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Pearce Calls For Investigation Of UNMHSC, SWWO

on September 11, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
“I’ve worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and Members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are protected. In 2016, an investigation by the U.S.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

Justin F. Vigil Sentenced In Two Cases

on September 11, 2017 - 6:52am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Justin F. Vigil, 23, of Santa Fe, will serve 191 days in Santa Fe County Detention Center and 566 days of supervised probation when released under the terms of a judgment issued by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington for two cases, one in Los Alamos County and the other in Santa Fe County.

In the Los Alamos case, Vigil was originally charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a Los Alamos woman.

Letter To The Editor: Yes, Gun Buybacks Do Work And They ‘Feel Good’ Too

on September 11, 2017 - 6:48am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president  
New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence

Robert Visel could not have said it better in his editorial, “Gun Buyback Farce.”

In his letter to the editor he calls New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence gun buybacks a “Feel good maneuver”. Yes, it does “feel good” to see a widow bring in her departed husband’s arsenal of guns that have been left in their bedroom closet. It feels great to see the relief on grandparents’ faces when they know that their guns will not get into their grandchildren’s hands.

Letter To The Editor: In The Great Gun Debate, Both Sides Need Practice Hitting The Target

on September 10, 2017 - 4:21pm
Los Alamos
It's an unfortunate observation, nearly rising to the level of a physical law, that both sides in the Great Gun Debate will usually miss the target on any given issue.
After the recent Clovis Library mass shooting, someone wrote a long essay to the Santa Fe New Mexican calling for a ban on concealed carry in libraries. But concealed carry was irrelevant to the shooting as the shooter, at 16 years old, was not a legal concealed carrier nor eligible to become one at his age.

DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on September 10, 2017 - 6:47am
Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
  • Call to Order
  • Public Comment
  • Approval of minutes from previous meeting: Aug. 10
  • Coordinator’s Report
a. Health Fair sign up – still need people!
b. Summer Concert Safe Ride report
c. New DFA LDWI Program Manager
  • Introductions
  • Business
a. District Attorney Marco Serna visit
b. LAPD funding request
  • Prevention Specialist Report
  • LAPD Report
  • Probation Report
  • Council Chair’s Report
  • Next Scheduled Meetings:

Federal Grand Jury Files Obstruction Charges Against Santa Fe Cardiologist Awaiting Sentencing For Fraud

on September 9, 2017 - 12:07pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announced that a federal grand jury has returned a new indictment charging Roy G. Heilbron, 54, a cardiologist residing in Santa Fe, with false statements and obstruction charges.
The new charges against Heilbron arise out of his alleged attempt to obstruct and impede proceedings in a pending criminal case.
The two-count indictment, which was filed yesterday, charges Heilbron with making and presenting fraudulent documents regarding his medical

Weapons Found At Scene Where Man In Stolen Pickup Attempts To Run Down Los Alamos Police Officer

on September 9, 2017 - 6:46am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which one of them attempted to run down a Los Alamos Police officer with a stolen pickup were back in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning facing revised charges.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque now faces a total of 14 charges in connection with the incident due to an amended complaint filed Friday by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Man Wearing Chicago Bears Cap Robs Albq. Bank

on September 9, 2017 - 6:22am
FBI News:
A man wearing a Chicago Bears baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5'3” to 5'4” tall, with a slender build. He had an unshaven face. He wore a dark Chicago Bears baseball cap, a long-sleeve gray flannel shirt, and blue jeans.
At approximately 10:04 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Avenue NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Larceny Charge Against Tonya Males Dismissed

on September 8, 2017 - 3:41pm

Staff Report

A larceny charge filed July 24 against Tonya Males of Espanola has been dismissed without prejudice by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Males was charged with the theft of $900 in cash from a White Rock home she was cleaning.

The homeowner claimed the money had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and that Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Males was represented by Los Alamos Attorney Philip Dabney.

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Lab Employee

on September 8, 2017 - 3:20pm

Staff Report

The charge against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee of criminal damage of more than $1,800 to a vehicle belonging to another Lab employee has been dismissed.

First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Walhquist filed the dismissal Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for the charge against Robert Winkel stating that restitution has been made in the case and the interests of justice are best served through dismissal of the charge.

Winkel was charged pursuant to an investigation into damage to a vehicle belonging to a group leader who reportedly had some

Council Proclaims Sept. 17-23 As Constitution Week

on September 8, 2017 - 7:19am

County Councilor Chris Chandler, left,  presents Roberta Day Izdorek with a proclamation that recognizes Sept. 17-23 as 'Constitution Week' during Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 



Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler presented a proclamation that recongnizes Sept. 17-23 as "Constitution Week" during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night. The proclamation was given to Roberta Day Izorek of the Valles Grande Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 


WHEREAS: September 17, 2017, marks the two

As Hurricane Irma Threatens, IRS Urges Taxpayers To Prepare For Hurricanes, Floods And Other Disasters

on September 8, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  For September’s National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service is offering advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters.
After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and with Hurricane Irma threatening parts of the U.S. and Caribbean, the IRS reminds taxpayers that the agency is here to help, including offering a special toll-free number to taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas that’s staffed with IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.
Managed and sponsored by the Federal Emergency

Bear Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on September 7, 2017 - 11:52pm
A bear is spotted about 7 p.m. today walking into ther front yard of a home near the intersection of Navajo Road and Los Pueblos. Photo by Hajnalka Daligault
Photo by Hajnalka Daligault
Photo by Hajnalka Daligault

Letter To The Editor: Gun Buy Back Farce

on September 7, 2017 - 10:27pm
Los Alamos

The New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department will be holding their first, and hopefully last, “ever” Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event on Saturday, Oct. 28.

First of all, they can’t “Buy Back” something they never sold in the first place! So, this onerous title is already misleading.

Second, if people have been paying the least bit of attention to these Gun Control schemes they would find out that these so called “Buy Back” programs do absolutely nothing to deter violent crime not just here in the United States but around the

LAPD Records Division Is Well-Oiled Machine

on September 7, 2017 - 4:40pm

Los Alamos Police Department Records Division Manager Teresina Berg in the Department's file vault. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Information is the lifeblood of any organization and Los Alamos Police Department is no exception. Keeping accurate records that comply with local, state and federal laws becomes even more important when your organization happens to be responsible for the protection of life in the community as well as the rights and guarantees of both residents and visitors.

Teresina Berg has managed the

Trinity Drive Lane Closure Scheduled For Next Week

on September 7, 2017 - 3:21pm


As part of the 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be locating existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street followed by placement of new underground conduit via subsurface boring. 

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

  • Sept. 11 westbound right lane;
  • Sept. 12 westbound right lane; and
  • Sept. 13 westbound right lane.

For more information or questions, you may contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or send an email to

Who’s Watching You? ... What Are Those Los Alamos Cameras Looking For?

on September 7, 2017 - 11:30am

The view from behind the computers in the Los Alamos County Traffic Center. In the background is the video wall where incoming video from all 18 cameras installed around town may be viewed. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

The video wall at Los Alamos County's Traffic Center showing traffic at 12 locations Tuesday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

If you have ever been in your car waiting at a traffic signal in Los Alamos and wondered who is looking at you through the camera pointing down at you, the answer

Longview Properties Red-Tagged As Unsafe

on September 7, 2017 - 11:21am

A wood beam over a walkway outside a Longview Drive property in White Rock shows obvious signs of deterioration and was red-tagged Tuesday for unsafe conditions. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Two of the buildings at the Longview complex in White Rock that were taped off and red-tagged Tuesday by Los Alamos County and Fire Department officials. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeffrey Wetteland red-tagged buildings Tuesday on

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Garcia Retires

on September 7, 2017 - 10:32am

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia is retiring Sept. 21 after 23 years of service. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

As Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia gets ready to retire Sept. 21, it’s clear that he will never stop pushing prevention and mitigation and thinking of how to keep the community safe.

It’s hard to believe that after 23 years, 20 of them firefighting with LAFD, Garcia will be able to have that quiet cup of coffee in the morning, bike to the gym and stop at

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.

LAFD Honor Guard Gears Up For 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 6, 2017 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members during last year's September 11th Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sepember 11th Memorial Climb scheduled  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill.

“Because we are a mountain town and not a big city, we don’t have a high-rise building.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 30 To Sept. 4, 2017

on September 6, 2017 - 4:15pm

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.


Aug. 30 at 4:37 a.m. / Police arrested Heather R. Dominguez, 34, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., Apt. 5 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




Aug. 30 at 9:24 a.m. / Police arrested Casandra Rose Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos at 4408 Sycamore St., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Pair Of Bears Visit Western Area Home

on September 6, 2017 - 7:55am

A pair of bears visit a home Saturday in the Western Area. Photo by Thom Rahn

Bears visit a home Saturday in the Western Area. Photo by Thom Rahn