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FBI: Man With Lazy Eye; Neck And Cheek Tattoos, Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 25, 2017 - 8:16am
FBI News:
 
A man with a lazy eye and tattoos on his neck and cheek robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The robbery occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE.
 
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” to 5'8” tall, with a slender build and close-cropped hair. He wore a dark baseball cap with a red visor, a black hooded jacket over a white T-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect had tattoos on the left side of his neck and his left cheek. Witnesses also said he had a lazy eye. 
 

Back To School Safety Tips

on September 25, 2017 - 8:14am

John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Severed Power Line Cuts Power To Western Area

on September 24, 2017 - 8:05am
Power went out briefly Saturday in the Western Area due to this severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive. Photo by Daren Savage
 
County utility workers arrive Saturday at the scene in the Western Area to repair a severed power line. Photo by Daren Savage
 
By DAREN SAVAGE
Los Alamos

Saturday afternoon Los Alamos Western Area residents experienced a short blackout due to a severed power line at the corner of 46th Street and Sandia Drive.

The power went out at approximately 3:15 p.m., and was restored by 4:15 p.m.

One young resident who lives across the street

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

By JOHN WHITESIDE
Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016

on September 24, 2017 - 7:02am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years.

There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

“The suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever.” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, “Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

FBI Releases New Photo Of SF Bank Robbery Suspect

on September 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Bank robbery suspect peddling away from scene Tuesday. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI in Albuquerque has released new photos from Tuesday's bank robbery in Santa Fe. The photos show the suspect on a bicycle.

The bicycle is described as a dark BMX style bicycle with four pegs on the wheels.

After robbing the bank, the suspect ran north on Griffin Street and jumped over a small wall inside the bank parking lot to get to his bicycle. He peddled north and crossed Griffin Street near Carlos Gilbert Elementary School. He turned left and headed west on Paseo De Peralta.

Prior to the robbery,

LANL: Notice Of Air Quality Permit Application

on September 23, 2017 - 6:21am
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area (TA) 3 Power Plant facility.
 
The permit number associated with the TA-3 Power Plant facility is 2195B-M2. The net effect of this modification will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable and sustainable heat and electric supply to support the Laboratory. The expected date of application submittal to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is Sept. 25.
 
The exact location for the

FBI: $1,000 Reward In NM Bank & Trust Robbery

on September 23, 2017 - 6:10am
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed a New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in Albuquerque Wednesday, Sept. 20.
 
The suspect was described as a slender white male in his 50s, approximately 5'9” tall. He had a light growth of gray or white hair on his face. He wore a dark baseball cap, dark jacket, sunglasses, dark jeans, and white tennis shoes. At approximately 3:06 p.m., the suspect entered the bank at 3701 4th Street NW.
 
He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

Teen Bullies And Victims Face Higher Suicide Risk

on September 23, 2017 - 6:08am

NPR HEALTH News:

Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.

That’s according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.

“Pediatricians need to be aware of the problem overall,” says Benjamin Shain, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and lead author of the report published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “They should be screening for things like mood disorders, substance abuse as well as bullying.”

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzling Thousands From LAYFCL

on September 22, 2017 - 7:12pm

Tabatha Jones of White Rock is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL). Tabatha Jones was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking during which she allegedly admitted to having spent the League’s money for personal use.

Jones appeared before Los

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
 
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver After School Bus Hit-and-Run Crash

on September 22, 2017 - 9:33am
Gabriella Uzueta
 
NMSP News:
 
ESPANOLA  Around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20, the New Mexico State Police was notified of a hit-and-run crash in La Mesilla involving a school bus from the Espanola Public Schools.
 
The collision occurred on N.M. 399 near County Road 110. When officers arrived on scene they learned the school bus was occupied by eight middle school and high school students and the bus driver. No injuries were reported and the bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.
 
Through investigation officers learned the bus was stopped, with its integrated stop sign and signal

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Sept. 25

on September 22, 2017 - 6:43am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive political activism group created for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over current political events (both at the state and at the federal level) and give people a space to gather together, discuss and form action plans.

The membership is inclusive; everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting.

Agenda items for the upcoming meeting include: 

Immigration proclamation passed, what's next? The Public Education Department has put out

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

FBI: Man In Black Long-Sleeve T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 22, 2017 - 6:18am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black long-sleeve T-shirt robbed an Albuquerque bank Friday, Sept. 15.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, approximately 5'4” tall, with a slender build, short cropped hair, and an unshaven face. He wore a black long-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
 
At approximately 10:52 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect was last seen walking south on Walter Street NE.
 

Letter To The Editor: Another Trash Day Success Story

on September 21, 2017 - 11:24am
By JASON HAGAN
Los Alamos

The alarm blares … I wake from my slumber. I stagger down into the basement and enter the code into the cipher lock, place my hand into the hand geometry scanner and look into the retinal scanner, which opens our bear proof vault.

Man, it really stinks in here. I’d install a vent to the outside, but the smell would likely attract baby bears that would climb down the duct … and they’d likely start reproducing. Ever seen Gremlins??

I carefully wheel the bin out and onto our freight elevator. It rises up into the high bay. “4:27 a.m.

A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear...

on September 21, 2017 - 10:42am
The Environmental Sustainability Board will discuss the ordinance that addresses the placement and maintance of roll carts during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building. The goal is to prevent what is occurring in this picture: wildlife getting into garbage cans. This picture was taken in October 2016 off Canyon Road. Photo by Robert Cunningham
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Garbage cans and bears are a bad combination. When a bear dumpster dives, it raises safety concerns for people and may spell death for the animal.

 

To

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

on September 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a

Lightning Strikes Los Alamos Golf Course Trees

on September 21, 2017 - 9:43am

Lightning struck a tree around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Tee 12 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Reports are that a golfer near the strike was knocked off his feet but uninjured and the sound from the strike heard over in Quemazon. The lightning appears to have jumped to a smaller tree a few feet away. Excavated dirt is visible at the base of the tree where the lightning exited at the ground. Photo by Kerry Habiger

Los Alamos County Golf Pro Jim Phillips stands on Tee 12 Monday near where it appears the same lightning bolt that hit the tall tree at left, also struck this smaller tree growing a few

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 21, 2017 - 7:30am
NIOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations.
 
The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
 
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.

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