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Letter To The Editor: Truth Matters

on September 15, 2017 - 9:29am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Mr. Visel’s latest offensive and dangerous diatribe (link) attacking the important work of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) is a troubling reminder that we live in a time when a complete disregard for the facts and intentional distortion of the truth is the new law of the land.

He states, rather emphatically, that NMPGV is financially backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There is not an ounce of truth to this statement.

FBI: Bank Robber Flees On Sport Bicycle

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank and fled on a sport bicycle Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2017.
 
The suspect is described as approximately 5'6” tall. His face and head were covered and he wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. At approximately 2:54 p.m., the suspect walked into Bank of America, located at 6605 Uptown Boulevard NE. He displayed a handgun and took money from a teller counter.
 
The suspect left the bank on a gray or green BMX-style bicycle and was last seen in the area of San Pedro

LAFD Starts Annual Hydrant Testing Monday

on September 14, 2017 - 3:05pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County beginning Monday through mid-November.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water

Judge Reinstates Probation For Alejandro Gonzalez

on September 14, 2017 - 2:06pm

Staff Report

 

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington agreed to reinstate probation for Alejandro Gonzalez Sept. 11 in Santa Fe District Court and added a condition that he enter and complete a 60-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

 

Gonzalez was originally arrested in December 2016 in Los Alamos and charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, distribution/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, no driver’s license

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Endorses Jeff Apodaca For Governor Of New Mexico

on September 14, 2017 - 11:20am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County
 
As the Sheriff of Los Alamos County, I would like to express my strong support of Jeff Apodaca in his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico.  
 
I grew up with Jeff and have known him, his values, and his character since we were 12 years old. Together we attended junior high through our college days at the University of New Mexico. Jeff was presented with some very difficult circumstances while he was young, and his unwavering faith and strength helped him overcome cancer. This is a true testament to his character.
 
Mr.

LAPD Detective Offers Seniors Advice On Scammers

on September 14, 2017 - 7:30am

Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking addresses seniors during lunch Sept. 13 at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

White Rock resident Bill Norman, right, chats with Det. Ryan Wolking Sept. 13 at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

Det. Ryan Wolking answers questions following his presentation on recognizing scams, defeating scammers and protection from scams Sept. 13  at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos

Archbishop John C. Wester Of Santa Fe Releases List Identifying 74 Accused Clergy And Religious

on September 14, 2017 - 6:28am

Archdiocese of Santa Fe News:

Archbishop John C. Wester released the following letter Tuesday to introduce a list of 74 priests, deacons and brothers accused of child abuse:

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Nothing can be more important than the safety and well-being of our children. For over 25 years, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been working to prevent sexual abuse of children. The archdiocese has continued to develop and expand upon its sexual abuse prevention policies and procedures over the years.

Through our Victim Assistance and Safe Environment Program, we provide

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

Letter To The Editor: Response To Miranda Viscoli

on September 13, 2017 - 12:48pm
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos
 
Miranda Viscoli, Co-president of New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence, claims her organization is NOT a gun control group.
 
Everything she stated in her recent letter was right out of the Gun Controller’s Playbook. This organization, as well as all the other gun control groups, are financially backed by none other than former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and are using his money to pay for these so called “Buybacks”.
 
First of all, It should not be called a “Gun Buyback” since you never sold them in the first place.

County Files Motion In Stimmel Case

on September 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Staff Report

 

Los Alamos County Associate Attorney Kevin J. Powers has filed a motion in Los Alamos Municipal Court asking for the revocation of a suspended sentence for Jay Stimmel in four cases related to the roof of a home on Kayenta Drive in White Rock. The charges in all four cases were for having a roof in disrepair.

The motion states that at an Aug. 14 hearing before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, the court found Stimmel guilty in each of four cases and imposed a fine of $500 in each case.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 10

on September 13, 2017 - 12:37pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry reminds tax professionals that if they experience a breach or theft of taxpayer data they should immediately contact the IRS to help protect clients.
 
The IRS can take some steps to lessen the impact of tax-related identity theft on clients, but a quick response by tax practitioners discovering a problem can help avert problems. Generally, criminals work quickly to convert the stolen data into fraudulent tax returns to claim refunds.
 
Encouraging tax practitioners to report data thefts is the final news release in

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 To Sept. 12, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 12:36pm

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.

DUSTIN D. NELSON

Sept. 6 at 8:33 a.m. / Police arrested Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

MARISSA D. SPARKS

Sept. 6 at 9:58 a.m. / Police arrested Marissa D. Sparks, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

IVAN L. TRUJILLO

Sept. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

Andrea Rivera Faces New Charges

on September 13, 2017 - 3:27am

Staff Report

Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos remains in jail after her arraignment Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk. According to court staff, she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and no date has been set for her next court appearance because Judge Kirk needs more information before he will review her case.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched Sept. 1 to a White Rock home in response to a reported verbal altercation involving Rivera.

Two Cars Crash Near Los Alamos High School

on September 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

The drivers of two vehicles that crashed during this evening's commute at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia were transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center. Police at the scene indicated that the red car turned left from Sandia onto Diamond Drive and collided with the blue BMW. Los Alamos fire and police responded to the scene, which included handling traffic that was backed up for long distances in both directions. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at Diamond Drive and Sandia. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at

Backhoe Pushes Truck Into Morning Glory Bakery

on September 12, 2017 - 6:18pm

A backhoe filling potholes a couple of weeks ago in the parking lot near the Morning Glory Bakery Co., at 1377 Diamond Dr., inadvertently pushed a Ford F-250 pickup into the exterior corner of the bakery shattering two plate glass windows. No persons were reported to have sustained injuries in this unfortunate mishap. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

IAFF #3279 Raises Funds For NM Cancer Center

on September 12, 2017 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Chief Ramon Garcia, Firefighter Dwight Williams and Capt. Joseph Baca model t-shirts being sold by International Association of Firefighters Local #3279 to raise funds for the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Marisha Griego shows off the design on the back of T-shirts being sold by the IAFF Local 3279 in support of the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

For the seventh consecutive year, the International Association

State Auditor Uncovers Likely Fraud, Embezzlement

on September 12, 2017 - 3:19pm

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Keller identifies hundreds of checks worth more than $475,000 written to vendors were cashed into a former employee’s personal bank account

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the results of an investigation into La Promesa Early Learning Center, a state charter school in Albuquerque.

The Risk Review found about half a million dollars were diverted from the School into a former employee’s personal bank account between June 2010 and July 2016. Office of the State Auditor (OSA) subpoenas of bank records uncovered that the former

Letter To The Editor: Death Toll Of 9/11

on September 12, 2017 - 12:48pm
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
On Monday the USA remembered the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt to attack another DC building that resulted in the plane crash near Shanksville, Penn.
 
The combined death toll from these four events was 2995. Please consider the further death toll from these attacks:
 
The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars were, and still are being, fought as a response to the events of 9/11. The combined toll at present of military people from the USA, Iraq and Afghanistan, and coalition forces

Champion Of Internet Freedom Held In China

on September 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (ATGFW.org), an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers.
 
The police arrested Zhen Jianghua in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong, Sept. 1 without giving any explanation, and are holding him in an unknown location. They arrested his partner at the same time, but released her six hours later.

Plea Deal Reached in Nicholas Conner Trafficking Case

on September 12, 2017 - 9:31am

Nicholas Conner, right, enters guilty pleas to five charges before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Nicholas Conner pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute under a plea agreement signed before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Monday in Santa Fe.

Conner was arrested in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep conducted by the

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Sentenced To Four Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on September 12, 2017 - 9:24am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Pilar Angel Lucero, 33, of Albuquerque, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. Lucero will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Lucero was charged by criminal complaint July 7, 2016, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition June 16, 2016, in Bernalillo County, following a routine traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). subsequently was indicted on the same charge on July 28, 2016.
 
According to

Wildfire Mitigation Project Public Meeting Sept. 20

on September 12, 2017 - 9:23am
FEMA News:
 
Los Alamos County Fire Department in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public input on a proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
 
 
The County will host a public meeting Sept. 20, to provide details about the project and to solicit input from the public. The public meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Building in the Training Room, at 999 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
 
The proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project would include vegetation thinning on

AG Warns Of Massive Equifax Data Breach; Urges New Mexicans To Protect Themselves From Identity Theft

on September 12, 2017 - 7:20am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the following fraud alert regarding the massive Equifax data breach impacting up to 143 million Americans:
 
Equifax, a credit reporting agency has announced that it had a massive data breach affecting more than 143 million Americans. The announcement informed the public that the breach occurred sometime between May and July-- Equifax discovered the breach July 29.
 
Equifax has set up a secure website with information here: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/. There also is a

CIR: Enforcing The Broken Border Sept. 18

on September 12, 2017 - 6:53am
Former NM Attorney General Gary King
 
CIR News:
 
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at La Posada, 330 E. Palace Ave., in Santa Fe for an intimate conversation between two former Attorneys General, describing their work in enforcing the border against the Mexican drug cartels. 
 
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
 
Terry Goddard (AZ) will talk about his work in, among other things, stopping the flow of laundered drug money into the U.S.; Gary King (NM) will discuss his work in training Mexican prosecutors to litigate the

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Adopts Final Campaign Finance Rule

on September 11, 2017 - 5:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional compliance following numerous court cases.

The rule will go into effect Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, which is the first day of a new campaign finance reporting period.

“For too long our campaign finance disclosure laws have been vague and confusing, and this rule will provide much needed

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