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Nobile: Why Am I Running For Probate Judge?

on October 27, 2016 - 11:42am
By Anne Nobile
Candidate for Probate Judge

Last winter I became aware there would be an opportunity to continue being of service to Los Alamos County in a capacity I would enjoy. With the encouragement of longtime friends and fellow volunteers, I soon applied.

I was appointed by the County Council June 21 for a term lasting until Dec. 31.

My letter of interest reviewed my experience as a paralegal, applying government regulations, such as OSHA and ANSI, in my job at the Lab and volunteering as a Planning & Zoning Commissioner for six years.

Chicoine: We Need A DA Who Will Enforce The Law

on October 27, 2016 - 9:04am
GOP Candidate for District Attorney

I am seeking election as your District Attorney because I believe the people of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties deserve a District Attorney who is committed to restoring respect for the rule of law. 

We need change.  We need a District Attorney who makes clear that criminal conduct is unacceptable, and who is willing and unafraid to hold lawbreakers accountable.

Accountability means an end to revolving door justice. It means greater safety and security for all of us. Accountability makes second chances possible.


Letter To The Editor: Endorsement Of Anne Nobile For County Probate Judge

on October 23, 2016 - 10:26am
Los Alamos

I enthusiastically support Anne Nobile for County Probate Judge. I have known Anne for a number of years and worked with her on behalf of Los Alamos schools issues; e.g., support of Jody Benson for the School Board, which was a successful endeavor. Anne's credibility for serving this judicial position is reflected in her having been appointed Probate Judge by our bipartisan County Council. Having served as the County's probate judge, she knows the job – and will faithfully continue to do the job needed and expected by County citizens.

In addition to my

Status Hearing On AFTNM-ATF Lawsuit Monday

on October 23, 2016 - 7:01am

2016 Model International Criminal Court Mock Trials

on October 21, 2016 - 5:44am

Dispennette: Merging Of My Backgrounds Needed For Probate Judge

on October 20, 2016 - 8:55am
GOP Candidate
Probate Judge

I am asking for your vote to be Los Alamos’ next Probate Judge because I believe who I am and my professional experience make me uniquely qualified for this position.

As an Army Chaplain I spent years helping families through some of the most intense moments many of us could imagine. With two combat tours myself to Iraq and Afghanistan, I became an expert in family crisis management as well as helping my soldiers deal with PTSD.

County Attorney Finalists Share Interests In Job

on October 19, 2016 - 3:37pm
County Manager Harry Burgess, center, speaks with County Attorney finalists and guests at an Oct. 6 community reception at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

The four finalists for the Los Alamos County Attorney position gathered at a community reception Oct. 6 in the Community Room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

Letter To The Editor: Keep Justice Judy

on October 17, 2016 - 10:02am
Former Representative, Dist. 43, 1971-1986
Los Alamos
I have known Judy Nakamura for over 30 years and have followed her career as a member of the judiciary.
I first met Judy as a member of the Young Republicans where Judy worked hard to encourage young talented people to run for public office. She was enthusiastic and tireless. She impressed me and we became fast friends. I remember she was encouraged to go to law school and she entered the UNM School of Law. After law school I did not hear much of her, but when she ran for office and won, I was proud of her.

FBI: Former Jicarilla Apache Nation Purchasing Agent Sentenced For Federal Embezzlement Conviction

on October 11, 2016 - 10:03am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE – The former purchasing agent for the Jicarilla Apache Nation was sentenced Monday in federal court in Albuquerque to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
Vanessa Cohoe, now known as Vanessa Vicenti, 46, formerly of Dulce, was charged in an indictment filed Dec. 17, 2015, with theft of funds belonging to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, an organization receiving more than $10,000 in federal funds. 
The indictment alleged that Cohoe committed the crime by embezzling approximately

Candidates Face Off At Thursday's LWV Forum

on October 11, 2016 - 8:23am
House Dist. 43 candidates Sharon Stover (R), left, and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) address the audience at the League of Women Voters Forum Thursday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Community members pack the Student Center at UNM-LA for Thursday's Candidates Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, district attorney candidates Marco Serna (D) and Yvonne Chicoine (R) field questions from the audience as emcee Becky Shankland looks on during the League of Women Voters Forum Thursday at UNM-LA.

League Of Women Voters Endorses Constitutional Amendment One 2016 – Bail Bond Reform

on October 9, 2016 - 4:35pm
By Dr. Meredith R. Machen, President
League of Women Voters of New Mexico

New Mexicans have the opportunity to make badlyneededchanges in the state’s antiquated bail bond system----a system dating back to Pennsylvania state laws from the 1700s. 

In short, the amendment would give judges the power to keep dangerous, violent offenders in jail and the discretion to release poor non-violent offenders. In other words, release decisions would be based on criminal history, community threat and flight risk, not on ability to pay for a “get out jail” card.

The first part of the amendment says,

Los Alamos High School Graduate Sierra Lin (Gutgsell) Moller Passes Colorado Bar Exam

on October 9, 2016 - 12:49pm

Sierra Lin (Gutgsell) Moller at her Law School Graduation May 7, 2016. Courtesy photo


Sierra Lin (Gutgsell) Moller has passed the Colorado 2016 Bar Exam.

She is a 2007 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“Your family and community are so proud of you!” says mom Linda Gutgsell.

Letter To The Editor: Support Judge Anne Nobile For Probate Judge

on October 9, 2016 - 12:21pm
Former Los Alamos Probate Judge

I am writing in support of Judge Anne Nobile, Los Alamos’ current Probate Judge and candidate for the position in this election.

As a former probate judge, I know what the job entails and understand the qualifications and personal commitment necessary to be an effective probate judge. Judge Nobile is experienced in interpreting laws, rules and requirements, an important component of the position. She has completed the necessary training for probate judges at the New Mexico Judicial Education Center. 

Prior to moving to Los Alamos, Judge

Magistrate Judges Association Elects New Officers

on October 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LACM News:
ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat Casados has been elected president of the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association.
Valencia County Magistrate Judge John R. Chavez is vice president and the association’s secretary-treasurer is Eddy County Magistrate Judge D’Ann Read. The new officers were elected at the annual Magistrate Judges Conference last week in Albuquerque.
The association was established in 1970 as a nonprofit organization to help improve the

Judiciary Cuts Mileage Payments To Address State’s Budget Shortfall

on September 28, 2016 - 10:14am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Judiciary will reduce spending by about a half million dollars a year by lowering the mileage reimbursement rate for travel by judges, staff, jurors, interpreters and court-ordered witnesses.
The Supreme Court ordered the reduction to address a state budget shortfall for the 2017 fiscal year, which started in July.
Effective Oct. 1, the payment rate will be reduced from 46 cents to 29 cents a mile for employees using a privately owned vehicle for travel on court-related business.

Stephanie Lopez Released From Prison

on September 24, 2016 - 3:24pm
Convicted criminals in the Baby Brianna torture, rape and murder case are Andrew Walters, Steven Lopez and Stephanie Lopez. Courtesy/NMCD
NMCD News:
GRANTS — Stephanie Lopez was released from the New Mexico Corrections Department this week after serving nearly 13 years in prison. Lopez was convicted
of child abuse resulting in death in 2003.
“This case sent shockwaves through the entire community.

Letter To The Editor: To Reiterate - The Importance Of Voting In Judicial Elections

on September 23, 2016 - 10:56am

Los Alamos

I can’t do enough to second Bethany Tierney’s letter “Important To Vote For Judges” published Thursday in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Recall that several years ago, a judge working in our judicial district was seen as particularly soft on a high profile crime that occurred up here in Los Alamos*. Although the former Judge, the Honorable Sheri Raphaelson, did not win approval from the state Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission**, most of our judicial district voted to retain her.

Sheriff's Office Announces New Registered Sex Offender Todd Frederick App In Los Alamos County

on September 22, 2016 - 12:56pm

Todd Frederick App


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is advising the community of a newly registered sex offender.

Todd Frederick App registered with the local sheriff’s office today. He was convicted July, 14, 1993 in the Superior Court of Pinal County, State of Arizona of 1 count of “Aggravated Sexual Assault, 1st Degree (Child Under 15).”  He also was convicted of 1 count of “Attempted Kidnapping, 2nd Degree”.

App is residing at 143 Monte Rey South in White Rock.

For further information regarding registered convicted sex offenders, review the Los Alamos County

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Discharging A Firearm During A Crime Of Violence

on September 20, 2016 - 7:56am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Eli Hunt, 37, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque to 120 months in prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Hunt will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Hunt was arrested in December 2015 on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and burglary. 
The complaint alleged that he committed the crimes Dec.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb For False & Deceptive Marketing

on September 16, 2016 - 8:34am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix.
The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.
“My office will continue to protect vulnerable New Mexican families and consumers through

AG Secures 10 Year Sentence For Con Artist

on September 12, 2016 - 9:17am

Convicted conman John Darren Meister gets 10 year sentence. Courtesy/AG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Albuquerque – In Second Judicial District Court Thursday, Judge Alisa Hadfield sentenced defendant John Darren Meister to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for violating probation, followed by two and a half years of supervised probation.

During this probationary period, following his release from prison, Meister must continue to make restitution payments to the two victims. In June 2015, Meister pled guilty to felony racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

New Mexico Supreme Court Hears School Elections Case At 9 a.m. Wednesday

on September 12, 2016 - 8:50am


At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the League of Women Voters vs. the Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Compilation Commission case, known as “the school elections case.” 

The Writ of Mandamus that the League filed in 2015 argues that the electorate actually did approve Constitutional Amendments in 2008 and in 2014 allowing school elections to be held at the same time as other non-partisan elections.

Judge Sentences Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham To Serve 12 Months In County Jail

on September 8, 2016 - 9:49pm

Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham

Staff Report

Citing the lack of a prior criminal history, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer sentenced former Los Alamos pastor Paul Cunningham to 12 months in jail followed by two years of supervised probation.

Cunningham, 54, was facing 4.5 years in jail for his crimes, but after he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing it, the District Attorney’s Office recommended the lighter sentence and the judge agreed.

DOE Whistleblower Case Finally Wins A Hearing

on September 5, 2016 - 8:56am
Anthony Rivera, top left, was photographed in 2013 with the team that won a 2013 R&D 100 award for developing a ‘Laser SHIELD’ that identifies potential harmful pulses in real time. Courtesy/LLNL

Los Alamos Daily Post

On the same day that senior engineer Anthony T. Rivera was escorted out of his workplace at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “with intent to dismiss,” Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wrote a memorandum to his staff asking for a personal and professional commitment to a culture of safety.

FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced For Assaulting Federal Officer

on September 1, 2016 - 8:28am

FBI News: 

ALBUQUERQUE – Ryan Joseph Chavez, 40, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to eight months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for assaulting a federal officer. 

Chavez was arrested Oct. 16, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer May 6, 2015, in Otero County. According to the complaint, Chavez assaulted the officer while the officer was attempting to place Chavez under arrest.