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David Rael Trial Ends: Verdict Monday

on June 16, 2017 - 9:25am

Det. C.J. Brown, left, chats with Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato outside the courtroom during the trial of David Rael in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Special Agent Owen Pena, left, talks to Assistant Attorneys General Jason Yamato and Celedonia Munoz. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos ended Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe and First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will announce her verdict at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
“This bipartisan

Car Hits Fence Thursday On Diamond Drive

on June 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos Police and Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon at Diamond Drive and Urban. No details of the cause of the accident were immediately available. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

After first responders left the scene the vehicle remained at the scene. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A Robot Named Rasmussen

on June 16, 2017 - 9:06am

Looking into the robot Rasmussen at the Project Y STEM Center in the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Members of the Project Y Team 4153 robotics club with their robot Rasmussen. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rasmussen is a robot built at the Project Y STEM Center in Los Alamos by high school students and their adult mentors. She is named after Jane Rasmussen who was a part of the Manhattan Project and used early computers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“Jane Rasmussen was not necessarily in the limelight but she

Update: Cajete Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on June 16, 2017 - 8:25am

Heavy smoke drifts down into the Jemez Valley overnight and early this morning. Photo by R.W./Jemez Post

SFNF News:

Location: Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

Start Date: June 15, 2017    

Cause: Unknown    


Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamos Daily Post Sponsors Red Elvises Tonight!

on June 16, 2017 - 7:58am
Igor and the Red Elvises play Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Concert Producer

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Igor and the Red Elvises at 7 p.m. today and we’re proud and happy to tell you it is “Los Alamos Daily Post Night!”

A whole lot of Los Alamosians have seen the Red Elvises and I imagine that many of them will be at the Pond Friday. I think they’ve played for us 17 times and I’ve reserved a date with them for next year. If you haven’t caught this band, I suggest you join their fans. This is Los Alamos’ favorite band!

Udall's Co-sponsored Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country Clears Committee

on June 16, 2017 - 7:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country.
The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John

Science Of The Solstice Talk At Nature Center June 20

on June 16, 2017 - 7:33am

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a talk on the Science of the Solstice June 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about the longest day of the year? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on the Science of the Solstice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice, and its resulting seasons. If weather holds, he will also bring out his solar telescope.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

Rio Grande Foundation Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Mandatory Union Fees

on June 16, 2017 - 7:27am
RGF News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Public school teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why the Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.
Janus v. AFSCME has the potential to finally end the decades-old requirement of forcing government employees to pay mandatory union fees regardless of whether they want to be represented by a union.

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
EM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Police Charge David Byron Lawrence With Assault And Property Damage Following Alleged Drunken Rampage

on June 16, 2017 - 6:59am
Los Alamos Daily Post

David Byron Lawrence, 54, was charged with assault against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member when he was arrested June 6.

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Robert Larsen was notified of a domestic dispute in progress and when he arrived at Lawrence’s residence, two women told him Lawrence was drunk and “got crazy”. On entering the residence, Larsen observed that the front window was broken, and there was a pair of broken glasses on the kitchen table belonging to one of the women.

Los Alamos County Hosts Community Bike Ride

on June 16, 2017 - 6:57am

A group of cyclists take part in Thursday's Los Alamos County community bike ride. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




About 20 people strapped on their bicycle helmets and climbed on their bikes Thursday to take part in Los Alamos County’s community bike ride.


The 3-mile ride was originally scheduled for May 19 but needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. The new date coincided with the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Damian Herrera Arrested On Five Counts Of Murder

on June 16, 2017 - 6:46am

Damian Herrera

NMSP News:

ESPANOLA -- At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department dispatch received a 911 call regarding a shooting that occurred at SR 111 Private Drive 1695, House # 1 in La Madera, Rio Arriba County.

Based on statements and through investigation, it was learned that the suspect, Damian Herrera, had shot and killed his mother, stepfather and brother in what appears to be a domestic dispute.

Herrera's mother has been identified as Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49. His stepfather is identified as Max Trujillo Sr., 55, and his brother is identified as

Daily Postcard: Huey Helicopter Refuels At Airport

on June 16, 2017 - 6:26am

Daily Postcard: A Huey helicopter takes off Thursday afternoon to return to the fire in the Jemez after refueling at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Marc Bailey

Fire Near Los Pinos Spurs Evacuations

on June 15, 2017 - 2:55pm

Smoke plume from the fire currently burning in the Los Pinos area of the Jemez Mountains. Courtesy photo

FIRE News:

The smokey conditions in Los Alamos today are caused by the Cajete Fire, currently burning in the Los Pinos area of the Jemez Mountains. The fire is near Mile Marker 33 on NM 4. The Forest Service and Sandoval County Emergency Management are currently fighting the fire.

According the U.S. Forest Service, smoke was first reported to Santa Fe Dispatch at 10:47 a.m. today. An stimated at 100 acres and spreading and moving to the east.

News Alert: Fire In The Jemez, LAPD Closing Back Gate

on June 15, 2017 - 12:38pm

LAPD News: 

As a result of a fire in the Jemez, the Los Alamos Police Department just announced they are closing the back gate, located at N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road. 




Los Alamos Scientist Awarded Giuliano Preparata Medal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:35am


Los Alamos scientist Dr. Thomas Claytor was awarded the Giuliano Preparata Medal June 8 in Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos

A Los Alamos scientist known for a modified cold fusion experiment in which he repeatedly got radioactive tritium produced in a low energy system, has been presented with the prestigious Giuliano Preparato Medal. Dr.

Bike Flow Trail By No Means A Done Deal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:32am
The June 8 Parks and Recreation Board meeting was crowded with community members waiting to give their input on the proposed bike flow trail. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the public packed the room Thursday night for the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board meeting and even spilled out into the hallway. The turnout seemed to suggest recreation is a prized commodity by this community.

“We want to have recreational opportunities for everyone,” said a member of the public.

The hot topic was the proposed bike flow trail that

Council Approves A-19 Housing Development

on June 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey moves to approve the A-19 development agreement during the regular Council meeting June 6. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Although Los Alamos County Council approved amendments to the development agreement for the A-19-A-1 site in White Rock, it was not an unanimous decision.

During the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, June 6, in Council Chambers, Council voted five to one to approve the amendments; Councilor Chris Chandler cast the opposing vote and Councilor James Chrobocinski was absent from the

Local Smoky Haze Caused By Fire In Bonita Canyon

on June 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Smoky haze from a lightning-sparked fire 19 miles north of El Rito in Bonita Canyon fills the sky this morning looking east from the Main Hill Road. The wildfire reported June 3, increased in size to approximately 280 acres, driven by wind and dry air. It is burning in a remote area of the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Information on air quality and protecting one's health can be found at Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Update: Police Seek Help Locating Ramon Acosta

on June 15, 2017 - 8:53am

Ramon Manuel Acosta

UPDATE: Ramon Acosta was located by the Espanola Police Department last night and taken into custody.

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Officers are searching for a 36-year-old male named Ramon Manuel Acosta.

Acosta fled from a crash scene on foot into the canyon south of Camino Cereza at approximately 4:30 p.m. today. He has an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a robbery charge.

Acosta also has a criminal history of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He is 5’ 6” tall and 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair.

Los Alamos County Little League Marlins Top Yankees

on June 15, 2017 - 8:19am

Los Alamos Little League Yankee Second Baseman Haydon Watkins reached for a grounder as it passes second base in the first inning. Photo by John McHale/ 

Los Alamos Little League Yankee Shortstop MacLain Griffin readies to catch a line drive in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Little League Yankee Josh Gartz successfully steals third as Marlin Owen Wylie tries to tag with an empty glove. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Little League’s Marlins and Yankees squared off at 6 p.m.


LAPD Reminds Community To Follow Dog Ordinance

on June 15, 2017 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Police Department Animal Control Division Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman with Santos, a dog she rescued from Honduras. Santos is available for adoption at the Animal Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A rash of recent attacks by unleashed dogs on humans and other dogs has spurred the Los Alamos Police Department to remind people of the provisions of the Los Alamos Municipal Code and the New Mexico Dangerous Dog Act.

“We have had several incidents in the past few months and people need to recognize how dangerous it

McQuiston: What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

on June 15, 2017 - 7:39am

The Jemez Agency

I have been getting quite a few calls lately about car insurance rates on the rise. Why are rates going up, even if I am not having accidents?

To start with , you need to understand the function of insurance is to accept the risk from many people to pay for the losses of the few. Personal auto insurance protects car owners from having to personally pay for all the damages they are responsible for, resulting from an auto accident.

Consider this recent claim for one of my clients.  We began insuring him and his family about 2 years ago.