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Los Alamos DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on October 9, 2017 - 4:43am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public. 


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: Sept. 14

IV. Business

a. Health Fair feedback

b. Planning Council Membership

i. Application review and vote

ii. Recruitment ideas

c. Future meeting agenda ideas 

V. Coordinator’s Report

  • a. Q1 Report due Oct. 31
  • b. LDWI Grant Council meeting Nov. 2 

VI. LAPS Report

VII. LAPD Report


New Mexico Ranks #2 For Most Burglaries Nationwide

on October 7, 2017 - 3:41am
ADT News:
With over 1 million annual burglaries in the U.S. alone, many of us can relate to having our sense of security being taken away along with our stolen property.
In its latest study, the team at ADT looked at data from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies to find out the times and places with the highest risk of burglary. 

Here are some key findings: 
  • New Mexico has about 8.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (2nd nationwide);
  • Santa Fe has about 16.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (8th nationwide); and
  • While most burglars live within 2 miles of the victim,

CCNS Appeals EPA Denial To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on October 7, 2017 - 3:18am
CCNS News:
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to a key facility, the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility. The Clean Water Act only regulates facilities that actually discharge pollutants. 
After November 2010, the Facility became a zero-liquid-discharge system, meaning the discharge pipe would no longer be used. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Dream On...

on October 7, 2017 - 2:54am

Los Alamos

I was going to write a light-hearted column this week. However, between the natural and unnatural disasters that have recently occurred, my head is filled with such sadness that I find very little humor in anything.

Every time I sit down to write, my feelings of helplessness and heartache fill the page. Not very entertaining I am afraid. But let me share my thoughts on how we can make a difference and contribute to improving the situation.

Regarding hurricanes and flooding - send money.

Los Alamos County Files Petition For Cease And Desist Against Sheriff

on October 6, 2017 - 2:58pm
Los Alamos Daily post 

Los Alamos County has asked the First Judicial District Court to issue a temporary restraining order requiring local Sheriff Marco Lucero to cease and desist from enforcing state law and County ordinances.

In a verified petition for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and permanent injunction filed Oct.

DWI Planning Council Meeting Oct. 12

on October 6, 2017 - 2:17pm

Section Of NM 4 To Close For 24 Hours Near Tsankawi

on October 6, 2017 - 10:03am


The  Department of Public Utilities is drilling a new water well in Los Alamos Canyon and is extending the new water transmission line across N.M. 4 to tie into the existing line that takes water to White Rock.

As a result, DPU needs to completely close a section of N.M. 4 for a period of 24 hours (near Tsankawi), however, East Jemez Road (Truck Route) will remain open.

The plan is to complete this work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. While work is underway Sunday, Oct. 22, the road will be open for two-way traffic.

FBI: Herbert Boyd Smith Charged With Bank Robbery

on October 6, 2017 - 9:51am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Herbert Boyd Smith, 50, of Albuquerque, with a bank robbery charge. During proceedings, Smith was ordered detained pending trial.
The FBI and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith Oct. 3, 2017, based on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a bank in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Smith robbed a Bank of the West branch located at 3733 Isleta Blvd., in Albuquerque Oct. 2, 2017. 
According to the complaint, Smith

County Council Files Motion In Email Suit

on October 6, 2017 - 8:47am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council has filed a motion asking the First Judicial District Court to conduct an in camera in chambers review of Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary’s emails held on her personal account from May 15 to determine if they are “public record” and subject to review under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Council members.

Balderas: Bernalillo Murderer Stays In Prison

on October 6, 2017 - 7:39am

Mark Romero

AG News:

BERNALILLO – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Mark Romero, who brutally murdered Francisco Landovazo in July 2011, will remain in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division.

Using a gun, Romero and another man forced him into the trunk of a car, drove him to El Llanito, beat him with a baseball bat, hogtied him and choked him until he died.

“We are working to keep New Mexico’s most violent, dangerous criminals out of our communities and behind bars,” Attorney General

County Council Litigation Subcommittee Nixed

on October 5, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos County Council, from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Antonio Maggiore. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAC


Los Alamos Daily Post

An announcement by Los Alamos County Council Chair David Israelevitz at the end of the Sept. 26 Council meeting prompted a lengthy discussion with his fellow councilors and has ultimately been nixed.

Under the Council Chair’s Report item on the agenda, Israelevitz announced that a subcommittee was being started to work with

Family Council Boots & Badges Fall Ball Nov. 11

on October 5, 2017 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery, seated, and Counseling Center Program Director Cheryl Pongratz Tuesday morning at LAFC on Nectar and 15th. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) is raising money to provide crisis intervention services to those in need throughout the region and at the same time pay tribute to local police, firefighters and veterans.

LAFC is hosting a dinner, dance and auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Veteran’s Day, Nov.

Lane Closures Planned Near Trinity Drive Intersection At Diamond Saturday

on October 5, 2017 - 8:04am


Starting at 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, the concrete curb will be replaced between the eastbound and westbound lanes on Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive east of Trinity Drive.

This work will require the closure of one of the two westbound left turn lanes on Trinity to Diamond. The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for approximately 200 feet, requiring the closure of the southbound Diamond left turn lane. 

All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road, so drive cautiously and follow all advanced warning

Pearce Votes To Protect Sanctity Of Life

on October 5, 2017 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill seeks to protect unborn children who are 20 weeks or older:
“Today’s bill is something we as Americans can unite together around. We have scientific proof that an unborn child at 20 weeks into a pregnancy – the end of the 5th month – has the capability to feel pain. I cannot sit back and allow this brutal act to continue.

Man Charged In Alleged Incident At Camp May

on October 4, 2017 - 8:28pm
Police arrest Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos Tuesday morning near LANB and charged him with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault stemming from an incident Sept. 24 at Camp May. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos was taken into custody Tuesday by the Los Alamos Police Department and charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault.

An arrest warrant was issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2017

on October 4, 2017 - 7:57pm

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.​



Sept. 29 at 10:09 a.m. / Police arrested Jeremiah Morris, 26, of Los Alamos at Mesa Verde on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.


Sept. 29 at 1:19 p.m. / Santa Fe Sheriff's Office arrested Russell Trujillo, 42, of Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.


NM Foundation For Open Government Hosts 2017 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards

on October 4, 2017 - 7:45pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in conversation following today’s Foundation for Open Government event in Albuquerque. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects including the importance of shining a light on dark nets ... those notorious digital marketplaces operating in the hidden corners of the Internet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Attorney Blair Dunn chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O’Neill at today’s event.

LAFD Fire Prevention Week: ‘Every Second Counts … Plan 2 Ways Out!’

on October 4, 2017 - 6:01pm

LAFD News:

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Ban Surprise Billing

on October 4, 2017 - 5:08pm
U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced health care legislation that will prohibit surprise billing. The Fair Billing Act is designed to protect patients from being charged expensive out-of-network rates for services they get at in-network hospitals.
“Medical billing is extremely complicated, even in the best of circumstances,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

Robert Patterson Named DEA Acting Administrator

on October 4, 2017 - 8:46am

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November

Jones Also Investigated For Embezzlement In 2005

on October 4, 2017 - 8:05am

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained police records indicating that Tabatha Jones of White Rock was investigated in 2005 for allegedly stealing money from a former employer. The case was submitted to the First Judicial District Attorney at that time, but no charges were filed.

Jones was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. She was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det.

Closure Order Rescinded For Continental Divide Trail

on October 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has rescinded the closure order for a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District effective at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 3.
The CDT from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96 was closed on July 26 to provide for public safety as fire crews worked on the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. 
Although the Ojitos Fire passed through the CDT area, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298, weeks ago, Forest Service

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

HSNW: Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History

on October 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

HSNW News:

A 64-year-old gunman barricaded himself in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then fired thousands of rounds from several automatic weapons on an outdoor country music festival taking place Sunday outside the hotel.

About 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured. The Las Vegas police also report that two police officers have been killed. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter is identified as Nevada resident Stephen

FBI Tactics Instructor On Active Shooter Situations

on October 2, 2017 - 5:09pm

FBI Defense Tactics Instructor Steve Kardian


In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Steve Kardian, 30-year law enforcement veteran, FBI defense tactics instructor and widely recognized expert on the criminal mind, shares his top tips to evade, escape and protect oneself during an active shooter situation.

To view the video, click here.