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Letter To The Editor: Correcting Gun Law Comments

on August 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

I read the comments by Stephanie Nakhleh (letter) in Saturday's paper, and I have to correct her errors.

She states that "by the time I finish (this letter), three more people will be killed by guns in America." The truth is, according to the FBI Crime Statistics for 2013, the last year available, there were 14,196 murders in America by firearm, of every type and description, and 69 percen of those were by firearm. 

That equals about one per day, not three in the time it would take her to write a letter, as stated. Quite a big difference.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 31

on August 30, 2015 - 11:53am


Los Alamos County has released the following road work information for the coming week:

For more information about the projects listed below, 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:

Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Gun Law Letter

on August 30, 2015 - 9:29am
Los Alamos

Well isn’t this different ... an anti-gunner (letter) who spouts off not knowing anything about present Federal Fire Arms Laws that are already being enforced in America.

Let me first say that evil will always find a way to raise its head and bad guys don’t want to obey the law so to believe that they are not a threat is complete naivete! Criminals do not obey the law!

First off buying an arsenal on the Internet is pretty much impossible as anyone who wants to purchase a firearm over the web will find it shipped to a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer.

Letter To The Editor: About Gun Laws

on August 30, 2015 - 9:06am

Los Alamos

Just a quick few comments on Stephanie Nakhleh's letter.

First, there have already been bills introduced to require universal background checks. So far, they have failed, but not because no one tried. But as a Federal law enforcement officer offered to USA Today**, Vester Flanagan bought his handgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in Virginia, passed a background check, and there was nothing in his background to prohibit the transaction.

Second, there is already Federal law in place to prohibit those who are adjudicated as violently mentally ill from buying

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Statement On Thursday's Game Commission Decisions

on August 29, 2015 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission voted Thursday to approve trapping for cougars on state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico.

The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. 

More than 1,000 New Mexicans sent written comments and several hundred people came to Thursday's meeting to ask the Commission not to adopt New Mexico Game and Fish's proposals, which may put bear populations in danger and would allow traps on private and

Main Hill Road Work Bogs Down Morning Commute

on August 29, 2015 - 8:11am

Workers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation were patching areas of the Main Hill Road Friday morning bringing traffic to a standstill and causing many to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Patch work by NMDOT on the Main Hill Road Friday morning brought traffic to a standstill, causing people to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDOT workers fill in gaps under this guardrail Friday morning as part of repair work on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A.

LAPD Briefs Business Owners On Theft Prevention

on August 28, 2015 - 7:04pm
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris speaking to local business owners at Tuesday's Chamber Breakfast at UNM-Los Alamos on how to prevent employee theft. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris spoke to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast Tuesday on how to prevent employee theft and fraud.

Ranked by the Department as “white color crime,” fraud, embezzlement, forgery and identity theft cost businesses thousands each year, Morris said.

The Los Alamos Police Dept.

Letter To The Editor: Gun Control

on August 28, 2015 - 6:54pm
Los Alamos
Volunteer, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

I watched with a mix of horror and déjà vu when three people were shot on live TV by a person who never should have had access to a gun.

I sit to write this letter knowing that by the time I finish, three more people will be killed by guns in America. In the hour it takes someone to write an angry rebuttal, seven more people will be shot. It’s time to stop arguing about this issue—there are not two reasonable points of view.

Let’s stop letting the NRA dictate the discourse.

Alert: Hazard Tree Felling On Cañada Bonita Trails ... Hikers Urged To Use Caution

on August 28, 2015 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Sept. 2, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in record numbers.

NMED, State Engineer, RMSC Win Injunction

on August 28, 2015 - 8:49am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez’s executive agencies - the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) - along with 12 other co-plaintiff states (States) prevailed in their motion to block the Aug. 28 implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). 

Chief Judge Ralph Erickson granted the States’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the U.S.

Ernst & Young LLP, LANL Make New Cybersecurity Tools Available To Private Sector

on August 28, 2015 - 7:38am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ernst & Young LLP and Los Alamos National Laboratory have formed a strategic alliance to deliver some of the most advanced behavioral cybersecurity tools available to the commercial market.

“Cybersecurity attacks are ever more frequent and more sophisticated, and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business,” said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Every organization must improve its ability to detect and stop attacks as they occur, and before secure data is compromised.

Chief Stone: Customer Satisfaction For EMS

on August 28, 2015 - 7:26am
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

As the annual patient volume in emergency medical services (EMS) systems worldwide increases, there are no comprehensive studies on customer satisfaction for EMS.

Identifying this fault of the system has set in motion an innovative plan to measure satisfaction levels of the services provided by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

The LAFD and the Emergency Medical Services Division value our public’s opinion and will have our vendor (feedback innovations) start mailing out customer satisfaction

FBI, SFPD Look For Woman Who Tried To Rob Bank

on August 28, 2015 - 7:13am

Suspect who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a woman who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe.

The suspect involved in the Aug. 12, 2015 attempted robbery is described as a white female in her mid-20s with long black or dark brown hair. She wore a baggy white T-shirt, dark blue sweat pants and large frame sunglasses when she walked into the bank at approximately 2:30 p.m. on 4037 W. Rodeo Road.

The suspect gave a teller a note demanding money, but the suspect left without

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2nd Qtr. Crime Stats

on August 27, 2015 - 4:14pm

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2015, which were compiled by the department's records division.

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

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 26, 2015

on August 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

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.

Aug. 21 at 8:39 a.m. / A 67-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Rover Boulevard. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.


Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. / Police arrested Fernando Trujillo, 23, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 21 at 9:46 p.m.

Asphalt Resurfacing Activities Underway In White Rock

on August 27, 2015 - 9:27am

Asphalt resurfacing has began on White Rock streets including Page Loop, Meadow Lane (Overlook Road to Grand Canyon), Todd Loop, Glenview Drive, Glenview Court, Kris Court, Kimberly Lane (Rover Boulevard south to cul-de-sac), Valle Del Sol, Kendall Drive, Paul Place, Jeffery Place, Page Court, Pruitt Avenue and Hamlin Court. Door hangers will be distributed to residents living on the affected streets at least 48 hours in advance. The anticipated duration for this resurfacing project is three weeks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Page Loop in White Rock has been resurfaced. Photo by

Wednesday's Drywall Mud Spill Clogs Commuter Traffic

on August 26, 2015 - 11:00pm

Traffic began backing up on N.M. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday between Rover Boulevard and the Truck Route following an unsecured load that spilled 15 5-gallon buckets of drywall mud onto N.M. 502. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Traffic also began backing up around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Truck Route following the drywall mud mishap on N.M. 502. State police located the elusive truck driver in Espanola and cited him for driving with an unsecured load. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

N.M. 502 Has Reopened

on August 26, 2015 - 6:28pm

NEWS Alert:

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that N.M. 502 has reopened at the site of this afternoon’s paint spill.

It turns out that what was thought to be white paint was actually drywall mud.

The driver left the scene and was located in Espanola. He was cited for driving with an unsecured load and may receive other charges.

Morris advises drivers to use extreme caution as the roadway is very slick, and if it rains, it will become more so.

News Alert: Paint Spill Near Totavi Snarls Traffic Flow!

on August 26, 2015 - 3:49pm

News Alert:

Approximately 50-75 gallons of white paint spilled from a vehicle traveling eastbound on N.M. 502 leaving Los Alamos. 

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris said that the spill occurred at the blind spot before Totavi near the twin tanks. Traffic is being routed into the slow lane.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation just arrived on scene to begin cleanup operations, which may further impede traffic flow.

Police are urging motorists to slow down and exercise extreme caution while traveling through this area.

Sate Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints In September

on August 26, 2015 - 2:24pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September.

“Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities,” a police spokesman said. “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.

Los Alamos County Sheriff Attends NMSA Conference

on August 26, 2015 - 11:38am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, left, with National Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Danny Glick in Ruidoso. Courtesy photo


Last week Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero attended the New Mexico Sheriffs Association Conference in Ruidoso.

Members had several meetings concerning upcoming legislation, advanced training and issues regarding the Office of the Sheriff. There were VIP’s in attendance including the National Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Danny Glick, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a surprise appearance by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Ray McGovern On Putin, Russia & Ukraine Aug. 28

on August 26, 2015 - 11:25am

Ray McGovern

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents the lecture by Ray McGovern, 'Nyet Means Nyet' - A Redline on Ukraine, 5-7 p.m., Friday at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. in Sana Fe.

McGovern came from his native Bronx to Washington in the early 1960s as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush.

LAPS Review Of Employee Background Checks; Safety Procedures For Volunteers And School Visitors

on August 26, 2015 - 10:02am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools has conducted a review of hiring practices within the Human Resources Department and safety procedures for volunteers and visitors. 

Here is a summary of the findings:

Hiring Practices

  • As part of the application process, everyone interested in working for the Los Alamos Public Schools is required to sign under the following statement: I authorize Los Alamos Public Schools to conduct a reference and criminal background check and investigate all statements and information provided on the application.

Blood Drive At First Baptist Church Hall Aug. 27-28

on August 25, 2015 - 4:51pm
Photo by Chris Clark/
United Blood Services is holding a blood drive 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the First Baptist Church Hall 2200 Diamond Dr.
Donors are needed. Please come and donate and enjoy an egg salad sandwich (or ham and turkey, too)!
For more details, contact United Blood Services at 877.UBS.HERO.

Governor Orders Immediate School Personnel Background Check Policy & District Compliance Review For All 89 School Districts

on August 25, 2015 - 4:43pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering compliance investigators with the State Public Education Department and individuals from the Department of Public Safety to conduct an immediate review of background check policies for each school district in the state and undertake a thorough compliance review to ensure school districts are requiring personnel to receive timely criminal background checks.

“Jason Martinez should have never been hired at Albuquerque Public Schools; he has no business being around children.