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U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Police Capture Surviving Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

on April 19, 2013 - 9:01pm

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

Police captured the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber after a day-long manhunt that shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs and left one police officer dead.

Residents flooded into the streets cheered following the arrest of the Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev to celebrate the end to five days horrendous days since the bombs wounded more than 175 people and killed three.

Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an overnight police chase and shootout.

Reports indicate that Tsarnaev was found

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

One Boston Marathon Suspect Dead, Brother on the Run

on April 19, 2013 - 12:50pm

Boston is on lockdown as Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, died overnight and his brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge is thought to be on the run in Watertown, Mass. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

A search is underway for the second Boston Marathon suspect, following the fatal shooting of a MIT campus police officer Thursday night.

The suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombing were brothers from the Russian Caucasus who moved to Kazakhstan before coming to the United States several years ago, according to multiple news sources.

The dead brother is

Police DWI Checkpoints Underway

on April 19, 2013 - 7:28am

LAPD News:

Throughout the month of April and May, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints in the County of Los Alamos.

 

 

FBI Releases Photos of Two Men at Boston Marathon

on April 18, 2013 - 3:54pm

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI has released photos of two individuals of interest related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack.

Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate.

To Provide Tips in the Investigation:

If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/.

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Western States Sheriffs’ Association Nominates Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero For Sheriff of the Year

on April 18, 2013 - 3:03pm

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero

NMSA News:

ALBUQUERQUEThe New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association commends Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero for nomination of Sheriff of the Year from Western States Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Lucero was nominated for Sheriff of the Year by his peers at the Western States Sheriffs’ Association at the annual spring conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.

"I am humbled by this honor," Lucero said. "I feel there are many more deserving sheriffs."

Western States Sheriffs’ Association is comprised from Sheriffs from 16 states.

Late Season Freeze and Snow Through Thursday

on April 17, 2013 - 5:51pm

 

 

US, China Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

on April 17, 2013 - 10:12am

Beijing, China. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

  • Eighth U.S.-China PUNT Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting Held in Beijing

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington

BEIJING – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the China National Energy Administration (NEA) this week held the 8th Joint Coordinating Committee meeting of the 1998 U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Agreement.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Director General of the NEA Nuclear Power Department Hao Weiping,

U.S. Marshals Selling Russian Spy House

on April 16, 2013 - 10:49am

Russian spy for sale at 31 Marquette Rd., Montclair, N.J. Courtesy/USMS

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling a single family home in Montclair, N.J., whose previous owners were part of a Russian spy ring busted by the FBI in 2010.

Richard and Cynthia Murphy were the names used by the two Russian spies who lived in the Montclair house.

FBI Agents and analysts watched these and eight other deep-cover operatives for years as they established themselves in the U.S.

Los Alamos Police Expand 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' to White Rock

on April 16, 2013 - 9:49am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police will host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

Morris explained that senior citizens in White Rock contacted his office saying they would have difficulty going up to Los Alamos to turn in their unused and out of date pills.

"We were able to get an additional drop off site registered with the DEA and have made arrangements to have officers set up at the White Rock Library parking lot from 10 a.m.

Local Couple Recounts Boston Marathon Experience

on April 16, 2013 - 8:05am
Whitney and Matt Dreier at the 'Run the Caldera' race at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy photo
 
Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Los Alamos couple who ran Monday's Boston Marathon recount their experience and try to make sense of the horrific terrorist attack near the finish line.
 
In 2008, Matt Dreier, from Missouri, and Whitney Spivey, from Virginia, ran the Boston Marathon.
 
They didn't know each other at the time, and so when they were married in 2010, going back to Boston was on their list of things to do as a couple.
 
After qualifying in 2012, the Dreiers, now living in Los Alamos,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 4–April 10, 2013

on April 15, 2013 - 11:57am

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 4 at 3:42 p.m. / Police received a report of a 12-year-old Los Alamos boy being abused on 33rd Street. The matter is under investigation.

JASON WILLIS

April 4 at 4:25 p.m. / Police arrested Jason Willis, 32, of Los Alamos in the 2500 block of Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

April 5 at 1 p.m.

National Work Zone Awareness Week Begins April 15: 'We're All In This Together'

on April 12, 2013 - 9:51am

NMDOT News:

Work Zone Safety For Drivers and Construction Crews

SANTA FE - The week of April 15 marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season as well as National Work Zone Awareness Week.

This year's campaign's slogan: "We're All In This Together" was designed to bring awareness to worker and driver safety in work zones.

Nationally, more than 700 people are killed and more than 37,000 are injured each year in crashes in highway work zones.

On average, four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are drivers or their passengers.

The New Mexico Department of

Alcove House Unstable, Unsafe and Closed Until Further Notice

on April 12, 2013 - 9:31am

Courtesy/BNM

 

Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

 

The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.

 

Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks. In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.

 

The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.


Wednesday, April 10, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an

DEA Administrator's Testimony on FY-2014 Budget Request

on April 12, 2013 - 9:12am

Michele M. Leonhart

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart today testified before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY2014 Budget request.

The text of her testimony can be found at the following link: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/speeches-testimony/2013t/DEAHouseCJSWrittenTestimony41213.pdf

'Safe Chemical Act' to Protect Americans Reintroduced

on April 11, 2013 - 8:50am
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), today reintroduced his “Safe Chemicals Act” to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products.
 
Lautenberg has been working since 2005 to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals.
 
Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found more than 212

What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am

COUNTY News:

WHAT IS A RED FLAG WARNING?

A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.

WHEN AND WHY IS THE RED FLAG FLYING AT CARSON NATIONAL FOREST AND OTHER AGENCIES OFFICES?

A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a

Rocks Fall on Main Hill Road

on April 10, 2013 - 7:31am

Traveling toward Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Traffic is moving smoothly after crews removed rocks that slid onto the Main Hill Road early this morning.

The minor rockslide occurred following Tuesday's rain and snow and the overnight by freezing temperatures.

The rocks were piled on the shoulder ... first responders say the road may have to be closed after today's morning commute to remove the rocks.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 28–April 3, 2013

on April 8, 2013 - 10:01am

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.

March 28 at 11:53 a.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Bonnie View Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

SUZANNE WILCOX

March 30 at 10:27 p.m.

FBI Honors New Mexico Human Rights Projects

on April 8, 2013 - 9:33am

Executive Director Regina Turner accepts the award on behalf of New Mexico Human Rights Projects from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service.

The Albuquerque Division of the FBI honored New Mexico Human Rights Projects (NMHRP), a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on programs

JJAB: 'Opiate Addiction - No Exceptions' April 17

on April 6, 2013 - 5:51am
 
 
 
 
 
JJAB News:
 
This month's Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in Building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site ... note the change in time.
 
Jennifer Weiss, executive director of the Heroin Awareness Committee (HAC), will present "Opiate Addiction - No Exceptions," a presentation and discussion regarding the current reality of drug addiction in New Mexico and the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among youth.  
 
The public is welcome to attend this discussion.
 

U.S. Removes Last Remaining HEU from Czech Republic, Sets Nonproliferation Milestone

on April 5, 2013 - 9:12am

Casks containing HEU being loaded into shipping containers at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

A worker checks for radiation at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Arson Investigators Delve into Shed Fire in White Rock

on March 31, 2013 - 8:13am

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a shed fire at a home on Carlsbad in White Rock Saturday. Arson investigators were called in to determine the cause of the suspicious fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Rotary Club of Los Alamos Dedicates Life Saving AED

on March 31, 2013 - 8:08am

 Local Rotarian/Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and President Linda Hull of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos dedicate an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for Fuller Lodge during a ceremony Wednesday, March 27 at the Lodge. Photo by Katy Korkos  

Rotary Club President Linda Hull, center, and Rotarians Skip and Linda King speak with Karen Nilsson Brandt, left, whose father died of a heart attack at her wedding reception in Fuller Lodge 30 years ago. Photo by Katy Korkos

Staff report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos dedicated an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for Fuller Lodge during

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