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LAPSA Names Los Alamos Police Dispatcher Ruben Garcia 2016 First Responder Of The Year

on December 8, 2016 - 10:57pm

LAPSA President Chris Mamula, left, presents the 2016 Los Alamos Public Safety Association First Responder of the Year Award to Los Alamos Police Department Dispatcher Ruben Garcia for his outstanding contribution to public safety during an emergency call for service. Garcia is joined by his wife Amanda at the awards ceremony Sunday at La Mesita Eatery. Photo by Kateri Morris


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Department Dispatcher Ruben Garcia was honored by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) during the group’s annual dinner and awards banquet

Accident Restricts Traffic Near Los Alamos Airport

on December 8, 2016 - 8:47am

An accident on N.M. 502 this morning is restricting traffic near the Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2016

on December 7, 2016 - 5:41pm

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.


Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Vigil, 41, of Espanola on 15th Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

Nov. 30 at 11:10 a.m. / Police arrested Juan Maldonado-Ranjel, 21, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. The police booking photo is not available.



Nov. 30 at 11:31 a.m.

Zia Credit Union Strives To Curb Elder Financial Abuse

on December 7, 2016 - 1:52pm
ZCU President & CEO David Woodruff
ZCU News:
On Wednesday of last week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging called for tougher state actions to prevent elder abuse by guardians – and in a 2011 MetLife study, it was suggested that older Americans lost more than $2 billion to financial exploitation by a spectrum of perpetrators in 2010. 
In June of this year, the Taos News reported that, in the U.S., approximately 1 in 10 of senior citizens has been a victim of elder abuse, for a total of more than 1 million each year.

IRS, Security Summit Partners, Remind Taxpayers To Protect Themselves Online

on December 7, 2016 - 1:47pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry recently urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft.
Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal taxpayers’ personal information and ultimately their money. But, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to help protect themselves, like keeping computer software up-to-date and being cautious about giving out their personal information.
This is the first reminder to taxpayers during “National Tax Security Awareness Week,”

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit

on December 7, 2016 - 1:46pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted the special audit to determine why a backlog of 5,440 untested kits amassed in New Mexico and develop best practices to clear it and prevent it from happening again.
In New Mexico, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime and 65 percent of sexual assault victims are minors.

County: Winter Sidewalk Guidelines

on December 7, 2016 - 1:40pm
County reminds residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Courtesy photo
During the winter months, the County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.
When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising At An Alarming Rate

on December 7, 2016 - 1:24pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States.
Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61 percent (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
This opioid epidemic has been

County Issues Winter Driving Safety Tips

on December 6, 2016 - 11:43am

Los Alamos County issues winter driving safety tips. Courtesy photo



Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.

DOE Secretary: U.S. Commits To IAEA Monitoring For Six Metric Tons Of Plutonium Disposition

on December 5, 2016 - 7:14am

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

VIENNA – At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA in 2017 to develop a monitoring and verification plan for the disposition process.

Below are Secretary Moniz’ remarks at the conference, which begin with a message from President Obama to the conference:


State Initiates Special Audit And Plan To Resolve Potential Tax Underpayments By Insurance Companies

on December 4, 2016 - 9:24am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  Nov. 30, State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) outlined a plan for the resolution of longstanding questions about revenue collection at the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI).
The plan includes the initiation of an in-depth audit, to be conducted by an independent firm, to determine amounts that may be owed to the state. The plan also includes recommendations for multiagency coordination for oversight of the audit findings and responsibilities for any settlement claims. 

Luján Addresses National Defense Authorization Act

on December 4, 2016 - 9:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a number of priorities for New Mexico.
“From the dedicated men and women who serve our country at Cannon Air Force Base, to the cutting edge research taking place at Los Alamos National Labs, I am proud of the leading role New Mexico’s Third District plays in ensuring our national security policy.

WIPP: Ground Control Progress In Panel 7

on December 3, 2016 - 10:52am
An Underground Operations employee, wearing anti-contamination clothing and a respirator, installs bolts in Panel 7 of the WIPP underground. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
Underground operations personnel installed 360 bolts in one recent week – doubling the previous weekly record.
The significant progress made in ground control maintenance over the past several weeks in the WIPP underground has exceeded expectations. Ground control is important to ensure safe working conditions for resuming waste emplacement.
“The performance of our underground operations crews has been

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Continues On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 3, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn next week, focusing on a 180-acre block in the Las Dispensas area and a 1,120-acre unit on Johnson Mesa. 
Ignitions may begin Monday, Dec. 5, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable and may continue through Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Gallinas Watershed, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, is a priority for forest restoration, including prescribed burning, because it is the primary water

Heinrich: Declassify Information Regarding Russia And U.S. Election

on December 2, 2016 - 9:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined several of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information relating to the Russian government and the U.S. election.
“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Heinrich and his colleagues in their letter.

AG Announces Operation Holiday Home Protection

on December 2, 2016 - 9:53am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new initiative aimed at educating and protecting New Mexico consumers: Operation Holiday Home Protection. 
During the month of December, the Office of the Attorney General will be focusing its consumer protection efforts towards keeping New Mexicans in their homes.

‘National Tax Security Awareness Week’ Begins Dec. 5

on December 2, 2016 - 9:16am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners announced the start of “National Tax Security Awareness Week.”
As part of the Security Summit effort, the IRS, the states and the tax community will share a variety of information throughout next week to educate taxpayers on steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft and tax scams as well as protect their valuable financial data in advance of the upcoming filing season.
The week, which runs Dec.

2016 Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-LA

on December 1, 2016 - 10:53pm

Presenter Jenna White MD speaks to first responders Nov. 19 at the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Management and Critical Care Conferance at UNM-LA.. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from the conferance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First responders from across the Southwest convened Nov. 18-20 for the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Conference at UNM-Los Alamos.

Speakers from across the region presented talks on various aspects of emergency and critical care to 75 first responders.

Among the many

Police Operation Targets Porch Package Thieves

on December 1, 2016 - 9:20am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit is conducting covert operations this holiday season as a proactive measure against package theft from citizen’s front porches. 

“We want to be proactive this season to deter and possibly catch any would-be thieves who target packages left at Los Alamos residences,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.

As the increase in online shopping continues each year, the draw toward a trend tagged as “Porch Pirates” also increases, he said.

The Los Alamos Police Department also wants to encourage citizens who believe they have had a package

School Delays, Cancellation, Early Dismissals

on December 1, 2016 - 8:57am
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools has issued the following message to help prepare for the winter of 2016-17:
  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.;
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, the school district’s information line (505.663.2223), and each individual school line;
  • LAPS will be coordinating with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation or early dismissal;
  • In general, if the Lab is on a delay, school opening will be

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 16-Nov. 29, 2016

on November 30, 2016 - 8:31pm
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.

Nov. 16 at 1:51 p.m. / A 47-year-old Papillion man reported that he is the victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.


Nov. 17 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Colin, 25, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.





Nov. 19 at 8:36 a.m.

Udall Welcomes EPA Announcement Of First 10 Chemicals For Review Under New Law

on November 30, 2016 - 10:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of the first 10 chemicals that the agency will review for possible risks to public health and the environment, as required under Udall’s Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
Udall’s landmark, bipartisan bill, which was signed into law by President Obama in June, reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), ensuring that children and communities across the nation are protected from dangerous

Albuquerque Man Charged With Using Explosive Device To Damage Or Destroy Building

on November 30, 2016 - 10:36am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque has been charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a building – the Old Navy store in the Pavilions at San Mateo shopping center in Albuquerque – used in interstate commerce.
The charge against Hickman was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Chief Gorden E.

Council Proclaims Dec. 4-10 ‘DWI Awareness Week’

on November 29, 2016 - 6:53pm
Members of the DWI Awareness Council at this evening’s County Council meeting to accept a proclamation from Councilor Kristin Henderson denoting the Week of Dec. 4-10, 2016 as DWI Awareness Week. A variety of public outreach and educational activities are planned. To promote ‘Don’t Drink and Drive,’ the Planning Council will be using grant funds to pay for free ‘Buzz Bus’ rides Dec. 30 and 31, courtesy of Atomic City Transit. Courtesy/LAC


  • DWI Planning Council urges ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ during the holiday season or any time of year

The Los Alamos County Council this evening

Construction Begins This Week Along East Road

on November 28, 2016 - 10:27am


The Department of Public Utilities’ contractor Parker Construction Company will be performing work starting today replacing gas and electric infrastructure along East Road, N.M. 502, between Airport Drive and Camino Entrada.

 According to Department officials, the majority of the work will take place within the airport property line and on the outside of the road bed, therefore there are no lane closures, detours or interruption of utility services anticipated. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. 

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the