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Abe Dispennette Trains For Infantry Command

on January 4, 2018 - 8:56am
Abe Dispennette of Los Alamos is sworn in Decemeber to the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business owner Abe Dispennette moved his status in the Army Reserves to a position in the New Mexico National Guard during a special swearing in ceremony in December.

“I will be going through training as an 09S, which is an enlisted position that will commission me as an infantry commander of the 1-200 Regiment once training is over,” he said.

Dispennette left Tuesday for that training, which runs through late

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

Former Jail Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Contact With Minors

on January 4, 2018 - 7:52am

Dustin Bingham and his attorney Stephen D. Aarons Wednesday morning in First Judicial  District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

District Attorney Marco Serna, right, Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Stephen D. Aarons consult with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in court Wednesday as bailiff Steve Bing looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE Former Los Alamos County detention officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Bingham, 37, will spend

LAFD Responds To Light Fixture Incident At TA-55

on January 4, 2018 - 7:21am

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has confirmed reports that the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a minor incident involving a light fixture at a Los Alamos National Laboratory support building at TA-55.

“At about 10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2017, a light fixture in the PF-314 building – a non-nuclear, non-radiological support warehouse – failed,” an NNSA spokesperson said.  “An employee responded by pulling a fire alarm and turning off the light switch.”

LAFD responded and found a small carbon mark on the light fixture but no other indications of a fire in the

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
 
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018

on January 3, 2018 - 9:41am

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 against them.

AARON B. KOETTER

Dec. 27 at 4:42 p.m. /Police arrested Aaron B. Koetter, 41, of Los Alamos at the Pajarito Brew Pub on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANTHONY RAYMOND MARTINEZ

Dec. 28 at 9:35 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Raymond Martinez, 32, of Los Alamos in Apt. 3 at 1203 9th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for a charge of reckless driving.

 

‘Stay On Your Feet’ Fall Prevention Talk Jan. 23

on January 3, 2018 - 6:12am

FBI: Man With Mustache Robs Albuquerque Bank

on January 3, 2018 - 5:55am

Anyone who recognizes this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI

 

FBI News:

 

Tuesday a man with a mustache and wearing a dark baseball cap and a dark hooded sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union.

 
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, approximately 5'8" tall, with a medium build and a mustache.
 
At approximately 4:26 p.m., the suspect entered Nusenda Credit Union at 6501 Indian School Road NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.
 
The suspect left the

McQuiston: Dog Bite Statistics

on January 2, 2018 - 7:21am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
My agency recently had a customer whose dog nipped at a little neighbor boys hand while the boy was playing a little too rough with him. So I thought I would use that as this week's column. 
 
The boy suffered a minor injury and my customers homeowners policy paid the medical bill. But, as with a lot of things in life it could have been worse. And thankfully it wasn't one of the breeds you hear about that are vicious attack dogs. Did you know most insurance companies have a list of dogs breeds that would prevent you from obtaining insurance?

Auto Burglar Skylar Smith Back In Court

on January 1, 2018 - 1:41pm
Skylar B. Smith
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Skylar B. Smith, 25, arrested in Los Alamos in 2012 on 20 counts of automobile burglary and 16 counts of larceny, is scheduled for a probation violation hearing Thursday before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Adult Parole and Probation officials have stated that Smith is “clearly not suitable for supervision”.

“He is so involved in criminal activity it almost appears as if he goes out of his way to get himself arrested on felony charges,” officials said following Smith’s latest

LAFD: 2017 Year In Review

on January 1, 2018 - 9:09am
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, addresses the audience Oct. 20 at one of several showings of 'Only the Brave' at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Following his comments, Division Chief Jeff Wetteland read they names of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 20, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of Los Alamos Fire Department are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to any emergency in this community.

County New Year’s Buzz Bus Begins Rolling At 6 p.m.

on December 31, 2017 - 10:00am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is providing a New Year’s Buzz Bus beginning today at 6 p.m. and running through 1:30 a.m. Monday to area residents and guests.

Call 661.RIDE (7433) to request a ride. It’s first come – first served so call early to reserve a ride.

Do Not Drink and Drive … Dial A Ride.

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

NSF Awards $5.7 Million To Protect U.S. Cyberspace

on December 29, 2017 - 9:14am

HSNW News:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently gave the nation’s cybersecurity professionals a boost with the inclusion of four new universities into its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

NSF awarded nearly $5.7 million, with an expected total of almost $16.6 million over the next five years, to universities in Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana and Texas.

Three New War Crimes Now Recognized By ICC

on December 29, 2017 - 9:07am

HSNW News:

The Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Dec. 14 in New York has added three new war crimes to the Rome Statute.

Belgium had proposed these amendments to the Statute, which is the founding treaty of the ICC, as early as 2009.

The new war crimes added to the Rome Statute:

  • Use of biological and toxin weapons;
  • Use of weapons causing injuries by fragments which in the human body escape detection by X-rays; and
  • Use of laser weapons causing permanent blindness.

Belgium’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that these weapons kill without discrimination or

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

2017 Cops And Courts Year In Review

on December 28, 2017 - 10:00am
At its annual banquet earlier this month, the Los Alamos Public Safety Association honored LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking in recognition of his execution of Operation Spring Cleaning, a successful drug sting that followed months of investigation. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, pilot Amy Ross, Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the end of 2017 draws near,

Attorney General Hector Balderas Launches New Ad Campaign To Combat Online Sexual Predators

on December 28, 2017 - 9:08am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas launched a new ad campaign targeting New Mexico teenagers and parents with children under 18 years if age in an effort to combat sexual predators.

The ad, titled “Monsters”, reminds New Mexicans that monsters behind their computer, tablet or phone screen really do exist in the form of sexual predators seeking to abuse children and teens. The ad can be found at www.facebook.com/NMAttorneyGeneral/ and is sponsored in order to specifically reach New

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2017

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am

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 against them.

NICHOLE BORREGO

Dec. 20 at 11:02 a.m. / Police arrested Nichole Borrego, 27, of Chimayo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

RALEIGH C. WHITT

Dec. 20 at 6: 36 p.m. / Police arrested Raleigh G. Whitt, 30, of Los Alamos at 156 Tunyo on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSHUA J. MONTOYA

Dec. 22 at 11:23 a.m.

New Year’s Buzz Bus Reservations Open Thursday

on December 27, 2017 - 9:43am

NMSP Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In January

on December 27, 2017 - 9:41am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2018.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.
  • Who: New

Utilizing CDC STEADI Fall Prevention Toolkit Feb. 10

on December 27, 2017 - 8:57am

NNSA Releases ‘2017 Year In Review’ Highlighting Accomplishments Across Nuclear Security Enterprise

on December 27, 2017 - 8:43am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Friday published the “2017 Year in Review.”
 
The report highlights major accomplishments from the past year across NNSA’s vital national security missions while also detailing progress on modernization of NNSA’s infrastructure.
 
“I want to thank the dedicated women and men at NNSA labs, plants and sites across the country whose tireless efforts ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

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