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ESB Tables Roll Cart Ordinance To Seek More Input

on September 28, 2017 - 6:13am

A local resident speaking during public comment at the Environmental Sustianability Board meeting Sept. 21 holds up motion detected lights that she uses to dissuade bears from visiting her home. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Members of the community turned out for the Environmental Sustainability Board meeting Sept. 21. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post 


The proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County ordinance for preventing wildlife getting into trash cans ignited a firestorm of debate within the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20 To Sept. 22, 2017

on September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm

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.


Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. / Police arrested Gerald Espinoza, 35, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Sept. 21 at 1:37 p.m. /Police arrested Tabatha Annjoyce Jones, 34, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with embezzlement of between $2,500 and $20,000.




FBI: Man Wearing Green Bay Packers Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 27, 2017 - 12:43pm

FBI News:

A man wearing a Green Bay Packers baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5'9” to 5'10” tall with a medium build, and a beard. He wore a Green Bay Packers baseball cap, black short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.

At approximately 4:11 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at 13140 Central Avenue SE, in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

The suspect left the bank and headed

Police Seek Public’s Assistance In Los Alamos Youth Football And Cheerleading League Embezzlement Case

on September 27, 2017 - 11:00am

LAPD News:

Based on the continuing investigation of embezzlement from the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking is seeking information from participants of the league, businesses or individuals who donated to the league, or anyone from whom the league would have received cash, checks, or some other form of payment.

Specifically, LAPD is requesting information relating to financial transactions being processed or handled by the league’s former president Tabatha Jones of White Rock.

All information should be directed to Det. Wolking LA-93 at

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

Letter To The Editor: Keeping A Tidy Yard Is More Than Just Appearances Sake

on September 27, 2017 - 10:50am

Los Alamos

I understand people are upset by the County Codes calling for people to maintain the weeds in their yard, or minimize the rotting carcasses of cars, and just the general tidiness of one’s yard.

While I do understand I cannot sympathize, nor excuse this risky behavior. Keeping a tidy yard is more than just appearances sake, it is about the real pressing issue of Public Health for the Community.  We live in a part of the country where Bubonic Plague, Hantavirus and Mosquito Borne Illnesses are a continuous concern.

Scam Alert: Balderas Warns Of Jury Duty Scams

on September 27, 2017 - 10:31am

AG News:

SANTA FE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scammers who are calling people in the Santa Fe-area threatening to jail or fine them $2,000 for failure to report to jury duty.

The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe-area.

County: Trinity Drive Lane Closures Oct. 2-6

on September 27, 2017 - 9:18am


As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be connecting new water and gas lines to existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street.

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street, scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

Knief Pleads Guilty To Two Counts Of Trafficking – 18 Charges Dismissed

on September 27, 2017 - 8:12am

Anthony Knief awaits his plea hearing Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe with his attorney Kitren Fischer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Knief, 33, of Taos was sentenced to nine years of incarceration for each of two trafficking charges in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer suspended the two sentences, which are to run consecutively and ordered Knief to be on supervised probation for five years.

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 

Keller Joins Survivor Advocates To Provide Rape Kit Backlog Update To Legislative Committee

on September 27, 2017 - 7:26am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Sept. 21, State Auditor Tim Keller and Sarita Nair, Chief Government Accountability Officer of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) joined sexual assault survivor advocates to provide an update to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee about the backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The OSA presented along with representatives from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Valencia Shelter Services, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs, and the University of New

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

DOE Extends Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 26, 2017 - 4:50pm

EM-LA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the Environmental Management - Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract by a period of six months.

The period of extension is valued at approximately $65 million. With the extension, the contract will expire March 31, 2018.

The contract was originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. The Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract is a Cost-Plus-Award Fee (CPAF) contract that is for the purpose of providing environmental remediation services at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The cleanup work is

Two Vehicle Crash At 15th And Central

on September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm

Both drivers are fine but this Nissan car owned by Los Alamos resident Becky Shankland, left, sustained some major damage from a collision with a truck this afternoon in the intersection at 15th Street and Central Avenue. No injuries were reported at the scene and the driver of the truck was cited for running a red light. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This Nissan truck sustained minor damage this afternoon from a two vehicle crash at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police on scene to sort out the situation following this afternoon’s crash

LAFD Bike Team Demonstrates Safety To Girl Scouts

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am

The Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team over the weekend discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety

Governor Announces Nearly $27 Million Of Road Improvements From WIPP Settlement

on September 26, 2017 - 8:59am


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday nearly $27 million of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) route road improvements between Carlsbad and Vaughn, as part of the state’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“When we first learned of the fire and radiation leak in 2014, we moved quickly to hold the federal government accountable, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to use these funds to further strengthen the safety of WIPP and the surrounding communities,” Governor Martinez said.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court News

on September 26, 2017 - 7:54am

Staff Report


Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos was bound over to District Court Friday on three charges following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.


Roller was charged with false imprisonment, battery and battery against a household member as a result of a July 19 incident at an address on 39th Street. During Friday’s hearing, Judge Casados heard testimony from Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez, Det. Ryan Wolking, Cpl.

Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

FBI: Man Wearing Baseball Cap With Bright Red Visor Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 26, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
A man wearing a black baseball cap with a bright red visor robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s, with a medium build, and scruffy goatee. He wore a dark short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
The suspect walked into Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, at approximately 4:51 p.m. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect. The suspect left the bank and was seen running south on Juan Tabo Boulevard.
The FBI and Albuquerque

NMED Confirms Lifting 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System, Morningside Users Coop

on September 26, 2017 - 6:50am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Artesia Municipal Water System has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative located in Eddy County.
Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were required to issue the advisory Sept. 16, 2017 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Artesia water system.

FBI: Fourth Member Of New Mexico-Based Marijuana Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty

on September 26, 2017 - 6:22am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Antonio Ruelas, 33, of Algodones, pleaded guilty in Federal Court Sept. 8 to a felony information charging him with participating in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy. Ruelas entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence not to exceed 36 months of imprisonment.
Ruelas is one of 10 defendants charged as the result of a two-year investigation by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation into a drug trafficking organization led by Enrique Cavazos, 31, of Tijeras, that distributed high-grade marijuana throughout New Mexico and across the

FBI: Man With Lazy Eye; Neck And Cheek Tattoos, Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 25, 2017 - 8:16am
FBI News:
A man with a lazy eye and tattoos on his neck and cheek robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The robbery occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” to 5'8” tall, with a slender build and close-cropped hair. He wore a dark baseball cap with a red visor, a black hooded jacket over a white T-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect had tattoos on the left side of his neck and his left cheek. Witnesses also said he had a lazy eye. 

Back To School Safety Tips

on September 25, 2017 - 8:14am

John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.