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Scenes From LAFD's Marijuana Wax Lab Training

on June 24, 2016 - 5:32pm

Scene from Monday's training on the dangers involved in the marijuana waxing process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Monday's training. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The roof blew on this structure during Monday's simulated marijuana waxing process training class at the LAFD training facilty on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

What's left of the interior of the structure that blew up during Monday's simulated marijuana waxing process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos firefighters prepare to douse a fire that ignited furniture

Training Reveals Marijuana Wax Lab Dangers

on June 24, 2016 - 5:19pm
Props for marijuana wax lab training Monday at the LAFD training center on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Police and firefighters participated in training this week to better understand the processes and dangers associated with marijuana wax labs, following last month’s apartment explosion on Canyon Road.
Marijuana waxing is a relatively new and highly dangerous trend moving across the country.

Letter To The Editor: A Parent's Opinion

on June 24, 2016 - 11:50am
Los Alamos

I have always kept my opinions to myself. Now it’s time to speak out.

I was stuck with a custody situation that required me to pay all expenses as all fathers got in the 1990’s. That didn’t matter; I got six months of custody per year with my young daughter. I paid all the travel across the country several times a year, it was all worth it, money means nothing compared to being a great parent.

I work at the Lab so daycare was most important. It meant that I could afford her Mother’s mistakes but daycare actually was good for her socialization. 

After trying a

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker


Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

Cone Zone: Week Of June 27

on June 24, 2016 - 11:03am


Road Construction Update:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

To attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by activity and heavy equipment.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Sheriff

on June 24, 2016 - 10:16am
Los Alamos
With the recent arrest of former Pastor Paul Cunningham, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to not only the LAPD but to our Sheriff and his team for their involvement in this case.
With the recent news of our county council's attempts to abolish our Sheriff's Department, it is quite apparent how truly necessary it is to our community that we have a Sheriff's Department to protect our children.
I was appalled and deeply saddened to learn that our county has been struck with these sorts of criminal acts against children and am truly thankful to

Black Bear Captured On Barranca Mesa

on June 24, 2016 - 10:06am

This black bear is spotted Thursday afternoon in a tall cherry tree on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh aims a tranquilizer gun at the bear in an effort to safely capture her for relocation. Photo by Ken Hanson

LAPD Ofc. Tim Lopez and Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer hold the groggy bear with a control pole so NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh can administer more sedative. Photo by Ken Hanson

NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh checks the age of the bear and determines she is about 18 months old. LAPD Ofc. Tim Lopez holds the bear's head. Photo by Ken Hanson

From left, LAPD Officers James Keane

DEA Warning To Police, Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills

on June 24, 2016 - 7:26am
DEA News:
DEA has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. 
Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 
“Fentanyl can kill you,” Riley said. “Fentanyl is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It’s produced clandestinely in Mexico, and (also) comes directly from China.

Police Arrest Former Pastor Paul Cunningham

on June 23, 2016 - 11:53pm

Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham


Los Alamos Daily Post

Police arrested former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham last Friday evening on San Ildefonso Road and charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

According to court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post, investigators executed a search warrant at Cunningham's home, at 4732 Brisa Del Bosque, and found more than 400 explicit images of children and nine pornographic videos on computers belonging to Cunningham.

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation To Limit Influence Of Money In Politics, Rein In Special Interest Control Over Elections

on June 23, 2016 - 11:43pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Senate Democrats have announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top.
The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. 
“Americans know money in politics is out of hand.

Bear Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on June 23, 2016 - 10:57pm

This large bear was spotted in a cherry tree around 11 a.m. today on Andanada Street on Barranca Mesa. Animal Control came to monitor the situation. After about 30 minutes, the bear disappeared in the direction of the canyon. This bear is probably the same one seen Sunday morning when it destroyed some nearby hummingbird feeders. Photo by Ken Hanson

Public Input Sought For Community Wildfire Protection Plan

on June 23, 2016 - 8:52pm
Dan McCarn
As some of you know, I was asked by Wildlands Fire Chief Ramon Garcia to be part of the Core Team in the update of the Los Alamos County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
The Forest Stewards Guild through Matt Piccarello has put together an online questionnaire for Los Alamos County, and I would appreciate your help in distributing this throughout the Los Alamos community.
Please Distribute This Questionnaire To Your Neighbors & Friends In Los Alamos
Los Alamos County is in the process of updating the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Discovery Of Suspicious Items Dispatches Los Alamos Bomb Squad To White Rock Residence

on June 23, 2016 - 3:01pm

The home where the police discovered suspicious items Wednesday at 75 Hacienda in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPD Bomb Squad technicians, from left, Cpl. Ben Hinrichs, Sgt. Chris Ross, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Assistant  Bomb Squad Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Officers were dispatched at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday to conduct a welfare check on a homeowner at 75 Hacienda in White Rock.

Upon investigation, officers located the homeowner and dispatched LAFD for a medical episode.

Los Alamos Bomb Squad Handles Call In White Rock

on June 23, 2016 - 11:12am

LAPD News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Bomb Squad responded to a call late Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Hacienda in White Rock.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he will release details of the call to the media later this afternoon.

Check back at for the full report.



Local Legislator Tackles National Nuclear Issues

on June 23, 2016 - 10:50am

New Mexico State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with INL Director Mark Peters during a site visit last week about the various issues facing the DOE sites and the role of the national labs moving forward. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Legislative leaders from the Department of Energy site states gathered last week at Idaho National Laboratory to meet with DOE officials, researchers and industry experts for a briefing on nuclear-related topics crucial to the national laboratories.

New Mexico State Rep.

Blond Bear Cub Makes Major Mess At Local Home

on June 23, 2016 - 10:02am
The blond bear cub spotted wondering around various neighborhoods lately had a heydey from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. today at a residence near Villa Street. He rummaged through trash cans and recycle bins, made a lot of noise and even threw bicycles around the yard before moving on to parts unknown. Photo by Diane Swan
The bear cub left a major mess overnight at a residence near Villa Street. Photo by Diane Swan
A dog sniffs around trash rummaged through early this morning by a bear cub near Villa Street. Photo by Diane Swan

Udall Votes To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Obtaining Guns

on June 23, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns.
The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws.
"Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an overwhelming number of Americans that could

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 15 To June 21, 2016

on June 22, 2016 - 2:23pm

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.


June 15 at 6:04 p.m. / Police arrested Sonja Martinez, 38, of Los Alamos near 46th Street and Yucca and charged her with Aggravated DWI: Refusal to submit to chemical testing.





June 15 at 8:40 p.m. / Police arrested Russell Trujillo, 41, of Hernandez near 44th Street and Sandia on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




DOE Invests $82 Million In Nuclear Technology

on June 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states.
In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

State Auditor Issues Scam Alert On Wire Transfer Fraud

on June 21, 2016 - 4:28pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller sent a Risk Advisory to government agencies and schools across the state alerting officials to a wire transfer scam targeting public money. Scammers posing as high-level government officials wrote emails directing financial staff to make wire transfers in large amounts.
Employees at Zuni Public Schools, Deming Public Schools and San Miguel County initiated transfers to the scammers totaling over $100,000 from public funds.

Filming At Pajarito Mountain Producing Smoke - No Fire

on June 21, 2016 - 8:08am


Do not be alarmed if smoke appears to be coming directly from Pajarito Mountain this week. It is a special effect for a scene simulating a wildland fire for “Granite Mountain,” a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

“Granite Mountain” will be on location at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, June 29.

The smoke produced for all fire scenes is a natural, water-based compound that produces a vapor that looks like real

Luján And Lujan Grisham Participate In White House Meeting On Opioid Crisis

on June 21, 2016 - 6:38am
U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) participated in a meeting at the White House June 15 with members of the President’s Cabinet to discuss the opioid crisis that hurts communities across New Mexico and the need to take action to invest resources in treatment and prevention. 
The New Mexico Representatives joined Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Shawn Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Michael Botticelli, Director of National

Battleship Fire 100 Percent Contained!

on June 20, 2016 - 8:06pm

SFNF News:


  • Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • South of Battleship Rock off of N.M. 4 and in proximity to the Hummingbird Music Camp, the YMCA Camp Shaver, Jemez Falls and multiple recreation sites

Start Date: Reported June 19, 2016

Size: Approximately 3 acres                                                     

Percent Contained: 100 percent

Cause: Human                                                                             

Growth Potential: Low

Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir                 


Heinrich Speaks At White House Renewable Energy Summit, Highlights Emerging Technologies And Need To Modernize Electric Grid

on June 20, 2016 - 11:43am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, June 16 spoke at the White House summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets, where he underscored the importance of energy storage, modernizing our electric grid, and growing our nation's clean energy economy.
The event brought U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dr.

Attorney General Announces $2.7 Million For New Mexico E-book Purchasers From Apple Price-Fixing Victory

on June 20, 2016 - 10:20am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the New Mexico Attorney General's Office:

  • New Mexicans to begin receiving payments and/or credits Tuesday

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that New Mexico residents who purchased electronic books (E-books) can expect to receive account credits or checks Tuesday, June 21, as a result of the successful prosecution of a price-fixing case against Apple, Inc.

New Mexico consumers are expected to receive more than $2.7 million.