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Heinrich Secures Major Gains For National Labs, Military Bases, Defense Industry, And Border Security

on May 24, 2016 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, border security, and job creation throughout the state.
The bill was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Today's Bear Sighting In Quemazon Is Reminder About Living With Large Predators In Los Alamos County

on May 23, 2016 - 3:47pm

A bear is spotted at 1 p.m. today first on the deck and then helping himself to the contents of a birdfeeder hanging in a tall tree in the backyard of a home in Quemazon. The homeowner contacted the police who are now tracking the bear. When the bear left the residence, he was traveling in a northeasterly direction. The latest word is he was spotted near Torreon in Quemazon a short while later and perhaps moved on to lower Quemazon. The Quemazon Montessori has been notified. Courtesy photo

The bear takes down a hummingbird feeder this afternoon in the yard of a residence in Quemazon.

Luján Named To Conference Committee On Legislation Addressing Opioid Epidemic

on May 23, 2016 - 10:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has been appointed to a conference committee that will work to complete legislation addressing the opioid crisis that is hurting communities in New Mexico and across the country. 
Conference committees are formed after the Senate and House each pass its own bills in order to work out differences between the legislation.
“The drug crisis is one that touches communities throughout New Mexico, robbing friends, family, and neighbors of a brighter future.

Council To Consider Sending Ordinance Amendment To Electorate To Abolish Office Of Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 20, 2016 - 9:25pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to hear Ordinance No. 665, which proposes amendments, to be submitted to voters for adoption or rejection at the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election. The amendments would consolidate all remaining powers and duties of the Office of the Sheriff to the Los Alamos Police Department and abolish the sheriff as an elective office.

This proposed action arises out of discussion during the recent budget hearings at which Sheriff Marco Lucero pointed out that service of process has become a riskier activity than

Los Alamos Police Department Participates In Thursday's 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 20, 2016 - 11:48am

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department gather Thursday morning for the 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

From left, Special Olympics athletes Sam and Jenny run the first leg of the 2016 Torch Run to Jemez Springs Thurday with Los Alamos Special Olympics Chair Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

Runners gather in Jemez Springs with Santa Ana police officer after 42 miles of running in the 2016 Torch Run! Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

County Halts Weed Spraying Due To Citizen Concerns

on May 20, 2016 - 9:06am


Due to concerns voiced by citizens regarding the use of herbicides as a weed management tool, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has postponed indefinitely spraying in the following turf areas: 

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex.

County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so County departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in

Los Alamos Staff Help Improve U.S. Capability To Detect Underground Nuclear Explosions

on May 20, 2016 - 8:42am
LANL geophysicist Catherine Snelson
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory staff were instrumental in the fifth conventional explosion experiment as part of the NNSA’s Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series.
The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, advances the United States’ verification mission for detecting and understanding underground nuclear explosions.
“The goal of SPE is to understand the generation of S-waves from explosive sources,” said Catherine Snelson, a geophysicist at Los Alamos that led the Laboratory’s team.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Discusses Annual Crime Report On Voice Of Los Alamos Radio Show Noon Today

on May 20, 2016 - 8:30am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone discusses his newly released annual crime report for Los Alamos County today at noon on ‘The Voice of Los Alamos’ on 101.5 FM. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Police Chief Dino Sgambellone is discussing his newly released annual crime report for Los Alamos County today at noon on “The Voice of Los Alamos”.

“The Voice of Los Alamos” is hosted by Carol A. Clark of the Los Alamos Daily Post and airs noon to 1 p.m., every Friday on 101.5 FM. The topics covered give listeners on and off “The Hill” a glimpse of life in the Atomic City.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Chief Ben Stone Earns Degree; Receives Harvard Fellowship

on May 19, 2016 - 9:36am

LAFD EMS Chief Ben Stone travels to Cambridge in June to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University. The caledar on the wall, put out by Air Medical, features Stone on one of the pages. Courtesy photo


UNM-Los Alamos

For the past decade, Los Alamos Division Fire Chief-EMS Ben Stone has educated UNM students in the EMS program all the while he was finishing his own formal education and climbing a career ladder.

Los Alamos Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect

on May 18, 2016 - 4:34pm
LAPD is seeking the identity of this man who is a suspect in a shoplifting case. Call 505.662.8222 with information. Courtesy/LAPD


The vehicle was driven by a suspect wanted in connection with a shoplifting case. Courtesy/LAPD

The Los Alamos Police Department Investugations Section is seeking the identity of a suspect in a shoplifting case.
The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect as seen in the surveillance footage above and the above vehicle, which was driven by the suspect.
LAPD is offering a reward

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 11 To May 17, 2016

on May 18, 2016 - 4:06pm

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.


May 11 at 5:58 p.m. / Police arrested Angel Vigil, 24, of Medanales on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Vigil again at 9:31 a.m. May 12 and charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police arrested her again at 4:43 p.m., May 12 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Sgambellone: The Pitfalls Of Social Media

on May 18, 2016 - 3:03pm
The Pitfalls of Social Media
By Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

During an emergency, many people rely on social media for information and updates on what is occurring. For the citizen, information in real time can be a blessing, particularly for individuals involved in or near an event, or their family members who are looking for any information on a loved one. But for Public Safety, the impact at a scene by errant social media posts is hard to predict, and therefore hard to plan and prepare for. 

In a general sense, what you see on social media should only be accepted as accurate with a

Victim To Victorious – The Healing Journey Thursday

on May 18, 2016 - 11:06am

Domestic Violence Task Force Now Meeting Monthly

on May 18, 2016 - 9:03am

LAPD Ofc. David Bradshaw meets with the Domestic Violence Task Force Tuesday in the conference room at Smiths Marketplace. Courtesy photo

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Bradshaw met with the Domestic Violence Task Force Tuesday in the conference room at Smith’s Marketplace to discuss the fact that men also are victims of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Violence Task Force meets noon to 1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month in the conference room at Smith’s Marketplace.

Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding For National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

on May 18, 2016 - 8:22am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate, in a 90-8 vote May 12 to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects.
The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the bill now must be worked out with the U.S.

Environment Department Launches Review Process For Water Protection Regulations

on May 18, 2016 - 8:17am

NMED News:

SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s Ground Water Quality Bureau will host an informational public meeting 2-4 p.m., Friday to launch the review process and public dialogue for proposed revisions to water protection regulations at the Runnels Auditorium at 1190 St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe.

The current ground and surface water protection regulations can be found at 20.6.2 of the New Mexico Administrative Code. 

The meeting will describe the forthcoming review process, highlight areas of the regulations that are under consideration for revision, and answer questions about

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training June 7

on May 18, 2016 - 7:59am

LAMC Hosts 100+ Women Who Care Event

on May 16, 2016 - 2:42pm

Kristy Ortega, left, draws the name of a nonprofit organization from a container held by Mary Beth Maassen at Los Alamos Medical Center, which hosted a gathering of 100+ Women Who Care May 5 under the tent behind the hospital. JudyGails Place is the organization drawn to recieve more than $12,000 in contributions from the women. JudyGails Place is a local organization that helps women suffering from domestic violence situations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Marvel Harrison addresses the crowd. Mary Beth Maassen is at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deb Shelton,

LAPD Honors Officers Who Have Died

on May 16, 2016 - 11:17am
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts welcomes and thanks the public for attending this morning's memorial service at the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone awknowledges the police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2015-2016, including former LAPD Commander Scott Mills. Police honored Mills who died this year by adding his name to the memorial plaque in front of the Los Alamos Police Station. Photo by Chris Clark/
A crowd gathers at this morning's memorial ceremony for fallen officers in front of the

Prescribed Burn Planned On Española Ranger District

on May 14, 2016 - 7:59am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of current conditions to conduct the previously announced Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District this week. 
The 1,700-acre treatment area is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española. Once ignitions have started, they are expected to last two to five days.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Police Seek Identities Of Suspects In Shoplifting Case

on May 13, 2016 - 9:30am

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying this male suspect seen here in store video surveillance footage. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying this female suspect seen here in store video surveillance footage. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a shoplifting case.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $200 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at

Marijuana Wax Lab Explodes Inside Local Apartment

on May 12, 2016 - 11:16am
The bathroom where the explosion occurred Monday in unit 11 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The living room in unit 11 following Monday's explosion at the Caballo Peak Apartments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
A marijuana wax lab operation led to Monday’s massive explosion inside unit 11 at the Caballo Peak Apartments at 3100 Canyon Road.
Joseph Gonzales, 26, lived in the unit with his 7-year-old son, who was uninjured in the blast.

New Women's Shelter Receives Donation From 100-Plus Women Who Care

on May 12, 2016 - 10:27am

At a gathering last week on the lawn at Los Alamos Medical Center, 100-Plus Women Who Care donated $12,475 to JudyGails Place, a new local nonprofit organization that supports women who have escaped from a violent relationship. From left, Mary Beth Maassen, Marvel Harrison, Kristy Ortega, JudyGails Place President Joy Freymiller, Deb Shelton and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. JudyGails Place has trained advocates who work directly with families who have experienced intimate partner violence and have made an ongoing commitment to leave the environment.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 4 To May 10, 2016

on May 11, 2016 - 11:20pm
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.
May 4 at 5:21 p.m. / Police arrested Molly Fitzgerald, 43, of Los Alamos at 1051 11th St. and charged her with trespassing.
May 4 at 7:05 p.m. / Police responded to an unattended death. Foul play is not suspected.
May 5 at 4:11 p.m. / A 64-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on East Jemez Road.

New Youth Resource Advocates At LAHS And LAMS

on May 11, 2016 - 3:29pm
Youth Resource Advocates William High Eagle Sandoval, Elena Berliner and Santina Shije. Courtesy photo
JJAB News:
The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) has hired two new Youth Resource Advocates (YRAs).
William High Eagle Sandoval and Elena Berliner, will join Santina Shije in serving teens who live in Los Alamos or attend school here. The YRAs provide wrap around case management and assistance to youth and their families in accessing comprehensive services in the community and at school.