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Lujan Grisham Urges FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on November 29, 2017 - 8:58am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.
“A free and open internet is particularly important for a rural state like New Mexico where we must be committed to leveling the playing field for all users, regardless of their ability to pay for Internet service,” Grisham said.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charges

on November 29, 2017 - 5:59am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Shayliss Ellsworth, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, pled guilty to assault charges Nov. 27 in Federal Court in Albuquerque.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Ellsworth faces a prison sentence within the range of 70 to 87 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Ellsworth was arrested June 21 on a criminal complaint charging him with stabbing two Navajo women with a knife June 17, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County.

New Mexico State Police Announces Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In December

on November 29, 2017 - 5:58am
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 December 2017.
We are 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.

Sunland Park Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To Prison

on November 29, 2017 - 5:28am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Eleodoro Sanchez, 62, of Canutillo, Texas, was sentenced Nov. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 36 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park. 
Sanchez will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. 
Sanchez was a member of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that was targeted by a DEA-led investigation, which was designated as part of the Organized Crime Drug

Senators Call For Investigation Into Reported Violations Of Sensitive Locations Policy

on November 29, 2017 - 5:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and religious institutions.  
The senators’ letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stopped by immigration authorities on her way to the hospital for

National Tax Security Awareness No. 1: Online Safety

on November 28, 2017 - 1:13pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  During the online holiday shopping season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry remind people to be vigilant with their personal information.
While shopping for gifts, criminals are shopping for credit card numbers, financial account information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data that could help them file a fraudulent tax return.
Anyone who has an online presence should take a few simple steps that could go a long way to protecting their identity and personal information.
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Prevent And Respond To Sexual Harassment In Congress

on November 28, 2017 - 1:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress.
The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.
Additionally, both the House and Senate bills will require mandatory annual

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

DNCU Provides Warm Holiday Meals For Firefighters

on November 28, 2017 - 11:46am

DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, provided warm holiday meals to many of the area’s on-duty firefighters Thursday, Nov. 23.

Delicious turkey meals with all the trimmings, purchased through an area supermarket as well as a local restaurant, fed five Los Alamos County fire stations, seven Santa Fe City fire stations, Ojo Sarco Volunteer Fire Department as well as Española Fire Rescue.

“This is our way to help make the day a little brighter for these public servants who keep our communities safe, especially since many of them miss

Detour On East Road Wednesday And Thursday

on November 28, 2017 - 10:54am


Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will detour west bound traffic on East Road onto the existing median 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

The detour will be on East Road between Canyon Road and Central Avenue. East bound traffic will not be affected.

In addition to this detour, crews will cone off a section of the shoulder and sidewalk on Central Avenue at the Old Hilltop House Hotel parking lot. This will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic.

Be sure to slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Fajardo To Legislative Leaders: Training Is Not Enough

on November 27, 2017 - 5:36am

Rep. Kelly Fajardo


State representative pushes Leadership to take swift action on fixing policy weaknesses

LOS LUNAS—Rep. Kelly Fajardo sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leadership urging them to take stronger steps in addressing sexual harassment issues at the Legislature.  

“Training is not enough,” Fajardo wrote, “and mandating training for only legislators is a minimal gesture at best.”

Fajardo pointed out numerous weaknesses in the Legislature’s current “No Harassment” policy and called for a complete overhaul of the document.

AG Balderas Sends Letter To Uber Regarding Massive Data Breach

on November 26, 2017 - 1:25pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

Uber didn't disclose publicly until Tuesday that hackers accessed the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers last year.

At the time of the breach, Uber reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data and did not tell regulators or users that their information was stolen.

Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent the following letter to Uber's CEO asking questions about the impact of that data breach on New Mexicans:

Copy of Letter:

Police Deliver 17 Thanksgiving Dinners To Families

on November 26, 2017 - 7:56am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and his officers, in partnership with Smith’s Marketplace delivered 17 Thanksgiving dinners to families throughout its service area. LAPD is thankful for the support it receives from the community and looks for opportunities to give back to the community where it can. Sgt. Tim Lonz has coordinated this effort with Smith’s Marketplace for the last several years. Courtesy/LAPD

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Nov. 27

on November 25, 2017 - 6:18am


Voices of Los Alamos will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the Unitarian Church. 

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, Deputy Utilities Manager James Alarid and Technical Program Manager Danny Katzman will discuss the chromium plume issue. They will present the current action plan to pump out, treat and then inject the water back into the ground. 

The meeting will also feature updates on the PED science standards as well as health and history school standards.

Mosley Released From Jail Pending Trial

on November 23, 2017 - 10:28am


Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados released Carl “Wayne” Mosley, 67, of Los Alamos on his own recognizance Tuesday pending trial on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, criminal sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Mosley was arrested following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew Lyon along with Child Youth and Families Department representatives and a forensic interviewer.

During Mosley’s first appearance Nov.

LAPD Requests Help From Public

on November 22, 2017 - 4:22pm

LAPD News:

Due to the ongoing robbery investigation, The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting help from the public.

Specifically, if you have any video or still image surveillance footage from anywhere in White Rock, LAPD Criminal Investigators would like to receive a copy of the footage as soon as possible.

Identities of individuals who assist Law Enforcement can remain confidential.

Anyone having video or information can contact Det. Joey Robinson at 505.662.8274 or email

Steinhaus Shares Letter On LAPS Follow-up From Tuesday Bank Robbery In White Rock

on November 22, 2017 - 4:02pm
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Parents and LAPS Employees,

As follow-up to yesterday’s events following a bank robbery in White Rock, it is comforting to know that all students and staff are safe and there were no injuries.  Thanksgiving holiday has new meaning this year! 

Here is information from today’s debrief.  Please feel free to send any additional reflections or suggestions for improvement.

First, I extend sincere appreciation to parents for your patience and understanding.

County Officials Express Thanksgiving Wishes

on November 22, 2017 - 7:40am
Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County offices are closed Thursday and Friday in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Several County officials expressed their Thanksgiving wishes for the community.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on the blessings our lives bring. Among those blessings for me is being a member of this wonderful community in Los Alamos,” County Council Chair David Izraelevitz said. It is a safe, welcoming community, where education and healthy living is valued,

LAFD Offers Safety Tips For Thanksgiving

on November 22, 2017 - 7:36am
LAFD News: 
Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. During this holiday season Los Alamos Fire Department wants to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Keep in mind the potential dangers of home cooking fires:
  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3- foot kid- and pet free zone” around your turkey dryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill

FBI Releases Photos Of WR Bank Robber

on November 21, 2017 - 5:27pm
Bank robber at LANB in White Rock. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
The FBI has released photos of the man who robbed the Los Alamos National Bank at approximately 11:50 a.m. today at 77 Rover Blvd., in White Rock.
The suspect wore a dark hooded jacket, a dark baseball cap, and his face was covered. He was described as male, approximately 5'10" to 6' tall, with a thin build.
He displayed a handgun and demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank.
Back of bank robber at LANB in White Rock. Courtesy/FBI
The FBI may pay a reward

County: FBI Has Taken Over Search For Robber

on November 21, 2017 - 3:24pm

Los Alamos Police have turned the search for a man who robbed LANB earlier today to the FBI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County just released a statement that the Los Alamos Police Department has turned the search for the suspect who robbed Los Alamos National Bank today in White Rock over to the FBI who is now on scene.

LAPD officers are present at the two schools in White Rock as students are being picked up by parents under the controlled LAPS release

Residents in White Rock should continue to limit moving around White Rock and keep their doors and

Alert: In coordination With Police Department, All LAPS Students Will Be Released At Normal Time Today

on November 21, 2017 - 3:01pm

News Alert:

In coordination with the Los Alamos Police Department, all Los Alamos Public School students will be released at their normal time today.

  There will be no buses from the High School or Middle School to White Rock. Parents of MS and HS students, please pick your student up at their school. 

Parents of Chamisa and Pinon elementary school students in White Rock are asked to go to their child's school, come prepared to show ID, report to the office, and follow instructions for release of your children.

 Students will only be released to an approved adult.

More Photos From Scene Of WR Bank Robbery

on November 21, 2017 - 2:51pm

Los Alamos Police detectives search a ravine this afternoon behind Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock for a white male suspect wearing all black clothes who robbed the bank earlier today. The thief is considered armed and dangerous. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police detectives continue to search this afternoon in White Rock for a white male suspect wearing all black clothes who robbed the bank earlier today. The thief is considered armed and dangerous. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A state police helicopter aids in the search for a bank robber this

Photos From Bank Robbery Scene In White Rock

on November 21, 2017 - 1:29pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, right, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris at the scene in front of Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock, which was robbed a couple of hours ago. Police are combing the area for the robber who is considered armed and dangerous. Area schools remain in lockdown while the thief is on the loose. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A bank robber described as a white man wearing all black clothes including a hoodie and a cap with 'DC' on it fled the scene today at LANB in White Rock and remains on the lam at this time. Photo by Carol A. Clark/