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Concern Erupts For Explosives Working Dogs

on November 5, 2015 - 4:13pm

Explosives working dogs are kept in this enclosure in the back yard of a residence on Rim Road where Animal Control issued the owner a citation for incessant barking. Courtesy photo

Jennis Pruett expresses concern to the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening about the living conditions and treatment of the explosives working dogs housed at a residence on Rim Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos

There is great respect for dogs who work explosives.

CYFD Cabinet Secretary, NM Supreme Court Chief Justice, NMJJAC Gathered Thursday In Los Alamos

on October 25, 2015 - 11:26pm
From left, NMJJAC Chair Sharon Stover, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson  and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil in Council Chambers Thursday in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
NMJJAC members gather Thursday morning in Council Chambers to discuss youth issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) met Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.

JJAC Chair Sharon Stover opened the meeting and Municipal

FBI: Davon Lymon, Alleged Shooter Of APD Officer, Charged With Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on October 24, 2015 - 2:14pm

FBI News:
  • Lymon Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE—Friday morning the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) filed a criminal complaint charging Albuquerque resident Davon Lymon, 34, with a violation of the federal firearms laws.

The federal charge against Lymon was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of ATF, Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

Secretary Of State Dianna Duran Has Resigned

on October 23, 2015 - 12:32pm

Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran spoke at a dinner in 2014 at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – Secretary of State Dianna Duran resigned her post Thursday evening.

An email was sent out by the Democratic Party of New Mexico around 1 a.m.

Drug Courts Receive $600,000 In New Funding

on October 20, 2015 - 10:13am

Map of problem-solving courts across the state. Courtesy image




SANTA FE − Court programs that treat an offender’s addiction or mental illness are receiving $600,000 in new funding in the current fiscal year.


The money was appropriated by the Legislature to the Administrative Office of the Courts to be awarded to problem-solving courts, which include Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts, DWI Drug Courts, Family Dependency Courts and Mental Health Courts.


The money was distributed after a competitive grant process in which applications were submitted by problem-solving

Op-Ed: Mediation Week In New Mexico

on October 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
By EDWARD L. CHAVEZ, State Supreme Court Justice and Co-Chairman
Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission

The New Mexico Supreme Court declared the week of Oct. 11, 2015 as Mediation Week. If you or your business are in a lawsuit or know that soon you will be in a lawsuit, you may be concerned about the potential costs and time involved in resolving the dispute. If so, mediation in the courts is a less expensive and time-consuming option available to you. 

Mediation is a cooperative process in which a neutral person – a retired judge, a lawyer or anyone else trained as a

Waters Of The U.S. Rule Blocked Nationwide

on October 13, 2015 - 6:40am

NMED News:

The Oct. 9 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling applying a nationwide stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineer’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule affirms the success already achieved by the New Mexico Environment Department, Office of the State Engineer, and 12 other Rocky Mountain coalition states in halting the implementation of the WOTUS rule, while the rule’s serious deficiencies are litigated. 

The federal appeals court in Ohio ruled that delaying implementation of the WOTUS rule nationwide, while litigation proceeds, would not threaten

AFTNM/ATF Lawsuit Against NMPED Concludes With Motion For Preliminary Injunction Today

on October 6, 2015 - 2:16pm
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation’s District Court lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department concludes today with the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.
This lawsuit seeks to provide relief to educators across New Mexico by pausing, and eventually seeking to prevent the use of high-stakes testing in the evaluation of education professionals.
It is the belief of AFTNM and ATF that the current evaluation system, imposed by Public Education Department rule, is unsound, untested, and

Suspect Pleads Guilty To Theft At Los Alamos Historical Museum

on October 6, 2015 - 10:45am

William Ryan Skelton. File photo


William Ryan Skelton turned himself in over the weekend following a news release issued Oct. 1 by Los Alamos police asking the public's assistance to locate him.

Skelton, 30, was suspected of robbing a cash box at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Sept. 25 and damaging property near Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. He faced Judge Pat Casados Monday in Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to larceny and criminal damage to property.

Judge Casados sentenced Skelton to 90 days in jail, 45 days for larceny and 45 days for criminal damage to property, to run

Many Millions To Settle Livermore Lay-off Suit

on October 1, 2015 - 10:39am

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory span one square mile. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

The claims of 129 of the plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit brought by 130 former workers against Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been resolved.

In the settlement, the Laboratory has agreed to pay the former employees a total of $37.25 million in contract damages. 

The lawsuit arose out of a 2008 workforce restructuring at the Laboratory, which impacted more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, the claims of five “test plaintiffs,” out of the 130, were litigated in two separate jury trials.

The first

SEC Alleges TCC And Former Bank Executives Committed Accounting Fraud

on September 28, 2015 - 9:07pm

SEC News:

Washington D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Trinity Capital Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Los Alamos National Bank, have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle accounting fraud charges.

An SEC investigation found that Trinity materially misstated its provision for loan losses and its allowance for loan and lease losses in its quarterly and annual filings with the Commission during 2010, 2011, and the first two quarters of 2012. Specifically, Trinity understated its reported 2011 net loss available to common shareholders by $30.5

District Court Testimony Begins Wednesday On Preliminary Injunction Pausing High-stakes Testing In Evaluation Of Education Professionals

on September 15, 2015 - 11:44am

AFT NM News:

SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation’s District Court lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department advances as Wednesday's hearing commences a motion for a preliminary injunction.

This lawsuit seeks to provide relief to educators across New Mexico by pausing, and eventually seeking to prevent the use of high-stakes testing in the evaluation of education professionals.

It is the belief of AFT NM and ATF that the current evaluation system, imposed by Public Education Department rule, is unsound, untested, and

Los Alamos Judge Pat Casados Elected Secretary-Treasurer Of New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association

on September 4, 2015 - 10:50am

Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat A. Casados


ALBUQUERQUE – The Magistrate Judges Association elected new officers last week during the annual Magistrate Judges Conference in Albuquerque.

Newly elected officers include:

  • President – Santa Fe County Magistrate Court Judge George Anaya Jr.;
  • Vice president – Valencia County Magistrate Judge John R. Chavez; and
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat A. Casados.

The Magistrate Judges Association was established in 1970 as a nonprofit organization and its activities include advocating for legislation and court

Common Cause Statement On SOS Charges

on August 31, 2015 - 9:22am

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison released the following statement Sunday regarding the Secretary of State situation:

“Like the rest of the state, Common Cause New Mexico was shocked to hear of the criminal complaints filed against our Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, by the Attorney General.

“As Secretary of State, Dianna Duran is the elected official in New Mexico in charge of many important functions, including the implementation of campaign finance laws; ethics enforcement for candidates

Charges Filed Against Secretary Of State Dianna Duran

on August 30, 2015 - 8:29am

Secretary of State Dianna Duran

Staff Report

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas charged Secretary of State Dianna Duran Friday in District Court with 64 counts including embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, violations of the Campaign Practice Act, tampering with public records, conspiracy and violation of a Governmental Conduct Act.

The investigation into Duran’s alleged misuse of campaign funds and withdrawal of money at casinos around the state began following a tip.


New Mexico Judiciary Endorses Bail Reform Constitutional Amendment

on August 27, 2015 - 4:53pm
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Judiciary will ask the Legislature to let voters decide whether to approve reforms to the bail system for the release of criminal defendants awaiting trial.
The proposed amendment to the New Mexico Constitution will allow judges the lawful option of denying pretrial release on bail to defendants who are too dangerous or unreasonable flight risks. The proposal also will guarantee that no person entitled to pretrial release is held in jail simply because they are financially unable to afford a money bond.    
Current provisions of the state

Los Alamos Municipal Court Closed Aug. 31-Sept. 4

on August 25, 2015 - 8:54am


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will close Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 for staff training. All Municipal Court Offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

Payments due during this period may be mailed to:

  • Los Alamos Municipal Court
  • 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste. C
  • Los Alamos, NM 87544

Some payments may be paid online at

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open after Labor Day at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Hill Diner In Los Alamos Has Sold!

on August 12, 2015 - 11:47am

Hill Diner and the Magistrate Court properties on Trinity Drive have sold. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Hill Diner and the adjacent building that housed Magistrate Court have sold to a Santa Fe investment group.

The combined property at 1315 and 1319 Trinity Dr. was listed at $549,900 for the two buildings on 0.676 acres; the final sale price has not been disclosed.

Hill Diner. File photo

Refurbishing is underway at Hill Diner and the plan is to bring it back to its former glory as a warm and charming place for the community to gather

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Closed Aug. 26-28

on August 10, 2015 - 6:08pm


The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed Aug. 26 through Aug. 28 while the judge and clerk attend a conference.

The court will reopen at 8 a.m. Aug. 31.


US District Court Judge Speaks To Los Alamos Youth

on August 10, 2015 - 9:22am

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Gonzales, appointed by President Obama in 2013, spoke to approximately 50 students including six students from Los Alamos Teen Court Sunday at Glorieta Retreat Center during the New Mexico Teen Court Association (NMTCA) retreat and training. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Bench Warrant Round Up Will Follow Amnesty Period To Encourage Parents To Pay Child Support

on August 6, 2015 - 11:12am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — For the fourth year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a crackdown on parents who aren’t paying child support.

The child support bench warrant operation starts this week and continues through the end of the month.

“You have to contribute to the upbringing of your children – there are no excuses,” Martinez said. “We are committed to standing up for New Mexico’s children and ensuring that parents are upholding their responsibilities. If you owe child support, now is the time to fulfill your obligation.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Docket Aug. 11-31

on August 3, 2015 - 6:19pm
The following is the upcoming docket for Magistrate Court in the Los Alamos Justice Center with the Honorable Judge Pat A. Casados presiding unless otherwise noted:
Tuesday, Aug. 11:
1:30 p.m. (Judge: Matthew S. Page ― Los Alamos Magistrate Court)
Defendant: Jaryd E Marquez
Proceeding: Pre-Trial Hearing
Prosecutor: Kent Wahlquist ; Def Atty: Tyr Loranger; Officer: Monica Salazar
Monday, Aug. 17:
9 a.m. 
Defendant: Amanda N. Tapia
Proceeding: Arraignment
Prosecutor: ; Def Atty:; Officer: David J. Boe
9 a.m. 

Los Alamos Probation Officer: Tough but Caring

on July 23, 2015 - 10:47am
Los Alamos Probation Officer Linda Peña
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

Linda Peña, the adult probation officer for Los Alamos County Municipal Court and Magistrate Court, says she’s “safe, blunt, and I don’t sugar coat” the situation with offenders.

However, it was obvious July 14, as she spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, that she cares deeply about her work.

In a brief interview after her talk, she said that she grew up in an area  “riddled by drugs and crime” (although her immediate family didn’t do drugs or drink), and she wanted to “help people get out of that

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Sworn Into Governor Appointed Board Position

on July 22, 2015 - 6:51pm

Magistrate Judge Patricia Casados swears in Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero today at the Justice Center. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Sheriff Lucero to the New Mexico Oversight Search and Rescue Board and it is required that he be sworn into this new position. Sheriff Lucero was welcomed onto the Board when he attended his first meeting last week. Courtesy photo

Municipal Court Clerk’s Office Closing For Training

on July 15, 2015 - 3:14pm


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

The Court Clerk’s Office will remain closed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22, 23 and 24 for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Some payments may be paid online at

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, July 27.