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LAPD's Tim Lonz Promoted To Sergeant

on May 3, 2016 - 10:45am
Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in Ofc. Tim Lonz as police sergeant during a ceremony Monday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Magistrate Judge Pat Casados congratulates newly promoted Sgt. Tim Lonz during a swearing in ceremony Monday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Karissa Lonz pins a new sergeant's badge on her husband Tim Lonz at Monday's promotion ceremony in Magistrate Court. Photo by Chris Clark/
From left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver For 10th DWI

on May 2, 2016 - 3:22pm
NMSP News:
ESPANOLA Around 8:30 p.m., April 26 a New Mexico State Police officer stopped a vehicle for multiple traffic violations on State Road 74 in Chamita.  
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Max Padilla, 38, of Espanola, emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and exhibited numerous signs of impairment. Padilla admitted to the officer that prior to the stop he consumed vodka and had ingested heroin. 
The officer conducted sobriety tests and Padilla displayed additional signs of impairment, indicating he was unable to safely drive a vehicle.

FBI And Law Enforcement Partners Target Prison Gang In New Mexico - Seek Three Fugitives

on April 30, 2016 - 9:16am

FBI News:

A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers Thursday executed 22 arrest warrants (21 federal, one state) and search warrants on eight residences in connection with an operation targeting the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) Prison Gang.

Nine individuals were arrested by teams composed of Albuquerque and El Paso FBI SWAT teams, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Another 10 defendants were transferred from the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Three individuals remain at large

Los Alamos Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Suspects

on April 29, 2016 - 3:26pm

Anyone recognizing these suspects is asked to call LAPD at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a theft of a motor vehicle case that was reported this month in Los Alamos County. 

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male and female suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $250 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.  Anyone with information can call L.A.

Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am



new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday ... Health & Safety Day May 7

on April 29, 2016 - 8:57am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is hosting its annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • Smith’s Marketplace parking lot at 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4.

This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Health & Safety Day

The Los Alamos Police Department also

New Mexico Taxation And Revenue Department Warns About Phone Scammers Posing As Tax Agents

on April 28, 2016 - 9:34pm
TRD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) is warning New Mexicans about fraudulent phone calls demanding delinquent tax payments.
The Taxation and Revenue Department has received reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating Taxation and Revenue Employees or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agents.
These imposters demand immediate payment of delinquent taxes and threaten taxpayers with arrest if they do not comply. They may also threaten to cancel your driver’s license.

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

On March 1, 2005, NMED and the U.S.

State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In May

on April 28, 2016 - 8:24am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2016.
Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Letter To The Editor: LAPD Is An Important Community Partner And We Thank Them

on April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
Executive Director
Pajarito Environmental Education Center

I would like to thank the Los Alamos Police Department on behalf on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the assistance they have been giving us in tracking down the vandal who has attempted to stop participation in our Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC designed this program as a fun way to get kids and adults outside, enjoying our many beautiful trails.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 20 To April 26, 2016

on April 27, 2016 - 10:40am

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.

April 20 at 7:05 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card on Diamond Drive without permission. The estimated loss is less than $300.

April 21 at 10 a.m. / Police charged a 14-year-old Espanola boy with the unlawful possession of switchblades at 2101 Hawk Dr., and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.


April 21 at

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
Investigations Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
Today EWG, which has

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30

on April 27, 2016 - 7:21am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds—2,762 tons—of unused prescription drugs in the past five years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.
The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA’s tribal and local law enforcement partners 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, Saturday April 30. This service is free of charge, with

Stolen Passport To Pajarito Plateau Post Found

on April 26, 2016 - 8:11pm

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has been found. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program stolen over the weekend has been found, according to a PEEC spokesperson. The lost post was found this morning. Early this afternoon, it was reinstalled on the Acid Canyon Loop trail. 

Since first discovering the missing post, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) found another vandalized post on Bridges Loop trail. The post was dumped about 50 feet from its previous location.

Los Alamos Town Hall Targets Community Safety

on April 26, 2016 - 10:04am

First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett


First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett is hosting a Town Hall Meeting facilitated by Bill Wadt that targets community safety issues.

“Every community in the First Judicial District has unique public safety considerations. Since becoming your District Attorney I have received calls from the Los Alamos community voicing their growing concern about public safety,” Padgett said.

McQuiston: Driving And Texting ... Who Does It More?

on April 26, 2016 - 9:19am
The Jemez Agency

Now is a great time to talk to your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Most anti-texting-while-driving campaigns focus their message on teenagers, and presumably should. Teens have the least driving experience and it seems like they are on their phone 24/7.

According to a 2011 Pew Internet study, 18 to 24-year-olds averaged more than 100 text messages per day. This is four times the average for 35 to 44-year-olds, and 10 times the average for 55 to 64-year-olds.

Not surprising information – we know teens text more frequently than their elders.

Letter To The Editor: Slow Down In School Zone Please!

on April 25, 2016 - 10:13am
By Concerned Parent
Los Alamos
Parents and residents on North Mesa, please  SLOW DOWN in the school zone.
I drive my daughter to school at Los Alamos Middle School almost every morning and parents and residents are not slowing down in the blinking school zone.
If you are five minutes late to work that is much better than the possibility of hitting a child. PLEASE SLOW DOWN!

Report: 10 Percent Of New Mexico Kids Have Had Incarcerated Parent

on April 25, 2016 - 9:55am


Stress of incarceration contributes to child poverty, homelessness, hunger

ALBUQUERQUE—More than 5 million children in the United States have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, including 52,000 kids in New Mexico—10 percent of New Mexico’s child population—according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

New Mexico’s percentage of children with incarcerated parents is not only higher than the national average of 7 percent, but only two states—Indiana (11 percent) and Kentucky (13 percent)—have higher rates than New Mexico.

LAHS Graduate Dr. Leslie Hayes To Be Recognized At White House As ‘Champion Of Change’ April 29

on April 24, 2016 - 12:16pm

By White House Media Affairs:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House is recognizing 10 individuals from across the country Friday as “White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery” including 1982 Los Alamos High School graduate Leslie Hayes, MD.

Dr. Hayes is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Ann Hayes and works for El Centro Family Health in Espanola as a family practitioner. El Centro Family Health is a community health center with clinics located throughout northern New Mexico, a rural, underserved area. While Dr.

AG On DOJ Findings Of UNM’s Handling of Campus Sexual Assault Allegations

on April 24, 2016 - 11:21am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

  • The Attorney General expresses concern over DOJ findings, and publicly announces efforts being undertaken by his office to help address the problem of sexual violence on New Mexico college campuses

ALBUQUERQUE - Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement Friday in response to the release of DOJ findings on the University of New Mexico’s handling of alleged sexual assaults on its campus.

findings indicate that although UNM has made positive steps toward better handling allegations of sexual assault, it is still out of compliance with Title

Central Avenue Road Work Begins Monday

on April 23, 2016 - 8:36am


Monday, April 25 Century Club Construction will begin construction warranty work on Central Avenue from Oppenheimer Drive to 20th Street. 

This work includes the replacement of a sidewalk ramp at Ashley Pond Park. The crosswalk will be closed through Wednesday, April 27. Pedestrians are to follow the pedestrian detour to a crosswalk at Bathtub Row.

Beginning April 28, an asphalt patch will be placed on the westbound lane of Central Avenue, west of the crosswalk at the corner of 20th Street and Central Avenue. Century Club Construction will have a flagging operation from 20th

Udall Presses EPA Administrator On Reimbursements, Compensation For Gold King Mine Spill

on April 22, 2016 - 8:18am
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
Speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall, the lead Democrat on the subcommittee, told McCarthy that it's unacceptable that eight months after the spill, the Navajo Nation and

NMED On Risks Associated With Dust Storms

on April 22, 2016 - 8:01am

NMED News:

SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department, along with the cities of Las Cruces and Deming, and Doña Ana and Luna Counties, is advising the citizens of Doña Ana and Luna Counties of the potential risks associated with dust storms.

A combination of weather conditions, features of the natural environment, and human activity can contribute to high levels of windblown dust, or dust storms. High winds can raise large amounts of dust from areas of dry, loose, exposed soil. In the Doña Ana and Luna County area, high winds are most common during the spring.

Doña Ana and Luna

Safe Prom Saturday Night Activities

on April 21, 2016 - 1:38pm