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Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

Balderas Announces Sen. Phil Griego Convicted On Five Counts In Corruption Trial

on November 18, 2017 - 7:44am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that a Santa Fe jury found former Sen. Phil Griego guilty on five counts in the corruption trial prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
After a two and half week trial, the jury found Griego guilty of Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service, Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service (Requesting or Receiving Thing of Value), Bribery, Fraud (Over $20,000), and Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract (Over $50).
 
The case involves the 2014 sale of

Attorney General Issues Gift Card Advisory

on November 17, 2017 - 8:31am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued tips Thursday for both givers and receivers of gift cards this holiday season, noting that the use and abuse of gift cards has continued to increase with the increase of online shopping.
 
“Scammers are out to steal from you, especially during the holiday shopping season. They are ready to prey on your love and generosity for family and friends, so be diligent and protect your money from these thieves,” Balderas said.

DA Announces Rio Arriba Grand Jury Indictments

on November 17, 2017 - 8:29am

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna

Staff Report

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has announced that a Rio Arriba County grand jury handed down indictments on four counts of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, unlawfully taking a vehicle or motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, attempt to commit the crime of disarming a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, larceny, and theft of a credit Card against Damian Herrera. 

Herrera is accused of a

Balderas Urges Congress To Repeal Law That Supports Opioid Oversupply & Handcuffs The DEA

on November 17, 2017 - 7:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas 
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late Monday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable.
 
The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis.

Review Committee Declares Santa Fe Police Officer’s Shooting A Justifiable Homicide

on November 17, 2017 - 7:43am

Staff Report 

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna’s office has announced the findings of the Officer Involved Shooting Review Committee’s evaluation of the investigation of the shooting death of Andrew James Lucero by Santa Fe Police Ofc. Leonardo Guzman. 

In a letter to Serna, Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said the committee unanimously agreed that Ofc. Guzman acted in the lawful discharge of his duties and that the killing of Lucero was a justifiable homicide by a police officer. 

“As such, the committee recommends that no criminal charges be filed,” the

Heinrich, Flake, Shaheen Press DOD For Unpublished Domestic Violence Reporting Data

on November 16, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to the Defense Department (DOD) raising serious questions about how and where the agency is reporting domestic violence related convictions adjudicated in military court, and the recent FBI’s assertion that it cannot determine how many, if any, of these convictions have been reported to one of three databases used to prevent the sale of firearms to statutorily-barred individuals.
 
As the letter notes, currently available data shows only one

FBI: Man With Goatee Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank May Have Fled In Red Car

on November 16, 2017 - 6:48am
The thief in Tuesday's bank robbery. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man with a goatee and wearing a red baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday and possibly fled in a red, older model car.
 
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a slender build. He had a goatee and wore sunglasses, a red baseball cap with a white logo on the front and black brim, a black T-shirt, black and white hooded jacket, and blue jeans. 
 
The suspect entered BBVA Compass bank, 13140 Central Ave. SE, at approximately 2:10 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 8–14, 2017

on November 15, 2017 - 12:49pm

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 against them.

LISA CHAVEZ

Nov. 8 at 10:45 a.m. / Police arrested Lisa Chavez, 32, of Espanola in Santa Fe on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

CHRISTINA M. MARTINEZ

Nov. 8 at 12:52 p.m. / Police arrested Christina M. Martinez, 37, of Santa Cruz at 15th Street and Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI.

 

 

 

 

KELLY DARLENE SNOW

Nov. 8 at 5:19 p.m.

Lane Closures At All Diamond Intersections Nov. 17

on November 15, 2017 - 12:05pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico—

The Los Alamos County Traffic Sign Crew will be installing “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the following intersections:

  • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals); and
  • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals).

There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal.

Heinrich Questions DOD Nominees On Domestic Violence Reporting Loophole, Other Key Issues

on November 15, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich secured a commitment from Army

Account Set Up For Stabbing Victim Cory Kershner

on November 15, 2017 - 11:14am

COMMUNITY News: 

Cory Kershner, a member of this community was severely injured Nov. 3. He was trying to protect his girlfriend when he was stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack.

Kershner was air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital to undergo emergency surgey. His prognosis is good but he is still hospitalized and in need of financial assistance. 

Donations are being accepted at New Mexico Bank & Trust, under "Cory Kershner The Recovery Fund", to help with his financial needs.

He has a long road to recovery. Please consider giving whatever you can to support him.

 

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

Judge Detains Alleged Writer Of SFHS Shooting Plan

on November 15, 2017 - 5:43am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A Santa Fe High School student, Aaron Encinias, will be held in a youth detention center pending trial on a charge of conspiring to engage in terrorist activity.

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered the detention Tuesday saying Encinias poses a risk to others. Charges against two other students, Santiago Trujillo and Julian Carter were dropped.

The three students were arrested last week when other students found a letter on campus, which included plans for a mass shooting at SFHS along with a diagram

Judge Detains Stabbing Suspect Citing 12 Prior Cases

on November 15, 2017 - 5:26am

Andrea Rivera, right, consults with her attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman will remain in custody without bond until further notice on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

First Judicial District Judge T.

Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment From Los Alamos Community

on November 14, 2017 - 2:19pm

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive Nov. 27 in Los Alamos to examine all aspects of the Los Alamos Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the LAPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.

Small Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on November 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.

The 248-acre treatment area is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.

Scam Alert: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About Common Online Holiday Shopping Scams

on November 14, 2017 - 1:07pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to encourage online holiday shoppers to avoid common scams.
 
The Attorney General is issuing tips for avoiding online scams during this hectic time of year to help New Mexico shoppers stay alert and protect their finances.
 
“The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams,” Balderas said.

NMDOT To Unveil 'Move Over' Signage

on November 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
BERNALILLO The New Mexico Department of Transportation is unveiling the state’s new “Move Over” signs.
 
This comes after Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Senate Bill 76, which requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or NMDOT help trucks and equipment to slow down and get out of the lane next to the stopped vehicle if they can do so safely.
 
This new law will keep emergency responders and others safe as they help others on the side of the road.

AG’s Office Files Brief In Mallory Appeal

on November 14, 2017 - 7:01am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Assistant Attorney General Maris Veidemanis has filed a “brief in chief” in an appeal in a local case involving alleged sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by visual media.

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos was arrested in January 2016 after forensic searches of his computer revealed images of young female teenagers, some of which were focused on the clothed breast area and 250 items bookmarked as “child erotica and child pornography”.

The appeal was filed in May by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and claims

Division Chief Ramon Garcia And Battalion Chief Justin Cassel Retire From Los Alamos Fire Department

on November 13, 2017 - 9:25pm

Retired Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, traveled from Washington to speak at the retirement event for his longtme colleagues Division Chief Ramon Garcia, center, and Battalion Chief Justin Cassel Thursday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Photo by Marisol Padilla

Family, friends and coworkers gather Thursday in Council Chambers for the retirement of LAFD Division Chief Ramon Garcia and Battalion Chief Justin Cassel. Photo by Marisol Padilla

LAFD Capt.

Joint Statement From U.S. Department Of Energy And Los Alamos Department Of Public Utilities On Chromium Plume Issue

on November 13, 2017 - 4:55pm

DOE/DPU News:

Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community.

This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

These wells are highly monitored by Los Alamos County and the

Pandey Admits He Should Have Stopped When Victim Pushed Him Away

on November 13, 2017 - 10:01am

COURT News:

An incident report filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon indicates that a 31-year-old Los Alamos man charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit sexual assault told him he should have stopped, that he knew the victim was not interested after she pushed him away the first time.

Sachin Pandey was arrested Oct. 3 following an investigation by Lyon. When Lyon interviewed Pandey, he asked him what he was trying to do when he was being aggressive with the victim.

LAFD ‘Movember’ Fundraiser Going Strong

on November 13, 2017 - 6:16am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineers Adrian Carbajal, left, and Matt Muniz show off the stylish ‘Movember’ mustaches they are growing to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health. The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

State Auditor Releases Audit Of UNM Athletics

on November 13, 2017 - 6:12am
 
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Athletics Department Friday and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

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