dino Sgambellone. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Alamos Police Cpl. Adele McKenze who is the school resource officer for Los Alamos High School receives the Officer of the Year Award from Chief Dino Sgambellone. Courtesy photo

LAPD News

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced the names of those who received awards during its annual banquet honoring employees for their

Heinrich Presses National Intelligence Director On Russia Sanctions, Cyber Deterrence Strategy

on March 11, 2018 - 1:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on Worldwide Threats.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich pressed DNI Coats on whether the Intelligence Community had been instructed to provide analysis to support the Treasury Department’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia despite Congress voting nearly unanimously to pass

NM Environment & Health Bring 200 Free Water Tests To Santa Fe County’s Private Well Owners Saturday

on March 10, 2018 - 11:40am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are hosting a free Domestic Well Water Testing event in Eldorado at Santa Fe Saturday March 10 and Saturday March 17.
 
Well owners are encouraged to periodically test their drinking water even though such tests can cost as much as $150. The state’s free well water testing events help save consumers money while educating on safe drinking water.
 
“The Environment Department provides the advice and assistance that New Mexicans need to ensure that clean drinking water is

FBI Investigating Homicide Of Navajo Nation Man

on March 10, 2018 - 9:24am

FBI News:

Roger Johnson, 69, of Yah-Ta-Hey, New Mexico, has been positively identified as the victim of a homicide.

His body was discovered Feb. 27 on the Isleta Pueblo.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

SFCSO Seeks Help Finding Carlos B. Alonso-Villa

on March 10, 2018 - 8:58am

Carlos B. Alonso-Villa wanted by SFCSO

SFCSO News:

SANTA FE – Carlos B. Alonso-Villa absconded from the scene of an incident Friday in Santa Fe County and has been on the lam ever since.

He is wanted by the Santa Fe County Sheriff for aggravated assault on a Peace Officer and aggravated fleeing of a Peace Officer.

Alonso-Villa has a tattoo on his right forearm with the word “Villa”.

Anyone with information regarding this wanted absconder should call 911 or the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office at 505.428.3720.

Balderas Sues Massive Solar Company For Defrauding New Mexicans, Jeopardizing Their Home Ownership

on March 10, 2018 - 7:37am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday he filed a lawsuit against Vivint Solar, Inc., and related companies (“Vivint”).
 
Balderas’ lawsuit claims Vivint was engaging in unfair and unconscionable business practices including clouding titles to consumers’ homes, fraud and racketeering in connection with its residential solar power purchase agreements and solar equipment.
 
Through its investigation, the Office of the Attorney General has learned there are hundreds of clouded titles and thousands of Vivint

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Reward For Information On Cow Elk Poacher

on March 9, 2018 - 12:24pm
VALLES CALDERA News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Late on the evening of Monday, March 5, or early in the morning hours of Tuesday, March 6, a cow elk was poached in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The incident occurred along N.M. 4 near mile post 41.

Park Rangers are requesting the public’s help in solving this crime. A reward of up to $1500 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or has knowledge of this incident is asked to call or text the Park Crime Tip Line at 505.709.0077. Callers may

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