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Court: Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Illegal

on October 13, 2014 - 2:42pm


In response to a petition by the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has ordered New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and the Water Quality Control Commission to explain the illegal scheduling of a hearing on groundwater-protection rules for the dairy industry.

Although 57 percent of New Mexico dairies have polluted groundwater in excess of health standards, Flynn’s Environment Department has not been enforcing a groundwater-protection rule the commission passed in 2011 specifically for the dairy industry.

The Environment Department and

Miffed Aide Who Hacked Governor’s Emails Gets 9-Month Sentence

on October 9, 2014 - 8:51am

Jamie Estrada leaves an Albuquerque federal courthouse Wednesday after getting a nine-month sentence for hacking into the email account of Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Rob Nikolewski


New Mexico Watchdog 
ALBUQUERQUE — Email hacking is a crime and a former campaign manager who turned on the Republican governor in New Mexico is going to do time.

Jamie Estrada was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in federal prison for breaking into the email campaign account of Gov. Susana Martinez and disseminating some of the messages to her political opponents

“To whom much is

Lawsuit Against LANL And Former Emergency Operations Manager Tony Stanford Is Settled

on September 15, 2014 - 11:30pm
Anthony 'Tony' Stanford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Attorney John Day told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that the suit he filed in First District Court last December on behalf of Erika and William Gorman against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Anthony "Tony" R. Stanford has been settled.

"We've reached an agreement and dropped the lawsuit," Day said. "The parties agreed not to discuss the terms of the settlement but I can tell you that the Gormans are extremely happy and very satisfied that it's over."

A LANL spokesperson stated

LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep Takes Oath of Office For 1st Judicial District Court

on September 7, 2014 - 11:28am

The Honorable Sarah M. Singleton performs the Investiture Ceremony for Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court as her husband Todd Coberly looks on. Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Attrep, a Los Alamos High School graduate, to the 1st Judicial District Court in July. Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders Steven C. Porter to Pay Nearly $100K in Cash to Get Out of Jail

on August 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

Steven C. Porter

Staff Report

In order to get out of jail this time, Steven C. Porter of Pajarito Acres in White Rock must pay nearly $100,000 in cash after being arrested Monday and charged with violating the terms of his release.

Police suspect Porter removed the electronic monitoring bracelet attached to his ankle for some 20 hours between Friday and Saturday. A truck was vandalized about a mile from his home within that time period.

Porter went before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados this morning.

Couple Suspected of Burglarizing Los Alamos Homes Granted Bail With Conditions

on August 28, 2014 - 12:55pm

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Staff Report

In seperate hearings this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados set bond for an Ojo Caliente couple who are engaged to be married. The couple is charged in a string of local residential burglaries over the past two months.

Casados set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield. Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th degree felonies) and one count of burglary of a dwelling (3rd degree felony). Her bond was reduced from $28,000 due to her inability to pay.

Former Sandia Scientist Pleads Guilty to Taking Government Property to China

on August 28, 2014 - 7:36am

Jianyu Huang

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation (Sandia) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.

The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S.

Police Inventory Lists 66 Firearms At Steve Porter's Pajarito Acres Home

on August 27, 2014 - 6:28pm

This SKS Russian 7.62 with bayonet is among 66 firearms police recently inventoried and confiscated from Steven C. Porter's residence in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Steven C. Porter Monday and charged him with escape from a community custody program, a felony, for tampering with his court ordered electronic monitoring device.

He is being held in jail without bond and scheduled to go back before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at the Justice Center.

Porter, 46, was initially arrested Sunday, Aug.

Municipal Court Closing Sept. 1-5

on August 27, 2014 - 5:30pm


The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day and Sept. 2-5 for Court Staff Training.  

Direct questions to 505.662.8025.


Judge Casados: Landlord and Tenant Issues

on August 24, 2014 - 12:05pm

Landlord and Tenant Issues

Los Alamos Magistrate Court

Are you thinking about moving and renting a new home? Are you going away to college and will not live in the dorm? Are you sending a student off to rent an apartment or share a house with other students?

Renting a place to live presents many important questions and can have legal consequences. Lack of information or wrong information may cause disputes that can turn into headaches including court action leading to eviction.

The first and most important piece of advice I would give anyone is to KEEP RECORDS.


Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Worker Sentenced for Violating Atomic Energy Act Violations

on August 21, 2014 - 11:35am

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni and Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders $102K Bond For Steven C. Porter With Strict Conditions

on August 19, 2014 - 6:44pm

During an arraignment this morning, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados explains to defendant Steven C. Porter each of the 20 charges he is facing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Steven C. Porter

With 20 drug-related counts filed against him, Steven C. Porter faced Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados this morning during his arraignment at the Justice Center.

Casados read each charge out loud, detailed what each charge meant and asked porter if he understood each charge and the possible sentence and fine.

Letter to the Editor: Shocked at Judge Parker's Decision to Remove Mural

on August 19, 2014 - 3:05pm
Aztec, N.M.
Regarding: Court decision concerning the 10 Commandments in Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Honorable Judge Parker:
After reading the decision that you returned concerning the 10 Commandments monument in Bloomfield, N.M., I was shocked.
There were several reasons that I was shocked. One being that since you were appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan I thought you were a more conservative judge who would have known the history of the United States. The other concern was that the 10 Commandments mural was on the wall in the District Court itself.

Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

on August 18, 2014 - 7:21pm

Steven C. Porter


Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene Sunday evening that more than 100 people representing

Gov.: Child Support Bench Warrant Round Up

on August 7, 2014 - 7:48am

Gov. Susana Martinez


For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez announces a two-part crack-down on non-custodial parents who aren’t paying child support.

The child support bench warrant operation runs through the end of August.

Non-custodial parents with an outstanding bench warrant due to unpaid child support obligations may visit one of the 14 child support offices across the state, pay the full amount of the bond by Aug. 29, and get the warrant quashed or cancelled without fear of arrest.

During the final week of August, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and local law

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep to 1st Judicial District Court

on July 31, 2014 - 9:10am


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court.

Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state. Candidates for this judgeship were not able to run in the June Primary Election because the position wasn’t officially available until May and did not allow enough time for candidates to participate in that election.

The Democratic

Municipal Court Closing From Noon July 22-25

on July 21, 2014 - 9:03pm


Los Alamos County Municipal Court will close at noon Tuesday, July 22 and remain closed through Friday, July 25 for Court Staff Professional Development.

The Court will reopen Monday, July 28.


Municipal Court to Close at Noon July 22-25

on July 16, 2014 - 8:41am
The Municipal Court will close at noon July 22-25 for Court Staff Professional Development.
For more information, call 505.662.8025.

Lujan Grisham on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

on July 2, 2014 - 8:11am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, released the following statement June 30 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby:

“Today’s decision shows just how far the Roberts court is willing to go to put the interests of private corporations over the needs of working families. The court gives corporations the freedom to discriminate—based on religious beliefs—against its own employees.”

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on June 17, 2014 - 7:51am

Jamie Estrada

FBI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

In announcing Estrada’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Damon P.

New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children

on May 24, 2014 - 7:35am

New CASA volunteers from left, Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall with Judge Ellington and Suzie Leite. Courtesy photo

CASA News:

SANTA FE—The Hon. Judge T. Glen Ellington of the First Judicial District swore in six volunteers May 22 as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. The new volunteers are Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall and Suzie Leite.

Family and friends gathered in the First District Court House in Santa Fe to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to

Damon Martinez New U.S. Attorney for New Mexico

on May 22, 2014 - 9:08am

Damon P. Martinez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Damon P. Martinez to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and as acting U.S. Attorney since March 2014. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the position of U.S. Attorney in an April 26, 2013, letter to President Obama.

"Damon Martinez has already stepped up to the plate as

Probate Judge Christine Chandler Speaks at Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Public Library Tuesday

on May 18, 2014 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos Probate Judge Chris Chandler


The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as their speaker Tuesday, May 20 at Mesa Library. The lunch will begin at 11:40 a.m. and is open to the entire community.

Chandler was appointed Probate Judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is  and is running for the position in the 2014 election.

Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her BA from Smith College, with a major in economics.

Police Dispatch Operator Charged With DUI

on May 15, 2014 - 9:28am


Los Alamos Police Dispatch Operator Randon Romero was arrested May 2 by Santa Fe police and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, .16 or above, first offense.

Romero was arraigned May 7 in Santa Fe Magistrate Court at which Judge George Anaya, Jr. set bond at $5,000.

"I am aware of this situation," LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone told the Los Alamos Daily Post, adding that Romero remains on the job pending the outcome of an investigation.

A pre-trial hearing is set for June 17 at the Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

New Mexico court

DA's Office Drops Charges Against Michael Calhoun

on May 6, 2014 - 4:05pm


The District Attorney's Office has dropped all charges against Michael Calhoun of Los Alamos for lack of evidence.

Los Alamos police filed charges Feb. 8 against Calhoun, 46, of negligent use of explosives and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The case was dismissed without prejudice March 18, which is a dismissal that allows for re-filing of the case in the future.

The Children's Court dropped the charge of negligent use of explosives filed by Los Alamos police Feb. 8 against a 14-year-old Los Alamos boy, citing lack of evidence.