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IRS Warns Of Dishonest Tax Preparers

on January 27, 2015 - 3:24pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.

The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest high-quality service. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each filing season to perpetrate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt taxpayers. That's why unscrupulous preparers who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers with outlandish promises of overly large refunds make the Dirty Dozen list every year.

LAPD's Operation Genesis Nets Additional Arrests

on January 26, 2015 - 12:05pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police detectives have arrested two additional suspects on warrants associated with Operation Genesis.

Elizabeth Yates and Trevon Yates were arrested Saturday evening. Officers and investigators also recovered marijuana and a substance suspected of being heroin while affecting the two arrests. Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew said this morning that the substance believed to be heroin has been sent to the state lab for testing.

Ballew added that "more arrests are imminent."

Police arrested Elizabeth Yates, 52, of Santa Fe on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court

IRS Warns Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

on January 25, 2015 - 9:19am

IRS News:

The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during filing season

PHOENIX – The InternaI Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay

Pile Burning Continues Through Sunday

on January 24, 2015 - 12:01pm

Scene from Friday's pile burn at which about 75 piles were destroyed in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations on Los Alamos County land will continue today and Sunday, Jan. 25.

About 75 piles were burned Friday in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and

Los Alamos Police Make Eight Arrests And Confiscate Guns, Cash, Drugs During Operation Genesis

on January 23, 2015 - 9:12pm

Police detectives confiscate guns, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones during Operation Genesis. Courtesy/LAPD

Police detectives confiscate cash, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones during Operation Genesis. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

As part of Operation Genesis, Los Alamos Police Department detectives and specialized officers began executing warrants Thursday evening and in the early morning hours of today throughout Los Alamos and White Rock, arresting eight people and confiscating guns, cash, drugs, paraphernalia and cell phones.

Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from

IRS Warns About Phishing Scams

on January 23, 2015 - 11:30am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

"The IRS won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “I urge taxpayers to be wary of clicking on strange emails and websites. They may be scams to steal your personal information.”

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Letter To The Editor: Putting People In Jail After The Fact Does Not Help Children In Need

on January 22, 2015 - 12:28pm
EVA A. LYMON
Los Alamos

I am writing about the proposed Child Abuse Legislation that will punish people who kill children with life in prison.

I am concerned that while legislation like this is, I am sure, popular and gives the impression that something is being done, we need is to fix the problem before it reaches the point a child is dead. Possibly give more training to police and first responders to be able to identify and correctly respond to child abuse.

Possibly improve communications between schools, New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department and police.

Putting people in

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 To Jan. 21, 2014

on January 22, 2015 - 11:19am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Jan. 16 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested a 16-year-old Los Alamos boy at 2075 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Jan. 16 at 7:20 p.m. / A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny at TA-03. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Jan.

IRS Begins 12 Day List Of 'Dirty Dozen' Tax Scams

on January 22, 2015 - 10:43am

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams annually around the beginning of the tax filing season.

This year for the first time, the IRS will issue the individual Dirty Dozen scams during the next 12 business days to further raise consumer awareness.

The news releases will be available on IRS.gov each day, beginning today through Feb. 6.

Tax scams can happen any time during the year but frequently spike during tax time when people are working to complete and file their returns, and frequently hiring someone else to help them.

“We

Pile Burns Continue This Weekend

on January 22, 2015 - 10:29am

A firefighter at work during last weekend's prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on Los Alamos County land Jan. 23-25.

Firefighters are looking for an opportunity to burn piles in two locations - the first is Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer and Bayo Canyon - designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.

Prescribed

WIPP: Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

on January 22, 2015 - 9:25am

Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Mining and Ground Control Engineers at WIPP discovered Jan. 15 that a portion of the ceiling in the Panel 3 access drift had fallen in a restricted access area.

The roof fall was discovered during routine ground control and bulkhead inspections conducted by WIPP geotechnical staff, and the section that fell was estimated to be approximately 8’ long by 8’wide and 24” thick. Access to this area has been restricted since November 2014 due to ground control concerns, and no WIPP personnel were present at the time of the fall.

County Crews De-ice And Sand Main Hill Road

on January 22, 2015 - 8:17am

Los Alamos police control traffic while County crews de-ice and sand the Main Hill Road at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy photo

Alert: LANL, County, Schools On Two Hour Delay

on January 22, 2015 - 7:09am

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed schedule today due to Wednesday's snow storm. Employees in the Los Alamos area and those carpooling are to arrive at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and all other employees are to arrive at 10:45 a.m., to give snow removal crews time to clear roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Los Alamos County government also is on a two hour delay this morning. All County offices will open at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos Public Schools also announced that its elementary schools as well as the middle school and high school are on a delayed schedule and will

NMDOT Issues Winter Storm Update

on January 21, 2015 - 4:40pm

Snow continues to fall today on the Main Hill Road. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A snowy scene today near the entrance to Los Alamos. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow falls today along the area near the Los Alamos County Airport. By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – A new winter storm is moving slowly across New Mexico and impacts are expected to be felt in almost every region. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is monitoring the forecast and road conditions throughout the state and its crews are out working in areas already experiencing

Pajarito Road Closed Due To Water Main Break

on January 21, 2015 - 2:10pm

UPDATE: As of 3:20 p.m. today, Pajarito Road remains closed. DPU crews are still making repairs to the water main. Officials anticipate that the road will be open after 7 p.m. to through traffic.

BREAKING NEWS

A concrete cylinder water main broke early this morning on Pajarito Road just west of the intersection of Diamond Drive on the Los Alamos National Laboratory side.

Pajarito Road is closed to through traffic at this intersection as Department of Public Utilities crews make repairs.  

Traffic traveling southbound on Diamond Drive and eastbound onto Pajarito Road is unaffected.

Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

on January 21, 2015 - 7:41am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Thursday in the Los Alamos area and other parts of New Mexico.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM 4:16 AM MST WED JAN 21 2015

...WIDESPREAD SNOW WITH MAJOR IMPACTS TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY...

A PAIR OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES WILL COMBINE WITH A SURFACE COLD FRONT TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER A LARGE SWATH OF NEW MEXICO TODAY AND THURSDAY. SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO.

WIPP Hosts Stakeholder Workshop

on January 18, 2015 - 11:57am

Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manger Tammy Reynolds answers a question during Wednesday’s workshop. Courtesy/WIPP

From left, New Mexico State Representatives Cathrynn Brown and Jim Townsend, CBFO Manager Joe Franco and State Sen. Carroll Leavell take the first trip on the waste hoist following its return to full operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

DOE's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) hosted a stakeholder workshop Wednesday to discuss details of the WIPP Recovery Plan Project Management Baseline.

The baseline was conditionally approved by CBFO in late December, and the meeting

Pile Burning Underway On Los Alamos County Land

on January 18, 2015 - 11:05am

Los Alamos Firefighters conduct Saturday's prescribed pile burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are conducting a prescribed pile burn this weekend through Monday on Los Alamos County land in Bayo Canyon.

The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn will consume more than 200 piles east of the Los Alamos town site. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Smoky Sky Due To Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on January 17, 2015 - 2:20pm

Smoke billowing into the sky today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from a prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Smoke seen today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from pile burn operations that began today in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

The prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community. The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest in areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

News Alert: Vehicle Rolls Over On Truck Route

on January 16, 2015 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

A single vehicle rolled over on the truck route at about 7 a.m. today and the male driver was transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew explained that the driver was heading west on the truck route when he hit black ice and flipped over.

"It's still winter and there is ice on the roads ... we are urging motorists to slow down," Ballew said.

The truck route is open but Ballew said motorists should proceed with caution because police are wrapping up details at the scene.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 9 To Jan. 14, 2014

on January 15, 2015 - 3:20pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Jan. 8 at 8:43 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of identity theft on Pecos Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

DERRICK KOEHLER

Jan. 8 at 11:10 p.m. / Police arrested Derrick Koehler, 28, of Los Alamos at 3701 Arkansas Ave., and charged him with Aggravated DWI: Blood Alcohol concentration of .16 or more.

 

 

MARKISHA ATENCIO

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Bayo Canyon Pile Burn Operations Begin Saturday

on January 15, 2015 - 1:42pm

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on County land this week.

The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning beginning Jan 17, in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas. 

Burn units are located in the bottom of Bayo Canyon between the North Mesa

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Maestas Barnes To File Bill For Amber Alert System

on January 14, 2015 - 11:24am

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes

STATE News:

SANTA Fe – In an effort to protect New Mexico’s children, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo County, announced today that she plans to file legislation that will require all cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts. Under current New Mexico law, there is no requirement.

“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”

James To File Legislation For Tougher Child Abuse Laws

on January 14, 2015 - 11:03am

Rep. Conrad James

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Rep. Conrad James, R-Bernallio County announced today that he plans to file legislation that will toughen penalties for convicted child abusers and those whose abuse contributes to the death of a child. 

“We should always fight to protect our children and hold those who harm them accountable for their heinous actions,” James said. “When we toughen child abuse laws, especially abuse that kills a child, we send a strong message that harming our children will not be tolerated.”

Currently, those who intentionally beat a child to death face life in prison

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