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Chief Sgambellone Releases 3rd Quarter Crime Stats

on October 22, 2016 - 4:20pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the third quarter of 2016, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 22, 2016 - 9:45am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest announced Friday plans to conduct prescribed burns in several locations on the Coyote Ranger District, including the Gallina wildland-urban interface (WUI), throughout the fall. 

Ignitions on several pile burns and the Gallina WUI could begin as early as Monday, Oct. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

Fire managers hope to treat 500 acres around the community of Gallina and up to another 500 acres of pile burns scattered

Tips For Halloween Pet Safety

on October 22, 2016 - 8:46am
Small dog disguised as a pumpkin. Courtesy photo
Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won't necessarily keep him out of harm's way.
Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be harmful. Costumes should not constrict the animal's movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don't bother.
Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her

Los Alamos Crime Stoppers Offers Reward

on October 21, 2016 - 6:38pm

Anyone who recognizes this man should contact Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

Anyone who recognizes this man should contact Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

Anyone who recognizes this white two-door coupe ... possibly an Infiniti, should contact Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two male suspects in several active burglary cases. 

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following suspects and their

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 24

on October 21, 2016 - 8:58am


Road Construction Update: Week of Oct. 24.

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking

on October 21, 2016 - 7:20am

FBI News:
  • Case Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative, which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Shannon Lamont Jackson, 38, of Albuquerque pled guilty Thursday to a federal heroin trafficking charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Jackson will be sentenced to 77 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Jackson was arrested Dec. 3, 2015, on an indictment charging him with distributing heroin Sept. 6, 2015, in Bernalillo County.

Los Alamos Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 20, 2016 - 10:01am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be hosting its bi-annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the following locations:

  • Smith’s parking lot: 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center: 115 State Route # 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.

LAPD asks the public to refrain from bringing

Letter To The Editor: Abolishment Of Sheriff's Office

on October 20, 2016 - 7:32am
Los Alamos
For the past several weeks I have read in the Los Alamos Daily the volley of pro and cons regarding the Office of the Los Alamos County Sheriff, and if it should be abolished. For whatever it is worth, I wish to add my sentiments to this back and forth debate that seems to have lost its compass along the way.
I moved to Los Alamos Aug. 15, 1943 at the age of 6 and was the first male student in the Los Alamos School System to go from the first grade through the twelfth.
Along that journey I learned a great deal about Los Alamos, a community I deeply

Mesa Potrero Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 19, 2016 - 2:16pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the previously announced Mesa Potrero pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 
Ignitions on the 470-acre fire, located 7 miles northwest of Coyote, could begin today, Oct. 19, and conclude Friday, Oct. 21. Crews expect to burn small blocks of 100 acres per day.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

DEA And Partners Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DEA reprises this weekend one of its most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday October 22, the public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide, operated by 3,800 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.
America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 12 – Oct. 17, 2016

on October 19, 2016 - 1:47pm

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.

Oct. 12 at 10:25 a.m. / Police arrested David Bourassa, 38, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction. The police booking photo is not available.


Oct. 12 at 11:09 a.m. / Police arrested Michael Sanchez, 26, of Espanola near Airport Road and East Road on an outstanding District Court warrant

Oct. 12 at 2:24 p.m.

Roger This: Turning Off The Gridlock Key

on October 19, 2016 - 12:39pm

From left. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Viki Harrison and public interest attorney and author Bruce Berlin participate in a discussion on campaign finance reform Oct. 13 at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Mercer is one of the most powerful women in politics, according to Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben Schreckinger in a story in Politico Magazine ((9/7/16). She is the daughter of billionaire Robert Mercer, who grew up in New Mexico and graduated from the

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again

on October 19, 2016 - 9:37am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers are postponing the completion of the prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed until Oct. 24 or later, based on windy conditions predicted for this week.
At the end of operations last week, fire crews had completed an estimated 200 acres in the Gallinas wildland-urban interface (WUI) project area. The 1,300-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, N.M.   
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess Issues Statement Regarding Recent Arrest Of Atomic City Transit Bus Driver

on October 18, 2016 - 5:05pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
Los Alamos County Manager

I would like to take this opportunity to address the community regarding the recent arrest of Atomic City Transit bus driver Joseph Dimas on charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor and enticement of a minor.

Atomic City Transit has been valued as an integral part of our transportation system for over a decade. Providing safe, reliable transportation options in our community is one of our county’s goals, and giving our riders prompt, courteous service is our mission.

Picker Truck Knocks Out Traffic Light At Conoco Hill

on October 18, 2016 - 4:42pm

A picker truck drove under the light at Conoco Hill this afternoon and took out the stop light at Diamond Drive and Arkansas Street. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Photo by Jennifer Olsen

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Responds To Gibson

on October 18, 2016 - 3:55pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff

Reference: Robert Gibson’s Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to clarify some misleading statements authored by Mr. Robert Gibson. Mr. Gibson mentions the same arguments he made during the recent public forum, which then as well as now are inaccurate and misleading. 

Mr. Gibson mentions that the only role I currently have is to register and monitor the criminally convicted sex offenders.

WIPP: Plans Call For Controlled Withdrawal From South End Of Underground

on October 18, 2016 - 11:19am
WIPP News:
At a Carlsbad Town Hall Meeting last night, the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) announced its intention to close the far south end of the WIPP underground.
CBFO initiated discussions with the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week, and efforts are underway to develop a plan to close the far south end of the mine.

DEA Kicks Off Red Ribbon Campaign

on October 18, 2016 - 9:48am

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena

DEA News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week kicks off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Officially, Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated nationally Oct. 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent

Letter To The Editor: Confused About Sheriff?

on October 18, 2016 - 7:30am
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
Charter Review Committee Chair 1994-95

Here are the basics on the sheriff issue, Question 1 on the ballot.

Unique in New Mexico, Los Alamos is a combined city-county under a charter (analogous to a constitution) approved by voters.

In accord with our charter, we have a police department responsible for law enforcement. For historical reasons, we also have a sheriff who’s ONLY, repeat, ONLY current duty is to register sex offenders. Like all other traditional sheriff’s duties, that could also be transferred to the police department.

How The U.S. Failed In Excess Weapons Plutonium Disposition ... A Nuclear Sputnik Moment?

on October 17, 2016 - 10:48pm
Los Alamos

Putin’s withdrawal from the U.S./Russia agreement for each nation to destroy 34 tons of excess weapons plutonium, (W-Pu) enough for 17,000 nuclear weapons, is more the consequence of U.S. technical failure than the deterioration of an international relationship. Both nations agreed that the plutonium be either destroyed by fission or converted to a plutonium isotopic form that was not useful for weapons. Russia chose to build a fast-spectrum nuclear reactor in hopes of launching a new breeder technology. The U. S.

Los Alamos Police Department Conducts Wet Lab

on October 17, 2016 - 3:34pm
The Los Alamos Police Department recently conducted a 'wet lab.' Volunteers drank alcohol at the station and officers honed their skills in recognizing and testing suspects for DWI. Here, a volunteer walks a straight line as an officer checks his performance. A training officer looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Officers look for signs of intoxication in the wet lab with volunteer drinkers. Photo by Anthony Lucero/Los Alamos Police Dept.
A wet lab volunteer walks the line. Volunteers were ferried home by police officers after the event.

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto Takes New Mexico To National Conversation Surrounding Public Safety

on October 17, 2016 - 8:19am

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto at the White House Thursday to discuss 21st Century Policing. Courtesy photo

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto discusing 21st Century Policing Thursday at the White House. Courtesy photo



Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto was at the White House Thursday, Oct. 13 to discuss 21st Century Policing, including community policing strategies, body camera standards and civilian oversight models.

Ivey-Soto was one of six people invited to the policy discussion at the White House, and was the only person from the southwest region of the United States.

"This is an incredible opportunity

Santa Fe Area Sees Residual Smoke From Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 16, 2016 - 1:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Smoke from the prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed last week is lingering over the city as higher-than-expected temperatures created an inversion that has slowed its dispersal.

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest, in consultation with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health, decided Friday morning to stop ignitions on the Watershed prescribed burn based on air quality and smoke impacts to Santa Fe.

Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 17

on October 16, 2016 - 12:51pm

Letter To The Editor: Surprised By Police Presence At League Forum

on October 15, 2016 - 11:10pm
Los Alamos

On Oct. 6, I attended the League of Women Voters Forum to hear the candidates’ statements and their answers to questions. It was informative, well organized, and peaceful. At no time did anyone become rude or threatening while exploring divergent opinions.

Therefore, it was surprising that two uniformed, armed police officers entered at the beginning of the meeting but were not there to be part of the audience. At the end of the meeting, a uniformed police officer appeared to be using his cell phone to record photos or video of citizens in attendance.