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Letter To The Editor: Room For Rent Ad Draws Scam

on May 25, 2015 - 1:08pm
Los Alamos

Just thought you and your readers might want to know about an incident (scam) I recently dealt with. I had advertised a room for rent on Craigslist thinking that I could rent an extra bedroom out to a LANL summer intern. 

I immediately got a response from a young woman wanting to lease the room. Her name was Margaret and informed me that she would send a deposit and extra money that was to be paid to someone for delivering a car to Los Alamos for her. She was currently in Alaska and would be arriving in Los Alamos in June to attend graduate school.

On Friday,

New Options For Plutonium Pit Production At LANL

on May 24, 2015 - 12:49pm

Pit Production would continue at PF-4, according to new report by the Congressional Research Service. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Would relocating Royal Crest help solve safety problem?

The Royal Crest trailer park may have a role to play in fulfilling a Congressional mandate for Los Alamos National Laboratory to resume production of plutonium pits, the imploding, hollow cores that detonate thermonuclear weapons.

A report by the Congressional Research Service that became available this week proposes several options to solve manufacturing, safety and delivery

Cone Zone: Week Of May 25

on May 24, 2015 - 11:46am

County News:

Road Construction Update: Week of May 25

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

40th Street at UNM-LA from the roundabout to the Western parking lot will remain closed for reconstruction, utility work and road reconstruction until

Udall Opposes Extension Of NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records

on May 23, 2015 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early this morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a majority of senators in opposing an extension of the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, a Patriot Act program declared illegal earlier this month in a unanimous decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The program is set to expire June 1. The Senate took two procedural votes on two bills, which both failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster and resulted in deadlock.

Videos: Police Dash Cam And Neighbor's Cell Phone Capture Aspects Of May 15 Cheyenne St. House Fire

on May 22, 2015 - 3:16pm

Smoke from the May 15 house fire in Tsikamu Village could be seen from the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The home at 913 Cheyenne is now boarded up following the May 15 house fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

  • Snippets of the May 15 house fire at 913 Cheyenne St. where captured on video

Watch Police Cam Video Here. Watch Neighbor's Cell Phone Video Here.

Friday, May 15, a single structure fire occurred at 913 Cheyenne St., in Tsikamu Village in Los Alamos. Cpl.

Prevention Is Key To Fire-Safe Memorial Day Weekend

on May 22, 2015 - 10:53am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest would like to remind the public that despite all the recent moisture, the potential for wildfires is always present. 
At this time there are no fire restrictions on the forest; however, visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. It does not take much time for weather conditions and fuel moisture levels to change and increase the risk of wildfires. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you light it.
To help minimize the risk of wildfires, please consider the following:
  • If

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

on May 22, 2015 - 10:12am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans.
The lawmakers’ bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research and Education Act (CCM-CARE) would expand National Institutes of

Video: Heinrich's Call To End Mass Phone Surveillance

on May 22, 2015 - 8:10am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor today calling on Congress to end the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program.
He stated his opposition to reauthorizing Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act without making the necessary reforms to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties.
Section 215 is the provision used by the NSA to collect the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans. Sen. Heinrich is a cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act of 2015, a

Local Groups Partner To Provide Bike Helmets To Kids

on May 22, 2015 - 7:41am
Smith's Marketplace Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton and LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone show off the bike helmets that will be given to kids at the five local elementary schools. Smith's, LAPD and First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos worked together to make the donation happen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The First United Methodist Church has been working on a bridge building effort with some community organizations.

“During my interview with Los Alamos Police Department, I learned through Ofc.

Los Alamos Police Blotter May 14 - May 20, 2015

on May 21, 2015 - 4:09pm
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 14 at 7:14 a.m. / Police arrested Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs, on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
May 20 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Neven Farquhar of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
May 14 at 9:32 a.m. / Police responded to the report of an unattended death.
May 17 at 1:39

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.

Beagle Owner Details Encounter With Mountain Lion

on May 20, 2015 - 2:20pm
Remy the beagle is recovering from wounds sustained during his encounter with a mountain lion. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

After our walk last night (May 12), I let Remy, our beagle, out into the back yard (Rim Road area) at about 9:30 p.m. to relieve himself. Within a few seconds there was a big ruckus, with Remy baying like a beagle does on a scent.
A fight was underway and I was out of the house immediately to pull Remy off whatever he was going after. Recently there was a cat that he cornered under the deck, so that was my first thought.

New Mexico Honors Three Fallen Police Officers

on May 20, 2015 - 1:56pm
DPS News:
SANTA FE  Three New Mexico law enforcement officers, from three different centuries, were honored this morning at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Law Enforcement Memorial when their names were unveiled on a memorial wall.
The black marble memorial wall, which now lists 198 names, is dedicated to the memory of New Mexico law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The morning's memorial honors Rio Rancho Police Officer Anthony Haase, Santa Fe Police Chief Apolonio Pino and Santa Fe Police Officer Jose A. Griego.


Public Comments Sought On STIP

on May 20, 2015 - 12:36pm
NMDT News:
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 9th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until June 18, 2015. In addition,

Court Reverses Sabotage Verdict For Y-12 Protesters

on May 20, 2015 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Nuke Resister & Transform Now Plowshares
Los Alamos Daily Post

By a 2-1 vote, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Knoxville, Tenn., overturned a sabotage conviction for three religious protesters on May 8.

The decision led to the release Saturday of Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 66-year-old Michael Walli. They were arrested while infiltrating the Y-12 National Security Site near Oak Ridge National Laboratory on July 28, 2012.

Rice has been serving a 35-month sentence and the two men were working on a 65-month sentence each.

County's Seasonal Cone Zone Report Begins Friday

on May 20, 2015 - 11:13am


Los Alamos County will resume its road construction newsletter titled “The Cone Zone” starting Friday, May 22.

Residents and commuters to Los Alamos or White Rock are encouraged to visit the Newsletters section of the County’s webpage at to sign up for the newsletter.

It is issued to media and then sent out by e-mail to Cone Zone subscribers every Friday afternoon while road construction projects are underway during the summer/early fall months, in order to keep the community informed of planned road construction activities and possible delays that may

Four Sham Cancer Charities Allegedly Bilk Over $187 Million From Consumers

on May 20, 2015 - 7:41am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
SANTA FE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia Tuesday in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.
The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and also women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their families, friends, and fundraisers.
“Our office

National Defense University Students Tour Los Alamos

on May 19, 2015 - 11:24am

National Defense University students gather for lunch Monday at Fuller Lodge during their visit to Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Staff Report

Students from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., paid a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday as part of a two-week trip visiting various national security facilities around the country. 

According to a staff member traveling with the students, 50 different countries are represented by this gathering and all are studying for a Masters Degree in National Security.

Before gathering for lunch at

Surveillance Camera Captures Cougar At IHM Church

on May 19, 2015 - 10:06am

A surveillance camera captured a cougar roaming the grounds of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Monday evening at 3700 Canyon Road. IHM wants community members to be aware of the sighting because people sometimes walk through the grounds or walk their dogs in the church parking lot after dark and before dawn. Students from the adjacent Los Alamos High School also need to be made aware of the sighting as many routinely walk through the church parking lot. Courtesy photo

The surveillance camera also spotted the cougar Monday evening walking near the entrance to the IHM office on Canyon

Science On Tap: Risks Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on May 18, 2015 - 10:58pm

James Privette 

LANL News:

James Privette of the Integrated Services group at Los Alamos National Laboratory describes how LANL is working to counter the risk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) pose to national security.

Privette will discuss the issue in a Science on Tap conversation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking in Central Park Square.

As the use of drones increases in popularity, their threat to the nation's assets also increases.

Women Train In Rapid Assault Tactics, Environmental Weapons, Ground, And Ambush Techniques

on May 18, 2015 - 1:24pm

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico / Contemporary Jeet Kune Do held another successful Women's Self Defense Seminar last weekend.

The women were trained in Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT), Environmental Weapons, ground, and ambush techniques. Another seminar will be announced in a few months.

For more information, call 505.450.2540 or

AG's Statement On Kari Brandenburg Investigation

on May 18, 2015 - 1:02pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas

APD News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Thursday regarding the Kari Brandenburg investigation:

“Today (Thursday) my office released detailed findings from a four-month-long investigation regarding a public referral from the Albuquerque Police Department alleging that Bernalillo County District Attorney, Kari Brandenburg, engaged in bribery or intimidation of witnesses.

“The investigation concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges of bribery or intimidation of witnesses against

Heinrich Fights For New Mexico In Annual Defense Bill

on May 17, 2015 - 8:01am


WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to advance the committee's fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The bill includes key provisions Senator Heinrich worked to include that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The bill, which sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year, was reported out of committee today and will now

Alert: Mountain Lion Injures Beagle On Rim Road

on May 17, 2015 - 12:50am

Mountain lion. Courtesy/wikipedia

News Alert:

A Los Alamos resident's Beagle was attacked by a mountain lion in his back yard on Rim Road about 9:30 p.m., Wednesday.

He let his dog out into the yard, saw the dog run charging after something in the bushes, and then heard loud howling. The resident rushed out thinking the dog was attacking a cat or skunk, but when reaching into the bushes to try to separate his dog from the other animal, he touched a mountain lion on the shoulder (full sized) which then, luckily, let go and ran off jumping the front yard fence and heading toward the canyon.

Update: Central Avenue Sewer Line Repair Expected To Continue Through Tuesday Due To Weather

on May 16, 2015 - 9:57am

Recent rain storms delay repair of a small section of an existing sewer line on Central. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Crews from Century Club Construction continue work to repair a small section of an existing sewer line confined to a section of sidewalk near CB FOX on Central Avenue.

On-street parking near the work area will be limited during these times due to construction equipment and materials. Pedestrians may experience a sidewalk detour. 

The area will be reopened once concrete is replaced and cured, weather permitting. 

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